From the West – Dec 2017

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength

I’d like to thank you all for your confidence in electing me to serve as Senior Warden for the ensuing masonic year and I look forward to our annual installation of officers on Saturday, January 13th. As the holiday season ensues, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope everybody finds the yuletide joy as we celebrate with family and friends this holiday season.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

Brandon Cook

Senior Warden Elect

From the East – Oct 2017

My Brothers,

We are winding down this Masonic year, looking forward to another great year. Our October Stated Meeting will start the wheels in motion for next years officer selection. Please make a special effort to attend the November Stated Meeting to ballot on the Election of your Officers for the ensuing Masonic Year.

On September 20th, we had the distinct pleasure of conferring the Hiram Award on Wor. Kevin Stibich for his distinguished service to our lodge as well as Freemasonry. It was a night of celebration for our lodge as well as for Brother Kevin.

The 168th Annual Communication will be held October 13-15 in San Francisco. I will be attending and look forward to a successful meeting. I will give a full report at the stated meeting in November. That meeting will also be election night for the upcoming Masonic year. At the October meeting, we will also have a presentation on our American Constitution by Brother John Elwell. He is our resident lecturer on this subject and we are fortunate to have him.

Just a thought, as we sit in lodge and look around at our brothers, perhaps we should review in our hearts as well as our minds, “are we being as good a brother to them as we expect them to be to us.”

We still have several brothers delinquent in their dues, please get them caught up or contact Laurence Collister, our Secretary, to make arrangements. We rely on the dues to support the lodge and allow us to function as good Masons for the well being of all our members, their widows and orphans.

See you at the October Stated Meeting and remember: Real men wear aprons.

Fraternally,

Robb Morris

Worshipful Master

From the West – Oct 2017

Greetings Brethren from the Station of Strength,

The month of October hosts some great events in masonry. Most likely, we’ll have two second degrees on the 18th. The last I checked, we have nobody who can perform the charge from heart which is an opening for you (the reader of this notice) to make a manual contribution to your lodge and we would all (especially the candidates) appreciate the work.

Those of you future members of El Bekal Shrine have an opportunity to be initiated at the October 8th Ceremonial at 10:30am if you get your applications in to me quickly (no promises if handed in by the 6th). Monday Night Football continues to be a celebrated event at the Shrine and continues during each Monday this month at or around the posted game time. Bring your 5 bucks for all you can eat and wear a funny shirt (everybody else seems to do the same). If you are able bodied and stick around after the game, expect to help clean up and take a load off of yours truly. Lastly, all friends are welcome to join the Shriner Halloween Party on Sunday October 29th at 1pm.

Don’t forget that the OC York Rite continues to meet (until the end of the year) on the 3rd Monday and Saturday of the month. Starting in the new year, all three bodies will probably meet on the 3rd Saturday mornings due to the traffic on Monday nights causing members conflicts. The De Molay young men continue their efforts on the 2nd and 4th Mondays and the Bethel ladies continue their efforts on the 3rd Monday. Both of our local valleys of the Scottish Rite meet on either the first Monday 2nd (OC) or the second Tuesday 10th (Long Beach). On Sundays in Long Beach, they host a friendly at the Hiram Fellowship Center where they BBQ in the noontime bliss. The house on premises used to host Shrine activities as well as the York Rite but it has been rehabbed into a gorgeous fraternity house with available sleeping arrangements for visiting brethren.

Lastly, an ambitious brother submitted a blueprint of the Washington Monument to the Lego Company which in turn gets included as a possible future Lego kit but it needs your votes. As masons, we will pay a small portion of our dues to fund the ongoing renewal efforts of the temple and this offers an interesting campaign to market this great endeavor and achievement of masons to commemorate our great leader. Go to http://ideas.lego.com and search for “House of the Temple” to get started. You’ll need to register first but it takes a whole 5 minutes to complete. I personally think it would be fun for each lodge to donate this future hopeful Lego kit to our De Molay chapters and perhaps even help put it together operatively. Tell your friends that exciting things are happening through Masonry!

Fraternally & Sincerely,

Brandon Cook
Senior Warden