Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CHANGING OF THE GUARDS

This month, WB Jojit Floro of Model Lodge was recognized as the Most Outstanding District Deputy Grand Royal Patron of the Order of the Amaranth's Grand Court of the Philippines by Honored Lady Alona (Grand Royal Matron) and Sir Knight Florencio (Grand Royal Patron) Padilla as they turned-over the gavel of leadership to their successor --- Honored Lady Elspeth Deborah and Sir Knight Gilbert Gille.  



The month of May also heralded the hand-over of leadership in the Southern Nueva Ecija and Aurora jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines from outgoing District Deputy Grand Master Ravinar Austria to his successor, VW Alfredo Soriano, whose first official function is to visit Model Lodge. 



The District Deputy Grand Master's visit coincided with the launching of Model Court No. 55's "Year-Long Diabetes Awareness Program" for the benefit of the Lodge's members and their immediate families. 



And as a way of expressing the Lodge's gratitude, WB Jojit Floro later hosted a Mother's Day dinner for the members of the Court. 


The merry and busy month of May ended with the holding of the Lodge's annual "Operation Tuli" with Model Court and Team 40, this time in Cabanatuan City which benefited 26 young boys from urban poor families.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

THE 100th ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DAY OF THE AMARANTH

The highlight of April is of course the 100th Annual Communications in Tagaytay City where the Lodge's delegation led by WB Jojit Floro witnessed the installation of Bro. Voltaire T. Gazmin as Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, and its very own Past Master Bro. Aquilino M. Valino, Jr. as a District Grand Lecturer of Southern Nueva Ecija and Aurora.



But before the 100th ANCOM is the installation of Past Master Bro. Shubert Ciencia as Royal Patron of Model Court No. 55 with Sis. Baby Liza Ciencia as Royal Matron...


...and a visit from UK-based Bro. Crescencio De Asis who is a founding member of the Lodge...


...in between a Lodge Executive Committee meeting, a series of fellowship with the ladies of the Amaranth, and the year's first charity project --- a medical outreach project with the Munoz Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites and Model Court No. 55 of the Order of the Amaranth that benefited 131 urban poor families in Cabanatuan City.



Thursday, March 31, 2016

LODGE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REVIVED, KUYA VAL INSTALLED AS AASR VENERABLE MASTER

The Lodge's Executive Committee (Execom) was first organized in 2014 during the incumbency of Bro. Shubert Ciencia as Master to oversee the Lodge's labors in between its regular meetings.

The Execom is composed of the Master, the Senior and Junior Wardens, the Secretary and the Treasurer, and the Auditor which was again convened by the incumbent Master, Bro. Jojit Floro, mainly to prepare the monthly Lodge reports.


March Meeting Top Lines

Since 2015, the Honored Ladies of Model Court No. 55 of the Order of the Amaranth has been conducting Fasting Blood Sugar tests for the brethren of the Lodge which is a pet project of Royal Matron Jocelyn Villanueva.

On her last month of incumbency after a two-year term as Royal Matron, Ate Joy and her team conducted what will be the last of such under her supervision of which the brethren of Model Lodge owe their grateful appreciation.


After the Lodge's March meeting, the Lodge's 373 Temple Builders basketball team unveiled its new uniform and announced its readiness to engage in friendly games with other Lodges.


District Installation Rites

As the first quarter of the year unwinds, the last public installation rites in Masonic District RIII-D were held: Zaragoza Lodge No. 263 on March 5, Factoria Lodge No. 311 on March 18, Manuel L. Quezon Memorial Lodge No. 262 on March 12, San Leonardo Lodge No. 386 on 19, and Kapatiran Lodge No. 228 on the last week of March.




Scottish and Amaranth Days

The month of March also announced the start of the installation rites of Courts under the the jurisdiction of District 5 of the Order of the Amaranth.

That of Nueva Ecija Court No. 31 was held on March 18 with Model Court No. 55 registering the biggest number of delegation, particularly among the Sir Knights present, including the Master of the Lodge in his capacity as the District Deputy Grand Royal Patron who traveled all the from from the Grand Lodge of the Philippines with the Lodge Secretary and Treasurer where they submitted the final requirements for ANCOM 2016 accreditation.


Next is that of the Munoz Royal Court No. 17 on March 19 that was preluded by the 373 Bikers competing in the First Guimba MTB Fun Ride and a sumptuous fiesta lunch hosted by Royal Matron Jocelyn Villanueva.



And as March closed, the Lodge celebrated another milestone with the installation of Bro. Val Santos as the 35th Venerable Master of the Munoz Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites.

Monday, February 29, 2016

LODGE 2016 WORK AND FINANCIAL PLAN RATIFIED

On his first regular stated meeting, Bro. Jojit Floro as Master of the Lodge presented his proposed Work and Financial Plan for 2016 that was ratified for implementation by members of the Lodge.

The broad strokes of the plan was collectively prepared by the Lodge Transition Team at its concluding meeting and cover activities related to the Lodge's continuing Temple building work (i.e. completion of the Lodge window panes and ceiling), fund raising events (i.e. the annual editions of the "Takbo para sa Bahay ni Kuya" fun run and "Temple Cup" golf tournament), traditional Lodge activities (i.e. "Operation Tuli", the Adopt-a-School project), revival of the 373 Bikers and the Temple Builders basketball, and expected District activities. The plan will be implemented with a budget of P487,372.00.


The financial plan was further refined and fleshed by the Lodge's Executive Committee before it was presented and approved by the brethren.


As February unfolded and after its maiden grudge match with Team Pantabangan-Bonari, the Lodge's Temple Builders resumed its friendly basketball match with the Cabanatuan City-based Team Forty, wrapping up two games within one month with Team Forty prevailing in each.


Then there were the installation rites of fellow subordinate Lodges of Masonic District RIII-D --- AR Lamson Memorial Lodge No. 290 on February 5, Nueva Ecija Lodge No. 73 on February 6, MS Garcia Memorial Lodge No. 306 on February 12, Pantabangan-Bonari Lodge No. 203 on February 13, Kapitan Pepe Lodge No. 293 n February 19, Palayan City Lodge No. 331 on February 20, and Sta. Rosa Lodge No. 297 on February 27 --- that were all attended by the Lodge's delegation.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

THE 9th MASTER OF THE LODGE TAKES THE HELM

On a cool afternoon of the second Saturday of January, Bro. Jojit Floro assumed the mantle of leadership and responsibility of steering the Lodge through 2016 after being installed as the 9th Master of Model Lodge No. 373 by no less than Past Grand Master Danilo Angeles.


The installation of the Lodge's officers for Masonic Year 2916 was witnessed by representatives of the 17 other Lodges under the jurisdiction of Masonic District RIII-D, by members of the Order of the Amaranth where Brother Jojit is the incumbent District Deputy Grand Royal Patron, and of the Munoz Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites where he is affiliated.


A basketball enthusiast, Brother Jojit has in fact prepped up for the installation day by rousing the 373 Temple Builders from a year-long hiatus for a marathon 3-set basketball game with Team Bacal 2.


And immediately after his installation, Kuya Jojit led the 373 Temple Builders in its first serious competition in a long while --- a friendly game against Team Pantabangan-Bonari which they beat for the second time, 65 to 59.



Kuya Jojit is also a biker and despite of his not being present, a team from the 373 Bikers paid homage to his ascension to the East by competing and finishing in the 35-kilometer Quezon Centennial Ride.


One policy Kuya Jojit laid down as Master of the Lodge is to attend all the installation rites of subordinate Lodges under Masonic District RIII-D in the spirit of solidarity, and led the Lodge delegation to the installation rites of Cabanatuan Lodge No. 53, Talavera Lodge No. 273, General Llanera Lodge No. 168, and Aliaga Lodge No. 404 that were all scheduled in the month of January.




He also supervised the transition process from his predecessor to ensure an orderly turn-over of responsibilities from the Lodge's previous leadership to the current one.


And there were the Fellowship Nights and even if he does not drink, Kuya Jojit made sure that each brother's birthday is remembered and celebrated, more for strengthening the cement that binds a band of brothers rather than for simply enjoying the wine of joy.