FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS
CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499
FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS
4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA 95817
MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JUNE 2023
Saturday, June 3rd………………………..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 8:00 am…….…Monthly Lodge Breakfast
Wednesday, June 7th……….….……..…Capital City Lodge
Start Time 6:30 pm…………….…..……..……..Dinner
Start Time 7:00 pm…….……..……….Stated Meeting
Wednesday, June 14th…….…………….Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……………………..Ritual Practice
Friday, June 16th……………………..…..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……………..…Game/Card Night
Wednesday, June 21st…………..Harding-San Juan Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm………….…………….OSI Meeting
Wednesday, June 28th……….……..…..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm……………………..Ritual Practice
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR 2023
- On July 29th – 1pm Social, 3pm Dinner – Capital City Lodge Family BBQ – Burgers & Hot Dogs provided by Lodge – Please Bring Side Dish to Share.
- On August 18th – 20th – Capital City Lodge Camping Trip to Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, CA.
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
JUNE BIRTHDAY LIST
Happy Birthday to the following 8 brothers!! May you have many, many more.
Michael L. Sellick, PM Robert P. Philip
Martin L. Walker Enrique Gutierrez
Eric A, Schlenker, PM Christopher T. Love
Pete P. Marcellana Eddie T. Langston
JUNE STATED MEETING MENU
(We would like to thank Brother Steve Sylvanus, for preparing this month’s Dinner).
Main Dish: Mexican Carnitas Ribs
Side Dish: Macaroni & Cheese w/Vegetable Rotini
Vegetable: Mexican Corn
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
LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS
FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM
I would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you”, to all the brothers that signed my card while I was hospitalized during our May Stated Meeting. I am very thankful to have such a great core of officers, willing to step up and step in to help out. Thank you, Worshipful Dixon, for filling the East again this month.
I’m certain the food you all had, was better than my clear liquid diet, LOL. Thank you to Brother Tim, and all who helped out in the Kitchen. I heard the food was absolutely amazing.
We were supposed to have our “Official Visit” in May, but that has now been changed to June in light of recent events. The June Stated Meeting brothers will now be our “Official Visit” with the Inspector Scott Morrison, who is still filling in for Worshipful John Knox.
This last month in May, the Lodge held a Campfire Social. It was a little different approach, to what we have done in the past. It was a very successful event, my brothers. We had 6 gentlemen interested in the craft, who attended this event. It was filled with a time of great conversation, laughs, good drinks and snacks were had by all. We talked about Masonry, and helped answer any questions they may have. I believe that in June, we will find in a few applications read in Lodge. I would like to once again encourage all of you to please attend Lodge events, and to come meet these new gentlemen as well as your brothers. The officers of Capital City are working very hard to grow our little corner of Masonry.
On 6/16/23 at 7:00 pm, we plan to have another social event. It will be a Game/Card Night, so please bring a snack or beverage to share, as we have a casual get together for fellowship.
In July, we will be skipping our Monthly Lodge Breakfast, in- leu of the Holiday weekend for the 4th of July. Instead, we are having a Lodge Family BBQ on 7/29/23. Social will start at 1:00 pm, and dinner is at 3:00pm. The Lodge will provide hamburgers & hot dogs, and we ask that everyone bring a side dish to share. We will also have yard games, inflatable jump house, movies going for entertainment and who knows what else.
Later on in August, the Lodge will have a camping trip for all those interested. Please see Worshipful Dixon’s article in this month’s Trestle Board for further details.
Great things are happening this summer brothers, and I hope that each and every one of you are able to take part in the festivities. Please reach out to your Worshipful Master and officers, if you have any questions or concerns.
See you all in Lodge.
Robert W. Leach
FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH
To all who answered the Master’s Summons and attended our annual Roll Call Dinner, thank you for setting aside some time to attend this solemn event. As I’m sure the Master is, I’m also grateful for all who selflessly gave of their time to put this event together. Food shopping began Thursday, setup occurred Friday night, the Kitchen Crew began food preparation on Saturday at 8 am, and the Lodge was secured at about 7 pm after cleanup was completed. These events do not occur without the support of others, and for that, I am grateful.
We will be having our first Lodge camping trip in August. Check in will be Friday, August 18th, and checkout will be Sunday, August 20th. The Inn Town Campground is in Nevada City, and has amenities for all campers. I have camped at this facility on a number of occasions, and I believe it will be a good place to enjoy the company of our family members away from the Lodge. If you like to attend, you can check out the campground offerings, and make reservations at https://inntowncampground.com.
For those who haven’t had a chance to come to Lodge lately, we finally completed a project that properly honors the Past Masters of Capital City Lodge. Past Master photos that were once on display in small frames in the dining hall, have all been digitally scanned. We were able to fill in gaps where Past Master information and/or photographs were missing, and put together an easy-to-see multimedia display. It is now located in the Lodge foyer, for our members, families, guests and renters to enjoy. The following is an example presentation slide:
We are missing photographs for three Past Masters, Richard Terk-1983, Robert Tice-1993, and Robert Reavis-1996. If any brother has any photographs of these individuals or information on whom we might contact to obtain them, please reach out to me so that we can add them to the display. In the meantime, I will be working with Brother Ron Ridley on a similar project which properly honors the Past Masters of Golden Empire Lodge.
Kelly Dixon, PM
Senior Warden Kd.email@example.com
FROM THE SECRETARY’S DESK
Brethren, how about a brush up on our flag, the “Symbol of America”. Do you know that when the first flag was adopted to represent the American colonies? I found this information fascinating to research, and I hope it was at least information you may not have known.
In 1776, the first flag was constructed as the Continental Army Flag, by General George Washington. It consisted of 13 red and white stripes, but in the field where we now have stars, a British Union Jack was placed. Several 13 stripe flags were used in 1776 & 1777, all individual to the original colonies.
On June 14th 1777, Congress designed the flag with alternating red and white stripes. In the upper left corner was a blue background of 13 stars with 6-points, for the original 13 colonies. This design was conceived by Francis Hopkins, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
In 1777, the State Navy Board of Pennsylvania Commissioned Betsy Ross to sew flags for Naval Vessels. To speed up the process, the stars were changed from 6-points to 5-points.
In 1795, when Vermont and Kentucky became states, and new stars were added. This inspired Francis Scott Key to write about the star-spangled banner, composed in 1818.
In 1818, Congress decided not to add more stripes for the new states, but rather add a new star for each new state. At that time, there were 20 stars on the flag.
In 1861, the Stars and Stripes flew for the first time, in a Flag Day celebration in Hartford Connecticut. It was the first summer of the Civil War.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a nation-wide observance of Flag Day. This practice however, was not adopted until 1949, when Congress voted to declare that Flag Day is to be a “Permanent Holiday”.
After the 49th and 50th stars were added to the flag, the regulated design now stands with seven red stripes & 6 white stripes which alternate with the red on top and bottom of the flag.
Tony L. Shelton, PM