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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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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.
Elmer Timberman Masonic Lodge No. 54, AF&AM
FROM THE EAST - Greetings Brethren. We had an absolutely fantastic January Stated Communication. Thank you to all those that were able to make it. I think we started the evening out on the right foot with a great meatloaf dinner prepared and served by Faith Chapter OES. If you enjoyed it, then be ready for the Chinese New Year themed dinner we have coming to us at our February Stated! We also had a visitor among us who is interested in Freemasonry and has a unique family history. We have had a very eventful and memorable month with lots of news and activity to report. I will do my best to capture the highlights from our January Stated Communication, monthly activity, and the District 1A Masters and Wardens Association meeting held in late-January.
I spent a great deal of time trying to personally connect with each brother on our lodge roster. The time was well spent – we have some great brothers! I love the brotherly love that only we can experience. There are several brothers that miss us and wish they could attend lodge, but are along in years and do not drive at night. The offer was made to have a brother swing by to pick them up. Unfortunately, I learned of the passing of a few brothers as well. Please see the Februay Trestleboard for moe information. If I have not spoken to you personally, it was because we do not have a working number for you. So, please do me a favor and reach out to me so that I can speak to you – I’d love to catch up! In the meantime, a fervent hunt has commenced for your updated number. I did share various news from the brothers with brethren in Lodge.
In reviewing the bylaws of the Timberman Temple Corporation (TTC) and subsequent to our desire to continue to right the ship at the Lodge, we voted on new board members to reconstitute the board. We had not elected officers earlier as required per the bylaws. The board consists of seven brothers. We elected seven new board members, some are the same as the previous board, while others are very new. The makeup of the new board brings experience and continuity with older brothers while the younger brothers offer the perspective of the future. The new board members will meet on February 13th to elect the new officers, from among them, for the TTC. Congratulations to those elected: John Shroeder, Jr., PDDGM; Michael Riley, PDDGM; Pablo A. Rocha, PM; PM; Mark Coldren, PM; Robert Pacific; Bob Rainey; and, Mike Elkins.
In keeping with my theme of charity, our lodge contributed $1,000.00 to a joint lodge effort. On January 27th, Elmer Timberman Lodge No. 54, Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, Cherrydale-Columbia Lodge No. 42, Kemper Macon Ware Lodge No. 64, and Arlington Centennial Glebe Lodge No. 81 banded together to offer some relief to those government employees affected by the partial government shutdown last month. It was warming to see some many brothers rally to provide a brunch and grocery store gift cards to workers and their families that were in need of a good meal and assistance. I’d like to give a shout out of thanks to WBro. Mark Coldren and Chaplain Bro. Robert Pacific who joined me in this effort the day of the event.
Also in keeping with my theme of charity, the TTC approved the purchase of a table for the Lodge at the Alexandria Valley Scottish Rite's Friend's and Family Dinner/Auction event that will take place on May 18th. For more information, visit www.asrfe.org. The table holds eight and we will give three of the seats to non-masons. The remaining five are open to any ETL54 brother and one guest that would like to have a wonderful evening. If there is more interest in attendance than seats at our table, the Lodge may consider obtaining another table. If you would like to have some seats, please let the Secretary (email@example.com) and I know.
We are still 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. And, as a reminder, please come out and support your lodge if it is within the length of your cable tow. If you are unable to drive yourself to lodge due to the time of day or medical reasons, 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 February 18th. Dinner will start at 6:30 and lodge at 7:30. Please do come out to join us in fellowship before the Stated.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Jason M. Himsey, WM 2019
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