MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD
CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499
FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS
4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA 95817
MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER 2022
Wednesday, November 2nd……….….…Capital City Lodge
Start Time 6:30 pm…………….…..……..……..Dinner
Start Time 7:00 pm…….……..……….Stated Meeting
Saturday, November 5th…………….…..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 8:00 am…….…Monthly Lodge Breakfast
Wednesday, November 9th………….….Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……………………..Ritual Practice
Wednesday, November 16th…..Harding-San Juan Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……….….……………OSI Meeting
Wednesday, November 23rd……….…..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……………………..Ritual Practice
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY LIST
Happy Birthday to the following 4 brethren!! May you have many, many more.
Samuel D. Johnson, PM Robert W. Leach
Gregory M. Leong Loren W. Robinson, PM
LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS
ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2022
Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrena) Master
Robert W. Leach (Julie) Senior Warden
Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM (Jeralyn) Junior Warden
Eric Schlenker, PM (Shelly) Treasurer
Tony Shelton, PM (Monica) 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
Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM (Myra) Tiler
John Knox, PM Grand Lodge Inspector for the 410th Masonic District
NOVEMBER STATED MEETING MENU
Main Dish: Pot Roast
Vegetables: Mashed Potatoes
Bread: Dinner Roll
A variety of drinks will also be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
2023 PROPOSED LIST OF ELECTIVE OFFICE CANDIATES
Robert W. Leach Master
Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM Senior Warden
Joseph “Kelly” Dixon, PM Junior Warden
Eric Schlenker, PM Treasurer
Tony Shelton, PM Secretary
CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499, F. & A.M.
Stated Meeting………………First Wednesday at 7:00 pm
Officer’s Coaches: Loren Robinson, PM
Chief Candidate’s Coach: TBD by Master
FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM
To Brothers Robert Philip, Pericle Georgallis, Roy Ridley & Ron Ridley, congratulations on achieving 50 years in Masonry. Though your Golden Veterans Ceremony needed a few last-minute adjustments, I hope you all felt your extraordinary achievement was properly acknowledged and celebrated. Since Brother Pericle was unable to attend, I will endeavor to find a suitable time and place to properly honor him. To Gini, Sandra, and Dee, thank you for your participation in making the ceremony for your husbands and big brother extra special.
At the end of what was a very long day, on the 15th, I reflected upon how such events can only happen when others give selflessly of their time. I cannot begin to express the extent of my gratitude to Monica, Tony, Tim, Linda, Sabrina, Robert, Eric, and Dee. From planning to clean-up, they were instrumental in the event’s success.
Events like these, including our Stated Meeting dinners & monthly breakfasts, take an extraordinary amount of planning and participation. As such, I would encourage all brothers to consider how they may give of their time, so that others can be blessed by their services. As I have heard it said, “many hands make light work”. Thank you in advance for considering how you might be able to serve.
The month of November is when we nominate and elect Lodge officer positions for the 2023 Masonic Year. You will find the list of prospective nominees in this Trestle Board. I would encourage all who are interested in having their voices heard, in the selection of our Lodge’s leadership, to attend our November Stated Meeting. All Capital City Master Masons in good standing, can nominate and vote for whomever they would like.
FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH
Happy Fall to everyone!!!! As we move into fall and kick off the Holiday season, and it starts with Halloween. As usual, every year the Lodge has a Halloween event. This event is chiefly put together by the wife of our Worshipful Secretary Tony Shelton. Monica always does such a fantastic job every year, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her, THANK YOU MONICA! I know my boys loved the event, and it was nice to see the kids in our neighborhood all dressed up.
November is a very “Patriotic” month for many. Not only does this month include Veteran’s Day on November 11th, but also the United States Marine Corp’s Birthday on November 10th. I share these important days in my family, since my own birthday is on November 10th and my great grandfather who was on the 11th. I always remember, and thank our armed forces for the sacrifice they gave to our wonderful country. Without them, we would “NOT” have the freedoms we have today. I challenge you, for a day, to introduce yourself and shake the hand of every veteran you come across. I know I will. I am very proud of every Armed Forces service member that I personally know, and whom I call family, friend or brother.
I would like to congratulate our brothers Roy Ridley, Ron Ridley, Robert Philip and Pericle Georgallis. This last month, they all achieved 50 years in Masonry, and were honored with a Golden Veteran’s Award. I count it an Honor to not only be present, but to be the Marshal for the Golden Veteran’s Ceremony this past month. And, I am also thankful to Worshipful Tony Shelton and Brother Tim Scott, for the wonderful meal they prepared that afternoon. It was very much enjoyed.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving this year, and has time to spend with family & friends. As always, we have a few gentlemen interested in joining our great institution. Hopefully, in the near future, we will be back to doing some degrees. I hope to see you all during the Stated Meeting.
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 any concerns, questions or ideas. Fill free to contact any officer.
Robert W. Leach
Senior Warden Rwleach@gmail.com
FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY
Greetings from the South brethren.
We have two more months before the end of this year, how time indeed waits for no man. We have witnessed how our Lodge rallied the brethren throughout this year, by engaging in various activities that hope to cater to everyone’s needs and interest. We can only look forward from here.
For this month’s article, I would like to continue to contribute some masonic trivia and education.
Why is the North Dark?
Did you know that on the north side of the Garden of Eden, there is a sea of water and darkness? The abode of Satan. So, when God made Adam & Eve go out of the garden, he did not place them on the border northward.
King Solomon’s Temple was built with the north side, being dark as well. Thus, in the olden days, churches & graveyards were located in one place. They did not bury people on the north side. The allusion that the north is a place of darkness, can be traced back to the very early Masonic rituals. Perhaps, this dread of the north was related to the natural inclemency which threatened him from the north, where the winds brought the cold from the Arctic regions.
There is another, perhaps more practical reason for the north to be considered a place of darkness. Early religious buildings were built in an east-west fashion, with the east being the predominant direction. This orientation was desired as the east was considered the source of light & power, related to the sun rising in the east. In creating their work area, the medieval Lodge built a lean-to type building, erected alongside the church under construction. This building was invariably placed on the southern side of the construction, to avoid the inclemency of the cold northern winds. As a result, the Lodge acquired an east to west orientation, and the openings were in the east, south, and west. This exposed the hut or lodge & the workmen to as much east, south, and west light as possible. This provided the necessary light to work by, for as long as possible. The light was blocked from the north by the adjacent building.
As Masonry moved from the operative to the speculative, it was natural that the north would continue to symbolically represent the darkness of the working structures. As such, the north represents the profane world and symbolizes ignorance, as study and examination are not possible in darkness. So, it is fitting that this symbol is presented to the “Entered Apprentice” during his initiation. In this act, the candidate enters a new stage of his life. He is dedicated to improving himself morally, and to seek a better understanding of his relationship with the Creator. As such, he seeks enlightenment, leaving behind the darkness of ignorance.
As Masons, we should remember our continued quest for self-development and personal growth. Above all, we must always remember that a Mason is not necessarily or not only a member of a Lodge. In a broad sense, he is any person who tries daily to live the masonic life and to intelligently serve the needs of the Great Architect.
Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM
Junior Warden email@example.com