From the West – February

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength

Now that January is over and our new year’s resolutions are in jeopardy, I reflect on a semi-phase used by one of the Masonic bodies during their installation, “Tyranny of the non-essential.” The application of this phase I find truly universal but I’ll attempt to focus an idea around our respective lodge experience. What exactly is essential to Masonry in general or your fulfillment as a member in particular? In our daily lives, we are inundated with information and material things that the tyrannical nature of these non-essentials can easily over-whelm the simplicity of peace and harmony, essentials of equilibrium. Behavior economists perhaps call these the wants vs the needs.

My wife and I started to declutter our home regularly after it became obvious that having a two year old has the tendency to attract and retain non-essential items (expired clothes, toys, games, books, you name it) that we mistakenly believe are our souvenirs of the past. But in truth, they really aren’t and we realized that we can either attempt to constantly fill a never ending void with material non-essentials or we can find solace and comfort within it (the great expanse). It is a never-ending game that consumerism also promotes, buying this and buying that, “Keeping up with Jones’.”

I believe this tyrannical threat to be ever more prevalent to the peace and harmony of our institutions and especially to Masonry. I’m reminded of the fellow who waits until the meeting is over to swiftly rush up to remind the officer of his failures without so much as a follow-up to their ongoing relationship. I’m reminded of the member who dislikes the volume of the music at dinner, the choice of entre’, the lack of unity in officer’s uniform, the monthly schedule of events, a late trestle board (oops) and laughingly, the mispronunciation of a particular word during ritual. It goes on and on through the several bodies of masonry and I’m constantly juggling the choice between nodding in agreement by thanking the brethren of my errors or sharing with them my thoughts of categorizing those observations as non-essential. But enough of the without…what are we with?

Brethren, take a moment and reflect with me upon essentialism, that essence is prior to existence. I promise to bite my tongue the next time I see a brother show up to a meeting in jeans or is on his mobile phone during a tiled meeting. I’m not condoning these choices but at the end of the day, it is essential that our brethren chose to be here with us.

Brandon Cook
Senior Warden

From the South – February 2018

Greetings from the Station of Beauty,

As we head into the month of Love, and gather together in friendship and brotherly love, we are please to announce 2 events in the month of February. Stated dinner will be held Wednesday, February 7th as we will continue to provide a feast fit for a king. We would also like to extend our invitation to our Annual Sweetheart’s Luncheon which will take place on February 10th at is set to start at 2 PM at Anaheim Lodge. Please be sure to RSVP by calling 714-349-7705  . I hope to see everyone at these events. Have a wonderful day!

Fraternally,

Luciano Leon – Junior Warden

From the West – Jan 2018

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength

The line of officers for 2018 is coming together nicely and plans are being made for a fruitful year. As we wind the year, let us remember the bonds of fraternal love between us which is the mystic cement of our order. During this holiday season, enjoy your family and reflect upon a well spent year. May it recharge you and incite our hearts to charity and our desires to wisdom that we may once again march forward in our progress to perpetual understanding and truth being the focus of masonic study.

Its been a pleasure serving you, our members of this ancient order and I look forward to the opportunity the new year offers and building with you upon this great foundation.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

Brandon Cook

Senior Warden Elect