From the South

I attended Grand Lodge for the first time in Yakima June 8-11 and was impressed with a feeling of connectedness with Masonic brothers around our great state of Washington. It was pleasing to see Lincoln Jordan involved, serving on the medical emergency standby team. Our Interstate-5 district brothers, friends from our former district in Grays Harbor County, and other familiar faces from the Chehalis-Centralia area, were among those in attendance. Clayton Anderson performed his duties as grand Tyler and was ably assisted by Don Talley of Longview. Because of this assignment, Talley appeared in slightly smarter-than-usual attire, and I believe there are even photos of that fashionable experience!
It was impressive to see Mike Carmel marching in with the district deputies and realize how significant his achievements are; Doug Puckett from the Longview-Kelso area was installed as his successor. Many of you will have met Puckett and his wife, Dee, at the July picnic. Our region’s Charles Wood moved up to grand senior warden, and in a very short while will be providing the entire state with Masonic leadership.

The grand master, Jim Mendoza, alluded to the story of the Ilwaco 1890s gavel, which he had on the dais in front of him for part of the proceedings, and he called upon our master, Ron Robbins, to hold up the Scottish apron that belonged to James Murray, survivor of the wrecked Strathblane. Mendoza encouraged Masons to use Ilwaco’s example as an incentive to preserve our Masonic heritage.
Amid the pomp and pageantry, much Masonic business was done. This included a vote to change the Holy Bible references to the Volume of the Sacred Law, which I personally favor, even though I know other brothers feel strongly the other way. There was an unsuccessful attempt to limit the term served by the grand secretary, but because of the state rules that motion will return for further discussion next year. I have details of that and all the other votes which I can share; a printed copy of the resolutions, with notes about the votes, is available on the table outside the lodge room.
I appreciate the lodge sending me and reimbursing lodging and registration costs. The car journey there and back with Robbins and Carmel was an enjoyable experience and enabled us to brush up on our ritual work without being overheard.
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Monday, Sept. 18 there will be a first-degree ceremony at 7 p.m. at the lodge. Mike Thornton will be conferring master; Doug Puckett will perform the lecture; and I will act as senior deacon and recite the charge. Again, Sherm Richmond has kindly agreed to offer the circumambulation verses. A surprise attendee is on tap to explain the working tools. Walt Twidwell will perform the apron lecture, no doubt drawing on that 1917 version which adds such beautiful imagery to the experience for our candidate. I will be checking in with other members to confirm their roles. There will be no dinner, but coffee and dessert will follow. I hope for a significant turnout, realizing this will be the third Masonic evening event of the month of September.

Br Patrick Webb Junior Warden

From the Secretary

Grand Lodge has adopted new software for the member portion of their website and I encourage each brother in the jurisdiction to register for a login and browse to see what information they can access and update. If you are a Master Mason in Washington State, please email '' with your Full Name, Member Number, Lodge Number, and Preferred Email Address. A username and password will be emailed to you within 48 business hours. Your member number is on your membership card.
You will find that you can change your own contact information and preferences as well as make donations and pay dues when you select 'FOR MEMBERS'. My plan is to upload images of minutes and possibly a calendar, Trestleboard and other useful information.
Dues statements will be 'just around the corner', so please ensure that your contact information is kept up-to-date. Standard annual dues remain $60 ($25 to G.L., $25 Lodge Dues + $10 Lodge Assessment). Annually, Life Members and 50-year members pay $35 to the Lodge and those the Lodge has voted as 50-year exempt members pay no dues or assessment. All donations above regular dues are accepted as usual.
This summer, we lost one brother. WB Roger Davis passed to awaiting arms in mid-July.
Peace and Harmony Prevailing,
Br Glenn Ripley, Secretary

District 18 Lodges
Woodland-Kalama No. 17, 1st Tuesday
Castle Rock No. 62, 3rd Monday
Kelso No. 94, 2nd & 4th Tuesday
Occident No. 99, 1st Thursday
Longview No. 263, 1st & 3rd Thursday

District 17 Lodges
Grays Harbor No. 52 (Hoquiam), 2nd & 4th Tuesdays,
Wynooche No. 43 (Montesano), 3rd Monday
Little Falls No. 176, 4th Friday

Nearby Oregon Lodges
(all meet at 7:30 p.m.)
Evergreen No. 137 (Seaside) 1st Tuesday
Gateway No. 175 (Warrenton) 1st Wednesday
Seaport #7 (Astoria) 2nd Wednesday

From the West

As we have another EA Degree coming up I will talk about the Masonic Apron.
An emblem of innocence and the badge of a mason; more ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle, more honorable that the Star and Garter, or any other order that can be conferred upon you at this or any future period, by any King, Prince, Potentate, or any other person, except he be a Mason.
In these few words Freemasonry expresses the honor she pays to this symbol of the Ancient
The Order of the Golden Fleece was founded by Philip, Duke of Burgundy, in 1429.

The Roman Eagle was Rome’s symbol and ensign of power and might a hundred years before
The Order of the Star was created by John II of France in the middle of the Fourteenth Century.
The Order of the Garter was founded by Edward III of England in 1349 for himself and twenty-
five Knights of the Garter.
That the Masonic Apron is more ancient than these is a provable fact. In averring that it is more honorable, the premise when worthily worn is understood. The Apron is more honorable than the Star and Garter when all that it teaches is exemplified in the life of the wearer. Essentially the Masonic Apron is the badge of honorable labor.

Br Mike L Thornton Senior Warden

If you do not currently receive the Trestleboard by email and would like to, please send your request to Secretary – Br. Glenn Ripley - or myself Br. Ron Robbins – Sending by email saves the Lodge postage expense.

For the Good Of Masonry

On September 18, 1793, the cornerstone of the United States Capitol building, home of the legislative branch of American government, in Washington D.C. was laid in an elaborate, formal Masonic ceremony, with George Washington personally playing a key role and wearing Masonic regalia.
The building would take nearly a century to complete, as architects came and went, the British set fire to it and it was called into use during the Civil War. Today, the Capitol building, with its famous cast-iron dome and important collection of American art, is part of the Capitol Complex, which includes six Congressional office buildings and three Library of Congress buildings, all developed in the 19th and 20th centuries.
As a young nation, the United States had no permanent capital, and Congress met in eight different cities, including Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia, before 1791. In 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which gave President Washington the power to select a permanent home for the federal government. The following year, he chose what would become the District of Columbia from land provided by Maryland. Washington picked three commissioners to oversee the capital city’s development and they in turn chose French engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant to come up with the design. However, L’Enfant clashed with the commissioners and was fired in 1792. A design competition was then held, with a Scotsman named William Thornton submitting the winning entry for the Capitol building. In September 1793, Washington laid the Capitol’s cornerstone and the lengthy construction process, which would involve a line of project managers and architects, got under way.
In 1800, Congress moved into the Capitol’s north wing. In 1807, the House of Representatives moved into the building’s south wing, which was finished in 1811. During the War of 1812, the British invaded Washington, D.C., and set fire to the Capitol on August 24, 1814. A rainstorm saved the building from total destruction. Congress met in nearby temporary quarters from 1815 to 1819. In the early 1850s, work began to expand the Capitol to accommodate the growing number of Congressmen. In 1861, construction was temporarily halted while the Capitol was used by Union troops as a hospital and barracks. Following the war, expansions and modern upgrades to the building continued into the next century.
Today, the Capitol, which is visited by 3 million to 5 million people each year, has 540 rooms and covers a ground area of about four acres.Type your paragraph here.

From the East


Itis hard to believe that September is almost here. We had a very eventful summer which included the Annual Communication where our new Grand Master MW Warren R. Schoeben and our new District Deputy Doug Puckett was installed, our weekly luncheons prepared by our very own Culinary Artist VWB Mike Carmel and crew, our Masonic picnic which was very well attended and repairs to the Lodge just to mention a few. We have handed out 4 new petitions for membership, working on two Courtesy Degrees, performed a 2nd Degree on Brother Beau Morrow and now are preparing for a 3rd degree on September 11th and an EA on September 18th.
I was asked to participate in a triple out door 3rd Degree raising with Battleground Lodge #4. As the 3rd Ruffian I had a great time working with the District 18 group and learned a new technique for raising a Brother.
I am inserting the “Cast of Characters” for our 3rd Degree which will remind everyone of their part in our event. I want to thank everyone for their enthusiastic participation in this degree. It was heartwarming to see how many of you are excited to put this degree on. I would like to have a rehearsal for all the participants starting at 3:00 pm on Thursday, 7 September before our Stated Meeting. There will be another opportunity to rehears at 3:00 pm on Monday 11 September for those who wish to “brush up” on their part. Let’s make this a memorable occasion for Brother Morrow, like it was for you when you were raised.

A reminder that October will be step-up night. This will give those in line an opportunity to show their proficiency. It is also time to start to think about who will be sitting in the chairs next year. Those who do not wish to continue in their current positions, and those who wish to serve in positions, need to let it be known soon.

Ron Robbins Worshipful Master

Occident Lodge No. 48 F & A.M.
of the
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Washington

From the kitchen

The lunch program has helped to define us as an active, friendly, fellowship-oriented lodge and it has been my pleasure to be of service. Shopping a day or two before the lunch, prepping the lunch entrée the day before, plus cooking, serving on the day of the lunch requires considerable effort and time. Add cleaning the tables and floors after everyone leaves makes the whole effort somewhat arduous.
It is clear we need some additional help. Brethren, are there among you a couple of volunteers to make sure there is a lunch every Wednesday? With more help, everybody could be out before 2 p.m. I am happy to share recipes and cooking techniques as well – and to learn from others. Got a favorite recipe? Share it! Let’s make this a group effort.

VW Michael Carmel
Lunch cook