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Mount Tabor Lodge in action Nov/Dec. 2014

Posted by Web Master on December 9, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Mount Tabor Lodge in Action

Greetings from the West moving into the East my

fellow Brothers Masons of MT. Tabor Lodge #106.

There are a few changes to the Offi cer line up for the

rest of the year. This is due to a medical and surgical

procedure that has put Worshipful Master Leslie

Aschnewitz out of commission anywhere from four to

six months. So please keep him and his recovery in

your thoughts and prayers.

This being said the elected offi cers will be moving

up one position. Junior Warden Craig Fontaine will

be moving into the West as Senior Warden, I Senior

Warden Erick Steichen will be moving into the East

as Interim Worshipful Master and Senior Deacon

Brian Brockhouse will be moving into the South as

Junior Warden. Please be patient with us as this was

an unexpected change that none of us expected to

happen. Rest assured we will continue to work for the

benefi t of the craft and the lodge.

New business: As we are all aware the season is

changing and we are soon to be looking at winter in

the northland. With this brings the festive seasons

of Thanksgiving November 27, Native American

Heritage/Sovereignty Day November 28th, Christmas

December 25th and New Year’s.

Now as most of us know we Masons of Detroit

Lakes hold a special event in the Detroit Lakes

Washington Square Mall every year. This event is

Photos with Santa and runs every weekend from

December 6th through December 21st. We also have

the Santa Float in the Parade of lights on Monday

December 1st after which will be Photos and Wishes

with Santa in the Mall from 6 to 8pm. With this comes

set up for the fl oat and the Santa’s Storefront. We are

looking at November 29th from 9am until complete to

work on the fl oat and the Storefront.

This work entails several individuals working as a

cohesive unit for the betterment of several children’s

holiday season. We need at least 9 individuals each

day to complete this endeavor. We already have

someone for the positions of Santa, money table,

popcorn table and possibly photographers. We will

need two computer operators printing the pictures,

a cutter to trim and put the pictures together. We

will also need someone to handle the memory cards

from photographer to printing crew. A ninth individual

would be helpful for breaking the others and to assist

in organizing the crowd if needed.

For further information regarding dates and times

for this event please see our website mttabor106.

org it also has contact and sign up information. There

will also be a signup sheet at the next few Lodge

meetings and Shriner meetings.

Thanks for your time brothers as I hope the rest

of the year fi nds us all well and we are all carried

into 2015 ready and willing to further our craft and

ourselves as we are all seeking more knowledge and

understanding in who and what we are.

Worshipful Master Erick L. Steichen

Secretary's Report November/December 2014

Posted by Web Master on December 9, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

SECRETARY’S REPORT

Greetings Brothers

I am fi lling in for our Secretary Rick Johnson as he

is recovering from a heart attack and a triple bypass.

This happened on November 9 and he had his

surgery on the 11th. He just texted me to say he has

been discharged from the Hospital today. He will be

at home for a period of time but sounded good and

said he felt much better.

Our Worshipful Master Les Aschnewitz has stepped

down because of medical issues. He has had rotator

cuff surgery and it may lay him up for 3 to 6 months.

He had discussed this with our Grand Master and it

was decided that our Senior Warden Erick Steichen

will take over as Master for the reminder of this year

and Craig Fontaine moves to Senior Warden and

Brian Brockhouse becomes Junior Warden. I am

acting Secretary until Rick is back.

Our Grand Master Christensen and 3 of his offi cers

visited Mt. Tabor Lodge twice, once on Oct. 14 a d

again on Nov. 11. We had made some errors on our

Degree planning and what we should do to correct

this problem. He was also pleased with our web-site

calling it one of the best in MN. Masonry. He also

liked out charity fund raising activates.

WE will be starting with our pictures with Santa at

the Mall. We will be in the old Sprint location and as

usual we will need our Brothers to help to make this

a success.

Our schedule is as follows.

Dec. 1, from 6 to 7 PM.

This is after the Christmas parade.

Dec. 6 & 7 from noon to 4 PM. And on the 6th again

from 5 to 7 PM during the mall special open house.

Dec. 13, 14, 20, & 21 we will be open from

noon to 4 PM.

Please check the website or call Erick or myself to get

on the list of workers.

Thank you all for the help

Fraternally, Chuck Magnusson, acting Secretary

Greetings from your LEO

Posted by Web Master on December 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

GREETINGS FROM YOUR LEO

 

As I conclude my tenure as the LEO of Mt. Tabor, I want to refl ect on some of the learning I have experienced in this position. As a person educated in science and being employed in positions that utilized my training and experience, I did not have much time to read and learn outside of my chosen fi eld. However, being the LEO gave me cause to read in other areas especially Masonic history, ancient history and Biblical history. I have always felt the need to understand things and this means fi nding the foundations and beginnings of whatever I was thinking or working on. This led me to read and research the foundations of Masonry, which I believe began in the dim mists of the beginnings of civilization as we know it. It did not come into existence as the structure of Masonry as we now know and practice, but evolved slowly with increasing knowledge and understanding of men and their world. Early primitive man had little understanding of himself, the world about him and the universe in general. What information he could process contained some truth and much superstition. Superstition gave rise to magical thinking and to primitive religions. As primitive man learned and processed information because of the development of his brain, the ability to create language, writing and all the other things necessary to create civilization, methods were needed to separate truth and pass that information on to others and future generations. This is where I think the beginnings of Masonry started. Men formed groups to share information and learn the truth. Some of these groups were headed by a person who had a particular philosophy such as Plato, Socrates all the way to Newton, Bacon and others. These groups all attempted to explain the workings of everything from the inner workings of man to the workings of the universe. Masonry was not connected to any particular school of philosophy, but existed separately with persons from any philosophical group. The foundational principles of Masonry are taken without bias from the different philosophical schools to create the basic principles we now experience in the teachings of the Masonic Lodge. Masonry evolved to separate the basic truths from superstition, misinformation and magical thinking and in so doing created a system whereby men can apply the basic truths of our fraternity as we now know them, to all aspects of lives such as in daily living to groups and governmental actions. Today we live in an age where information is shared electronically and immediately around the globe. Primitive man’s information came to him more slowly. He could take

 

time to contemplate and process before making a decision and taking some action. Today the speed and volume of information we have to process is incredible. We must remember that the information we process today is no different then what primitive man processed. The information is fi lled with truth and untruths. It is well documented that the Internet [aka world wide web; www] is fi lled with much misinformation. We must evaluate the information and verify its authenticity. This is one area where I think the Masonic Lodge can help in this by providing a mean’s or forum for discussion.

 

Lastly a comment on my reading associated with the LEO position. As stated earlier, my reading outside my scientifi c fi eld has been limited. Now I have read with interest ancient history and Biblical history about the beginnings of civilization. When doing that one discovers that the Middle East area of the world has always been involved in confl ict. The history of confl ict in the Middle East extends back to the formation of civilization as we know it as documented in many sources including the Bible. At 5000 BCE [Before the Christian ERA = BC] Jericho existed as a city-state and confl icts between the neighboring areas are noted. Various kingdoms came into being, fl ourished, fought with their neighbors and disappeared. Some of the kingdoms to rule in the middle east were the Akkadian, Assyrian, Hittites, Egyptian, Macedonian, Greek, Jewish [under King David], Roman, Persian and Turkish to name a few. All gained territory and importance by fi ghting and enslaving existing people living in the area. Do not forget about the Crusades of the Middle Ages where European Christians [Catholic] invaded the Middle East to “free” the area from Islam of the Persians. Thus I watch the evening news with the developing confl icts in the Middle East and wonder, with 7000 years now of confl ict what should be done differently???

 

I will continue to write articles from time to time.

 

See you in Lodge,

 

Dan Holm

Hello from the ColorGaurd

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Hello from the Color Guard!

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from the Color Guard!

 

We are busy getting ready for the annual Christmas

 

Party to be held December 13th at the Color Guard

 

Club Rooms. This is always a treat with Lowell Thompson and Brad Richards at the grills. All Nobles are urged to attend.

 

The planning has started already for the next round of Circus Fun. A lot of work goes into this major fund raiser, and it takes a lot of hands to put it all together. Jerome Tappe will be the new Circus Chairman – a blast from the past so to speak, so let’s all pull together and pitch in!

 

Nominations of offi cers was held at the November meeting. Brikker Ware was nominated for President for the next year, with Jerome Tappe being nominated for Vice President. Jerry Anderson and Al Krogstad accepted the co-treasurer position and the nomination for secretary was Jesten Hayle. Congratulations to these guys – 2015 will be an awesome year!

 

The Color Guard meets every 3rd Monday of the month at the Color Guard club. You are always invited to attend. Great meals and fun to be shared. We are always looking for new Nobles, so if you have an interest in becoming a Shriner, speak to one who is already – we would love to have you!

 

There is nothing fi ner than a Color Guard Shriner!

 

Steve Larson, Unit President

 

Detroit Lakes Color Guard

 

Steve Larson

 

Unit President

Eastern Star News November/December 2014

Posted by Web Master on December 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

EASTERN STAR NEWS

 

It is snowing today so it is time to think about the Holidays. We had our November meeting on the 4th. There were 6

 

Star birthdays to celebrate. Pat and Chuck Magnusson, Eleanor Stromberg and Marv Enslin were all present. I will mail the cards to Rick Fleming and Valerie Medaris.

 

Chuck Magnusson is our Star of the Month.

 

We are just fi nishing our sale of Community Days booklets. Herbergers Department stores allows non-profi ts to sell the booklets for $5 and keep the money. There is a $10 off coupon so everyone who buys a booklet gets their $5 back plus lots of other good buys. We will be selling at the store during the event November 14th and 15th. Our Christmas meeting will be December 2nd. We will all bring treats to share. I have a couple of reminders for everyone: It is time to pay your dues. They are $27.50 for 2015. We raised Olive Branch dues to $15 and Per Capita went to $12.50 this year.

 

We are meeting at 2 pm for the months of November, December, February and March.

 

We are dark in January.

 

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

 

Remember “Glitter is for life, not just for Christmas”

 

Star love,

 

Judy Enslin

 

Worthy Matron

Mt Tabor Lodge in Action July/ Aug 2014

Posted by Web Master on July 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the East

 

I would like to take a moment to thank all the brothers for making the 1st degree table lodge such a success. As we enter into the summer I am looking forward to the upcoming Masonic picnic which is going to be held on the 22nd of July. The picnic we start at 5pm please check the web page for a map to the location, Hoping to see you all there. We have some upcoming events as of this time we are getting ready to have another 1st degree table lodge on the 26th of Aug. If you are a deer hunter this interest you I am in the process of setting up a time in sep at the DL Gun club to use their range so we can get our guns sighted in when the weather is still nice and warm. Tentative to be set for Sep 5 between 3 and 6 pm. Please if you have any ideas or suggestion call me, I am open to any and all ideas. We are working on building a storage room at the back door of the lodge to hold items that we use for fund raisers and my need some help cleaning this area up so we can start to build this room. Please look for updates and time for this project.

 

As you all know we had a 1st degree table lodge and we had some guest come by and enjoy the night welcoming new members to the lodge. I had the privilege to present them with their own cannons to remember the event. When I picked up the cannons I looked at getting personalized cannons for the lodge members that may be interested I will be having more information on them by the next offi cers meeting or possible by the picnic, if you are interested you can check with me at that time. I will also have an example of one then.

 

I would also like to ask the brothers for help with degree work with the 1st Degree table lodge and with the 2ed and 3rd degrees. Practice is always a good thing, I would like to start holding these on meeting nights, since we will be doing degree work in the upcoming months, we will be doing some of this work on the 2nd Tue of the month (offi cers meeting) so please try to attend if possible. I want to say thank you all for your help with this.

 

Hoping all my brothers and their families are having a great summer.

 

Fraternally,

 

~Les Aschnewitz, Worshipful Master 2014

Secretary's Report July/ Aug 2014

Posted by Web Master on July 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings Brothers,

 

I would like to let all know that July 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM we will have a picnic at Long Lake Park. There is a map at our website www.mttabor106.org. This is a potluck picnic so bring your favorite dish or desert. We will be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs, supplying lemonade, and potato chips. This is a family picnic so bring the whole family and any lawn games you wish (Les is looking forward to catching lawn darts). Myself I am bringing my Bocce Balls (Google it, its fun). In addition, we will allow a discreet BYOB. We wish to welcome two new brothers David

 

Nelson and Michael Erickson who went through our

 

1st Degree at our very pleasurable Table Lodge on June 24th. On August 26th we will probably have another Table Lodge/1st Degree. Tentatively we are looking at a Range day on Sept 5th from 3 to 7 PM at the Sportsmen’s Club to sight in your rifl es.

 

Our four scholarship winners this year who have received their $250 from us are:

 

Meribeth Wothe - University of Nebraska, Omaha


Miranda Halvorson - Globe University, Moorhead

 

Nathan Hanson - Colorado School of Mines


Michael Richter - University of South Dakota,


I would like to have your opinion or suggestions on what we could do at meetings or activities that would make you happier. My email is [email protected] and I would welcome any input that you may have. We are looking for new and different actions in which to participate.

 

See you at our next meeting – that is the 2nd (5:00) and 4th (6:00) Tuesday of the month.

 

Fraternally,

 

~Rick G. Johnson Secretary 2014

Hello from the Shrine July/ Aug 2014

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Greetings from the Shrine,

 

Just a reminder that in July, Detroit Lakes hosts the fabulous Water Carnival Parade! The Color Guard will be hosting an oasis at our clubrooms after the parade. Refreshments and food will be served – so come on and enjoy our club!

 

Peace and harmony prevail in the Color Guard camp as we welcome all the visitors to the lakes area. Our monthly meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month, and we love to see visitors. If you are in the area, please stop by and enjoy the friendship! Social by 5:30, with a great dinner by 6:30. All are welcome!

 

In closing, always remember – never forget – “It’s a great time to be a Shriner, but there is NOTHING fi ner than a Color Guard Shriner!”

 

Steve Larson

 

Unit President

Greetings From Your LEO July/ Aug 2014

Posted by Web Master on July 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As I conclude my tenure as the LEO of Mt. Tabor, I want to refl ect on some of the learning I have experienced in this position. As a person educated in science and being employed in positions that utilized my training and experience, I did not have much time to read and learn outside of my chosen fi eld. However, being the LEO gave me cause to read in other areas especially Masonic history, ancient history and Biblical history. I have always felt the need to understand things and this means fi nding the foundations and beginnings of whatever I was thinking or working on. This led me to read and research the foundations of Masonry, which I believe began in the dim mists of the beginnings of civilization as we know it. It did not come into existence as the structure of Masonry as we now know and practice, but evolved slowly with increasing knowledge and understanding of men and their world. Early primitive man had little understanding of himself, the world about him and the universe in general. What information he could process contained some truth and much superstition. Superstition gave rise to magical thinking and to primitive religions. As primitive man learned and processed information because of the development of his brain, the ability to create language, writing and all the other things necessary to create civilization, methods were needed to separate truth and pass that information on to others and future generations. This is where I think the beginnings of Masonry started. Men formed groups to share information and learn the truth. Some of these groups were headed by a person who had a particular philosophy such as Plato, Socrates all the way to Newton, Bacon and others. These groups all attempted to explain the workings of everything from the inner workings of man to the workings of the universe. Masonry was not connected to any particular school of philosophy, but existed separately with persons from any philosophical group. The foundational principles of Masonry are taken without bias from the different philosophical schools to create the basic principles we now experience in the teachings of the Masonic Lodge. Masonry evolved to separate the basic truths from superstition, misinformation and magical thinking and in so doing created a system whereby men can apply the basic truths of our fraternity as we now know them, to all aspects of lives such as in daily living to groups and governmental actions. Today we live in an age where information is shared electronically and immediately around the globe. Primitive man’s information came to him more slowly. He could take

 

time to contemplate and process before making a decision and taking some action. Today the speed and volume of information we have to process is incredible. We must remember that the information we process today is no different then what primitive man processed. The information is fi lled with truth and untruths. It is well documented that the Internet [aka world wide web; www] is fi lled with much misinformation. We must evaluate the information and verify its authenticity. This is one area where I think the Masonic Lodge can help in this by providing a mean’s or forum for discussion.

 

Lastly a comment on my reading associated with the LEO position. As stated earlier, my reading outside my scientifi c fi eld has been limited. Now I have read with interest ancient history and Biblical history about the beginnings of civilization. When doing that one discovers that the Middle East area of the world has always been involved in confl ict. The history of confl ict in the Middle East extends back to the formation of civilization as we know it as documented in many sources including the Bible. At 5000 BCE [Before the Christian ERA = BC] Jericho existed as a city-state and confl icts between the neighboring areas are noted. Various kingdoms came into being, fl ourished, fought with their neighbors and disappeared. Some of the kingdoms to rule in the middle east were the Akkadian, Assyrian, Hittites, Egyptian, Macedonian, Greek, Jewish [under King David], Roman, Persian and Turkish to name a few. All gained territory and importance by fi ghting and enslaving existing people living in the area. Do not forget about the Crusades of the Middle Ages where European Christians [Catholic] invaded the Middle East to “free” the area from Islam of the Persians. Thus I watch the evening news with the developing confl icts in the Middle East and wonder, with 7000 years now of confl ict what should be done differently???

 

I will continue to write articles from time to time.

 

See you in Lodge,

 

Dan Holm

Eastern Star News July/ August 2014

Posted by Web Master on July 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sisters and Brother,

 

Well, where did June go? (and summer??) We really have enjoyed the few nice days between the rainy ones. We are lucky though. Southern Minnesota is having fl oods, as is International Falls.

 

We have installed all but one of our offi cers. Pizza

 

Ranch in May was successful, even though it was Memorial Day. Thank you Pat and Chuck for working that night. Our June date is Monday the 23rd. If you get this in time, come and support our project. Six of us attended the Area Conference on June 14th at Moorhead. We always learn something new and enjoy seeing our sisters and brothers from area Chapters. Sister Judy Luettjohann, Associate Grand Matron, and Brother Marv Enslin, Associate

 

Grand Patron, provided the leadership for the Area Conference. We are very proud of them. They introduced an Eastern Star “Jeopardy” game to help us all brush up on our ritual work. The two teams tied so we all received Payday candy bars. July 1st is our next meeting. We will be hosting our District Instructor, Judy Luettjohann, for an evening of practice and instruction. Cathy and Donna Johns are the refreshment committee.

 

Our August meeting will be held on the 5th. Kay and Don will provide refreshments.

 

July and August Events

 

July 14 – Friendship meeting at Winslow Chapter #182 at Thief River Falls, 2 p.m.

 

July 21 – Pizza Ranch work night

 

July 29 – 5th Tuesday picnic at Judy and Marv’s

 

August 8-10 – Grand Chapter Peace Garden Trip

 

August 18 – Pizza Ranch work night

 

“My Favorite Color Is Glitter”

 

“When In Doubt, Just Add Glitter”

 

Judy Enslin

 

Worthy Matron


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