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July 4, 2020

The July 4th observance of Independence day, in celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, holds a special place in the heart of many American Freemasons.

Not only because several men who signed the Declaration of Independence were Masons, but more importantly, because of the principals of Freemasonry that helped lay the foundation of what eventually became the United States of America. Those same principals and ideals are to this day a vital part of Masonry in the United States and across the globe.

As penned in the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” many Masons will easily recognize from the lessons inculcated in our lodges, that it is in this same spirit that we “meet upon the level.”

As we take time to celebrate the holiday with family and friends this year, let us pause a moment to remember those men and brethren who risked everything for that which we hold dear.

And to our brethren wheresoever dispersed, may the ideals of Justice, Freedom and Equality continue to burn ever so brightly in your hearts, among your families, lodges, and communities in the years ahead.

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Laudable Pursuit

At our first stated meeting in March we launched into a series of discussions on the article “Laudable Pursuit” published by the Knights of the North, a group of Masons discussing online, two booklets originally written by PGM Dwight Smith in the early 1960’s

In the years since its publication it has been featured on many websites including the “Freemasons for Dummies” blog hosted by author and Brother Chris Hodapp.

Some of the original “Knights” who contributed to the article went on to write books, form new lodges, and even became the core founders of the Masonic Society.

We’ll continue with part two of our discussion of some of the ideas contained in this publication at our first stated meeting in April. All brothers are invited to join us. A link to copies of the articles that we will be looking at are provided below for your convenience.

Laudable Pursuit: A 21st Century Response to Dwight Smith
– Knights of the North

Whither Are We Traveling?
– Dwight L. Smith, P.G.M.

Why This Confusion In The Temple?
Dwight L. Smith, PGM

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Bike Build

The 10th Annual “Bikes for Tikes” bike build was held on Friday, December 6, 2019, in Kennewick with members from several local Masonic Lodges from District 23 participating.

One report stated that over 2,000 bikes were assembled to donate. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!

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Lodge Leadership

retreat4As Senior Warden of Richland Lodge it was my privilege and pleasure to attend the 2015 Lodge Leadership Retreat on March 27th through the 29th, hosted by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Washington, at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel.

The weekend agenda was filled with engaging and informative speakers who challenged us to reflect on our roles as officers and leaders, opportunities to listen to and share ideas with members of other lodges, and of course time to fellowship and enjoy a number of great presentations as we gathered together for meals throughout the course of the weekend.

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The many events were tailored to address various challenges facing lodge officers, and while we were able to choose the most relevant topics to our particular roles in lodge, it was difficult at times to narrow down those choices from all of the excellent material being presented.
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If there was one message that I continually heard coming through all of the presentations, for me personally, I would have to say that message was “planning.” Planning early, often and together.

It called to my remembrance the often quoted modern day proverb of caution which plainly states; “failing to plan is planning to fail.”

And so as a heartfelt thanks to all of the Grand Lodge officers and staff, as well as those who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make the past weekend possible, let’s all be actively “planning” to continue doing great things together in masonry and leave our own legacy upon which future generations of masons can continue to build in this time honored tradition.

Fraternally,
Bro. Larry G. Wilson
Senior Warden, Richland Lodge No. 283

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Installation

Lodge Officers 2015

On Saturday December 6th, 2014 at 2 PM Richland Masonic Lodge No. 283 celebrated the 70th annual Installation of Officers for the 2014 – 2015 lodge year.

For the benefit of friends and family who may not be entirely familiar with offices held in a Masonic lodge, brief descriptions are featured below:

  • Worshipful Master: WB Luis Ojeda
    The Master is the senior officer of a Masonic Lodge and it is the highest honor to which a lodge may appoint any of its members.
  • Senior Warden: Larry Wilson
    The Senior Warden is the second of the three principal officers of a lodge and is the Master’s principal deputy.
  • Junior Warden: Bill Miller
    The third of the principal officers is the Junior Warden. The Junior Warden is charged with the supervision of the Lodge while it is in recess for meals or other social purposes.
  • Secretary: VWB Charles Davis
    The Secretary’s duties include recording meeting minutes, completing statistical returns to the Grand Lodge, and advising the Worshipful Master on matters of procedure
  • Treasurer: WB George Saito
    The role of the Treasurer includes, among other things, keeping the accounts of the Lodge.
  • Senior Deacon: Raul Rodriguez
    The principal duty of the Senior Deacon is to introduce visitors and conduct candidates about the Lodge.
  • Junior Deacon: TBA (To Be Announced)
    The duties of the Junior Deacon include carrying messages from the Senior Warden to the Junior Warden and monitoring the main door of the lodge.
  • Senior Steward: VWB Harold Galpin, and Junior Steward: VWB Ron Galpin
    The Stewards fulfill a number of junior assistant roles.
  • Tyler: Ron Sponseller
    The Tylers duty is to ensure that only those who are duly qualified gain entry into the lodge meeting.
  • Chaplain: WB Curtis Snow
    The principal duties of the Chaplain include leading prayer before and after the lodge meetings
  • Marshall: WB Gary Hinkle
    The Marshal’s duties include the organization of processions and ensuring correct precedence in formal proceedings.