January 2nd: Tuesday!!! (Monday is a Federal Holiday!)
* Stated Meeting
Dinner 6:30 PM
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
January 9th: Tuesday
* MM Degree Ritual Practice - Bring your Ritual Books!
Practice 7 - 9 PM
January 15th: Monday
* MM Degree
Degree 7 PM
Refreshment at Break
January 29th: Monday
* Tentative Practice
Practice 7 PM
Please check our "Web Site" frequently for possible schedule updates.
Welcome to the New Year. What will YOU do this year to support the Craft?
JANUARY Happy Birthdays!
PMs/WBs: Donald M. Crowell JR PM
BRs: Donald Brodeur, Saul Chaidez,, Frank Egge, Kenneth McColley, Mark McKee, Clyde Steddum, Robert Volstead, Turner Winn
NOTE PLEASE – Our Annual Dues were retro-raised to $99.00 for 2018 by action of the Grand Lodge in the 2016 GL Communications. Notification of the new Annual Dues structure (in Revised ByLaws) through 2024 was sent out to all Lodge Members with the December Dues Cards and Invoices.
The email for the Lodge is: SecretaryAZ56@gmail.com
Our Website – http://mm56.org
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~ Roderic L. Wagoner, Jr., PM ~ ~ Worshipful Master - 2018 ~
First and foremost, thanks to everyone who came to our 2018 Installation; to WBs Frank Barnes (JR & SR) PMs; Betty Barnes PGM, and WB Sid Leluan PM (and many other titles) for being my Installation team and to Pam Horton and Desert Star 54 for managing the reception afterwards. If I forgot something in my planning, everyone was nice enough not to tell me ... at least that afternoon!
Second, congratulations to JP Pat Zech for joining the DDGM ranks and receiving the coveted (?) DDGM Apron for District 8 and to our Mason of the Year, Matt Hedrick for recognition of his excellent work this past year. Both honors were well deserved, Brothers.
Also, congratulations to BR Joe Talvy, the new Potentate of Sabbar Shrine and BR Rich Davis, PP, the new Chief Rabban.
There are a couple of new appointments, in case you hadn't heard. WB Jim Wild is our "Ritual Master" for this year and will be helping BR Dave keep our ritual teams tuned up. Don't be surprised if we have a few more practices in the near future. BR Josh Sticht will be taking over the MM56 Facebook Page. You've seen his excellent work with the Golf Tournaments so I'm sure that the page will become even more interesting and timely under his direction.
We will have a practice for our upcoming Master Mason degree on TUESDAY JAN 9 (to accommodate Sabar Shrine Installation on the 8th). WB Jim will put us through our paces. There will be a couple of us in new parts but it needs to be that way if we're to grow as a team. The actual degree will be on January 15th at 7 pm. January 29th is tentative for another practice session.
If you haven't received your Lodge 60th Anniversary Pin yet, WB Steve is now its conservator.
Finally, we had a good 2018 Officers meeting on Dec 12th. WB Steve gave us a good overview of some basics that we needed for planning, JP Pat brought us up to speed on the building and we shared some good ideas on fundraising and membership. We plan to meet at least once per quarter to continue those discussions.
I hope to see YOU in Lodge on TUESDAY, January 2, 2018.
~ David A. Brown ~
~ Senior Warden - 2018 ~
The new year is upon us, the time when many of us take inventory of what we have accomplished in the previous year. It is also the season that we make plans for self-improvement efforts. We envision the great things that we wish to accomplish in the upcoming year. Unfortunately, many of these grandiose plans become so overwhelming as the year gets underway that the effort loses momentum. As we draw up our designs on our trestle boards for the upcoming year, choose one impactful achievable goal, and maintain your focus on that until you have met with success, then choose another intermediate goal that builds upon that recent success. Keep making the small victories and your grandiose plans will soon be realized.
~ Matthew W. Hedrick ~
~ Junior Warden - 2018 ~
I extend my sincerest thanks to the Brethren for both electing me as your 2018 Junior Warden and for selecting me as the 2017 Mason of the Year. I will continue to strive throughout the year to live up to both of these honors. As we look forward to this New Year, I challenge all of you to do what is within your cable tow to step forward and support our Lodge and the Craft. We have many opportunities to provide support, whether it is through attending degree work, helping out at a concession stand, staffing a fundraiser, or assisting in the upkeep of our building. My dearest hope is to see as much participation as possible from the Brethren at degree ceremonies and stated meetings. There are times we must call ourselves from our refreshment back to labor for the benefit of the Craft.
I wish each and every one of you and your families a merry holiday season and that many blessings will come your way in the New Year.
"Give the brethren a chance to do something, anything, no matter how small or unimportant. A brother convinced that he is helpful is enthusiastic." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!