Welcome to Steilacoom Lodge # 2 Moonlighter Online!
Moonlighter for October 2004
VOLUME 6, ISSUE 10
Greetings from the East,
Well, Mississippi was quite interesting this year with Hurricane Ivan. It came ashore just to the east of us in Ocean Springs so all we got was wind! I hope that step-up night went well (no one EVER tells me ANYTHING!) and that the Widow's dinner was well attended.
October will be a little busy. There is Tri-Lodge on Oct 2nd (to accommodate the GM's schedule), and Past-Masters Night on the 15th. I am sure that the Past Masters will have a good time! Dinner is at 6:30, lodge at 7:30. We will immediately go to refreshment so that all can enjoy. Please let me know if you can attend!
Having just returned home today, kind of beat so I will close. I did get a chance to attend a couple of lodge functions in Mississippi and can report that from Ocean Springs to Pass Christian, Freemasonry is alive and well on the Gulf Coast! The brethren there were well impressed with our 150 year pins and celebrations. Many had not realized that Washington was even around 150 years ago! I bear fraternal greetings from Thomas Hammack, WM of Southern Star Lodge #500 to all Washington Masons.
150 Years in Masonry
Steilacoom Lodge #2
Over the past year and a half, I have been bring you excerpts from “History of Steilacoom Lodge #2, F. & A.M.” written by Bro C. A. Spreen, concerning mostly with the Lodge as a whole. Now I would like to bring you some of the Personalities of those brothers that created our lodge. I have already mentioned WB. William A. Slaughter and WB William Henson Wallace. This excerpt is about B Lafayette Balch and shows the ties between the fraternity and the town of Steilacoom. These excerpts are brought to you with the permission of VW Bro Alan T. Spreen, Bro C. A. Spreen’s son.
Thank You Brother Alan!!
"Lafayette Balch was a man of keen intellect and high character. He was born at Trescotte, Maine, Feb. 3, 1825. As has been stated before, he was the founder of the Town of Steilacoom. His house here stood facing the sound on Lafayette Street to the west of Balch. He had built it as a home for his bride, but before he could marry, he took sick in San Francisco while on a business trip 1862 and died there Nov. 25.
Brother Balch was originally a member of Washington Lodge, Maine. After arriving on Puget Sound he affiliated with Olympia Lodge July 2, 1853. He dimitted Jan. 21, 1854 and became a petitioner for dispensation of Steilacoom Lodge. Bro. Balch was Treasurer of the Lodge in 1855 and Senior Warden in 1856.”
WB Tom Kingsbury
The Cemetery Cleanup was rescheduled. It was rained out on September 18th. See every one next year!
Bro. Charley Mills
Catch the 0900 ferry in Steilacoom, wander up the hill and be prepared for hot coffee and a fresh goodie. This happens on every Tuesday! Well, almost every Tuesday! I will send e-mail to most who come on Mondays!
I can promise you refreshments, you bring the friendship and fraternity and we all will have a fun morning. It seems that our discussions are getting increasingly interesting. Keep it up!!
Y'All Come, Y'A Hear!!!
A Note about our Contributions at Work
Masons Learn: Spreading the Cement
Jon. Anderson, W:.M:.
As Freemasons, we are taught the use of the Trowel. This is an instrument used by operative Masons to spread the cement which binds the building into one common mass. But, we as speculative Masons are taught to use it for the more noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of Brotherly Love and affection – that cement which binds us into one sacred band or society of friends, among whom no contention should exist.
On Saturday, September 11th, Masons from Olympia Lodge #1 and Evergreen State Lodge #68 had a chance to use that trowel. They gathered at a project in west Olympia that each Lodge had supported in its early stages with a donation to begin the purchase of materials. Now, at a later stage, the Lodge members volunteered some “hard labor” – and the Master Masons learned to use the trowel – to stucco the exterior!
This work came about through the efforts of W:.B:. Jerry Fugich of Evergreen State #68, construction supervisor for South Puget Sound Habitat For Humanity. South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is an organization dedicated to providing decent, safe and affordable homes for low-income families to purchase, recognizing that home-ownership is fundamental to building strong communities.
The mission of South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is to serve God by engaging the community in empowering people with the hope and opportunity that comes from building and owning their own homes.
Families are selected for housing based on three criteria: current housing need, the ability and commitment to make monthly mortgage payments, and a willingness to act as full partners with South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity in community outreach, fundraising and construction of homes.
Habitat coordinates for the partner families all the permits, labor and materials needed for their home. Each family is responsible for 500 hours of labor to build their own home. They call that contribution “sweat equity,” and it serves as the family’s down payment. Partner families act as full members of the Habitat team, working side-by-side with volunteers from throughout the community to build their own homes and the homes of others. Through this meaningful process, families invest themselves in their new homes, develop the skills they’ll need to maintain their homes, increase their self-confidence, and discover the gift of community service.
When their home is completed, the partner family purchases it at cost, with a no-interest, 20-year mortgage that Habitat carries. The homeowners’ monthly payments then go toward the construction of more housing for other families in the community. More information is available on the SPS Habitat’s web page at: www.spshabitat.org
The Habitat for Humanity partner family for this project is Karim.
Benmouloud and wife Amina, who are the proud parents of two young children: a boy, Walid age 5 and a girl, Deena age one. They are partnering on the “Evergreen Sustainable House”, 1104 Brawne on the West side of Olympia. The Benmouloud family advocate is Jose Gomez, a long time friend of the family and one of the professors at The Evergreen State College.
Karim and his wife are from Algeria and have lived in the Olympia area for about 10 years. He is very familiar with snow, as the region of Algeria that he grew-up in is very mountainous and he told us that in the winter they had snow up to their knees; however the summers are much hotter then here in western Washington. Karim is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and presently is a state employee working for Washington State Department of Labor and Industry. He first heard about Habitat for Humanity through his work place. Amina is presently attending college at South Puget Sound Community College.
“Habitat” has been working with Karim for the last few months on both his family’s house, and one of the Miller Ave. houses. Karim is a very caring person, and enlightened us about the cultural aspects of life in Algeria. He is a very hard worker, and has already completed several hundred hours of sweat equity toward their future home.
The Masons who volunteered that Saturday included Don Wertman, W:.M:. of Evergreen State #68, and Olympia members Jon. Anderson, Don Bulloch, Dave Rider, Jay Stewart, and Larry Dickson. This was an instance of Masons making a difference in their community, and was a lot of fun, to boot. As our Closing Charge recommends: “Do Good Unto All!”
Tressleboard for October:
|October 2, 2004||Special||Tri-Lodge Meeting...
Dinner at 6:00PM Lodge begins at 7:00PM
Washington #4 is Hosting this Meeting in Vancouver, WA.
|October 15, 2004||Special||"Past Master's Night Dinner" 6:30 PM Lodge 7:30|
|October 22, 2004||Stated||Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30 PM (Italian)|
Not much to say for this month. I would like to say thanks to all those who have contributed to the Moonlighter for the past year. Your work and words have helped make this an enjoyable document for our members and ladies. Please continue to make your contributions to this newsletter in the upcoming year!! Thanks
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