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FROM THE EAST - Greetings Brethren, I want to thank all of you who came out to our December Stated Communication.  We held our annual lodge meeting, conducted elections, and installed the officers for the ensuing Masonic year. It was a long, but memorable night! My theme for the year is, "Family, Brother Love, and Charity." Please join us at our January Stated Communication to hear more about it and the goals set for the lodge this year.  For those that cannot make it, please see my goals and the initial schedule for the year contained in this communication.  I wanted to get this in your hands right away because we need as many hands on deck to help make this year as successful as possible for US! I look forward to a revived lodge membership! Our one-day conferral brothers are doing a great job and are bringing a breath of fresh air to our ranks. 
          Thank you for your confidence as your Master for the ensuing year.  I look forward to a wonderful and renewing year for the lodge.  In the words of Reverend Joseph Fort Newton, "The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it, serve it, live it.  If cannot be uttered; it can only be felt and acted.  It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity.  Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone."  These tenants can only be strengthened in Lodge…and we need your attendance. 
          Many thanks to our installing team:  Master - Nolan Joseph Akau, PM; Secretary - Samuel Abarquez Flores, WM; Marshal - John Thomas Tillery, PM; Assistant Marshal - Ramon Manalo Llamas, PM; and, Chaplain - James Albert Newcomer, Jr., PDDGM, PM. The evening was most memorable.  It was encouraging to see so many visitors, especially our DDGM, Right Worshipful Michael Bible.

          As I mentioned earlier, we have an air of rejuvenation about us. There are a number of newer masons in our Lodge that are eager to help each other, serve the Craft, and inculcate the tenants of our Order.  These brothers need good examples. Additionally, as we strive to meet my goals for the Lodge this year, your opinion is critical as we look for suggestions on ways we may contribute to our community in more tangible ways.  Elmer Timberman Lodge had long had a reputation of service and charity in the area.  I want us to get back to that reputation.  I am open to suggestions. Consider attending our Lodge and District Ritual schools.  You do not have to be an offer to attend!!  We all need some good education, and the fellowship is great as well.  Also, we are looking for volunteers for some of the programs and replacements for some of our committees.  Please take a look at the committee list and let me know if you would like to help out.
          If it has been a long time since you have fellowshipped with us in YOUR lodge, please consider coming out soon and often. If you are unable to drive yourself to lodge, please let me or the Secretary know. We can arrange someone to come pick you up so you can join in the fellowship of your Brothers! Finally, brethren, Stated this month is January 21st. Dinner will start at 6:30 and lodge at 7:30. We have many items to discuss and would like the input of the brethren. I am especially excited to share with you that the ladies of Faith Chapter OES, will be preparing the January dinner.  Please do come out to join us in fellowship before the stated.  The dinners will become more elaborate as we see more brothers coming to dinner.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Jason M. Himsey
Worshipful Master, 2019

WHAT IS A FREEMASON?

A Freemason conducts himself in society as if there were no laws - human or Divine, except those written in his heart by the finger of his Creator.  He kneels before the universal throne of the Divine in gratitude for the blessings he has received and humble solicitation for his future protection.  He does not disturb or mock the Religion of others.  He restrains his passions in a manner that will not injure himself or his neighbor.  He gives no offense, because he does not choose to be offended.  He contracts no debts which he is certain he cannot fulfill, because he is honest upon principal.

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"The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it, serve it, live it.  If cannot be uttered; it can only be felt and acted.  It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity.  Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone."  ~Joseph Fort Newton

The theme for 2019 - "Family, Brotherly Love, and Charity"

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Elmer Timberman Masonic Lodge No. 54, AF&AM

WE ARE a Masonic Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons chartered February 11, 1953 AD (5953 AL) holden under the Grand Lodge of the Commonwealth of VA