Welcoming Spring at Kenton’s April Stated Meeting
Posted on April 14, 2023
The April Stated Meeting of Kenton Lodge brought the Brethren together to not only conduct the business of the Lodge but also to celebrate and reflect upon the vernal equinox. As the days grow longer and nature reawakens from its winter slumber, the Brethren took this opportunity to connect with the symbolism of the equinox and its relevance to their Masonic journey, while recognizing the accomplishments and dedication of Lodge Members past and present.
The Vernal Equinox: A Time of Renewal and Balance
The vernal equinox, which occurs around March 20th or 21st, marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and signifies a time of balance when day and night are of equal length. This moment of equilibrium provides a powerful reminder of the importance of harmony and balance in our lives, both within the Lodge and in our daily endeavors.
As the Brethren gathered for the April Stated Meeting, they took time to contemplate the lessons imparted by the vernal equinox. The awakening of nature and the resurgence of life symbolize the potential for personal growth, regeneration, and the pursuit of new beginnings. These themes resonate deeply with the principles of Freemasonry, which emphasize the ongoing quest for self-improvement, enlightenment, and the cultivation of virtues.
Recognizing Achievements and Dedication
The April Stated Meeting also served as a platform to celebrate the accomplishments of Lodge Members. New Fellows of the Craft (FOTC) mentors were presented, showcasing their commitment to guiding and supporting new Members on their Masonic journey. Dues cards were distributed to recently raised Master Masons, symbolizing their full membership in the Lodge and their dedication to the principles and values of Freemasonry. Lastly, a rare bottle of tequila was presented to Kenton’s Building Manager in recognition of his outstanding achievements in managing tenant leases and payment systems, a testament to the invaluable contributions of those who support the Lodge in various capacities.
Honoring a Brother’s impact on the Lodge and the Jurisdiction
Once all were rejoined together upstairs for refreshment after Lodge close, Honored Brother Aaron Clark delivered a captivating presentation about one of Kenton Lodge’s Past Masters, who went on to become the Grand Master in 1979-1980:
- Most Worshipful Brother Roy M. Rauenhorst
The presentation highlighted the significant contributions and achievements of this esteemed Brother, serving as a source of inspiration for all in attendance. The story of this Past Master’s dedication to the Craft and his ascension to the role of Grand Master provided a shining example of the potential for growth and leadership that lies within each Mason. Also reviewed were the relic items belonging to WMB Rauenhorst, including his aprons presented upon stepping down as Grand Master and two gavels he used during his time as Master of Kenton Lodge in 1960 and as Grand Master in 1980 respectively. Lastly reflections on Roy’s final resting place and the final journey all masons take to the grand lodge in the sky.
The April Stated Meeting at Kenton Lodge was a celebration of the beauty of spring and the powerful lessons it imparts, as well as an opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishments and dedication of Lodge Members. As the Brethren reflected upon the themes of balance, renewal, and growth, they were reminded of their own potential for personal transformation and the importance of continuous learning in the pursuit of Masonic enlightenment. As the Lodge moves forward, the spirit of the vernal equinox, the achievements of its Members, and the inspiring stories of its Past Masters will continue to inspire the Brethren in their quest.
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