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Time and Place

Brothers, the summer flew by and much like the children heading back to school, we too will soon be at work again. One never knows where the useful lessons and maxims of our craft will come up and be applicable. It was during the long hours of the summer devoted to my usual vocation where the les-sons of the third degree became abundantly apparent. I might have materially erred if not for the lessons of our craft, but remembering those useful lessons of the third degree, I was able to exhibit traits becoming of a mason. If you want to know what I'm talking about... I will tell you more at the meeting. The take away from this brief message is this: Our entered apprentices need to seek further light. We have initiated three men and so far only one has shown any interest in coaching sessions. We will resume coaching sessions on the work and instruction night of the 2nd Monday of every month and schedule individual sessions thereafter. First and foremost EAs must come to the meetings. You're more than welcome to come. You can only become proficient and advance if you come to meetings and meet with your coaches. You still have a ways to travel, and the many lessons and good advice to come are worth the effort. We only have a year to advance you, so we need to get moving.

The second brief and blunt message is: Support our golf tournament. This is a great value for your money and it will help to support our many different causes, the most prevalent of which is our scholarship fund, but also assists when we are called upon to help a widow or orphan. It is wonderful to be in the position of being able to assist in some small way widows of fallen brothers, which we did this past summer. It's a great outing, great fellowship and lots of fun. The weather at this time of year is unsurpassed anywhere in the country. Reno's mild summer days with cool mornings makes for a fantastic golf outing. Everyone is welcome... this is not limited to Masons but is limited to 80 spots.

Third message is simple: Welcome back everyone, I hope you had a good summer. Our goals for the remainder of the year are a successful golf tournament, passing our EAs to Fellowcrafts, and hopefully raising them, and filling our line of succession behind Dan as he takes the reins in 2015. I look forward to seeing everyone and enjoying another great meal prepared by our Junior Warden.

Last but not least, a personal thanks to Dan Venters and Dan McDermott for stepping in while I was out of town on business this summer and helping with Masonic funerals.

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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