From the South – June 2018

Brethren,

Summer is right around the corner, even though it’s been a bit cool lately; temperatures are about to heat up. We are having excellent turnouts for our weekly practice. I would like to thank all the officers and the officer’s coach for a great job in putting these practices together. We are going to continue to have practices to build a stronger, tighter brotherhood.

And now… a Brief lesson in History.

In 1848, when the Mexican-American war ended, California became a territory of the United States. California was then transformed from a sleepy province of Mexico into a lively state. With its transformation, Freemasonry came to California. On November 9, 1948, a charter was granted by the Grand Lodge of the District of Colombia for the organization of California Lodge No. 13, which is now known as California Lodge No. 1. On November 15th, 1849 the lodge was officially organized under the charter. Levi Stowell was appointed master of the new lodge and he carried the charter from Washington to San Francisco.

For the month of June’s stated dinner, we are going to have a pulled pork feast!  Be sure to bring your appetite because its going to be a good one. See you there!

Fraternally,

Luciano Leon

Jr. Warden

From the West – May 2018

Greetings Brethren,

Membership is a prevailing theme across masonry. I have read several articles at both the local and national levels addressing the anecdote, symptom, origination, and truth arising from declining membership. To narrow scope, I attempt an ethos of virtue but clarify using Tom Wolfe’s The Painted Word (Picador, 2008) which says, “To lack a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial…without a theory, I can’t see a painting.” I agree. In the spirit of transparency, I am not particularly worried about quantity but instead quality, purpose and to a larger degree truth.

Masonry offers to its membership the authentic opportunity to design and build both internally and externally. Masonic teaching uniquely enhances our internal exploration but also offers an external experience to expound upon and test the boundaries of provoking evidence. When a body of masonry expires, while sad, not all is lost and the archives of human collection deepens. How wonderful it was to receive the most recent edition of Collectanea which featured The William H. Peckham ‘Cerneau’ Scottish Rite (10°-13°). This is issued by the Grand College of Rites, a Masonic organization dedicated to presenting “some of the most famous, interesting, disused Masonic and quasi-Masonic Orders” for the purpose of masonic study [Volume 24, Part 3]. Plug – Membership is open to Master Masons in good standing for a nominal fee.

The Cerneau ritual (now defunct) competed against the other Scottish Rite Supreme Councils. Controversy aside, what an interesting opportunity to promote truth echoing from beyond the grave.  From within the Sanctum Sanctorum the reader being reminded the Lord’s requirements of an everlasting life; and in such beautiful degree, the great danger undeterred by the virtuous and zealous Brother who prevails and progresses onward to Perfection.

From the Lodge of Perfection motto: Virtue unites what death cannot separate. Pride of great membership, while convenient, potentially intoxicates power neglecting the true purpose of Freemasonry.

Brandon Cook

From the South – May 2018

Greetings from the Station of Beauty

Brethren, I had the opportunity to attend the Master and Wardens retreat the weekend of April 13th, we had a ton of fun and received great information and ideas.  I do want to encourage every one of our brethren, in good standing, to attend our stated meetings, degrees and the other extracurricular activities so we can share and talk about these ideas and how we can move forward with our lodge, after all, we are the flagship of Masonic lodges in Orange County.

 

Brief history lesson;

Throughout history, we have been able to date Freemasonry back 300 years. In the 18th century, Masons were not meeting in masonic buildings like we have today. Masons met in taverns and they named their lodges after the name of the tavern. For example; “the lodge of The Goose and Gridiron” met in a tavern called The Goose and Gridiron. They would meet in rooms located above the taverns for their meetings, rooms that were smaller than our library in our lodge. Three of these groups, that met in the Goose and Gridiron tavern, came together to form a Grand Lodge of London and Westminster.  Stay tuned next month for another Brief history lesson.

As we move into the month of May, we will be having Mexican tacos for dinner. We will have a great menu serving beef and chicken with beans and rice on the side. You will be able to make your own tacos with many sides to choose from; cheese, tomato, onion, lettuce. Please join us on May 2nd for our monthly stated dinner and join us for our stated meeting.

 

Fraternally,

Luciano Leon

Jr. Warden