CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499
FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS
4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA 95817
MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2022
Saturday, December 3rd…………….…..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 8:00 am…….…Monthly Lodge Breakfast
Wednesday, December 7th……….….…Capital City Lodge
Start Time 6:30 pm…………….…..……..……..Dinner
Start Time 7:00 pm…….……..……….Stated Meeting
Wednesday, December 14th…….….….Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……………………..Ritual Practice
Wednesday, December 28th……….…..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……………………..Ritual Practice
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2023
- Installation of Officers – 1/7/2023 at 11am
- Lodge Town Hall Meeting – 1/21/23 at Noon
- Lodge February Breakfast – 2/4/23 at 8am
- Widows & Sweethearts Luncheon – 2/4/23 at 1pm
- Super Bowl Party 2/12/23 – time TBD
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
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY LIST
Happy Birthday to the following 5 brethren!! May you have many, many more.
Jerry L. Clark
Moses A. Cohen
Ronald L. Gross
“Jay” Del Rosario
Charles E. Senk
DECEMBER STATED MEETING MENU
Main Dish: Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs
Side Dish: Fried Rice
Appetizer: Cream Cheese Wontons
A variety of drinks will also be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
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
This is the 36th article I have written for our Trestle Board, since going to the South in January of 2020. I began my journey to the East just over 36th months ago. I am very grateful to those who trusted me to lead our Lodge, and who have supported me through the 2022 Masonic Year.
As we begin our 102nd year, I encourage all brothers of Capital City Lodge #499, to join me in support of Robert Leach, our in-coming Master. He, like all others who have chosen to serve, deserves no less than 100% of all our support.
May your Holiday Season find you surrounded by those you love, and filled with joy and happiness!
FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH
Happy Holidays to all!!!!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, spent with family and friends. Thanksgiving always leads off my favorite time of year. It’s always been my family’s tradition to set up the Christmas Tree on Thanksgiving weekend, and then decorate the house. My favorite part of the Christmas season is the outside lights. Whatever your family traditions are, I wish you and your family the best Holiday season this year.
I’m so humbled that the Lodge decided to vote me in as Master-Elect for this next Masonic year. I am looking forward to serving the brethren, and to grow our fraternal organization. This means that in January, we will have the “Installation of Officers”. Please invite your friends and family to the Lodge on January 7th, at 11:00 am. Lunch and fellowship will follow the ceremony.
NOTE: There will not be a Monthly Lodge breakfast in January.
Also in January, please add to your calendars a Lodge Town Hall Meeting on January 21st at Noon. This will be a very important event, as we kick off the New Year. The pillars are planning this meeting for the brethren, to come together and brain storm on what we want out of our Lodge. Also, to get a perspective on how the Hall Board is handling the running of our building.
Brothers, we need your help. The Lodge cannot survive without you. All we are asking, is that you consider helping pick up a piece of the puzzle where you can, and help out. We will also be serving pizza & salad, so please try very hard to attend.
This coming year, the Lodge leadership will be looking for brothers who are interested in advancing to the line of officers. While this commitment is a large one, it is essential to the advancement of our Lodge. This probably sounds like a sales pitch, because it is. We need all our brethren, to assist us in this endeavor.
It’s going to be an exciting start to a new year, as we have a brother who is working very hard to advance in his degrees. We also have a few others, who are interested in joining.
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 – 2022 Rwleach@gmail.com
Master Elect – 2023
FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY
Greetings from the South brethren.
We are now in the last month of this masonic year, time indeed travels very fast, and awaits no man. First of all, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to my brethren, for allowing me to serve as Junior Warden this year. As some of you are aware, I will not be able to continue on as one of the three pillars. Although my masonic journey in this Lodge will not take me to the east, I will continue to support the Lodge in any way I can. I will also submit to the will and pleasure of the Worshipful Master.
May you all have a blessed and joyful season, and may we look forward into the ensuing masonic year, with optimism and enthusiasm. For this month, I would like to end this year with a short article about the “Square and Compass”.
We all know the square and compass is the most distinguishable symbol of our craft. The origin of the Masonic logo, (as we know it today), can be dated as far back as the 1780s. The exact place of origin, of the square and compasses joined together, is unknown. It’s theorized to come from the stonemason’s guild during the middle-ages. The Chinese are said to have used the “square and compass” many years “BC”. Possibly, to suggest order, regularity and prosperity.
Looking at it from a Freemason’s perspective, the square is from the masonry era. It was a necessary tool in testing the accuracy of each side of a stone, to ensure that the angles align with the squares ‘true’ right-angle. It helped the stonemasons, bricklayers, architects and other builders, to draw a perfect square in plans and corners. In Masonry, the master of the workmen’s perfect square, was used as a standard against all the other measuring squares on the construction site were checked for accuracy.
A compass is specifically the basis of geometry, which is the basis of architecture. Therefore, both the square and the compass, were derived from architectural tools. The “square and compass” are used as a visual representation of morality, truth and honesty in Masonic teachings.
Freemasons are taught that the standard of life cannot be based on material things such as cars, houses or clothes. Instead, Masons learn that the real standard of living is measured in the intangible things like obligations to community, family, responsibility towards the weak, and the general welfare of the community & self. These are the central teachings of morality, honesty, and the golden rule. A compass is also used to remind Masons that God has defined the limit around good and evil, through His impartial justice. Masons, shall therefore be rewarded or punished according to the way they have kept within the circumference, or gone beyond it.
Therefore, Freemasons use the “Square and Compass” symbol, to ensure that every single day, no matter your social status or physical location, your actions should be appropriately squared and within due bounds.
“A society without standards, will be a society without stability, and it will go down. Not only nations, but also whole civilizations, have perished in the past for lack of righteousness. Hence the importance attached to the square of virtue, and the reason why Masons call it the symbol of their craft. It’s a symbol of the moral law upon which life must be based, if it is to continue.” (Joseph Fort Newton).
Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM
Junior Warden email@example.com