Western Dress-Down Themed Stated Communication – Thursday, September 27

Thursday, September 27 – Stated Communication will be a “Western Dress-Down” themed meeting, meaning no suits, sport coats, neck ties or other “citified” attire, including shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, ragged jeans or slacks with holes, etc.  Accepted attire includes collared shirts, blue jeans, cowboy boots, large western belt buckles, bolo ties, and other cowboy or western clothing.  Just be reasonable and have a western look.

September 2018 Master’s Message

Brothers of Fidelity Lodge #192,
Summer is coming to an end and it’s time for us to get back to work. Our first meeting is September 13th, and we will have a Back-to-Work Dinner that night. While we were dark we remained busy. We raised brothers Brian Ivers and Nikolas Foster to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. We enjoyed the St. John the Baptist dinner in June, and the annual picnic in August. In July, I put on a financial seminar about investing in real estate. The principal officers also attended the Grand Lodge budget session. And now, with the return of autumn, we’ve plenty of work in store, having candidates waiting for degrees. We have one candidate patiently waiting to become an Entered Apprentice, and two more petitions that will be read at the first meeting. I anticipate two imminent Fellow Craft proficiencies, which means at least two more Master Mason degrees before the end of the year.

The purpose of Labor Day is to celebrate the contributions of America’s workers towards our country’s strength, prosperity, and well-being. As our lodge gets back to work, we too should be reminded of the good work we do in our lodge, with similar aspirations towards achievement. We each were able to experience the joy and beauty of Masonry because brothers before us performed the work. These contributions have gone back through time, ad-infinitum, to the very origins of the institution. We, in turn, should remember that we all have a duty to return that favor, not to those from the past, but to those who are the future of the fraternity. Let’s work hard as we finish out the year so that we might be proud of our accomplishments. This year has been an absolute joy for me as your Worshipful Master, and I am very proud of you all.

We only have six regular meetings remaining before the end of the year. I anticipate some additional specials meeting for degrees. My goal is to have a table lodge in October. Step-Up night is November 8th, followed by elections on December 13th. The decision of the Grand Master of Masons in Colorado, Phil Moss, is that to be eligible for the positions of Junior Warden, Senior Warden, or Worshipful Master, you must beforehand become certified with the District Lecturer. Potential officers must demonstrate that they can open and close the lodge, and move up and down between degrees, in each position. I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks, and I’m excited to get rolling again.

 

Respectfully yours,
Greg Beaumont, Worshipful Master Fidelity Lodge #192

Date Night – Friday, May 11

Fidelity Lodge’s 3rd date night for 2018 will be on Friday, May 11, 2018 at  MIMI’s Cafe located at 1450 Fall River Dr. in the Centerra West Shopping Center (same shopping complex as Sportsman’s Warehouse and Target) in east  Loveland and on the west side of I-25 on Friday, May 11th beginning at 6:30 PM.

Seating is limited in the private room so make your reservations ASAP since we had to turn away a few couples at our last Date Night dinner. Reservation deadline is Friday May 4

Public Schools Recognition Night – Thursday, April 19

Collins Lodge #19 AF&AM and Fidelity Lodge #192 AF&AM continue a decades-long tradition in recognizing outstanding students, teachers, and programs within the Poudre School District on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 pm at the Fort Collins Masonic Temple.

The Lodges will honor students from 5th, 8th, and 12th grades who have been selected by their teachers for their traits of citizenship, leadership, scholarship, and general positive character that distinguish them as outstanding.  This recognition continues a 54-year-old tradition of the two Fort Collins Masonic Lodges.

Brethren of Fidelity Lodge #192 and Collins Lodge #19 are requested to arrive early between 3 and 6 pm to help set up, to assist in the final preparations and hosting of our guests from the community.  We expect that over 350 guests will be in attendance.

Grand Master’s Visit – March 8

Fidelity Lodge #192 will be hosting the Grand Master of Masons in Colorado, MWB Phillip Moss, for an official visitation on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Fort Collins Masonic Temple located at 225 West Oak St. in Fort Collins.

A dinner will be held for the Grand Master prior to the official reception beginning at 6:30 PM with wives and non-Masons invited for dinner; however, they will be excused from the Grand Master’s reception during the Tiled Meeting portion which will begin at 7:30 PM.  Cost for dinner will be “free will” with a suggested donation of $15.00.  Reservations for dinner and a RSVP for dinner by March 5 is most appreciated.

 

September Master’s Message

Brethren,

This summer has sure blown by fast, hope you had a chance to take a vacation or enjoy some outdoor time with your family and friends.

Our annual picnic was a huge success thanks to Brother Andrew Wright and probably more especially his lovely wife. We had a lot of new brothers and their families attend as well as several young men wanting to join Masonry, some women wanting to join Eastern Star, members of our sister lodges Collins 19, Campion and Estes Park. Great food, fellowship and conversation was had by all.

We have some brothers who are close to do their proficiencies on the Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft degrees which means we need to prepare for those degrees with some practices in the very near future.

We have some petitions to join our lodge which we will read at the 1st meeting and start the process of attaining light for these young men.

As always we still have our Thursday morning coffee every week and it seems like more and more young men are attending to pick up some literature from Worshipful brother Larry Moline, take a tour of the building and make their acquaintance with the brethren and other who are attending.

With only 6 regular communications left this year we need to start thinking about elections and final reports, never too early to start preparing.

Please remember our military personnel and first responders in your prayers; we need to because politicians have no regard for their physical or mental health.

“Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul”~Fenelon

 “Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting”~Anonymous

This last quote will be recognized by people with PTSD

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Fraternally,
Gary G. Malara
Worshipful Master

May Master’s Message

Brethren,

Thank God April is over, it has been a very hectic and exhausting month. We now move into May with revived energy and excitement. We had a busy month and had a great pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt for the children.

Public School Recognition Night was a fantastic success. Thank you WB Russell Mason for all your planning, and all the brethren who assisted is e very phase including but not limited to set up, getting the plaques made, assisting at the event in ushering, seating and greeting those attending and tear down, and tear down. I believe this was one of the best PSRN’s we put on since I joined 23 years ago. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

With spring here, the flowers are blooming, the birds chirping, the squirrels are getting into everything around to eat, the grass growing (and we GET to cut it) we are preparing to go dark. With all the degrees coming up I have been contemplating whether to go dark and just having specials to do our work or not to go dark at all. This will be brought up at our 1st meeting in May. Please be prepared to give your opinion on this question.

This month we have at least 1 new petition to read and possibly an Entered Apprentice degree. We have a few of our brothers ready to do their proficiencies on Entered Apprentice. Fellowcraft and Master Mason degrees, this will be fun listening to them complete their respective degrees. That obligates us to do more degree work during the summer, be prepared to do your work on all degrees.

“The world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be home.” ~Wendell Berry

Happy and Sunburn summer.

Fraternally,
Gary G. Malara, WM