March 2019 – Master’s Message

Brethren of Fidelity 192,

Congratulations to our newly made Brother Ken Bennett on being accepted into our ancient and honorable fraternity. Special thanks for our degree team. Your work so far has been good. Let us keep it up! We have
2 Fellowcraft degrees coming up on March 7th, for brothers David Meis and Drake Young. Let us see to it to be well prepared to make this an impressionable experience for the brothers. For those who have not been
to a Fellowcraft degree in some time, we have made some changes as to how we perform this degree, and it is quite impressive for the candidates and the brethren. We hope you can attend.

On March 23rd we will be having our Grand Masters visit at the Rio which was the meeting hall for Freemasonry before the completion of our current Masonic Temple. Tickets can be purchased from Glenn Maxey, our lodge secretary, for $30. On April 24th we will be hosting the annual Public Schools Recognition Night. This has been a tradition for over 50 years as we get closer more details will be provided.The success of this largely depends on participation of our membership.

For brothers who have not been able to attend lodge for varies reasons, if you have any reports of sickness and distress ,please let us know that we may send our prayers and light to you and loved ones.

Fraternally,
WB Matthew Shamburger

February 2019 – Master’s Message

Brothers of Fidelity Lodge #192,

We have a lot of work ahead of us in the next few months. We have an EA degree on February 7th and two Fellowcraft degrees on March 7th. Please show our advancing brethren the importance of the process of conferring these degrees
by being present at the degrees if possible. We owe or brothers that much.

We have a guest speaker doing a presentation for us on the 28th of February. The topic is morality. This man is known by several members of our fraternity, but he is not himself a Mason. This will tie into and be followed up with a brief overview of what esoteric means and who it applies to.

The focus this year will be education as we are taught that to obtain that state of Perfection, represented by the perfect ashlar, shall be through a virtuous education, our own endeavors, and the blessing of God. Only the first can we offer you in the lodge. The second two we hope to enrich though the first.

This year we will have one business meeting at the first stated communication of each month and education at the second. Pending there are no pressing matters concerning the lodge or its members. I look forward to seeing our lodge grow this year, not just in numbers.

Fraternally,
WB Matthew Shamburger
Worshipful Master Fidelity Lodge #192

January 2019 – Master’s Message

Brothers of Fidelity Lodge #192,

I want to start off this year by thanking my Brothers for having elected me as your Worshipful Master for 2019. I want also to thank the Worshipful Brother Greg Beaumont and the officers of Fidelity Lodge for their hard work this past year to reestablish our line of officers and the direction of our lodge.

Our lodge, like any other, is a rough ashlar. We are not perfect, yet seek to perfect our lodge by perfecting the personal units within our lodge; to perfect ourselves is to make ourselves a worthy vessel of our mystic craft blessed by the omnipotent power of God. Let us be ever reminded of the name of our lodge: Fidelity; specifically, faithfulness to our Brothers and our cause by demonstrating continual loyalty and support. Do not forget where our loyalty should lie, with craft of Freemasonry and our Brothers, be it within our lodge, or anyplace outside. Let us not be fearful of declining numbers, but focus on the quality of the men we are to be bound to by stronger ties. We must always guard the West Gate for the sake of our lodge and the reputation of Freemasonry.

Be open to change this year, Brothers, whether it be my will or yours. My aim this year is to strengthen our brotherhood and comradery, to ignite a flame in our hearts and in the hearts of our candidates by the same light we all seek. Retention of members should be our first priority.

I look forward to sharing this Masonic year with you, my Brothers. This year cannot be successful without your support and participation. We have an Entered Apprentice degree coming up here soon for Mr. Ken Bennett, and some very interesting education planned for this year. I look forward to seeing our lodge grow through the coming years.

Fraternally,
Your Worshipful Master, more especially your brother,
Matthew Shamburger

December 2018 – Master’s Message

Brothers of Fidelity Lodge #192,

Congratulations to Brothers Greg Golyanski and Gene French who were recently raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason! I would also like to thank the brothers who assisted with these degrees. In total, we performed 4 Master Mason degrees this year.

The table lodge on November 3rd went very well, with approximately 26 Masons attending. The 13 toasts were enjoyed by all, along with a very good dinner. Thanks to all who participated by writing and presenting toasts. Thanks also to Brother Jerry Hagar who presented on Madeira as it related to the fraternity. I hope that Fidelity Lodge will plan another table lodge in the future.

Our final meeting for this term is on December 13th. Committee reports are due. This written report is read aloud by the committee chairman during the meeting. If you need assistance with the report format, please contact our secretary, Brother Larry Moline, who can provide examples. Also that same night, we will have elections for the coming year’s principal officers, secretary, and treasurer. To be eligible for Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, or Junior Warden, you must be pre-certified. Please contact our district lecturer if you would like to be considered and have not yet become certified.

I want to thank the brothers of Fidelity Lodge for another fine year. I appreciate your support and assistance that I continually received throughout the year. This was a very enjoyable year for me as Master of the Lodge, and I’m proud of our achievements. Next year, we will see new faces in the officers’ chairs as some brothers move up or perform other duties. It’s important that we embrace changes in the lodge. New ideas keep things interesting and fresh. Progression through the line also helps to make better leaders as we build and expand our experience. Masonry truly is a never-ending learning process. Please be supportive of these brothers who are taking on new roles and responsibilities. Early in the year, we tend to make a few mistakes. That being said, let’s try to do the best work possible next year, improve ourselves as Masons, and continue with our successes from this year.

Fraternally yours,
Greg Beaumont,
Worshipful Master, Fidelity Lodge #192 (2018); Past Master (2016)

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