From the East – May 2019

I can hardly believe it is May already and the year is half behind us. That brings us to the Annual Past Masters 3rd Degree. This is also the time of year for for least enjoyable activity in the lodge; sending out notices of suspension. These are not sent until every effort has been exhausted to communicate with the brother and make arrangements for getting them current on their dues.

Suspensions only happen once a brother becomes more than 2 years delinquent. You see the lodge must continue to pay a per capita fee for each member of the lodge to the grand lodge of California. This fee exceeds $50 per member, so if a brother does not pay their dues for one year, this fee is picked up by the lodge. This money comes from the general fund and reduces the ability the lodge has to provide enjoyable programs, financial support to our youth groups and aid and assist a distressed worthy brother. The financial burden taken on by the lodge is even greater when a brother becomes delinquent by 2 years.

The suspension notice is finally sent after every effort has been exhausted and no effort has been made by the brother to make arrangement for their delinquency. The suspension prevents the lodge from continuing to loose money and releases the need to pay the per capita. If you receive a suspension notice please contact me directly or the Senior or a Junior Warden and make arrangements to bring you back to good standing.

Fraternal Regards,

Kevin Stibich,

Worshipful Master

From the West – May 2019

Brethren,

As we head into May, I would like to announce changes that are coming our way. One of the biggest changes that is coming is our website. This actually took longer than I expected as I did mention it was going to be complete by the beginning of these year. I underestimated the time it was going to take to complete this. I want everyone to know that we are in the later stages of this and we should be going live with the new website once we are done with the smaller details. Those details include a committee that will be in charge of emails that come in from prospects, just an example. We are trying to make everything as uniform as possible and as easy as possible for anyone that wants to take charge, a quick training session will suffice. I will be training the committee on the emails and adding content to the website. Of course, any suggestions and ideas are welcome.

Another committee that I have put together is the committee to plan the 150 year celebration, which is going to be one of our biggest events next year. We will be having a meeting on May 18th to talk about the details of the event and ideas.  

I also got the chance to attend the Master and Wardens retreat this year, and we plan to bring more events. But not only that, as officers of the lodge, it is up to us to give our prospects and brethren going through their degree to have a memorable degree. Part of that is the participation of our brethren on the sidelines. One of the best memories I have as I was getting my degrees, was the attendance of the brethren there to be a part of my upcoming, that I will never forget. I invite ALL of our brethren out to our lodge for degrees and help us give our prospects and brethren a degree they will never forget!.

Thank you for listening,

Fraternally,

Luciano Leon

Senior Warden

From the South – May 2019

Greetings from the Station of Beauty,

Brethren! I hope you all had a great month of April. At April Stated Meeting the brethren and their ladies enjoyed an amazing holiday meal of ham and all the fixins’ with it. It was a great turnout. We also installed Brother Lito as Junior Deacon, so assist me into congratulating the brother when you see him!

                April has been a busy month, especially for the Senior Warden and Senior Deacon as we attended the Masters and Wardens Retreat at the Irvine Marriot. It was a great weekend filled with fellowship and great instruction that gifted us with skills to better assist the brethren  and Anaheim Lodge #207. Thank you all for sending us to the retreat to better assist all of you. We are internally grateful.

                May Stated Meeting will be at May 1st at 6:30 pm and we will enjoy an amazing Cinco De Mayo dinner! Bring your appetite! Our May Stated Meeting will also be the official visit of our Inspector, Worshipful Russ Hennings.

Fraternally,

Ash Nalbandyan

Junior Warden