JULY 2022


Published monthly by

Monica Hodge


Saturday, July 2nd…………..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 8:00 am…………..….Monthly Lodge Breakfast

Wednesday, July 6th………..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….………….…….………Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….……..…….………..Stated Meeting

Wednesday, July 13th………Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

Wednesday, July 20th…….…….Harding-San Juan Lodge

Start 7:00 pm………….……………………OSI Meeting

Wednesday, July 27th……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice


Happy Birthday to the following 6 brethren!!  May you have many, many more.

Noel P. Carlos

Douglas N. Conrad

Merritt L. Davis

Mark K. Laybourn, PM

Tyler S. LeTellier

Donald L. South, PM


Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrena)                             Master

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                            Senior Warden

Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM (Jeralyn)         Junior Warden

Eric Schlenker, PM (Shelly)                                Treasurer

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alicia)                           Secretary    

Valentino V. Garcia                                              Chaplain

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM (Tessie)            Senior Deacon

Kevin R. Laybourn (Kristine)                      Junior Deacon

Sean Roper                                                           Marshall

Roy Ridley, PM                                           Senior Steward

Ron Ridley, PM                                          Junior Steward

Tony Shelton, PM (Monica)                                 Organist

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM (Myra)                       Tiler

John Knox, PM               Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District


(Meal prepared by Eduardo Caballero Jr.)

Main Dish:                  Hot Dogs & Hamburgers             

Side Dishes:               Potato Salad/Garden Salad

Dessert:                      Ice Cream Sandwiches                                                                                                       

A variety of drinks will also be provided.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.


Stated Meeting………………First Wednesday at 7:00 pm

       Officer’s Coaches:              Loren Robinson, PM

       Chief Candidate’s Coach:  TBD by Master



Greetings Brethren.

Here are a few facts about the celebration of our Nation’s Independence Day:

  • We actually declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776.
  • The 4th of July didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870.
  • Every 4th of July, Americans eat approximately 150 million hot dogs. 
  • Every 4th of July, Americans spend over 1 billion dollars on fireworks.
  • At least eight Masons were signers on the Declaration of Independence.

These, and many more facts, can be found on the Internet. So, they must be true!!

As we enter the month in which we celebrate the birth of our Nation, I think we can all agree on at least this undisputable fact, that many patriots sacrificed everything so that we can enjoy the many freedoms that we have today.

As we celebrate our Nation’s independence with family, friends, food, and fireworks, please take a moment to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy such celebrations.  May God bless you all during this national celebration and may God bless the United States of America.


Kelly Dixon



Greetings from the West Brethren.

As we move into the Hot days of Summer, let us not forget about these fun times spent with Family and Friends.  Let us remember that this 4th of July Month allows us to reflect on our freedom, as well those that have sacrificed for our freedom.  This allows us to freely choose to be better men, and brothers to one another.  I hope you all get a chance to share some time with family and friends, and are all in good health.  July is also a big time for family vacations.  Very soon, I will be taking my family to Disneyland….big shocker there.  I hope everyone gets a chance to do some traveling this Summer.

Speaking of family time. For those that were able to make it to the Hawaiian night in June, it was a blast.  Lots of food, great conversation and filled with lots of laughter & kiddo’s running around too.  Thanks to the Bounce House, I’m sure most of the kids slept well that night.  LOL!!!!  It was wonderful to see all the brothers and their families.  Thank you to all who helped out, and to Worshipful Ed for a fantastic Menu.

We will have Lodge breakfast again this month.  The first Saturday of the Month is July 2nd, 2022, and will be held at the same time (8am to 10am).  It’s a great opportunity to catch up with your brothers, and so far, each month we have had someone new show up as well.  Remember, reach out to your brothers and get them involved.  It’s the best time to invite someone back to Lodge, or new to the Lodge. Brothers, if you have someone interested in joining our Lodge, please bring them down to meet the brethren.  Hope to see you all there.

Viber Messenger: Chats & Calls

Please fill free to ask one of the Pillars of the lodge for assistance in setting up “Viber”. You can send a message to my phone at 916-591-0137 and I can send you an invite to download and join “Viber”. Or you can go ahead and download “Viber” and add me as a contact. Simply, message me in Viber and I will add you to the Main Lodge Communication Group. The App is available for Apple and Android smart phones which most of us have these days. If you are having issues, please let us know at a lodge meeting or event and one of us would be happy to help.

Please reach out with concerns, questions or ideas. Fill free to reach out to any officer.


Robert W. Leach

Senior Warden


Greetings from the South Brethren!

We are now on our seventh month! The year before we knew it, will be at its end.  A lot of things have happened so far, projects and events were executed efficiently by the Worshipful Master.

As we are taught, the twenty-four-inch gauge, being one of our principal working tools in the first degree, we find that the practice and practical application of the concept might not be as easy as it says.  Time management is a concept that may have different meanings from one individual to the next, as our life is governed by one priority to another.  So how do we manage our time?

I want to share this story: 

  One day, a professor was giving a lecture to his students. In front of him is an empty large mayonnaise jar. He picked it up and proceeded to fill it with rocks about 2 inches in diameter.  He then asked the students if the jar was full, and they agreed that it was.  So, the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.  He then asked the students again if the jar was full, and they agreed it was.  The professor then poured sand into the jar, and of course, the sand filled up everything else.  He once again asked if the jar was full.  The students responded it was.

  “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The rocks are the important things like your family, health and children.  Things that if everything else was lost & only they remain, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the things that matter, like your job, your house and your car.  The sand is everything else, (the small stuff)”.

  “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks.  The same goes for your life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.  Take care of the rocks first, the things that really matter.  Set your priorities, and the rest is just sand”.

In the exercise of our twenty-four-inch gauge, I think this story can provide a blueprint on time management.  In Masonry, we are taught to value family first. 

Recently, we conducted yet another successful “Hawaiian themed” event, which was held at the Lodge on June 18, 2022.  It was a much-needed event to foster the bonds of friendship & brotherly love, and it tied us together to our Lodge.  I would like to specially recognize Brother Robert Leach, for setting up the atmosphere of “Hawaii”, and Worshipful Brother Ron Ridley for showing his exceptional entertaining talent in playing the ukulele. And, of course, thanks also go out to our Worshipful Master Kelly, who made this event possible.  Finally, I would like to thank to the ever supportive and hard-working Worshipful Tony Shelton. Your dedication to the craft and commitment to our fraternal brotherhood, is an example truly worthy of imitation. 


Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM

Junior Warden

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