Noah Lodge #357 Trestleboard
December, 2011

Officer's Messages Are Below

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Worshipful Master:
Senior Warden:
Junior Warden:

Senior Deacon:
Junior Deacon:
Senior Steward:
Junior Steward:

WB Larry Newton
WB Lawrence Tomlinson
Br. James Hamilton
WB Thomas Reedy

WB Gerald Keeton
WB John McKinney
Br. John Duly
Br. Rhett Tillman
Br. Michael Gardner
Br. Robert Sabo
Br. Ed Ciofani

Noah Lodge #357
Free and Accepted Masons   
PO Box 3508
North Fort Myers, Florida 33918
(41 Willis Rd, N. Ft. Myers, FL 33917)

Stated Communications :  2nd and 4th Monday

Left:  WB Gerald Keeton was awarded is 40-year pin and Certificate on November 14, 2011.  
Right:  WB Means received his SECOND Past Master's Apron on November 14, 2011.

From the East

Greetings Brothers;

             This year is about to close and I would like to thank everyone for their support to Noah Lodge.  We have gained some very fine new members that have taken a great interest in the lodge and are willingly stepping forward to become very active.  We also have two (2) newer applicants for the degrees.

              If you haven't been to the lodge lately, I urge you come and see the changes in the lodge itself.

               We are having our last "Pot Luck" dinner for this year on Monday November 28th at 6:30 for dinner, but try to arrive at 6:00 for social. And welcome a special Warden home. 

              Monday December 12th will be our annual Election of Officer. Please come and vote, and keep our lodge moving ahead. WE have accomplished a lot of things in not only the lodge, but are making other lodges take notice of NOAH LODGE no. 357 throughout the 28 and 29th districts. All of which has been changing the attitudes towards our lodge.  I know this will continue because of the quality of our members.

              Again, I want to thank you all for your support to me, the lodge, the community, and each other. I know that if the incoming slate of officers receive the same support we'll have an even greater year.

               On a final note,Brother John Duly has had a knee replacement and is at home recouping. please send him a card.

God bless and keep us all safe.

Larry Newton

Worshipful Master
Noah Lodge #357

From The West


December ends the year for the ellected officers and a new year begins.

Thanks to the Worshipful Master for a great job and all the other elected and appointed officers.  Where there is an end there is always a beginning, this beginning starts with the members showing up to vote for the new officers.

December 12th will be the night all members need to show up and vote for who you best believe can do best for the Lodge. This year the officers were Larry Newton - Worshipful Master, Lawrence Tomlinson - Senior Warden, James Hamilton - Junior Warden, Gerald Keeton - Secretary, Tom Reedy - Treasurer, Rhett Tillman - Senior Deacon, Mike Gardener - Junior Deacon, Bob Sabo - Senior Steward, Ed Ciofani - Junior Steward, John Duly - Marshal and last but not least John McKinney, our fine Chaplain.  Remember these names as you vote all have done a very fine job, one to be proud of.  Special thanks go out to Noah's Trestle board editor  PM Dana McGrath for an excellent job of putting our news out to all the Brethren whether by U.S. mail or through our online Trestle board and web page at, visit it often.

Brothers, I have not a lot to say as I have been working out of town.  I have visited several Lodges out here in the great state of Texas.  Texans are very proud of their state and even more proud of their Lodges.  I will be home before the Holidays and can't wait to be back in my home Lodge in North Fort Myers.

Once again come out to vote - this is your Lodge and you do have some say in all matters within the lodge.

Waiting to return,

Lawrence A. Tomlinson
PM, Senior Warden


 From The South
"Observing the time"

My Brothers,

Some time ago while undergoing some remodeling a local lodge needed to make use of the banquet hall at the local hotel to hold their meetings.

One evening a Gentleman entered the lobby and observed the Tyler standing at the door holding his sword in hand. The Gentleman turned to the desk clerk and asked "What's going on over there?".

The Clerk told him that the local Masonic Lodge was holding their meeting in the banquet room.

The Gentleman replied; "Oh! The Masons.  Isn't that the organization that is very hard to get into?"  The Clerk replied " It Must be!  The poor guy with the sword has been knocking on the door all night and they still haven't let him in!"

Brother James E. Hamilton
Junior Warden

From The Secretary's Desk

At the end of June, I mailed out 23 late notices.  So far I have received five (6) responses.  

If you have not been to Lodge lately, you'll be surprised at the renovations done by Brother Ed Ciofani and his crew of workers.

Hope to see you at Lodge.

Jerry Keeton

From The Chaplain's Station

My Brothers,

Christmas will soon be here, and it is time to go shopping. With the economy still bad and everything made in China it is hard to buy the perfect gift for your family and friends.

I would like to suggest giving the gifts of love and service. Perhaps a note to a shut in, that I will take you to the store once a week in the coming year.

A phone call to an old friend or relative, a note to your wife, I will help you with the house work this year.
 A note to a handicapped neighbor, I will cut your grass once a month, or walk your dog once a week.

If you cannot donate to a charity, then volunteer to work a few hours a week next year.
 A promise to grandchildren to take more interest in their activities, school, baseball, football.

My Brothers, this is all affordable and made in America.

May you have a Christmas of love, joy, and happiness.

May God bless you every day in every way.

John McKinney



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