Saturday, April 11, 2015
MESSAGE FROM THE EAST
WB Pat D. Noel
Brethren, thank you very much for your attendance in our March stated meeting. It was a pleasure seeing you in attendance.
The month of April has two (2) very important events for our lodge and for each of us as members. First is the celebration of our 40th Founding anniversary. Forty (40) years had passed since we first became into being. We were born through the efforts of our founding elders, led by our charter Worshipful Master WB Gerardo Padilla. There were 38 of them then and only 5 survived, namely, Bro. Victor Bacalso, WB Wilfredo Bacareza, Bro. Manaros Boransing, VW Henry Dy and WB Voltaire Rovira. With dignity, honor and fondness, let us give recognition to them. And from 1975 to 2015, 39 past masters have served our worshipful lodge, most are still very much active. Others have journeyed to the place where no traveler ever returned. To all of them, our gratitude for creating such worthy and outstanding lodge in this part of the district.
Second activity that is also of great importance is the upcoming AnCom to be held at Legazpi City on April 23 – 25, 2015. Brethren, let us try to be present and be accounted during the event. Let us meet new and old members, create new friends, listen to our elders council during gatherings, break bread, join fellowship. Please inform our brother Senior Warden, Bro. Ivan J. Banaag if you’re joining so we’ll know how many we have to account for. Let me inform the brethren though that there might be a chance that we can not vote this coming election for the GJW because of the requirement for each lodge to pay the 2015 GLP requirements. As per consultation with our District Deputy Grand Master, we are to meet prior to our departure for the AnCom to discuss this matter. And for our lodge, we can not pay said requirement because it will exhaust all our funds, thereby endangering other commitments that we previously have.
Our trestleboard is full of those who desire to be part of our ancient fraternity. Sad to say that one feels that he is above and beyond reach of the lodge that he cast a black cube. Are we going to sacrifice the future of our lodge because of one member who feels that he has to be personally convinced to cast the white ball setting aside the favorable report of the investigators?
And lastly, we have set our stated meeting ahead of time because of two reasons – 1) I will be out of town on April 18 to attend a scheduled family reunion in Cebu which I have to be present; 2) I want to be around with you all during our stated meetings if and when possible, specially on our 40th charter anniversary.
Once again brethren, looking brightly forward for your support and presence during our stated meeting on April 14 (Tuesday) at 5:30 in the afternoon, for the future of our craft in general and of our lodge in particular. Masonic Education speaker will be Col. Alexander O. Noble (Ret.) who will shed light on the issues of Federalism. With open minds, let us listen without judgment to others.
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Agenda of the Stated Meeting
5:30 PM Opening a Lodge of Master Mason
Reading and Approval
- Minutes of Last Stated Meeting
- Secretary’s Financial Report
- Treasurer’s Financial Report
Reports of Committees
Balloting for Dispensation of Mr. Ricarte Cadalin
Guest Speaker Col. Alexander O. Noble (Ret)
Reading of Grand Lodge Edicts/Circulars
Other Communications (Petitions, etc)
Recognition of Visiting Brethren
Commentaries of Visiting Dignitaries
Closing the Lodge of Master Mason
Petitioners : Mr. Arturo Alibango
Mr. Ricarte Cadalin
Mr. Lee Michael Caballes
Mr. Kent Algino Garzon
Mr. Leonidas Hidalgo
Mr. Sotero M. Jala, Jr.
Mr. Maclin Lanto
Mr. Raymundo Riel Rugay
Mr. Haroun Al-Jalani P. Sanguila
Mr. John Yasser T. Sanguila
Mr. Alyassar Saudi S. Sulog
Mr. Nocolai G. Tenazas
Mr. Bryan Ted K. Yu
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Happy Birthday to April Celebrants :
Apr 6 Pat Noel
Apr 7 Ike Gaite
Apr 9 Richard Lim
Apr 12 Pelagio Cruz, Jr.
Apr 20 Oscar Badelles
Apr 28 Genesis Olandag
"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worth while." -Wilfred T. Grenfell