2019

Greetings from the East, June 2019

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Serv-ice “The action of helping or doing work for someone.” “Millions are involved in voluntary service” synonyms: act of assistance, good turn, favor, kindness, helping hand; assistance, help, aid, offices, ministrations “he has done us a great service” The definition of service can take many turns and have many meanings. I was honored this past […]

2019

Greetings from the East, May 2019

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Brethren, First and foremost, on behalf of Olive Branch Lodge no 16, I wish to congratulate RW Gary J. Olsen on his election to Junior Grand Warden of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons for the State of New Jersey. Olive Branch Lodge will always be a home for you […]

2019

Greetings from the East, April, 2019

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Brothers, April… Wow! Has it gone fast for you? It has for me; perhaps a bit too quickly. I have thoroughly enjoyed being with you all so far and, well, I want to slow it down. There’s so much more we need to do together! At the closing of each regular communication, during my final […]

2019

Greetings from the East!

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Brethren, Well, we made it through our first month and what a month it was! We’re just beginning our journey this year and I am looking forward to what we can all accomplish together. In learning my ritual this month, I kept running into the phrase ‘worthy men’ and it has stuck in my mind. […]

2019

Greetings from the East!

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Brethren, It is my honor to serve you from the East this year! I am very fortunate to have such dedicated and strong men and Masons to accompany me on this journey through 2019. Many look on the New Year as a chance to improve ourselves, our situations or a new opportunity for change. Although […]

2018

Greetings from the East!

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Where does the time go? I hope this Trestleboard finds you and yours well and preparing for the holiday season with your loved ones. As I write this article, I am humbled and awed that my year as Master of the Lodge is coming to a close. It has truly been a rewarding experience and […]

2018

Greetings from the East!

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When I first started my Masonic adventure, little did I realize how strong my bonds would be for my Brothers; some that I know well and some I have not yet met. A Masonic trestleboard is a design board for the master workman (Architect) to draw his plans and designs upon to give the workmen […]

2018

Fraternity and the White Apron

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It is my intention in this article to stress the importance of the Masonic foundations upon which we are built. Obviously, as a man who has chosen the ways of religion as his career and has taken an oath to preach God’s word and care for God’s less fortunate, it has been easy for me […]

2018

Corn, Wine and Oil

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Corn, wine and oil are the Masonic elements of consecration. The adoption of these symbols is supported by the highest antiquity. Corn, wine and oil were the most important productions of Eastern countries; they constituted the wealth of the people, and were esteemed as the supports of life and the means of refreshment.