New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 F & AM of Florida
Trestle Board September 2020
300 N. Riverside Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
THE STATED COMMUNICATION FOR
HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY
THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER
THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER REQUESTS
YOUR ATTENDANCE FOR THE STATED
FROM THE EAST
From the East:
My Brothers: August has come and gone. September is here, and it is time we get back to work on our Degrees. We need to confer a Fellow Craft and an Entered Apprentice Degree. Since we only have one meeting in September, it looks like we will confer one in October and the other in November. The merger between Halifax Lodge and New Smyrna is done. It became official on August 31, 2020. Welcome Brothers of the former Halifax Lodge no. 81 to your New Home. The Grand Master Official visit to the 13th Masonic District was a huge success, our own District Deputy, R.W. Glen E Good, who should be well complimented for a Job WELL DONE. Do not forget Open Books and School of Instruction is the Fourth Saturday of each month at St. Johns Lodge no. 37 in Deland. 8:00 A.M., School at 9:00 A.M. Till the next time my Brothers, take care of yourselves, and be Safe out there.
R:. W:. Donald H. Tucker W:. M:.
FROM THE WEST
Greetings from the West,
I would like to welcome the Brothers from Halifax on the Merger to New Smyrna. Come out and get involved. You are part of New Smyrna Lodge. On August 17th, we had a Master Mason Degree for Brothers Moe and Powell. There was a great turn out. Eastern Star did a great job on the dinner. The Grand Master was in attendance also.
September 2nd, New Smyrna Lodge is hosting the Masters and Wardens Association meeting. Dinner at 6pm with meeting at 7pm. September 21st, is the D. D.G.M. visit to New Smyrna Lodge with dinner at 6pm and the meeting at 7pm. On the menu is Meatloaf, Mash Potatoes and Green beans. If you are unable to drive and would like to come to Lodge let me know. I will see about getting you a ride to the Lodge and home.
Fraternally, Henry Davis, Senior Warden
2019 LODGE OFFICERS
Worshipful Master: R:. W:. Donald H. Tucker (Kathy) (863)602-1182 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Warden: R:.W:. Henry (Greg) Davis (321)383-1407 email@example.com
Junior Warden: Robert Segarra (727)623-6399 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Stephen Kenney (908)420-6615 email@example.com
Secretary: W:. Allen J Winterwerp (AJ) (386)423-2370 NSL149@cfl.rr.com
Chaplain: Glenn E. Smith (Kathy) (386)427-4057 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marshall: W:. Walter G. Layton (Edie) (856)498-7186 email@example.com
Senior Deacon: Michael Dowell (Debe) (303)875-7480 firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Deacon: Jon T. Bodien (Angelique) (386)689-2338 email@example.com
Senior Steward: Christopher R Van Duyne (386)846-2945 firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Steward: Douglas Everson (Deborah) (407)461-0668 email@example.com
Tyler: W:. Herbert (Bud) Bacheller (Susan) (386)689-9552 firstname.lastname@example.org
Musician: W:. Bryan P. Bassett (386)451-0895 email@example.com
FROM THE SECRETARY’S DESK
Brothers from Halifax 81,Welcome to New Smyrna Lodge No. 149. This Trestle Board has your birthdays for the month but not the Perpetual, 50+ year exempt and Past Masters of Halifax 81. I plan on having these items in the next issue. Any questions please call the Lodge at 386-423-2370 or email me at: NSL149@cfl.rr.com. We are trying to send out most of the trestle boards by email to cut the cost of mailings. Please drop an email to the lodge with yours and I can add it to the list. Also, email is one of the best ways to get a quick response. I check the lodge email once a day. There is also a letter going out to you all to update your information, and for me to check that I have entered your information correctly. I am looking forward to sitting in Lodge with you all and working with you all also. For those of Halifax Lodge 81 who have not paid your 2020 dues please do so. The dues amount will not change until 2021. Please send all your correspondence to New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 and make you checks out to New Smyrna Lodge No. 149. The Mailbox for Halifax Lodge No 81 is being cancelled and all mail is being forwarded to New Smyrna Lodge and the bank accounts are also being closed out for Halifax 81.
Brothers, for those who have paid you dues, thank you. For those who have misplace the dues notice or cannot remember if you have paid your dues please call the Secretary and I will check and let you know if you have or have not. For those Brothers who want to pay with credit card PLEASE call me at the Lodge number and I can enter the information for you. We are having problems with Circumscribe. It is not that the money does not get to us but that we have no record of who pays through Circumscribe. They have stopped the weekly emails with the Brothers names and amounts paid. Grand Lodge is aware of the situation and is trying to correct it. Every time we get the bank statement with a payment from circumscribe, we call Grand Lodge and complain. If you pay though circumscribe, please drop an email to me so I can send you your dues card and mark you as dues paid. 2021 Dues notices will go out after October 15th, 2020. This is so Grand Lodge can complete merging Halifax’s membership files into New Smyrna membership files. Please do not send any money in until you receive the dues notice.
ENTERED APPENTICE FELLOW CRAFT MASTER MASON
Kyle Pensinger Lamon Ray Owens (Butch)
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES
Congratulation to Brothers John Wyatt Moe and Walker Edwin Powell who on August 17, 2020 were Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. There were 45 Brothers in attendance for the degree along with the Grand Master of Florida who Raised one of the Brothers.
The Resolution for Halifax Masonic Lodge No. 81 to merge with New Smyrna Masonic Lodge No. 149 was passed with by a ¾ majority secret written ballot by New Smyrna Lodge. The merger between the 2 Lodges has taken place August 30th, 2020. WELCOME TO ALL ARE BROTHERS FROM HALIFAX 81.
A copy of the Grand Masters letter is below:
The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida
THOMAS L. TURLINGTON, Grand Master
602 Sullivan Street
Grand Master Deltona, FL 32725-3210
Mbl. (386) 956-4961
“2020 Vision” “Unity, Accountability, Communication”
August 18, 2020
To: Officers and Members of New Smyrna Lodge No. 149, F. & A.M. and Officers and
Members of Halifax Lodge No. 81, F. & A.M.
Re: Merger of Lodges
Dear Brethren: I, as Grand Master, have reviewed the Merger Plan for New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 and Halifax Lodge No. 81 and give my approval for this Merger to take place. New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 to be the continuing Lodge and the merger to take place as of August 31, 2020. Per Regulation 16.04 (g), Halifax Lodge No. 81 shall surrender its Charter to the Grand Lodge and deliver the Charter to the Grand Secretary. We would caution both Lodges to be certain that all property, if the Lodge owns any property or assets or bank accounts, be transferred or sold or disposed of before the final merger. Once the merger takes place the Officers of the old Lodge can no longer sign for the Lodge and it becomes a burden trying to tie up all the loose ends. Be advised that all documentation relative to finances and real property and transfers of the same are to be reviewed by the Grand Lodge General Counsel for recommendation to the Grand Master for approval. While we are saddened that the Lodges are diminishing, we congratulate you for taking this bold step to bring together the resources of these two bodies for the benefit of Freemasonry. I want to wish the two Lodges much success in this merger and that the resulting Lodge will flourish.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Thomas L. Turlington, Jr.
cc: Grand Secretary Chairman, Jurisprudence Committee
Steve J Timbs 9/3 Lamar Johnson 9/4 Warren G Wiltse 9/4
Jon T Bodien 9/7 Robert Segarra 9/7 George N Johnson 9/8
Angel Lopez-Olijnyk 9/8 Joshua A Culp 9/9 James L Simpson Jr 9/10
Robert L Griffis 9/11 Douglas W Oyler 9/12 William E Broughton 9/14
Robert L Wheeler 9/14 David Bessette 9/17 William D Lenz 9/17
Ellis E Medders 9/17 Glenn D. M. Scorza 9/17 Wayne F Rockafellow 9/22
William G Jens 9/24 Richard J Rademacher 9/24 Robert G Wright 9/25
Glenn E Smith 9/27 Richard J Carbonell 9/30 Douglas V Mullan 9/30
SICKNESS AND DISTRESS
Keep in your prayers the family of Brother Walter C. Johnson who passed to the Celestial Lodge above August 13th, 2020. Brother Johnson was initiated on 5/18/1981, Passed on 7/28/81 and Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on10/17/1981. Brother Johnson was a 39-year Mason. Keep Brother Glenn Smith (Chaplain) who has had a heart attack, Please keep our Brothers who are now lock-ins due to the recent events and all our Brothers who have been or are sick that we don’t know about. Keep all our service personnel deployed and at home along with all first responders in our hearts and prayers. Contact the secretary or Chaplain with Brothers who are sick or distressed so we can put them on our prayer list.
Why is it called BLUE LODGE?
By Brother Elton Trindade
The question always is ” Why is it called BLUE LODGE?” Here is some inside in this subject from my research.
Why have we adopted blue into the lodge name? Where does it come from? What does it represent and mean?
The mother of all Freemasonry. The place where every man begins his journey into the Ancient Craft of Free and Accepted Masons. “The Blue Lodge” – It has been here in America that the term “Blue Lodge” has become popularized and so widely used. Originally, it was frowned upon, and Lodges were called, Craft Lodges or Ancient Craft Lodges, some were even called a St. Johns Lodge. According to Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia, there may be a number of reasons why symbolic lodges are called Blue Lodges. Since ancient times, the color blue has been associated with immortality, eternity, and fidelity. References to the color blue in the Bible emphasize the special place blue has as a color symbolizing goodness and immortality. The Druids also honored the color while the ancient Egyptians used the color to represent Amun, one of their most important gods. The ancient Babylonians associated the color blue with the gods. In Medieval times, Christians saw blue as the symbol of perfection and hope, and well as of immortality and fidelity. It is not known when blue first came to be associated with Freemasonry, although some historians think that initially the color was used in Craft Masonry to represent the sky. Today, blue for Masons symbolizes brotherhood and symbolizes the fact that Masons should seek out virtues as extensive as the blue dome of heaven. Albert Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry under “Blue” has further light to share. He says “Blue is emphatically the color of Masonry. It is the appropriate tincture of the Ancient Craft degrees. The Hebrew word for blue when referring to spiritual matters is tekhelet התכלת derived from a root word meaning perfection. It is well known that among the ancients, initiation into the mysteries and “perfection” are synonymous terms and this is why blue is the appropriate color for the greatest of all the systems of initiation the world has ever known, The Ancient Blue Lodge Craft.” Beyond the allegory and symbolism of the color blue, there is the reality of millions of men who have experienced things beyond themselves, transformed and evolved into their highest potentials, reached even further to give the same to other men, while standing in and being a member of a Blue Lodge. It is said over and over again, “There is no other degree “higher” then the third degree and being a Master Mason. There is no higher distinction in our entire institutional Fraternity! ” With that being said, we all should remember, support and love our Blue Lodges, where we began as good men and through the motherly love of our Ancient Craft Lodge, we were brought into the world anew….literally brought from the dark to the light, to rise as GREAT MEN!
More to come next issue
ACTIVE PAST MASTERS
Ralph N. Flippo 1972 Charles R. Dean 1980 Ronald R. Tucker 1983
Danny K. Hatfield 1984 William F. Culbertson 1985 James R. Baldwin 1986
Joe W. Garrett 1987 Robert L. Griffis 1990 Leon A. Pike 1991
Gustav Postreich 1991 David Lawrence 1992 Jeff J. Romano 1992
James A. Greene 1993 Crag N. Albright 1994 George N. Johnson 1994
Mark A. Greene 1995 Louis W. Benishek 1996 Christopher G. Buffini 1997
Michael R. Blickenstaff 1998 Daniel E. Feagle Jr. 1999 Herbert (Bud) Bacheller 1999
Phillip A. Hudson 2001 Walter W. Greatrex 2003 Robert J. Stone 2004
William H. Evans Jr 2005 Louis W. Benishek 2006 Paul W. Dewitt 2006
Joseph G. Lockhart 2007 William G. Warrington Jr 2007 Glen E. Good DDGM 2008
Terry L. Irwin 2008 Brian R. Toung 2009 Bryan P. Bassett 2009
Stanley J. Dabrowski 2010 Ralph N. Flippo 2010 Arlington (Bruce) Young 2011
Howard C. Chase PDDGM 2011 Donald H. Tucker PDDGM 2012 Eric T. Ellis II 2013
Thomas W. Aiken PDDGM DI 2013 William M. Schaeffer 2014 Allen J. Winterwerp 2015
Henry A. Woodstock III 2015 Allan J. Baker 2016 Martin J. Louis 2016/2017
Walter G. Layton 2017 Mark E. King 2018/2019
ACTIVE PERPETUAL MEMBERS
Thomas W. Aiken PDDGM 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 Davis PDDGM
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
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 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 HenryA.WoodstockPM
50 YEAR PLUS MEMBERS
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 Kyle F. Hall Jack H. Hayman Sr.
Tedd Jakomas Harry T. Johnson Thomas F. Johnson
Calvin I. Lanford Melvin L Malachoski 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
J.Terrell Smith Michael J. Strother George G. Telesh
Richard Turner Edward J. Vaissiere Ronald Village
Carl J. Winterwerp Chester E. Wolsgel George A. Wolsgel
Henry D Randall
THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA F. & A. M.
M:.W:.Thomas L. Turlington (Sandy)
602 Sullivan Street
Deltona, Florida 32725
DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER DISTRICT INSTRUCTOR
R:. W:. Glen E. Good (Janet) R:.W:.Tom Aiken (Joyce)
6108 Del Mar Dr. 2627 Orange Tree Drive
Port Orange, Fla. 32127 Edgewater, Florida 32141-5421
(386)717-6611 (386) 690-4297
NEW SMYRNA LODGE COMMITTEES FOR 2019
FINANCE: Henry Davis PDDGM, A. J. Winterwerp PM, Steve Kenney, Robert Wheeler
VIGILANCE: JW Robert Segarra, Walter G. Layton PM, Robert Wheeler, Glen E. Good PM,
PETITIONS: A. J. Winterwerp PM, Tom Aiken PDDGM, Jon Bodien, Michael Dowell,
MASONIC EDUCATION: Robert Wheeler, William Ptashnik PM, Tom Aiken PDDGM, Bud Bacheller PM
BOARD OF RELIEF: Master and Wardens
CHARITY: Master and Wardens
LODGE MENTORS: Bill Greatrex PM, Robert Wheeler, Glen Good PM, Walter G. Layton PM
LODGE PROPERTY: Robert Segarra, Robert Wheeler, Henry Davis PDDGM
LODGE INSTRUCTOR: Robert Wheeler, Tom Aiken PDDGM,