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It is great to see brothers who have not been to lodge in a while come by. Thank all of you brothers from Ben Franklin and all the other lodges for coming out recently for our degree work and our GMOV. It is great to see fellowship taking place over coffee and desert after the meeting. It is a pleasure to be conducting the work of Masonry again. Please remember, don't be shy about your desire to participate. We have brothers in various positions, but they cannot always participate. The work of Freemasonry is difficult and tedious, and we can ALWAYS find a job for a brother who seeks to participate. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped, comes to meetings, brings petitions to read and vote on, and is making this an exciting year. The degree work is the most rewarding part of being a Mason - it is incredibly rewarding to pass the lessons on to another who desires to follow in the footsteps of the greatest men in all ages and all walks of life.

For the brothers coming in, you are being accepted into the most honorable fraternity there is. You must make the time to come to lodge and meet with your coach. You must come to lodge. It's okay if you don't quite get it. The journey and work of Freemasons is a lifelong journey and even 50 year Ma- sons are continuing to learn. You will only get out of Masonry what you put in. From being the candidate to being the Master conferring the 3 rd degree... all of it is a great experience you should not deny yourself and participate in EVERY time you have the opportunity. Most importantly, we all must be ever mindful new Masons are trying to learn from us and our example.

  1. Please take due notice that this is the 4th notice of 3 months required notice that we will hold another vote on consolidation at the April stated meeting, May stated meeting if necessary, and June stated meeting if necessary.
  2. Please take due notice that we will be considering and voting on 2 by-law changes at the April stated meeting in addition to the Consolidation vote. Per Section 10.220 of the Nevada Masonic Code, this is 30 days notice the following will be considered:
    1. Move stated communication time from 7:30 to 7:00 p.m on the first Wednesday of the month.
    2. When a stated meeting falls on any of the following holidays, the meeting will be deferred until the second Tuesday of the following week: New Year's day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Yom Kippur, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Take due notice thereof and govern yourselves accordingly. Your attendance and input welcome!

We have two exciting events coming up. The first will be Public School Observance Week. Mrs. Angie Bryan, Principal of Brown Elementary School, will speak to our lodge on May 7th.

The second program is "Kids and Heroes". Benjamin Franklin 45 has coordinated the Kids and Heroes Memorial Day blood drive, with United Blood Services and our great brother Rod Stahl and AAA. We have confirmed AAA will have representatives on hand to perform child safety seat checks. We need to get every healthy adult family member to the Kerak Shrine Center on Memorial day to give blood. We need to spread the word to anyone who has children that they can come by and participate in the Child ID program brother Rod has championed in the community and have their child safety seat checked.

Finally, please say a quick prayer for an ailing brother of ours who is in the hospital as I write this. I will not name him to protect his privacy, but we all know who he is and wish him a speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers. He's been a rock solid brother. Hopefully he will be on the mend by the time this is distributed.

Upon the Square
Ron S. Ellis

Worshipful Master Ron S. Ellis
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." Benjamin Franklin
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