February 1st: Monday
Stated Meeting - Official Visit by WB Craig Gross, JGW
Dinner 6:30 PM
Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
February 6th: Saturday
Memorial Service - WB Howard Petersen, PM / BR Fredrick Kurtzweg
Service 1 PM
February 15th: Monday
Degree Start 7 PM
Refreshment at Break
NOTE: Every degree is special but this one is truly so as the candidate a 3rd generaton initiate of this lodge and his Grandfather will be giving him his obligation. Not to be missed, brothers!
Not to mention having three sitting Masters at the Pedestal Stations ....
February 29th: Monday
Masonic Education Round Table
Discussion Start 6:30 PM
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Sadly, three of our Brothers have passed to the Celestial Lodge: BR Fred Kurtzweg (1/2), WB Howard Peterson, PM (1/25), and BR Bobby Thomas (1/20). Well done, good and faithful servants!
FEBRUARY Happy Birthdays!
PMs/WBs: Charles Hedberg PM, William Herzig, Kenneth Holbert PM, Henry Spomer PM, Jason Stryker PM
BRs: Steven Blumrosen, Richmond Davis, John Freeman, Robert Hayes, Robert Hyslop, Tyler Rivas, Robert Rowell, William Torvik
Official Notice: 2016 Annual Dues are now due! Dues are $93.00 and are payable by check or money order, made out to the Lodge. Thanks!
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- John C, Cayce - - Worshipful Master - 2016 -
Brothers, a couple of times a year I get to attend a conference for, well, I guess 'nerds', the Southern California Linux Expo. It's great but I always get a little homesick by the second day. But once again, on the way to the conference, passing through the mega-city that is Los Angeles, I spotted a Masonic Lodge. We are indeed, as much as ever in every place. Now, as to our own Lodge; Worshipful Brother Henry gave a truly excellent Masonic Education session on Monday the Eighteenth. It was great to see our EAs and feel the enthusiasm and share some time discussing Masonry, history, and other topics. There will be more!, and if you have a spare hour, I think you'll enjoy yourself and perhaps discover something new. The Stated Meeting will be Monday, February first and, as always, I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Thanks, and have a great day!
- Patrick S. Zech -
- Senior Warden - 2016 -
Boundaries? Let me start by saying this month’s input was inspired from watching the news today! While I’m not aware of any Brother crossing any boundaries, the profane world that surrounds us is of grave concern to me!
Freemasonry concerns itself with boundaries. We see this emphasized throughout our ritual and symbolism. Perhaps the most obvious example of this are the Compasses, an instrument used for drawing circles--our "due bounds"-- which is symbolic of self-control, of knowing oneself and one's limits, and of the boundaries of behavior due a civil society.
Another familiar example is our reference to the virtue of Justice as that "boundary of right." The ancient landmarks we are charged to preserve are a less obvious reference to boundaries. The term "ancient landmarks" is said to derive from the Biblical passage in Proverbs 22:28, "Remove not the ancient landmarks which thy fathers have set," which refers to the custom of ancient peoples using stone piles or pillars to mark a boundary of land. In Masonic terms, these ancient landmarks refer to the primary and immutable principles and tenets of our Craft, which mark the boundary between regular Freemasonry and the profane world.
Talk of boundaries may sound ironic when we consider that Freemasons were called as such because, as it is said, they were able to travel freely in foreign countries. After all, of what concern are boundaries to those who are free? Yet the observant Mason knows that real freedom is not a worldly thing, but is found in the soul, that spark of the Supreme Intelligence which is the Source of all. The boundaries we face and with our Masonic principles and virtues, transcend every day, are those between passion and reason, ignorance and knowledge, between death and life, darkness and Light.
I anticipate you have all crossed the boundary of the New Year filled with hope and alacrity, and wishing the Brethren all the best in 2016. On the level,
- Roderic L. Wagoner Jr, PM -
- Junior Warden - 2016 -
WB Howard's (Howard E. Peterson JR PM) passing left me to think about the wealth of knowledge and Brotherly Love that has passed out of our circle, and that we were in danger of losing, in the last few months. RWB John Engstrom, MWB Jim Sebastian, WB Don Milligan, SK Joe Cortez have all passed. To all of us, these men were outstanding Masons who could do equal justice to the role of inspiration or friend. Their light will be missed and it leaves our Masonic house a bit darker.
But should it? Shouldn't we strive to fill those blank spaces for our new and future Brothers? Especially for those of us who are newer Masons, it's a good time to start to build that legacy of Service to the Lodge, Friend and Brother to its members. It can be simple and personal, such as a greeting, public and profound such as a reading in Lodge, or becoming the part of a committee or work team.
Strive to do these two things for your Lodge this month ... first, ask WM John or WM Pat if there is a program or committee that needs your help ... second, have dinner or sit with a Brother that you haven't sat with before.
Will you do this? I will see you in line!
Remember, YOU Are The Lodge, Bring It Back HOME!