Worshipful Master – Jason Hamblen
Senior Warden – Kristopher Fahndrich
Junior Warden – Corey Grant
Treasurer – Jeff Rollman
Secretary – Thomas E. Valente Jr.
Senior Deacon – Aaron Carter
Junior Deacon – Beau Jones
Senior Steward – Daniel Mora
Junior Steward – Josh Martin
Marshal – Lowell Gavette
Tyler – Vern Harris
Chaplain – Lester Petrie
Newest Master Mason, Bro. Daniel Mora
Congratulations Bro. Daniel Mora
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, October 27th, 2015
Honoring WB Warren C. Pahl (1921-2015)
Warren C. Pahl, 94 of Salem, OR passed away peacefully on Friday, August 28, 2015 with family present. He was born in Elmwood, Nebraska March 19, 1921 to William and Lydia Pahl (Lenz).
He is survived by sons Bob (Carolyn) Salem, OR; Bill (Vicki) Vancouver, WA; Brad (Tammy) Terrebonne, OR; and Brian, Keizer, OR. Eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Warren graduated from Elmwood High school in 1938 playing on the basketball team.
He moved to Salem in 1939 with his parents where he worked odd jobs and attended Salem Business College studying accounting and finance. While stationed in Pueblo, Colorado during his service in the Army Air Corps he married his sweetheart Frances Pahl (Holmes) on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1943. After the war Warren and Fran moved back to Salem where they began making a life together and raising a family. Returning to his job at Willamette Cherry Growers he continued to work there for the next 43 years, retiring as general manager.
After retirement Warren and Fran moved from the Willamette Valley to Redmond, Oregon. Soon began many happy years of golfing and finding sunshine and warmth in California, Hawaii, and Arizona in winter, with summers spent in Oregon and the northwest. Eventually they settled full time in Sun City, Arizona. Golf, cards and travel occupied their time. They returned to Salem in 2010 to be closer to family.
His lifelong passion for playing golf, cards (cribbage, pinochle and bridge especially) along with always finding time to play the organ will not be forgotten. He also took great delight in buying a different car what seemed like every year to keep him occupied. Last car count, was 48 over a lifetime.
A lifelong Mason he was member of Ainsworth lodge serving as Master along with other positions within Oregon Masonic Lodges. He was a season ticket holder to Oregon State football for 38+ years with a favorite memory watching the Beavers win in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, AZ. Never forgetting his Nebraska roots, he always kept tabs on his beloved Cornhuskers.
He was a jokester, punster, and lifelong reader. A man of many facets. The newspaper wasn't read until all the puzzles were done. His family will miss his insightful perspectives and kidding ways. Preceded in death by his wife of 71 years in January of 2015, he was desperately lonely without her, and now they are together again.
Honoring WB Glenn ‘Doc’ Rea (1918-2015)
Glenn "Doc" Bernard Rea passed away peacefully in his sleep at Salem Hospital with family by his side on August 25, 2015. Glenn was born on July 26, 1918 in Garden City, South Dakota to Clarence Rea and Olive (Seaver) Rea. He graduated from Garden City High School in 1936, along with 14 classmates, including his sweetheart, Deloryce Peterson. She was the class Valedictorian and he wrote the humorous "Class Prophecy", predicting and describing future intergalactic travel with his classmates. Glenn attended South Dakota State University where he joined the National Guard and was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Husbandry in 1940 and joined the United States Military, initially serving in the Horse Cavalry, and assisted in its closure. He continued to serve in the Army Air Corps and during WWII, Glenn was a Major in the Air Force stationed in Africa as a supply officer. Being an avid horseman, he was referred to as "that wild Yank", while playing for the British during their polo matches. Glenn and Deloryce were married on June 19, 1942. He worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, then graduated from Kansas State University in 1949 with a Doctorate Degree in Veterinary Medicine. He opened a large animal practice in Clark, South Dakota and loved flying his airplane to farms and ranches throughout neighboring counties, providing veterinary services. He and Deloryce had four daughters, Catherine (Cathy), Connie, Peggy and Betsy. Glenn was appointed State Veterinarian of South Dakota and relocated with his family to Pierre, South Dakota. He later accepted a position as Chief of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Staff Veterinarian for the Government of the Island of Guam. He enjoyed job related travel throughout the Marianas and Micronesian Islands and he and his family loved island life. While living on Guam, he and Deloryce took the girls on a trip around the world, visiting 22 countries, a highlight of their lives. The family later returned to the States where Glenn became the State Veterinarian of Oregon, and continued in that position until he retired. He subsequently accepted a special assignment for the United States Federal Government's Animal Health Services, in the South American Country of Colombia. After completing his service, he focused on his passion of raising Santa Gertrudis cattle at his family "farm" outside of Salem. He spent summers at the State Fair where he loved being a part of the livestock fair scene and showing his cattle with the help of his older grandchildren and "adopted" grandson/neighbor "Matt", who learned and worked alongside Grandpa. Glenn was a long term member of several community, professional and faith organizations, including Rotary International, Future Farmers of America, Masons (past Master), Shriners, and was appointed President of the United States Animal Health Association in 1981. He volunteered at Sprague High School, MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, and through various service organizations. Glenn was retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lt. Col. and in 2012 was selected for the Inaugural Alaskan Airlines Honors Flight for World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. He was a member of Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and believed we are all spiritual beings living a temporary human existence. Glenn was an accomplished singer, musician, writer, and agriculturist who loved animals, being outdoors, travelling, and took pleasure in observing herds of cattle and open fields of crops. He enjoyed sports and was an avid OSU Beaver fan. As a young man he played semi-pro basketball, once competing against The Harlem Globetrotters. Most of all he was a deeply rooted family man with strong values and convictions. He felt blessed to be an American, and was committed to honoring cultural diversity and understanding differences, while recognizing the commonalities of humankind. Glenn was preceded in death by his mother, Olive Rea, father, Clarence Rea and "kid brother", Wendell Rea. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Glenn is survived by beloved wife, Deloryce (with whom he recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary), daughters Catherine Gray, Connie (Paul) Wymore, Peggy Robertson and Betsy Evans, along with seven grandchildren (and spouses), ten (soon to be eleven) great-grandchildren and Fraser, Dale, Peat and Leonard, all so dear to his heart. Glenn was an adventurous man who lived life to the fullest. He once said that he wanted to be remembered for leaving this world a better place than when he entered it, and he certainly did. Some might remember him as a somewhat "colorful character" with his gregarious personality, dressed in his standard cowboy hat and boots and later his valued WW II cap. To those who truly knew him he was a well-intended, intelligent, knowledgeable, very strong man, who enjoyed an occasional drink of Scotch, loved sharing a good joke or story, was an innovative leader, sought enlightenment, and was an advocate for the disenfranchised and the welfare of the world. Glenn will be so greatly missed by those who loved him and who benefitted from his care and concern. He leaves a formidable legacy and his Celebration of Life service will be held in the afternoon on September 12, 2015. Date and time will be confirmed in a death notice to be published on Wednesday. Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery on September 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Glenn's family suggests donations in his name to the support and education of Native American Indian children, Wounded Veterans, Multiple Sclerosis Society and Habitat for Humanity, or charity of choice. His family is grateful to Dr. Pierce and the caring, supportive staff of the Oncology Unit at Salem Hospital as well as Willamette Valley Hospice and hospital volunteers who helped make Glenn's final earthly journey peaceful and comfortable for all. We believe he would want to say farewell with his often recited favored Irish Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Newest Fellowcraft Mason, Bro. Daniel Mora
Congratulations Bro. Daniel Mora
Passed, June 23rd, 2015
Newest Entered Apprentice Mason, Bro. Robert Pfenning Jr.
Congratulations Bro. Robert Pfenning Jr.
Initiated, May 26th, 2015
Military Appreciation Night – May 12th, 2015
Thanks to all who were able to join us for Military Appreciation Night.
The S.O.S. Dinner at 6:30pm was delicious and our Stated Communication at 7:30pm
with Guest Speaker - COL Kevin Dial, Deputy to the Chief of Staff, Operations for the Oregon Army National Guard was very rewarding.
Honoring MWB Gleason (1915-2015)
MWB Roland E. Gleason, P.G.M. (1976).
MWB Gleason was born in Franklin, Nebraska, in April
1915. He graduated with a B.S. from Willamette University and Graduate studies at the University of Southern California. He served ten years of active duty during both WWII and the Korean War. He was raised in the Moriahyama Lodge No. 7, Tokyo, Japan in 1952, and acted as Master of Holbrook Lodge No. 30 in 1971. He is also a member of York Rite, Scottish Rite, Al Kader, Shrine and many other Masonic bodies.
Newest Entered Apprentice Mason, Bro. Daniel Mora
Congratulations Bro. Daniel Mora
Initiated, March 24th, 2015
Honoring Bro. Clay Rambo (1930-2015)
Brother Clay W. Rambo, a life member of Ainsworth Lodge No. 201, passed to the Celestial Lodge on March 16, 2015. Brother Rambo was born on October 13, 1930. He was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Ainsworth Lodge on February 7, 1961.
A memorial service will be held March 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.at the Restlawn Funeral Home.
Honoring WB Loris “Lorie” Harrell (1939-2015)
Loris "Lorie" Edward Harrell died on February 27, 2015 at his home in McMinnville at the age of 75.
Lorie was born on December 2, 1939 in Glendale, California the son of Loris and Gertrude Fall Harrell. Lorie spent his youth growing up in Glendale, California. He worked in the automotive industry for 40 plus years. In 1948 Lorie and his wife Farncella (Fran) moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon. In 1994 they moved to McMinnville, Oregon where he continued working until his retirement in 2002.
Lorie joined the Masonic Order in 2005. This brother ship brought a great amount of pleasure to him. At the time of his death, Lorie was Worshipful Master of Salem Lodge #4 and Chaplain of Union Lodge #3.
He had a fun-loving sense of humor, loved all animals – horses were special; he enjoyed classic cars, hunting and fishing and was an avid sports fan.
Lorie's main focus in his life was his family. He is survived by his wife, four children, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was loved dearly by his family and will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Chapel of Macy & Son with interment at the Masonic Cemetery.
Newest Master Mason, Bro. Beau Jones
Congratulations Bro. Beau Jones
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, February 24th, 2015
Newest Master Mason – Bro. Josh Martin
Congratulations Bro. Josh Martin
Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, January 27th, 2015
Honoring WB Dick Unruh (1939-2015)
Dick was born in Clatskanie, OR in April, 1939. The family moved to Monmouth in 1949. Dick is divorced and has four children and four grandchildren. He spent three years in the U.S. Army, 1957-1960, and was honorably discharged. He graduated from Oregon College of Education, (now Western Oregon University) in 1964 with a B.A. in General Studies. He was raised a Master Mason in Lyon Lodge No. 29 Nov. 8, 1961. He lived and worked as a professional musician, playing and teaching private lessons in Portland, for twenty two years. He moved back to the family home in Monmouth in 1990, and became active in his Lodge. He served as W.M. of Lyon Lodge three times, also as W.M. of Rickreall No. 110 and W.M. of Jennings No. 9. He was appointed as District Deputy of the Grand Master three years, 2001-2003. He belongs to Adah Chapter OES, serving as Worthy Patron 2007-2008. He is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite member of Salem Valley, member of Salem York Rite, and Al Kader Shrine. He has served twice as President of the Polk Co. Shrine Club, and once as President of the Mary’s Peak Shrine Trek Association. He has served several years on the Grand Lodge Mileage Committee and on the Education and Information Committee as Torchlight coordinator.
January 3, 2015 - WB Kristopher Fahndrich presented WB Bill Motta, Worshipful Master, Pearl Lodge No. 66, the Enlightenment Gavel (Traveling Gavel)
Hiram Award Recipient
December 14, 2014 - WB Ron Kohanek was presented the Hiram Award for his untiring and selfless service to Ainsworth Lodge No. 201
The Hiram Award is an award presented to a Master Mason who has served the Lodge and the Masonic Fraternity with devotion over and above the ordinary. It is the highest honor (other than being Master of the Lodge) that can be bestowed on a member of a Masonic Lodge. The Hiram Award is not given for service as Master or any elected or appointed office or committee. The recipient is recognized by his brethren in Masonry for his service to the fraternity, because of his efforts to support one or more Masons, a Lodge or Lodges, a District, the Grand Lodge or the fraternity as a whole. It is a singular distinction, and indicates the esteem, respect and admiration of the members. A Oregon Masonic Lodge may bestow a maximum of one Hiram Award each year.
The award consists of a Certificate and a Medallion. The Medallion has the Square and Compass with the letter G in the center all of which are encircled with a Larel Wreath. Around this are the words “Hiram Award, Dedicated Service.”
A Family Affair
December 14, 2014 - Installation of 2015 Lodge Officers, Ainsworth Lodge No. 201
Lodge Officer Installation
December 14, 2014 - Installation of 2015 Lodge Officers, Ainsworth Lodge No. 201
Honoring WB Tom Cantu (1950-2014)
Thomas Cantu was born in Hamilton, Montana on April 16, 1950. In 1971 he married Hope Davila of Hargil, Texas. They have two children, Angela Yvette Cantu, born in Salem, Oregon on June 2, 1973, and Tom Jr. Cantu, also born in Salem, Oregon on June 17, 1976. Tomas and Hope have seven grandchildren whom they love dearly. Tomas enjoys reading, writing, hunting, but above all, taking long walks with his grandkids on long summer days. Raised a Master Mason in Woodburn Lodge No. 106 in 1993, Tomas is Past Master for 2005, 2006 and 2010, and was a District Deputy in 2008-2009, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011. He is the current Secretary and a Life Member of Woodburn Lodge No. 106, a member of Molalla Lodge No. 178, Silverton Lodge No. 45, Fidelity Lodge No. 54, Robert Burns Lodge No. 97, and Oregon Military Lodge No. 223, with an Honorary membership at Vista Lodge No. 215. Brother Cantu belongs to Salem Valley Scottish Rite, and is a Life Member of Woodburn Chapter No. 29 Royal Arch Masons. In construction for 30 years as a Jorneyman Mason, and 28 years in the Oregon Army National Guard, Tomas retired from both in 2004. As a Master Sergeant in Logistics (Supply) he traveled to various Army Depots throughout the United States, as well as to Belgium, in-charge of troops.
Gold in Them Thar Words
MWB Vern Wertz, PGM of Oregon,
The Short Talk Bulletin, April, 2015
Gold! Gold! That cry has echoed across the ages. It started migrations across oceans and continents. Men have killed for gold, dug for it, hoarded it, and it just may have some meaning for Freemasons.
What is gold? It is a basic substance, an element, one of 92 naturally occurring substances that can’t be broken down into anything else.
Gold is prized for its beauty, usefulness, and rarity. For centuries, men have searched for gold; in fact, gold jewelry has been found that dates to 3500 B.C. in Mesopotamia.
It has some very unique properties. It can be hammered into sheets so thin that they are transparent. One ounce of gold can be drawn into a wire 50 miles long. It doesn’t corrode, rust, or tarnish.
Well now, all of that is interesting, but what is gold’s connection to Freemasonry? As a yellow metal, none! I’ll be honest, to make a connection, you need to make use of a bit of imagination. You also need to understand that words can have more than one meaning, and gold is an example of that as it can be used as a synonym for rare, valuable, and meaningful.
So I am not shouting, “There’s gold in them thar hills.” I am, however, going to proclaim, “There’s hold in them thar words!”
The words I want to dig up are found buried in our Masonic ritual. What I seek is not always obvious; it tends to be hidden away, easily passed over, and you have to go deep to find the meaning hidden within the words.
I am always amazed at the beauty in our work. The simple truth is that no author, poet, or writer of plays ware more talented with words than the Brothers who originally penned our ritual. Much to the benefit of untold millions, they buried in the strata of Freemasonry sparkling bits of light that are golden treasury of the human mind.
Please join me in this search.
Freemasonry stresses the passing from youth into manhood and that concept is an ingot of pure intellectual beauty. Consider the Brother who is just starting a profoundly significant journey, and is told: “Now you must pray for yourself.” Prior to hearing those words, the Brother was a Masonic youth and he received a lot of support. Now manhood beckons, and the time for standing on his own two feet has arrived. His Brothers are not abandoning him. Rather, they want him to recognize the importance of a man-making and then acting on his own decisions. It is a subtle lesson, but it is there and, like much of Freemasonry’s teaching, it is a rare flake of pure gold.
At one point, a soon-to-be Brother is told, “Follow your conductor and fear no danger.” The message, although not at all obscure, may be one of the great lessons in Freemasonry. I read it thus! The candidate can trust a Brother to not lead him into danger, nor allow him to stray from the path that leads to light, or fail to finally stand before the world as a just and upright man and Mason. The strength of Brotherly love and guidance given to the candidate by his conductor is a vein of pure gold; and is the immutable example all Brothers should follow.
An Entered Apprentice, when being instructed about King Solomon’s Temple, hears that “Each part fitted with such exact nicety….” Today, we would probably say, “it went together okay.” The second is a bland nothingness, while the first is a nugget of rare beauty and wealth of meaning.
How does one get things to fit together with exact nicety? I was trained as a scientist, so my answer would tend to stray from the useful rules of architecture. My Dad was a carpenter, and he would have had a ready, crystal-clear answer. I think he would of have said, “Well, it involves a lengthy apprenticeship, a set of blue prints, and a devotion to excellence in each detail of the crafting of every piece, every part of the building.”
Now, I don’t want to belabor the obvious; but I believe that is exactly how Freemasonry teaches a man to construct himself. Did I earlier mention a “nugget?” I think that I may not have enough facility with the English language to adequately, of fully, describe how rich of a mother lode is buried in the concept of parts fitting with exact nicety.
I have always thought that one of the most remarkable bits of buried treasure are these words spoken to an Entered Apprentice, “…and be it known to you that no Atheist can ever become a Mason.”
Does this mean that no Atheist have ever joined a Lodge, taken the obligations, paid his dues? I think not! I also think that by themselves, those things do not make a man a Mason. Since an Atheist rejects a belief in God, it is impossible for him to complete the journey that chances a man into a Freemason.
Is there any greater lesson than that Freemasonry is a progressive science and, in order to arrive at Journey’s end, each step MUST be completed? In simplest terms, a paid-up dues card does not make a Mason. There really is a very large difference between being a member and being a Mason. And that is a golden truth well worth mining.
Consider the three Fellowcraft Masons, who are discussing the men, whose voices they have just heard. Two of them were concerned about the risks involved in the capture of these ruffians. The third was a bit of a hero; his attitude was: lets get at it because “our cause is just.” Those four words are what is called a major strike and we are talking about pure gold.
I think that here is a clear message that a Freemason must opt for that which is right and decent and honorable: a just cause! But more than that, a Mason must take action. I find nothing in Freemasonry that teaches or encourages its votaries to sit on the sidelines. There is, I think, much that tells him to enter the fray on the side of truth, honor, and that which is just.
I believe that Freemasonry is a treasure trove of ideas that can enrich a man’s life. Some of them are in plain sight, some are buried deep. All are worth the effort of discovery and, when found, they all emit a golden light that illuminates our way and makes it easier to travel on that rocky road we call life. The searching, the struggle to understand, the sharing of what is unearthed, and the certain knowledge that there is yet more to discover, gives an entirely new meaning to the term, “gold digger.”
I have described to you a few of the things I have found in many years of roaming the pages of my ritual. I do not claim that my thoughts are in some way special, exclusive to me, or that they represent some ultimate truth. I do claim that it was, and is, a grand adventure un-covering them and then sharing the light found within.
One final point: Why is so much of Freemasonry hidden? Why is so much knowledge veiled in allegory, concealed in symbols, and hidden among all the words in our ritual? The answer is an elemental Masonic truth: The hidden beauties and the “secrets” (read that as knowledge, understanding) of Freemasonry are, in fact, reserved for those who are willing to diligently search for meaning in all those allegories, symbols and words.
Are you fearful that your search may lead you astray, cause you to interpret the work wrongly? Relax! There is no correct interpretation, for there is no one authority on the meaning or our ritual. Understanding Freemasonry is truly a thing of the individual; and the correct interpretation of Masonic ritual, so far as an individual Brother is concerned, is the one he finds. And that, I sometimes think, is the thing I most love about this gentle craft that so affects so many men; and to me that is more precious than all the gold in the world.