October 2017

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Greetings from the East!

The temperature is dropping and the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing! I love this time of year. September was another great month at D5. We started it off with an enlightening, historical presentation by W.B. Van-Troi Perozo. We also had a Joint Communication with the six Welton Street Temple Lodges to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Grand Lodge of England. We saw hard work come to fruition with three Brothers doing their Fellowcraft Proficiencies and are now ready to be Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. We had the pleasure of hosting Brethren visiting us from Brazil and England amongst other places. The Golf League had a Happy Hour outing at Park Hill Golf course and we had a blast! If you are interested in joining the league, please contact me.

We keep the momentum going in October with a lot of fun activities. For our first Stated on October 5th, we’ll be meeting at the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement home. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm with Lodge opening at 7:30 pm on the Master Mason Degree.

We will be initiating four new Brethren at our second Stated on October 19th.  We will be starting at 5 pm with a break for dinner at 6:30 pm. Join us as we bring Light to these new Brothers!

Denver Lodge No.5 will be sponsoring some Brethren to attend this year’s Colorado Masonic SymposiumOctober 14th-15th. If you are interested in attending, please contact Bro. Michael Rossi, P.M.

We also have plans for a Hockey game at DU, a night at the Colorado Ballet and a cigar night in the next few weeks. Contact me for more details.

I don’t want to jump too far ahead, but our Heritage Week is coming up in November. We will celebrate Denver Lodge No. 5’s long history in Colorado, first at our Stated Communication on November 2nd. This will be an “Open to the Public” meeting as we receive the Grand Master. Then on November 4th, we will be having our first Denver Lodge No.5 Heritage Raising. You won’t want to miss either one of these events. If you are interested in participating in the Master Mason Degrees, please let me know as the cast sheet is filling up fast.

That’s all for now, but check our website and Facebook page regularly for new events and updates.

See you at Lodge!

Pablo Colomban, W.M.
Denver Lodge No.5 A.F. & A.M.

September 2017

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Greetings from the East,

Welcome back to Light! I hope everyone had a great summer. I, for one, am happy to get back to Lodge! Not that we have been idle, mind you. We Passed three Fellowcrafts in July (Bros. Dan Rosales, David Bralish and James Bechtel) and Raised two Master Masons in August as part of the annual Ghost Town Raising. Congratulations to our newest Master Masons, Bro. Duncan Kish and Bro. Michael Sullivan.

We had plenty of fun summer activities with the D5 Golf League and the Rod & Gun Club. We also had the opportunity to attend the first ever “Fraternity in the Quarry” at Coors Field. Denver Lodge No.5 even got a shout out on the big screen during the 5th inning! If you are interested in joining the Golf League, Rod & Gun Club, or have an idea for any fun events, please let me know.

Coming up for our first Stated on September 7th, WB Van-Troi Perozo will give us a brief look into the lives of the original officers of Colorado’s oldest Masonic Lodge, Denver Lodge No.5 and their impact in Colorado Freemasonry. This promises to be an excellent topic that any Colorado Mason will enjoy, not just Denver Lodge No. 5 members. Come celebrate Freemasonry’s long history in the Centennial State. RSVP

It has been 300 years since four Lodges in London came together and established the world’s first Grand Lodge in 1717. On September 16th 2017, 300 years after this historic meeting, the six Lodges that meet at the Welton Street Temple will come together for a joint meeting to commemorate this illustrious event.  Please join us in celebrating the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England. RSVP

We have reserved our September 21st Stated for the purposes of hearing some proficiencies and other Lodge business. As always, dinner will be at 6:30pm and Lodge will begin at 7:30pm. I look forward to seeing all of you again!

See you at Lodge!

Pablo Colomban, W.M.
Denver Lodge No.5 A.F. & A.M.

Matthew Howze

Meet Matthew

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This is another installment in a series where we will introduce some of our members. These are the up-and-coming leaders of our Fraternity. These are men from all walks of life. Fathers, sons, husbands… and we all call each other Brothers. These are just some of the stories behind Denver Lodge No.5.

Meet Matthew Howze. We’ll let him introduce himself in his own words.

I grew in Washington state and followed my family to Colorado in 2009. I love the great weather and outdoor activities. In my free time I am usually working out, going for a bike ride, or just hangout with friends and family.

After working in the dental industry for 10+ years I changed careers and am now in architectural design. The change has been a fun challenge.

I joined Freemasonry for the Brotherhood, the history and the integrity of the organization and members. I could not be more happy with the support and lessons I have learned. 

Matthew has a great future at Denver Lodge No.5. We’re lucky to have him. Say hi to him at our next meeting.

Duncan Kish

Meet Duncan

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This is another installment in a series where we will introduce some of our members. These are the up-and-coming leaders of our Fraternity. These are men from all walks of life. Fathers, sons, husbands… and we all call each other Brothers. These are just some of the stories behind Denver Lodge No.5.

J. Duncan Kish is Colorado native who grew up in Greenwood Village and attended Cherry Creek High school. He later graduated from the University of Colorado, Denver, with a B.S. in Chemistry. Duncan currently resides in the Golden Triangle neighborhood with his Fiancé and works in sales at a small Denver-based company.

Duncan has long been interested in Masonry, in large part due to his father, JD Kish, a Brother of George Washington Lodge No.161 in South Denver. Duncan was initiated and passed at Holland Lodge No.1 in Houston Texas back in 2016. But, due to fortuitous circumstances, he was able to relocate back to his home state where he can continue his Masonic journey at Denver Lodge No.5.

In his spare time, Duncan enjoys hiking the outdoors—often in Grand Lake, Colorado– relaxing with friends, and playing golf. His biggest passion, however, is flying. Duncan obtained his student pilot’s license when he was sixteen, and since then splits his time between the ground and the sky. He frequently can be found around Centennial airport on the weekends either flying or just watching planes.

Duncan always has a smile on his face and we’re excited to have him back in Denver!

Say hi to him at our next meeting.

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Meet Ray

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This is another installment in a series where we will introduce some of our members. These are the up-and-coming leaders of our Fraternity. These are men from all walks of life. Fathers, sons, husbands… and we all call each other Brothers. These are just some of the stories behind Denver Lodge No.5.

Ray Loomis is a husband and father of two. His Daughter Bailey is 8 and Son Blake is 3. He lives in the quiet town of Elizabeth where he also home offices. He works for Thomson Reuters in the legal marketing space. He help attorneys from Denver to Pueblo build their online brand and attract new clients through a wide range of online advertising.

Originally from Ohio, he has had one foot in both states since 1984. Colorado has been his primary home since 2004. When not working he spends his time dating his wife, skiing as much as possible, sport shooting, and playing with his kids. He is also handy with his steel, not just any geek off the street, earns his keep.

We love having Ray and it’s always a huge pleasure seeing him at Lodge. 

Say hi to him at our next meeting.

April 2017

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Greetings from the East,

Congratulations to our newest Entered Apprentices, Brothers James Bechtel and David Bralish! Welcome to the Fraternity! We also welcomed Brother David Meza back to Lodge after a long time away. It’s great to have him back!

You’ll be noticing a new face in the officer line. Brother Michael Rotert will be our new Senior Steward. In the short time he has been a Mason, he has shown the dedication and hard work needed to be a leader at Denver Lodge No.5 . Welcome to the officer line Brother!

Our Joint Communication at Park Hill Lodge No. 148 was a hit! It was great meeting with the Brethren of Park Hill. We also had the opportunity to visit Rocky Mountain Lodge #1 P.H.A. and were warmly welcomed as always. Thanks to all who came out for the Brotherly love!

We will be closing this month up with an Actual Past Master’s Degree for yours truly on Friday March 31st. Dinner is at 7pm with the degree to follow. Open to Past Masters only. Please contact the secretary to RSVP

If you have RSVP’d for the Whiskey Distillery tour at Laws Whiskey, that will be April 1st at Noon. Don’t forget admission is $10 at the door. Admission fees will go towards any purchases in the gift shop.

On April 5th at 5pm we will be having a group fly fishing lesson at Trouts Fly Shop. Space is limited so please RSVP with me. Check out the new Denver Lodge No.5 Rod and Gun Club page!.

There will be a service held for W.B. Ken Lyons at Fort Logan on April 6th at 1pm. Please come express your condolences and see our Brother off to the Celestial Lodge.

For our April 6th Stated Communication we will have our Junior Warden sitting in the East as we open and close on all degrees and hear proficiencies. RSVP.

Our April 20th Stated Communication will be held for the purposes of Raising Bros. Sean Murphy and Daniel McCoy to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. RSVP

Scholarship applications can still be downloaded on our website. The deadline for applications is April 7th.

Reminder: If you haven’t paid your 2017 dues, please do so or risk suspension! You can pay online here.

See you at Lodge!

Pablo Colomban, W.M.

Denver Lodge No.5 A.F. & A.M.

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Meet Michael

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This is another installment in a series where we will introduce some of our members. These are the up-and-coming leaders of our Fraternity. These are men from all walks of life. Fathers, sons, husbands… and we all call each other Brothers. These are just some of the stories behind Denver Lodge No.5.

Michael Rotert lives in Westminster, Colorado and is a proud husband, father of four boys and Mason.  He owns and runs an importing business that is also located in Westminster.  When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family, shooting and designing and building furniture.

He has been a Brother at D5 since April 2016.  He enjoys many aspects of Freemasonry, particularly the fellowship with the diverse group of Brothers in our lodge. Masonic and philosophical discussion, degree work and promoting the Craft are just some of the things he enjoys about being a Mason.

Since he has joined Denver Lodge #5, he has proven to be a big asset to the Fraternity helping out with degree work and on the Fraternal Activities Committee. We’re glad to call him “Brother.” 

Say hi to him at our next meeting.

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Meet Scott

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This is another installment in a series where we will introduce some of our members. These are the up-and-coming leaders of our Fraternity. These are men from all walks of life. Fathers, sons, husbands… and we all call each other Brothers. These are just some of the stories behind Denver Lodge No.5.

Scott was born and raised in New Jersey and now resides in Erie, Colorado. He is  married to the love of his life, Holly, and is a father of two, Brooklyn (4) and Bronx (3).

Professionally, Scott provides computing and technology education consultation services. He is also a Trustee for the Town of Erie and serves as a liaison to Erie’s Historic Preservation Board.

Scott enjoys music, vinyl records, playing guitar/drums/etc., history, technology, and computing. He is also a big fan of sushi.

Scott was initiated into Freemasonry at Denver Lodge #5 on October 11, 2014. He currently serves as Denver 5’s Marshal and sits on the Finance and Community Outreach committees.

Scott is a dedicated Brother… always happy to lend a hand and tell a joke. We look forward to seeing him at every event.

Say hi to him at our next meeting.

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Meet Ariel

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This is another installment in a series where we will introduce some of our members. These are the up-and-coming leaders of our Fraternity. These are men from all walks of life. Fathers, sons, husbands… and we all call each other Brothers. These are just some of the stories behind Denver Lodge No.5.

Meet Brother Ariel Breitman. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1993. At 15 years old, Ariel moved to New York City to train for a career in professional ballet. After working with The Washington Ballet in DC for one year, he received a job offer with the Colorado Ballet in 2014.

Ariel was raised by Brotherhood Lodge No. 126 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June of 2015.

Masonry for Ariel has been a life changing experience. After joining Denver Lodge No. 5 in 2016, Breitman has met countless friends and Brothers, offering some of the most valuable, meaningful and profound relationships he has ever had. Through his connection with Colorado Ballet, Ari enjoys introducing Brothers to his lifelong passion and profession.

Ari has been a tremendous asset the Fraternity and it’s always great to see him.

Say hi to him at our next meeting.

 

Denver Lodge No.5 at the ballet

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Meet Sean

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This is the first installment in our new series where we will introduce some of our members. These are the up-and-coming leaders of our Fraternity. These are men from all walks of life. Fathers, sons, husbands… and we all call each other Brothers. These are just some of the stories behind Denver Lodge No.5.

Meet Sean. He is one of our newest Fellowcrafts and a great guy all around. We’ll let him introduce himself in his own words.

I have lived in Colorado since 1998. I am a father of 3. Being a father has proved to be more challenging, rewarding, and enriching than I have ever thought. I love to cook, hike, snowboard, and listen to music. Music is dear me, as is my vinyl collection. From Miles Davis to Jane’s Addiction and everything in-between… Nothing beats it.

Freemasonry and the Brothers of Denver No. 5 have been a wonderful addition to my existence. I look forward to sharing space and breaking bread with these gentlemen on the first and third Thursdays for Lodge and then to congregate outside of Lodge for some great and memorable times! Brothers in every sense of the word. It is a diverse group of guys and a group that you will find it hard not to strike a meaningful conversation with. 

Sean has a great future in the Fraternity. Say hi to him at our next meeting.