From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

My Brethren,

When we started this year, two of my goals dealt with Masonic education and Craft participation. To date, YOU (Duval Lodge No. 159) have surpassed expectations and set a precedent for our all of us.  I can only imagine that we will expound on the strides and accomplishments made thus far.  I will continue to emphasize the importance of our education program, moreover the importance of adhering to our Masonic doctrine.  Meaning, implementing what the text state, not how some interpret things ‘ought’ to be.  Craft participation was recently highlighted during our recent 2018 Annual Grand Communication in Orlando.  Duval Lodge No. 159 had ten members representing and present.  That is outstanding!  Additionally, after a large number of our members attended Ribault Lodge No. 272, we were able to retrieve our Traveling Trowel.  I am looking forward to returning the favor; continuing to meet, greet, and break bread with other Lodges.

Although we have not officially elected to go dark for a summer month, I am anticipating the month of August will be our chosen time frame.  Future Degree practices during that time are TBD.

Lastly, I would like impress the importance of charity.  I encourage everyone to continue contributions to the Charity of the Quarter, L.Y.P.M.G.S.  As always, donate within our capabilities.  This program was initiated in 1958 with the intention to utilize donations in operating the Masonic Home.  Any amount will and does help.  Thank you for your support.

Fraternally,

W⸫ Theodore Burke
Worshipful Master

From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

My Brethren,

It is an honor to have been elected as Master for 2018.  I want to thank all of the Brethren for their confidence and support.  Moreover, I want to thank you all for your hard work and contributions to our Lodge and fraternity.  I also want to thank (retiring Worshipful Master) W⸫ Ronald Tennant for his dedicated service to the Lodge.

I am focused on picking up where Ronnie left off, in hopes of a smooth transition.  I have a strong emphasis toward community involvement, membership, Masonic education, participation, engagement, and communication.  I will be asking each of you to remain dedicated and make every effort to attend our stated communications.  Your participation is vital to guiding and raising new brothers as well as helping us in our endeavors.

Finally, I look forward to this year.  I know it will be challenging, but rewarding as well.

Fraternally,

W⸫ Theodore Burke
Worshipful Master

From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

My Brethren,

I want to start by saying thanks to everyone who has participated in our break and Lodge cleanup day.

I would also like to extend a big thank you to everyone who has donated canned food and dry goods for our food drive. To date, we have collected 4 boxes of food and sent it down to Sulzbacher. Keep up the good work!

See you in Lodge!

Respectfully,

W⸫ Ronald L. Tennant Jr.
Worshipful Master

From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

My Brethren,

First of all, I would like to welcome all our new brothers to the Fraternity.  Your new journey will be a memorable and rewarding one.

Next, a special thanks to W⸫ Ed Miller for supplying the food for our installation.  The help of the Eastern Star and the Rainbow Girls was awesome!  Without them, our travels would be much more difficult.

We have implemented a few new items to our agenda this year and everyone’s cooperation would be welcomed and appreciated.

Our first “Breakfast and a Chore” was a success.  We are meeting the first Saturday of each month for breakfast followed up with some light cleaning duties.  The maintenance of our Lodge is paramount.  If you don’t feel like cleaning, you are still invited to breakfast at 9 a.m.

We are also going to be collecting non-perishable foods to be delivered to the Sulzbacher Center for the homeless.  Please bring any extra food (canned goods, cereal, dried fruits, etc.) so we can further help the needy citizens of our community.  The food drive will be going on all year so please clean out your pantries and feed someone less fortunate.

W⸫ Bill Watson is doing an amazing job instructing our new brothers and degree team.  Please come out the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays to lend a hand with degrees or just watch him work.

Thanks again to W⸫ Kevin Spargur for his help with the Tresle Board.  Without him, our communication would be lacking.

If any Brother has any ideas to help with the Lodge or better our community, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the officers.  I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy spring!

Until I see you again.

Respectfully,

W⸫ Ronald L. Tennant Jr.
Worshipful Master

From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

My Brethren,

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing holiday season.  It’s the New Year and I’m really grateful for all of the cooperation and assistance I have received thus far.

The objectives for this year are going to be unity and community outreach.  I believe if we come together as a Masonic body, we can make a real difference in our neighborhoods and, ultimately, the world.  With our manpower and resources we can help a lot of people.  Remember, the only difference between a good idea and a great accomplishment is ACTION.

Let’s get together and bring some Faith, Hope, and Charity to the world.

Fraternally,

W⸫ Ronald L. Tennant Jr.
Worshipful Master