EB Chili Cookoff

Elephant Butte Chili Cookoff

We were up early and prepared to cook our hearts out!

You'll note our Chairman Mark Theall in the lower left of this 6:15am picture.  He was guarding our site all night long!

It's now 6:45 and Mark is with the program.   He related to me over coffee other than running off several Javelinas his night was peaceful. 

Ron Mannon, Carl Andree, Ms Andree and Mark are about the work of the Craft.  "GREEN CHILI"

Bill Edwards the 'Red Chili Chef', Ms Andree. Bill Loomis is in Management.

Carl Andree the 'Green Chili Chef' explaining the pure art of Chili to Ron Mannon

We served over 6 gallons of wonderful Green Chili and scrumptious Red Chili, and 4 gallons of Ice Cream.   We knew that we were the hit of the Show, and at the Award Ceremonies we anxiously awaited  for Bethesda Lodge to be the "Winner" 

We didn't sweat missing the 3rd and 2nd place Red Chili awards, nor the 3rd and 2nd place Green Chili awards, as First Place was yet to come.   We were prepared to jump and holler just like we did in High School, but.......................... Bye Golly Gum Drops .......if we didn't miss the number one prize too.  

And like High School we vowed "Just YOU Wait Till Next Year"! 

We want to acknowledge the Chili Committee under the leadership of Mark Theall, 
Green Chili Chef - Carl Andree,  Red Chili Chef - Bill Edward, Gofers, Ron Mannon, Bill Loomis and Norm Ribble.  Too, what an excellent turn out of the Brethren of the Lodge and their families, Brothers Jack Gray, Terry Miller, Jim Coslin, WM Jim Ragsdale, and Ms Andree who came to help cook and serve. 



Obituary Brother Beierbach

Brethren we are saddened to share with you the Obituary of our Brother Ervin Beierbach

Ervin F. Beierbach, beloved father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 94 on June 5, 2015.  He was born on April 3, 1921 to Fredrick and Rebecca Redmann Beierbach in Ault, Colorado.

He grew up on the family farm in Ault and graduated from Plattville High School in 1939.

Ervin operated a farm prior to the outbreak of World War II.  He served his country in the U. S. Army stationed in the Philippines.  Ervin was in the Signal Corps and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.

The Signal Corps had the dangerous job of setting up radio communications on the Japanese held islands in the Pacific Theatre.  Ervin was one of the few members of his unit to survive the War.  He was honorably discharged from the U. S. Army on January 10, 1946.

Following the War, Ervin attended Colorado State University where he earned a degree in Soil Conservation.  He met and married his college sweetheart, Grady shortly after graduation.

Ervin and Grady moved to New Mexico in 1955.  They settled in T or C and opened a family business in 1956.  Mr. Beierbach continued to be active in the operation of the business until 2011.

Ervin was a 50+ year member of the Masonic Lodge (Bethesda Lodge No. 64 A.F.&A.M.) Order of Eastern Star and also held memberships in the Scottish Rite and York Rite for over 50 years.

Ervin was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Grady in 2013.  Survivors include Beverly Beierbach Wells (Dennis) and Barbara Anderson & Dennis.  He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Christopher Anderson and Jennifer Allen (Brian).  A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery.  For online condolences, please visit   Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. 303 N. Cedar St.-T or C,NM 87901 575/894-2574.


Family Visitation Day at the Verterans Home


Sunday May 17th, 2015

The T or C Masons, from Bethesda Lodge held their 4th Ice Cream Party for 200 guests at the Veterans at the NM Veterans Home, this Sunday. This year the Families of the Veterans were invited to come and enjoy the Party and make it a special day for their loved ones at the Home.  

Jack Gray, Gilbert Tafoya, and John Loomis are dishing up homemade ice cream, and the Staff at the Home is seeing that the Veterans are served ice cream and homemade cookies.

The Ice Cream Dippers are taking a break, and now get advice and help for Bill Loomis, and Mark Theall

The Party was complemented with singing from the “Proclaiming Grace” coral group directed by Pam Bauer.  Left to right are Katie Talbot, Sue Ellen Talbot, Annie Talbot, Pam Bauer, Barbara Morrow and Linda Hack.  

The Ladies from the T or C Daughters of the American Revolution also assisted visiting with those Veterans whom might not have had family present.

Jake Miller entertained the Party with his live and bouncing music with his beautiful vocal renditions.

We Masons thank you, our Veterans, for the Freedoms we enjoy, and hope our Ice Cream Party and the Family Visit made your heart warm and your smile a little brighter. 

Jim Ragsdale

Master of Bethesda Lodge


Senior Breakfast

Hot Springs High School Seniors Breakfast by “The  T or C Masons”

Forty Graduates gathered for Breakfast served at the Masonic Lodge in T. or C. early Thursday morning before their day of graduation activities.    This breakfast has been a Graduation experience for the last 20 years for the Graduating Classes.  The only difference this year that after they had finished their plates of bacon, sausages and eggs they found a serving of homemade Chocolate Ice Cream.

Jared Bean, Jody Dalrymple, Zeek Alvarez and Elias Tanzy are the early birds who started the line. Elaise Tanzy was the Class Valedictorian and  received scholarships from both NM Tec and NM State .  Jared won a Scholarship to Highlands University;  Jody received a Scholarship to Eastern NM University.


And immediately behind the boys were Dakota Holman, Jordan Warner and Alissya Miyamoto.

Dakota was awarded the NM State University Regents Scholarship;  Alissya received several Scholarships


K C Swaim pictured having breakfast with Alissya and Dakota.  K C didn’t know at the time, but that evening he was to be awarded Bethesda Lodge’s Masonic Scholarship for 2015.   Congratulations to K C Swaim. 

WB Terry Milier the Chairman of Bethesda's Graduation Breakfasts and the 'Bacon Man' .


The Logistic Crew keeping all things organized .   WB Barry Ragsdale & RWB Dennis Anderson

The Egg Cooker and all of our Servers:   Jody, WB Bill Loomis, John Loomis, WB Chuck Coslin, and the Cooker himself WB Jack Gray.

This is a fun event and on that was started by WB Travis Lee over 20 years ago when he was the Football Coach at Hot Springs High School.      


** Some of the pictures and parts of this article appeared in the Herald and the Sentinel news papers **


Nooks for Books

“Nooks for Books”   


Pictured is Ms. Stephanie Brownfield, Principal of T or C Elementary addressing students at the Nook for Books Award. 

The Mason’s from Bethesda Lodge presented Nook Tablets to T or C Elementary Municipal Schools Thursday morning April 30th.  The Elementary School is empowering their students by encouraging them to read extra books.  The Masons are partnering with the School System in support of this enrichment reading.  Eight ‘Nooks’ were given by the Masons to those students who have completed the extracurricular reading program.   The winners were selected by drawing names from the group who had qualified.  One girl and one boy were chosen from each grade level this semester, and these winners were presented with a ‘Nook’ in recognition of their accomplishments.  There were 135 students who qualified to be entered into the drawing for the Nooks from the 320 Elementary School Students.


Second and Third Grade Recipients

Savanah Bailey; Ms. Renee Arner; Shiloh Cano; Ms. Linda Knutson; Tomas Tisdale, and not pictured Hely Garcia

Fourth and Fifth Grades Recipients

1st Row:   Montana Purdy;  Stacey Neal;  Erick Swing;  Laurence Arbuckle
2nd Row:  Bill Loomis; Dennis Anderson; Mark Theall, Terry Miller, Ms. Renee Arner; Barry Ragsdale and Ms. Linda Knutson

Ms. Stephanie Brownfield, Principal of T or C Elementary drawing a Winner for a Nook

MB Terry Miller, Bro Mark Theall, WB Barry Ragsdale, WB Bill Loomis, and RWB Dennis Anderson spinning the

'Wheel of Nooks"

W Brother Ron Mannon is the Chairman and Coordinator of the the 'Nook for Books' Project, and unfortunately could not be attendance at the Award Assembly