OCTOBER 2020 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817 

OCTOBER 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.

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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CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817                                                                                                                              

SEPTEMBER 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.

Welcome to September.  This is the month that the Lodge comes out of its summer slumber, and resumes work.  But due to our current situation, we find ourselves at an impasse that brings me to my topic this month.  The Grand Master has sent out a letter via email, which I have included in this Trestle Board for your reference – see insert.

As of this writing, I have also spoken with our inspector Worshipful John Knox, asking that he will be involved with the rest of the districts to discuss how the election of officers and installation of officers will take place this year.

For now, the Lodge is still moving forward with the renovations.  Be safe my brethren, and lookout for one another.  May the blessing 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 our Master and Grand Master have stated, our masonic family is constantly evolving to endure all challenges being presented in our world at this time.  Remember my brethren that masonry teaches us to unite with men all around the world, from every country, sect. or province.  It is also up to us to treat all men equally within our community.

As we deal with this pandemic, unrest and protests within our communities, as well as catastrophic events of fires and hurricanes, remember our teachings of brotherly love, relief and truth when dealing with these matters.  Also remember my brethren, that you are never alone in these times.  You are just a text, email or phone call away from help.  This can relieve you of your troubled mind by just touching basis with a brother and having a conversation.

Paying the craft, I would like to thank all the brethren who showed up on Saturday the 28th for the Covid-19 work party.  We made a big push by assisting brother Kelly Dixon in moving toward the next stage of our Lodge remodel.

Please be safe my brethren, until such a time comes when we can meet together again.

Fraternally,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

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

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South.

The month of September brings with it the beginning of some much needed renovations in the Lodge room. We will be re-carpeting and painting, installing new side liner seating and getting a new sound/PA system.  I would like to thank all those who took some time on the 29th to get the lodge room ready to be worked on.

As I have contemplated the changes we have made over the last year, I began to search the internet for information about our Lodge.  While there are a variety of recent events about the Lodge that can be found on the Internet, I did come across a photo that seemed to be relevant to our upcoming 100-year anniversary.  I hope you enjoy this small bit of our lodge’s history.

On August 20, 1971, the Sacramento Bee published the following caption and photograph.  “Capitol City Masonic Temple Lodge #499 dedication ceremonies.  Grand Marshall DeWald M. Baum is directed by the Grand Master Herbert A. Huebner to place a bronze plaque in place.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

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

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 13 brethren!! 

     September 02nd                        James D. Lloyd

     September 04th                         Matthew D. Ernst, PM                 

     September 05th                         Lucien A. Grondin          

     September 08th                         William D. Alger

     September 08th                         William J. Dreher

     September 08th                         Melvin Q. Mate

     September 13th                         Angelito De Dios Mostajo

     September 14th                         Joe F. Stastney 

    September 18th                         Rami J. Zreikat

    September 24th                         Larry G. Wells

     September 25th                         Christopher T. Clarke                   

     September 25th                         John R. Grudnoske                       

     September 27th                         Billey C. Tuttle 

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AUGUST 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.

Welcome to August.  As most of you may know, the northern part of our state is once again plagued by wild fires.  Most Worshipful John E. Trauner, Grand Master has stated that there will not be any masonic gatherings until further notice. With that being said, it is all the more reason that the Trestle Board be published each month.  This how we can all stay connected, and know that the executive committee is still working for the Lodge. 

Some things are getting back to normal, like NASCAR running races and Major League Baseball starting back up this season with a limited schedule.  Also, some eateries are serving customers on the sidewalks.  I do see some good things coming out of this “NEW” normal.  But as a whole, we as a fraternity need to remember our obligations and check-in with our brothers.

The Lodge renovation is coming down to its final stages.  I will, through our social media sites, keep you informed of any upcoming work parties.   We will be using safe practices, and follow all CDC guide lines when asking for assistance.  Please all of you stay safe, love your families and have a great August.

May the blessings of heaven rest 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.

Welcome to “Hot August Nights”.  As we are still under lockdown per our Grand Lodge, we are all quite anxious to once again be able to assemble together.

Your Lodge officers are preparing for next year, and making plans for what should be a great “100 Year Anniversary”.  Prayers are in order, in hopes of finding a vaccine for the Corona Virus, so that we can hopefully get back to normal.

As worshipful Matt stated, now is a good time to reach out with some type of communication to our brethren.  Let them know you are thinking of them.

Fraternally,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

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

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South.

While considering my article for the month of August, the words Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth have crossed my mind.  Deciding to focus on brother love, I searched the internet for a few articles on the topic and came across one published in “The Masonic Scholar: A Manual of Masonic Education for Candidates.”  It discusses how Love is the highest valuation that can be placed on another human being.  Among other things, it’s about loyalty, sacrifice, and appreciation, and should be given freely to others.  It should never involve concerns about any advantages one may gain for expressing Love. 

What then, is brotherly love?  Some define brotherly love as “feelings of humanity and compassion toward one’s fellow humans,” a noun.  As Masons, I believe we should define it as a verb, a proactive effort, whereby one man’s actions clearly indicate that they place another human being in the highest possible valuation as a friend, companion, associate, or neighbor.

I would encourage each of us, especially during these trying times, to self-reflect about our commitment to the craft, our brothers, mankind, and our obligation.  Are we proactively engaging in acts of brotherly love?  Are we making a difference in the lives of others?  An attentive ear, kind word, or helping hand might just be what our mothers, fathers, wives, significant others, children, friends and neighbors needed to get them through a difficult day.

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

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

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to the following 8 brethren!! 

Bassam Abughazalah        August 04th

Robert F. Ackerman           August 05th

Thomas H. Brown             August 05th

Sean M. Roper                  August 06th

Joseph K. Dixon                   August 11th            

Pete H. Wanzenried, PM       August 11th

Ronald K. Ridley                      August 16th

Charles L. Centers, Sr.             August 29th    

APRIL 2020 MONTHLY TRESTLE BOARD

CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499

FREE & ACCEPTED MASONS

4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA  95817

APRIL 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 Brethren, and Happy Easter.

As of this morning, I have been told to shelter in place and respond to work when called.  The Grand Master has ordered all Masonic functions to be canceled for at least the month of April.  So, at this time I have no calendar to post.  I wish you all the best, and rest assured that the bills are being paid.  Also, please follow all the posted hygiene rules, like washing your hands like you have been peeling peppers.  If you need help, please call me or any members of the Lodge.  We will do our level best to get help to you.

Fraternally,

Matthew Ernst, P.M.

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

PS-If you have access to any of the Lodge’s electronic sites, watch for changes since they will be posted there first. 

FROM THE WEST – THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH

Greetings from the West Brethren, and Happy Easter.

Well, if you don’t know yet, the Grand Lodge has suspended all functions for the month of April 2020.  Some good news, the Lodge remodel is moving forward and the lady’s restroom is going to be much improved.  Thanks to the time we have been given, we are able to focus on the remodel.  The great news is that most political ads   

seem to have settled down.  Thank you “Covid-19” for that.

Hopefully, you are all doing fine, and weathering this virus.  Good health wishes to all brethren and their families, and please stay self-isolated whenever possible.

If you do need help in these trying times, please call one of us, and we will do whatever we can to assist you.

Fraternally,

Tony L. Shelton, PM

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

FROM THE SOUTH – THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY

Greetings from the South.

Though it seems we are not likely to be together again, at least until the month of May.  I look forward to that time when we can share fellowship together, over a meal and good conversation.  While our building will be vacant during the month of April, we will be taking advantage of the situation by increasing our renovation schedule.  Then if all goes well, both restrooms will be renovated and ready for service for the May Stated Meeting.

To all, I wish good health and prosperity, in these trying times.  If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me.  

Fraternally,

Kelly Dixon

Junior Warden –      kd.12682@gmail.com           Cell (916) 601-0525

APRIL BIRTHDAYS

We have 7 brethren who were born in the month of April.  Please join us in wishing each of these brethren a very safe and Happy Birthday!! 

     April 01st                   Clinton E. Abbott

     April 06th                   Robert A. Ward

     April 10th                   John D. Dunnett Jr.

     April 13th                   Warren W. Michael

     April 16th                   Alan W. O’neal

     April 17th                   David L. De Benedetti   

     April 25th                   Murlin R. Hand

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