Every second Saturday of July, all subordinate Lodges of Masonic District RIII-D converge in Baler to attend what is usually the 3rd District Council Meeting, plant mangrove propagules the next day and witness the installation of the assigned Grand Lodge Lodge Inspector for the Manuel L. Quezon Memorial Lodge No. 262.
But unlike the previous Baler meetings, this edition is extraordinary because it was reported for the first time in a long while that all Lodges under the jurisdiction of the District have paid their dues and contributions in full.
It was also well-attended, which tells much on the leadership of the incumbent District Deputy Grand Master, Bro. Jerome Malaca, with the able assistance of the District Grand Lecturers and District officers who are all present.
Model Lodge was represented in the District Council Meeting by its Master, its Senior and Junior Wardens, and its Secretary.
The next day, the Model Lodge delegation as the 373 Bikers pedaled their way to the traditional mangrove propagule planting site which is being maintained by the brethren of Manuel L. Quezon Memorial Lodge No. 262.
Breakfast was next served at the Baler Fish Port ala the traditional boodle fight that was highlighted by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Aurora DENR-PENRO and MD RIII-D for the continuing rehabilitation and expansion of mangroves in Baler, Aurora.
And yet another Baler-related tradition was observed on the way home as the Lodge delegation partake of the lunch served by its Pantabangan-based members in a sort of "welcome back" rite.
On Month 2 of Model Court No. 55's blood sugar and blood pressure monitoring, the brethren were more relaxed as they got pricked, and more aware as a 2-month chart of the results was shown to them. Those who got high and borderline results were eager to know of any improvements, while those who stayed within normal values are happy of being "normal". This wellness program will be conducted by the Court on a monthly basis every regular stated meeting for the benefit of the members of the Lodge, and part of the shift to focus on the well-being of the brethren with charity work and community service delegated to partner Appendant Bodies who are actually mandated to do such.
Also highlighting the month's regular stated meeting was the turn-over of a donation from the Novo Ecijano Travelers of United Kingdom who, on their own and through the efforts of Bro. Benjamin Fe, Jr. of Eltham Palace Lodge No. 2980, collected funds in support of the continuing construction of the Lodge's Masonic Temple.
The brethren of Model Lodge is grateful to them...