MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD JULY 2022

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

JULY 2022

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JULY 2022

Saturday, July 2nd…………..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 8:00 am…………..….Monthly Lodge Breakfast

Wednesday, July 6th………..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….………….…….………Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….……..…….………..Stated Meeting

Wednesday, July 13th………Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

Wednesday, July 20th…….…….Harding-San Juan Lodge

Start 7:00 pm………….……………………OSI Meeting

Wednesday, July 27th……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

JULY BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 6 brethren!!  May you have many, many more.

Noel P. Carlos

Douglas N. Conrad

Merritt L. Davis

Mark K. Laybourn, PM

Tyler S. LeTellier

Donald L. South, PM

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

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alicia)                           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

Tony Shelton, PM (Monica)                                 Organist

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM (Myra)                       Tiler

John Knox, PM               Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District

JULY STATED MEETING MENU

(Meal prepared by Eduardo Caballero Jr.)

Main Dish:                  Hot Dogs & Hamburgers             

Side Dishes:               Potato Salad/Garden Salad

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:              Loren Robinson, PM

       Chief Candidate’s Coach:  TBD by Master

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings Brethren.

Here are a few facts about the celebration of our Nation’s Independence Day:

  • We actually declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776.
  • The 4th of July didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870.
  • Every 4th of July, Americans eat approximately 150 million hot dogs. 
  • Every 4th of July, Americans spend over 1 billion dollars on fireworks.
  • At least eight Masons were signers on the Declaration of Independence.

These, and many more facts, can be found on the Internet. So, they must be true!!

As we enter the month in which we celebrate the birth of our Nation, I think we can all agree on at least this undisputable fact, that many patriots sacrificed everything so that we can enjoy the many freedoms that we have today.

As we celebrate our Nation’s independence with family, friends, food, and fireworks, please take a moment to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy such celebrations.  May God bless you all during this national celebration and may God bless the United States of America.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Master  Kd.12682@gmail.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings from the West Brethren.

As we move into the Hot days of Summer, let us not forget about these fun times spent with Family and Friends.  Let us remember that this 4th of July Month allows us to reflect on our freedom, as well those that have sacrificed for our freedom.  This allows us to freely choose to be better men, and brothers to one another.  I hope you all get a chance to share some time with family and friends, and are all in good health.  July is also a big time for family vacations.  Very soon, I will be taking my family to Disneyland….big shocker there.  I hope everyone gets a chance to do some traveling this Summer.

Speaking of family time. For those that were able to make it to the Hawaiian night in June, it was a blast.  Lots of food, great conversation and filled with lots of laughter & kiddo’s running around too.  Thanks to the Bounce House, I’m sure most of the kids slept well that night.  LOL!!!!  It was wonderful to see all the brothers and their families.  Thank you to all who helped out, and to Worshipful Ed for a fantastic Menu.

We will have Lodge breakfast again this month.  The first Saturday of the Month is July 2nd, 2022, and will be held at the same time (8am to 10am).  It’s a great opportunity to catch up with your brothers, and so far, each month we have had someone new show up as well.  Remember, reach out to your brothers and get them involved.  It’s the best time to invite someone back to Lodge, or new to the Lodge. Brothers, if you have someone interested in joining our Lodge, please bring them down to meet the brethren.  Hope to see you all there.

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.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Senior Warden Rwleach@gmail.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South Brethren!

We are now on our seventh month! The year before we knew it, will be at its end.  A lot of things have happened so far, projects and events were executed efficiently by the Worshipful Master.

As we are taught, the twenty-four-inch gauge, being one of our principal working tools in the first degree, we find that the practice and practical application of the concept might not be as easy as it says.  Time management is a concept that may have different meanings from one individual to the next, as our life is governed by one priority to another.  So how do we manage our time?

I want to share this story: 

  One day, a professor was giving a lecture to his students. In front of him is an empty large mayonnaise jar. He picked it up and proceeded to fill it with rocks about 2 inches in diameter.  He then asked the students if the jar was full, and they agreed that it was.  So, the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.  He then asked the students again if the jar was full, and they agreed it was.  The professor then poured sand into the jar, and of course, the sand filled up everything else.  He once again asked if the jar was full.  The students responded it was.

  “Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The rocks are the important things like your family, health and children.  Things that if everything else was lost & only they remain, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the things that matter, like your job, your house and your car.  The sand is everything else, (the small stuff)”.

  “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks.  The same goes for your life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.  Take care of the rocks first, the things that really matter.  Set your priorities, and the rest is just sand”.

In the exercise of our twenty-four-inch gauge, I think this story can provide a blueprint on time management.  In Masonry, we are taught to value family first. 

Recently, we conducted yet another successful “Hawaiian themed” event, which was held at the Lodge on June 18, 2022.  It was a much-needed event to foster the bonds of friendship & brotherly love, and it tied us together to our Lodge.  I would like to specially recognize Brother Robert Leach, for setting up the atmosphere of “Hawaii”, and Worshipful Brother Ron Ridley for showing his exceptional entertaining talent in playing the ukulele. And, of course, thanks also go out to our Worshipful Master Kelly, who made this event possible.  Finally, I would like to thank to the ever supportive and hard-working Worshipful Tony Shelton. Your dedication to the craft and commitment to our fraternal brotherhood, is an example truly worthy of imitation. 

Fraternally,

Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM

Junior Warden  ejrcaballero@hotmail.com

JUNE 2022 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

JUNE 2022

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JUNE 2022

Wednesday, June 1st………. Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….………….…….………Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….……..…….………..Stated Meeting

Saturday, June 4th………….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 8:00 am…………..….Lodge Monthly Breakfast

Wednesday, June 8th……….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

Wednesday, June 15th………….Harding-San Juan Lodge

Start 7:00 pm………….……………………OSI Meeting

Saturday, June 18th………..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 3:00 pm…………………..….…. Hawaiian Night

Wednesday, June 22nd……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

Wednesday, June 29th……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

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

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alicia)                           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

Tony Shelton, PM (Monica)                                      Organist

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM (Myra)                        Tiler

John Knox, PM               Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 5 brethren!!  May you have many, many more.

Enrique Gutierrez

 Pete P. Marcellana

  Martin L. Walker

 Eric A. Schlenker, PM

  Michael L. Sellick, PM

JUNE STATED MEETING MENU

(Meal prepared by Eduardo Caballero Jr.)

Main Dish          Barbeque Pork/Chicken Teriyaki        

Side Dishes        Steamed Mixed Vegetables

                          Potato Salad                        

Bread                 Hawaiian Rolls                                                                                         

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

Brethren,

As we move into the summer months, I can image many of you will be traveling for vacation.  I hope that wherever your travels take you, they are filled with fond and lasting memories & bring you back home safely.  For those of you who are staying around town, Robert, Ed and I will continue to plan for Lodge fellowship opportunities. 

On May 13th, I attended an outing at the Country Club Lanes with several other brothers.  Our Senior Warden put it together, and it was a great opportunity to enjoy the company of brothers away from the Lodge.  Thanks for your efforts, Robert.  I had a great time. 

We will be having a “Hawaiian Night” at the Lodge in June. Brother Ed will provide more details about this event in his article.  I hope to see you all there.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Master  Kd.12682@gmail.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brethren,

As we close out May and move into June, the beginning of Summer is upon us. Such a great time of year to enjoy the good weather and be outdoors.  I say this to encourage you to get out and participate not only in your family endeavors, but with your Lodge as well.  This last month of May, we had a great turn out for Bowling.  It was a night of fellowship, and good times were had by all.  As Worshipful Dixon mentioned, we will continue to plan for more fellowship opportunities in the future.  We are open to any ideas that the brethren may have, so please come forward and show your interest in a new idea for the Lodge.

I hope to see everyone at the Lodge Breakfast again this month. The first Saturday of this Month is June 4th, and it will be at the usual time of 8:00 am to 10:00 am. The kitchen crew will have a new griddle on display, all fixed up and in working order for fresh, hot pancakes.  A great big thanks goes out to Worshipful Eric Schlenker, for donating a wonderful camping stove to the Lodge.  We have taken the opportunity to purchase a large griddle for it, and have plans to use it for Lodge breakfasts & possibly a Lodge camping trip or outing this summer.  More information to come in the following months.

Also, I believe this month we are having a “Hawaiian Night” at the Lodge.  More details to follow from Worshipful Ed our Junior Warden.  I encourage the brothers and their families to wear their Hawaiian shirts for the event. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Senior Warden Rwleach@gmail.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings Brethren.  

We are in the 6th month of this year and indeed, time travels unbelievably fast.  For this month’s article, I would like to talk about Masons being travelers, and share a story with you.

I AM A MASON,,,, A TRAVELLER

One time, I went to the store and saw a man standing in front of the cashier.  I couldn’t help but notice the big square and compass ring on his right ring finger.  So I asked him, “Are you a traveler, brother”?  He replied, “No, I live locally.  I’m from Sacramento”.  Not quite the response I was waiting or hoping for, and I was a little disappointed and frustrated.  I’m not sure if it was the fact that he doesn’t have any clue what I’m talking about, or the misrepresentation of the symbol of square and compass he was wearing.  I decided to prod him a little more and said “I can’t help but notice the ring on your finger”.  He replied, “Oh, I see now.  I know what you mean”.  He then proceeded to tell me what lodge he belonged to.   Surprisingly, we did have common acquaintances.  He went on to apologize, and said I had caught him off guard.

Why do we call ourselves travelers?  And why is it important to travel?   As we recall in our historical lecture, operative masonry is the builders of the temple or cathedral.  Their skill set is very special in that they can go to other countries, if there is work to be done. This particular profession was so in-demand, that they are allowed to travel and work in foreign countries.  As they travel, they gain new knowledge & skills that they can apply, and then add to the quality of their work.

In speculative masonry, our travels may not mean traveling to foreign countries, but gaining admission to other lodges.  It also establishes relations with the deeper meaning of brotherly, love, relief and truth.  By our travels, we gain a deeper meaning of our craft, and in doing so, we increase our knowledge in the workings of our fraternity.  In my travels, I was able to observe practices that even though have some similarity to our rituals, they have subtle differences as well.  I was able to experience first-hand, the wages of a mason as I labored with my other brethren in the fraternity.  I cannot help to compare how different the cultures are, while practicing and memorizing the same words, but the translation and implementation seem to have branched out in a different meaning.  The heated argument, and verbal battle inside the lodge during the stated meeting, was one I wasn’t expecting to observe.  It was like a theatrical scene unfolding in front of me, nothing I have seen before.  But I was also a witness of reconciliation and acceptance of one’s beliefs, respect of others opinion and the love of a brother towards another after a debacle.  It is quite a scene.  The practice of the tenets of masonry in pure form, I would say.  

For month of June, our Lodge will be sponsoring a “Hawaiian Night” event.  This will be a relaxed, informal event, that the members of our Lodge, their family & friends will surely enjoy.  It’s time for all of you to take that best “Hawaiian Costume” out of the closet.  Let’s have a memorable day with our brothers, family and friends, including lots of fun.  This is a combination of an outdoor and indoor function, as we are trying to showcase what our Lodge has to offer in terms of event functionality. 

May we continue to travel, and find ways to improve ourselves, so that may we become a beacon of light & hope to this generation and the next.

Fraternally,

Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM

Junior Warden  ejrcaballero@hotmail.com

APRIL 2022 MONTHLY TRESTLEBOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

APRIL 2022

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR APRIL 2022

Saturday, April 2nd………….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 2:00 pm…………….………….……….Fellowship

Start 2:30 pm…….……..……………..Roll Call Dinner

Wednesday, April 6th……….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….………….…….………Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….……..…….………..Stated Meeting

Saturday, April 9th………….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 8:00 am…………..….Lodge Monthly Breakfast

Wednesday, April 13th……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

Saturday, April 16th……..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,….Garcia Bend Park

Start 10:00 am……………………..Youth Order Event

Wednesday, April 20th………….Harding-San Juan Lodge

Start 7:00 pm………….……………………OSI Meeting

Wednesday, April 27th……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

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

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alicia)                          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

Tony Shelton, PM (Monica)                                 Organist

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM (Myra)                      Tiler

John Knox, PM              Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

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

Bread                  Rolls                                                                                          

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.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Master  Kd.12682@gmail.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brothers, Happy Easter to all!!!!

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.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Senior Warden  Rwleach@gmail.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings Brethren.  

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.

Fraternally,

Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM

Junior Warden  ejrcaballero@hotmail.com

A Sojourners Tale #2

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?

  1. This Lodge holds some of its meetings below sea level.
  2. The Lodge itself is 4,150 above sea level.
  3. 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 mernst@winfirst.com.

March 2022 Monthly Trestle Board

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

MARCH 2022

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR MARCH 2022

Wednesday, March 2nd……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….………….…….………Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….……..…….………..Stated Meeting

Wednesday, March 9th……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:00 pm………………………Hall Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 16th………..Harding-San Juan Lodge

Start 7:00 pm………….……………………OSI Meeting

Wednesday, March 23rd……Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

Wednesday, March 23rd……Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following brother!!  May you have many, many more.

Pericle Georgallis

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

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alicia)                          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

Tony Shelton, PM (Monica)                                 Organist

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM (Myra)                      Tiler

John Knox, PM              Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District

MARCH STATED MEETING MENU

(Meal prepared by Worshipful Kelly Dixon)

Main Dish           Corned Beef

Side Dish            Cabbage

Bread                  Rolls                                                                                          

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

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Brethren,

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.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Master

Kd.12682@gmail.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brethren,

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.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Senior Warden

Rwleach@gmail.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings Brethren.

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!   

Fraternally,

Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM

Junior Warden

February 2022 Monthly Trestle Board

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

FEBRUARY 2022

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2022

Wednesday, February 2nd…Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….………….…….………Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….……..…….………..Stated Meeting

Wednesday, February 9th….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

Sunday, February 13th…….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 2:00 pm….Social Starts for Super Bowl Party

Start 3:30 pm……………………………………Kick-Off

Wednesday, February 16th…….Harding-San Juan Lodge

Start 7:00 pm………….……………….…..OSI Meeting

Saturday, February 19th…..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 1:00 pm…………….………….…………Greetings

Start 1:30 pm……..Sweethearts & Ladies Luncheon

Wednesday, February 23rd..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm…………………………….Ritual Practice

 FEBRUARY STATED MEETING MENU

(Meal to be prepared by brother James Lloyd)

Main Dish            Chicken Gumbo

Side Dish             Rice

Bread                  Rolls                                                                                           

Drinks and dessert will also be provided.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2022

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrena)                           Master

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                            Senior Warden

Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM (Jeralyn)             Junior Warden

Eric Schlenker (Shelly)                                    Treasurer

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alicia)                          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

Tony Shelton, PM (Monica)                                 Organist

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM (Myra)                      Tiler

John Knox, PM              Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District

FEBRARY BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 7 brethren!!  May you have many, many more. 

Steven R. Larson, PM

Phillip L. Chew

Harvard A. Holley

Rodney E. Thompson

Martin Amezcua

George A. Schlumbohm

Vartan Gilian

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

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Brethren,

With sincere humility, I would like to thank all those who placed their trust in me to lead Capital City Lodge #499.  As Master of the Lodge, I do not take lightly the responsibilities of such a position.  Over the past few years, our Lodge has experienced membership growth, engagement and community service.  Additionally, we have seen many improvements to our Lodge’s facilities.  With the support of our Senior and Junior Wardens, I am committed in continuing down this path of growth, engagement and service.  Brother Robert Leach, Worshipful Ed Caballero and I, are all looking forward to providing a Lodge environment that serves the needs of our members.  We will continue to move forward with new opportunities for service to our community.

For those of you who participated in putting together our “Installation of Officers” on January 8th, I can’t thank you enough.  It was a great experience for me personally, and many who attended also commented about the excellent meal.  The bacon wrapped Brauts, which were cooked to perfection by Brother Tim Scott, are worthy of any “Green Bay Packers fan”.  I will perform some taste test comparisons, as I head to the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin for some playoff football action.  Go-Packers-Go!!!

Looking forward, we will be putting together a number of events throughout the upcoming year.  In February, we are having a “Superbowl Barbeque” at the Lodge, as well as our annual “Sweethearts & Ladies Luncheon”.  If any of our brethren have some ideas or experiences associated with Lodge events which may lead to improved Masonic experiences, please reach out to Robert, Ed or myself.  We would love to hear your ideas.

In closing, I would like to extend an open invitation of two-way communications.  If you my brothers, want to pass along any ideas or advice; are in need of assistance; want to shoot the breeze, please feel free to contact me.  I am here to serve you and our Lodge, and am very committed to my obligation as Master of this Lodge.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Master

Kd.12682@gmail.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brethren,

For all of you that attended our 2022 “Installation of Officers”, it was a pleasure to see you there.  It’s also a pleasure to get to work with Worshipful Dixon and Worshipful Caballero this year.  I’m excited about all the great things we have in store for the Lodge this coming year.

First off, we will be utilizing every Wednesday.  If it’s not our stated meeting the first Wednesday, or our Officers School of Instruction the third Wednesday, we will either be having a practice or degree.  What this means is consistency to help the Lodge move forward. 

We have plans to help our “Entered Apprentices” advance, as well as to utilize this time for other advanced degrees in preparation for their time to advance.  Such great times in

our Lodge to have all these new brothers, but they need our support.  So even if you have “been through the chairs” so to speak, it is always a great time to gather and help your brothers out.  Plus, a good refresher of what makes us who we are.

This Month, we are bringing back the 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.

Also, this month we are having our Annual Sweethearts and Ladies Luncheon.  Please see the details in the Trestle Board for more clarity. The food will be delicious, as we are having Chicken Cordon Blue, rice pilaf, asparagus and a side salad. This will be followed up by cheese cake for dessert.

As we are going to have somewhat of a busy month, I sure hope to see as many brothers as possible that can make it out to these events.  We are working on getting the Lodge moving forward, and back to being active.

I would also like to reiterate and add, that the officers are looking for input in what happens in our Lodge.  Please reach out with any concerns, questions or ideas, and fill free to contact any of our officers.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Senior Warden

Rwleach@gmail.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings Brethren.

I would like to encourage all the brethren to look forward to a year of positivity and hope!  One that the “Great Light of Masonry” shine bright on the station of our worshipful master in the East; that he may lead the Lodge with wisdom, morality and justice. 

I would like to start the new year with a short masonic education on why do we refer to our masonic lodges as “The Blue Lodge”:

Most of our more knowledgeable brethren know the answer already, but for the younger ones, the short answer can be found in the “Walkabout” portion under resources in “imember”.  The color blue is emblematic of friendship, a characteristic peculiar to our ancient craft lodges as well as our lodges today. It validates our core belief and practices that masonry is not a religion, nor it is political.  Therefore, our symbolic teachings are acceptable to all man under the blue canopy of heaven.  This reinforces the fact that regardless of your creed, culture or geographical location, when you look up, you will be looking at the same blue sky or blue canopy of heaven.  It teaches us to lean towards acceptance, rather than rejection, inclusive rather than exclusive.  As the color blue is emblematic of friendship, it is in our character to admonish with friendship, and in “the friendliest manner, to bring about a reformation”.

Stay safe brethren.

Fraternally,

Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM

Junior Warden

JANUARY 2022 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

JANUARY 2022

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JANUARY 2022

Tuesday, January 4th……………………………….Via Zoom

Start 7:00 pm………..Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 5th…..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….………….…….………Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….……..…….………..Stated Meeting

NOTE:  There will be a “Walkabout” before meeting

Friday, January 7th….……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm……………………..Installation Practice

Saturday, January 8th….….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 1:00 pm………………………………….Fellowship

Start 2:00 pm…………………. Installation of Officers

NOTE:  Dinner will be served directly following the Installation of Officers

Wednesday, January 19th…Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm………….……………….…..OSI Meeting

JANUARY STATED MEETING MENU

Main Dish             Pot Roast with meat, potatoes and carrots                                      

Bread                   Rolls                                                                              

Drinks and dessert will also be provided.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

(OFFICERS TO BE INSTALLED IN 2022)

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                               Master

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                            Senior Warden

Eduardo Caballero Jr.                                 Junior Warden

Eric Schlenker (Shelly)                                      Treasurer

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alicia)                           Secretary    

Valentino V. Garcia                                             Chaplain

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM                        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                                  Tiler

Tony Shelton, PM (Monica)                                      Organist

John Knox, PM               Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 10 brethren!!  May you have many, many more. 

Alexander A. Asuncion, PM

Eduardo R. Caballero

Paul L. Drew

Mark L. Helsley

Lendrith L. Jackson

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM

Roy F. Ridley, PM

Brian W. Schroeder

Howard A. Shaw

Tony L. Shelton, PM

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

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings Brethren, this will be my final Trestle Board article as Master.

Ok, for my last Stated Meeting in January, brother Kelly will preside.  I have really enjoyed this last year with all of you.  I am also very excited for our Lodge in the coming year, under Kelly. Especially since 2022 will be our year to celebrate 100 years of brotherhood.

For 2022, brothers Kelly and Robert will be establishing several committees, and will be in need of your assistance.  Our recently entered apprentices are practicing their degree work, and will be advancing early in 2022.

I am looking forward to being the Junior Past Master next year, and also being an active member from the level with my brethren.  Remember that the “Installation of Officers” will be held on January 8th at 2:00 pm.  Please try to come out and support these officers for the upcoming year of 2022. 

Fraternally Yours,

Tony Shelton, PM

Master, (Soon to be Junior Past Master)

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brethren,

As our January 5th Stated Meeting will help bring in the new year, I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that will come with my moving up to the East.  I would like to thank Worshipful Shelton for his service this past year.  Also, to those who pitched in to help make 2021 a success, know that Tony, Robert, and I could not have done it without you.  I am mindful of the trust that has been placed in me to lead the Lodge, and I am eager to continue our forward movement of growth and community involvement.

We will have a complete line of Lodge Officers to install this year, and I hope as many Lodge and family members as possible will attend our installation ceremony on January 8th.  A meal will be served after the ceremony has concluded. 

I, along with Robert and Ed, have outlined a series of events throughout this next year.  They will provide opportunities for fellowship and learning, while be mindful about the valuable time of others. 

At the January Stated Meeting, Brother Ed will be conducting a Walkabout.  On the January 19th at 7:00 PM, for the first time in a long time, our District’s OSI meeting will be held at our Lodge.  As a heads up for February, we are planning to have a Superbowl Barbeque at the Lodge.  Our annual Ladies Observance will be held on the 19th of February as well.

As discussed at our last stated meeting, we would like to try something new surrounding our stated meeting meals.  As I’m sure you’re all aware, the meals provided for these meetings are generally prepared and served by a small group of individuals.  For those who might like to cook certain types and/or styles of meals and would like to pitch in, we will have a sign-up opportunity for you to select a month to prepare and serve dinner.  For those who would like to help out, but aren’t quite so handy in the kitchen, we are preparing a series of meal plans for you to choose from.

May all of your holiday celebrations be filled with peace, joy, and brother love, and may health and happiness follow you into the new year.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden, (Soon to be Master Elect)

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

Happy New Year to all.  I hope this finds you well.  Either we all had the time, or will have the time to spend with family this Holiday Season. Not sure when everyone will be reading this, but I do wish that everyone will have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season.  I know this time is special, and I myself look forward to it every year.  While things in life can be crazy and busy, I hope we all take time to spend it with the ones we love and hold dear.

In January, we will be celebrating our “Installation of Officers”, and moving into another Masonic year at Capital City Lodge #499.  I’m looking forward to this day, and hope to see all the brethren there on January 8th at 2:00 pm.

It is exciting to say that the new core of pillar officers in the line, are off to a good start for this new year.  We have already met, and are on the right track for a new and prosperous Masonic year.  Our goal is to try to be as active as we can, with respect to everyone’s time and life’s requirements.  We are planning to utilize every Wednesday for either a practice or get together, for education or degree night.  This will hopefully take the stress off others on other nights of the week.  

Some exciting events to look forward to in 2022, are Bowling nights, Baseball Game at the River Cats, Super Bowl Party and Barbeques.  Events like these we are planning, can always use the help of our brethren.  If any brother has an idea or wants to help participate, please let us know. 

Many exciting things are now happening within our Lodge.  We have gained more brothers, and our membership is growing.  If you haven’t been to Lodge in a while, I encourage you to partake and come on down.

Hats off to Worshipful Tony Shelton on an amazing year. We also welcome Brother Kelly to the East, where the Sun rises.

January’s Stated Meeting will be met with a traditional pot roast  (including meat/potatoes/carrots), and dinner rolls.  Dessert is still to be determined, depending on what is left over from the Holidays.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden, (Soon to be Senior Warden Elect)

A Sojourners Tale

Hello Brothers and Sisters.  Welcome to my first of many articles I am calling “A Sojourners Tale”.  

I had the pleasure of visiting Redding-Trinity Lodge #27. (Redding #254 & Trinity #27 consolidated in 2018 to form Redding – Trinity.)  I went with Loyal Taylor, a past master of the Lodge as his guest.  We had a wonderful dinner of homemade lasagna and green salad.  I was invited to a seat in the Lodge by Worshipful Ron La Salla, who is also a member of Sacramento #40.  I also had the pleasure to sit with the past Grand Commander of the Royal Arch of California Myron Tisdel, and Most Worshipful Bruce Galloway past Grand Master of California. 

Their stated meeting was conducted much the same as ours.  There was good fellowship, and I got to meet up with some old acquaintances of mine. 

Cathlene and I will be traveling south in late January of 2022, and I hope to have some stories of visitations and places we have stayed.

Fraternally,

Matthew Ernst, PM

DECEMBER 2021 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

DECEMBER 2021

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2021

Wednesday, December 1st..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….…..…….…….………Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….…….…….………..Stated Meeting

Tuesday, December 7th……Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm………………………Hall Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 8th..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm………………………Double – 1st Degree

Tuesday, December 14th….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm………..Executive Committee Meeting

(Executive Meeting is for Husbands & Wives)

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 5 brethren!!  May you have many, many more. 

Moses A. Cohen   

Jerry L. Clark

Ronald L. Gross   

William A. Koch 

Charles W. Senk

*I am sorry I missed Charles on last year’s birthday list!!

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica)                                Master

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                  Senior Warden

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                             Junior Warden

Eric Schlenker (Shelly)                                      Treasurer

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha)                         Secretary                                                                

Valentino V. Garcia                                            Chaplain

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM                       Senior Deacon

Kevin R. Laybourn (Kristine)                    Junior Deacon

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM                           Marshall

To Be Determined                                 Senior Steward

To Be Determined                                  Junior Steward

To Be Determined                                                  Tiler

John Knox, PM               Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District

DECEMBER STATED MEETING MENU

Main Dish                Ham/Chicken Rotisserie                               

Side Dishes              Green Bean Casserole/Potatoes 

Bread                       Rolls                                                                                       

Drinks and dessert will also be provided.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings Brethren.

Well, we have almost made it to the end of the 2021 year.  Due to Covid-19, we finally received permission from the Grand Lodge to start meeting again in April.  The three pillars then held our first “Zoom” meeting, instead of the normal in-person ones.  Since then, there have been bigger and better meetings each month throughout the year.  We have all managed to follow the state mandated guidelines regarding this pandemic.  Yet in spite of Covid-19, we were finally able to raise brother Alan O’neal to the sublime degree of Master Mason, after waiting for 2 & 1/2 years.

With the opening of our dinning room, we have had the pleasure of meeting several men and discussed Masonry as well as the possibility of joining our Institution.  Then consider the things we have accomplished during these eight months of meetings listed below:

This has set a wonderful stage for the future of our Lodge, which shines bright in all of our lives.

Thank you to all our brethren, for your patience in dealing with the many obstacles we have been presented over the last 3 years, from every direction.  We also appreciate all your support and love for our masonic family & fraternity, by not giving up during this time.  But instead, you rallied behind our officers and supported our attempts in getting our Lodge back on track.

With the addition of our new brethren, we now have the ability to expand the strength of our 2022 line of officers.  We can continue rebuilding the strength of our Lodge for years to come.

As I am now reaching the end of my 2021 term as Master of Capital City Lodge #499, I will soon come down on the level with all my brethren.  I am very excited to see our 2022 officers take action in this upcoming year.  I look forward to providing any help needed to assist them in their endeavors.    

Fraternally Yours,

Tony Shelton, PM

Master

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brethren,

My brothers, despite the challenges of the past few years, Capital City Lodge has persevered.  Though restricted from meeting, we grew in membership and found opportunities to serve our brothers, their families and our community.  We also partnered with the Elmhurst Neighborhood Association for a successful community pancake breakfast and a “Halloween” candy give-away. 

I am grateful for, and would like to thank, all who stepped up to serve the needs of our Lodge.  This led directly to the successes we experienced in 2021.  I look forward to serving in the upcoming Masonic Year with brothers Leach and Caballero.  Together, we can continue to grow in membership and opportunities for service and fellowship.  Please reach out to Robert, Ed or me with any ideas you might have, that will benefit the Lodge.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden

Kd.12682@gmail.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

It is an exciting time of year, not only for the Lodge, but for family as well.  I hope that this Trestle Board finds you and your family well.  Moving into the Holiday Season is a time of joy, and time to spend with the family.  I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are looking forward to the Christmas Season as well.

Speaking of family, the Lodge continues to grow and add to our Lodge family.  I’m excited that during this and next month, we will be initiating more brothers into this wonderful Lodge.  We have been so blessed this year to grow our Lodge.  I hope that the brethren get a chance to come out and enjoy in fellowship, and welcome these new brothers into of our amazing fraternity.  Upon receiving this, we will have already completed our November degrees. Then we will be moving forward to December 8th, where we are also planning a Past Master’s Degree night.

As Worshipful Tony Shelton has described, we have made some huge accomplishments this year alone, with consideration to COVID.  This last half of the year or so, has been extremely busy at the Lodge.  Yet we are still growing, and looking forward to more engagement in the coming year with our brethren.

Congratulations to the officers that were elected this last month.  As we move forward toward Installation of Officers in January, we are all excited to start the new Masonic year.  I’m grateful for Worshipful Shelton’s time in the east, as we have all learned from his wisdom and experience.  Brothers, this is what it means to be a Lodge, to learn and grow from one another.

December Stated Meeting, I’m planning a traditional Christmas dinner with Ham/Rotisserie Chicken, green bean casserole and scalloped/au gratin potatoes. Dessert will be Pie – Apple. I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas to all.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden

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Wednesday, November 03rd..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….…..……….………….Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….…….…………..….Stated Meeting

NOTE:  We will do an observance for the “Roll Call” during the November Stated Meeting.

Tuesday, November 9th…..….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm……………..Executive Committee Mtg

Wednesday, November 17th….….Harding-San Juan Lodge

Start 7:00 pm……………………..………..OSI Meeting

Wednesday, November 24th..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm………………..….……Practice at Lodge

Monday, November 29th…….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm……………Double 1st-Degree at Lodge

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 3 brethren!!  May you have many, many more. 

Samuel D. Johnson

Gregory M. Leong, PM

Robert W. Leach

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica)                                Master

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                  Senior Warden

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                             Junior Warden

Eric Schlenker (Shelly)                                      Treasurer

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alicia)                         Secretary                                                                

Valentino V. Garcia                                            Chaplain

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM                       Senior Deacon

Kevin R. Laybourn (Kristine)                    Junior Deacon

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM                           Marshall

To Be Determined                                 Senior Steward

To Be Determined                                  Junior Steward

To Be Determined                                                  Tiler

John Knox, PM               Grand Lodge Inspector for the          410th Masonic District

 NOVEMBER STATED MEETING MENU

Main Dish             Ham and/or Turkey                  

Side Dishes          Potatoes and Corn

Bread                   Rolls                    

Drinks and dessert will also be provided.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings Brethren.

Well, it is November already, and my time in the East is almost over.  This year has been very eventful for our Lodge.  To start with, as of October 13th, the Lodge is enjoying 100 years of continuous membership as part of the Grand Lodge of California.  In April of this year, the Lodge was reopened for meetings, and we were once again able to come together for fellowship.  We are still working on renovations in and about the Lodge. 

Recently, our secretary pointed out that with new this technology, we have come from the 12th century into the 20th century.  Most of the new technology we are now using, is geared toward rentals during our off-times at the Lodge.  This will better help the Lodge to support itself in the future.  We have tried to reestablish our commitments to our members and their families.

There are two end-of-month events for October.  We will be assisting the Elmhurst Society in hosting a Pancake Breakfast the morning of October 30th.  Then on October 31st, we will be celebrating Halloween on the front steps of the Lodge, by handing our gift boxes full of candy, for the neighborhood children.  Please come out and help unite us in supporting these two events for our local community.

We have been very lucky to be adding several new members this year.  If you have time, we are doing a triple First-Degree on October 22nd and a double First-Degree in November.  We hope to see you there. 

During the November Stated Meeting, we will hold the “Election of Officers” for 2022.  Also, we will have an observance of the “Roll Call”, to honor our departed brethren.

December will be a slow month for the Lodge, due to the Holidays.  But we will be gearing up for the “Installation of Officers” on January 8th, 2022.  Please try to attend this important event.  It will be a great time for the brethren, and all their families are invited to join in the fun.

Thank you all again on behalf of Capital City Lodge #499, for your continued support in dealing with Covid-19 restrictions, as well as the beautiful remodel we now may all enjoy.  Please remember my brothers, that no matter what you do in life, masonry is truly in all of our hearts and is shared regularly with all people throughout our world.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony Shelton, PM

Master

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brethren,

I would like to thank all of those who participated in helping us get ready for our 100th-Year Anniversary Open House.  It could not have been done without the selfless actions of so many.  We achieved completion of many projects that were envisioned almost two years ago, including the complete exterior painting of our home.  I hope all who attended enjoyed the food, fellowship and displays of our Lodge’s history.  I look forward to the future as we continue to grow together. 

We have initiated four new members in October, and will initiate two more in late November.  I would encourage all members of our Lodge, to look to the future and see where they may be able to carve out some time in the coming year.  This way you will be able to attend a meeting or two, and provide some ideas on how we can better serve our membership and the community.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden

Kd.12682@gmail.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

I am happy to report that it has been a proud month for Capital City Lodge #499.  We have recently voted on 5 new brothers to join the fraternity. Of those 5, we have just initiated three new brothers as of the night of October 22nd.  I would like to welcome and congratulate brother Steve, Jay & Bryan for joining the brotherhood.  I am sure this was already said to them, in various ways, Friday night.  It is my hope that each of you will get a lot out of Masonry in your future ahead.  I was filled with joy, as I’m sure the rest of the Lodge was, to be able to initiate two out of the three candidates.  A big “thank you” to Worshipful Matt Ernest, for stepping in for the remaining initiate.  Also “thank you” to all the brothers who showed up & participated in the degrees.  Each of you demonstrated to us, what brotherly love truly means!

I was deeply saddened that I was unable to make it to our “Celebration & Open House” for 100 years in Masonry, here at Capital City Lodge.  Unfortunately, I was stuck on the road heading back from Nevada seeing family and what not.  I heard that it was a blast, and filled with memories to come.  I also heard that next year will be our official celebration with Grand Lodge.  I can’t wait to share that with all of you.

I’m particularly excited about the end of October, as Worshipful Tony has talked about our “Halloween” event. My two boys and family will be showing up, and it’s a great way to show our family & friends what Masonry is all about.  I know we are all looking forward to the candy, refreshments and gift baskets as mentioned, but let us remember that it’s also about reaching out to our community as well.  I’m looking forward to the social part where we can share brotherly love, as well as spend time with family and friends too.  I look forward to seeing everyone there.

The Stated Meeting for November will be a Thanksgiving- style dinner, with mostly all of the traditional fixings. Oh, and did I mention that there will be PIE!!!!!!!

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR OCTOBER 2021

Wednesday, October 06th…..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm…………….…..……….………….Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….…….…………..….Stated Meeting

Saturday, October 09th……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 5:30 am………………….….……..Meet at Lodge

Start 9:00 am…….……….Grand Lodge of California

Saturday, October 16th……..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 4:30 pm………………….….…..…..…..Check-in

Start 6:30 pm………………….100-Year Open House

Wednesday, October 20th……….Harding-San Juan Lodge

Start 7:00 pm……………………..…..…..OSI Meeting

Friday, October 22nd……..…Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm………………………Double-1st Degree

Sunday, October 31st…..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm……..…Treats for Neighborhood Kids

NOTE: The Executive Committee Meeting has been canceled this month, due to the Grand Lodge trip.

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica) Master

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina) Senior Warden

Robert W. Leach (Julie) Junior Warden

Eric Schlenker (Shelly) Treasurer

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha) Secretary

Valentino V. Garcia Chaplain

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM Senior Deacon

Kevin R. Laybourn (Kristine) Junior Deacon

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM Marshall

To Be Determined Senior Steward

To Be Determined Junior Steward

To Be Determined Tiler

John Knox, PM Grand Lodge Inspector for the 410th Masonic District

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 8 brethren!! May you have many, many more.

Richard Goulden

Josh H. Costa

James D. Lardner

Stanley Fortier

Richard E. Markwell

Benny F. Fong

Kevin R. Laybourn

Allan D. Snider

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings Brethren.

As our year is now on track, time is disappearing as 2021 is coming to a fast close.

On September 15th, we were able to raise brother Alan O’neal to the sublime degree of Master Mason. This is after a 2&1/2-year lockout due to Covid. We really appreciate your patience brother. On September 22nd, saw a 1st degree in our Lodge for our newest brother Derrick Ensminger. He is now ready to start on his Masonic journey. A special thanks to brother Kelly Dixon & brother Robert Leach, for taking charge and conducting an excellent 1st degree for brother Derrick.

On October 9th, we will be going to the Grand Lodge Communications. If any Master Mason would like to come with us, we still have a couple of empty seats available. On October 16th, we are kicking off our “100-Year Celebration. Our Senior Warden Kelly Dixon, will supply more information on this event. On October 22nd, our Lodge will be having a triple-1st degree. This will be a Friday event, and it will be longer than a regular degree, but worthy of your time my brothers. Our Junior Warden Robert Leach, will provide more information as well as his meal plan for the night.

We will also be having a double-1st degree on November 10th, for a father & son duo who will be joining our family.

November is an election month, and will signal that my time in the East is almost over. I cannot convey loudly enough, my pleasure in being able to have this year, with so many of you, my brethren.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony Shelton, PM

Master

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brethren,

At long last, we are ready for our Open House celebration. We are recognizing our 100th year as a Masonic Lodge, and would like to share our Lodge renovations with family, friends, and neighbors. By now, you should have received the Open House invitation in the mail. But just in case it got misrouted, this event is being held on October 16th, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

Though a few minor projects may remain, our building will have a number of upgrades including a fresh coat of paint, new flooring and new seating. Words cannot adequately express the extent of my gratitude, to the brothers who have supported our vision & endeavor of these renovations with their time, talents and energy. It has been a long journey, and we have overcome a number of obstacles.

Please know that your brothers have worked hard to make our home an inviting place to in which to fellowship. As such, I can only assume our efforts have created the environment which recently led to six individuals seeking admission into our Lodge, to become members of our ancient and honorable fraternity.

It is my sincere desire that each member of Capital City Lodge #499, will set aside some time to attend this significant event. I, along with the Worshipful Shelton & Brother Leach, look forward to greeting you on this event. Then showing you around the Lodge, and sharing in our vision of its future.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

If you have not had the pleasure of attending a recent meeting and/or a degree, I am excited to let you know that we have 5 more brothers who are going to be getting their First-degrees soon. We just had a first-degree for our newest brother (Derrick Emsinger), on September 22nd. Please join me in issuing a huge welcome to him as well. Also, a shout out to brothers from GDML Number 853, for helping us to make this degree a success. They were able to bring about 4 brothers in to help fill the chairs and perform amazing parts for the degree. Again, thank you brothers!

Next, on Friday October 22nd, we are planning a triple-1st degree that will run into the evening. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm, and the degrees at 7:00 pm. We will be serving up Hamburgers & Hot dogs, along with sides. Cake will follow for dessert. This will be a very exciting and eventful night, to welcome in three new brothers to the Lodge.

Some of the brethren have been very active and involved with the cleanup & remodel of our Lodge building. Lots of incredible things have happened and are planned to happen, in the near future. As the Junior Warden, I am working on getting a brand new 65” TV and Sonos Sound bar installed in the Dining Hall. This, my brothers, will allow us to have more and better entertainment for future events like games and movie nights. Or maybe just hanging out and catching the game.

This month for our Stated Meeting, we are going to be serving BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw and/or green salad and an ice cream sandwich of sorts. Looking forward to seeing all the brethren there, as we have some voting to do for new members.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden

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OCTOBER STATED MEETING MENU

Main Dish Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Salad Coleslaw and/or Green Salad

Drinks and dessert will also be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

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Wednesday, September 01st..Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm………………..……….….………..Dinner

Start 7:00 pm…….……………..….…..Stated Meeting

Saturday, September 04th….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 2:00 pm………………….….…..………..Check-in

Start 3:00 pm………..Golden Veteran Award Dinner

Wednesday, September 08th Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm………………….….…..………..Check-in

Start 7:00 pm……………..Executive Committee Mtg

Wednesday, September 15th Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm………….…OSI Meeting/Third-Degree

Wednesday, September 22nd Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 7:00 pm………………..…….……….First-Degree

SEPTEMBER STATED MEETING MENU

Main Dish Lasagna/Fettuccini

Salad/Bread Caesar/Garlic Bread

Drinks and dessert will also be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica) Master

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina) Senior Warden

Robert W. Leach (Julie) Junior Warden

Eric Schlenker (Shelly) Treasurer

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha) Secretary

Valentino V. Garcia Chaplain

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM Senior Deacon

Kevin R. Laybourn (Kristine) Junior Deacon

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM Marshall

To Be Determined Senior Steward

To Be Determined Junior Steward

To Be Determined Tiler

John Knox, PM Grand Lodge Inspector for the 410th Masonic District

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 13 brethren!! May you have many, many more.

William D. Alger James D. Lloyd

Christopher T. Clarke Melvin Q. Mate

Angelito De Dios Mostajo Joe F. Stastney

William J. Dreher Billey C. Tuttle

Matthew D. Ernst, PM Larry G. Wells

Lucien A. Grondin Rami J. Zreikat

John R. Grudnoske

We send out our apologies to Tim Scott for missing him on the list for August birthdays!!

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings Brethren.

Well, August at the very least was challenging. With the state reactivating the inside mask requirements, which at our last stated meeting, we complied for the good of the order. However, on August 7th a few of us who participated at an off-site event, were exposed to the new Covid (Delta) variant. Unfortunately, 5 out of 7 exposed were confirmed positive with this new variant. This slowed all of us down, since we were forced to quarantine for a couple of weeks per County CDC mandates. Now I am happy to say that all infected parties have recovered and are doing well. A special thanks goes out to Kelly Dixon and Robert Leach for stepping up & handling the Lodge business during this time.

Getting September started, we have scheduled the Golden Veteran Celebration for brother Thomas H. Brown on the 4th of September at 2:00 pm. With all of these Covid delays, he has been very patient in waiting to receive his much-deserved dinner presentation at the Lodge. Also scheduled in September is a Third-Degree for brother Allan O’neal. It will be held on the 15th, at 7:00 pm. He has also been very patient with the Covid related delays we have experienced this year. September 22nd has been slated for a First-Degree at 7:00 pm for Derrick Ensminger. This is a “Full Tuxedo or Black Suit” Event. As usual the Stated Meeting will be held on the 1st, and the Executive Meeting is on the 8th.

For October, keep in mind that we have an “Open House” on the 16th. This will be our 100-year Kick-Off. Also, in October we will have a “Triple” First-Degree at the Lodge. It will start at 10:00 am, and last all day. Lunch will also be provided. Lastly, on October 30th (set-up) & the 31st (event), we will be holding a “Halloween Evening at the Lodge” for the local community. We will have baskets of candy for the kids, and hot & cold beverages for the adults.

Ok, I am now worn out having listed all of these various scheduling for the next two months. But I am looking forward to hearing from all of you to assist at these many events if possible.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony Shelton, PM

Master

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Brethren,

In addition to the number activities planned for the Lodge, we will begin the process of painting our “home” in September. We will be adding a fresh coat of paint, and making repairs to any exterior cracks on the building. While the exterior color of the Lodge will remain the same, I have been asked about the possibility of applying an accent color around the windows and trim of the building. Anyone who may have an opinion on the matter, or an idea of an acceptable accent color, please let me know so that I can present any suggestions to the Temple Board.

I will be helping out with the Stated Meeting Dinner in September, and have planned an Italian style meal with includes Lasagna, Chicken Fettuccini, salad and garlic bread will be on the menu. A variety of ice cream with multiple toppings will be available for dessert.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

From the South, I’m please to say that our membership is growing. It is a great time for the Lodge right now, in the fact that we have at least 4 or more men that have started their masonic journey. This means lots of First Degree’s coming up, and I’m excited to be part of that. I mentioned 4 new members, but I’ve heard all kinds of numbers too. Brothers have talked about others who have shown interest in joining our great fraternity. Given time brothers, all good things will come together.

With that said, we are planning a First Degree to kick off the season of first degrees. It will be for Mr. Derrick Ensminger on September 22nd at 7:00 pm. As the Worshipful master mentioned, it will be a Tuxedo/Black suit event in the evening. Then in October, we are hoping to plan a triple or so first degrees on a weekend. This will include a BBQ lunch, breakfast snack and coffee to start. Events like this is what we are about, where the Lodge can come together to socialize and welcome new brothers in. I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make our September Stated Meeting, but Brother Kelly Dixon has so graciously volunteered to make the dinner a success. I will defer to his wisdom on a dinner select for you all, and I’m sure it will be fantastic.

In closing, I just wanted to jump back and say we had a fantastic time at the Checker’s Tournament with the Youth Orders. It was really nice to see the youth and their advisors too. We played the weirdest game of checkers I’ve ever seen, and Ice Cream with “ALL” the fixings was the end game. There were no losers that day I assure you. I hope everyone has a great September, and I’m looking forward to the Halloween Party next month. Especially about getting all the kiddos involved. This should be a great turn out.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden

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