The month of August has been both busy and restful for Pearl of the West. As most of you
know, while other Lodges sleep in the summer, we have been continuing to operate, both
for business purposes and for the purpose of performing degree work; a task of the Brethren
which is much less a job, but more over a fun night filled with purpose, meaning and of course
symbolism. This month, we were fortunate enough to enjoy both with our regular camaraderie
to start off the night, as usual.
On August 4th, Champagne Day, we enjoyed meatball hoagies and on August 11th, Sons and
Daughters Day, hamburgers and hot dogs with Brother Rickey Sikes’ famous chili all were on
the menu. Turnout was great for both meetings even being “dark,” but then again, that was
to be expected. The first meeting of the month brought a beautiful new addition to our Lodge
that is sure to astound anyone who enters our Lodge-room. If you have not yet gazed upon
its wonderful craftsmanship, it is a sight to behold! Brothers from Sutherland appeared and
took the Traveling Gavel during the last meeting, replacing it with a new tool to break off the
corners of rough stone and thus delivering us yet another new addition; probably about one one-
thousandth of the size of the first and not quite as spectacular, however.
On Saturday, September 17th, which happens to be Constitution Day, by the way, we will
resume our breakfasts. You can expect our regular eggs to order, biscuits and gravy, bacon,
sausage, pancakes and who knows what else might materialize. Thursday, September 29th,
is the day before National Mud Packing Day and also the night we will have a Widows’ Dinner
at which all Masonic Widows will eat free of charge. As we honor those who supported our
Brethren Past in their Labors we will have the unique pleasure of meeting and interacting with
these remarkable Ladies. Lasagna, meatballs, salad and garlic bread will all be served for this
event, which will be second only to the fun and insightful dialogue of fellowship. Come meet
the “better halves” of our Brethren Past.
I look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.