CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499
FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS
4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA 95817
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR APRIL 2023
Saturday, April 1st……………..…….…..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 8:00 am…….…Monthly Lodge Breakfast
Wednesday, April 5th……….….……..…Capital City Lodge
Start Time 6:30 pm…………….…..……..……..Dinner
Start Time 7:00 pm…….……..……….Stated Meeting
Wednesday, April 12th…….…………….Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……………………..Ritual Practice
Wednesday, April 19th…………..Harding-San Juan Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm………….…………….OSI Meeting
Saturday, April 22nd……………..Harding-San Juan Lodge
Start Time 4:30 pm…….Hiram Award for Tim Scott
Wednesday, April 26th……….……..…..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm…………………….Ritual Practice
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2023
On May 20th, 2023 – The Roll Call Dinner, Master’s Summons.
LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS
ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2023
Robert W. Leach, (Julie) Master
Joseph “Kelly” Dixon, PM (Sabrena) Senior Warden
TBD 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
Roy Ridley, PM Senior Steward
Ron Ridley, PM (Sandra) Junior Steward
Sean Roper Tiler
John Knox, PM Grand Lodge Inspector for the 410th Masonic District
APRIL BIRTHDAY LIST
Happy Birthday to the following 5 brothers!! May you have many, many more.
Simard E. Cadman, PM
David L. De Benedetti
John D. Dunnett Jr.
Larry J. Taylor
APRIL STATED MEETING MENU
(We would like to thank Kevin Laybourn for preparing this month’s Dinner).
Main Dish: Smoked Brisket
Side Dish: Seasoned Fries
Dessert: Ice Cream Sandwiches
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: Steve Larson, PM
Chief Candidate’s Coach: TBD by Master
FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM
I for one, am happy that Spring is around the corner. By the time you read this, it will finally be here. Hopefully this finds you with warmer weather, but I have a feeling it is still going to be cold and rainy for a while.
This last month, the Lodge was able to help provide support to our local Job’s Daughters Bethel 291. Their Bethel Advisor, Linda Dunzweiler, had asked me to place a jar of sorts at the Lodge. This was to hopefully promote their scholarship fundraiser for this year. We had only anticipated getting $100.00 from it, especially if people donated dimes and filled it up. But Brethren, let me tell you this, Capital City Lodge took the charge and by the end of our Stated Meeting, we had donated over $120.00. There did end up being more, but I can’t recall the exact amount. This is truly how masons should act, when promoting education. I would like to thank all you brothers who donated.
In addition, this last month our Lodge has helped to provide the Job’s Daughters with a prospect party, to help drive their membership. We also provided food for this occasion, and a place for them to have the party. I truly hope we can continue to support them in their growth and endeavors.
Hopefully, you were able to join us at the end of March for Brother Bryan Lincoln’s 2nd degree. The Lodge officers have been working hard to put this together, and brush up on the ritual. As, my brothers, it’s been some time since we have seen a 2nd degree. We have a few new initiates, EA’s and several potential prospects out there.
I encourage everyone who has engaged a prospect with our Lodge, to continue to follow up. Invite them to our monthly breakfast, and/or Stated Meeting Dinner. Remember, any fun activities are reasons to bring a friend and potential prospective member.
Brother Tim Scott will be having his Hiram Award presentation on April 22nd, and would like to invite all the brothers that can attend. Please see the event date for website to RSVP with Harding San Juan Lodge, who is putting on the Ceremony and Dinner to follow. The dinner plan is a “Low Country Boil”, with Key Lime Pie. More information is available at hardingsanjuan.com. You will need to RSVP by 4/19/23, and the cost for dinner is $15.00 per person.
Lastly, I would like to let everyone know about our upcoming plans for the “Roll Call Dinner” in May. Invitations will be mailed out soon, so please make plans to attend. Brother Tim Scott will be there to prepare another fine meal too, as we honor our fallen brothers who have passed to the “Celestial Lodge” above.
Robert W. Leach
FROM THE SECRETARY’S DESK
Do you know the difference between Free and Accepted Masons and Ancient Free and accepted Masons? Let me help you better understand.
From 1751 to 1813, there were two Grand Lodges in England. Both issued warrants for degrees, as well as charters to allow formation within the new colonies, soon to be known as the United States. The main difference between these two Grand Lodges, was the disagreement on their written constitutions. The group “Brother English Masons” were then dubbed the (Moderns). Ironically, this group was actually the older British Grand Lodge. The second group were the “English Freemasons”, and called themselves the Antient’s or Ancient’s. Therefore, the moderns were known as Free and Accepted Masons, and the Antient’s established the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
This agreement only lasted 62 years, when both groups agreed to open formal Masonic Communications. In 1813, all things passed and the two Grand Lodges merged back together as the Grand Lodge of England. Then later in 1813, they merged with the Premier Grand Lodge of England, and the Ancient Grand Lodge of England to create the United Grand Lodge of England.
With all of this behind them, the damage was done in the new colonies, as both Ancient and Free and Accepted Lodges were established all across the new country. There is a once-a-year meeting called a cave degree, where brothers can meet and view degree work from other states. At this time, you can experience these differences in the degree work at opening and closing.
Today, all of the Grand Lodges in the United States treat each other with respect to all. Many of the Grand Lodges in Scotland, England, Thailand, Ireland, India, as well as others in Europe, Africa and South America all observe our united front.
So remember, out of Masonic teachings, that Time, Patients and Perseverance, can allow us to accomplish all things.
Tony L. Shelton, PM
FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH
Brothers of Capital City Lodge No. 499, a good friend recently sent the following to me:
Kelly Dixon, PM Senior Warden Kd.firstname.lastname@example.org