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

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