From the East (May 2017)


Over the fast few months our Lodge has been conducting regular
maintenance on our building in addition we have also been calibrating our
equipment, like the kitchen appliances and tools. Thank to our building
committee for their hard work. I hope to see more brothers who can find time to participate.

Brother Thomas Lee Thomas was reinstated and joined the perpetual
membership: Brother Raymond Brownlee and RW Samuel Scardina traveled all the way from Cape Coral Lodge No. 367 to recognize Brother Thomas and what a wonderful Brother and friend Brother Thomas has been shown his generosity and gone and beyond to show the values of Masonry.

More news on April 11, 2017 we retrieved our traveling Level from the
Ribault Lodge No. 272 and in addition on April 16, 2017 we joined forces with the Ribault Lodge in our tradition Easter Sunrise Breakfast: I would like to recognize the following Brothers who were present. WB Jim Baade, WB Jim Gaskins, Brother George Grant, and Brother Randall McCorvey.

A man’s, especially a freemason’s sacred, bond is his word. When he
makes a commitment to do something, he is extending the bond of his word,
breaking that bond brings great discredit upon the man so doing. In generation past, that man would be shunned, dishonored and cast away from his friends and peers, for his “word” was essentially worthless. Since there are no repercussions for that behavior today, the offender feels no personal responsibility, is the total lack of consideration for the impart on others who depended on that commitment.

We all have a given length of “cable tow” and sometimes circumstances happen that our cable tow comes up short and we are unable to follow though on a commitment. Everyone understands that because it has happened to all of us. But a man of his word or an upright mason will have the common courtesy to make notification in a timely manner that he cannot make his commitment and not leave his brothers who depended on him in the lurch, especially when a cell call, email or text takes only a few seconds to communicate.

As mason we are taught that the Holy Bible is the inestimable gift of God to man as the rule and guide to our faith and practice, in the Holy Scriptures we are told to do unto others as we would do unto ourselves. In my humble opinion, this one simple command is the answer to all our problem.

Let continue to make a difference!!!
Victorio J. Bato
Worshipful Master

From the Secretary’s Desk (May 2017)

Wow! this year is going fast. However, if you do not have a 2017 dues card, you need to send us your dues asap.

Also, Please sign up to the new Circumscribe program. I’m linking the instructions on how to sign up.

If you have any changes of address, email address or phone number, please notify me by email to the Lodge.

Frank E. Kleese Sr.

From the East (April 2017)


Fraternal greetings to all of you, spring has sprung and finally here. Time to put away those winter garments and break out shorts and T-Shirts. For all the seasonal golfers out there, it’s time to hit the course and wake those club up from hibernation. For most of us it’s time to do all those outdoor activities we love, whether it be gardening, sprucing up the yard, or just playing with the kids or grand-kids outdoors. Be mindful also spring brings the annoying constant runny nose, congestion, watery and itchy eyes and breathing difficulties to people like myself who suffer with pollen allergies and other airborne irritants.

I would like to recognized the brothers who put time and effort in painting our Kitchen and Pantry, Brothers Bob Utter, Scott Brinley, Tim Shieder, and specially to George Grant who lead us.

On March 03, 2017 Mrs. Ruth Baumgarten and her daughter Bonnie awarded a widow certification of appreciation on behalf of her husband Bro. Harold Baumgarten, the certificate was awarded by RW Royd Keys, PDDGM and WB Jim Gaskins, PM, and she was very appreciative for what the lodge have for done to her late husband.

Also, our Bro. Ted Roycraft chili cook off was very successful. We had the honor of having Brothers from various lodges joined us in the festivities everyone had a great time tasting different chili and listening to the band. It wouldn’t have been such a success with out the help of WB Jim Baade, PM, who organized the event. Thank you WB Jim!

The Ionic Lodge has an Enter Apprentice Degree and a courtesy call was for Bro Chris Onuschak. Thank you to the Worshipful Master of Ionic Lodge accommodating our Brother to the degree of Enter Apprentice. Congratulations Bro Chris Onuschak!

I would like to appreciate the Brothers who attended the 11 & 12 District Association.

Let’s continue to make a difference in 2017.


WM Bing Bato

Worshipful Master

From the Secretary’s Desk (April 2017)

As stated by Worshipful Master and I agree, we are excited to see our Lodge being so active and productive. 75% of our members have paid their 2017 Dues. If you don’t have a 2017 Dues card, you need to pay your dues.

Please subscribe to “Circumscribe”

Fraternally, Brother Secretary

From the East (June 2016)


Again we are looking forward to an outstanding Month, ending May and starting June with the Grand Communication here in Jacksonville. We have reviewed the legislation to be presented. If you have any last minute questions please call and ask. If we don’t know the answer we can call
someone who does.

It looks like a pretty busy month and we have added an EA Degree for June 25th to get our newly elected candidates started. It will be great to get them started before we go dark in July. Also there are four more petitions in the works as our Lodge continues to grow.

At our officers meeting on June 6th we will plan for the next quarter and discuss some of the events from the Grand Communication. If anyone would like to attend you are welcome.

Thank you all for the attendance during the stated meeting it has been great to see so many people
attending the lodge. Hope it’s not just because of our JW’s food, which by the way has been

Sam Sheider
Worshipful Master

From the Secretary’s Desk (June 2016)

As you all can see, we are an active Lodge. However, we still have 16 Brothers who haven’t paid
their 2016 Dues. If you don’t have a 2016 Dues card, you are one of them. You can help your Lodge
by not having us send you a dues notice at the end of June.

Please note that we will still be active with our breakfast on the second Saturday of the month even
though we will be DARK the month of July. Come out and enjoy a great breakfast and fellowship.

Frank Kleese

From the East (May 2016)


Finish out April with our 50th Anniversary Celebration on April 30th from 12:00 to 3:00 PM. We are looking forward to seeing all the members and guest at the event, especially some that we have not seen in while as well as the new members.

During one of our stated meeting we will need to review the proposed legislation to be presented at the Grand Communication at the end of May.

We also want to give thanks for the anonymous donation of a new stove for our Lodge. The old was beyond economical repair and somewhat dangerous on occasion. The new stove is now working and ready for use, thanks to several brothers for the time and effort they put in on getting it in place and working.



Sam Sheider

Worshipful Master

From the Secretary’s Desk (May 2016)

We are having a fabulous year. When you get a chance, please congratulate our two newly Raised Brothers,

Sam Fisher and Caleb Radney. Thanks to Albert J. Russell Lodge No. 126 preforming courtesy work for us.

The Lodge looks great and our number of attendance is increasing. We also have petitions for two more

candidates in the investagation stage. Busy times with many hands make success for JWF.


Frank Kleese


Menu for May 2016 meetings

May5                                                              May19

Shrimp AlBato                                                  Roast Pork Loin

Buttered Egg Noodles                                       Mashed Potatoes w/gravy

Steamed Fresh Broccoli                                    Buttered Mixed Vegetables

Crispy Garden Salad                                         Tossed Green Salad

Assorted Salad Dressings                                   Assorted Salad Dressings

French garlic Bread                                           Hot Dinner Rolls

                  Ice Cream & Cookies                                         Vanilla Ice Cream-Blueberry Pie

Coffee-Iced TeaSodas                                        Coffee-Iced Tea-Sodas