Rocky River #703, F&AM

From The East - May 2017

Brethren,
It really seems like time is flying by this year. It’s a little hard to believe it’s already May! In April, we tried again to have our first Entered Apprentice degree. Our EA degree that was schedule for April 20th was moved to May 11th.  Please come out and support our candidate and officers.

On May 13th, we will have our Special Olympics Fundraiser. This year we are trying a pancake breakfast. The cost is $7 for all you can eat pancakes, as well as, side of sausage, coffee and juice. We are partnering up with our neighbors, Lakewood Lodge, so please come out and help us support this worthy cause! If you don’t see an officer before the13th, we will have tickets the day of the event, but call or email me to let me know you’re coming because this will help with planning.

This month the 2017 Planning Committee will report their recommendations after the meeting with several Lodges in the area and looking at our options. What I will say is our Lodge cannot continue its current course.

For our Lodge to continue we need several things to change. We need more young men to be members. We need our current ones to contribute to the Lodge, and we need members that can be officers. I’m not going to go in to what the committee will report here; these are just my feelings on what it will take to get us into the future.

One thing I have observed after talking to other Lodges is the successful ones do more than just meeting once week or couple times a month. They do things outside of the Lodge together. This helps build a bond with each other. I think Russ did an excellent job with the Range Night and we need to find more of these types of things to do together.

In closing I want to once again apologize to our brethren that get this mailed to them. I promise to try harder to get this out to you in a timely manner.  To our advertisers, I will get bills out to you soon for next year’s ads. I am still working on getting an all the information to create invoices.

With our summer break coming very soon, I hope to have some time this summer to put something nicer together. I know WB Goldbach is working on a baseball game in June at the Crushers. Please contact him for more information.  Also, we will once again partner up with Al Sirat Grotto to have a summer picnic.

Brethren, if I don’t see you before summer break, please have a safe summer, and keep an eye on our website for activities we may be doing. 

Fraternally,

Brian Spooner, Worshipful Master

From The East - April 2017

Brethren,

So far, this year has been moving very fast, I always heard your second time in the East is easier than your first. Not sure if that is fully true, while somethings are easier, I find others to be unexpected challenges that I did not face my first time in the East. We will have our first EA Degree on April 20th and Senior Warden Ritley will be sitting in the East for the degree. Come up to the Lodge and support our new brother and Brother Ritley. Dinner will be at 6:00 and the Lodge will open at 7:00.                   

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The fundraiser proceeds will go to the Special Olympics. We are still working out the all the details, but tickets will be $7 each and include all the pancakes you can eat, plus one side of sausage. Please contact me or any of the officers of the Lodge for tickets. Also, please note, if you got last month’s printed copy of the Trestleboard, the date of the event was incorrect, so please check your calendars.

Spring is in the air and what that means for me and many people is it is time to get our bicycles tuned up and start pounding out some pavement. I frequently travel between 2000 – 3000 miles a summer on my bike. This isn’t meant to sound like I am brag, but to bring awareness. Cyclist like me often find ourselves defending against cars. It’s not a fair fight, we don’t have steel and airbags to protect us. So, please always pass with lots of space between yourself and bikes. It is becoming such an issue the State of Ohio passed a new law requiring cars to pass with at least three feet between themselves and bikes. Another law they passed has to do with traffic lights. Most traffic lights can’t be triggered by a bike, so this requires us to go through lights while they are red. It is now legal for cyclist to go through red lights after they stop.

As you all know it gets pretty warm up in the Lodge as the temperature rises outside.  So, starting with the May 11th meeting and going until the September 14th meeting, the dress code for the Lodge will be business causal for special and stated meetings, if there is no degree.  And I am defining business causal to mean no jeans or shorts and you must have a collard shirt on.

Fraternally,

Brian Spooner, Worshipful Master

From The East - February 2017

Brethren,

My second term seems to be moving very quickly. That is in large part because we have had busy couple months. As all things go, we had a few schedule changes, so please always check the Lodge website for the latest news and dates. And for those of you that get our news by slow mail, I promise to try and get you updated information sooner as I work through the best and fast way to get a printed copy out to you. 

We had our annual awards night on January 19th, two Fellow Craft Degrees on January 28th, and our breakfast in the park on January 29th. I want to thank Brother Dovilla for his hard work on put on an excellent night for our awardees. Our Fellow Craft degrees went well; I want to thank everyone that helped out. Brother Ritley and Worshipful Brother Pominville stepped up and helped at the last minute to fill chairs. Brother Elmerick, from Mid-Century Lodge, did the first part of FC lecture and Worshipful Bother Goldbach did the change. I want to send out a huge thank you to WB Goldbach for all his help with breakfast, he made the breakfast possible. Brothers Ritley and Godby were also a huge help. Thank you brethren! I hope you were able to make it out to these events, and there is more to come. 

There has been a lot of talk of what to do next. How many of our Brethren would be interested in going to a baseball game or a hockey game? I would also like to have a fundraiser for Special Olympics, but I think the spaghetti dinners have run their course and we need to do something new.  I was thinking about have a “Dip off”. People could enter a dip or salsa in a competition and people would pay $5 for a small bag of chips and a voting card. I’m looking for other ideas as well. The plan is to do our fundraiser in April, so we need to get something going soon. Worshipful Brother Kilpatrick is planning a range night March 30th. See detail below and contact him to reserve your spot.   

As we move through February we will begin to get ready for our inspection with some upcoming practices. Inspection will be on March 2nd and we will be inspected in the Master Mason Degree. If you haven’t already received a call from Worshipful Bother Croxford, you will. If you do get a call from him, please call him back, even if you can’t help with the upcoming Master Mason Degrees. This will make his job a little easier as he pulls the team together. 

Brethren, I am truly grateful for all the help and support! And if you haven’t made to lodge in a while, I look forward to seeing you in the future.

Fraternally,

Brian Spooner, Worshipful Master

From The East - March 2017

Brethren, at the start of the year I talked about pride and how important it was for us to regain our lost pride. I am happy to say that the officers made me proud and I believe everyone felt it at our inspection. Our inspection went very well and I’m proud of our performance! I want to thank everyone that either took part in our inspection or helped in some way. I want to give special thanks to Brother Edwards for helping with dinner, Worshipful Brother Croxford for his work with the Fellow Craft team and his Charge, Worshipful Brother Kilpatrick for playing his bagpipes, and Right Worshipful Brother Krapf for his lector. Also, I would like to thank the Eastern Stars for the much-needed refreshments after the degree. We had over 40 brethren attend the inspection. We also had few past and present Grand Lodge officers attend the inspection including, Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Schau.  

We have not been out much traveling this year, but I would like to change that and try to make it to a few other Lodge inspections. I want to thank all the brethren that have traveled to an inspection this year. If you have not traveled and would like to get out there and visit, there is still time, let me know and I will try to join you!

We were planning on a second Master Mason degree this month, but for now, it will be moved to a later day.  Worshipful Brother Kilpatrick is planning a night at the range on March 30.  Please contact him soon if you would like to attend.  See below for more details. I am also planning on having a fundraiser for Special Olympics and hope to have more information by next month.

 

Fraternally,

Brian Spooner, Worshipful Master

From The East - January 2017

Brethren,

I want to thank everyone who attended the Installation of Officers of Rocky River Lodge #703. The Job’s Daughters did a great job of serving the food and clean up. After the installation, we had some brownies and lemon bars made by our local bakery, Wild Flour Bakery. If you haven’t had a chance to try their bakery, you can check them out on at www.wildflourbakery.com. I want to give a big thank you to my Installing Master, WB Ben Farah, and Installing Marshals, WB Thomas Lindsey and WB Karl Hoffman.

We will have a busy first quarter, but we will start out slow after the holidays and have officers meeting on January 5, dinner is 6:00 all are welcome. Our Awards Night will be on January 19, with our Junior Warden, Michael Dovilla, in charge of the night.

We will have our first degree this month. The degree will be in Entered Apprentice on January 26, and Brother Ritley will take the East for the degree. Please come out and show your support for our new brother and the officers.

Our favorite cold event, the breakfast in the park will be on January 29. Dress warm because you never know what the weather will be like, and we could have a day so cold, the egg will freeze. If you haven’t done so yet, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board posted in the Lodge or call or email me. Also, this will be a District Passport Program Event and visiting brethren will get their passports stamped for attending.   

Grand Master Douglas N. Kaylor has announced that we have a Grand Master’s Class on Saturday, March 25. Petitions need to be in soon. Candidates will need to be available on March 25 and June 24 for the tercentennial celebration.

I hope you all had a happy holiday season and I want to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Fraternally,

Brian Spooner, Worshipful Master