JUNE 2021 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

JUNE 2021

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JUNE 2021

Wednesday, June 02nd…..….Capital City Masonic Temple

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 16th……….Capital City Masonic Temple

Start 6:30 pm………………..……….…………Check-in

Start 7:00 pm…….……………….…..Officer Coaching

NOTE:  Zoom will still be available to you if needed.

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499, F. & A.M.

Stated Meeting Dinners………….Will begin in May 2021

Stated Meeting………………First Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Officer’s Coaches:                      Matthew D. Ernst, PM

                  Tony L. Shelton, PM

   Chief Candidate’s Coach:           Matthew D. Ernst, PM

JUNE STATED MEETING MENU

Teriyaki Chicken, Rice, Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. Drinks & Dessert will also be served.  We look forward to seeing you there.

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica)                              Master

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                  Senior Warden

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                            Junior Warden          

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha)                         Treasurer

Vartan Gilian                                                 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

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Brethren,

May was our first SSP compliant, in-person meeting that included dinner.  It was really awesome to be back in the Lodge.  Thanks to all who attended or Zoomed in.  We read and voted on an affiliation from brother Tim Scott.  Congratulations Tim, we would like to welcome you to our Lodge my brother.

As of May 19th, our officer’s coach Worshipful Matt Ernst, has resumed ritual practice scheduled for 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of this month.  After being off for about one and a half years, I think we could all benefit from these practices.  With being closed this long, many things have backed up at the Lodge.  We have degrees to do, a 50-year pin presentation and a Roll Call dinner to put on at this time.  These are all on the front burner, just to mention a few.

The month of June Stated Meeting also has a very special twist.  We are going to carry-on our tradition from 2019 and have a “Hawaiian Shirt & Shorts” meeting.  Our Junior Warden Robert Leach is planning a special themed dinner for us. 

We have received an interesting proposal.  With our new Lodge floor, we could have a two-table “Checkers Tournament” at our Lodge.  The players would have to serve ice cream to the winning team.  I have asked several coordinate bodies, and they all love this idea.  Keep this idea in mind.

We are also planning an “Open House” to reveal our newly remodeled Lodge.  As these plans firm up, we will keep you advised as to the details.

To accomplish this during a short year, we will not be going dark for July and August.  It will be business as usual.  We still have to catch up and prepare officers & the Lodge for our 100-year celebration in 2022.

Again, it is great to be back and available to meet & conduct the business of our Lodge.  I look forward to seeing

you all in the near future at the Lodge once again.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Master

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

From the West Brothers,

As some of you may know, in April we suffered the unexpected passing of Brother John Lindell, Past Master of Capital City Lodge No. 499.  I wanted to take this opportunity to express my condolences to John’s family, friends, and Masonic brothers.  As Past Master of our Lodge, long before I came on the scene, I can only imagine the loss felt by his those closest to him, his family, friends and those whom he recommended to become a Mason. 

I came to know John when I began handling the finances for our Temple Association.  Brotherly love was exhibited by him each time I would call for financial advice.  John would take time out of his busy schedule to speak with me, in person or over the telephone.  He would patiently explain a variety of historical issues, along with present-day and future concerns for our association’s financial well-being.  Not once did I feel as if he was annoyed by my questions, or that the advice he provided me wasn’t morally and ethically based. 

On occasions, I would call John about Masonic matters unrelated to finances.  In keeping with our obligation, in addition to helping me along in my own Masonic journey, John would speak truth to the issues we discussed and keep them in strict confidence.

I will miss my friend John, as will many others.  In honoring his memory as well as all that he has done for Masonry and Capital City Lodge.  I will endeavor to exhibit those Masonic traits he so willingly exhibited to me.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South Brethren,

I hope my brothers are having a great start to this Summer. This is the best time of year to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  With the pandemic moving forward and things are opening up, we are ecstatic to be able to see one another again.  We were able to have our first-in person Stated Meeting and dinner.  It was incredible to see each other again.

This month we are planning an “Hawaiian Theme”, where the brothers are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt and shorts.  Sandals are encouraged.  We will be having a traditional Hawaiian meal, which will most likely be Teriyaki Chicken, Rice and a Hawaiian Macaroni Salad.  I sure hope to see you all there.

The Lodge is planning several upcoming degrees, now that we are able to move forward with them.  I am very excited to get back to some ritual work. This month, through the efforts of Worshipful Matt Ernst, we had a Ritual Practice to work off some ritual dust.  All in all, we had a good time and many more to come.  Ritual my brothers, is what separates us from most others.  It’s what ties the meaning and brings us together.  We have a few brothers who are going to be starting their masonic careers, and some who are progressing.  I hope that we can have great turn outs for them in the near future.

Now is the time to start thinking about the growth of our Lodge.  Now is also the time to invite brothers to return to the Lodge and to encourage others who may seek engagement with Masonry. We need to not only grow our membership, but our engagement as well.

Stay tuned for more degree plans coming up, and hopefully some fun summer events.  I would like to see us doing more fun activities.  I’m not sure what that looks like yet, but let us know what you would like to see from your Lodge. It’s not just about the officers.  We are here to help and support the brethren, so for this June at the Stated Meeting, let us know what you would like to see.

Happy Summer!  I wish you and your family well.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 4 brethren for the month of June!  Please join us in wishing each of them a very Happy Birthday and many, many more.

     June 10th                            Michael L. Sellick, PM

                 June 16th                            Martin L. Walker

                 June 18th                            Enrique Gutierrez

                 June 23rd                            Pete P. Marcellana

Trestle Board Sponsors

In Memoriam

John Albert Lindell, PM

Photo of John Lindell

Initiated Entered Apprentice 4/21/93, Passed to the degree of Fellowcraft 6/23/93. Raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason on 08/25/93. Hiram Award Recipient. Worshipful Master of Capital City Lodge in 1999. Was born October 27th 1947. Call from Labor to the Celestial Lodge Above April 26th, 2021.

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MAY 2021 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

MAY 2021

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR MAY 2021

Wednesday, May 05th ……….Capital City Masonic Temple

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

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

Tuesday, May 11th ………..….Capital City Masonic Temple

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

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

NOTE:  Zoom will still be available to you if needed.

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499, F. & A.M.

Stated Meeting Dinners………….Will begin in May 2021

Stated Meeting………………First Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Officer’s Coaches:                      Matthew D. Ernst, PM

                  Tony L. Shelton, PM

   Chief Candidate’s Coach:           Matthew D. Ernst, PM

MAY STATED MEETING MENU

Chicken & Beef “Street” Tacos, Drinks and Dessert will also be providedWe look forward to seeing you there.

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica)                              Master

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                  Senior Warden

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                            Junior Warden          

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha)                         Treasurer

Vartan Gilian                                                 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

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Brethren,

In case you haven’t heard yet, the Grand Master has made the official announcement that as of April 15, 2021, the Masons of California may now meet at our Lodge again.

Along with the May Trestle Board, you will be receiving two additional notifications.  The first steps for our Lodge are being completed and implemented per the established guidelines we have been given.  I am sending out a letter from me to all the brethren and tenants of our Lodge.  It will explain what we

must do in order to meet our compliance with the Grand Lodge.  The other notification which is required by Grand Lodge.  at this time is the SPP (Site Specific Protection Plan) Outline.It will be our rule and guide for all those who wish to re-enter our Lodge.  Please read these documents thoroughly, and call me if there are any questions.

So back to the great news!  Your Executive Committee has already met, and are now working to develop the first in-person meeting at our Lodge.  It is scheduled to be held on May 5th.  Our brother Junior Warden (Robert Leach) will be planning the meal.  I will let him elaborate on this for you.

Zoom will continue to be a part of our Stated Meetings at this time.  If you don’t feel good or have a temperature, we ask that you don’t come into the Lodge.  Please utilize Zoom for the safety of all brethren.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Master

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings from the West Brehren,

I think the light of day is beginning to shine on what seems to have been a long, dark night.  Though we may have a number stipulations placed upon us, I am grateful for the opportunity meet with my Masonic family.  To share a meal and fellowship with one another, in the Lodge that we call home.  As our brothers who came before us, we have faced adversity and have persevered.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all who have stepped up to make our home a more modern and inviting Lodge for all of our members.  Though all of the planned renovations have not been completed, I am confident you will be more than satisfied with the progress that has been made.  For those who are able to attend our stated meeting on May 5th, I look forward to greeting you at the door.  For those who cannot, we will have Zoom options if you wish to participate remotely. 

If you have any questions about attending the stated meeting or participating via Zoom, please reach out to myself or any of the other Lodge Pillars, so that we can get you plugged in as appropriate.  I’m excited about May’s Stated Meeting, and I hope to see you there.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

My brothers from the South, the time has come that we have been waiting for. The Lodge is now open for in-person meetings, following the guidelines set forth.  This doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy, and there are still many challenges ahead.  But we are closer than we once were to being fully open.  More on this to come from our Master Worshipful Shelton.

We are hoping to have a “Cinco de Mayo” style dinner in place on the May Stated Meeting Dinner.  I can’t wait to share stories and brotherly love once again.  Looking forward to seeing all who can make it.

This last month in April 2021, the Lodge had a wonderful event a (Youth Order Luncheon).  We had a great turn out. The young ladies from Jobs, and young men from Demolay came out to visit along with their adult advisors.  As well as a few other members from Masonic bodies. They all were overjoyed as this was one of the first events for this year.  We have all been unable to attend since the COVID pandemic started. We did give tours of the building and the remodeling we have been laboring on.  Everyone seemed so thrilled with this accomplishment.  Worshipful Matt Ernst and Master Worshipful Tony Shelton gave tours of the building, and I wanted to thank them for that.  We prepared bagged lunches of ham and turkey sandwiches, with mostly all the fixings.  Everyone sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather & fellowship from a distance.  The Lodge was even able to interact with members of the local community and our neighborhood.

A special thanks to the committee who met, helped plan and invested the time in making this event possible.  The Luncheon Committee was – Tony Shelton, Kelly Dixon, James Lloyd, Matt Ernst and to the ladies who helped, Cathlene Ernst and Monica Hodge.  Thanks you guys for all your service in helping set up and preparing the lunches.

I know we still have a way to go but I’m looking forward to getting back to some ritual work, and bringing the Lodge alive again.  Pushing forward, we need more brothers to get involved.  What I’m looking forward to the most are more events like degrees and seeing my brothers again.  We have a lot of work, lots of brothers that need to move up and hopefully new brothers to come in.  Keep a look out for people might be a good fit for masonry.  Our lodge needs more membership more than ever.

I wish you and your family well in the Month of May and beyond.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden

MAY BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 8 brethren for the month of May!  Please join us in wishing each of them a very Happy Birthday and many, many more.

May 04th       Nicolas G. Rapanos

May 17th       Jeremy A. Edwards

May 20th       Richard D. Hayes 

May 21st       James T. Wong Jr.

May 23rd       Scott M. Colvin

May 25th       Jun Mel C. Basa Jr.    

May 25th       Valentino V. Garcia

May 27th       Melvin L. Dosch

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April 2021 Trestle Board

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817 

APRIL 2021

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR APRIL 2021

Wednesday, April 07th…..………..…..….….…Zoom

Start 6:30 pm……………….…..………..Log-in

Start 7:00 pm…….……….…..Stated Meeting

Tuesday, April 13th………………………..….…Zoom

Start 6:30 pm……………….…..………..Log-in

Start 7:00 pm……Executive Committee Mtg

Saturday, April 17th…….…………………….…Zoom

Start 11:00 am……….…. Capital City Lodge

End 2:00 pm..Youth Orders Drive-by Lunch

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 6 brethren for the month of March!  Please join us in wishing each of them a very Happy Birthday and many, many more.

                  April 1st                Clinton E. Abbott

                  April 6th               Robert A. Ward, PM

                  April 10th             John D. Dunnett, Jr.

                  April 13th             Warren W. Michael

                  April 17th             David L. De Benedetti

                  April 25th             Murlin R. Hand

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499, F. & A.M.

Stated Meeting & Dinner…………(At Lodge) Temporarily Discontinued

Stated Meeting………………First Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Officer’s Coaches:                      Matthew D. Ernst, pm

         Tony L. Shelton, pm                                       

   Chief Candidate’s Coach:           Matthew D. Ernst, pm

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica)                              Master

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                  Senior Warden

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                            Junior Warden           

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha)                         Treasurer

Vartan Gilian                                                 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

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

         

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Brethren, greeting from the East.

March is here again, and we are hoping for no more surprises like the Covid-19 from last year.  Moving forward with Lodge business, we will have an audit in March, so we can be compliant with Grand Lodge.  Also in March, we will be trying to get brother Aquino ready for his second-degree proficiency.  Brother Kevin is currently working on his proficiency with Past Master Matt Ernst to advance his station as well.  These are all being done within the set perimeters from our Grand Lodge.

I really am going to miss sharing the March Stated Meeting meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage with everyone.  I do think once we get to meet again, that we will need to talk brother James Lloyd into another Cajun meal.  Especially since it was so delicious last time he fixed it for us. 

Due to multiple requests, we are trying to put a small event together to honor our youth orders.  I will keep you informed as our plan comes together.

Once again, I am looking forward to the day we can meet in person again.  Plans are currently being discussed on how to open the Lodge at this time.  We would like to have an Open House with and “Meet & Greet” to show off our newly remodeled Lodge.

In closing, I just want to say thank you to our Past Master Matt Ernst, Sr. Warden Kelly Dixon and Jr. Warden Robert Leah, for making time for us to put together a Covid-19 Widows & Sweethearts event for February 2021.  The feedback we have receive so far has been spectacular.  Each of the recipients were very grateful that our officers took the time and effort to bring a little smile to their faces.

Brethren, think positive, be well and always remember that many portions of Masonry are communicative and mouth to ear.  Do this with those who may show a desire to know more about Masonry, whenever possible.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Master

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings from the West,

Brothers, we are at a stage in our renovation process in which decisions about the display of pictures, memorabilia, and other items of historical significance need to be made. Prior to our renovations, all such items were taken down and stored. Now that the painting has been completed and new display cabinets have been acquired, we will begin the decision-making process of how to properly honor the Lodge’s history and the legacy of our brothers who came before us.

For a variety of reason, including reminders by my wife that I might be lacking in decorative vision, so I would like to extend an opportunity to others who may want to provide input or participate in this stage of the process.  Decisions about the volume, manner, and time frames historical items and memorabilia are to be displayed need to be made. For example, with limited space available in our two display cases, should we identify and permanently display only the most significant items we have, or should we create a display rotation schedule so they can all be viewed. Decisions about the display and/or restoration of pictures and artwork are equally important.  I, like I’m sure many others, are anxiously awaiting a return to normal. Until then, if anyone is interested in this opportunity to participate in Lodge’s display and decoration process, please shoot me an email or give me call and I’ll be glad to get you involved.

Fraternally

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

From the Station in the South. With March upon us, I look forward to the day that we can return to the Lodge.  As things here in California particularly are looking brighter and brighter as we move forward.  Things are opening up and the COVID Vaccine program is in full swing.  All good things to lead us back to seeing each and every one of you again.  

This last month, we had a wonderful event with which it was my pleasure to spend the day with Worshipful Junior Past Master Matt Ernst; as we delivered some care packages as part of our Widows and sweetheart’s Event for Feb. 2021.  We started to day off with conversation and planning at the Lodge with Worshipful Tony Shelton and brother Kelly Dixon before we headed out in our respective groups.  Events like this are what bring us together.  I got to spend the day in great conversation and visiting the widows and sweethearts of our Lodge.  All of which seemed to be in good spirits and thanked us for keeping them in our thoughts.  One of the biggest comments we got was that everyone loved getting this trestle board. I’m looking forward to more events like this, where we can get the body of the Lodge involved.

Coming up soon, I’m looking forward to being a part of our youth orders program.  Not sure what the details are yet, but stay tuned.  We are planning a way that we can socially distance, but still honor our youth orders in the area.

Plans for the hopefully near future are going to be a “Return to the Lodge” event, where we are hoping to get all the brethren, family and friends involved.  You know that always means good food and conversation, in addition to lots of fun.  Please let us know if you have any ideas and/or would like to contribute to the event.  This is largely because of the eagerness to get back to the Lodge, but also to be able to have an Open House and show off our newly renovated Lodge.  The Hall Board has been hard at work for a while now, in this massive undertaking.  Things are looking really amazing.

In closing, I would like to say that I’m happy Spring is right around the corner.  As I look forward to the upcoming weather changes and warmer days, I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy these wonderful days we have coming.  For me, it means being able to spend more time outdoor with my family, and hopefully do some traveling and camping in the near future.

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden

Lodge Trestle Board Sponsors

MARCH 2021 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

MARCH 2021

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR MARCH 2021

Wednesday, March 03rd…………..…..….….…Zoom

Start 6:30 pm……………….…..………..Log-in

Start 7:00 pm…….……….…..Stated Meeting

Wednesday, March 10th…………………..….…Zoom

Start 6:30 pm……………….…..………..Log-in

Start 7:00 pm…….Executive Committee Mtg

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 2 brethren for the month of March!  Please join us in wishing each of them a very Happy Birthday and many, many more.

         March 5th                      Earl Warren, III

         March 13th                    Pericle Georgallis

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499, F. & A.M.

Stated Meeting Dinners……..Temporarily Discontinued

Stated Meeting………………First Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Officer’s Coaches:                      Matthew D. Ernst, PM

                  Tony L. Shelton, PM

   Chief Candidate’s Coach:           Matthew D. Ernst, PM

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica)                              Master

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                  Senior Warden

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                            Junior Warden           

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha)                         Treasurer

Vartan Gilian                                                 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

LODGE EMAIL ADDRESS

info@capitalcitylodge.org

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Brethren, greeting from the East.

March is here again, and we are hoping for no more surprises like the Covid-19 from last year.  Moving forward with Lodge business, we will have an audit in March, so we can be compliant with Grand Lodge.  Also in March, we will be trying to get brother Aquino ready for his second-degree proficiency.  Brother Kevin is currently working on his proficiency with Past Master Matt Ernst to advance his station as well.  These are all being done within the set perimeters from our Grand Lodge.

I really am going to miss sharing the March Stated Meeting meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage with everyone.  I do think once we get to meet again, that we will need to talk brother James Lloyd into another Cajun meal.  Especially since it was so delicious last time he fixed it for us. 

Due to multiple requests, we are trying to put a small event together to honor our youth orders.  I will keep you informed as our plan comes together.

Once again, I am looking forward to the day we can meet in person again.  Plans are currently being discussed on how to open the Lodge at this time.  We would like to have an Open House with and “Meet & Greet” to show off our newly remodeled Lodge.

In closing, I just want to say thank you to our Past Master Matt Ernst, Sr. Warden Kelly Dixon and Jr. Warden Robert Leah, for making time for us to put together a Covid-19 Widows & Sweethearts event for February 2021.  The feedback we have receive so far has been spectacular.  Each of the recipients were very grateful that our officers took the time and effort to bring a little smile to their faces.

Brethren, think positive, be well and always remember that many portions of Masonry are communicative and mouth to ear.  Do this with those who may show a desire to know more about Masonry, whenever possible.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Master

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings from the West,

Brothers, we are at a stage in our renovation process in which decisions about the display of pictures, memorabilia, and other items of historical significance need to be made. Prior to our renovations, all such items were taken down and stored. Now that the painting has been completed and new display cabinets have been acquired, we will begin the decision-making process of how to properly honor the Lodge’s history and the legacy of our brothers who came before us.

For a variety of reason, including reminders by my wife that I might be lacking in decorative vision, so I would like to extend an opportunity to others who may want to provide input or participate in this stage of the process.  Decisions about the volume, manner, and time frames historical items and memorabilia are to be displayed need to be made. For example, with limited space available in our two display cases, should we identify and permanently display only the most significant items we have, or should we create a display rotation schedule so they can all be viewed. Decisions about the display and/or restoration of pictures and artwork are equally important.  I, like I’m sure many others, are anxiously awaiting a return to normal. Until then, if anyone is interested in this opportunity to participate in Lodge’s display and decoration process, please shoot me an email or give me call and I’ll be glad to get you involved.

Fraternally

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

From the Station in the South. With March upon us, I look forward to the day that we can return to the Lodge.  As things here in California particularly are looking brighter and brighter as we move forward.  Things are opening up and the COVID Vaccine program is in full swing.  All good things to lead us back to seeing each and every one of you again.  

This last month, we had a wonderful event with which it was my pleasure to spend the day with Worshipful Junior Past Master Matt Ernst; as we delivered some care packages as part of our Widows and sweetheart’s Event for Feb. 2021.  We started to day off with conversation and planning at the Lodge with Worshipful Tony Shelton and brother Kelly Dixon before we headed out in our respective groups.  Events like this are what bring us together.  I got to spend the day in great conversation and visiting the widows and sweethearts of our Lodge.  All of which seemed to be in good spirits and thanked us for keeping them in our thoughts.  One of the biggest comments we got was that everyone loved getting this trestle board. I’m looking forward to more events like this, where we can get the body of the Lodge involved.

Coming up soon, I’m looking forward to being a part of our youth orders program.  Not sure what the details are yet, but stay tuned.  We are planning a way that we can socially distance, but still honor our youth orders in the area.

Plans for the hopefully near future are going to be a “Return to the Lodge” event, where we are hoping to get all the brethren, family and friends involved.  You know that always means good food and conversation, in addition to lots of fun.  Please let us know if you have any ideas and/or would like to contribute to the event.  This is largely because of the eagerness to get back to the Lodge, but also to be able to have an Open House and show off our newly renovated Lodge.  The Hall Board has been hard at work for a while now, in this massive undertaking.  Things are looking really amazing.

In closing, I would like to say that I’m happy Spring is right around the corner.  As I look forward to the upcoming weather changes and warmer days, I hope you are all able to get out and enjoy these wonderful days we have coming.  For me, it means being able to spend more time outdoor with my family, and hopefully do some traveling and camping in the near future.

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden

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FEBRUARY 2021

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Published monthly by

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621 Lara Lane, Rio Linda, CA  95673

Cell Phone:  (916) 802-1663       Email:  mondificent@gmail.com

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2021

Wednesday, February 03rd…………..….….…Zoom

Start 6:30 pm……………….…..………..Log-in

Start 7:00 pm…….……….…..Stated Meeting

Tuesday, February 09th…………..………….…Zoom

Start 6:30 pm……………….…..………..Log-in

Start 7:00 pm…….Executive Committee Mtg

NOTE:     Any elected officers who are not currently installed, will be at the February 6th Stated Meeting.

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 7 brethren for the month of February!  Please join us in wishing each of them a very Happy Birthday and many, many more.

         February 01st                Harvard A. Holley

         February 01st                 Steven R. Larson, PM    

         February 06th                Phillip L. Chew

         February 12th                Rodney E. Thompson

         February 15th                Vartan Gilian

         February 18th                Martin Amezcua

         February 26th                George A. Schlumbohm

ELECTED OFFICERS FOR 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica)                                                                    Master

nautilas2010@yahoo.com                                                   Cell (916) 240-0709

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                                                     Senior Warden

ko.12682@gmail.com                                                          Cell (916) 601-0525

Robert W. Leach (Julie)                                                                 Junior Warden rwleach@gmail.com                                                           Cell (916) 591-0137

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha)                                                             Treasurer

markklaybourn@gmail.com                                               Cell (916) 690-3777

Vartan Gilian                                                                                          Secretary

gilianscenter@yahoo.com                                                 Cell (916) 799-2298

Valentino V. Garcia                                                                                 Chaplain

                                                 

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM                                                          Senior Deacon

vmanganaan@hotmail.com                                                     Cell (916) 233-7406                                                                                            

Kevin R. Laybourn (Kristine)                                                         Junior Deacon

kevin.laybourn@gmail.com                                               Cell (916) 812-6836

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM                                                             Marshall

alcapital2@yahoo.com                                                                     Cell (916) 647-3394

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

                                                                             Home (916) 331-2327 

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499, F. & A.M.

Stated Meeting Dinners……………7:00 pm including – via Zoom

Stated Meeting…….……………………First Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Officer’s Coaches:                      Matthew D. Ernst, PM &

    Tony L. Shelton, PM             

    Chief Candidate’s Coach:         Matthew D. Ernst, PM

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Brethren, greeting from the East.

So, in answer to a few questions regarding the Grand Lodge and meetings, there are to be no mass meetings as of today at our Masonic Lodge.  However, small work parties of 6 or less, with the necessary approval and documents from the Hall Board.  These meetings cannot be Masonic related, unless the request is submitted in writing to the Grand Master via the Grand Secretary for review and approval.  These meetings would be for proficiencies or other special events.  All must observe and follow Covid-19 protocol for the state of California, including Sanitization as required after meeting.

The receipt of applications for membership can still be submitted with funds attached.  Let the candidate know that we will still read in the Lodge on apps from Zoom for Stated Meetings at this time.  If approved, we will assemble a virtual Investigation Committee who will report and submit the necessary papers that will determine if a vote is necessary.  Once vote is positive, the Master will call candidate to congratulate him, and follow up congratulatory letter will be sent to candidate.  A suitable coach will be assigned by Past Master Matthew Ernst, who will be the point of contact representing our Lodge.  Once Grand Lodge allows our Lodge to open for degrees, the coach will let the Master know so that the degree can be scheduled.

I will be calling the Executive Committee early this month, to discuss how to proceed on a Window’s program to get ideas on how it can be safely done.  So, as you can see, some progress is being made with our Grand Lodge in trying to advocate Masonry to some kind of normal, such as it may be at this time.

Brethren, think positive, be well and always remember that many portions of Masonry are communicative and mouth to ear.  Do this with those who may show a desire to know more about Masonry, whenever possible.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Master, (916) 240-0709 Nautilas2010@yahoo.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

From the West,

Brothers, as the Master has indicated, we are still restricted from meeting in our usual fashion.  However, we have been conducting stated meetings via Zoom and, while I prefer face-to-face gatherings, these virtual meetings are a better alternative than not having a meeting at all.  I would encourage all who have a modern cellphone, laptop, desktop, iPad, or any number of other technology devices to “Zoom” in and participate.

Though our meetings at the lodge have been non-existent for the last several months, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Hall Board and the Lodge’s Executive Committee for remaining committed to the renovation our home.  We continue to take advantage of this downtime to make improvements and I am confident they will make us all proud to bring friends and family to our events.  Most recently, the main Lodge Room has been painted, new carpeting has been installed and a Sonos sound system is up and running. 

I will close this article with a comment about opportunities. Sometimes, they present themselves when you least expect it.  Not too long ago, while golfing in a foursome, we ended the day with a few adult beverages at the 19th hole.  I had not previously met one member of the foursome, and as we chatted, he mentioned the Shrine.  Turns out he is a brother and a member of Capital City Lodge.  The other members of the foursome joked about secret signals and signs, but it was an opportunity.  An opportunity not only to get to know another brother, but an opportunity to talk about Masonry with men who just might ask the right question.  Opportunities, prepare us for the unexpected, and it just might be the opportunity someone has been waiting for.

To my brother, it was a great day to be golfing and I look forward to seeing you again on the links.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Senior Warden, (916) 601-0525 Kd.12682@gmail.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Brethren,

From the station in the South, I hope that you all had a wonderful Holiday season.  I know I did, and had ample time to spend with family and friends.  Also, I enjoyed working closely with our newly elected, appointed and installed officers for the 2021 Masonic year. Congratulations to these officers, and gentlemen I look forward to working closely with all year.

One of the biggest challenges we face this year, is not being able to meet together.  We have had great success recently with our stated meetings via Zoom.  Granted, while it will never replace meeting in person, it’s the only option we have at this time.  I strongly encourage all brothers who can, to please join our Zoom meetings each month.  It’s a wonderful time to check up on our brethren, friends and new brothers as well.  

The newly elected officers are working towards preparing our Lodge for a future where we can once again meet in harmony.  We now turn to you the brethren, to help us stay connected.  We would love to hear from you on how can we help you attend Lodge.  Whether it be helping out with Zoom, or any other advice on how to make the experience better for you.  The officers are looking for ways we can better engage, and bring members back in.  While we know everyone has their own challenges, and life takes them in different directions, just know that there are Masonic brothers that await your return to our Lodge.

Once again, a big shout out goes to Brother Kelly Dixon and the team actively working on the Lodge restoration.  The Lodge room looks great and more great things are coming. I’m confident that one day soon, we will all be able to enjoy all the great new things we have to be proud of at our Lodge.

As we move forward in 2021, I’m looking forward to seeing more and more faces involved with our Lodge.  Know that the officers of Capital City are open to suggestions, and look forward to your engagement once again.

To new and better things in 2021,

Robert W. Leach

Junior Warden, (916) 591-0137  rwleach@gmail.com

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SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

JANUARY 2021

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

621 Lara Lane, Rio Linda, CA  95673

Cell Phone:  (916) 802-1663       Email:  mondificent@gmail.com

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR JANUARY 2021

Tuesday, January 5th.……………………………..……………………………Zoom

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

Wednesday, January 6th……………………………………………….…….…Zoom

              6:30 pm……………………..…….………Officer Installation Practice

Wednesday, January 9th………..………………………………………………Zoom

              2:00 pm……………………………………………..….Officer Installation

Wednesday, January13th………..………………………………………..……Zoom

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

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 10 brethren for the month of January!  Please join us in wishing each of them a very Happy Birthday and many, many more.

     January 06th            Tony L. Shelton, PM

     January 09th            Paul L. Drew       

     January 09th            Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM

     January 09th            Roy F. Ridley, PM

     January 11th            Brian W. Schroeder

     January 17th            Eduardo R. Caballero

     January 17th            Howard A. Shaw

     January 19th            Alexander A. Asuncion, PM

     January 19th            Mark L. Helsley

     January 22nd            Lendrith L. Jackson

OFFICERS TO BE INSTALLED IN 2021

Tony L. Shelton, PM (Monica)                                                                    Master

nautilas2010@yahoo.com                                                    Cell (916) 240-0709

Joseph “Kelly” Dixon (Sabrina)                                                     Senior Warden

ko.12682@gmail.com                                                            Cell (916) 601-0525

Robert W. Leach                                                                             Junior Warden

                                                                                                   Cell (   )    000-0000

Mark K. Laybourn, PM (Alisha)                                                              Treasurer

markklaybourn@gmail.com                                                Cell (916) 690-3777

Vartan Gilian                                                                                            Secretary

gilianscenter@yahoo.com                                                  Cell (916) 799-2298

Valentino V. Garcia                                                                                  Chaplain

                                                                                                  Cell (   )    000-0000

Virgilio V. Manganaan, PM                                                           Senior Deacon

vmanganaan@hotmail.com                                                         Cell (916) 233-7406                                                                                                

Kevin R. Laybourn (Kristine)                                                          Junior Deacon

kevin.laybourn@gmail.com                                                Cell (916) 812-6836

Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM                                                              Marshall

 alcapital2@yahoo.com                                                                Cell (916) 647-3394

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

                                                                               Home (916) 331-2327 

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499, F. & A.M.

Stated Meeting Dinners……………7:00 pm including – via Zoom

Stated Meeting…….……………………First Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Officer’s Coaches:                      Matthew D. Ernst, PM &

    Tony L. Shelton, PM              

    Chief Candidate’s Coach:         Matthew D. Ernst, PM

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings and Happy New Year from the East.  Brethren and Ladies welcome to January the year of our lord 2021.

As outgoing Master, I have many fond recollections of the last 2 years that you, the members of this lodge, have elected me to serve.

With the collective help and dedication of the officers and others, we have brought back the Lodge from being at the point of losing our charter, to a functioning Lodge with an almost full line.  This is due in a very large part, to the dedication and hard work of our Senior Warden Tony Shelton.  I am happy to say that he has been elected & accepted as Master, and will serve in 2021.  In his last article as Sr. Warden, Tony has informed me he will announce his officers for the ensuing year.

Although this year has been marked with COVID-19, it has not been a year without achievements.  The updates and much needed repairs to the Lodge are almost completed.  The officers have maintained and sent out a monthly Trestle Board to keep you all informed.  Plus, the resumption of our Stated Meetings via zoom.

I would like to give a huge “thank you” to brother Kevin Laybourn.  This Brother has been instrumental to the Lodge serving as our electronic media specialist.  He has maintained our social media sites, as well as being our zoom meeting coordinator.  I would also like to thank Monica Hodge, who has been our Trestle Board publisher.  My last thank you is to our Hall Board officers, particularly Brother Kelly Dixon and Worshipful Mark Laybourn.  They have unselfishly given of their time for the Lodge renovations. 

Upcoming dates:

Jan 5th Hall Board Meeting via Zoom 6:30 pm

Jan 6th Lodge Officer Installation Practice 6:30 pm

Jan 9th Lodge Virtual Installation of Officers at 2:00 pm.  All members are welcome to log-in and watch. 

Jan 13th Stated Meeting 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Happy Holiday Season,

Matthew Ernst, P.M.

Master, (916) 995-0629, mernst@winfirst.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings Brethren from the West, and welcome to 2021!

Your officers, as Worshipful Matt Ernst has informed you, are ready for the Installation, which will be held on January 9th at 2:00 pm.  Please notify brother Kevin Laybourn if you would like to attend this event via Zoom.

This being my last article as Senior Warden, I would like to thank all of you for your support in 2020, especially with all that has gone on this year.  I have enjoyed performing this job, as you have made it very easy to “Pay the Kraft their Wages”.

NOTE:  The first Stated Meeting for 2021 has been moved to January 13th at 7:00 pm, via Zoom

If you have not attended one of these Zoom Meetings, they are condensed into dealing with business at hand.  I will endeavor to keep these meetings to about an hour whenever possible.  As we have been conducting our Hall Board Meeting the same evening, it is essential we maintain this time schedule.

We do not know what 2021 will bring, or if the Grand Lodge will allow us to meet again.  We do plan to maintain the Zoom Meetings, if physical meeting resume.  Those of you who cannot physically be present, can still port in to join us as part of the Lodge brethren’s meetings.  The Senior and Junior Wardens and I are keeping a very positive attitude in anticipating the time when we can meet again.

Our 100th year is in 2021, but this celebration for the Lodge has been moved to 2022, which is our 101st year.  This is in anticipation of being able to allow all to take part in the celebration at that time.

Remember my brothers that we the officers of Capital City are here to assist all brethren of this Lodge whenever possible.  You just need to let us know.

Please let us pray and hold in our hearts the deep values of Masonry we have been entrusted within the New Year.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Senior Warden, (916) 240-0709 Nautilas2010@yahoo.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South.

Thankfulness.  As I considered the topic of my article for January of 2021, I couldn’t help but contemplate all that has happened over the past twelve months.  Worldwide pandemic, political and social unrest, unprecedented restrictions placed on our daily lives, just to name a few.  Heck, it was challenging at times to find toilet paper. 

As I was watching a favorite YouTube channel about all the things I would like to do to my 5th wheel trailer (if I had the requisite time and money), a video about thankfulness popped up.  One might ask, what could have occurred in 2020 that would make me thankful.  Well, a lot of bad, sad, and simply unpleasant things did occur.  However, dwelling on them simply does nothing to improve anything that has already occurred.  On the other hand, I do live in the greatest country in the world.  I have my health.  We have been able to move the Lodge’s renovations forward at greater speed.  I have been able to help members of my family with projects in need of completion.  I was also able to help my godson move some things across the country.  My family is safe and healthy.

I know that each of us have been faced with differing challenges this past year, some more difficult than others, and my sympathy goes out to those who have suffered.  However, I know that in these most trying of times, we still have a choice to either dwell on the bad circumstances we have been subjected to, or reflect upon the things we can be thankful for.  For me, I will try my very best to take a moment each day in 2021 to be thankful for the good things I have been blessed with in this life.

I am very thankful.  I hope each of my brothers find health, happiness, and prosperity in 2021.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Junior Warden, (916) 601-0525

Kd.12682@gmail.com

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DECEMBER 2020 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

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4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

                                                              

DECEMBER 2020

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

621 Lara Lane, Rio Linda, CA  95673

Cell Phone:  (916) 802-1663       Email:  mondificent@gmail.com

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings from the East and welcome to December.

We have some good news for everyone.  Dues notices will be going out very soon, and the Grand Lodge is making it possible this year to pay your dues by credit card.  If you want to use this method of payment, please contact our Secretary Varten Gilian at gilianscenter@yahoo.com for details.  Also, while we are on this subject, there are approximately 34 brothers who have not paid their dues for last years.  There are also several brethren who have not paid for 2 years.  If you do not want to be dropped from the rolls, please pay your dues.

Brethren, as was reported last month, we are now holding our Lodge meetings via Zoom.  The meetings will be held on our regular meeting night at 7:00 pm, This month, we will be electing officers for when we are able to install them, or the Grand Lodge gives us further directions.  As always, our Zoom meeting specialist Kevin Laybourn will be giving us the contact and meeting information.

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you on the 4th of December.  Till then, may the blessings of heaven be upon you all.     

Happy Holiday Season,

Matthew Ernst, P.M.

Master, (916) 995-0629, mernst@winfirst.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings Brethren from the West.

Happy Holiday Season to all!  As the master stated, elections were suspended in November during our first Zoom meeting.  All was a success, so this month your Lodge officers will be elected and all are looking forward to serving in 2021.  So, if you would like check out the proceedings, please contact Kevin Laybourn at      kevin.laybourn@gmail.com, to receive a Zoom invitation to attend this meeting.

At this time, the challenges presented this year along with everything else going on, has the Grand Lodge of California trying to get a direction for us to proceed in 2021.  Thanks to all our brethren for being so patient, tolerant and supportive during this pandemic.  I am not sure after the after the elections are complete, when our officers can be installed.  Once this is done, they can grab the reins to help put Masonry back together for all of us.

I do have a question for all of you.  What do you think of the Zoom meetings in general?  Should we use this tool in the future, especially for those of you who unable to physically attend Lodge?  Please email your response to my address listed below.  I would welcome any other ideas that might be helpful to support the Lodge, in this newly evolving society of social interaction we will be facing in the coming year.

Lastly, keep an open mind to all our fellow human beings.  Let us be the example to society in showing others how to be tolerant, understanding and caring in all matters related to helping others mend and reunite as one people and as AMERICANS period.

Live long, be well and prosper during this wonderful Holiday Season.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Senior Warden, (916) 240-0709 Nautilas2010@yahoo.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South.

December is upon us and 2020 will soon come to an end.  What a crazy year! Back in January, who could have imagined it would have progressed as it did.  Though we have not been able to gather at the Lodge and enjoy the fellowship of our brothers, I am grateful the Lodge’s leadership has continued to move forward with the renovations to our home.  

The Lodge and Preparation Rooms have had minor repairs completed, and the walls and baseboards got a fresh coat of paint. We are in the final stages of selecting a vendor to replace the carpets in these rooms, and new seating arrangements are still being considered.  While I can’t accurately predict when the Lodge with be “open for business,” I am confident you will find it to be a warm and inviting place to share a meal and fellowship at when that day comes.  

As we begin to prepare for the upcoming masonic year, there will be a variety of opportunities for others to participate in our Lodge’s activities.  I know time is the most valuable of commodities and that once it’s gone, it’s gone.  I have yet to find anyone who has been able to get it back.  Understanding this, I would simply encourage each member of the Lodge to thoughtfully consider how they might be able to contribute some of their time to the Lodge.  Whether it’s an ability to attend our monthly stated meetings or to participate on the Temple Association’s Board.  I am confident it will be a rewarding expenditure of your time.  It can enrich our individual lives while continuing the legacy of Capital City Masonic No. 499.  We have been blessed by those who came before, whom we have never met, and we should endeavor to bless those who will come after us, whom we will never meet.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Junior Warden, (916) 601-0525 Kd.12682@gmail.com

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 5 brethren!! 

December 02nd                                   Dan Boone

December 09th                                    Moses A. Cohen         

December 13th                                    Jerry L. Clark

December 14th                                    Ronald L. Gross

December 19th                                    William A. Koch

NOVEMBER 2020 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

NOVEMBER 2020

MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

Published monthly by

Monica Hodge

621 Lara Lane, Rio Linda, CA  95673

Cell Phone:  (916) 802-1663       Email:  mondificent@gmail.com

FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings from the East and welcome to November. 

Hail Brethren!  Its election time for not only federal, state and local governments, but for our Lodge as well.  November 4th at 7:00 pm, (our normal meeting night), we will have a “Zoom” meeting for the election of officers and other business.  Following several guide lines, this is how your officers and I are going to proceed:

  • The meeting will start at 7:00 pm.
  • Shortly thereafter, I will ask everybody to identify themselves for the roll.
  • We will then go directly into the business meeting, without the normal Masonic opening.
  • I will be asking for a financial report, so we know where we are money wise.

NOTE:  If any of you want a report on the Grand Lodge legislation, please let me know ahead of time so I can present it.  Otherwise, it is available on the Grand Lodge web site at Masons of California.org.

  • Once this business is completed, we will go into the election of officers, (if enough of us join the meeting).  Then we will set our elected officer’s core for next year.  I am still waiting for info on how we are going to install our officers.
  • After the election of officers is complete, I will ask our own Hiram Abif (Kelly Dixon) for a report on the status of our hall renovation projects.
  • At this time, I will open the floor for discussion.

I hope to see or hear from you on November 4th at 7:00 pm.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Matthew Ernst, P.M.

Master, (916) 995-0629, mernst@winfirst.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings Brethren from the West.

I know it is hard to believe, but another year has passed and it is now time for our elections of officers.  Yes, another first, since we are now having a “Zoom” Stated Meeting along with the election of officers.  If you wish to participate and are not familiar with Zoom meetings, then you can contact brother Kevin Laybourn at kevin.laybourn@gmail.com for further instruction.

The worshipful master Matthew Ernst may have further communications on this matter, so make sure you all check your e-mails.

It has been a very nice fall so far.  The temps are falling, so hopefully

the California Fire Season will be ending soon. 

We are all looking toward moving forward in 2021, especially since it will be our Lodge’s 100th anniversary as a charter Masonic Lodge.  Let’s hope in 2021 we can get back to something like our normal operation, and once again be able to assist all people within our means.

Thank you in advance for your continued help in all of these 2020

Matters.

Fraternally Yours,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Senior Warden, (916) 240-0709 Nautilas2010@yahoo.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South.

On Tuesday, November 3rd, election day will be upon us.  It is the day, the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, set aside by Congress in 1845 to elect the person who will lead our Nation for the next four years. 

On Wednesday, November 4th, we will be meeting to select our Lodge’s leaders for our 100thyear anniversary in 2021.  I’m guessing we could all agree that these events will be remembered for their unprecedented animus and circumstances.  For those with a discerning eye, regardless of one’s political position, this national election season has produced a division within our Country which has divided families and fractured friendships.  As for our stated meeting, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, who could have imagined we would be selecting our leaders in a virtual stated meeting and not in a tiled Lodge room.

As we individually prepare for any emotional or technological challenges which may arise during these leadership selection processes, I would like to suggest that you consider the following passage of prayer which might help us keep these matters in their proper perspective.

“Great Architect of the Universe!…………Grant that the sublime principles of Freemasonry may so subdue ever discordant passion within us – so harmonize and enrich our hearts with thine own love and goodness – that the Lodge at this time may humbly reflect that order and beauty which reign forever before thy throne.  Amen”

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Junior Warden, (916) 601-0525 Kd.12682@gmail.com

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 3 brethren!! 

November 04th                       Samuel D. Johnson

November 07th                        Gregory M. Leong, PM

November 10th                        Robert W. Leach

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FROM THE EAST – THE PILLAR OF WISDOM

Greetings from the East.

Welcome Brothers and Sisters to fall.  Even with all that’s happening with COVID-19, the summer has flown by and now we have Halloween fast approaching.  The Lodge is still dark along with many other things, and the annual communication is still happening via zoom.  If you wish to participate, you can register on-line at the Grand Lodge web site.  You will need your dues card, since it has your member number on it.

To be very honest, other than the annual communication, not much is happening for the Lodge at this time.  Your executive team and I are still waiting to hear from our inspector and A.G.L., as to how the Lodges are going to proceed with the elections and installations. The last I spoke with Worshipful Knox, he was unsure as to what direction was being taken.  I can tell you however, that the bills are being paid for both the Lodge and the Hall Board.

I do my best to not be political in my articles, but I would encourage all of you to study your ballots and vote anyway you see fit.  It was one and still is one of the most important freedoms and privileges that we have been given.  There is a proposition on the ballot “Prop 15” which could adversely affect the Lodge.

That’s all I have for now.  Be safe, and if you are having difficulties and the Lodge can help, please don’t hesitate to call any of the officers for assistance.

May the blessing of heaven be upon us all.

Fraternally,

Matthew Ernst, P.M.

Master, (916) 995-0629, mernst@winfirst.com

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings Brethren from the West.

As worshipful Matt has stated, Fall is here and yet it still feels like Summer.  October would have your officers still practicing their parts in preparation for the upcoming elections.  This is true, for we are all diligently working with the inspector to take on our advanced stations within the Lodge line.

Please remember that no matter how many times we have served, we all still need to qualify in order to advance, COVID-19 or no COVID-19.  These duties have not been suspended at this time.

Brother Kelly Dixon has the Lodge projects moving forward, so we can be ready to reopen the Lodge when permitted. 

Be of good cheer my brethren, and we will all get back together as soon as possible.

Respectfully submitted,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

Senior Warden, (916) 240-0709 Nautilas2010@yahoo.com

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South.

Brothers, I send you greetings from the Black Hills of South Dakota. As I contemplated the topic of my article for this month, I could not help but to reflect upon the monument at Mount Rushmore that Sabrena and I visited. 

Each of the men honored by this monument, two of whom were Masons, had qualities and characteristics that are to be admired.  George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.  They were men who I’m sure, had all the same shortcomings associated with being a member of the Human Race.  They served their country with zeal and sacrifice. It does not matter if we agreed or disagreed with the ideologies, religious views or politics. What matters is that they served, and committed a large portion of their lives fighting for what they believed in.  

As a result of their service, you and I today live in a free country. It is my concerted opinion that we can honor the service and sacrifice of the aforementioned men by participating in the selection of our leaders, and the establishment of laws which govern us.  On November 3, 2020, please exercise your rights and freedoms by voting. Whom or what you vote for or against, is a private and personal matter.  Yet by voting, we can participate in shaping the direction our country moves in, and ensure that the liberties and freedoms established by our country’s forebearers are secured for the generations of Americans who will come after us.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Junior Warden, (916) 601-0525 Kd.12682@gmail.com

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 9 brethren!! 

    October 04th                                         Richard Goulden

    October 18th                                          Josh H. Costa  

     October 18th                                          James D. Lardner         

     October 20th                                          Daniel E. Hand

     October 21st                                          John A. Lindell

     October 23rd                                          Richard E. Markwell

     October 24th                                          Benny F. Fong

     October 27th                                          Kevin R. Laybourn

     October 30th                                          Allan D. Snider 

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