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Vol. 7 - January 4th, 2017
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Greetings from the Grand Secretary

As you are recovering from the Holidays (and until the bills begin to arrive), we wish for you, your family and friends good health and happiness for 2017. We hope that last year left you with fond memories, with satisfaction of deeds well done and success in all your endeavors. If you need a place to start your 2017, a review of your Masonic Obligations and a personal commitment* to your Masonic family might be a great New Year’s Resolution.

I would also ask a favor and that is to include all of the people that selflessly serve with our military and first responders in your thoughts and prayers. Ask the Grand Architect to aid and guide our leaders, encourage our teachers and that all of mankind be civil to each other.

*And every Mason is aware that our ancient charges includes our homes, our community and our employment.

New Feature – “Ask Adoniram” (Ad / o / ni / ram) {see The Standard Work and Freemasons Guide, Section 5-10 for correct pronunciation}.  This monthly advice column will feature selected letters and e-mails sent to Brother Adoniram. Some names, dates, or particular references may be changed to protect the identity of the sender. Brother Adoniram has been a Master Mason a long, long time, some of us having met and worked with him since we were made Master Masons ourselves. Whether you agree with his responses, the wit and wisdom found in some of his replies could have even come from Solomon himself. The Grand Secretary will forward any questions or comments to our Brother if you will put “Brother Adoniram” in the subject line.

New Secretaries – Training for you is scheduled for January 28th in Bremerton. You can register for the class at http://freemason-wa.org/secretary-treasurer-temple-board-training/.  We will cover duties, responsibilities, the LSI (Lodge Secretary Interface), and much more. There are additional training materials behind the For Members / Education & Training tab on the Grand Lodge website.  

…and at the Office – There is a truism that is undisputable and that is, “The ONLY constant in the universe is change”.  If you doubt this, just look at the changes in and from this office since June. So, changes in staffing can be no more surprising as changes in the database, training, and newsletter.  That said, Jane Davis is no longer with the Grand Lodge office. Her dedicated support to the Lodges, the Executive Committee and the Grand Secretary will be distributed to Lynne Blaylock and the rest of the staff. We ask for your patience and best wishes for Lady Jane.

Lodge Secretary Interface (LSI) – For the Secretaries a dues and payment tracker module is being added to the LSI. This is not a mandatory module, but will allow the Secretary to enter the date that a Brother pays his dues, assessments or contributions.  At a touch of a button, the Secretary can see who (and who has not) paid Lodge dues (and for how long). While many Lodges use a spreadsheet or a paper system to track payments, which is fine, the LSI makes it easy and all in one place. Available in January, the module is fairly self-explanatory, but we’ll add it to the LSI training anyway!

Where’s Sam – Good ol' Santa. I was a bit reluctant to sit on Santa’s lap, but the double mortgage payments lead to a certain desperation for assistance in every quarter.  I must have hit every department store Santa in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. One or more of them must have a direct line to the real Santa, because we have a contract on the home in Mukilteo. OK, it was only a little embarrassing to be older than most of the Santa’s I saw, but the candy at the end made it worth it.

Civility – A Masonic Characteristic – January is national “Civility Starts with You” month.  (http://www.civilitycalendar.com/)  We talked about the National Civility Center last month. Take a minute to look over the good ideas and resources available from the Civility Center. Looking for a short Lodge Program?  The month is full of tips, tools, and ideas for a Lodge (or EOS, Job’s Daughters, Rainbow, DeMolay, York or Scottish Rite, your bridge club, etc.).
 
Civility Quote:
To choose CIVILITY should never be an afterthought, it should be your first thought and choice of action.  - Ty Howard

There is more to be found at: www.civilitycenter.org  (note the joined hands).  

Contact the Grand Secretary if you are interested in becoming a Civility Ambassador. Friend Civility Ambassadors on Facebook.
 
Life Changes Since Becoming a Mason – Who knew that this would bring out other Brothers that have similar deep feelings. A Brother, who lost a leg to an IED on his return, lost his wife to PTSD, lost his job to business closure, and just lost hope was asked by a friend to come to dinner.  A Lodge dinner.  There he met other vets from WWII to Afghanistan who knew him, could see the suffering of the inner man. Without condemnation or judgment, they opened their lives to him… threw him that lifeline that pulled him from self-destructive actions and contemplation of ending it all to stop the pain. The full acceptance of him by his Brothers “Not only changed my life, but saved my life.  Thanks be to Masonry”.

Quote of the Month

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas CAN change the future."   

                                                                                                                                    - Robin Williams
VW Norman A. Watts Memorial Service

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that former District Deputy and Grand Lodge Team member Norman A. Watts has passed.

The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 7th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Maple Park Lutheran Brethren Church in Lynnwood.  Service will be a church service only, no Masonic Service. Refreshments to follow.  Norm was the primary chef when large meals were served at the church.

Maple Park Lutheran Brethren Church:
17620 60th Ave W.
Lynnwood, WA 98037
425.743.2288

Sympathy or “Thinking of You” cards can be addressed to: 
Pat Watts
1427 100th St SW, No. 151
Lynnwood, WA 98204

Our prayers are with his family and friends at this time.  He will be greatly missed.

2017 Lodge Leadership Retreat Registration is NOW OPEN!

The 2017 Lodge Leadership Retreat will be held Friday, March 17th through the morning of Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, WA. Those that are eligible and encouraged to attend are any Masons that anticipate being installed as a Warden or Senior Deacon of a Lodge in 2017. While the primary focus of the retreat is geared towards Lodge Wardens and Senior Deacons, any Master Mason (including Masters or Past Masters) may attend. The program is designed to lead officers to a greater understanding of their role as a leader in their Lodge and provide them the skills to excel and succeed in that role. A few of the topics to be covered include: Roles and Responsibilities for the Junior Warden and Senior Warden, Degree Ritual, Leadership, Building Membership, New Candidate Education Program, Public Relations, Our Responsibility to the Craft, Lodge Traditions and Landmarks and Installation Planning. A full list of classes offered can be found on the Grand Lodge website. Ladies are encouraged to attend, with special ladies and coed programs designed to help gain additional knowledge about our Fraternity and guidance on how to assist in the successful journey of their Mason in his Lodge officer role.

For registration information including a class list and RW Warren Schoeben's letter in its entirety CLICK HERE or go to www.freemason-wa.org/news-events/llr/.
Life Membership Summary Lodge Report

Big THANK YOU to Secretaries for contacting me with questions and letting me know if their Lodge’s Life Membership Summary Report was correct by the December 27th deadline!

Coming up will be the annual internal audit of the Fund in January 2017. Then approximately mid-February 2017, income distribution checks will be issued to participating Lodges. Checks will be mailed to the Lodge Secretary on file in the Membership program. Thanks again!
 
If you have any questions, please email or call me at the office.
kathleen@freemason-wa.org or 253-625-7891 x203

Happy New Year!!!
Kathleen Lau

Secretary, Treasurer & Temple Board Training - Bremerton

A new class has been added to the Secretary, Treasurer and Temple Board Training schedule.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who is currently serving in one or more of these positions or is thinking about making themselves available in the future. We look forward to seeing you there. To sign up for the FREE training, please call Chantal at the Grand Lodge office (253.625.7891) or click on the registration link below:

Saturday, January 28, 2017
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
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Bremerton Lodge, No. 117
878 5th Street
Bremerton, WA 98337
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CLICK HERE to register online via Eventrbrite

Additional dates and locations will be added as they are confirmed.

End of Year Return
 
Just a reminder that End of Year Returns are due by February 1st, 2017.
 
If you have any questions, please email or call me at the Grand Lodge office.
lynneb@freemason-wa.org or 253-625-7891.
 
Happy New Year!
 

Lynne Blaylock
Happy New Year from the Grand Lodge Staff

New are the hopes and aspirations, new are the resolutions, new are the spirits and new is the year! Here’s wishing that you be embraced with a glorious one and meet all your future endeavors with victory and triumph.

- The Grand Lodge Staff
Ask Adoniram
Dear Brother Adoniram,
I am the Worshipful Master of ---------- Lodge and have been advised by the Past Masters and members of my Lodge that it is proper to be covered during the meetings; that it is my privilege alone… To be blunt, I look ridiculous in a Top Hat and so have chosen to wear a pith helmet. I find it cool and airy, and it doesn’t get crushed when I sit on it. I don’t mind the stares and strange looks, but it is the pointing and snickering I can’t take. Should I gavel these laughing Brothers down?
- Hard Hatted in the East

Dear Hard Hatted in the East,
There is a saying that the clothes don’t make the man and the same can be said of a ‘cover’. I will guarantee you that if you conduct yourself and your meeting with confidence and competence; if you have developed a plan and work the plan; if you know your ritual, your By-Laws and the Constitution, and if your conduct is that of a Worshipful Master as defined in the obligations and charges you took as the Master… if all this, the Brethren of the Craft will focus on you as an example of a good and regular Mason and not your cover.  And if not, you may as well as stick a feather in it so it will be a bit softer the next time you sit on it.
Dear Brother Adoniram,
As the Junior Warden in my Lodge, it is my duty to make the meals and refreshments for the Brethren. Last meeting, I prepared roast beef and made enough for seconds, but feel like I’m the one that got roasted.  The donation basket, located right at the end of the line, had more gravy in it than cash. Now the Lodge re-reimburses me, but I think past the time of the 49 cent blue plate special. If I had to prepare the next meal on what I collected, the Brethren would be having ketchup soup with instant rice and no dessert! What can I do to get the Brothers to pay up?
- Fed Up

Dear Fed Up,
I particularly like the solution that one Lodge came up with for the same problem.  The JW made a sign that listed the meal as “Baked chicken, veggie, mashed potatoes, roll, coffee or tea, and dessert -- $8.00”. When a Brother entered the serving line and put $2.00 in the basket, the JW served up one wing, a tablespoon of corn, two tablespoons of potatoes and a glass of water.  Maybe not subtle, but very effective!
Lodge Secretary's Corner
LODGE SECRETARY INTERFACE (LSI) TIDBITS:
  • The Member Report is NEW & IMPROVED!!: This report now shows if a Member is Proficient
  • Searching for Members: Remember when you want to search for members, the Search by Lodge Status defaults to All Active Master Masons, you will need to change that if the member you are searching for is not a Master Mason, you can either change the search to Any Record or the individual selection you want to search.  Then hit Search for Matches.  
ROSTER OF LODGES & GRAND LODGE TEAM DIRECTORY: Both of these valuable tools are available on the Grand Lodge website under the “For Members” tab (log-in required).  Direct links are also provided in the footer of each email newsletter (found below the Monthly Events section).  Each Directory is updated on or before the 1st of each month.
 
CURRENT PUBLICATIONS: Do you, your Lodge and/or Lodge Officers have the current/up-to-date Publications?
  • Washington Masonic Code:  2003 w/2016 Changes
  • Standard Work-Freemason’s Guide - 2014
  • Lodge Officers' Handbook - 2016
  • New Candidate Education Program (NCEP) – 2016 - please DISCARD all old copies of the NCEP and ONLY use the 2016 Edition
January Events
New Year's Day Observed - Grand Lodge Office Closed
Monday, January 2nd, 2017

District No. 7 Meeting
Friday, January 13th, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
Eastside Masonic Center, 8567 Willows Road, Redmond 

District No. 6 Meeting
Saturday, January 14th, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
Delta White Center, Lodge No. 172, 13034 41st Ave S., Tukwila

District No. 10 Meeting
Friday, January 20th, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
Bellingham Masonic Center, 2626 W. Maplewood Ave., Bellingham

District No. 9 Meeting
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
Fidalgo Lodge, No. 77, 1019 8th St., Anacortes

District No. 8 Meeting 
Saturday, January 21st, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
Arlington Lodge, No. 129, 405 N. Olympic, Arlington

Secretary, Treasurer & Temple Board Training - Bremerton
Saturday, January 28th, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Bremerton Lodge, No. 117, 878 5th Street, Bremerton - CLICK HERE to register online

Click on the underlined event heading for additional information 
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