Community Invited To Installation Of Officers Ceremony At Masonic Lodge Dec. 13

MASONIC LODGE News:

The officers and members of Pajarito Lodge 66, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of New Mexico, invite the community attend their Installation Ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Lodge, 1400 North Sage Loop, (corner of 15th Street and Canyon Road).

The Installation of Officers is one of the few completely public Masonic ceremonies. Anyone curious about Freemasonry or what happens in a Lodge is encouraged to attend Saturday’s event to ee what happens.

When Is A Man A Mason?
 
When he can look out over the rivers, the hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things; and yet have faith, hope, and courage.
When he knows that down in his heart, every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive, and to love his fellow man.
When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins – knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds.
When he has learned how to make friends and keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself.
When he loves flowers, can hunt the birds without a gun, and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy when he hears the laugh of a little child.
When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life.
When star-crowned trees, and the glint of sunlight on flowing waters, subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead.
When no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response.
When he finds good in every faith that helps any man to lay hold of higher things, and to see majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be.
When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something besides mud, and into the face of the most forlorn mortal and see something beyond sin.
When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope.
When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellow man, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of song – glad to live, but not afraid to die!
In such a man whether he be rich or poor, scholarly or unlearned, famous or obscure, Masonry has wrought her sweet ministry.
–Joseph Fort Newton, “The Builders”
 
Program of Events
Welcome – Worshipful Master Scott Miller
Introduction of Visiting Officers
Introduction of Installing Officers
Installing Officer …… Right Worshipful Brother Mark Oldknow, DDGM
Installing Marshal …. Right Worshipful Brother Doug Ottersberg, DDGL
Installing Chaplain ……………….. Right Worshipful Brother Bob Sherman
Installation of Officers
Worshipful Master ………………………………………………. Brother Jake Turin
Senior Warden ………………………………………………… Brother Don Carlson
Junior Warden ………………………………………………. Brother Tony Fristachi
Treasurer ………………………………………………………….. Brother Chris James
Secretary ………………………………. Right Worshipful Brother Robin Justice
Chaplain ………………………………………….. Worshipful Brother Scott Miller
Senior Deacon ………………………… Right Worshipful Brother Shorty Esch
Junior Deacon ……………………………….. Worshipful Brother Rick Garland
Marshal ………………………………………… Worshipful Brother Noah Shapiro
Senior Steward …………………………………………………….. Brother Fritz Rene
Junior Steward ……………………………….. Worshipful Brother Adam Ullom
Musician …………………………….. Right Worshipful Brother Don Davidson
Tyler ……………………………………………………………………… Brother Jim Beck
Worshipful Master’s Remarks
Reception
Freemasonry
 
Freemasonry is often described as the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. Though there are artifacts that date back to the 1300’s, the structured and welldocumented form that exists today was established in 1717 in London. With Lodges all over the world, Freemasonry spans the boundaries imposed by societies. Freemasonry’s singular purpose is to make good men better, and its bonds of friendship, truth and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Though there is a requirement for belief in a Supreme Being, Freemasonry is neither a forum for nor a place of worship. It is not a religion, but rather teaches moral philosophy through activity. For nearly three hundred years it has attracted men of high moral character who support the tenets of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice. Freemasonry employs the tools and instruments of stonemasonry to teach a system of morality, friendship and brotherly love; hence, the standard emblem of Freemasonry is the square and compasses.
Grand Lodge of New Mexico
The first Masonic Lodges in territorial New Mexico were organized by early pioneers and established under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, the state at the eastern end of the Santa Fe Trail. In 1877, the lodges of Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, and Fort Union established the Grand Lodge of New Mexico, which thus predates the state of New Mexico by 35 years.
Pajarito Lodge
In 1946, shortly after World War II and the Manhattan Project, thirteen Master Masons met in the closed city of Los Alamos and formed a Masonic Club. The following year, Pajarito Lodge No. 66 was granted a Charter by the Grand Lodge of New Mexico, and has met regularly ever since. In July 2014, Pajarito Lodge held its 800th Regular Communication.
Pajarito Lodge members support the community with the popular “Bikes for Books” program, regular charity breakfasts, and an annual college scholarship. For more information about Pajarito Lodge or Freemasonry in general, contact wm@pajarito66.org.
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