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Aztlan Lodge #1 F & AM 1028 Willow Creek Rd Prescott AZ 86301 928-445-1412 Like us on Facebook

December 2019 Trestleboard

Stated Meetings 2nd Tuesday

Installation of Officers is December 14th at 1:00 PM

December Stated Meeting - Tuesday December 10, 2019

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In this Issue

Golden Rule OES

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From the Editor


Aztlan Lodge Calendar

Sickness & Distress


2019 Officers


From the Editor

2019 Committee Chairmen




Member Birthdays


Affiliated Organizations


Craft at Work


Prescott Christmas Parade


From the West Gate


History on the Walls


New Aztlan Caps


As our Holiday Season approaches, so does the installation of officers for the Lodge. WM elect Steve Bracety and his officers have an exciting year planned for us. Be sure to put Saturday December 14th at 2:00 PM on your calendar. As you will see throughout the Trestleboard, there are plenty of opportunity's to share holiday cheer with the Masonic Family. The High Country article focuses on the December celebration of St. John the Evangelist and his message of Love and spiritual growth. As we go through this season let’s focus on this message for ourselves, our Brothers and our Lodge. Ken Davis, Editor

In Memoriam


York Rite Christmas Observance


York Rite Christmas Dinner


High Country Holiday Luncheon


High Country Scottish Rite Club


Prescott DeMolay


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Sickness and Distress Elizabeth Arnold 314 Double D Dr Prescott, AZ 86303-4718 Gaylord Wertenberger 7752 Twinoaks Ct Prescott 86305-4701 Neil DeMent 4624 N Cherokee Cir Prescott Valley 86314-7607

Virginia Rosewitz 2720 W Glen Haven Dr Prescott AZ 86305–7786 Robert Gass 7837 N Sage Vis Prescott Valley, AZ 86315-4557 Frank Fakinos P.O. Box 400 Chino Valley 86323-0400

Susan Maslowski 5700 E. Market St, Apt 1007 Prescott Valley 86314-6591

Bruce Lamb 2301 Ewin Drive Prescott, AZ 86305

Leanna Sprague 5600 N Cattlemen Dr Prescott Valley, 86314-4396

Marty & Carlene Granville 2320 W Via Venado Chino Valley 86323-8927

Vi Fellows 3637 Liese Dr Prescott 86303-5748

Gary Mazey 4625 N Raven Dr Prescott Valley 86314-6243

Richard DeVault 4680 Carla Vista Dr Prescott Valley AZ 86314-7107

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2020 Committee Chairmen Audit Committee Chuck McVey Joe Goldstein

Finance Charles Arnold Zach Cagley

Outdoor Degree Jake Webb

Blue Lodge Education

Funerals David Luebke

Cemetery Administration David Luebke James Robinson

Historian Ken Davis

Scholarship Zach Cagley Richard Guinn Social Media Ken Davis

Charity Steve Bracety Jake Webb Ryan Guedel

Librarian Don Davis

Strategic Planning Steve Bracety George Weil Keith Rosewitz

Facilities Maintenance Keith Rosewitz

Masonic Family Picnics Charlie Arnold

Trestleboard Ken Davis

Officers Coach David Sahady George Weil

MSA Representative Richard Guinn

Website Keith Rosewitz

If you are interested in serving on a committee please contact the Committee Chairman or Steve Bracety

A Revised List of Lodge members and their Contact Information will available from the Secretary in January. Contact him to reserve your copy.

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Meetings: January, April, July, October and as scheduled by the Master Term Ending 2020 Paul Demuth P.M. Jeff Wasowicz, P.M. Term Ending 2021 Richard Baskin Ken Lain Term Ending 2022 Ken Davis GW “Scotty� Hays Ex Officio Chairman: Steve Bracety Vice Chairman: Jake Webb Treasurer: Keith Rosewitz P.M. Secretary: George Weil P.M. The following Brethren have Birthdays during Member Birthdays The month of December. When you see them wish them a Great Day! Dec 2



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Affiliated Organizations Thumb Butte York Rite College 1st Saturday in May 3rd Floor Aztlan Lodge Rick Baskin

Masonic Family Breakfast 3rd Saturday 9:00 a.m. 2nd Floor Aztlan Lodge Lodge Office - 445-1412

O.E.S. Golden Rule #1 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Sept.-June) 2nd Floor Aztlan Lodge Debbie Stanfield (916) 849-8538

Prescott Chapter #2 - R.A.M. 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. (June-Aug) 3rd Floor Aztlan Lodge. Steve Bracety

Hiram Council #2 C.M, 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. (Sept—Nov) 3rd Floor Aztlan Lodge Jacob Webb

Ivanhoe Commandery #2 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. (Mar –May) 3rd Floor Aztlan Lodge Rick Baskin

Yavapai County Shrine Club 2nd Thursday 6:30 p.m. Prescott Valley Elks Jacob Webb

The Misfits Shrine Club Quarterly Dennis Samuelson

Shrine Legion of Honor Prescott Detachment 3rd Tuesday – 10:00 am Prescott Valley Elks George Weil

High Country Scottish Rite Club 4th Thursday 7:00 p.m. (Jan. - Oct.) 3rd Floor Aztlan Lodge Ken Davis

Scottish Rite -Knights of St. Phoenix Scottish Rite Andrew Bodies rd Northern Encampment 3 Thursday, 7:00 p.m. 4th Thursday 6:00 p.m. Phoenix Scottish Rite Facility (Jan-Oct) 7726 N 59th Ave 2nd Floor Aztlan Lodge Glendale, AZ 85301 George Weil Sam Graziano (602) 212-1073 Yavapai Chapter Order of DeMolay 1st & 3rd Sunday 5:30 Squires 6:30 DeMolay 3rd Floor of Aztlan Lodge Ken Davis

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The Craft At Work The turkey’s in the smoker so it’s time to write my last Trestleboard article. It’s been a lot of years writing Trestleboard articles and with this last article I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. In last month’s Trestleboard I wrote “Over the years I’ve written a common management vision that I developed as I observed Aztlan operations, talked with Brothers, observed interaction among and between members of Aztlan, and took on more responsibility as I moved toward the east. I’ll cover that next month.”

This is the month. When I was Junior Warden in my first Trestleboard article “From Labor to Refreshment” dated 13Jun2016 I wrote: “And, if you ever needed some incentive to give thanks read this from the Canadian Red Cross: “If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering. If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.” We’ve got a lot to be thankful for and this year that’s due to many Brothers in our Lodge. Every Trestleboard article I wrote praised the work of those Brothers who chipped in and made this Lodge a better place. When I was Senior Warden I wrote “From the West Gate” dated 12Apr2018: “We’ve heard from our Grand Master Scott Thomas of the plight of many Lodges in Arizona who have not planned for the future. Today they find themselves in financial straits. With the many improvements we’ve made to our Lodge, our resources are depleted.” It was a call to action, for Brothers to step up, take a more active position in the Lodge and Make Aztlan Great Again. We didn’t have to do whatever the Master did the previous year. As a result, we redirected funds from entertainment to capital improvements, have a completely new look to the Lodge entryway, stairs, second floor lobby with new

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peting and new furniture and a completely rebuilt office. That was the work of over a dozen Brothers. So, over the years, the vision I discussed in last month’s Trestleboard and just about everyone before, was when you work together for a common goal you build Brotherly Love and along the way you deliver on your fiduciary responsibility to make your Lodge financially viable. We’ve accomplished so much this year but there is so much more to do. I challenge every Brother to pitch in. You learned this year that Aztlan does not belong to the Grand Lodge or even the line officers but it belongs to you the Brothers.

Make your voice known as you did this last year. Though the years I’ve subjected you to a plethora of inspirational quotes. I’ll afford myself the luxury of repeating one from the past as I close: This one comes from Peter F. Drucker “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” Successfully executing ritual is “doing things right.” Making Aztlan a thriving, fun loving, financially viable enterprise where we execute Brotherly Love and truly make good men better “is doing the right things.” MAGA!

Prescott Christmas Parade December 7th

Join us and show that Aztlan Lodge is alive and flourishing in the community. Contact Richard Guinn for the time and location of the Float at the Parade Staging Area .

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From the West Gate Greetings from the West, As the Sun closes each day by settling in the West, so too will I close out my year in the West with this last trestleboard article for 2019. I would like to take a moment for reflection and extend a heartfelt Thank You to all the brethren who made 2019 a memorable year. Like in every organization there were many highlights and certainly times for growth opportunities. I can honestly say, I have learned a lot throughout the course of this year. We all can take pride in the vast improvements that were made to the interior of our lodge this year, and we especially should be proud in knowing we continue to host the premier Outdoor Degree in the state. More importantly, we have a strong foundation for the future with the Trustees, and Officers we have slated to serve Aztlan Lodge for 2020 and beyond. On that note, I wish to THANK YOU all for your vote of confidence in electing me to the East for 2020. This has truly been an incredible journey, and I have experienced a floodgate of emotions since that election night. To say that I am humbled and honored would be an understatement. I truly appreciate and more importantly respect the authority the gavel yields form the East. And will not lose sight, which my role is that of a servant: to serve my brothers, to serve my lodge, and to serve Freemasonry. I will be asking for your support, to make Aztlan Lodge the benchmark as to how all other masonic lodges will be measured. Your pedestal officers and I are committed in having practices to ensure we deliver ritual work that you will proud of. More importantly developing our Officer Line to be great leaders. We will continue to hold our Monthly Family Breakfast and will get back to having a guest speaker in attendance. The fellowship, great food, and the variety of guest speakers was certainly a highlight in 2019. In addition to having our annual Bill Fain Memorial Outdoor Degree, we can look forward to bringing something new to the table for next year. We will be planning for an additional Outdoor Degree which will be held under the stars at night. More information will be shared at our Stated Meetings. As I sunset this month’s article, from my family Kathy, Ann, and myself to yours, we wish you all a very Merry and safe Christmas, and truly look forward to what we all can achieve together for the good of Masonry in 2020! Peace, Love, and much Happiness! Steve B Senior Warden

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Lodge History on the Walls In our final installment with WM Ted detailing the Lodge remodel he continues to explore the history found as we decorated the Masonic Office Walls, along with a look at the new furniture on the second floor.

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It's been a long time since Aztlan had mesh hats like the one worn by Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit. Well, the mesh is gone and these are cotton hats with the Aztlan design matching the pin you recently received. It contains three Masonic allegories: - Jachin and Boaz representing the Blue Lodge - Pentagon shape representing York Rite - Pentagram inside in respect for Eastern Star They feature Arizona's first governor Goodwin's home which served as the first Lodge Your price is $15. See Brother George Weil

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In Memoriam Stanley Allan Lehman Born April 29, 1938 Abilene, Kansas Initiated February 14, 1967 Passed April 11, 1967 Raised: May 23, 1967 (At Arizona No. 2 Lodge, Phoenix AZ)

Entered the Celestial Lodge November 3, 2019

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High Country Scottish Rite Club Update High Country is dark for the Months of November and December because Thanksgiving and Christmas usually fall so close to our 4th Thursday Meeting Nights. However this year, as we have for the past several years we are hosting a Holiday Party that is open to the entire Masonic Family. We have changed it up a bit this year and are having a luncheon. The graphic below has the details. Please RSVP to indicate your attendance to Ken Davis ( or 603-456-3581 before December 17th.

December marks the second of two celebrations honoring the patron Saints of Freemasonry; St. John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist. In December we commemorate St. John the Evangelist. The Following is an excerpt from an article published in the June 2019 “Fraternal Review” a publication of the Southern California Research Lodge which was excerpts from “The Short Talk Bulletin” Vol. 53, No 12 published in December 1975 (The link is to the audio of that Bulletin). “What does St John the Evangelist teach us as Masons? First he is always know as the Apostle of Love. In Christian Circles, he is called the “Beloved Disciple,” and his Gospel is often know as the “Gospel of Love”… The lesson for our Second Degree deals with Love (or Charity as it is often called in the 17th century when the King James version of the Bible was translated). The Greeks had several words meaning “love”. Agape is a heavenly love, a love that is

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given but can never be deserved, It signifies someone doing something for another who could never demand it, nor even expect it. It is Agape when a person gives his life for a friend. This is the love discussed in the Second Degree… This love is actually happy when it can suffer for others, does not react when misunderstood , misquoted and slandered . It does not only go the second mile but continues until it wins back the brother. It can never fail for it is God’s love in our lives. It is the ultimate love, and is the love the Mason is supposed to practice. … But John the Evangelist has another and possibly greater contribution to Masonry…. We call ourselves Speculative Masons—not building in wood and stone, but in the hearts of men. We are not building another Temple of Solomon, but a Spiritual Temple. It is this Temple that is discussed in the Gospel of St John. The construction of a spiritual temple is the most difficult kind of building. … We are all different. The methods I use may interest you at all and I cannot say mine are the best. ...We must learn what is best for our building, but we must be constantly developing our Spiritual Temple. … It is the basic foundation of our Speculative Masonry, which we often forget. We forget when we spend time on forms and ignore the substance. We forget when we make great plans and fail to see the people for whom we plan. We forget when we emphasize the exactness of the ritual and lose the spirit behind it. But somehow, when we can withdraw from the world for a short time, and in humility find the love of brotherhood and the fellowship with God, we learn to draw designs on the trestleboards of out minds and begin to build the real Temple of Masonry—that Spiritual Temple in our hearts. ...“ At this season as we celebrate the second St John and so many religions have days of reflection and celebration, may we as Masons reflect on both our Personal Temples and our Lodge so that in the New Year we will dedicate ourselves anew to showing Agape Love to ourselves, our Brothers and our Lodge. Merry Christmas and may you have the Happiest of Holidays. Sincerely and Fraternally, Ken Davis, President High Country Scottish Rite Club All Master Masons are encouraged to attend High Country Scottish Rite Club meetings held the 4th Thursday Jan—Oct. You do not need to be a member of Scottish Rite to attend the meetings where Masonic education is the focal point of the evening.

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Prescott DeMolay Meets 1st & 3rd Sunday’s 3rd Floor of the Lodge Building Squires 5:30 — 6:30 Chapter 6:30 — 7:30 Video Game Fun

Glendale Chapter Helps with our December Meetings

Learn More About DeMolay For More Information Contact Devon Hoff - Felix Prescott.Dad@AZDeMolay Ken Davis Prescott.Chair@AZDemolay

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Golden Rule #1 Order of Eastern Star OES News

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Click Here (or on the image above) to view the Lodge Calendar in real-time Other Events NOT Held at the Lodge •

2nd Thur. Yavapai County Shrine Club 6:30 PV Elks Club

3rd Wed. El Zaribah Shrine. Dinner 5 PM, Phoenix Shrine Center

3rd Tues. Prescott Shrine Legion of Honor, Time & Place TBD

3rd Thursday Valley of Phoenix Scottish Rite Dinner at 6 PM, 7726 N 59th Ave. Glendale AZ 85301

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