From The South – October 2018

Greetings Brethren from the station of Beauty,

As we draw closer to the holidays, I want to take the time to invite everyone to join us for our stated dinner and meetings. Just a reminder that stated dinners are now $5 for the brethren and ladies are FREE! I just hoped that everyone has enjoyed the stated dinners and there are plenty more for you to enjoy. So come join us Wednesday October 3rd as we kick off the Holidays.

The month of October also bring us the 169th Annual Communications Weekend hosted by the Grand Lodge of California. Thousands of Masonic brothers and officers gather together for installations, ceremonies, dinners, meetings and much more. This also gives us the opportunity to have our voices heard through voting of many regulations that may change, or may not.

In 1717, the first Grand lodge was established in London, within the next two decades, freemasonry spread throughout Europe and eventually made its way to the American Colonies. It has been dated that the first lodge organized in America was in Philadelphia in 1730, 3 years later, a Grand Lodge was established in Boston. Washington, Franklin, Hancock, along with other founding fathers were among the first Masons in America. Fast forward a little 119 years during the Gold Rush of 1849, thousands of settlers came to California in search of fortune. Those who were Masons bought with them their rich traditions of Freemasonry who established California’s first Masonic Lodges. 1850 was the year California became a state which is also the year the Grand Lodge of California was established. 1849 was also the very first Annual Communications.

You can learn a lot more Masonic history at freemason.org.

Fraternally,

Luciano Leon

Junior Warden

From the West – Oct 2018

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength

It is now Fall and change is in the air yet viscerally special to our home as we welcome our second child into our family. I’d like to thank the brethren for all their kind words of support and prayers as we settle into our new family dynamic.

Autumn leaves is nature’s way of changing the guard and it reminds us that as from it we came, so to it we must return. But while we are here, living and breathing our Masonic teachings, we have an opportunity to leave our lodges better off than how we first received it. To pass the torch kindly and proudly to the next generation of leaders and to whisper good council in their ears. This is what it means to me to be an officer of our Lodge and I sincerely hope that while I certainly take away new and renewed relationships, our contributions make a lasting impact that will ripple throughout this vast expanse.

While the summer was somewhat quiet on the Lodge, I promise you the officers have been busy making preparations for the Fall and for the upcoming year. The website and trestleboard publishers are in transition and I look forward to our more improved way of communicating with our members. We appreciate your patience during our changing of the guard.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

Brandon Cook

Senior Warden

From the South – July 2018

Greetings from the station of Beauty.

July is a month of celebration. As we will be dark Wednesday July 4th as we celebrate the birth of our great country. Stated dinner and meeting will resume the following week on Wednesday July 11th.  We are past the half way point of this masonic year and I would like to thank everyone that has contributed in helping me in the kitchen to prepare these great meals. It’s been a lot of work but it has also been fun. July stated dinner will consist of the good ol’ American feast! Which will feature, Burgers, Hotdogs, with all the fixin’s, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad and potato chips of sorts and of course, refreshments will be provided as always.

And now, a lesson in history!

July 4th, 1776… this date is important for Freemasons, not only is it celebrated by everyone in this country, but is it also celebrated by our own brothers all around the world! Freemasons are interconnected by the events that took place in 1776. The Declaration of Independence was signed and accepted into Congress as we all know. This date is specifically important to Freemasons because some of the men that influenced the declaration were indeed Freemasons. The Constitution of the United States was most influenced by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Edmund Rudolph who were, at the time, active Freemasons.

So as we celebrate, let’s celebrate in remembrance of our founding fathers, and those who gave their lives protecting this country so we can have our freedom. July 4th, we celebrate our independence day!

 

Fraternally,

Luciano Leon

Jr. Warden