From The East
Summer vacation is here and July marks the beginning of the second half of the Masonic year. During the month of July we celebrate Independence Day. This is one of my favorite holidays, which is full of Masonic history. I will be out enjoying all the festivities, maybe even the Folsom Rodeo. August is full of hot nights and days, so stay cool out there. I know I will try my best to keep cool in my inflatable pool in my backyard.
During these two months your officers will be working
hard in advance stations. All this hard work is so they can qualify and then be elected or appointed in November. This will then be followed by installation in December. The rest of the year will go by fast and before I know it I will be sitting on the sidelines polishing my PM jewel, while trying to stay quiet.
My year as Master of the lodge we have lost several
brothers, all of them will be missed. During the month of June we lost one of the lodge officers. Our dear Secretary Wor. Robert J. Petterson, P.M. passed on to the Great Lodge above on June 3, 2015. He was a pillar of our lodge and kept the cogs of this vast machine of Masonry running smooth as could be. Wor. Bob was a friend and brother to all. He was always there to answer your questions, whether it was at home late at night or every Wednesday morning.
When I first decided to join Freemasonry, I started by
first exploring all local lodges online. I eventually found our lodges website and the first picture I saw was of Wor. Bob, with a warm welcoming smile inviting me in. I decided at that moment I would go to that lodge and join. I went the next day and had no idea what to expect, when I knocked several times on the door Wor. Bob answered the door with the same smile, he eventually became my top line signer and here I am as Master of the lodge. All thanks to the warm smile that invited me in and made me feel at home. Bob, my friend, my brother you will be deeply missed.
At the June Stated Meeting I appointed Bro. Travis
Beller as Assistant Secretary, until we can hold elections in November for the office of Secretary.
Wor. John Scofield will be hosting a 3rd degree
proficiency class during the months of July & August. If your interested in polishing up on your proficiency in the hopes of eventually giving it at the lodge please contact Wor. Scofield for additional details or just show up at the scheduled times in the Trestleboard calendar.
With things moving so fast with the advancement of
the officers, we are looking for brothers that have the commitment and drive to pursue the Oriental Chair. This is a great honor to go where all Past Masters have gone before. If you feel you have what it takes to commit to the officers line, then reach out to me and let it be known.
We have a few exciting events coming up during the
next few months at Grand Lodge. First, the Grand Lodge of California will hold its 166th Annual Communication this year. Don't miss the chance to join me October 9-11 at the California Masonic Memorial Temple where we will reconnect with brethren from throughout California, celebrate this year's many accomplishments, and draft the course for our new fraternal year.
Second, the World Conference of Regular Masonic
Grand Lodges is held on a different continent in a different part of the world every 18 months. This November 18-21, fraternal leaders from throughout the world will convene in North America for the first time in seven years, at the California Masonic Memorial Temple in San Francisco. I will be at both of these events so I hope to see you there!
That’s it for now! So until next time I want to wish you all the best and a Happy Independence Day! Enjoy all the wonderful firework shows and BBQ’s and if you need anything, want to get involved, or just want to enjoy some fellowship please feel free to contact me anytime.
Fraternally, Paul Cary, Master
From The West
Thank you to all that attended the Annual Masonic
Family Picnic! It was a blast…we had a bounce house & water activities for the kids (& some of the adults, too) and a live DJ. The potluck was amazing and a good time was had by all!
A big thank you to all who have supported our
community food drive. Let’s keep the food donations
coming. I will be getting over to the food locker this month and will have an update for everyone by the time September rolls around.
The months of July and August bring us BBQ’s and
pool parties. I hope that you all have a great summer and stay cool!
Fraternally, Chad Riffe, Senior Warden
We extend our Best Wishes for every happiness on your birthday and every day throughout the coming year.
BUY A MITT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Once again, Northern California lodges are teaming up with the Giants Community Fund to provide baseball mitts for more than 20,000 at-risk youth in the Junior Giants program.
Teams of lodges in six areas are competing to give the most mitts. Support your team at: Masons4Mitts.org
From The South
There are no Stated Meeting Dinners during July and
August. Enjoy your Summer!
Fraternally, Brian Evers, Junior Warden
Have A Safe & Happy
The patio cover project is now complete and the permit is approved. Jim Poindexter (Maintenance Manager) has completed all the repairs/changes the fire department has recommended and should be signed off by the time this is published. We are still waiting to start the fire suppression system, about June 29th will be the start date and it should take about a month to complete, so the kitchen will be off limits during this time. We did have a church interested in renting on Sunday’s but haven’t heard back yet. We are also considering different ways to conserve our use of water around the property, so if you have any suggestions that may help let us know. Please reset the main meeting room when you are done with your meetings, we have a diagram on the wall for you to follow, when moving or removing chairs please put them back where they were.
Fraternally, Tom Tompkins, P.M., President
Congratulations to all the Brethren that were raised in the months of July and August!
Please remember to bring your canned food donations for our Community Service Project Food Locker!
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