The special communication for the 2nd Annual Eldon Goldenberg Masonic Symposium was a great success. We had some great impromptu speeches that were given by Brothers in honor of Eldon. Worshipful Brother Patrick Craddock gave a wonderful presentation on the history of the badge of a mason that was enjoyed by all in attendance. I think the future of this wonderful event in honor of our dearly departed brother will get better and better every year and continue to be something Eldon would have been proud of.
At our regular communication our candidates performed the master mason proficiency from start to finish word perfect. I have never personally seen a class do that with less then a month of time to study it. This in my humble opinion is an amazing feat and a testament to their fervency and zeal for the craft. It was a happy event to watch both Fredrick E. Wilmont Jr and Mitchell Thomas sign the Bylaws. Jenks Lodge is blessed to be able to count these two brothers among our numbers. It was also my pleasure to honor our members who have had 25yrs or more in the craft. They shared some wonderful memories and remarks. Those brothers who gave time to the lodge may not be as active as they once were because of life or distance, but as I said at the meeting they are all Masons in their hearts and they ever walk and act as such. Which was proven as fact for any non believer only a few short days later when W:. Sam Sinel had learned that Berger & Company Recycling of which he is Vice President, had purchased 32 batteries for $600 only to discover later that day that 32 batteries had been stolen from the school bus yard. He immediately called the authorities and reported it. The thieves were caught and the batteries returned. I think W:. Sinel said it best when he said “While we’re out the $600 we paid for the batteries, we believe our reputation is worth more than that.”. I believe every mason would echo that sentiment. Remember brothers, it is these deep roots of integrity, honor, and character that allows Freemasonry and Jenks Lodge in particular to continue to survive and thrive.
Our next regular communication is November 27th. Dinner is at 6pm and the meeting will start at 7pm. We have Brother Gene D. Tweedie traveling all the way from Maine to receive his 25yr pin. After which we will have a program about the forgotten connection between Freemasonry and Art by W:. Ryan Flynn of Ancient York Lodge #89. Ryan is the current Master of Ancient York Lodge, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Philalethes Society and the Phylaxis Society and a very accomplished artist. Some of you may have seen his work on various book covers or for sale online at www.ryanjflynn.com or purchased it yourself at Masonic Con. I expect it will be another enjoyable and educational night at Jenks Lodge. I hope you will join us.
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”-Plato
Yours in the Craft,
WM Stephan Saraidarian
Jenks Lodge #24 F&AM
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