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From the West

By Brian Ross—Senior Warden

For those of you that might not know, here is the current state of affairs at Crow Canyon Lodge 551: Since the pandemic, the lodge has seen replacement of its lighting in the banquet room (hallelujah!) thanks to Brother Pat Quinn – Hiram Award Recipient, the front lobby floor has been replaced under the watchful eye of our dedicated Tiler, Brother Bill Biddell, who also oversaw the replacement of significant dry rot at our lodge entrance. During the week, Temple Board members and Lodge officers go by the lodge regularly to check on its structural integrity and to make sure no one has broken into the facility.

Lodge Administration by the Temple Board and the Lodge Officers occurs by Zoom videoconferencing – the Temple Board meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month – if you want to attend just send me an email for details. The officers meet on the first Tuesday of the month and are currently doing what they can to complete this year and to prepare for 2021. Additionally, in the next month or so, the officers will be making a second round of calls to our brethren and lodge “sweethearts” to say hello and to see if assistance is needed.

I believe Worshipful Paul is planning a “social” Zoom meeting in the near future. If its anything like our Feast of St. John, there will be plenty of brotherly love and friendship to be had! Please pay close attention to the Trestleboard for more on this fun-filled event and how you can be a part.

Finally, as many of you know, I am looking forward to serving as an officer next year by hopefully becoming Master of the Lodge. As much as I am looking forward to the chair, I am saddened to learn that our beloved Treasurer, Brother George Lumm, and our beloved Secretary, Donald Schauer, Sr., intend to retire this year. As far as I am concerned, neither of them can be replaced as officers – they brought their own style and poise to the chairs that gave our Lodge character. I know each will continue to attend Lodge functions and will support the officers to the fullest as mentors, but it will not be the same not seeing them to the right and left of the Master.

Obviously, there will be significant turnover in the officer line in 2021. To fill the gaps, I am happy to report that our newest members have shown tremendous interest and willingness to step into the line to help – more on that in the coming weeks.

I hope you, your family and friends are all safe and well.

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