Congratulations to Brother Tom Sober on being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, and to Brother Bruce Gavin on being initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason.
At the March Stated Meeting, our Roll Call Ceremony paid tribute to 14 of our departed brethren. I wish to thank all those who attended and those who assisted in this tribute ceremony.
In April, we will raise brothers Justin Rosa and David Bushman to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Also, Brother Dave Thomas will receive his Fellow Craft Degree.
We face an URGENT CHALLENGE with inconsistent attendance at our Stated Meeting dinners. How can we know how many people to prepare food for? To be successful, accurate reservation counts are CRITICAL for the groups that prepare our dinners. Everyone needs to make a reservation! Please see our “From the South” Junior Wardens message for reservation options.
Our Youth Groups prepare and serve our dinners to make money to support their activities. Your increased participation will be greatly appreciated!
Don’t forget our “Best $5 Breakfast West of Reno” on April 27th.
Again this year, April kicks off the Masons4Mitts drive. We are putting baseball mitts into the hands of Little Leaguers who would not otherwise be able to play. Please help us in supporting this awesome project. See the notice below the “Hall Board” column on the next page.
Please join us for a special Shriners Hospital Tour for Harding San Juan Lodge members, families and friends on April 13, 2013. We will meet at 10 a.m. at the Hospital at 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. Our guide will be Gary Kiddie, Potentate of Ben Ali Shrine. Please contact Tom Tompkins, P.M. for more information.
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Fraternally, John Scofield, Master
From the West
Welcome Spring! Congratulations to Worshipful Bagley on receiving the Hiram Award. Looking forward to meeting our new entered apprentice masons. Remember brethren, to please bring your canned food donations to lodge. I am looking forward to seeing you there.
Fraternally, Tom Angello, Senior Warden
From the South
Thanks to Ben Ali Shrine Patrol for preparing last month’s great Stated Meeting Dinner.
We have a wonderful dinner planned again for Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 p.m. prepared and served by Job’s Daughters Bethel 292. See “What’s for Dinner?” below. Please remember to call, email me or use our friendly Lodge website to make your reservations in advance for this wonderful dinner. You can now pay for your dinner in advance via our PayPal system.
Also “The Best Breakfast West of Reno” on Saturday, April 27th, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. I hope to see you there.
What’s for Dinner?
The Stated Meeting dinner menu: Pasta Mizithra, Salad, Bread and a Delicious Dessert.
The month of April has had many Masonic History events, here are a few. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart received his 3rd degree in 1785. Rudyard Kipling received his 1st degree in 1886. President Theodore Roosevelt received his 3rd degree in 1901.
The Grand lodge of Maryland was established in 1787. The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire was established in 1790. The Grand lodge of Missouri was established in 1821. The Grand lodge of Illinois was established in 1840. The Grand lodge of California was established in 1850.
Fraternally, Paul Cary, Junior Warden
Your Hall Board Directors met on March 6th for their regular business meeting. The Rental/Lease Manager reported that he had not found a replacement tenant for the church that left on December 31st last year. In order to meet the Hall Board financial obligations we need a tenant soon and again ask for the help of anyone to find a replacement for the available Sundays.
The Rental/Lease Manager along with the Building Maintenance Manager expressed a problem when the Lodge is used for Memorial Services. There has not been a clear policy on who is responsible for setting up, cleanup and restoration of the chairs etc., before and after the service. A policy resolution has been drafted to cover casual renters and lease holders so a clear understanding is had by all involved. The final version will be presented to the Board in May and the Policy adopted will be made known to the Lease holders.
At this meeting the Capital Improvement Committee Chairman presented a couple of short-term improvement ideas to the Board which were discussed at length but no action taken. The main discussion involved what to do about the patio cover which should be replaced. The Chairman was asked to present a 5-year plan to the Board in May which is in line with our past practice.