March, 2017

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March 2 Warwick Stated Meeting at 7:30PM with Dinner at 6:30PM

March 13 Warwick Blood Drive Trinity Methodist Church in Poquoson

March 9, 16, 23, 30 Warwick Practice, 7PM

March 17 St Patrick’s Day

March 21 CS Revel – Transportation 336 – 6PM

April 6 Warwick Stated Meeting at 7:30PM

From the East:

We have a special meeting coming up in March, with many masonic birthdays to include a couple of 60 year Mason’s. Most Worshipful Vernon Stuart Cook, Grand Master of Masons in Virginia, will also be in attendance.

I am expecting a large crowd and I look forward to seeing all of you there. I have been thinking about what to write and what to say since last year when I first heard about this. After some long thought and several attempts to come up with something proper, I have come to the conclusion that I am not a great writer. So here is my best effort to pay a small bit of honor to someone that I have come to appreciate and respect. For anyone who may not know by now, March is Most Worshipful William Franklin Perdue’s 60th Masonic Birthday.

What can you say about MW Frank Perdue that hasn’t already been said? Someone who has held all of the office’s, chairs and titles that he has held and contributed all of the time, effort and support that he has given throughout those 60 years. I am sure that he has already heard just about everything there is to say and just about every type of praise that can be given to him. My great words and wonderful praise……………….MW Frank, Congratulations and Thank You very much. Your support, kindness, brotherhood, knowledge, friendship, mentorship and overall love of Masonry is something for all Mason’s to strive for. Your support of Freemasonry and the entire brotherhood of the craft is something that we can never thank you enough for and as hard as we may try, we can never repay what you have given us. Again,………..Congratulations and Thank You.

And I would be remiss if I did not give a Thank you to his wonderful wife Molly for all of the years that she has supported MW Frank and the entire brotherhood of masonry and all that she has done for us.

Chuck Hall

Worshipful Master

From the West

I’m proud to be a member of Warwick Lodge for many, many reasons. Our members are very active in the local Masonic community. We have brethren serving in leadership roles in all of the local appendant bodies and as officers in other lodges, as well as serving as this year’s District Deputy Grand Masters in neighboring Masonic districts. All the while, these same brethren come out to support Warwick Lodge on a regular basis.

During the recent official visits of our District Deputy Grand Master throughout Masonic District 14B, the lodges were filled with Warwick members. While at Transportation Lodge, Worshipful Chuck Hall challenged for the travelling gavel which is awarded to the Lodge with the most visiting brothers in attendance – we won hands-down. Great job Warwick brethren! Let’s continue to do that thing which makes us proud.

Dave Bridges

Senior Warden

From the South,

February was a busy month with the DDGM visit the Bremond and Transportation lodges, the C S Revell class on the 22nd and the EA degree work on the 23rd . I hope everyone who went to the hockey game on Saturday the 25th had a good time.

I would like to thank all the brethren who showed up at the Bremond and Transportation lodges for DDGM visit. Also we had enough members present to get back the traveling gavel. Worshipful Mainwaring has promised to get it back in no uncertain terms. So let’s try to keep it in our lodge.

I would also like to remind you to come out help with the degree work if possible, also there is the Warwick blood drive on Monday March 13th from 2:30 to 7:00 P. M.

Bruce Ankenman

Junior Warden

From the Secretary……

Brethren, Note the 60 year veterans this month! Come to the March Stated Communication and celebrate with our own Past Grand Master, Most Worshipful W. Frank Perdue as he receives his 60 year presentation. The certification and lapel pin will be done by Most Worshipful Alan W. Adkins, Grand Secretary. Most Worshipful Vernon Stuart Cook, Grand Master of Masons in Virginia, will also be in attendance! Also, please note the other brethren listed below, and if you see them, wish them a Happy Masonic Birthday!

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

John A. Aldredge III 3-13-72                Jeffery M. Browne 3-20-03

G. Thomas Bryant 3-22-62                 Henry C, Bryant, Sr. 3-30-65

Harold R. Clark 3-26-70                      Robert D. Copeland 3-26-70

William K. Davis 3-22-79                   Harold L. Demmon 3-01-08

Vincent L. Gebhardt 3-09-95             John R. Goodwin 3-30-78

John A. Guy 3-11-60                             Paul D. Hampton 3-22-79

John R. Hartshorn 3-25-76                Brian R. Hemicker 3-05-14

Paul E. Lubic, Jr 3-24-73                     Paul E. Lubic III 3-31-09

Peter J. Marshall 3-02-92                  Parlie R. McCrary 3-28-68

Herman K. Parks 3-15-79                  William F. Perdue 3-23-57

John S. Powell, Jr 3-24-73                 Nick J. Rozos 3-23-78

Carroll W. Setliff 3-15-79                  Arthur W. Shifflett 3-23-57

Fred A. Smith, Jr 3-24-73                  Wayne R. Spencer 3-21-74

Charles R. Williamson, Jr. 3-22-04 Edward V. Wilson 3-12-81

Aaron S. Zeno 3-28-74

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January, 2017

Trestleboard

January       1      New Years Day

January       5      Warwick Stated Meeting at 7:30PM 

January       26    Warwick Practice for DDGM Visit, 7PM

February     2      Warwick Stated Meeting at 7:30PM, 14B DDGM Visit with Dinner at 6:30PM

 

 

From the East:

Brethren, it is my honor to serve this year as Worshipful Master and I can’t thank you enough for the vote of confidence.  I appreciate your trust and support and will do my best to live up to your expectations and the great examples that have been set by all of the brothers who have served as Master before me.

I hope that my year will be fun for all of you and I look forward to sharing with you all of the experiences that we have done before in Warwick Lodge. Again this year we will attend the Admirals Hockey game, the Norfolk Tides Baseball game, the Lodge ice cream social and lodge picnic and I am trying to get the fishing trip scheduled and also possibly a Pilots baseball game. What would make these things better than they have been in any other year, is if we could double the participation of the brothers and their families who can attend.

I would like to thank everyone who made the installation happen and made everything run so smoothly and so enjoyable for all of us. Without this great team of brothers and the Eastern Star support, I would be lost. More than what I already appear to be.

I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Remember:

If you can’t be kind and say something nice, Be Quiet.

 

Chuck Hall

Worshipful Master

 

From the West

Brethren, thank you for your continued confidence and electing me as your Senior Warden.  I’m excited to serve Worshipful Chuck Hall and you this year.  I like to track the demographics of our lodge.  Age of membership always seems like the one most people are interested in.  So, here’s how we look:  Average age = 66.5; oldest member = 98; youngest = 20.  Although there is a wide span in age, we all share a love of Masonry and completed the same steps to earn the privilege of being called, Master Mason. 

I look forward to another fantastic year!

Dave Bridges

Senior Warden

 

From the South 

I hope everyone had very Merry Christmas. And I wish every one a happy and prosperous New Year. That said I would like thank all of you who elected me to JW and will try to up my predecessors as best I can.

Starting this new year I hope we can get more people involved in the degree work now that we have four new master masons.

Once more thank you putting your trust in me.

Bruce Ankenman

Junior Warden

 

From the Secretary……

Well Brethren, it’s a new year!  I hope this upcoming year will be a profitable and enjoyable one for each of you! A special congratulation is in order for Right Worshipful John H. Price, who will celebrate 50 years of Masonic service this month.  If you see any of the other birthday boys, be sure to wish them a happy masonic birthday.

 

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

Bruce A. Ankenman  1-17-13       Tony Auby   1-27-66 

Carl L. Barrack  1-27-93               James D. Barrick  1-28-82 

Charles J. Belote   1-24-74            Ernest E. Burcher  1-13-55 

David R. Coffey  1-19-06             Thomas C. Edwards, Jr. 1-12-60 

John R. Gleason  1-29-11             Floyd W. Goff  1-28-65 

Daniel F. Grubbe  1-17-84           Charles L. Hall  1-09-07 

James N. Mitchell  1-16-64          Carl S. Morgan III  1-22-98 

Patrick D. Mosquera 1-29-11       Robert L. Parker  1-28-82 

Connie L. Portewig  1-24-63        John H. Price  1-26-67 

Max A. Robinson  1-19-61           Leonard A. Wagner  1-25-62 

Robert H. Walker, Jr 1-31-63       David P. Wescott  1-28-88 

Marvin B. Whitmore, Jr 1-23-86 

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December 2016

From the East

Brethren, it has been a pleasure serving as your Worshipful Master this year. Although we did not fully accomplish everything I hoped we would, Warwick Lodge is in as good if not better shape than last year.

The final numbers are not back yet. However, I believe we added more new members than we lost. On top of that, we added quality members who participate regularly. Warwick’s membership numbers are strong.

Originally, I planned to improve the entrance to our lodge. Due to my hectic travel schedule, that did not get done. As a result, we did not spend nearly as much money as I planned. Our audit committee and treasurer’s annual reports will tell the final tale. Either way, Warwick’s financial state is strong.

We had a variety of successful events ranging from sports events, the ice cream social, to barbeque. Added to that, we were entertained a couple of times by the Grafton High School Band, the Pipes and Drums of York, and incredibly talented Irish folk dancers. Our pre-meeting meals were spectacular and well attended. Warwick continues to be a very active Lodge.

The members of Warwick Lodge are involved in Lodge operations. This year we performed a significant amount of degree work. We raised multiple brothers. At each and every session, all of the chairs were full and there were brothers on the sidelines. The cooking team was spectacular. Our meals were incredibly good and there was plenty of food (even when I forgot to tell them about extra people during scholarship night). We have a full list of candidates for next year’s leadership roles. Warwick Lodge will be in good shape next year too.

We got the word out and supported our community. This year Warwick supported multiple high school sports and music programs, a little league baseball program, a youth soccer club, the Boy Scouts, all of our Masonic youth groups, and the Newport News War Museum to name a few. The Warwick Lodge name and square and compasses were seen far and wide. I am positive your efforts will result in new Masons in the future.

All of this could not be possible with the efforts of every member of the lodge. I would like to especially thank the officers, trustees, cook crew, District Deputies, Masters of other lodges, Past Masters, and past Grand Masters for their support mentorship, and friendship. I wish the best of luck to next year’s master and promise to help and support any way I can.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Brandon

Worshipful Master

From the West

Merry Christmas to all!  I trust everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is ready for an exciting Holiday Season.  During this time of year, it’s important that we look out for each other and take the time to say hello and wish each other a very merry and happy holiday. This is my last letter from the West, and if all goes well in December I will be moving on to the East. I have enjoyed this year, and have enjoyed working with each and every one of you in performing my duties as Senior Warden. The lodge has worked hard this year in performing degree work and hosting the various lodge activities throughout the year. All of the officers understand that none of this would happen without the support, brotherly love and friendship of the entire lodge community and all of the brothers who have gone before us. I’d like to take this time to thank all of the brothers who help out with degree work, practices, lectures, catechisms, meals, support from the side lines, prep and clean up. Thank you all very much.

As the year comes to a close, I think we should all take a minute to congratulate Worshipful Tim Brandon on an outstanding year as the Master of Warwick Lodge. Tim worked many hours behind the scenes to make sure that Warwick had an outstanding year. Congratulations Worshipful Tim and thanks for a job well done.

Warwick Lodge will have its December stated on Thursday 1 December and at that time will vote on next year’s officers. The installation is scheduled for Friday the 9th of December and will be an open installation. So please join us and bring your family and friends.

Monthly food for thought:

With regard to human kindness

And the ‘Golden Rule’, I pray,

I’ll remember I’m a Mason…

And behave like that today.”

Chuck Hall

Senior Warden

From the South

Thanks, and congratulations to Worshipful Tim for a successful and very active year in Warwick Lodge. As a nod to all who helped on the degree teams, here’s a little Masonic humor.

Bob and Bill were brother Masons and great friends for most of their lives. Each had agreed that when one of them passed on to that Celestial Lodge above, he would attempt to make contact with the other and tell him what heaven was like. Bill went to heaven, first. One night Bob was just drifting off to sleep when he heard Bill’s voice calling to him.

“Bill?” “Yeah, Bob, it’s me.” “Wow! What’s it like?”

“It’s like nothing you could ever imagine. The lodge here is fantastic… better than any lodge we ever saw on Earth. The meetings are always well attended, the ritual is letter perfect, the Bring-a-Friend nights always have tons of new people just itching to join, and the spirit of fellowship blankets the entire place.”

Bob’s eyes teared up. “Oh, it’s just like we’d hoped.  I’m so happy for you. That sounds really great, but you don’t seem all that excited. What’s wrong?”

“Well, I have some good news and some bad. The good news is that we’re raising a new Master Mason next Thursday… the bad news… your name is on the list to be the Senior Deacon.”

Dave Bridges

Junior Warden

From the Secretary……

What a pleasure it was to have three 50 year and one 60 year veterans present in November to receive their certificates. That doesn’t happen often! Time to look forward to the December Stated Communication and the election of officers. These brethren will be responsible for the operation of the Lodge for the next few years. Come out and vote! (just like America did on November 8th!) Not many birthdays in December, but if you see any of them, be sure to offer your congratulations. They are: Joseph J. Hogge 12-01-59, 57 years, Benjamin T. Housley 12-19-13, 3 years, Bruce M. Kendall 12-10-63, 53 years, James R. Mason, Jr. 12-07-96, 20 years, Roy L. Mozingo 12-09-58, 58 years, and Ian M. Ware 12-12-11, 5 years.

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Warwick Trestleboard for November 2016

Key Dates
3 Nov – Warwick Stated Meeting – Dinner at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7:30 PM
9-13 Nov – Grand Lodge Meeting in Richmond
15 Nov – CS Revell School and MDW Organizational Meeting – 6:00 PM at Warwick
1 Dec – Warwick Stated Meeting for December ate election of officers for 2017
9 Dec – Warwick Installation of Officers for 2017

 

From the East   Each month, I am amazed at the friendship and brotherly love shared among the brethren.  I regularly receive calls and emails with information about brothers that are sick, distressed, or just need a ride to lodge.  It always amazes me that brothers are so focused on caring for each other.  It is rare that a brother in need does not receive multiple offers for support.     You all know, I travel quite a bit with my job.  As a result, I am not always here to follow up on the welfare of our members.  However, I am always certain that a brother or two will step up to cover for me while I’m away.  I am especially indebted to Worshipful Steve Vaughn and Brother Robb Burton for their assistance.  Both are very active behind the scenes in keeping the lodge moving forward.     This month signifies the start of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is weeks away.  That means Christmas will be here before you know it.  This holiday season, I ask that you remember a brother’s welfare as your own.  Take a few minutes to visit an elderly brother.  If you have not heard from a brother in a while, give him a call.  The holidays can be a tough time for many.  Let us make a special effort to support and care for each other.  Likewise if you need something, feel lonesome, or just want to talk your brothers are waiting and available. Ask and you shall receive.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Brandon Worshipful Master

From the West   I came across a poem this last week that a friend had sent to me years ago and I thought it would be good to share it with you. I’m sure many of you have read this before, but it is something good to reread, remember and something that we should all continuously think about. The Dash Poem  I read of a man who stood to speak, At the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone, From the beginning to the end. He noted that first came the date of their birth And spoke of the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all Was the dash between those years. For that dash represents all the time, That we spend alive on earth And now only those who loved them, Know what that little line is worth. For it matters not, how much we own, The cars, the house, the cash, What matters is how we live and love, And how we spend our dash. So think about this long and hard; Are there things you’d like to change? For you never know how much time is left, That can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough, To consider what’s true and real And always try to understand, The way other people feel. And be less quick to anger, And show appreciation more And love the people in our lives, Like we’ve never loved before. If we treat each other with respect, And more often wear a smile, Remembering that this special dash, Might only last a little while. So when your eulogy is being read, With your life’s actions to rehash Would you be proud of the things they say About how you spent your dash? What will your Dash say about you.

Chuck Hall Senior Warden

From the South This month our nation celebrates Veteran’s Day.  The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:  Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations. An Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans’ service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. As Masons we’re taught to act on the principles of friendship, morality, and brotherly love.  Let’s make that especially true this month and extend a hearty handshake and a friendly “Thank you” to the many veterans among us.

Dave Bridges Junior Warden

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October 2016

Key Dates
6 October – Warwick Stated Meeting – Dinner at 6:30 PM, meeting at 7:30 PM

8 October – Masonic Home Open House

11 October – Warwick Family Dinner, Schooners on Warwick Blvd at 6PM

21 October – Warwick 336 and McMahon 303 combined open house – 8-4 PM. Please visit the lodges during those hours to tell our visitors about Masonry. Wear your lodge shirt.

From the East

I love being a Mason. As a group we represent what was and is good about America. We represent the civility, honor, and integrity that used to be a daily standard. I know when a Mason gives me his word or shakes my hand, it means something.

This weekend, while watching TV and reading the news, I realized how far our country has declined. Every story or program showed people cheating, stealing, or worse. Every interaction between people showed screaming and violence. Those who were not yelling at someone else were perpetually offended by everything. Morality and civility were nowhere to be seen. What happened to our society?

I will tell you what happened. An entire generation grew up with role models on television. Sports stars, actresses, politicians, and talk show hosts took the place of fathers, mothers, and neighbors. As a young boy, I knew every family in our neighborhood. I also knew, if I did something wrong one of those neighbors would let my parents know. My dad and grandfather taught me something about being a man each and every day. I respected my teachers and baseball coach. I said, “Sir” and “Ma’am.” All of that seemed to disappear over the last 30 years. I hate to tell you, our next generation could be in even worse shape, as their role models are now on the internet.

All is not lost. We can still fight back. I challenge you to instill your values in your grandchildren, your children, and kids in the neighborhood. Demand and receive respect. Get involved! Coach a sports team. Be a child’s role model. Get involved! Speak up when you see a child doing something wrong. Call a parent. Get involved! Volunteer at a school. Show a young boy how to act like a man. Get involved!

We are at a turning point gentlemen. If we do not redirect the future of society through our interaction with young people, there will not be a society worth worrying about. We can be the most upright, moral, and respectable men in the world, but it means nothing unless we pass that on to the next generation. Get involved!

Fraternally yours,

Tim Brandon

Worshipful Master

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July 2016

From the East

Happy 4th of July to all. As I thought about the 4th of July, one phrase came to mind, “freedom is not free.” There is not a more true sentiment. Every single day we should remember and thank those who sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, for our freedom. These men and women stepped forward when others would not. They gave of themselves when others would not. Usually, we think of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and others around this time of year. They are great men, but they are mere representatives of the millions of Americans who sacrificed for our great nation. We should be forever grateful.

Likewise, there is a group of brothers who step forward when our Lodge needs them. These brothers are lodge officers, past masters, past and present district deputies, trustees, past grand masters, and brothers. As the current master, I attend 99% of all Warwick events and see the same few brothers each time. These same brothers also work behind the scenes. They train candidates, participate in degree work, and check on sick and distress brothers. All the while, they do not ask for or receive the level of credit they deserve.

This month, I would like to recognize two brothers for their outstanding support to Warwick. Worshipful Tom Bryant and Worshipful Stuart Whitehead do more to support this lodge than most will ever know. Together they are responsible for training the vast majority of candidates who have become Masons at Warwick within the past few years. They routinely report on sick brothers, usually with details from their personal visits. They both provide instruction to our Lodge officers in preparation for degree work and the CS Revell School. Added to it all, where would we be without Worshipful Tom’s prayers before each meal?

Tom and Stuart are certainly not the only hard working members of Warwick. There are many brothers behind the scenes who do not get the credit they deserve. However, just like our founding fathers, they represent the spirit of commitment and sacrifice found throughout Warwick. The next time you enjoy an event at Warwick, take time to thank the brother or brothers who planned and organized it. I personally extend my thanks to all of our hard working brothers.

Tim Brandon

Worshipful Master

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January 2016

Trestle Board

January 1 New Years Day

January 7 Warwick Stated Meeting at 7:30PM

January 16 Masonic Leadership Conference, SRC, 8:00AM

January 28 Warwick Practice for DDGM Visit, 7PM

February 4 Warwick Stated Meeting at 7:30PM, 14B DDGM Visit

Dinner and Concert at 6:30PM

From the East:

Brethren, it is my honor and pleasure to serve this year as Worshipful Master. I appreciate your trust and confidence and will do my best to live up to expectations.

There is no denying that the members of Warwick are no spring chickens. The average age of masons in Virginia creeps up each year. Our lodge is no exception. Added to that is a general misunderstanding of Masonry or lack of awareness that we still exist. While we cannot change that overnight, we can lay the groundwork for the future of Warwick Lodge. This year, our mission is to spread the word. Short of standing on the corner with a sign, the best way to let people know we exist is through philanthropy. In particular, we need to support youth organizations. The young men of today are the Masons of tomorrow. With that in mind, I will present several proposals for giving to local school and sports groups. I also ask that each of you help spread the word. Show your community what a just and upright Mason looks like. Wear your Warwick shirt or other Masonic logo apparel around town. Put a sticker on your car. Wear your ring. Get involved in your church, neighborhood association, or child/grandchild’s activities. Let the people see that you are a Mason and a pillar of the community.

Beyond that, I plan to make this year enjoyable for all members. We will have dinner entertainment several times this year, our normal sports and dinner outings, plus a few new events. If you think of something we could or should do as a lodge, let me or one of the other officers know. Of course, suggestions are good but participation is better. Get involved in the lodge, help plan, and organize an event.

God bless you all and here is to a great year.

Tim Brandon, Worshipful Master

From the West:

Another New Year and another opportunity for all of our members to come out and support our new WM. I think that he has put together a great team for this next year, and I hope that we can continue to make Warwick lodge a wonderful place for brotherhood and friendship.

We will be attending a Norfolk Admirals hockey game in February and I will have the signup sheet at our January stated. The date is still to be determined, but it will also be announced at our January stated.

We will be having some degree work coming up in January as well, and we can always use the help and support of any brother that wants to come out and give us a hand. If you haven’t been to any degree work in a while, we welcome you to come out and see how the team is doing.

From brother George Washington:

“To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the Fraternity, as well as those publications that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the great object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.”
[GEORGE WASHINGTON]

Chuck Hall, Senior Warden

From the South:

I’m excited for another enriching and eventful year at Warwick Lodge. The Worshipful Master has filled the calendar with many events for the craft which will make us all better men within ourselves and our community.

The primary purpose of a Lodge is to help good men become better men, and in turn, the primary duty of a Master Mason is learn about Masonry and put that knowledge to use in his daily life. The Lodge helps us to become better men is by giving us a chance to develop new skills.

A Mason can, and should learn something new each time he sits in Lodge, and hear things that excite his curiosity, and cause him to search for a clearer understanding of what our ritual is trying to convey to us from the distant past.

Masonic ritual in Virginia has been passed down mouth-to-ear from generation to generation since the 1700s. You will not find it in a book and you cannot learn it autonomously, you need the help and assistance of a willing brother. It is up to each of us as Master Masons to pass on to our brethren what we have learned over the years from our predecessors and mentors.

At 7:00 P.M. nearly every Thursday when we are not holding our stated communication or conferring a degree, Warwick Lodge holds informal work and instruction. This is the time when the officers, degree teams, and members work on our ritual and floor work. As many will attest, it is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge or to learn something new. It is open to all Master Masons. If there is something you’d like to know more about, or something you think we could improve upon in our degree work, please join us.

When Solomon built the Temple he employed thousands of apprentices and fellowcrafts and relied on master overseers to supervise them. Without this “team” effort the construction could not have been completed.

David Bridges, Junior Warden

Greetings from the Secretary:

Well, Brethren, another year has passed, I hope it was a successful one for each of you. Congratulations to all the newly installed officers, and I know this year will be as great as it was for our most recent Past Master, Worshipful Steven P. Vaughn!

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Warwick Lodge No. 336 wishes you and yours a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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October 2015

Greetings Brethren,

I hope this message finds you all well and in good spirit.

Thanks to all who attended the October stated meeting. I continue to be encouraged by the turn out that we have at our stated meetings. When you meet and see brothers out about town, talk about our lodge and reach out to them to encourage them to come to lodge. Your lodge is a busy and working Lodge. We would love to fill the lodge room and have to set up some extra chairs. At our October stated we observed and had a program on Founders Day.

The Lodge hosted the C.S.Revell / B.D. Hudson School held 9/14, 9/15, & 9/16. I consider it a great success. Bremond exemplified the EA degree, Warwick the FC, and Poquoson the MM. I think everyone that attended was able to learn a few things that they may have forgotten or just did not know. The school average attendance for each night was 56. Our Senior Deacon got checked off for the FC work and is making great progress towards his Wardens certificate and our Senior Warden completed the requirements and was awarded his Wardens certificate. I continue to appreciate the valuable time that you dedicate to the Lodge. We are blessed to have Brethren and Officers that make our Lodge such a wonderful group of men coming together for a common cause out of a common interest. A recent example of this is the volunteers that came out and prepared the meals each evening for the three day school. Great job Brethren.

At the one Day conferral on 8/29 we had six candidates that were raised. We have had two work sessions to help them better understand what is required and what it means to be a Mason. Another example of where we have three Past Masters stepping up to help these new Brethren.

Forty-four units were collected at the September blood drive. This could not have happened without the good work and support of our Blood Drive coordinator, Bruce Ankenman, Wor. David Murray and the DeMolay youth. Another example of where we have Brethren stepping up to provide help and support for the Lodge and the community.

Everyone make note on your schedules that our November stated will be on November 12 (The second Thursday in November). This change is due to the conflict in dates with The Grand Lodge meeting schedule. It happens to us every year.

As our old friend Smokey the Bear says “only YOU can prevent forest fires” also “only YOU can make your lodge stronger and better.”

Steve Vaughn,

Worshipful Master 2015

Trestle Board

October 1 Warwick stated 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 meeting

October 6 McMahon #303 stated 11:00AM

October 8 7:00 PM Warwick Lodge practice or W/I

October 12 Columbus Day, Fly your Flag

October 13 Warwick family dinner 6:00 PM, Surfrider (Poquoson)

October 15 7:00 PM Warwick Lodge practice or W/I

October 20 C.S.Revell / B.D. Hudson School (Poquoson 49)

October 22 7:00 PM Warwick Lodge practice or W/I

October 29 7:00 PM Warwick Lodge practice or W/I

October 31 Halloween

November 12 Warwick stated 6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 meeting

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September 2015

Trestle Board

September 1      McMahon #303 stated                                               11:00AM

September 3      Warwick stated                                                             6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 meeting

September 7      Labor Day

September 8      Warwick family dinner                                              6:00 PM, Juan’s (off Bland Blvd.)

September 10    Warwick Lodge practice FC degree                         7:00 PM

September 11    Patriot Day

September 14    Blood Drive Trinity UMC Poquoson

September 14    C.S.Revell / B.D. Hudson School EA degree

September 15    C.S.Revell / B.D. Hudson School FC degree

September 16    C.S.Revell / B.D. Hudson School MM degree

September 17    No Lodge Practice this evening

September 24     Warwick Lodge practice or W/I                              7:00 PM

September 27    Gold Star Mothers Day

October 1            Warwick Stated                                                            6:30 PM dinner, 7:30 meeting

Greetings from the East:

Greetings Brethren,

I hope this message finds you all well and in good spirit.

Thanks to all who were present for the August stated meeting. Warwick Lodge awarded college scholarships to twenty-one deserving students, sixteen were present to receive their scholarships and express their gratitude. Brother Sean Watterson, the development officer for the Masonic Home of Virginia (MHOVA) presented a certificate of appreciation to Mrs. Lillian (Vid) Clopton for her years of support of MHOVA. It was also Past Masters night and many Lodge past masters were present and were recognized for their service and Masonic support. Special thanks go out to Rt. Wor. Don Moyer, his kitchen support and DeMolay for all their work in preparing and serving over 100 meals at our August stated.

We had a great turnout for the ice cream social in August and I think everyone enjoyed the summer treat and the time socializing with friends and family.

The next blood drive will be on September 14th at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1294 Poquoson Ave. Poquoson, Va. from 2:30-7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to support our community, the Red Cross, and your lodge. September begins the Blood Drive year for 2016, so come out, give a pint and get the 2016 Blood Drive year started with lots of blood.

The next C.S.Revell / B.D.Hudson school will be the three day school at Warwick Lodge on September 14th, 15th, and 16th. There will be a light meal at 6PM with a Masters, Wardens, and Deacons meeting at 6:30 and the school beginning at 7PM. We need volunteers to help fill the chairs for the FC degree on Sept. 15 and volunteers to help provide the light meal for the school on all three nights and clean up after the meal. Let me know how you want to support and help the lodge.

Congratulations to Tim Brandon, our Senior Warden, for completing the requirements for his Wardens Certificate and receiving it at our last stated.

Our attire changes for our September stated. Officers will change back to their black tux. A coat and tie is the recommended standard attire for others.

What Kind of A Mason Are You?

A lot of Masons are like wheelbarrows–no good unless pushed.

Some are like trailers—they have to be pulled.

Some are like kites—if you don’t keep a string on them they fly away.

Some are like balloons—full of wind and ready to blow up.

Some are like footballs—you can’t tell which way they will bounce.

And then, some are like a good watch—open face, pure gold, quietly busy, and full of good works.

Steve Vaughn,

Worshipful Master 2015

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