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May was one of the busiest months I can remember in any lodge, let alone Ben Franklin. We welcomed Mrs. Bryan for Public school observance week. We initiated Brother Fowlston. We held what I hope are successful events (a Garage sale and a Blood drive/child ID). We awarded our scholarship to Nancyanne Downing, a bright young lady who is graduating Damonte Ranch High School. We get to cap off this busy month honoring Bob Yturiaga for fifty years in Masonry right here in Benjamin Franklin. This will be presented by brother John Reed who does a special presentation that will be open to the public. One of the greatest honors of my Masonic career is to be the sitting master during such a memorable and momentous event. Please come out for this presentation as it is not only educational, but will show great support for our 50 year member being honored.

Yet, while we welcomed brothers Daniels, Fowlston and Brassey we also say goodbye to Brother Armstrong. It is with great sadness I must report our faithful brother laid down his working tools and lost his battle. At the time I am writing this, services are still being coordinated with Iris, his wife. Please remember her in your prayers and thoughts.

Reminders and Notices:

May 24th - Garage Sale at 327 Pyramid Way in Sparks from 9 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m.

May 24th - Kids and Heroes blood drive and Child ID program at Kerak Shrine 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Donors should make an appointment and fill out the online health assessment at this web address:

June 2nd at 6 p.m. we will hold a work and instruction night specifically for coaching entered apprentices. Entered Apprentices and their coaches should attend.

June 4th is our stated meeting which starts at 7 p.m. with dinner at the usual time (be at lodge around 6 p.m. for fellowship and dinner) and 50 year pinning ceremony presented by John Reed.

June 28th Washoe 35 will be holding a table lodge at noon to honor St. John the Baptist. Contact Worshipful Ed Young or the lodge Secretary for details, and we will distribute the flyer at our stated meeting. This will be at the downtown Masonic building.

July and August we will be dark, however if we have our Entered Apprentices ready to take proficiencies, I will call a communication for that purpose in late July or August.

August we will have our golf tournament.

September we are hoping to pass our EAs to the degree of Fellowcraft.

October lets plan on a Master Mason degree - possibly a joint degree with Washoe 35 and Reno 13.

November will be Step-up night - The officers will all step up one chair.

December we will hold elections at our stated meeting.

January I will relax and support our new Master as one of the brethren, as all of you Past Masters have done for me.

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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