Saturday, August 30, 2014

Master’s Letter | Sept 2014 - The 2nd Portion of our Time

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Last June I wrote about the 1st portion of our time which every Mason reserves a part of his day for “service of God and a distressed worthy Brother”.  Equally important is the part of the day which we reserve for our “usual vocation” - no, not “vacation”, “vocation”!  Work, in other words…

That “work” supplies us with the funds needed to support ourselves and family goes without saying.  No Brother would willingly forgo work to rely only on the charity of others.   To do so without cause would make us feel like a drone in the hive of nature, a useless member of society.

For a Mason, it is not only about earning money, but just as importantly, how our labor contributes to our community and society.   One might easily suppose that the work of a doctor or scientist contributes more than others - a Freemason knows this is not so.  The knowledge that we are all on the same level allows us to view the work of ALL of us as equally important.  All of us are served by each other, and an honest, hardworking person has value matching his Brother’s.

As members of the oldest Fraternity we hold each other to be “Masters” of our craft.  Whether a man is a professor, waiter, metrologist, cheese-maker, police officer, lawyer, clerk, student or an IT professional - if he is a Mason we know that he must always be striving to obtain mastery of his “craft”.  Happy Labor Day and So mote it be!

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As we transition from the beautiful Summer to the Fall, witness the power of a fully operational Masonic Lodge:  Come to our Regular meeting, this month with special education on Masonic music!  Participate as we raise two Brothers to the sublime degree!  Strengthen our Masonic family at our special “Ladies Night” dinner!  Revel in the bounty of the Harvest at the Grange Apple Day event!  We are truly blessed…

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Bob Hospadaruk
Worshipful Master

UPCOMING EVENTS - From our Trestleboard
SEPT  3  -  Regular Communication | Pittsfield Union Grange Hall
SEPT 17 -  Special Communication [MM]  | Pittsfield Union Grange Hall
SEPT 24 - Social: Ladies Night Dinner | Knight’s Steakhouse
SEPT 27 - Community: Apple Day | Pittsfield Union Grange Hall

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Master’s Letter | August 2014 - Virtus Junxit

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In the days prior to my August vacation (and celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary :-) several bad things befell the Master of 262.  First, while finishing up my kitchen remodeling project I almost cut my thumb in half with a power saw.  Then while preparing the car for the trip, a metal spring on a car part flew into my eye.  Lastly, I had a harsh disagreement with a Brother.  It was the last thing that hurt the most…

When we first come to strongly love something, we often place that thing on a pedestal of perfection.  Then when some blemish appears on that picture of perfection,  you can take it very hard.  It is often this way with a man’s new found love and zeal for Freemasonry.  I have seen Masons argue or disagree with another Brother, then remove themselves completely from association with that person, or from lodge life in general.

This unfortunate disengagement should never happen.   In my way of thinking, I won’t let it happen.  We have certain tenants of Freemasonry which apply here: Brotherly Love, tolerance, equality among members (being on the level), and in general our other “points of fellowship”.  I always remind myself that the magic of our order happens because we make it happen - we are pledged to make it happen.  If only the whole of mankind had such a system as we.   A system where everyone, especially those with differing opinions, politics, social class, religious beliefs, are pledged to always come back to the table for the good of all.

My vacation is over now, a few moments of reflection have healed my heart,  my eye is all good, its only my thumb that still hurts!

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Be sure to renew your Masonic connections as September brings back a fully operational Lodge.  There is a great line-up of social events, education and degree presentations.  If you are a man interested in Freemasonry, come to one of our monthly “Master’s Table Dinners” and meet the Brothers of 262!

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Bob Hospadaruk
Worshipful Master

UPCOMING EVENTS - From our Trestleboard
AUG 27  -  Master’s Table Dinner | Dan’s Downtown Tavern, Saline
SEPT  3  -  Regular Communication | Pittsfield Union Grange Hall
SEPT 17 -  Special Communication [FC]  | Pittsfield Union Grange Hall
SEPT 24 - Social: Ladies Night Dinner | Knight’s Steakhouse

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Masonic Family Picnic | Sunday July 27

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AAF262 welcomes Brothers of ALL Lodges, Star Sisters, friends, and families for our summertime tradition! There will be games and prizes, be sure to bring the kids!

DATE/TIME/LOCATION
Sunday, July 27, 2014
12:00- 4:00pm
Olson Park, 1495 Dhu Varren Rd, Ann Arbor, MI

Please note:
Pontiac Trail is closed heading out of town towards Dhu Varren Rd.  We recommend taking Nixon Rd north to Dhu Varren from Plymouth Rd,  as shown on this map

FOOD ARRANGEMENTS
The Lodge is providing BBQ pulled pork & chicken, burgers and hot dogs.
The rest is POTLUCK.

If your last name begins with:
A - G: bring a dessert
H - Z: bring a side dish or salad

  • There will be a hot grill if you need to cook something
  • Tableware supplied by the Lodge
  • BYOB - we also have a permit for adult refreshments

Download an event FLYER here!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Report | Soccer Outing - Detroit City FC

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The Detroit City Football Club trounced the Fort Pitt FC “Regiment” on July 11th by a 3-1 score. This was due in no small part to the fan support of the Northern Guard Supporters and the AAF262 Brothers in attendance! A good time was had by all and many thanks go out to PM Brian Cors for organizing the event. Go Detroit - Go Le Rouge!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Master’s Letter | July 2014 - Independence Day!

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It’s July 4th: families gather, grills are fired up, the weather is beautiful and we celebrate the birth of our nation.  It is a special day for me.  I like to pause and think about this Union of ours.  Remembering how unique it is - our great experiment in democracy.  It is an extra special year for me as it marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a seminal moment in the course of the Civil Rights Movement.  We are all truly blessed.  Work for democracy and justice; guard our freedoms well.  The next time you are at the ball park and the anthem is sung.  take off your hat, cover your heart and sing.  Sing it loud!

Masonry celebrated the day through it’s fantastic appearance in the annual Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade.  Represented were Ann Arbor-Fraternity Lodge #262, St Mary’s Lodge #4, Golden Rule Lodge #159Phoenix Lodge #13, Myrtle Lodge #89Zal Gaz Grotto and one Shriner.

Today, Brotherly love prevailed, we are cemented together by every moral and social virtue!

Enjoy the pictures below, taken during today’s parade.  I am so proud and happy to be with each and every one of these Brothers.

GOOD TIMES ALERT: Annual 262 Masonic Family Picnic July 27!

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Bob Hospadaruk
Worshipful Master

UPCOMING EVENTS - From our Trestleboard
JUL 11 - Soccer Outing | Detroit Football Club - Go Le Rouge!
JUL 23 - Master’s Table Dinner | Sidetrack Bar & Grill, Ypsilanti
JUL 27 - Ann Arbor Mason’s Picnic | Olson Park, Ann Arbor
AUG 27 - Master’s Table Dinner | Dan’s Downtown Tavern, Saline

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