April 30, 2018
STRAWBERRY SALE Lynden International Lodge has been selling 15 Lb. buckets of fresh sliced local strawberries to help support our educational philanthropies for many years. The berries have no added sugar and are ready to eat. We have many repeat buyers who enjoy the convenience of labor-free berries and, at the same time, like to help us support our local schools with scholarships for senior students, our 'Educater Of The Year' financiai award and by donating brand new bikes to stimulate book reading by younger students. Each school receives two bikes, one for a boy and one for a girl. Librarians have reported substantial increases in book reading due to our Bikes-4-Books program. We believe that our support of education is a good way to stimulate public awareness of Masonry in action
We will very much appreciate your support.
Hands Across the Border - 2018 Spring Thursday, April 12, 2018 was the date for our 2018 Spring Hands Across the Border event. Honored guests were RWB Barry Burch, Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A. F. & A.M. of British Columbia & Yukon, and RWB James Kendall, Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of F. & A.M. of Washington. About 50 Mason were present. The ladies of the OES prepared and served prime rib and butterfly prawn. The Lodge was opened and closed on the EA degree.with the closing handled by our honorees much to the delight of the assembled brothers.
Hands Across the Border - 2018 Fall In the late Spring the two honorees, Deputy Grand Master James Kendall and Deputy Grand Master Barry Burch will become Grand Masters of their respective jurisdictions. They have selected Saturday, November 3rd, as the date for the Hands Across the Border gala dinner show. Wives and other guests are most welcome. Please mark this date on your calendar.
Scholarships Judging of applications for five $1,000 scholarships from seniors in the Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian and Nooksack Valley School Districts took place on April 22nd. Presentations will be made at award ceremonies in late May and early June.
Educators of the Year The District Superintendent of Schools in the Blaine, Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian and Nooksack Valley School Districts have selected a deserving educator to receive $500 awards. Presentations will be made at the May or June meeting of the Board of Directors of each School District who have graciously agreed to honor the awards in that venue.
Masonic Memorial Day ceremony at the Lynden Cemetery The founding fathers of Lynden established the Lynden Cemetery in 1889. The originators of Lynden Lodge No. 56 were composed of many of these founding fathers. The cemetery was located about a mile from downtown Lynden on Cemetery Road prior to the time Front Street was extended to Guide Meridian. For the past ten years there had been a Memorial Day ceremony to remember those Masons who are interred in both the Lynden and Greenwood cemeteries. As the name of each Mason is read, the chime is rung. This year the memorial ceremony will be held on Monday, May 28th at 6:30 AM. The entire ceremony takes only about 15 minutes. Please join us that morning in this remembrance.