October 2022 Trestleboard

The Trestleboard is an official publication of Twin Peaks Lodge No. 32, which is a legally constituted Masonic Lodge operating under charter granted by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Utah. The Trestleboard is published for the sole and exclusive use of the members of Twin Peaks Lodge No. 32, and any other use is expressly forbidden.  The editor of The Trestleboard is Glen Van Steeter.  Submissions of educational articles or other announcements may be sent to the editor at [email protected], and if selected for publication, will be given full attribution. All submissions are subject to the approval of the Worshipful Master of Twin Peaks Lodge No. 32 and the editor of the Trestleboard.

The Lodge Secretary endeavors to keep our roster as accurate as possible. If you are moving, changing your mailing address, phone number or email address, please update your information in GrandView or notify the Secretary so that your information can be kept current.

Twin Peaks Lodge Secretary

An Explanation

Betheren, I deeply apologize for the tardiness of this Trestleboard. I am currently suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and have extreme pain in my fingers, wrists and arms 24 hours a day. Typing is excruciating. Quite the problem for a Trestleboard Editor as well as a Lodge Secretary! I will be having surgery on December 22nd, which will hopefully correct the problem.

Fall is in the Air!

As I write this, the hot, dry days of summer have passed, the leaves on the trees are beginning to turn, and the mornings and brisk. This means, of course, that fall is here. Football games, the Major League Baseball post-season, school dances, and getting our homes ready for the holidays. For Utah Freemasons, it is also that time of year when we start thinking about who will lead us in the next year, as well as to prepare for annual dues notices. Twin Peaks had a very busy summer, and we now return to the slightly more normal routine of monthly Stated Meetings and degrees. Speaking of which, at our October 3rd stated meeting, we elected to initiate Christopher Van Steeter into our lodge. If that name sounds slightly familiar, this is because he is the son of our Lodge Secretary, W. Bro. Glen Van Steeter. Christopher returned to Utah in June of last year, and after getting settled, he has decided that he wants to continue the journey that he started in R.W. Moore Chapter of DeMolay with Twin Peaks. His degree will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 17th at the Midvale Masonic Temple. As our Lodge gets back into the practice of performing Degrees, it is hoped that our membership will make an effort to attend them. This Trestleboard is your best resource for finding out what we are doing each month, so check in often!

September Calendar

  • Monday, October 3rd: Stated Meeting at 7:30 pm. Just to let you know, I do realize that this Trestleboard is somewhat late in getting out and this is already in the past! However, this is also a good time to remind you that our stated meetings are always held on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 pm unless it fallls on a US or State Holiday, in which case, it is always held the following Monday. We do keep our Calendar up to date, so checking it regularly is always a good thing.
  • Monday, October 10th: Entered Apprentice Degree practice at 7:00 pm. Dress is casual. Our Sr. Warden is already contacting members to help perform this degree.
  • Saturday, October 15th: Utah Food Bank volunteer opportunity from 8 am to 10 am. See the article included in this Trestleboard.
  • Monday, October 17th: Entered Apprentice Degree for Mr. Christopher Van Steeter at 7:00 pm. The doors will open at 6:15 pm. Recommended attire is business suit and tie. The Degree Team should wear tuxedos if they have one.
  • Saturday, October 22nd: Lodge Ladies Night at 5 pm. Please see the article further below for details.
  • Monday, October 24th: Lodge Meetup will be at Chubby’s Cafe in Riverton. See the article immediately below for details.
  • Monday, October 31st: HALLOWEEN. For this reason, Twin Peaks Lodge will not be holding any activity on this night. Remember that dawn and dusk are the most dangerous times for pedestrians on the roads, and that there will be many Trick-or-Treaters in our neighborhoods. Please take extra care if you have to drive from 4 pm to 10 pm on this night. Have a happy, but SAFE, Halloween!
  • Monday, November 7th: Stated Meeting at 7:30 pm. Recommended dress is business attire. ELECTIONS will be held for the officers for the 2023 Masonic Year! If there is a stated meeting you SHOULD NOT MISS, this is the one! This is your only opportunity to let your voice be heard regarding who will lead your Lodge!

Sickness and Distress

  • Brother Stephen Sumbot has been diagnosed with cancer, and will be getting it surgically treated soon.
  • W. Bro. Glen Van Steeter is suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. He has a surgery scheduled for December 22nd.
  • Brother Spencer Forman is dealing with job cut-backs as well as his wife has been battling cancer for trwo years, hopefully with her tenth (and hopefully) final surgery this month.
  • Brother Jeff Killpack’s cancer is trying to reassert itself. He is currently in the hospital but expects to be released soon.

Please keep these brethren and their families in your thoughts, and add them to your daily devotions to the Grand Architect.

If you happen to hear about a brother who is in distress, please contact either the Worshipful Master or the Lodge Secretary ASAP so that the Lodge can put itself in a position to assist.


DATE & TIME: October 15th, 8 am to 10 am.
LOCATION: 3150 S 900 W, South Salt Lake City, Utah
DRESS: Comfortable clothing for working.


Brethren, the Utah Food Bank desperately needs help! The demands on their resources are as great as ever. We currently have about five members who have volunteered for this worthy event. We need at least ten members, and we are allowed up to fifteen! If you can move and sort food and household items, lift and move boxes weighing 25 to 50 lbs and stack them on pallets, then we can use you!


If you are a member of our private Facebook group, go to this link and click “Going”.
Or, if you aren’t, send an email to the secretary at [email protected] and I will forward to WB Bob Hartman, who is the coordinator for this event.

  • You need to be able to sort items and be able to lift light to moderately heavy items.
  • You will need to wear comfortable, casual clothing for performing this work.
  • You cannot wear open-toed shoes (sandals, flip flops). Sneakers or light boots are best.
  • Currently, masks are not required. However, we will bring masks if the Food Bank decides to re-implement mask rules.
  • Parking is limited. Please carpool.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle while you are working your shift.

For carpooling, we will meet at the Midvale Masonic Temple at 7689 S. Center Square at 7:15 am. We will leave at about 7:30 am, which should get us to the Utah Food Bank location about 10 minutes early. We will then go in and get registered.


You are invited to bring non-perishable foods with you to the Utah Food Bank.

LODGE MEETUP – October 24th @ 7 pm

Our Lodge monthly meetup will once again be at Chubby’s Neighborhood Cafe, located at 1276 W. 12600 S. in Riverton, Utah. As always, family and friends are welcome!

LODGE LADIES NIGHT – Saturday October 22nd @ 5 pm.

Worhipful Master Ephraim Sng requests the honor of your presence to honor our wonderful ladies with a fabulous Italian dinner at Sicilia Mia, located 4536 S. Highland Dr., in Salt Lake City. Meals will be complementary for Widows of the Lodge. We will be given a semi-private room. RSVPs are requested as we need to provide a head count to the staff at Sicilia Mia 72 hours prior to the event, or on October 19th. It is requested that business attire be worn.


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Ephraim Sng, PM – Worshipful Master


Happy Fall!

DELINQUENT DUES AND IMMINENT SUSPENSION LETTERS: It is one of the unhappiest duties of the Secretary of any Lodge to be “that guy” that has to act as the “tax collector” during the year to remind brethren of their need to pay their annual dues. If you have a 2022 Twin Peaks dues card in your wallet, please skip this part! If you do not, then please read on. I truly hate having to keep beating on this particular drum, but I must, because as of this writing, we still have 10 brethren who have not paid their 2022 annual dues. In the September Trestleboard, I wrote about this issue. You can follow this link and scroll down to the Secretary’s article if you want to read it. I encourage you to do so, if you haven’t paid your 2022 dues yet. Eight-week Imminent Suspension Letters will be mailed this week to those brethren in arrears who do not live in Utah. Four-week Imminent Suspension Letters will be mailed in the last week of the month for those who reside in Utah. If you receive this letter, please do not ignore it! Contact me immediately. If you can pay your dues, GREAT! Let’s get that worked out! You can always pay your dues online or by check. If you cannot pay your dues, then let’s discuss the reason why. As of this writing, we have attempted to call each brother in arrears at least twice, most recently on October 2nd. Of those, only two answered their phones. Two had voicemail boxes that were full and no message could be left. The rest had voicemails left requesting a call back. So far, as of October 4th, there has been no response to those voicemails. Mid-year notices were sent in August. Inaction on the part of brethren in arrears will result in being suspended for non-payment of dues at the December stated meeting. Suspension means you cannot visit Twin Peaks meetings, or any other Lodge if Twin Peaks is the only Lodge you hold membership in. It also means that your membership in any other Masonic Body, such as Shrine, Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the like, will also be suspended.

UPCOMING DEGREES: We have at least an Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft Degree coming up in the next 45-60 days. Our Senior Warden, W. Bro. Bob Hartman, will be reaching out to some of you for Degree parts. Please see the “Events” section above for dates/times/places for practices and degrees. Bone up on your ritual! We did a fantastic job with Bro. Sumbot’s 1st Degree on July 18th, but that’s a long time ago and we need to stay sharp!

2023 DUES NOTICES will be mailed around October 15th. Instructions on how to pay your dues can be found on this website. We accept checks, online payments through PayPal either through Grandview, through your PayPal account and even if you do not have a PayPal account. Please be aware that electronic payments will be assessed an approximately 3 1/2% processing fee in addition to your dues. You do NOT have to wait until your dues notice arrives in order to pay your 2023 dues.

LASTLY, I would be remiss in not mentioning how happy I am that the Lodge acted favorably on my son’s petition to receive the Three Degrees of Masonry in Twin Peaks Lodge! He will be initiated on Monday, October 17th. I would take it as a personal favor if as many local members of the Lodge could attend this Degree, not for myself, but to celebrate the fact that a new, YOUNG Mason is being made!

Fraternally and cordially,

Glen Van Steeter, PM – Secretary

Masonic Anniversaries

These brethren were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in the month of October.

  • Brother John Tom Christopulos, raised on October 9, 1964 and has 58 years of service.
  • Brother Harold Ambrose Cornelison Jr., raised on October 16, 1967 and has 55 years of service.
  • Brother Eugene L. Tenney Jr., raised on October 26, 1972 and has 50 years of service.
  • Brother Jared Conner Sanford, raised on October 30, 2006 and has 16 years of service.
  • Brother Jordan Max Whitney, raised on October 14, 2019 and has 3 years of service.

Happy Birthdays!

These brethren were born in October. Make sure and wish them a “Happy Birthday!” when you see them this month!

  • Worshipful Brother Stephen Horman, born on October 1.
  • Most Worshipful Brother George Odendahl, born on October 2.
  • Brother Byron Huffaker, born on October 3.
  • Worshipful Brother Robert Hartman, born on October 4.
  • Worshipful Brother Gavin Wardrope, born on October 5.
  • Brother Johnnatan Tenorio, born on October 6.
  • Brother Harold Cornelison, born on October 10.
  • Worshipful Brother Kevin Tucker, born on October 23.
  • Brother Delwyn Price, born on October 28.

Veteran’s / First Responders Breakfast

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20th from 9 AM to Noon

It’s not too early to begin thinking about putting this event on your calendar. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to put on our Veteran’s Day Breakfast again. You can find out more information about the breakfast by going to this page, where you can also RSVP. We ask that if you are planning coming, that you do RSVP. RSVPs will be given priority seating. Active and former US armed forces personnel, law enforcement and first responders will eat free. We are advertising this event in the Midvale Police Precinct and the Midvale Fire Department station, as well as the Riverton VFW, so we can use able hands to help setup, cook, take orders and cleanup. If you are willing to help with any of that, please contact Glen Van Steeter by email or phone.

MASONIC ELECTIONS – What does the Utah Grand Lodge Code say about the Matter?

AS YOU ARE ALL AWARE, or should be aware, elections for the officers of the next Masonic Year will be held at our Stated Meeting on November 7th. The Utah Grand Lodge Code has a significant say as to WHO can stand for election and WHO can vote, WHAT positions must be elected and filled. WHEN elections are held, HOW elections are to be conducted, and the QUALIFICATIONS that certain positions demand. I could simply copy and paste the relevant sections of the code into this article and be done with it, but I will try and streamline it a bit. All references to sections of the Grand Lodge Code will be found in Title III (Regulations Relative to Lodges), Chapter IV (Offices) unless otherwise specified.

SECTION 3-4-1: Qualifications

A brother standing for elected office must be a member in good standing of that Lodge. Candidates for election to Worshipful Master and must have been previously elected and installed as a Warden of any legally chartered Lodge. No brother can stand for election to more than one elected office in a given Lodge, with the exception of Trustee, who can also have been elected to one of the other five elected offices.


Must be held at the 1st stated meeting in November. Shall be conducted by written (secret) ballot. Elections for one-year terms must be held for Worshipful Master, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer and Secretary. A Trustee is also elected for a three year term, and replaces the current one-year Trustee, who rolls off. A simple majority elects. Only members in good standing of the Lodge may vote. Members in good standing must be present to vote. Voting by proxy is not permitted. All Master Masons in good standing who are present for elections MUST vote. Blank ballots shall not be counted, which can affect majority. Nomination of officers is prohibited.


Electioneering is prohibited. Examples cited include:

  1. Distribution, in any form, through any media, of written or printed material that promotes a candidate, or disparages an opponent’s qualfications.
  2. Oral statements made during tyled Lodge that promotes a candidate or disparages one.
  3. Unsolicited criticism of a prospective officer, or any other action that disparages him, or unduly influences a ballot.

A Senior Warden, considered to be “next-in-line” for Master, may in writing or orally communicate routine planning activities in anticipation of “his year” as Master. Other forms of communications that do not constitute electioneering include good faith inquiries regarding the duties of an elected or appointed office, the eligibility of a Master Mason to hold an office under Utah Constitution and By-laws, expressions made outside of tyled Lodge regarding willingness to serve if elected or asked, or respectful private discussions held outside of a tyled lodge regarding the selection of elective officers (long range planning).

Penalties for electioneering are governed under Section 3-4-3.2. Candidates found electioneering will be declared ineligible. If a current officer is found to be electioneering, he may forfeit his current office.

Section 3-4-4: Failure to Elect

In the event that elections cannot be held as per Section 3-4-2, or an elected office fails to be filled by secret ballot, an election may be held on another date upon dispensation from the Grand Master.

Section 3-4-5: Appointment

The Worshipful Master-elect must provide the names of members in good standing for appointed office after the election but prior to the installation. (Note: It is good form for the Master-elect to name his appointed officer selections immediately after election. It is also good form for the Master-elect to not announced a member for appointed office who has not previously agreed to serve!)

Section 3-4-6: Installation

All officers (elected and appointed) must be installed in either a public or tyled meeting. The Master-elect has discretion as to whether the installation is public or tyled. The installation must be held in December, after the regular “annual” meeting but before or on St. John’s Day. All officers hold their offices until their successors are installed. An officer cannot be installed by proxy. An elected or appointed officer cannot serve unless installed. The installing officers must be in good standing and installed as a Master of a chartered Lodge in Utah or a recognized foreign Grand Lodge.

Section 3-4-7: Special Requirements for Installation of a Master (-elect)

The Master-elect must possess a certificate of qualification from the Grand Lecturer that stipulates that the Master-elect is familiar with Title III of the Grand Lodge By-laws, The Utah Trial Code, and is proficient in the Utah Standard Work. However, this same section also defines those portions of the Utah Standard Work that the Master-elect does NOT have to have memorized. I will not list them here. “Proficiency” is defined as having a working knowledge of those portions of the Utah Standard Work not committed to memory. However, a Master-elect must have committed to memory at least one of the Degree lectures as well as the Master’s portions for Opening, Closing a Lodge as well as Obligating a candidate in all three degrees. He should also have memorized the “Vouchsafe thine aid…” prayer in the First Degree, the “G” Lecture in the Second Degree, and the admonishment to the candidate (“…the eyes of the Fraternity are now upon you…”) in the Third Degree.

In the unusual circumstance where a Master-elect cannot obtain a certificate of proficiency from the Grand Lecturer prior to installation, usually because of some deficiency in showing proficiency in the Utah Standard Work, a request for dispensation may be made of the Grand Master, applied via petition authorized by the Lodge and signed by the Master and Wardens. If you want to know more about this, I recommend that you obtain a copy of the Utah Constitution and By-Laws from Grandview or your Lodge Secretary.