NEW SMYRNA MASONIC LODGE NO. 149
F & AM of Florida
Trestle Board April 2021
300 N. Riverside Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
JANUARY 22, 1896
THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER REQUESTS
YOUR ATTENDANCE FOR THE STATED
COMMUNICATION ON April 5th,2021
AND Master Mason Degree on April 19TH, 2021
MESSAGE FROM GRAND MASTER OF MASONS OF FLORIDA
1. Mask will be worn on anyone that has a picture taken and posting it on Facebook.
2. Social Distancing is a must if you are not wearing your mask. If you are within five feet of another person you must wear your mask.
FROM THE EAST
Greetings from the East,
We miss you at our Lodge functions; if you are concerned about contracting Covid-19, our Lodge environment is better than most. Several brothers have contracted the virus (God only knows where) but are now cured and have natural immunity. Several others have received the vaccines and are safe to be around. We all wear face masks (except when we are eating or drinking), social distancing is natural. Temperature is taken as you enter the building, and hand sanitizer and face masks are available. So, as I said before, our lodge environment is better than most. Come visit us and join in our activities; We would love to see you.
At our last Stated communication, we had the visit of our Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master Glen E. Good. There was a great turn out. The brothers from Gateway Lodge came to retrieve the Gavel.
We voted on 2 new members. One by transfer, of Brother Brain Moore. One by Plural, of Grand Master MW Thomas L. Turlington, Jr. To have are Grand Master as a member is a great honor.
The Master Masons Association meeting will be the first Wednesday April 7, at New Smyrna Lodge, Our Senior Warden will be preparing the food. Dinner at 6pm. Meeting at 7pm.
The second meeting in April we are having Master Mason Degree for 3 brothers. Degree practice for the first section is March 31 and April 8. Second section April 7 and 14.
Henry Davis WM
FROM THE WEST
Hello, from the West, my Brethren. I hope you’re all healthy! First, I want to mention how proud I am of our officers for such a well performed reception of the DDGM and his party! I believe our Lodge Instructors and many practices make us stand out! A reminder that the Masonic Grand Communication is May 31 – June 2, 2021 and of course I will be attending. I encourage you to attended if possible. Additionally, I remind you to travel and visit our sister lodges in Florida and abroad. Also, if you have not attended or are not a member of the Master Mason Association please join us at our Lodge on April 7, 2021 (First Wednesday of the month) for an amazing experience. An update on the windows, with installation starting on March 29th in the northern section of the Lodge. A reminder to Keep all our brothers, family and first responders in your prayers.
FROM THE SOUTH
Greetings from the South.
Happy Spring everyone., This is by far my favorite time of the year. The days get longer and there’s a feeling of rebirth, refreshing and renewal. With that in mind, we will be looking at our Lodge building and finding areas that could stand a little updating. I have comprised a committee at the behest of R∴W∴ Greg Davis to investigate how to update & beautify the downstairs area of our Lodge and welcome your input. Please feel free to grab me at the next meeting, shoot me a text, or send an e-mail with your ideas. I will keep everyone posted when we have a solid direction we would like to work towards.
As far as the refreshing side goes, I will leave you with a small dose of Masonic humor courtesy of – Bro. Shalini Williams of Casa Grande, AZ.
A small Lodge had had a string of bad luck. It was preparing to initiate a candidate on a steamy evening in June and it′s air conditioner had stopped working. After sweating their way through part of the work, the Master had asked the candidate what he most desired. The candidate replied, “a beer”. At this juncture, the W.M., being startled, whispered “light” to the candidate. “OK,” the candidate replied, “a lite beer.”
I look forward to seeing everyone soon, stay safe and healthy!
Jonny Magill, Junior Warden
FROM SECRETARY’S DESK
If you do not see your name in the Past Masters list or the Active Perpetual list or birthday list call or email the lodge and I will add it to the correct list. I do not know how, why, but sometimes when the Trestle Board gets downloaded and sent to the printers or it’s my big fingers they go missing, sorry. I have a copy of the proposed legislation for the Grand Lodge of Florida Communications in my office for review. If you want a copy, I can email it to you. I am usually in the office on Monday and Tuesday’s from 9:00-11:30am., and Thursdays from noon until 3:00pm. Brothers who have not paid your 2021 dues please do so. If you are sick, having surgery, or you significant other or one of your family members are sick please contact the Secretary’s office or the Chaplin so we can put them on the prayer list. If you are moving, have already moved contact the office and leave a message either on the phone or email giving the secretary the new address so I can update our records. Be safe Brothers and see you at the next meeting.
SICKNESS & DISTRESSED BROTHERS
M:. W:. Tommy Turlington has been in the hospital with breathing problems, Brothers who we do not know who are sick and with problems, keep all our service personnel home and abroad, first responders in our prayers, all our Brothers and their families who are in nursing home and at their home. Contact the secretary or Chaplain with Brothers who are sick or distressed so we can put them on our prayer list.
New Window being installed at the Lodge.
2021 LODGE OFFICERS
Worshipful Master: R\W\Henry (Greg) Davis (321)383-1407 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Warden: Robert Segarra (727)623-6399 email@example.com
Junior Warden: Jonny Magill (817)690-0401 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Stephen Kenney (908)420-6615 email@example.com
Secretary: A. J. Winterwerp PM (386)423-2370 NSL149@cfl.rr.com
Chaplain: Donald Needham PM (386) 383-8423 FITRON84@gmail.com
Marshal: Richard Kicklighter PM (386)566-0018 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Deacon: Maxwell van Noppen (386)405-8465 email@example.com
Junior Deacon: Steven Lane PM (412)292-1444 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Steward: Timothy Brown (412)848-9024 email@example.com
Junior Steward: Walker Powell (386)405-8493 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyler: Herbert (Bud) Bacheller PM (386)689-9552 email@example.com
RESOLUTIONS: 2 Resolutions, 1st reading to bestow upon R:. W:. Jeffrey Scott Foster Deputy Grand Master of Masons of Florida and Brother William Dishman PM and next District Deputy Grand Master of the 13th Masonic District Honorary Perpetual Membership. Motion/second (Kenney/Good) to accept the petitions as read. Motion passed. W:. Davis ordered the Secretary to follow the guidelines in the Masonic Digest and post the resolutions in the trestle board.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES
4/5 Stated Meeting. 4/7 MM Association meeting at NSL. 4/19 MM degree. 4/10, 4/11 Scottish Rite spring reunion, 5/3 and 5/17 Stated meetings. 5/31 – 6/2 Grand Lodge Communication. 6/7 DDGM visit at our Stated meeting. 6/21 stated meeting. Open Books the 4th Saturday of every month.
Stanley T Kypreos 1966 Jon F. Greaves 1972 Ralph N. Flippo 1972 Louis E Keffer 1975 William T. Blackwell 1977 Harold Powell 1978 Charles R. Dean 1980 Ronald R. Tucker 1983 Danny K. Hatfield 1984 William F. Culbertson 1985James R. Baldwin 1986 Joe W. Garrett 1987 T. N. Iltsopoulos 1987 Robert L. Griffis 1990 Leon A. Pike 1991 Gustav Postreich 1991 Bradley L. Rauch PDDGM 1991 David Lawrence 1992 Jeff J. Romano 1992 Patrick G. Hill 1992 James A. Greene 1993 Richard Rademacher 1993 Crag N. Albright 1994 George N. Johnson 1994 Mark A. Greene 1995 Richard Rademacher 1995 Louis W. Benishek 1996 Steven Timbs 1996 Christopher G. Buffini 1997 Michael R. Blickenstaff 1998 Daniel E. Feagle Jr. 1999 Herbert Bacheller 1999 James M. Payton 2000 James M. Payton 2001 Phillip A. Hudson 2001 William Broughton PDDGM 2002 Walter W. Greatrex 2003 Edward P. Marx 2003 William Broughton PDDGM 2003 Robert J. Stone 2004 William H. Evans Jr 2005 Louis W. Benishek 2006 Paul W. Dewitt 2006 Joseph G. Lockhart 2007William G. Warrington Jr 2007 Stevan Petrov Jr. 2007 Glen E. Good DDGM 2008 Terry L. Irwin 2008 Steve Irineou 2008 Brian R. Toung 2009 Bryan P. Bassett 2009 Stanley J. Dabrowski 2010 Ralph N. Flippo 2010 Dominick Tesoriere 2010 Arlington (Bruce) Young 2011 Howard C. Chase 2011 John Hamblet 2011 Donald H. Tucker 2012 Sean Stenson 2012 Eric T. Ellis II 2013 Thomas W. Aiken 2013 Gary Wisniewski 2013 William M. Schaeffer 2014 Iran Medrano 2014 Allen J. Winterwerp 2015 Henry A. Woodstock III 2015 Robert Moore 2015 Allan J. Baker 2016 Clarence Swimm 2016 Martin J. Louis 2016/17 Walter G. Layton 2017 Richard Kicklighter2017/18 Mark E. King 2018/19 Chris Dixon 2019 Glenn Scorza 2020 Donald H. Tucker 2020
Active Perpetual Members
Thomas W. Aiken PDDGM DI Craig N. Albright PM Herbert E. Bacheller PM Allan J. Baker PM James R. Baldwin PM Brady Benishek Louis W.Benishek PM David L. Bessette Christopher G. Buffini PM Howard C. Chase III PDDGM J. Mitchell Cole Richard W. Culbertson William F. Culbertson Sr. PM Stanley J. Dabrowski PM Henry T DavisPDDGM Glennard Decker Frank H. Dietrich Ronald L. Dreggors William A. Drossman Eric T. Ellis PM William H. Evans PM George O. Farrell Daniel E. Feagle Jr. PM Ralph N Flippo PM William Q. Flippo William Greatrex PM James A. Greene PM Jon F. Greaves PM Mark A. Greene PM Glen E. Good DDGM Daniel H Haley Phillip J Haley Robert L. Hart Michael L. Hines Leo D. Johns George N. Johnson PM Stephen L. Kenney Mark E. King WM Ronald A. Koehn David Lawrence PDDGM Walter G. Layton PM Joseph G. Lockhart PM Martin Louis PM George R. Morris PM Lloyd W. Morris John C. Niebielski Edgar L. Phillips Gustav Postreich PM William J. Ptashnik PM Ian Ramsbottom William Rogers Jeff J. Romano PM Matt Schaeffer PM Gary H. Seibert John T. Self Timothy H. Self Clayton E. Simons Jr. Glenn E. Smith Kenneth W. Smith Sean Stenson Robert J. Stone PM Brian R. Toung PM Donald H. Tucker PDDGM Richard A Turner Christopher Van Duyne Chester E. Weichey Jeffery L. Whitlock Allen J. Winterwerp PM George A. Wolsfelt Henry A. Woodstock PM
50 Year Plus Master Masons
James C. Allen Robert C. Bartlett Ernest Beasley Jr Bernard J. Brown Donald L. Brown Clifton V. Butler Harold F. Byrd Everett C. Chapman Wilber K. Corbin Donald Doidge Sr. James R. Delk Thomas E. Duane Miles O. Edge Jr William H. Evans Ralph N. Flippo Joe W. Garrett Jon F. Greaves Kyle F. Hall Jack H. Hayman Sr. Tedd Jakomas Harry T. Johnson Thomas F. Johnson Calvin I. Lanford Melvin L Malachoski Johnny F. McCullers Ben F. McGraw Edward Z. Midgett George R. Morris Jack M. Onie George M. Pilcher Jr Clarence E. Puckridge Henry W. Reynolds Warren A. Sets Glenn L. Smith Gordon S. Smith R. Terrell Smith Michael J. Strother George G. Telesh Richard Turner Edward J. Vaissiere Ronald Village Larry G Watson Leslie D. Williamson Carl J. Winterwerp Chester E. Wolsgel George A. Wolsgel HenryDRandall
THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA F. & A. M. GRAND MASTER M:.W:. Thomas L. Turlington (Sandy) 602 Sullivan Street Deltona, Florida 32725 (386) 956-4961 firstname.lastname@example.org
DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER R:. W:. Glen E. Good (Janet) 6108 Del Mar Dr. Port Orange, Fla. 32127 (386)717-6611 email@example.com
DISTRICT INSTRUCTOR R:.W:. Tom Aiken (Joyce) 2627 Orange Tree Drive Edgewater, Florida 32141-5421 (386) 690-4297 Takien817@aol.com
The Missing Comma and the Lost Meaning
When opening a Lodge of Entered Apprentice Masons, the Master asks the Senior Warden “What came you here to do”? Brother Bob Wheeler also asks the newly made Entered Apprentice Masons the same question when they recite their Catechism. The Senior Warden and the EA’s each reply “to learn to subdue my passions and improve myself in Masonry”.
This discussion will provide food for thought and you can decide for yourself “what came you here to do”.
Each of us were once Entered Apprentice Masons and we learned our Proficiency or Catechism by “mouth to ear”. Once we became Master Masons we were presented with our own “little red” or in my case “little black” book containing the Ritual and we could see for ourselves where all those hard to learn words came from. When first looking at that daunting text, do any of us remember seeing some or any punctuation in that single letter key? I do not recall seeing any punctuation.
In the FC degree we were exposed to the winding staircase with its three, five and seven steps and the symbolism attached to them. The number three denotes many symbolic things in Masonry.
The Three principle officers of a Lodge are the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Warden.
The Three Great Lights in Masonry are the Holy Bible, Square, and Compasses.
The Three burning tapers represent the Sun, Moon and Master of the Lodge.
The Principle Tenants of Masonry are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
The Immoveable Jewels are the Square, Level and Plumb.
This list can go on and on. But what would these symbols be without a comma or a pause?
The Three principle officers of a Lodge are the Worshipful Master Senior and Junior Warden.
The Three Great Lights in Masonry are the Holy Bible Square, and Compasses.
The Three burning tapers represent the Sun Moon and Master of the Lodge.
The Principle Tenants of Masonry are Brotherly Love Relief, and Truth.
The Immoveable Jewels are the Square Level and Plumb. You get the picture.
The point being made is, that as an Entered Apprentice you came to do three things – not two things. Let us go back to the “What came you here to do” question if there was a comma.
First, you came “to learn”. In the Opening Charge, which is used in this Lodge, we hear that “knowledge is obtained by degrees and wisdom dwells with contemplation; therefore, we should seek it.”
The Charge also tells us that one of the Great Objects of our Association is the promotion of a correct knowledge of the duties we owe to God, to our neighbor and to ourselves.
Next, you came “to subdue my passions”. The Charge also reminds us that “one of the Great Objects of our Association is the restraint of improper desires and passions”. It goes on to say, “it is useless parade to talk of the subjection of irregular passions within the walls of the lodge if we allow them to triumph in our intercourse with each other”. It also tells us to “cultivate the great moral virtues which are laid down on our Masonic Trestle Board”.
Finally, you came to “improve myself in Masonry”. The Charge directs us to “be united and practice with diligence the Sacred Tenants of our Order”. The Charge goes on to tell us “to improve in everything that is good, amiable and useful”. It is hoped you will see that to receive the full meaning of “What came you here to do”, you will add the comma in the right place – “to learn to subdue my passions and improve myself in Masonry”. Remember “what came you here to do” when you listen to the Opening Charge. It tells you what you came to do.
Bill Ptashnik, PM