CAPITAL CITY LODGE #499
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4647 U STREET, SACRAMENTO, CA 95817
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR OCTOBER 2022
Saturday, October 1st…………………..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 8:00 am………Monthly Lodge Breakfast
Wednesday, October 5th………….……Capital City Lodge
Start Time 6:30 pm…………….…..…….……..Dinner
Start Time 7:00 pm…….……..………Stated Meeting
Wednesday, October 12th…………..….Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm…………………….Ritual Practice
Saturday, October 15th…………………Capital City Lodge
Start Time 2:00 pm…………….….…..…..Fellowship
Start Time 3:00 pm…..Golden Veteran 50-Year Pin
Wednesday, October 19th……..Harding-San Juan Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm………….……………OSI Meeting
Saturday, October 22nd………………………..Grand Lodge
Meet on Morning of………..Annual Communication
Wednesday, October 26th……….……..Capital City Lodge
Start Time 7:00 pm…………………….Ritual Practice
OCTOBER BIRTHDAY LIST
Happy Birthday to the following 8 brethren!! May you have many, many more.
Josh H. Costa James D. Lardner
Benny F. Fong Kevin R. Laybourn
John T. Hall Sr. Richard E. Markwell
Daniel E. Hand John S. Michael
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
Tony Shelton, PM (Monica) 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
Alexander A. Asuncion Sr., PM (Myra) Tiler
John Knox, PM Grand Lodge Inspector for the 410th Masonic District
OCTOBER STATED MEETING MENU
Main Dish: Crab Legs/Garlic & Honey Shrimp
Side Dish: Pasta
Vegetables: Corn & Carrots
Bread: Dinner Rolls
A variety of drinks will also be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
NOTE: We will be hosting a special “Blind Raffle” with 5 eerily haunting gifts to give out. This includes a ghoulishly small & a ghostly large Wine Basket.
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
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FROM THE EAST
THE PILLAR OF WISDOM
Brothers, 2022 marks 50 years in Masonry for Brothers Robert Philip, Pericle Georgallis, Roy Ridley and Ronald Ridley. By now, you should have received an invitation to attend their Golden Veteran Ceremony on October 15th. Please join us for food and fellowship as we celebrate this milestone for our Brothers.
Annual Communication will be on October 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. There are a number of proposed resolutions to be decided on, one of which could impact our Lodge’s fellowship options. These resolutions will be discussed at our October Stated Meeting. Also, if you would like to attend the Annual Communication, please let me know so that I can arrange appropriate transportation.
In a continuing effort to improve our Lodge’s facilities, we have completed a parking lot repaving and striping project. It was long overdue. I would like to thank the Temple Association’s Board of Directors for supporting it, as well as Brother Tony Shelton for seeing it to completion. In addition to the parking lot, a number of other projects are underway, and I am grateful to all who are making them possible.
Finally, I would like to remind the brethren about our monthly breakfasts. On the first Saturday of every month, the Lodge hosts a no-cost breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. Brother Robert Leach has been spearheading this effort. I would encourage all who are available to carve a few hours out of their Saturday, to come and enjoy a breakfast meal with family and friends. I hope to see you there.
FROM THE WEST
THE PILLAR OF STRENGTH
October marks the beginning of the Holiday Season for most people. That means Fall is here, and cooler weather is upon us. Halloween is coming as well, and my boys and I are all looking forward to it.
I hear we are doing another Halloween event at the Lodge this year. I believe there will be “goody baskets” handed out for the neighborhood kids. So, stop by and show your support on Halloween. I know I will be there with my two little monsters (a ghoul & a goblin), in tow. I believe this year they will be going out as Iron Man & Hulk, but you will just have to wait and see for yourselves. Hope to see everyone there.
Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend our breakfast, as well as the Stated Meeting this month. I will be traveling to Las Vegas to visit with family, who are a member of Sandy Valley Lodge over there. And, they are having an official visit by their Grand Lodge officers too. My brother plays a big part in this event, and asked me for my help. Upon my return, I hope to have a few good stories and tidings from the Nevada Grand Lodge.
Brothers, please contact Worshipful Dixon about the Lodge Breakfast on the first Saturday, October 1st, from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Remember, friends and family are always invited. This is a great opportunity to invite others, who might want to join our craft. Then ask that question.
I’m hoping for safe travels, and a great start to the Holiday season this month.
Viber Messenger: Chats & Calls
Please fill free to ask one of the Pillars of the lodge for assistance in setting up “Viber”. You can send a message to my phone at 916-591-0137 and I can send you an invite to download and join “Viber”. Or you can go ahead and download “Viber” and add me as a contact. Simply, message me in Viber and I will add you to the Main Lodge Communication Group. The App is available for Apple and Android smart phones which most of us have these days. If you are having issues, please let us know at a lodge meeting or event and one of us would be happy to help.
Please reach out with concerns, questions or ideas. Fill free to reach out to any officer.
Robert W. Leach
Senior Warden Rwleach@gmail.com
FROM THE SOUTH
THE PILLAR OF BEAUTY
Greetings from the South brethren.
We are finally starting in on cooler weather, as we are on our final approach to the last quarter of the year. I hope everyone is prepared for the cold weather ahead. For this month’s article, I would like to continue to share some symbolism and lessons we can learn from our craft.
The Cable Tow One Morning
As a man was walking through the woods, he heard someone crying for help. When he searched for the source of the crying, he found a boy stuck in the quicksand. He immediately brought out a rope in his backpack, and then extended it a few feet for the boy to grab ahold of. After minimal effort, the boy was free. He was so thankful that he had survived. The man and the boy walked back out of the forest, and after a few moments, they heard a faint voice from a distance. It was a man who had fallen into a deep ravine. The man used his rope again, and this time he extended it several feet to bring him out of the ravine. Like the boy, the man was infinitely thankful.
They again resumed their journey. Once they reached the road, they heard another man shouting for help. They found him in his car, which was hanging over the edge of a cliff. He begged that his car be saved, because all his belongings were with-in it. The man then made multiple knots, on both the chassis and on the rear bumper. He almost used the whole length of the rope, leaving only enough to pull. He tried pulling it alone, but was unable to get it to move. He then had everyone help pull. Then suddenly the cable snapped, and the car went crashing down a hundred feet below. The man was so anxious for the rescuer’s failure, blaming the harness’ weakness on the technique; with his decisions; and on the plans made…
“The thought and act of helping may be unlimited, but the outcome is variably limited. It does not always guarantee success, or else it can endanger my life, if I persist or go beyond those limitations” he told the sad man.
In masonry, the cable tow symbolizes many things. It can mean a bond that binds between brothers; an affinity that does not question biological origins; racial differences; social or political status or religious beliefs. It specifically and absolutely defines brotherhood, when holding onto the same set of principles that determines their happiness as brothers. It can also mean a bond to the fraternity, closely adhering to all the teachings of freemasonry. Its tenets that have the capability to divinely mandate every mason; to extend brotherly love, relief and truth unto every member. Well taught for conviction to practice benevolence or righteousness, to humanity without distinction.
Every Masonic man has his own original foundation, moral and spiritual. Which varies from others, creating a certain degree of variability of insights to the Craft’s intent. Thus, a proper analogy to the length of the cable tow; with understanding the shorter the length; the more we seek enlightenment and the closer we are to the institution for instructions. However, the longer it is, signifies our advanced skills in the search for all of the light in masonry. The farther we can go out on our own, to practice masonry without fear of endangering ourselves, and the name of the fraternity which we greatly represent. To help a brother in distress, the cable tow is a fairly good measure of our capacity to run to his relief. It can be in the form of our physical strength; relieving him from external physical harm; our wisdom guiding him; or beauty gratifying or refreshing him.
How long then, should a mason cable tow be? It should be long enough to pull someone out from danger, without compromise to our own cable tow for future personal uses or advancements. Because if we keep on using it without regard to its limitations, it can snap anytime and the bond may be broken. We may not know if there’s anyone to pass by, to extend his hand or cable tow…
A mason, however, is equipped with ample understanding that if every hailing sign is not right away attended to. If not that none may ever come. Thus, left alone to work his way out, exhausting with all his might. Mentally, physically and SPIRITUALLY; with his well-kept working tools; tightly knotted to the extremity of the Great Architect of the Universe; as proven eternally intervening; by divinely human act of kneeling whenever he exclaims, “WHAT SHALL I DO?” Prayer compels him to think clearly and act accordingly. The last cable tow that will come rescuing, shall be in the ever-powerful grip of a mason, and the unfailing strong grip of God. Happy reading brethren.
Eduardo Caballero Jr., PM
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