From the East (March 2017)

Masonry means more than wearing lapel ring or having a emblem on your car- its has to come from your heart to having the true meaning of Faith, Hope and Charity.

Live your life by example so others will know and try to follow that there is a just an upright man. Help your fellow man, when they are in need of help but do it silently and don’t look to be recognized or rewarded for doing charity. What really counts lies buried deep within the human breast till Masonic teaching bring it out and put it to be the test, your own action will be judge, when you stand alone before G.A.O.T.U. Continue reading “From the East (March 2017)”

From the East (February 2017)

Brethren,

I’m deeply honored and grateful for electing as your Worshipful Master this year. Please allow me to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for allowing me to serve you, and with will and pleasure. I’m committed and pleased to serve with the utmost respect.

I offer my congratulations to my officers and I’m looking forward to work with you for the betterment of this lodge. Let us seek to continue to grow and flourish the outstanding leadership exhibited by those in leadership position before us, let us strive to be the best we can be, we shall lead by example worthy of honest emulation. We only grow and thrive in the hand of men and member who care about it. J. Wendell Fargis Lodge has certainly shown that they care, we all will learn and grow as a cohesive the ideals and teaching of our craft. Continue reading “From the East (February 2017)”

From the East (January 2017)

Brethren,

January starts the beginning of looks to a fantastic year at J. Wendell Fargis No. 356. Starting with the installation of new Officers on Saturday, January 7 th . Everyone come out and support them now and through the ensuing year.
Remember this is our Lodge, let it continue in Harmony and Brotherly Love!!

Worshipful Master: Victorio “Bing” Bato
Senior Warden: Scott Brinley
Junior Warden: Timothy Sheider
Treasurer: Trafton Taylor
Secretary: RW Frank Kleese
Senior Deacon: George Grant
Junior Deacon: Joey Williams
Senior Steward: Rueben Laxamanna
Junior Steward: Caleb Radney
Chaplain: David Woodruff
Marshall: PM Armando “Mandy” Aman
Tyler: Ike Thornton

Continue reading “From the East (January 2017)”

From the East (December 2016)

Brethren,

It’s hard to believe but it has come to the end of another Great year at J. Wendell Fargis No. 356. First of all would like to thank you all for allowing me the pleasure of setting in the East as your Worship Master.

We still have some work to finish with two of our EA’s to be ready for their Fellowcraft Degree. It looks like we are going to able to get some courtesy work done at Rebault Lodge. It will be on December 6, 2016, if you are available please come and support our brothers. We also have a couple of new candidates that are ready to get started. It’s been good year for bringing in new members to the Fraternity. Continue reading “From the East (December 2016)”

From the East (November 2016)

Brethren,

As the year is coming to a close don’t forget it has been a great year. We have several Entered Apprentice Brothers who are preparing for the proficiency. When ready we will schedule a Fellowcarft degree, shooting for end of November (First part of October was overcome by events).

The family night was great also food, socializing and to close it out with a performance from RW Robby Stokes and Brother Barry Collins. The educational value was awesome and our Brothers do a great job. Please if you happen to see them let them know how much you enjoyed the performance. Continue reading “From the East (November 2016)”

From the East (October 2016)

Brethren,

It continues to be a great year. We have several Entered Apprentice Brothers who are preparing for the proficiency. When ready we will schedule a Fellowcraft degree, shooting for end of October. We had a productive officer’s meeting with plans for the remaining of the year. October we will have Family/Widows night on October 20th, please invite your families to the lodge for good fellowship and food as always.

The EA Degree on 24 September 2016 went exceptionally well, congratulation to Brother Scott Brinley, in the East and his entire degree team for putting on the degree. There are three new brothers at our Lodge and Two new brothers at Riverside Lodge (Courtesy work). We would like to thank Riverside Lodge for allowing J. Wendall Fargis to be part of bring new Masons into the fraternity. We look forwarded to seeing all the new brothers grow in their Masonic travels.

Still looks like it will be a busy end of the year, welcoming new brothers into Freemasonry and helping them with their growth. Thanks to all that are taking on the important task of being instructors. I know it’s not always an easy task but it is rewarding when you see the new brothers grow in Freemasonry.

Let’s continue to make our visitors feel welcome and at home at our Lodge!!!

As always thank you for the allowing me the opportunity to serve you!!

LET’S CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2016!!

YITF,

Sam Sheider Worshipful Master

From the East (September 2016)

Brethren,

Thank you for your continued support as we move toward the end of the year. We have a lot to accomplish during the next few months. An EA Degree, that we have schedule for 24 September 2016. Also we have three Entered Apprentices that we need to keep moving and schedule a Fellowcraft Degree as soon as they are ready. We will check with our instructors and get a date set so we can start planning and putting the degree team together. Looks like we could have a busy end of the year, welcoming new brothers into Freemasonry.

Congratulation to Brothers Caleb Radney and Samuel Fisher for completing their MM Proficiency, we look forward to helping them in their continued Masonic growth. It is an honor to have been part of their travel thus far.

As you all know Solomon lodge still has our “Traveling Level” at their lodge. In planning is a trip to Solomon lodge to retrieve our “Traveling Level”, those you who are interested in going with me to Solomon lodge please let me know. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. Let’s continue to make our visitors feel welcome and at home at our Lodge!!! As always thank you for the allowing me the opportunity to serve you!!

LET’S CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2016!!

YITF,

Sam Sheider

Worshipful Master

From the East (August 2016)

Brother’s hope everyone had a great Month of July, I look forward seeing you all at our first meeting on August the 4th.

We have two new Entered Apprentices that we need to keep moving and schedule a Fellowcraft Degree as soon as they are ready. Thank you to all who are helping with the EA Degree, and the ease in which you all were able to adjust your schedules to support a time change at the last minute. As you all know Solomon lodge still has our “Traveling Level” at their lodge. In planning is a trip to Solomon lodge to retrieve our “Traveling Level”, those you who are interested in going with me to Solomon lodge please let me know.

Very important date during the month of August:

Saturday August 27: Grand Master Official Visit 11 & 12 Districts, 5pm – 9pm at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium. Please make plans to attend and make a good showing for our lodge.

I would like to say again how good it was to hear during the dinner and welcoming that a lot of Brother’s like the way they feel welcome when they visit our lodge. It is exciting for me to be a part of a lodge that seen at in that manor. We need to continue to greet people as if they are guest while making them feel as though they are members of our lodge.

As always thank you for the allowing me the opportunity to serve you!! LET’S CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2016!!

YITF,

Sam Sheider Worshipful Master

From the East (July 2016)

Brethren,

Brother’s Thank you for your support during the first half of the year things have gone well and the year is flying by.

The Grand Communication was done here in Jacksonville at the end of May and 1st of June it was a good productive session and installation of the new Grand Master. Note: The results of the legislation voting were six resolutions were adopted. We plan to read them at the 1st stated meeting in August. If you have any question before then please contact the Lodge office or myself and provide the information.

EA Degree for June 25th to get our newly elected candidates started. As part of this degree there a couple of newly raised Master Masons who are participating in the degree work.  Also our Brother Senior Deacon will be setting in the East for the first time. Thank you to all who are helping to bring these new candidates into the Fraternity. Continue reading “From the East (July 2016)”

From the East (April 2016)

Brethren,

April continues with a most exciting month for our lodge history! April 30 will be 50th Anniversary Celebration 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. We need to continue contacting Past Members of the JWF and invite them to our celebration.

 

We continue the planning for our lodge’s 50th anniversary, a lot to get ready. If there are any ideas that haven’t been address please forward the information to the 50th anniversary committee or the lodge officers. We want to make this a very special occasion.

We have ordered additional coins in commemoration of this point in our lodges History. They will be on sale for $10.00 each.

 

The DDGM visit on the 17th of March went very well. Thanks for all the hard work everyone put in to get ready. A special thanks to Brother Bato and his kitchen crew for a delicious St. Patrick ’s Day meal.

 

LET’S CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN 2016!!

YITF,

Sam Sheider

Worshipful Master