The Secretary’s Desk

Brothers,

Duval Lodge has been working hard with new brothers coming into the fraternity.  We just had seven candidates initiated on Sept. 26, 2020.  Additionally, we recently had three brothers passed to the degree of Fellowcraft, and five raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.

It would be great if you could take time and come out and meet these Brothers and show up at these degrees. We need your help!

Congratulations to Bro. Edwin Bunag and his degree team for the EA degree, and for our newly-initiated Brothers Jonathan L. Guzman, Angus D. Mcphaul, Michael D. Milner, Garry D. Pelton III, Rodney L. Rexrode, Sean P. Schoephoerster and Cesar S. Villanueva Jr.

Please be on the lookout for details about our Christmas party here at the Lodge.

Fraternally,

W⸫ Bill Watson, PM
Secretary

From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

Blessings My Brothers as we enter the cool and changing month of October!

It is said that God took 6 days to create the sun, the stars, the morning, the night, the waters, the land, man and woman. Was it easy for God to accomplish this major feat because God is a devoted God or because He didn’t have all the distractions we have today?

Today we are bombarded by many tasks during a single day. We do not have the luxury of spending one day at a time on managing one task. This is a true situation for many of us. His story teaches us that by taking our time, perfection is possible. His story explains, as He created, he stopped to admire his work and proclaim that his work was good. Ever wonder why we are so busy that we don’t make time to stop and admire our work?

Brethren, we all lead very busy lives. Work, family, and self take a toll on one’s mind. Maybe it is time to stop and admire your work. Admire the achievements in your workplace. Admire your achievements in your family (hugs and kisses will do). Admire yourself for all your personal achievements. And while you’re at it, remember the reason why you joined the Lodge (the good reasons). Stop on in and admire what your brethren have achieved while you were away. Maybe His story is something that is more relevant to us today than we believe. May you all always be blessed by the shining light of our Grand Architect, my Brothers!

Sincerely and fraternally,

W⸫ Darrell M. Cleveland
Worshipful Master

The Treasurer’s Desk

Brethren,

If any of your friends or associates have an interest in becoming a Mason, give them a petition and encourage them to submit it.

Please remember that the $7.30 for the Masonic Home (the Endowment Fund is the L.Y.P.M.G.S. donation) and the $5.00 building fund are both voluntary contributions. So, if you can spare then please do so.

Also for all Perpetual Members, your donations for the voluntary contribution are greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you for Remembering Your Lodge!

Fraternally,

W⸫ Tom Sharp, PM
Treasurer

The Secretary’s Desk

My Brothers,

The second dues notices have been sent out.  If you haven’t paid yet, you urgently need to pay or contact the lodge right away before you become NPD.

We will be passing five brothers to the degree of Fellow Craft and will be initiating seven new Entered Apprentices this month.  So please, show your support by attending these degrees!

A big thank you to the Widow Sons for putting on the recent Fellow Craft degree for us, and a big thank you to our District Instructor for the work that he is doing not just for us, but for all the Brothers and Lodges in our District.

At the stated communication on Sept. 1, 2020, we elected Bro. Robert Martinez Jr. as Junior Warden to fill the chair of Bro. Shaun Delong, who was called to the Celestial Temple on June 3rd following a courageous 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer.  Until his official election and installation on September 1st, Bro. Martinez had been serving in the position pro tem.  But our Grand Master recently gave us dispensation to hold the election and officially install him Junior Warden for the reminder of the term.

That same night we also elected two new candidates to receive the degrees of Masonry, a candidate for dual membership, and candidate for reinstatement.  We were also priviledged to have our newly raised Brothers perform their Master Mason Catechism that night as well.  It was a Busy night our first meeting back!

Finally, I want to remind everyone: please do not forget about the Christmas Party!  We need to start planning this NOW!  The party is scheduled for December 18th, 2020, and is for the whole family and friends.

Fraternally,

W⸫ Bill Watson, PM
Secretary

From The East

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Greetings Brothers,

Welcome back to the quarry! It is time to pick up our working tools and finish the year strong. Our lodge has completed its small metamorphosis and waits to be visited by all.

We will be having a Fellow Craft Degree on Tuesday, September 8th.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the Lodge will open for the degree at 7:30 p.m. Note that this will be on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, which is not a Stated Communication night.  We look forward to providing our Fellow Craft with a solid performance by the Widow Sons!

We also have an Enter Apprentice Degree on Saturday, September 26th.  Come and enjoy lunch at 11:30 a.m., the Lodge opens for the degree at 1p.m.  Come and show your support for our new, incoming Brothers!

I am also excited to report that our Lodge will be hosting the Northeast Florida Masonic Association meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd. Dinner will be served at 6:30, with the meeting following at 7:30 p.m. I hope to see you all there!

On a somber note, on September 11th let us pause, remember, and say a prayer for those that were lost on that day and whom we have lost since. It was a very tough period in our nation’s history, similar to today’s times.  Let us remember how it felt and what it looked like when we as a nation stood together for the greater good. Our light as a nation will shine again, my Brothers.

Sincerely and fraternally,

W⸫ Darrell M. Cleveland
Worshipful Master

The Treasurer’s Desk

Brethren,

If any of your friends or associates have an interest in becoming a Mason, give them a petition and encourage them to submit it.

Voluntary contributions:

Please remember the $7.30 for the Masonic Home.  The Endowment Fund is the L.Y.P.M.G.S. donation, and the $5.00 building fund are both voluntary contributions. So, if you can spare it, then please do so.  Also, all Perpetual Members, your donations for the voluntary contributions are greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you for Remembering Your Lodge!

Fraternally,

W⸫ Tom Sharp, PM
Treasurer

The Secretary’s Desk

Brothers,

A few things to bring up.  First: please note we will be having a Master Mason degree on Saturday, July 25th for the following Brothers: Cody Charles, Thomas Kyle, Patric Taylor, Dino Lawrence Vasquez, Widel Decias, Elton Shawn, and Leon Rice. So please make a note of this.

We will be Dark in August but will be practicing the EA degree on Saturdays at 5pm.

I sent out dues notices for 29 brothers and so far I have received dues from 10 of them. Please, if you need to make payments call me and we can work something out. For you brothers that are perpetual membership your dues have been paid but do not forget the LYPMGS, The Masonic Home of $7.30 or the $5.00 building fund.  Yes, this is voluntarily, but would help out greatly.  Also for you 50-year members, thank you for your contributions and please, for the ones that have not, if you can spare it then please do so willingly.

Looks like September is going to be busy with 7, maybe 8 candidates being initiated Entered Apprentices.  On August 26th, we have 4 Entered Apprentices that will be passed to the Fellow Craft degree.  On September 8th, the Widow Sons will be putting that degree on here at Duval Lodge.

Please plan to attend the meetings and the degrees and show your support.

Have a safe 4th of July!

Fraternally,

W⸫ Bill Watson, PM
Secretary

From the East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

Brethren, Greetings from the East!

On July 4, 1776, our forefathers brought upon this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the equality of all men. The fact that these principles mirror those of Masonry should not be lost upon us. Several leaders were Masons, including John Hancock.

Our ideals include the brotherhood of man, no matter that man’s station in life. We are not concerned with the external, but with the internal; the character of a man’s heart within.

As we go through dark times, it’s a joy to see the fraternity and our brothers keep shining their light, for these next couple of months we truly are not at rest. We’re preparing for a Masters Degree at the end of July, Fellow Craft, and Entered Apprentice In September. We will celebrate with our newly raised brothers after the degrees because we will be a big part of their journey in light as brothers and a new family. We will keep a watchful eye on the Lodge with changes throughout, for the building will be receiving a couple of updates. But most importantly with these brothers and new brothers we are about to receive, we flow with the ever changing landscape of society. Rivers are like lives. The more contributions they gain from friendship, the bigger they grow. Friendly, quiet little streams that join them in their long, troublesome journey to the sea, make them strong and mighty. The helpful contributions of love and kindness we gain from friends make our journey of life better and richer. Have a great summer!

Sincerely and fraternally,

W⸫ Darrell M. Cleveland
Worshipful Master

In Loving Memory

Dearest Brethren,

It is with heavy hearts that our Lodge announces the passing of our young Junior Warden, Brother Shaun DeLong, into the Celestial Lodge, owing to complications from pancreatic cancer.

The Worshipful Master and the Brethren of Duval Lodge invite you all to join us in honoring the life of our Brother on Monday, June 8th at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

The viewing will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the service will begin at 1 p.m. with the Masonic rites to follow.

From the East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

COVID-19 UPDATE: COVID-19 is having a tremendous impact on the world as we know it. Major events at the local, state and national level have been cancelled. Schools and Universities across our region are closing. In support of the local, state, and federal efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Duval Lodge is suspending our stated communications, degree practices and service projects until further notice.

We will advise you when we will resume Lodge events.

The safety of our Brothers and their families is my top priority and we, as a fraternal family, need to do our part to help prevent the spread of this virus. This suspension is done with a heavy heart but with the well being of all our families in mind. I urge you all to use the greatest caution in your public contact in the coming days and to remain safe and healthy.

Sincerely and fraternally,

W⸫ Darrell M. Cleveland
Worshipful Master

In Loving Memory

Brethren,

It is with heavy hearts that we report that Duval Lodge has lost two of our “great lights.” Past Masters W⸫ Willard O. Sanders, our Lodge Secretary lo these many years, and W⸫ Lake Ray Jr. both passed into the Celestial Lodge within days of each other last week. We remember them with hearts full of love and commend them into the grace and loving arms of the Great Architect of the Universe. Contact the Lodge Secretary or Worshipful Master for updated funeral / memorial information.

Please join us at the Lodge as we honor the life of W⸫ Willard O. Sanders on Saturday, January 18th, at 2 p.m.

The Treasurer’s Desk

Brethren,

If any of your friends or associates have expressed an interest in becoming a Mason, give them a petition and encourage them to submit it!

Be careful this winter, and don’t forget to contribute to our Masonic charities.

May we all be remembered as builders!

Fraternally,

W⸫ Tom Sharp, PM
Treasurer

The Secretary’s Desk

Brothers,

I want to thank you all for the vote of confidence in me to fill such great shoes as our past Secretary, Worshipful Brother Will Sanders has done for so many years.  Please keep him in your prayers along with his wife and family.  Our past secretary is not in good health at all and he needs our prayers!

Just as a “head’s up!” I recently had to suspend three brothers for non-payment of dues, which I hated to do.  Please Brothers, during the year please do not neglect to pay your 2020 dues.

Also as a reminder, please note the dates we have listed on our Lodge calendar.

We have five candidates we are investigating now, and we have four other petitions out for other candidates that are seeking admission.  What a great way to start a new Masonic year!

Fraternally,

W⸫ Bill Watson, PM
Secretary

From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

My Brothers,

It is a great honor to serve as Worshipful Master of Duval Lodge No. 159 for the next Masonic year.  2020 marks the 114th Anniversary of our lodge, which is an incredible testimony of the great leadership of this organization.

I would like to thank all of the Past Masters for having served as stewards of this Lodge and for carrying on the traditions of this wonderful fraternity.  I would also like to thank each and every one of our members for making Duval Lodge No. 159 such a great success. It is everyone’s efforts and talents that have brought us to where we are today, and I am forever grateful.

I hope to carry on the tradition of excellence in our Lodge this year.  Over the next year, I will be focusing my attention on enlightenment, and on providing a more solid foundation for those looking to learn more about the Craft. We have an exciting year ahead and I look forward to working with as many of you as possible.  I am certain this year will be a great success and I appreciate everyone’s involvement and encouragement.

I am a firm believer in the old saying, “you get out of it what you put into it,” and I hope the fruits of our labor will yield amazing results.  We have some exciting programs in store for the year ahead and I look forward to sharing all this with you at upcoming stated communication.

May you all stay blessed in your travels through life.

Fraternally,

W⸫ Darrell M. Cleveland
Worshipful Master

Reflections on 2019

Brethren,

The 2019 Masonic year was another touchstone year for Duval Lodge.  Under the leadership of our now junior Past Master, W⸫ Randall Boyd, the Lodge again welcomed nearly a dozen new brothers into the degrees of Freemasonry!

W⸫ Boyd set a high standard for the officers of his Lodge, raising the bar on everything from appearance and dress code inside the Lodge to ritual performance, with a particular focus on degree work.  Because of this attention, Duval Lodge continues to be celebrated for its excellence in ritual delivery.

W⸫ Darrell M. Cleveland, much esteemed for his efforts in support of the revitalization of our fellowship over recent years, ascended to the Oriental Chair on December 28th to become the 113th Master of Duval Lodge.

W⸫ Cleveland will continue to push the Lodge in its ritual excellence and wishes additionally to focus on the brethren’s use and understanding of parliamentary procedure.  W⸫ Cleveland also has a passion for Masonic education and has said that one of his aims is to bring more quality Masonic education programs into our communications.  W⸫ Cleveland brings his own unique style and vision to the East, and we are excited to see how this year takes shape under his stewardship!

W⸫ Bill Watson achieved the milestone of becoming the first new Secretary of Duval Lodge in over a decade, upon the retirement of our esteemed Worshipful Brother Willard O. Sanders from the post due to health concerns earlier this year.  All our thoughts and prayers are with W⸫ Sanders and his loved ones as he faces the sunset of his life.

Which draws to my mind the words of Albert Pike who said, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”  W⸫ Will Sanders has left an indelible mark on our Lodge and upon our hearts, and his contributions to our fellowship will certainly remain and be immortal.

And once again let us all say with open hearts and open arms to all our Lodge’s newest brothers, “WELCOME!”  Welcome to the fraternity!  Welcome to the incredibly rich heritage and history which is now your due and just inheritance.  Welcome to the light; for the light of Masonry will elevate you in thought, word, and deed.  We are delighted you’ve become a part of our Lodge family!

For my part, I have had the honor to serve the Lodge as your webmaster and social media coordinator for the last four years.  And it will be my honor to continue in that role for as many more as should please the Lodge for me to do it.  I thank you all, my brethren, for your contributions to our Lodge, for the love and charity you show to each other and to the community, and for your passion to keep and to pass the morals, principles, and mysteries of Freemasonry onto the next generation.

Lastly, a final CONGRATULATIONS to W⸫ Cleveland and the 2020 officers of Duval Lodge!  May your year be filled with success and blessings, both personal and fraternal!

Kindest fraternal regards,

Bro. E.J. Christy
Webmaster

From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

Greetings Brothers,

I invite you to join with me as we work together for eventful and positive growth in our Lodge in 2019.  As a reminder, we have a Fellowcraft degree on January 22nd.  Please be there to support Brother Ayers.  Let’s have good communication this year!  For my part, I will try to keep the Craft updated with news for and about the Lodge.

Fraternally,

W⸫ Randall Boyd
Worshipful Master

Reflections on 2018

Brethren,

Our Lodge held its final communication of 2018 last night, and it is a pleasure, truly, to use the occasion to reflect on the year that is passing from us.

Our Lodge is able to boast a great many accomplishments over the last year, owing to the service and dedication of so many brothers who gave selflessly of their time and talents.  Our Lodge welcomed over a dozen new brothers into the degrees of Freemasonry in 2018!

Much thanks for this success is owed to our (retiring) Brother in the East,  W⸫ Theodore Burke, the 111th Master of Duval Lodge.  W⸫ Ted was steadfast, and set a demanding schedule of standard ritual and degree practice, encouraging us as a Lodge to continue to strive for excellence in the delivery of our rites.  This, to increasingly impress—effectively—upon newly-initiated, passed, and raised brothers the mystery and light of Masonry.  Worshipful Brother, Thank you!  Thank you for your leadership and vision!

Our Worshipful Master-Elect, Bro. Randall Boyd, finishes his term as Senior Warden looking to the Oriental Chair.  And we as a Lodge are looking forward to his service in the East, where he will no doubt continue to focus on the Lodge’s ritual excellence, while fearlessly showcasing his own voice and style in the tenor of his gavel.

A parade of unrivaled culinary achievements will be the legacy of our Junior Warden, Bro. Darrell Cleveland, who now looks to the West.  The brethren of our Lodge truly feasted this year, night after night, none going away unsatisfied, and always looking forward to the next occasion upon which they could enjoy Bro. Darrell’s delicious fare.

To all our Lodge’s new brethren we say with open hearts and open arms, “WELCOME!”  Welcome to the fraternity!  Welcome to the incredibly rich heritage and history which is now your due and just inheritance.  Welcome to the light; for the light of Masonry will elevate you in thought, word, and deed.  We are delighted you’ve become a part of our Lodge family!

To all our Lodge officers, you have so much to feel good about, for you have served the Lodge over the course of this year so much better than we could have asked for.  And for that, we all thank and salute you!

Kindest fraternal regards,

Bro. E.J. Christy
Webmaster

From The East

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“As the sun rises in the East…”

Greetings Brothers

Thank all who were involved in our recent degrees and all who attended, especially our D.D.G.M., R⸫W⸫ Freddie Valasco! Without the tremendous support of the officers and brothers they would not have been as successful as we were.  The meals prepared by our Junior Warden, Darrell Cleveland, have been amazing!  My thanks to him as well as to his hard working staff.

I am asking every brother who has not already done so to consider how they would like to close out this year.  I have said in the past that if you have an idea, event, fundraiser, etc., do not hesitate to bring it before the Lodge.  Alternatively, maybe you are looking to attend more Lodge meetings, start your path as a lodge officer, or be an active degree team member.  There are many ways a brother can help the Lodge, themselves and other brothers.  Ultimately it is each our responsibility to address our own goals, identify ways to improve an help the Lodge be successful.

As a reminder we will be looking for 2019 officer nominations.  I look forward to seeing you in lodge!

Lastly to all my brothers, thank you for your service and support!

Fraternally,

W⸫ Theodore Burke
Worshipful Master

From The East

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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

The Secretary’s Desk

Brothers,

The year is starting very good with four new Master Masons and two new Fellowcraft.  It would be great if you could put Duval Lodge on your calendar and attend some of these meetings.  Let us hear from you!  Come and support the Lodge and our new brothers!

Yours in Faith,

W⸫ Willard O. Sanders, PM
Secretary

From The East

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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

Happy Birthday to our Worshipful Master!

Dear Brethren,

Please join us in wishing a very special and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our Worshipful Master, W⸫ Ronald “Ronnie” L. Tennant Jr.!

W⸫ Ronnie is our Lodge’s 109th Master and turns 30 years old today. He has presided over a touchstone year for our Lodge as we have welcomed in many new Brothers from diverse backgrounds and labored to make our degree work truly exceptional.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WORSHIPFUL! We, your Lodge Brothers, salute you!

The Western Wind

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“As the sun is in the West…”

My Brothers,

It’s now September, and we have had a few weeks without Stated Communication.  I tend to view this as a reflection period on where we have been and ensuring the compass is oriented correctly going forward.

One of my reflections has been on an important function of Masonry; to make Master Masons. I understand this not to be a turnstile of men, making their way through the Degrees of Freemasonry. Rather, it is the important responsibility of all Master Masons, ensuring we are educating and guiding those looking to become Master Masons. It is easy to rely on educational events or lodge instructors to fulfill this task. However, these are in place as supplemental initiatives. Becoming a Master Mason and carrying ourselves as Master Masons, rests on the collective members of the lodge.

The WM is maintaining our charitable donations to the Sulzbacher Center. If you have questions on how or what to donate, please contact one of the Lodge Officers.

Fraternally,

Ted Burke
Senior Warden

Back To Work

Dear Brethren,

After being dark in August – a nice break to be sure – we are rolling up our sleeves and getting back to work!

Join us tonight for our first Stated Communication of September as we get back to the labors of our inspired and ancient fraternity. Much progress has been made in our Lodge during this Masonic year, owing to the hard work of our officers, brethren, and many newly-raised brothers, to make our degree work, ritual, and the way we conduct business, an outstanding example of the best traditions of our fraternity.

We invite you to come out and show your support.  Help us to continue this great work!

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., the Lodge opens at 7:30.