Brethren,

We’ve had many changes over the past few months. We’re looking forward to even more as the year progresses. Please see our newest Trestleboard for more information. Come to the meeting,  open house, a degree or even poker night and catch up. It would be great to see you!

– Webmaster

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2016 Officers

Brethren,

 

A bit late but here it is, our elected offices for 2016. Please attend a meeting and support our brethren as they lead our lodge into the future.

Worshipful Master Charles Covington

Senior Warden Scott Sietz

Junior Warden David Brusch

Treasurer John Lunkes

Secretary W.B. James Truitt

 

-Webmnaster

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Fire Update

The building has been finished. It has taken a while but the building has been completed. We’ll be holding a Grand Reopening shortly.

 

-Webmaster

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Fire Update

Brethren, Eastern Star, et al,

I just received an update on the state of the lodge temple building remodel from WB Steve Turner and he asked me to pass it on…

Since he and Dick Taylor had wrote a letter of concern and had a follow-on meeting with the contractor and the insurance company execs about a month ago, the contractor has put a good foreman on the job who has stepped up to the plate to fix all that has gone wrong with the lodge remodel.  One of the things that went wrong was overspray that damaged the beams in the lodge, which we did not want painted.  In order to clean those beams properly, they used a solvent that took the varnish off of the beams, so now the beams need to be refinished.    Meanwhile, furniture has been moved back to the upstairs and Steve reports that, other then the beams, the upstairs is looking very nice.  Thus, here is the current schedule:

Tuesday, June 9:  Tyler Lodge will meet upstairs for stated meeting.
Wednesday, June 10:  Evergreen Lodge may use upstairs
Thursday through Monday, June 10 – 15:  Upstairs closed while the contractor varnishes beams on Thursday, Friday, and Monday

Reopening of the upstairs will depend on how quickly the varnish odor dissipates.  Steve anticipates that it will only take a few days.  However, Eastern Star may still enter through the East door to store away any paraphernalia in their storage closet behind the East, over the weekend or while the odor dissipates.

The kitchen remains unusable pending the installation of exhaust hoods and return of the kitchen appliances.  This will be the last thing to be completed later this summer.  The rest of the fellowship hall remains usable.

 

In the Faith,

Bud Truitt
Secretary, Horace W. Tyler Lodge and Templeboard

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Building update

Brothers,

 

It’s been a long journey but we are nearing the end. The upstairs has carpet. Most of the restoration work has been completed. Still remaining is the fire wall and hooded vents in the kitchen, coverings for the stairs, furniture upstairs, and a final polish. We should have our building back soon!

 

-Webmaster

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Fire Update

Good meeting with the contractor with the following results;
1. Sheetrock done downstairs except for behind stoves. Will wait until hood is ready to install.
2. Lattice work to begin Wednesday.
3. Only ONE ceiling tile selection will be available as anything other than white cost a lot more. Ceiling Tile put in next week.
4. We pay for keying our locks.
5. Doors all in except for some hardware.
6. ASBESTOS found upstairs so hazmat is needed.
7. Downstairs done in 3 weeks for our use.
8. He will check on kitchen cabinets  for painting.
9. Will clean bathrooms, maybe paint as well.
10. End of month February estimate total completion date.

Im sure that these points have left questions by the the brothers out there but be assured more info and decisions to follow. Thanks for everyone’s patience during the refit.

Fraternally,

W.B. Steve Turner
Tyler Templeboard

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V.W. Bro Rod Davidson

Rod Davidson

Rod Davidson’s obituary has been published in Tacoma News Tribune ( http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tribnet/obituary.aspx?n=robert-davidson&pid=173049252) as well as online with Edward’s Memorial (attached) and the Suburban Times online.

Rod’s services:  A graveside service will be held Saturday Nov. 15 at 1 P.M. at the Vaughn cemetery followed by a memorial service in the Whitmore Room at the Vaughn Civic Center at 2 P.M.   Organization for Masonic services are pending another date and location.

 

-Webmaster

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Fire Update

All,

As was pointed out to me (by several brothers) Tyler Lodge night is NOT ON 7 Oct, but is scheduled for its normal 2nd Tuesday which is Tuesday 14 Oct.   Sorry if I confused some folks.

So the correct schedule is:

 


                               Wednesday, 1 Oct:  Evergreen Lodge Stated Meeting will be held as scheduled upstairs Tyler Temple.  Enter upstairs through the north or east doors.  Do not go downstairs.


Thursday, 2 Oct:  Tyler Chapter OES will hold chapter at Parkland Lodge at 7:30pm.

Monday, 6 Oct:  Tyler Temple board Meeting postponed until later TBA.  Belfore Reconstruction should be starting reconstruction of lower floor.

Tuesday, 14 Oct:  Tyler Lodge Stated Meeting will be held as scheduled upstairs Tyler Temple.  Enter upstairs through the north or east doors.  Do not go downstairs.

Saturday, 11 Oct:  Tyler Chapter OES Penny Sale will has been moved to ReLife School, 5515 44th St E, Puyallup, near River Road.  Lynne Truitt is coordinating this new location.

Thursday, 16 Oct:  Tyler Chapter OES holding chapter at ? Location.

Rest of October:  Belfore Reconstruction will continue reconstruction of the downstairs area.  This will include a new ceiling, new furnace, reconstructed stairway, kitchen hood/vent, and paint job.  They will restock the lower floor with everything stored before declaring the lower floor done.   During this period, the only entrance that we may use are the East and North upper doors.

Sometime after October:  Belfore Reconstruction will open the lower floor to us and start demolition/reconstruction on the upper floor.  All masonic activities will occur downstairs while upstairs repairs occur.  The furnace should be in good order by this time.

In the Faith,

Bud Truitt
Secretary Horace Tyler Lodge and Tyler

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Fire Update

Dear Brethren, Concordant Bodies, Family, and Friends of Horace W. Tyler Lodge and Temple,

Thanks to all Tyler and concordant body members for all the work that had to be done to remove and store so much of our paraphernalia.  I KNOW how hard it has been.

All the rest of the equipment, chairs, tables, kitchen wares, etc from the lower floor has been stored in a large trailer-size container that is sitting in the alleyway west of the lodge.  This storage container blocks the car path around the building and will for the foreseeable future, so please be aware that this complicates parking at the lodge.  To enter our parking lot, you now have to go IN what is normally the exit and then back into a slot.  For many of you it may be easier just to park across the street just to avoid the confusion.

The sub-contractor in charge of demolition is working this week on the lower fellowship hall floor, as scheduled.  They have been working in the large room tearing out the acoustical tiles yesterday and today.  When I saw them today about noon, they had about 50% of the tiles removed.  They also disposed of all the trash remaining outside the lodge.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) they will begin the asbestos remediation, which involves removing the ceiling drywall (which was coated with a minimal asbestos-containing texture).  They will also be tearing out the direct fire damaged wood.  They have encased the area with plastic and will be running negative pressure devises to suck out and filter 99.9% of all demolition dust.  They assured me that it’s safe to conduct meetings on the upper floor, even this week.  The demolition contractor will be done with their part this week and the reconstruction contractor can start on the lower floor next week.  Unfortunately, we don’t yet have a good prediction of how long that will take.  We hope to get more information on that soon.

I included a few photos of today’s activities.

The schedule hasn’t changed much from what I put out last.  But again please be flexible because this will likely change.  As information is updated, I will send out an updated schedule.  While it is not known right now how long this entire process will take (best guess is multiple months).

 

Wednesday, 1 Oct:  Evergreen Lodge Stated Meeting will be held as scheduled upstairs Tyler Temple.  Enter upstairs through the north or east doors.  Do not go downstairs.

Thursday, 2 Oct:  Tyler Chapter OES will hold chapter at Parkland Lodge at 7:30pm.

Monday, 6 Oct:  Tyler Temple board Meeting postponed until later TBA.  Belfore Reconstruction should be starting reconstruction of lower floor.

Tuesday, 7 Oct:  Tyler Lodge Stated Meeting will be held as scheduled upstairs Tyler Temple.  Enter upstairs through the north or east doors.  Do not go downstairs.

Saturday, 11 Oct:  Tyler Chapter OES Penny Sale will has been moved to ReLife School, 5515 44th St E, Puyallup, near River Road.  Lynne Truitt is coordinating this new location.

Thursday, 16 Oct:  Tyler Chapter OES holding chapter at ? Location.

Rest of October:  Belfore Reconstruction will continue reconstruction of the downstairs area.  This will include a new ceiling, new furnace, reconstructed stairway, kitchen hood/vent, and paint job.  They will restock the lower floor with everything stored before declaring the lower floor done.   During this period, the only entrance that we may use are the East and North upper doors.

Sometime after October:  Belfore Reconstruction will open the lower floor to us and start demolition/reconstruction on the upper floor.  All masonic activities will occur downstairs while upstairs repairs occur.  The furnace should be in good order by this time.

In the Faith,

Bud Truitt
Secretary Horace Tyler Lodge and Tyler Templeboard

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Fire Update 3

Dear Brethren, Concordant Bodies, Family, and Friends of Horace W. Tyler Lodge and Temple,

I’m sorry that I have not put out fire updates in awhile… An understanding of the situation has been murky, even for those of us leading the effort, but it’s starting to clear up a bit.  We thank everybody for your continued understanding as we get through this very difficult occurrence and repair process.   This has been a stressful time for all of us and we all just need to remember to think and act like the Brothers and Sisters that we are.

WM Steve Turner and Temple President Rufus Allen held a meeting Thursday evening for all constituent bodies to pass information, but a significant change has already occurred since then.  Our General Contractor (Belfore Reconstruction) informed us yesterday that their asbestos testing results have returned and we found out that while there is no asbestos in the top floor (like we thought there was), there is asbestos in the lower floor that needs remediation.  For that reason (and others), Belfore told us they must repair the lower floor before the upper floor.  This means that all organizational functions (that can occur) starting next week will have to take place on the upper floor.

This is the schedule as we know it right now.  But please be flexible because this will likely change.  As information is updated, I will send out an updated schedule.  While it is not known right now how long this entire process will take (best guess is multiple months), we should be getting a better schedule from the contractor on Monday:

20-22 September (Sat/Sun/Mon):  Constituent bodies remove all items not owned by Tyler Lodge.  Tyler Lodge remove all items that we don’t want in long-term storage.  COME HELP !!!!!!

Monday, 22 Sep – Wed, 24 Sep:  ServiceMaster (clean-up crew) will clean, box, and store all kitchen goods as well as all Tyler-owned furniture on the lower floor.  Bro Charles Covington will help identify those items going into offsite storage, and those items to remain onsite in a Pods container.

Tuesday, 23 Sep, 7:30pm:  Horace Tyler Lodge First Degree will be held as scheduled upstairs.  Enter upstairs through the north or east doors.

Thurs, 25 Sep — Fri, 26 Sep:  Belfore Reconstruction will prepare lower floor for demolition and reconstruction.  They will seal the lower floor construction area from the upper floor with a zippered seal somewhere near the top of the stairwell.  The upstairs bathrooms will be accessible.

Monday, 29 Sep:  Belfore Reconstruction will begin demolition of area around the furnace room downstairs.  This will cause the highest release of asbestos dust during the process, which the contractor will contain as much as possible.  However, the containment is not perfect.  At some point after the initial demolition process, Belfore will let us know when it is safe to reoccupy the upstairs while they continue work downstairs.

****** THE CONTRACTOR MAY REQUEST THAT NOBODY ENTER THE BUILDING DURING DEMOLITION.  THIS WILL LIKELY CAUSE MEETINGS DURING THE WEEK OF SEP 29 – OCT 3 TO BE INTERUPTED.  CONSTITUENT BODIES BE PREPARED TO MOVE OR CANCEL MEETINGS.  IF THIS HAPPENS, THEN RENT WILL BE FORGIVEN FOR OCTOBER *******  (as next week progresses, there will be better information on this)

Rest of October:  Belfore Reconstruction will continue reconstruction of the downstairs area.  This will include a new ceiling, new furnace, reconstructed stairway, kitchen hood/vent, and paint job.  They will restock the lower floor with everything stored before declaring the lower floor done.   During this period, the only entrance that we may use are the East and North upper doors.

Sometime after October:  Belfore Reconstruction will open the lower floor to us and start demolition/reconstruction on the upper floor.  All masonic activities will occur downstairs while upstairs repairs occur.  The furnace should be in good order by this time.

Other Related Issues:

Tyler Lodge Garage Sale:  CANCELLED.  We have been collecting items throughout the year for the sale, but it has been too difficult to find a period to prepare and conduct the sale, and we now need to clear the stuff from the building.  Therefore, all items collected must be gotten rid of.  The ARC of Washington is sending a truck Monday morning at 7 am to load up and remove everything that is left.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT AND TAKE ANY GARAGE SALE ITEMS, PLEASE COME BY THE LODGE SUNDAY.  IF YOU HAVE STORED ANYTHING IN THE LODGE, IT WILL LIKELY BE GIVEN AWAY WITH THE GARAGE SALE ITEMS UNLESS YOU COME AND CLAIM THEM.

Tyler Past Master’s Dinner:  Indefinitely postponed.

Eastern Star Penny Sale:  They are currently making a determination on this Oct 11 sale and will put out word to their members.

Help Needed: Please contact me or the leadership of your constituent bodies.  There is busy activity at the lodge all weekend and people are needed to help move things around.  We need some bodies to help load the ARC truck Monday at 7am, and there will likely be activity throughout the day moving more stuff.  We could use trucks Sunday and Monday, maybe more days…


In the Faith (and we need a lot of it right now),

Bud Truitt
Secretary Horace Tyler Lodge and Tyler Templeboard

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