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Brethren, we are one meeting from the dark days of summer and my term as Master has been very educational, interesting and gratifying in the sense that we are growing as a Lodge and I have learned so much about Masonry. We still have Brother, Torry Thompson, to get raised this month and hopefully by the Stated Communication we will know the date this event can occur. We have been so blessed by the support given to the Lodge this year from the Past Masters and how they have stepped up to attend meetings and fill positions where needed, as well as, providing sage advice (thanks to all of you).

On May 8th, our Lodge had nine Masons present at the Rainbow # 21 Crowning Ceremony to assist the girls in their very gallant event. These young ladies were dressed in their formal wear and did an excellent job with their ceremony.

June 14th is our Social Golf Tournament at Washoe County Golf Course, it will start at 9:00 am, the cost is $65 per person and will be a 4 - person scramble format with a lunch provided. Come join us for the friendship and brotherly love, it is open to everyone, so invite your friends or relatives and be a part of our first golf event.

The Stated Communication starts at 7:00 pm on June 3rd with dinner being served at 6:00 pm. If anyone needs a ride to and from, please call me at 775-842-5876.

This month, as in last, I would like to close with more information from "A History of Benjamin Franklin Lodge, No. 45 written by Alexander A. Coon," as follows:

The dream for a 2nd Lodge in the City of Sparks started in 1954-55 by a small group of members in Wadsworth Lodge # 25, because of the growth in Sparks' population. The belief being population growth would encourage growth activity in Masonry, but they decided to wait until the 1960 census figures were available. The 1950 census showed Sparks had 8,203 residents and the 1960 census figures showed 16,617 residents. So, seven Wadsworth Brethren: Hobart J. Breshears, PM, Arthur Conte, PM, Alexander A. Coon, PM, Richard H. Hobson, Edward L. Kleinecke, PM, Martin V. Partenope and David W. Priest, along with three Brothers from other Lodges: Page P. Corner (Mount Rose # 40), Carl C. Hoover (Washoe # 35) and Daniel N. Whitmore (Ely # 29) met on July 4th, 1961, drew up the petition and signed the same day. At the next Stated Communication of Wadsworth Lodge (September 1, 1961) the petition was presented, accepted and approved by vote in open Lodge without heated debate but with great hope. Most Worshipful Stanley D. Sundeen, Grand Master, instituted Benjamin Franklin Lodge, U.D. with the presentation of the Dispensation on the 19th day of September 1961.

Upon the Square
Daniel Lee Venters

Worshipful Master Daniel Lee Venters
"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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