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 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