Lewisville Lodge No. 201 A.F. & A.M. held it’s annual Policemen & Firemen breakfast this past Saturday the 6’th. 56 Policemen, Firemen and EMT personnel were in attendance along with 12 Lodge Brethren.
In appreciation for all that you do… Lewisville Lodge No. 201 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons would like to serve you breakfast!
Who: All of the Men and Women that are on & off duty including Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, State Troopers, Firemen, Volunteers and your Department’s Staff
When: Saturday, April 6th from 2:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Where: Lewisville Lodge No. 201 A. F. & A. M.
We would like to encourage you all to stop by and have a great breakfast. We had a great turn out last year and look forward to seeing you all again as well as those of you, who did not know about the breakfast and those poor souls who did but were called away by duty. This year we will again be serving all you can eat; ham, bacon, eggs to order, omelets to order, sausage, Belgium waffles, biscuits & gravy, juice and coffee.
It is customary in contemporary English to end prayers with a hearty “Amen,” a word meaning ‘So be it’. It is a Latin word derived from the Hebrew word meaning ‘certainly’. Thus a congregation saying “Amen” is literally saying “So be it”. The word mote is an archaic verb that means ‘may’ or ‘might’, and traces back to Old English. The phrase “So mote it be” means ‘So may it be’, which is the same as ‘So be it’. So why do Masons end their prayer this way? The answer goes back to the Regius Poem of about 1390 AD, the oldest known Masonic document (now housed in the British Museum, London). It is one of the Old Charges or Gothic Constitution used by early Freemasons to regulate their trade. It has a legendary history, regulations to guide the Mason trade and rules of manners and moral conduct. The poem ends famously with this couplet: Amen! Amen! So mote it be! So say we all for charity. Thus Freemasons today end their prayers the same way they did in 1390. The next time you’re in lodge and say “So mote it be” after the chaplain finishes a prayer, remember that you are continuing a 600 year old Masonic Tradition.
Lewisville Lodge No. 201 held it’s annual Chili Cookoff this past weekend on Saturday January 19th. There was a good turnout for this event with many members from the lodge, members of our Eastern Star, and several visitors in attendance. Ten different chilies entered for judging. There were chilies with beans, without beans, and with all different kinds of meat. Some had a little heat, while others had enough heat to make even the bravest Texan wipe a tear from his eyes. There was even one chili with chocolate as the secret ingredient. Everyone who attended the event and had a chance to sample these fine chilies were the real winners, but of course, we must honor those cooks who delivered the very finest Chilies that Lewisville Lodge had to offer.
Below is a picture of this year’s winners: Russina Lee 1st Place, Cameron Hickman 2nd Place, Norah Logsdon 3rd place.
As you set forth your plan for the New Year, please consider adding these Resolutions to your list:
- Further your Masonic education. Read more about masonry. We have plenty of great books in our lodge library!
- Improve your ritual work. Join us each Monday as the brothers meet to teach and learn our work.
- Make an effort to attend Masonic funeral services. The families request a masonic funeral service because Freemasonry obviously meant a lot to the deceased Brother & his family. Make an extra effort to show them that it means a lot to you as well.
- Help aid and assist those in need. Specifically, ask the Senior Warden of our lodge if there is a member, widow, or other person that you could keep in contact with and help when necessary.
- Show brotherly love to all mankind. It is our duty to convince the world of the greater good of masonry through our deeds and actions.
Here is a final thought for the New Year from Brother Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails Daring Greatly so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
– Bro. Theodore Roosevelt
26th President of the United States
Matinecock Lodge No. 806 F.& A.M., Oyster Bay, NY, USA