Meeting called Dark on September 13th

Brothers,

Due to an unforeseen problem we will not be having our communication on the 13th. We will have all repairs done and the Lodge ready for our next meeting the 27th. Stay tuned for info on a workday between now and then.

Fraternally,

WM:. Orgaz

 

Oklahoma Relief Project : Charity in Action (2)

W:. Fullerton and his wife Lynnsie made the long drive out, and we are thankful for their hard work, and the tireless work and support of all those that helped them. When they arrived at the Masonic Lodge in Moore they found this….

Here is W:. Fullerton with the Master of Moore Lodge… Moore Lodge suffered some damage, while across the street nothing is left.

Some of the Brothers from Moore…

The trailer at Moore Lodge…..

 

Took a while to unload….. that trailer held alot .. I’m thinking Paul said 56000 pounds…

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The destruction isn’t possible to put into words … so here are a few pictures from Moore taken by the Fullertons….

We would like to thank everyone who made this trip possible, our hardworking crew, our sponsors, our Brothers in the 17th District and Leesburg Lodge, and to everyone who took the time and the effort to donate. We’ll keep praying for Moore, and for the suffering and needy everywhere.

Charity: From its origin to the present hour, in all its vicissitudes,
Masonry has been the steady, unvarying friend of man

Oklahoma Relief Project : Charity in Action (1)

Moore is a city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The population of 57,000 makes it the seventh largest city in the state of Oklahoma.
On Monday May 21st. at 2:40 pm the peaceful suburban city received a Tornado Warning from the National Weather Service

The tornado touched down at 2:45 pm C.T. on Monday — only 5 minutes after the first warnings went out. Moore residents had less than 30 minutes before the massive storm entered the western part of the city.  The massive, howling tornado pulverized a vast swath of the Oklahoma City suburbs, chewing up homes and businesses and severely damaging a hospital and two elementary schools. The storm, rated an EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, carved a trail as much as 1.3 miles wide and 17 miles long.

moore-tornado-closeup130521215521-19-moore-ok-052113423-horizontal-gallery130521215122-01-moore-ok-052113141-horizontal-galleryAs you can tell from the photos, nothing can withstand the fury of a Tornado.

Damage assessments conducted Tuesday showed the tornado packed winds, at times, between 200 and 210 miles per hour, making it an EF5 — the strongest category of tornadoes measured, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

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The tornado’s width spanned 1.3 miles — the length of more than 22 football fields lined up end-to-end. Given its breadth and power, it ranks among some of the strongest storms ever to strike the United States.

Briarwood Elementary School
Briarwood Elementary School
Plaza Towers Elementary School
Plaza Towers Elementary School
Moore’s children sought refuge along with the teachers in these schools. Not all of them survived.
Back in Florida, the Brothers of Orange Masonic Lodge and Leesburg Masonic Lodge jumped into action. With the help of several corporate sponsors they procured a tractor trailer rig and begin to collect relief supplies.
Charity Starts in your HeartAs you can see, the trailer is large, and a lot of hard work went into the pick up and loading of the supplies. Some were dropped off at the trailer, and some came from various places around the city. Our tireless work crew never stopped….
Until it was full.
Ready to leave, the trailer is fully packed.
Soon W:. Paul, and his wife Lynnsie will leave and begin the journey to Moore……

” I don’t Want to Know “

W:.Fullerton sent this to me… echos my feelings exactly.

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I don’t want to know his name. I don’t want to see his face. I don’t want to know his life’s history, his back-story, who his family is, where he went to school, or what he liked to do in his spare time. I don’t want to know what “cause”, if any, he was fighting for. I don’t want to know why he did it, or may have done it, or what possessed him to carry out his actions. I don’t want to know. Because that’s what he really wants. I’ll be damned if I’m going to give him what he wants.

Put him on trial, but don’t cover it. Tell me when you decide to jail him for three lifetimes – because that number matters. That’s the number of lives he has to now pay for. That’s all I want to know about him. Nothing else.

Instead, tell me about the first responders who ran towards the fray, within seconds, fearless. Tell me about the ones wearing the yellow volunteer jacket, or the neon police vest, or even the ones in the regular everyday t-shirt who became a helper. Tell me the story about the first responder who held gauze over a wound until they made it to the hospital. Tell me the story about the volunteer who held the hand of the injured spectator until they got into the ambulance. In six months, tell me the story of those who lost a limb, who beat the odds, pulled through countless surgeries, and are learning to walk again. Tell me the story about the love, the compassion, and the never-ending support of thousands, millions, of people who support the victims here. Tell me their stories. Tell me everything you can, because they are the ones that matter. Tell me of the good that they have done, are doing, and will continue to do, regardless of… No, not regardless of, in spite of. In spite of that someone who would do them harm. Because that’s what freedom in this country means. It means coming together in the hardest of times, even in the face of unfathomable adversity, to make life better for all those around us.

Tell me the good stories. That’s all I want to hear.

Work Day April 27th

April 27th 7:30 AM

Upgrading the Water Service to our Rental Trailers

 

DitchWitch

Brothers, W:. Fullerton and W:. Rathman have rented a Ditch Witch and we will be putting in new main lines to give our residents in our trailers the water pressure that they deserve.

With the help of 6 or 7 Brothers this job will be completed on Saturday. The more we have helping the quicker the work goes and the lighter the load. Don’t make the assumption that “someone else” will be there. I know it’s Saturday but this job is very important, would you pay your rent if you couldn’t shower in the place you were renting? The rentals keep our Lodge financed!

We need “all hands on deck” to make this happen. W:. Paul and W:. Mark need our help to get the work of “Our Lodge” done. I’m grateful to them for spearheading this, lets do our part !

Please confirm with either W: Fullerton at 407-494-9062 or W:. Rathman at 407-902-1250.

I know I can count on you!

WM:. Orgaz

3/8/2013 Meeting : Called Dark

Brothers,

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Ann Peters, the wife of our Chaplain, W:. Bob Peters has passed away. The service is Friday 3/8/2013 at 7 pm at First United Methodist Church in Apopka. 201 S Park Ave  Apopka, FL 32703

Dispensation from Grand Lodge has been given and Our Lodge will be Dark for the attendance of Ann’s memorial service. Please join us there as we pay our last respects to a beautiful and courageous woman.

Fraternally,

Stuart Orgaz

Worshipful Master

 

GRAND MASTER DISCOURSE Volume 3, Issue 12 February 13, 2013

GRAND MASTER
DISCOURSE
Volume 3, Issue 12 February 13, 2013

“Understanding our By-Laws”

Dear Brothers:
As far as I know all Lodges have a set of By-Laws which spell out certain requirements set by their Grand Lodges and their membership for their government, and as such the Brethren composing that Lodge must govern themselves by such rules in order to maintain order.
Our Constitution covers the principles of our Institution while the By-Laws dictate specific procedures for operating our Lodges. The By-Laws describe the operating procedures for the governing of our Lodges in an orderly manner.
Our Uniform Code of Bylaws is the same for all the Lodges except for the places where individual Lodges have added amendments to such By-Laws as long as they do not contradict the provisions in our Constitution.
The Lodge can add to the By-Laws as long it does not contradict the Constitution and Uniform Code of By-Laws and subject to the approval of the Grand Master, of course the By-Laws also contain how to amend them which is much easier than amending the Constitution. The Uniform Code of By-Laws language in itself cannot be amended without submitting Legislation and final approval by the delegates at the Annual Communication.
Our By-Laws are so important to the governing of our Lodges and consequently our institution that we ask all Candidates to examine our By-Laws before entering our Lodges. This demonstrates the high degree of importance placed on understanding our By-Laws for the government of our Lodges.
There are many important rules in the Uniform Code of By-Laws of great importance one of them is the Standing Committees required to operate a Lodge which encompass the following aspects of the Lodge; Finances, Vigilance, Petitions, Masonic Education, Board of Relief, Charity, Lodge Property and Investigation as needed.
These committees are important in order to understand the financial status of the Lodge, maintain order, interview potential members, educate the current and new members, help, aid and assist our Brothers, maintain and improve our Lodge buildings and cause an investigation into the character of every petitioner.
It would be impossible to operate a Lodge properly without the benefit of these committees and yet many of the Lodges ignore them, don’t appoint, and in many cases don’t even know they are required or exist. In the course of the last seven months and reviewing the reports from all of the Lodges we have seen the lack of knowledge from the Masters and when closely inspected we can see the devastating effects when these committees have not been appointed or the members have not performed their duties.
I have found that many Lodges do not understand or have not read the duties of the Finance Committee and its important function when it comes to safeguarding the finances of the Lodge; this is assured by conducting an audit each year of the previous year’s financial transactions of the Lodge. The fact the Treasurer is our Brother is
not a reason not to perform the audit, in fact since he is our Brother he will welcome the audit in order that the Lodge may have a better understanding of their finances, and assure themselves of the transparency of which their finances are being handled thereby giving everyone piece of mind.
This is followed by the lack of knowledge in understanding of the function of the Vigilance Committee, which when charged with the performance of their duties should understand that their protection of our laws and making sure that justice prevails is paramount to the relationship they may have with a Brother. Ignorance of the law on their part will tend to discourage the Brethren from the moral precepts this Institution enjoins.
Many of the Lodges have no understanding between the Petitions Committee and the Investigations Committee and this causes that first and initial contact with the candidate not to be made and misses the opportunity of the Brothers of this committee to converse with the candidate about Masonry, himself, and what he is about to join. The reasons why he wants to join, does he have the essential moral characteristics mandated by the Craft, this committee is charged to see that the supplemental sheet is filled out by the petitioner and to make sure that the signers are contacted These inquiries need to be completed before the Petition is received by the Lodge. This can eliminate any potential candidates not worthy of this Institution, and provide additional information to the Investigation Committee.
Masonic Education is required to be conducted every month and it’s seldom carried out or recorded in the minutes of the Lodge as mandated by the regulations. Mentoring is part of this Committee for obvious reasons to educate our new Masons, this mentoring is also required to be recorded in the Lodge minutes and almost never done. Failing our Brothers in their quest for further enlightment, it just doesn’t seem right but our failure to properly carry out requirements of this committee is evident by the lack of knowledge of the Brethren that compose our Lodges.
The Board of Relief is often not understood nor its important duties fulfilled nor do the Lodges have the necessary funds to assist the Brethren because of their lack of foresight to prepare for this unfortunate circumstance. All too often I see the makeup of this committee not according to the By-Laws and just as often its purpose misunderstood. This committee’s sole purpose is to help, aid, and assist our very own Brothers.
Our By-Laws requires the Charity Committee under the direction of the Worshipful Master to set aside a portion of every meeting for a lecture, talk, or discussion of Masonic or Community Charity or charitable endeavor and the members of the Lodge urged to contribute to such charities, announce them in their trestle board if Lodge has one. Allow charitable groups or organizations to use our facilities at cost or below cost and encourage the Lodge and Brothers to contribute to one or more community charities or charitable endeavors on an ongoing basis and last but not least to advise the Board of Relief in regard to fraternal need and assistance of any Brother.
Next to last of the Standing Committees is the Committee on Lodge Property, this committee will be responsible for setting the rules for the use of the building, arrange schedules with other groups if any to avoid conflicts, make recommendations for Lodge improvements and maintenance of the building and grounds, under the direction of the Worshipful Master and Lodge. Negotiate agreements with other organizations using the Lodge property and see that the rules of the Lodge and Grand Lodge Rules and Regulations are enforce.
And last but not least the so ever important Investigation Committee which will look into the character and standing of any petitioner for the Degrees, affiliation, reinstatement, dual or plural membership. The members of this committee shall investigate independently and submit a written report to the Lodge. Once the report is accepted by the Master and Lodge the Committee is automatically discharge.
As you can see our By-Laws and the requirements of these Standing Committees are there so that we can better operate the different facets of the Particular Lodge. it is incumbent that our Brothers know and understand the requirements of the Particular Lodge By-Laws in order that they conduct themselves accordingly and when called upon they can perform their duties as proficient as possible for the benefit of the Lodge and the Brethren they serve.
We must remember that our Brothers have placed a certain amount of trust and confidence on the Brothers charged with the duties of serving on these committees and any other position in the Lodge and failure to perform to the best of our ability in any of the capacities we may have been selected or elected to serve will tend to discourage the Brethren and the Lodge weakened or destroyed.
My Brother, I cannot emphasize enough the importance the By-Laws of the Lodge have in the governing of it and the importance of you as a member understanding them in order to perform your duties. If you do not have a set of your Lodge By-Laws request one of the Secretary or you can look at the Digest of the Masonic Law of Florida to look at the generic version which cannot be changed. However your Lodge may have added optional rules to the By-Laws in which case you may need a copy of any additional material.
As a member of the Craft I encourage you to acquire a Digest of Masonic Law and become familiar with our Rules and Regulations that you may not want for proper instruction and can fulfill any obligations and commitments enjoin on you by your Brethren and/or Master.
Respectfully and Fraternally Submitted, I remain your most humble servant
Jorge L. Aladro
Grand Master

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Quote of the Week

Let’s remember this one Brothers, as we look and ponder the 2 great discourse’s of the previous 2 posts.

Remember, we are on the same side, we don’t have to always agree about everything, but let’s in our work resolve to be of one mind with the goal of Charity, and Brotherly Love. How can we care for others if we tear down and belittle each other? Remember no man is perfect! ( if you question that, ask your wife or girlfriend, she will set you straight! ) Put differences aside, and your shoulder to the wheel, Only together can we succeed, alone we will fail, and our great Brotherhood with it.  Stuart Orgaz WM:.

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