From the South – November 2018

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Beauty,

I had the honor and privilege to attend the 169th Annual Communication held by the Grand Lodge of California in San Francisco. I have never been to San Francisco so just being in the city was a fun experience. The Architecture, landscape and weather was beautiful. The events at Grand Lodge were an eye opening and learning experience for me as well as I had no idea what to expect from this event. I also took the liberty to do some photography around the city and at Grand Lodge.

I would like to congratulate Grand Master Stuart A. Wright on his acceptance in service as Grand Master in the ensuing Grand Lodge year. I would also like to congratulate the now Past Grand Master Bruce R. Galloway on a successful year. Congratulations to all the Grand Officers installed on Sunday October 21st.

As I previously stated, I has no idea what to expect from the event. We went about lodge business. We talked about reports and announcements. The one thing that stood out to me was the ritual and foot work, which was the eye opener for me. I have always been told that ritual and footwork are one of the most important aspects of being an officer of a lodge. I didn’t realize how perfect the angles, horizontals and perpendiculars can be. One of the main points of our lodge is to perfect our ritual memorization and the foot work for degrees. This will not only make a degree most memorable to our brethren in attendance, but most importantly, it will create the best memorable experience for the candidate or the brother receiving the degree. In order to keep giving our candidates and brethren the best and most memorable experience, we keep need to keep practicing because I am a strong believer in the phrase “Practice makes perfect”. We have had a great turnout in our practices and we hope that we can perfect our craft. Seeing the ritual and footwork done to perfection made me realize that what we do is truly an art.

I would like to announce that we will be having our Annual Election of Officers at our November stated meeting on November 7th. I want to encourage our brethren to attend this meeting and all of our other meetings as well. At our November stated dinner, we will be having a Thanksgiving theme feast. We will also be holding our 149th Annual Installation of Officers on December 12th, 2018.

Fraternally

Luciano Leon

Junior Warden

From the West – November 2018

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength,

I’m proud to report that we have a healthy baby daughter named Leona Lynn who was delivered at home on the morning of September 24th. Her brother Quinn (almost three) came home from school to meet his little sister with open arms and was equally excited to receive a gift from her (a Matchbox garage and car set). My wife Nastasia is doing great and is already back to her usual activities albeit with a little more tiredness (I’m getting used to the midnight sessions myself). It’s great being a daddy again (or however that is properly worded) and we couldn’t be more blessed at this season of our lives.

I write to you now brethren, ladies and other readers of our trestle board knowing that this could be one of my last articles to you as I’ll be stepping out of the officer’s line next year to focus more intently at home as well as free up some time available for work. I hope it goes without saying that my time with Anaheim 207 has been an incredible journey and the friends I have shared will undoubtedly be lifelong. Although bittersweet, I am confident the line of officers will continue in our efforts with Godspeed, purpose, dignity and repose. I hope the membership at large provide them with your unwavering patience and unconditional  support and I wish the lodge the best of luck in moving forward into 2019.

Before I go, an article titled ‘Modern Lessons’ by Robert Bruneau found in the most recent copy of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar’s monthly quotes, “It is not the primary function of Masonry to initiate candidates or to enlarge its membership. Were it so, there would be no basis for our laws against proselytizing. The ordinary function of a Masonic Lodge, indeed, the primary function of our Craft, is to train its members to an understanding of the truths which its ritual and its ceremonies are calculated to inculcate, to develop its members as benevolent men, to cultivate the social virtues among men, and to propagate the knowledge of the art.” I wholeheartedly agree and this newsletter can be viewed online by visiting which I highly recommend: Knightstemplar.org/KnightTemplar/

Fraternally & Sincerely,

Brandon Cook, PM HA

Senior Warden

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