Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – September 2022

Greetings Brethren, family, and friends of Lodge 542! Despite the unexpected heatwave that is currently upon us, we are heading for the Autumnal Equinox, which is the beginning of the Fall season. Besides the change of seasons, this Equinox symbolizes balance. It provides us with an opportunity to reflect on...

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Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – August 2022

Greetings Brethren, family, and friends of Lodge 542! I hope y’all are doing well. This month we celebrated our Second Annual Hot Wings Competition at the Lodge. 15 of us signed up… and most of us survived. This annual tradition started last year under the direction and initiative of Worshipful...

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Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – July 2022

Greetings Brethren, family, and friends of Lodge 542! Last month, we had the honor of welcoming the Principal of Coldwater Elementary School, Cynthia Braley, to our Stated Meeting Dinner. Our Lodge has partnered with Cynthia for over 10 years in a literacy program for elementary school kids in the neighborhood....

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Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – June 2022

Greetings Brethren, family, and friends of Lodge 542! The previous month gave me the unique opportunity to experience Masonry from present, past, and future perspectives. I witnessed the revival of one of our current traditions, spoke with a Past Master who ran the Lodge back in the 1970s, and will...

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Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – May 2022

Greetings Brethren and friends of Lodge 542! It is starting to feel like summer outside… and inside too if you live in The Valley! Summer marks the end of school year and I am sure kids are restless to get out. I hope this is a special summer for them...

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The Masonic Lewis

The Masonic lewis is an ancient, stone-working tool that symbolizes a Master Mason whose father is also a Master Mason. This honor extends to grandfathers, stepfathers, and other patriarchs within the Master Mason’s family tree. The lewis tool, and variations of it, are still in use by operative masons today....

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Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – April 2022

Greetings Brethren and friends of Lodge 542! The previous month has been pretty busy with Masonic activities. I helped the Lodge execute a massive outreach call effort, attended a Masonic leadership conference with our Master, WB Ingram, and coached two Brothers to fulfill the requirements of their Entered Apprentice degrees...

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Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – March 2022

Investing in the Next Generation of Masons In our last Stated Meeting, an address to the Brethren from our Worshipful Master resonated with me and encouraged me to expand on it. Worshipful Brother Dillon reminded the Master Masons of the Lodge that it is their duty to mentor our new...

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Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – February 2022

Brethren, our Lodge began a new chapter this month, after we voted to move from the temple in North Hollywood to the one in Van Nuys. I know this change elicits different emotions from the Brethren, but it is already in motion, and we need to go along with it....

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Brother Kirby Burke

Junior Warden’s Message – January 2022

Brethren, I hope this message finds you well and that you – and your family and friends – had the opportunity to enjoy the holidays. I am excited to move into this new year and continue moving forward with making good men into great Masons and sharing fellowship with each...

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