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

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