On June 23, 2009, Kingston Lodge hosted the Second Annual Cedar Rapids Area Table Lodge. Brethren were in attendance from at least eight other Lodges across the state and country. Lodge was opened on the First Degree by Most Worshipful Brother Jack Butler, Grand Master of Masons in Iowa, assisted by the following officers:
SW: Mike Trents (Mt. Hermon)
JW: Jim Arnold (Marion)
SD: Joe Buresh (Fairfax)
JD: Chad Little (Mt. Hermon)
SS: Kennie Petersen
JS: James Kubicek
Sec: Randy Cejka
Tr: Fred Madison
Tyl: Don Mosier
The Grand Master then presented a 50 Year Certificate to Brother Paul Harvey, a brother who lives in Cedar Rapids but belongs to a Lodge in Florida. Following the presentation, Brother Harvey made some remarks about how great it was to be a Mason, and talked about lessons of charity that he was first taught by his father, and which were then repeated when he took the First Degree.
Lodge was then declared in recess by the Grand Master, and the brethren repaired to the dining table (er...Trestle-board). The ritual for the Table Lodge was slightly different than normally used in Iowa. Brother Mosier modified a version found on the internet, and adopted it for use for the evening. The seven ritual toasts were dispersed throughout the meal rather than being lumped at the end. The meal consisted of a green salad, roast pork, baked potatoes, corn, rolls, gravy, and a brownie sundae. When added to the entertainment, that was a pretty darned good deal for 10 bucks. Of course, many people found themselves donating to the the box of fraternal assistance when they forgot to use the words on the right side of the list rather than the more traditional words on the left side. (If that makes no sense to you, you need to attend this Table Lodge next year.) The meal was cooked by Don Mosier and served by several wives and two daughters of Kingston members. (That would be Carol Mosier, Patty Zinser, Sarah Zinser, Jessica Zinser, Kim Petersen, Heather Chapman, and probably one more that I forgot.) Thanks ladies. It was appreciated.
A total of $125 was collected from the various fines, which was donated to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City. (Actually, it was given to the Grand Master so that it will be properly credited to the Grand Lodge fund raising effort.)
All in all, it was a very fun night. It was so fun that WM Weaver volunteered for Kingston to host it again next year. I think he may have had one too many toasts. (Just kidding.)
Here are several documents from the evening.
The Education Program
Here are some pictures of the evening. Click on the picture to see full size. Just hold the cursor on top of a picture to see the caption. (The caption feature might not work if you don't use Microsoft Internet Explorer.)