MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - April 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - April 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - April  2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

April is the second month of spring season and the fourth month of the year. In this month, the winter snow melts and spring rains nourish the earth, which warms and opens up to give new life to grass , trees and flowers. The name April comes from the Latin word meaning “to open.”

 

Brethren: Spring is here! The geese and songbirds have made their way back. The sun is getting stronger, warming the soil, bringing new life to plants, trees and animals. Spring is a season of change, not knowing what future nature brings and will provide for us. It is a season of faith and hope. We have faith that the rains and sunshine will start the cycle of life again as it has done for thousands of years and hope that we have a bountiful year of health and prosperity.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - March 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - March 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - March 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

March, which was the first month of the year, is now the third. To this month,March, which was the first month of the year, is now the third. To this month,the first of spring, the name of the famous Mars, god of war was given. Mars wasfond of storm and strife, and the name was very appropriate for this windystormy month.

 

Brethren: March 14, 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the pandemic lockdown for Masonic activities in Saskatchewan. The last lodge meeting I attended with no required COVID protocols was Biggar Lodge No. 100 on March 10, 2020. We enjoyed a fantastic meal prior to the meeting and a great festive board after. MW Bro. Montague presented RW Bro. Don Tokaryk with an honorary life membership. This was a pleasurable evening with goodfellowship, food and drink enjoyed by all. It seems like a lifetime ago.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - February 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - February 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - February 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

February received its name for the Latin word which means “to purify," for in this month people purified their homes and offered sacrifices to the gods, who loved order and cleanliness.

 

 Brethren:
January will soon be in the books even as I write this month’s musings. This is usually the time of year when we meet together to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday, feasting on neeps, tatties and, of course, haggis. I miss the opportunity of celebrating the “Bard” and his contribution to the brotherhood of man.January will soon be in the books even as I write this month’s musings. This is usually the time of year when we meet together to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday, feasting on neeps, tatties and, of course, haggis. I miss the opportunity of celebrating the “Bard” and his contribution to the brotherhood of man.February is the month we take time to celebrate and cherish our significant others on Valentines Day. February 14th is the day where we can show appreciation to the ones we love. I would encourage you to reach out and show yourindebtedness and love to your wife, partner, mother, daughter and do not forget to reach out to the widows of our Brother Masons. In recent years our Lodge has hosted a tea around Valentine’s Day and invited widows of Brother Masons. This year, a phone call or a Valentine card sent to the widows would make their day, especially in these times of isolation.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - December 2020

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - December 2020 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - December 2020 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

December was the first month of the winter season and the tenth month of the
year a century before the birth of Christ. When Julius Caesar reformed the calendar
and added January and February, making December the twelfth month, its name
did not change.

 

 Brethren:
The year 2020 has almost come to an end and 2021 is just around the corner. I encourage brethren to consider
donations to one or more of our charities, some of which are tax deductible.

The Freemasonry & Youth Endowment Fund established in 1955
Donations can be directed to the Youth Leadership Camp, the Order of DeMolay, Job’s Daughters or the Masonic
Youth trust fund. These funds provide assistance and support to our youth programs and scholarships. Remember,
“the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow .” Donations to this fund are eligible for a charity tax receipt.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - January 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - January 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - January 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

January was named after Janus, a two-headed Roman god. The temple of Janus was situated at the city gate of Rome, where his statue had one face looking towards the city, and one beyond the gate. January stands at the gateway of the year, with one face looking towards the past and one towards the future.

 

 Brethren:
This is the time of year that we look forward to what the new year will bring us. It is also the time of year to reflect on the year that has just passed. The year 2020 was unprecedented to say the least. It brought about new challenges to all of us as individuals and challenged governments around the world with balancing the social and economic well being of society while trying to curb the spread of COVID 19 with lockdowns. What we considered normal practices had to be changed and a new way of life developed. It was a year when we were unable to celebrate weddings, graduations, birthdays face to face. We as Freemasons were unable to meet in the usual manner: no handshakes, festive boards or social gatherings. Yet, although there are many negatives about 2020, we should reflect on the positives. It taught us to look at life through a different lens and to overcome the challenges of working from home with kids and pets. The year taught us not to take things for granted and to appreciate the small things in life. It taught us to look inward to our souls and to reach out to our families and friends.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - November 2020

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - November 2020 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - November 2020 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

November was the ninth month when the year was but ten months, before the reforming of the calendar by Julius Caesar. Its name was taken from the Latin word that means “nine.” After January and February were added its name was not changed.

 

 

Brethren:

November 11th is a day set aside to remember those brave men and women across this country who paid the ultimate price to provide us a free and democratic country. This is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Undoubtedly the pandemic will hamper live ceremonies honoring our Veterans. If you cannot attend a ceremony in your community, please pause for a moment of silence on November 11th to remember the sacrifice of others. We should also take time to remember and pray for all those who continue to go into harm’s way to keep us healthy and safe: health workers, police, firefighters, to name a few.

It appears the second wave of the pandemic has hit Canada. The Saskatchewan Health Authority has reduced the allowable private or family gatherings to 15. Please remember to keep yourself and your loved ones safe by practicing the guidelines set out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Their website address is https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/.

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