Come Join us for breakfast Saturday May 7th between 8AM and 10AM.
We will delicious Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, And Golden Hash browns. There is a rumor there might even be biscuits and gravy. Bring Family and Friends, plenty of food to go around. Hope to see you there!😁
The May Stated meeting is Wednesday May 4th. Dinner Starts at 630. Meeting starts at 730. Mexican Food for dinner for Cinco De Mayo. The Meal is being prepared by Brother Leach and Worshipful Caballero . Drinks and dessert will also be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make our Roll-Call Dinner a success. A special thanks goes to Brother Tim Scott and Worshipful Tony Shelton for preparing a fabulous meal. Between planning, preparation, serving & the ceremony, events like this would never get done without the commitment and selflessness of others. This event allowed us to honor or Brothers who have passed, with dignity & respect, and for that I am truly thankful.
On the topic of fellowship, I would be interested in getting some feedback from others regarding ideas they might have for events or gatherings, that serve our masonic families. Some may like to bowl, fish, camp or golf. Others may simply like to plink away at targets on a local range. Such opportunities like our monthly breakfasts, can allow Brothers and their families to gather in fellowship with one another, without having to be engaged in an official masonic ceremony. For those who use the Viber Application Brother Leach addressed in last month’s Trestle Board, it allows for the easy coordination of a day out golfing, or a trip to the coast for fishing.
Finally, for those whose life circumstances have kept them away from the Lodge, I would encourage you to search within yourself for the reason(s) that first led you to become involved in Masonry. On April 16th, I had the privilege to attend a masonic funeral ceremony at our Lodge. In keeping with Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, we were able to serve the family of a Brother from another Lodge, who had passed. At this service, I met a Brother who has been away from Masonry for some time. What a beautiful opportunity to display to this Brother & his family, what Masonry at its core, is all about.
With no pressure, obligation or commitment to stay for the Stated Meeting, I would like to invite you to come and share a meal with your Brothers. I think you will find that your Lodge has an inviting atmosphere, and you just might be reminded of those reasons which led you to become a Mason to begin with. If you are in need of transportation, please let me know, and we will make appropriate arrangements for you to attend.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. and time spent with family and friends. As I write this, the Master and wardens are preparing to head off this upcoming weekend in April to attend the “Grand Lodge Master and Wardens retreat”. We hope to come back with loads of ideas, and exciting news to bring to our Lodge. Our Goal is to continue pushing on, and not only growing our membership, but trying to reengage the members we have.
Brothers, please reach out to brothers you know, and ask them to Lodge. Ask our brothers, what is keeping them from Lodge and how can we help them. Please, reach out and let the officers know how we can help too. I’m sure we can find brothers to assist in carpooling and/or picking brothers up to come to Lodge. Remember, things you can count on are Stated Meetings and Lodge Breakfast. These are both great times to engage with your brothers and socialize.
Hope to see everyone at the Lodge Breakfast again this month. It will be back on the First Saturday of the Month May 7th, 2022, at the same time 8:00 am to 10:00am.
Biscuits & Gravy was a hit last month, and has been added as a new item to our menu. and it was a hit last time. Thanks again to all the brothers who are, and continue to help out in the Kitchen. If you are interested in helping us in May, please reach out and let me know.
This Month, we are planning a social event for the brothers. On May 13th from 5:00 pm till whenever, and will be held at Country Club Lanes on Watt Ave in Sacramento. Many times, we have events and gatherings for brothers & their families and/or friends. But this night, will be about the brethren. Please come on down and join us for a fun-filled evening of socialization. At Country Club Lanes, it’s more than just Bowling. They have a Full Bar, Billiards, Arcades, Snack bar/Cafe, Laser Tag and much more. Most importantly, it’s a chance to hang out with brothers and catch up.
And Brothers, don’t forget about “Viber”. If you’re not involved, you are missing out.
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 Rwleach@gmail.com
FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY
Greetings Brethren. For this month, we will continue to provide some masonic lessons.
Let Temperance chasten, Fortitude support, Prudence direct you, and let Justice be the guide of all your actions. Be especially careful to maintain, in their fullest splendor, those truly Masonic ornaments, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. These are a few very simple masonic codes and principles to live by, but somehow too complicated to execute.
To make it simple, I would like to share a story:
One day, a tourist found himself in a very simple laid back seaport town. He especially liked the view from his window overlooking the ocean. The unlimited supply of fresh air, and the relentless sound of cascading waves as they break upon contact with the nearby rocks. Each morning he would sit down on the front porch of his hotel, while drinking his coffee, and watch the people on the docks catching fish. He noticed one person in particular, an elderly fisherman who would sit in the same spot, at the same time of the day. After observing him for a week, the tourist noticed that the fisherman would go home after he caught two fish, regardless of what time his last catch would be. Unable to contain his curiosity, he went over to the fisherman.
Tourist: “Hello. Why do you only catch two fish, and then go home?”
Fisherman: “Since our children are all grown up, it’s only me and my wife at home. So, two fish are all we can eat in a day.”
Tourist: “But you can catch more!”
Fisherman: “And why would I do that?”
Tourist: “So you can sell the extra fish, and buy more fishing poles, rods & hooks to catch more fish.”
Fisherman: “But why would I do that?”
Tourist: “Well, so you can have more fish to sell, and have more money. Then you can buy a boat, and hire people to work for you.
So, then you don’t have to sit and fish here anymore, every single day.”
Fisherman: “Yes, I can probably do that, but I don’t want to. You see, I would not want to become a businessman and count money all day, which I might eventually lose. Nor would I want to manage people, and tell them what to do. They could end up not following my instructions. Fishing is what I love, and that’s what I’m going to do. That is why I’m here every morning.”
There is a lot of lessons we can learn from this story. I may not be a fisherman, but I think I understand what it feels to be one. Most often in our lives. we are burdened by the things we think we need to do or accomplish, same as masonry. Sometimes we forget the real reason why we joined.
Along the way the fuel that burns inside that propels each mason to attend stated meetings, degrees and fellowship had somehow died down. Many lodges had either surrendered their charter or merged with other lodges, trying to find a solution, and perhaps just delaying the inevitable. Or maybe just failed to see the most obvious solution. The journey to seek the master’s lost word, is an individual quest. However, our Lodge is our vehicle to aid us in our quest, and what fun it would be to spend it with our brothers.
I believe Capital City Lodge is stronger now than ever before. It’s on what I can feel, on the verge of a masonic membership revival revolution. We must continually seek that which we lost, and in doing so, join our fraternal brothers to move forward in an era of change. If our conviction is strong, and we believe that what we are doing is right, then with a united front we move forward into the future. And, although we may find different answers to the same question, we are together in our quest. Wearing those truly masonic ornaments, Brotherly love, Relief and Truth. And so if someone asks, we can answer, I am a mason and that’s what I wanted to be!
Welcome to this installment of a Sojourners Tale. Cathlene and I are having a wonderful time with our travels, throughout the southwest.
One of our stops was in William’s Arizona, which is considered the gateway to the Grand Canyon. It is listed as the last town bypassed by Interstate 40, on the old Route 66. While we were there, I looked up Williams Lodge #38, which was re-charted in 1929.
From there, we moved on to Roswell New Mexico where we visited the International UFO Museum. This stop was very interesting, along with many other interesting exhibits. No, we did not meet anyaliens, (yet). While visiting there, I looked up Roswell Lodge#18. The lodge just happened to be hosting and Eastern Star Event, and I was fortunate enough to meet the lodges Sr. Warden Richard Glenn. He was Gracious enough to give to us a tour of his lodge. The lodge’s current location is it’s third, and he informed me that the legendary Pat Garrett was believed to have been a member of the lodge. But most, if not all of the lodge records, where lost in the fire when the previous lodge burned down.
Our next stop was Fredericksburg Texas. While visiting there, we came across Fredericksburg lodge #794 AF & AM Chartered in 1896. Since there was a stated meeting that evening, I contacted the lodge Secretary Brother Fred Ayers, who invited me to break bread with them as well as to attend that evening’s stated meeting. In my conversation with Brother Fred, I found out that we had a Sacramento connection of Worshipful Daniel Scott, the Past Potentate of Ben Ali Shrine. He is also now a Past Master of the Fredericksburg lodge, and Dan is now severing as their Sr. Steward. I was warmly greeted by Worshipful Don Kaiser and his officers, and I must say the Ancient Free and Accepted is different and yet the same. It was nice to sit in lodge with the brothers, and Worshipful Dan asked me to pass on his greetings from Fredericksburg.
The April Stated meeting is Wednesday April 6th. Dinner Starts at 630. Meeting starts at 730. For dinner Rib Stew is on the menu. The Meal prepared by Brother Jay Del Rosario. Drinks and dessert will also be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
John Knox, PM Grand Lodge Inspector for the 410th Masonic District
Happy Birthday to the following 6 brethren!! May you have many, many more.
Clinton E. Abbott Warren W. Michael
David L. De Benedetti Alan W. O’neal
John D. Dunnett Jr. Robert A. Ward, PM
APRIL STATED MEETING MENU
(Meal prepared by Brother Jay Del Rosario)
Main Dish Rib Stew
Vegetables Potatoes/Carrots/Red Bell Peppers
Drinks and dessert 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
Brothers, welcome to Spring.
On April 2nd, we will be holding a Roll Call Dinner to honor the brothers of our Lodge, who departed this life in 2021. We will also be honoring brothers who passed in years prior to 2021, whose passing we recently learned of. Brother’s Tim Scott and Tony Shelton will be preparing a meal worthy of such an event, and I look forward to seeing you there.
We are also holding a Youth Orders event on April 16th; the details of which Brother Caballero will address in his article. The youth of today are the members of our Masonic Organizations in the future. With that in in mind, if you have time on the 16th, I encourage your attendance at this great opportunity to support and impact the lives of our youth.
On April 9th, the 2022 International Conference on Freemasonry will be held in Berkeley, CA. The event cost is $30.00, and an optional lunch can be purchased for an additional $20.00. Information can be found on the Grand Lodge Website. If you are interested in attending, please reach out to me so that we can make arrangements for possible carpooling.
Included with this Trestle Board, is a “Member Update Form”. Over the years, some member information has become outdated. When Grand Lodge switched to iMember 2.0, it seems like some of our member’s information was lost in the shuffle. If you could kindly fill out the inserted form and mail it in the self-addressed, stamped envelope. This will greatly improve our ability to effectively communicate with our membership.
Finally, I would like to thank Brother Jay Del Rosario, who has graciously volunteered to provide us with our meal for April’s Stated Meeting. It will include rib stew, potatoes, carrots and red bell peppers.
It’s spring time again and with warmer weather coming, we can look forward to some outdoor Lodge activities. This next Month, we are planning a Masonic Youth Event for the Jobs, Rainbow and DeMolay in our area. More details to come from Worshipful Ed Cabellero, your Junior Warden. I’m particularly excited about this event as I’m a Senior DeMolay myself, and it will be nice to visit with the youth of today. Hopefully, the future of our great institution. This is why it is so important to support these groups and help them grow, because they are our Future!!!!
Another great, successful event in Lodge history is finally coming back, the monthly Lodge Breakfast. We had such a great turn out in March, as well as time to visit with brothers & family. My thanks to the many brethren who jumped in and helped out with either cooking or cleaning up. As we have all heard, “many hands make light work”. This event will give us a great opportunity each month, to come together as a Masonic family and catch up.
During this month, our breakfast will be on April 9th, which is the 2nd Saturday of April. It will start at 8:00 AM, and then continue on until 10:00 AM or so. Since the Lodge is also holding our “Roll Call Dinner” on April 2nd, we had to move our “Breakfast Event” to the following Saturday.
Among the officers of the Lodge, we have found “Viber” (our new communication tool), to be very useful in the workings of the Lodge. It’s allowing us to better communicate among the brethren, for committee work and among the officers as well. We are creating one large group meant for Lodge general communication such as announcements & event changes, for everyone to be a part of. Then brothers can join other smaller groups, if they are part of a work group or committee in the future.
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 Rwleach@gmail.com
FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY
We are now in the month of April, and time travel is indeed like a blink of an eye. For this month, I have decided to continue to provide masonic insights to get a better understanding of our craft. To those that were newly initiated or raised at the beginning of the year; it is either they have a better understanding of what they have gotten into, or they realized it’s not for them and decided to just not show up in the Lodge.
Masonry-A Progressive Moral Science
Why call it “progressive moral science”? Have you ever heard of the saying “if it’s not broken then don’t fix it”, or “we have always done it like that since I can remember”? If we take the literal meaning of words and phrases in our cipher, we find that sometimes they contradict each other. For example, “As all brothers have done, who have gone this way before”. I would say this is not very progressive, for it teaches us to do the same thing our ancient brothers have done in the past. If we do this, we are going to be left behind.
To get a better understanding of the phrase “masonry is a progressive moral science”, we must understand the words by their selves. Perhaps some of us remember science as our project in grade school, dissecting plants or mixing chemicals in the lab. According to Wikipedia, science is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions, on any particular subject. It is an intellectual and practical activity that surrounds the study of any topic. But why progressive? If we notice, progressive moral science is not really discussed until you get to the 2nd degree. This is because we need to build a strong foundation in the first degree. A better understanding about the subject matter, and more importantly, a conscious awareness of one’s own self. If you know yourself better, then you can view yourself in different ways, and project yourself in a better light. A triangle’s strongest foundation is at the base, this is where we build from and progress from. Although we can learn from others and follow what they have built, an architect must draw his own designs, in order for him to make himself a better person. The continuing search for knowledge, and to use that knowledge to build a better person, one must know if the building is weak and faulty, he can always go back to the base and build again. A better one this time. This I believe, is why masonry a progressive moral science.
It is my hope that we will continue to build brothers who are proficient and knowledgeable in the esoteric form of our works, so that in return, we will share our knowledge also as well as unselfishly devote our time to guide each other on our journey. We must use these tools provided to us in order to build our own building, and our “moral, spiritual and masonic edifice”.
Speaking of building, we will endeavor to host an event to benefit our youth order, namely Rainbow for girls, Job’s daughter and Demolays. It is inevitable that our youth are future pillars of our community. It is not only our moral and ethical duty, but it is empirical that we influence their building blocks to ensure a sustainable society based upon the moral and social virtues of our institution. This event will be held in Garcia Bend Park on April 16, 2022, with a start time of 10:00 am. Some of the brothers including myself, will be at the park earlier to make preparations. We will be serving burgers and hotdogs for everybody. We will also have music sound system, and games for the youth. I would like to encourage everyone to attend, and your support for this endeavor. I believe this event will provide not only an opportunity, but a venue connecting our Lodge’s involvement in the community and other members of our institution as well. We will provide constant updates as the days progress, and with the guidance of our Worshipful Master Kelly Dixon. May we continue good stewardship and fraternal brotherhood.
Greetings brothers and friends. Looking at this picture below in March of 2022, can you guess where I am?
Would you like a few clues?
This Lodge holds some of its meetings below sea level.
The Lodge itself is 4,150 above sea level.
In the past, it has had both Rainbow & Masonic Grand Lodge officers.
As Cathlene and I travel the country this year on our new adventures, I will be occasionally sending out pictures along with bits of history on the Lodges we find on our travels. Since we are finally on the road now, we will do our best to keep in touch.
If you know where I am in the picture shown above, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worshipful Kelly Dixon would like to cordially invite the brethren of Capital City Lodge #499, to the 2022 Roll Call Dinner. Fellowship will begin at 2:00 pm, and dinner will follow at 2:30 pm in the main lodge room. We hope you will join us in honoring our fallen brethren, who have passed onto the “Celestial Lodge” above.
Please R.S.V.P. to our Junior Warden Ed Caballero Jr. at email@example.com or at (916) 420-0774, no later than March 25th.
Tim Scott from both Harding-San Juan Lodge and Capital City Lodge, with the assistance of our Junior Past Master Tony Shelton, have graciously volunteered to prepare this meal for our event. Please join us in thanking them both in advance, for their labor.
As we close out February, I would like to thank all who participated in putting together our Super Bowl barbeque and Sweethearts and Ladies Luncheon. These events required planning, hard work and the efforts of many. For that, I am truly grateful. Though my beloved GB Packers were not involved in the game, I enjoyed the back and forth bantering between those who cheered for the Bengals and those who cheered for the Rams.
Unfortunately, I was sidelined from attending the Sweethearts and Ladies Luncheon in person, due to COVID But, through the use of technology (Zoom), I was able to address those who attended. Looking back over the past few years with restricted in-person events, what a great opportunity to serve those who have supported our membership over the years.
For our March Stated Meeting, I will be personally preparing and serving our meal. If anyone wishes to pitch in with a helping hand, please let me know. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we will be having a traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage meal. As for dessert, I will be working on something unique, though I think the color green will be central to its theme.
To honor our brethren who entered that “Celestial Lodge” above in 2022, where the Great Architect of the Universe presides, a Roll Call Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 2nd. Brother Tim Scott will be preparing our meal, and the attendance of all Capital City Lodge members and their guest is expected. This event is also an opportunity to reunite brethren, who may not have seen each other in some time. There is no ritual involved, so no one needs to be concerned about that or what degree they may have completed. Please RSVP to our Junior Warden, Brother Ed Caballero, no later than March 25, 2022.
First off, I would like to give a big shout out to the brethren who attended the Super Bowl Party and Sweethearts and Widows Luncheon in February. Thank you!!!!! We really appreciate the help and support by just showing up and pitching in. It really helps make it a success. We were able to kick off these two events just a week from each other. What a success to the start of a new Masonic Year. A special “thank you” goes out to the ladies who showed up and had a good time. We were able to send them home with a box of chocolates and bouquet of flowers.
A special thank you to Worshipful Ed Caballero, who dusted off his rusty IT skills in Zoom & computer tech, to help us have a live feed for the Worshipful Master at our Luncheon. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Master had to remote in from an undisclosed location; secret base, hidden trail, or was it the presidential Yacht? We will never know.
A Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our brethren. If you don’t know already, we are having Corn Beef & Cabbage with all the Irish fixings. I look forward to seeing you all there. Please remember that we are trying to have Ritual Practice and/or a casual get together every Wednesday. The two exceptions being our Stated Meeting (1st Wednesday), and being Officers School of Instruction (3rd Wednesday).
Also in March, we are starting the monthly Lodge breakfast back up. In the past, this has routinely been the first Saturday of the Month. Tentatively, we are planning a traditional American breakfast of eggs, sausage, hashbrowns and pancakes. The offices are looking for any brothers with ideas, to contribute to & help out with this event.
One of the challenges we continually face as a Lodge, is communication. The officers have been looking into new forms of Technology, in order to help bring our Lodge closer together. One of these forms that we are leaning more heavily too, is an app called “Viber”. This app allows us to post chat groups with our Lodge members, so that we have the most up-to-date information. We can do groups based upon general announcements. Smaller groups will include communication for committees like the Executive Committee, who will be trialing the app this Month, and so on. I believe it’s going to be a great way to help our Lodge be more interactive, and encourage the brethren to be more involved. It will be a long road, but one worthy of instituting. Please stay tuned, as we bring more information in the near future.
We encourage all brethren, to reach out with concerns, questions or ideas. Fill free to reach out to any officer.
Robert W. Leach
FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY
It is the third month of the year! I can say with certainty, that our Lodge has had a really good start, and it’s just warming up.
For this month, I would like to share some general information about Masonry. It is my hope that we will rekindle that fire within each and every Mason’s heart.
Did you know?
Freemasonry is one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the world? As a fraternal organization, Freemasonry unites men of good character, even though they are of different religions, ethnic or social backgrounds. They share a belief in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of mankind.
Is Freemasonry about religion?
Freemasonry is not a religion, and certainly not a cult. In no way is the fraternity meant to replace anyone’s religion; rather its universal teachings of charity and brotherly love are meant to supplement one’s personal faith in God, and creed of one’s choice.
What is it like being a freemason?
The Masonic life is a journey of our own growth as human beings, and be of service to humanity. The Freemasons of North America alone, contributes over 2$ million a day to charitable causes. So why not be a better dad, a better son, a better husband, a better friend, a better man and be a Freemason!
You should know that some notable Freemasons in US history includes:
George Washington – 1st United States President
Arnold Palmer – Legendary Golfer
John Wayne – Renowned Actor
Walt Disney – Pioneer of Animated Cartoon Films
Col. Sanders – Founder of KFC
Babe Ruth – Baseball Legend
Thurgood Marshall – US Supreme Court Justice
Shaquille O’neal – Basketball Hall of Fame Member
Steve Wozniak – Apple Co-founder
Buzz Aldrin – United States Astronaut
One would wonder, how did these individuals from all walks of life, become a freemason? What drives each of them? The answer can be found in every Mason’s heart, and I for one am proud to call them my brother!
We are having a Super Bowl Party at our Lodge. We used to use just a projector playing the game, but this year, we are planning on using all four TV’s and the projector. Woo-hoo!!!!! The officers are also planning a menu of Hot Dogs and/or Brats as the main course and are asking each brother to bring a side dish, appetizer or something to share with everyone. Especially since potluck style is the best!! Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30pm on February 13th, and social hour & pregame festivities should start about 2:30pm or so. Please bring something to relax with like a cool beverage or camp chair, and let the fun begin. For any additional questions ask Brother Robert Leach.