Brothers of Benjamin Franklin Lodge # 45,
We will have a July 7, 2021, Stated Communication to consider consolidation, therefore, your comments and suggestions are requested. The current officers of our Lodge are recommending the consolidation of our Benjamin Franklin # 45 with one or more of the following Lodges: Pyramid # 43, Golden # 50, and Mt. Rose # 40.
Our membership and attendance to meetings have continued to decline, hence, the strain of having enough members present to open the Lodge and meet our financial obligations has become difficult. The previously mentioned Lodges are also facing the same difficulties as our Lodge. The officers of all the Lodges feel these steps are needed for the betterment of Masonry and the stability of the Lodges.
Brothers, Our Stated Communication on October 6, 2021, will be the date we vote on consolidation. This is the 90-day official notice letter being sent to all the Brothers of Benjamin Franklin Lodge # 45, regarding the vote happening in October about consolidation.
Daniel Venters, Secretary
Greetings my brothers, hope all is well with you and your loved ones. I'm pleased to announce we have accepted the invitation from Escurial Lodge #7 to confer the second degree for brother Ron LaBlue. We will do the second degree at 6:30 PM on the 8th of July, I hope all the brothers from Lodge can attend.
Further talks on the consolidation of lodges has been positive and at this time I am notifying the brothers of Benjamin Franklin Lodge #45 of the intention of having a vote on the consolidation of lodges on our October stated meeting. Written notice of said vote will be sent out to all members by our secretary.
We are currently considering consolidation with Lodges 40, 43, 45 and 50. Membership in Masonry as a whole nationwide, statewide and locally have declined. We all know we are currently in a situation where we must ask ourselves what is in the best interest of masonry. As we contemplate the merger we have to look forward toward the future of building a stronger more self reliant Lodge - keeping in mind by doing so will make masonry stronger. I have pointed out on many occasions that there is power in numbers, moving forward with the consolidations of lodges is an example of that. There is at this time a lot of work to be done to make this happen and as more brothers become informed and get involved the more conjecture and speculation to the final outcome will arise. I ask that we all keep in mind that we are all Brothers on the level with the goal of making masonry stronger and more viable for the lodges taking part in this endeavor. May the good Lord bless us in all our future doings to make this happen. I believe each Lodge nay each brother mason involved has something to bring to the table which will make us stronger. I would like to emphasize again that our common goal should be what is in the best interest of masonry.
Take care my brothers and looking forward to meeting with you soon.
Upon the Square
Worshipful Master Randy Subia