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September 1, 2015

Brothers,

We’ve been dark since July of this year. I hope that your Summer of 2015 has been filled with fond memories with family, friends and fellowship, I know that mine has been. If you were not able to attend the annual picnic you missed a great time with the brothers of Grand Rapids No. 34, Northstar Lodge #5 our families and guests. I’ve had my first family camping trip which went surprisingly well and my annual trip to the UP with my son to watch him participate in the Ore2Shore mountain bike race in Marquette.

I have been busy this Summer along with Bro. Tom Brinker and Matt McIntosh from Terryberry finalizing our Grand Rapids Past Master ring, apron and logo which I am excited to show everyone at our next regular. We have finished planning for events this coming fall, namely a presentation from MWB Bob Conley about the Six Steps of Initiation, the statewide Open House for all Michigan Lodges, degrees and potential activities. I mentioned Bro. Brinker earlier, he is recovering well (and so are the nurses and doctors) and not surprisingly powered through all the treatments that he was gone through over the Summer, all while continuing to fulfill his Lodge Secretary duties. You should expect to see him at our meeting on September 9th.

We are back to business next week. We have a number of brothers to receive the sublime degree of Master Mason at the end of this month. New prospects to meet and hopefully initiate into the craft and this great lodge through the remainder of this year and beyond who will be the future leaders of Grand Rapids 34.

My year as Worshipful Master of Grand Rapids 34 is at the tail end which I’ve been told flies by quickly. I am looking forward to seeing you all at dinner and our meeting next week and on the side lines of presentations, events, and degrees.

Be Well Brothers,

Jacques Green
Worshipful Master

May 2015

Brothers

Grand Rapids 34 put on a MM degree yesterday April 22, 2015. It was done by the brothers of the lodge only captained by WB Dirk Hughes. It has been a long time since GR34 has done our own Master Mason degree. I’m excited about the amount of talent and leadership we have in this lodge and know that GR34 will be in good hands for years to come. I want to again congratulate Brothers Donny Thornton, Ricky Smith and Brian Chivis on being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason and look forward to their continued growth as men and Masons and their participation in the building of our lodge.

I want to give an update of things to come for the month of May. It will be a busy month but again great for our lodge and hope to see many of you at some if not all of our upcoming degrees and events.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 Masons at the Derby. Grand Raggidy Roller Girls and tailgaiting. Tailgating begins at 4PM and doors open at 5PM. Tickets are $12 in Advance and $15 at the door. Contacted Brother Dale Barry moc.liamgnull@3891yrrabd if you’re interested.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 EA degree three candidates will be receiving light in Masonry dinner at 6:30PM, degree to begin at 7:30 PM

Saturday, May 9, 2015 MM degree 4 brothers will be raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Breakfast at 8:30AM open at 9:00AM lunch following degree.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Regular Communication. Dinner at 6:30PM, Communication 7:30PM

Saturday, May 16, 2015 Schubert Male Chorus Spring Concert (WB Tom Cardwell is a performer in the group) Tickets are $18. WB Tom has offered a deal of 1 ticket for $18 or 2 for $30 for a limited time. Contact WB Cardwell ten.tsacmocnull@llewdracwt if you’re interested.

May 18-19, 2015 Grand Lodge Communication, Traverse City, MI at the Grand Traverse Resort.

Wednesday, May, 27, 2015 EA degree two more candidates to receive light in Masonry dinner 6:30PM, degree 7:30PM

Saturday, May 30, 2015 Family Day 3-8PM, movies, games, visit the library, and snacks/drinks to be provided by the lodge.

As I said brothers a busy but fruitful month in Grand Rapids 34 and this is just May. It’s a great day to be a man and a Mason, especially a Mason in Grand Rapids Lodge 34. If you haven’t been in lodge for a while please come on down and join us again. If that means sitting on the sidelines for a regular or a degree. Jumping in to be an assistant Senior Deacon for the first section of the MM degree or a Fellowcraft working in the temple. I’d love to see you in the Temple again my brothers as well as coming out to participate in one of the lodge activities taking place next month.

Stay Well My Brothers,

Jacques Green, Worshipful Master

Grand Rapids 34

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. -Thomas Fuller

Welcome to 2015

Brothers and Guests,

I welcome you all to the website and to what I believe is a great year to come. 2015 brings the 100th anniversary celebration of the Grand Rapids Masonic Temple, events have long been in the works to commemorate this occasion and I am looking forward to sharing all with you when they are finalized!

As men and Masons we have to work hard daily to make our mark on this world. I have tried to live by the mission statement created by my high school from my freshmen year where I had to memorize the mission statement and recite daily every morning as a school before classes begun. Although I no longer recite these words daily, the key points still reverberate within me.

At Providence St. Mel, we believe. We believe in the creation of inspired lives produced by the miracle of hard work. We are not frightened by the challenges of reality, but believe that we can change our conception of this world and our place within it. So we work, plan, build and dream – in that order. We believe that one must earn the right to dream. Our talent, discipline and integrity will be our contribution to a new world, because we believe that we can take this place, this time and this people and make a better place, a better time and a better people. With God’s help we will either find a way or make one!

We as masons have faced many challenges throughout our history and have persevered. We have always found a way or made one and will continue to do so. We should strive to be better men and masons, to make today better than yesterday, to do what we can do to make not only Grand Rapids 34 grow but also work to help grow Masonry as a whole with not just any men but quality men to continue to build the craft.

My motto for 2015 is “Do Something!” I want to grow our Masonic family by opening up activities to our families who allow us to attend meetings, degrees, meetings. Without them we would be lost so family activities have been planned. I will work to continue to build off of what our previous Worshipful Masters have done, by continuing to get out into the community, building bridges and closing gaps that have been widened by misconceptions of what it means to be a Mason.

Sincerely,

Jacques D. Green
Worshipful Master, Grand Rapids Lodge 34