I hope you and your family had a great holiday season and enjoyed some well-deserved time with your loved ones. Welcome to 2021!
I would like to start by thanking the Brethren of Washington Lodge No. 20 who have reposed in me their trust and confidence by electing and installing me as Worshipful Master of the Lodge last month.
Thank you for attending our Installation of Officers. We had a great turnout despite being an online event. It was truly magical to see many Brothers, family, and friends joining our virtual ceremonies from across the US and from various parts of South America! I hope you enjoyed the program...
Growing up in my hometown of Fortaleza in northern Brazil, I could not have possibly imagined that one day I would be elected Master of a Masonic Lodge, let alone having the privilege of following the steps of my dear friend, Worshipful Jared Yoshiki, who provided exceptional leadership to our Lodge during times of uncertainty and hardship. It is an honor, Worshipful Sir!
A special thanks to our Installing Officers: Worshipful Dan Dailey, Worshipful Joseph Dongo, and Worshipful Scott Goode. Thank you so much, gentlemen. You three did an amazing job!
I also wish to congratulate our new line of Officers.
Gentlemen, you occupy those seats to instill cooperation, inspire unity, harmony, and understanding among your Brothers. Together, we will lead our Lodge to continue making an impact in our community and to build upon what our predecessors have laid out for us.
We, Masons, always invoke the blessings of God, the Father of all mankind for guidance in all undertakings. May all your actions as Officers of this Lodge be guided by kindness, love for one another, and the basic understanding of our Masonic Laws for the best interest of the Craft.
2021 is set to be a year of Rebuilding, Reunion, Determination, and Discovery!
Honestly, I can’t wait to reopen our building and welcome back our Brothers, families, and prospects to our dinners and functions.
For now, as we continue to meet online, I want to invite you to our first Virtual Fellowship & Education Night of the New Year! Please mark your calendar: January 7th at 6:30 PM.
This event is open to the public, and I will be personally inviting each of our prospects so we can spend some time together, answer their questions about our Lodge and Freemasonry in general. There will be a brief slide presentation on our Lodge and its origins.
Education has long been a priority in our Craft. This year, through a series of brief presentations by Lodge Officers and members, it is my hope that our prospects will gain an understanding of what it truly means to be a Mason, increase their interest and involvement, and motivate them to increase and share that knowledge after joining WLN20.
At 7:30 PM that evening, we will have our Virtual Stated Meeting and, as usual, it will be a tiled meeting (Masons Only). There is much to discuss, Brethren, so I will be emailing you the agenda the day before. If you are planning to propose any new business to the Lodge, please contact me as soon as possible so I can ensure proper attention and research before bringing your motion to the floor.
There is only one link to the virtual gatherings on 01/07:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6234029480 and no password is needed.
This will be a recurring type of access, so the link will remain the same for all online events through 2021 unless otherwise noted.
I ask that you bring forward suggestions for future get-togethers, special events, and Masonic educational topics of interest that you believe should be covered by our Lodge this year.
Masonry has many meanings and purposes to our Brothers. For some, the simple experience of becoming a Mason and counted as an accepted member of this honorable organization is the culmination of their desire.
Still, others take pleasure in teaching the history, meaning, and purpose of our Fraternity to those who seek further Light. And for some Brothers, involvement - on any level - gives them gratification. Certainly, Masonry has many meanings, many purposes for all of us. The occasion for fellowship and Brotherly love. A chance to be charitable to the needy. The opportunity to improve the life of another human being.
In 2021, let us guide those who desire admission, serving as a faithful and trusted Brother. Let us teach those willing to learn so that they might do the same for another. And let us participate and lead those who look to us so that they might follow in our footsteps and later seek our counsel.
I would like to close my reflections with an example from the epistle of Saint Paul to the Philippians:
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any praise, think on these things." (4:8)
While this may seem to play into a necessity to analyze and contemplate, it is actually more an attempt to focus our thoughts on a loving attitude, on the harmonious rather than the divisive. I remind you to concentrate on the Light in order to manifest it more fully. Though we face many challenges together, we know that we are headed toward the goal of greater understanding and harmony. Stay the course on our Masonic Odyssey, my Brothers. Continue to practice random acts of kindness. Treat each encounter as holy. Think, meditate, and pray to have a constant awareness that every thought and intention is Creative.
May all of us work together in harmony to get things done for the best interest, the welfare, and survival of our Masonic Family.
May the Great Architect of the Universe bless our Lodge with good fortune and prosperity.
May we continue to share our genuine Brotherly Love amongst all Masons, perpetually strengthening the Force of our sacred bond.
May YOU create for yourself and your loved ones the happiest New Year ever!
Congratulations to the 2021 officers on their Installation this past month. Under the leadership of Worshipful Master Francisco Marques, I have no doubt that this year will be a year of extraordinary change and growth. I am excited to see what we can achieve and (believe it or not) the hardships we will overcome.
Special thanks to our Installation team: Master of Ceremonies, Past Master Joseph Dongo; Installing Officer, Past Master Dan Dailey; Installing Chaplain, Past Master Scott Goode. Their hard work, diligence, and dedication to our Craft made our first (and hopefully only) virtual installation a complete success. It could not have been accomplished without you.
Last January (feels like a long time ago) was my first Trestle Board article as a Junior Warden. Admittedly, it was filled with joyfulness and Star Wars. As the year went on, our world went through a tumultuous time. Although I tried to keep that same sense of joyfulness throughout the year there was a certain melancholy attached to what I wrote. My first article as Senior Warden sadly will not be about Star Wars (although the amazing Mandalorian season finale… am I right?).
I remember an ad campaign from a few years ago with the slogan "New year, new you." I'm sure the slogan was used before the ad campaign and I still hear it today. I didn't quite agree with it. I'm still me and you're still you in the new year. I guess it was meant to refer to the time-honored tradition of "New Year's resolutions." In that same vein, I have always viewed the installation of new officers as a sort of New Year's resolution for a Lodge.
When a Lodge installs its new Officers, it is not starting anew. The Lodge’s resolve is to move forward in the following year. It is a promise to improve where improvement is needed. It is the ceremony in which the Lodge resolves itself to keep its obligations to its brothers, Freemasonry, and humanity in general. Just like our New Year’s resolutions, we make this publicly known to keep ourselves accountable without any mental reservation.
As January is the beginning of the year, the Lodge must remain committed in the keeping of the Cardinal Virtues that are impressed upon young Masons at the beginning of their Masonic lives. These virtues are not formally repeated, so it is a good time to commit our resolutions to them:
Resolved, Temperance will be the constant practice. Indulgence in vices and the avoidance of excess will be the utmost of priorities.
Resolved, Fortitude will be deeply impressed upon our minds. As we did in 2020, we will maintain that steady purpose of mind to adapt to and overcome any obstacle that means to stop us from working toward the benefit of all humankind.
Resolved, Prudence will govern our conduct whether we are in the Lodge or anywhere else in the world.
Resolved, Justice will command us to treat all others with respect and render unto every person their just due, without distinction.
The immediate future of our Lodge in 2021 is still unknown, but our resolve has never been stronger. The officers are installed in order to ensure the security and continuing stability as we work for a safe and secure society. We, as a society, have been tested and we will emerge stronger. We will move forward as one Lodge of many.
Happy New Year! Stay safe!
For my inaugural column, I would like to thank the Brethren of Washington 20 who have entrusted me with this office. Those Brethren fortunate to have patronized our mysteries and joined in our assemblies know that this chair I now occupy holds a special meaning, and I undertake the mantle of its office with sincerity and humility.
Congratulations to our new Officers for 2021, and to our installation team, Worshipful Dan Dailey, Worshipful Joseph Dongo, and Worshipful Scott Goode, who did an excellent job translating our ceremonies to the electronic landscape. A special thanks to our Junior Past Master Jared Yoshiki for his leadership throughout the year prior, and I am also thrilled to see the many ways our new Worshipful Master Francisco Marques will continue to inspire our Lodge in 2021.
I would like to acknowledge some important milestones for the month of January. January in 2021 has a special birthday for Brother Jerry Livingston-Joy, who is turning 80. Brother Jerry is our 2016 Hiram Award recipient, and our entire Lodge wishes him a very Happy Birthday. Additionally, 10 years ago this month our Brother Morrison England was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Congratulations to both of you fine gentlemen.
As Masons, we are induced to encourage the studies of astronomy, geography, navigation, and the arts dependent upon them, by which society has been so much benefitted. By geometry, the astronomer makes his observations and fixes the duration of times and seasons, years, and cycles. Featured also in our ceremonies are maps to distinguish the outward parts of the earth and the situation of the fixed stars. What could we learn if we looked to the starry-decked heavens today?
The period from approximately December 21st to Jan 21st lies in the zodiac constellation of Capricorn, meaning that the position of the sun in the sky as it traces its daily path from east to west overlays the constellation of Capricorn. This is most easily visible with the naked eye just before or after daybreak when the light of the sun would otherwise conceal the stars behind it. If you were to actually look in the sky this month, however, you would instead see Sagittarius, as the Constellations have shifted from west to east over the ages.
If, dear reader, we were to shift back in time through those ages to about 2500 years ago, we find some fascinating correlations to our ancient history. One period of note is Classical Greece, dating to the 5th and 4th centuries BC. As understood in our order, it is the Greeks to whom we are indebted for what is great, judicious, and distinct in architecture. If you were one of Plato’s (428-347 BC) followers, you would look at the Capricorn constellation, and interpret it as the Southern Gate or the “Gate of the Gods”, a symbol of death and resurrection where the souls of men ascended through on their way to the heavens.
Consider another civilization from this time, just across the Mediterranean Sea in Judea. The destruction of King Solomon’s Temple is dated to 587/586 BC, and the subsequent Babylonian Captivity to 597-539 BC.
The Israelites in captivity would have associated the month of Tevet (טֵבֵת) in their lunisolar calendar to the Babylonian month of Araḫ Ṭebētum, and looked upon the same constellation as the Greeks, but interpreted it as symbolized by a hybrid goat-fish. The symbol of the goat is fitting. Just as this animal surmounts a mountain, it likewise could symbolize the beginning of the annual ascent of the sun as it starts climbing in the sky from its lowest annual declination on the winter solstice.
On that note, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. It goes without saying that last year was trying for each of us, and I hope that as the days now become longer and brighter, so too do we Masons dispersed around the globe look forward to a brighter new year.
It is well known that the symbol for Capricorn is a goat, but another celestial body paying homage to that animal is Capella, the Goat Star. It is said that Zeus as a baby was nursed by Amalthea, a goat-nymph. Breaking off one of her horns, he endowed it with the ability to continually refill itself with any desired food and drink. This horn was known as a Horn of Plenty, or Cornucopia. The word Capella means little goat in Latin, and is said to represent Amalthea.
Masons today adorn the rods of the stewards with the Cornucopia, which is also the jewel of their office. As the pillar officer in charge of the Craft during the hours of refreshment, I would like to acknowledge the debt that the stewards and I owe the Greeks.
Astrologically, the sign of Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn, who is associated with the concept of time via the Greek deity Kronos. As the period of Capricorn includes not only the solstice but also New Year's Day, the symbol of Father Time comes to mind, personified in New Year's celebrations accompanied by Baby New Year.
We are extremely grateful for your support
to our charity drive in December.
Thanks to your generous donations,
Washington Lodge No. 20
was able to bring wonderful Christmas presents
to the children at the Shriners Hospital!
Thank you all for helping
make a difference in their lives.
A New Year, A New Opportunity
As we wind down this season of holiday observances and come to the end of another year, it's traditional for us to pause and take stock of where we are. We assess the progress we’ve made during the past 12 months and promise ourselves, by means of New Year’s resolutions, that the next 12 months will be filled with positive actions that will fuel self-improvement as we strive to reach our perfect ashlar.
But, because of COVID-19, this year ends on a much different note. Our world, our country, and our brethren continue to deal with the medical and economic fallout of this pandemic. For many, this has not been the happiest of holiday seasons, and the start of the New Year does not seem as bright as we had wished for. We pray for the health and safety of our members, our communities, our first responders, and our front-line medical workers as this year comes to a close.
Yet, as we look upward into the infinite starry night sky and trust in our Great Architect, there is cause for great hope as we enter 2021. Our fraternity continues to support its members through the Distressed Worthy Brother Relief Fund, the most successful call for help in our 170-year history. The staffs of both Masonic Outreach Services and the Masonic Center for Youth and Families continue to provide compassionate service to our members and their families. The staff of the Masonic Homes of California works tirelessly to care for our most vulnerable seniors. And we all have cause for celebration as vaccines for this pandemic have now been approved for use and our residents and staff will soon be inoculated, providing additional protection from the virus and reducing some of the intense fear that we have all felt for their health and safety.
This New Year, I have only one resolution: to remain positive and push this jurisdiction forward into its bright and glorious future. I am committed to re-opening as soon as prudence dictates. I am committed to implementing our 2025 Fraternity Plan. I am committed to increasing Masonic family unity. I hope you will embrace these same resolutions and these same commitments as we move forward together in the next evolution of our beloved craft.
Barbara and I wish you a most happy and joyous New Year.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Arthur H. Weiss
Washington Lodge No. 20
To practice and promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide
brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences.
Through Masonic principles and tradition, and by the outward expression of these
through its fellowship and compassion, Washington Lodge No.20 Free & Accepted Masons provides ways in which to serve God, family, country, neighbors, and self in an environment that contributes to the enrichment and betterment of its members, mankind, and its communities.
Symbols of Freemasonry
by Daniel Beresniak (Author),
Laziz Hamani (Photographer)
Freemasonry is one of mankind's oldest existing secular brotherhoods.
Its past members include kings, presidents, military leaders, writers and philosophers, and today there are over than million Freemasons in the world.
The power of their network is often feared, and yet Freemasonry is not a closed doctrine. Members of the same lodge do not share the same political or religious opinions.
So what do Freemasons share?
What can their masonic experience bring to others?
This book gives the reader a clear response to these questions by means of an explanation of Freemasonry through the moral, philosophical or religious symbols, which lie at the heart of its teachings: from the Masonic calendar to Solomon's Temple; the stonemason's tools, and special clothing, customs, and rituals.
Richly illustrated, Symbols of Freemasonry is designed both for the initiated and for newcomers interested in gaining a better understanding of this fascinating but often misrepresented society.
ISBN-10 : 0760742375
ISBN-13 : 978-0760742372
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SAVE THESE DATES
Saturday, February 20
Annual Ladies’ Luncheon - Wine Tasting
Thursday, March 25
Past Masters’ Night
Third Degree: Brother Dave Stallberg
Thursday, April 01
101st Anniversary of First Stated Meeting
at 1123 J Street
Saturday, May 22
Annual Family BBQ Picnic
Thursday, June 24
Saint John’s Festive Board
Thursday, September 30
Annual Constitutional Observance Night
Thursday, October 28
First Responders Day Celebration
Saturday, November 06
Annual Ladies’ Night
* All event dates are subject to change
For more information, please visit WLN20.org/2021
Spot Seven Differences
Third Degree Lineup
Buddy and Abe were brother masons and great friends for most of their lives.
Each had agreed that when one of them passed on to the Celestial Lodge above, he would attempt to make contact with the other and tell him all about what heaven was like.
As so happened, Abe went to heaven first.
One night, Buddy was just drifting off to sleep when he heard Abe's voice calling to him.
"Is that you, Abe?”
"Yes, Buddy. I am honoring our agreement."
"Oh, my goodness.... what's it like?" Buddy asked with some anticipation.
"It's like nothing you could ever imagine. The lodge here is fantastic... better than any lodge we ever saw on Earth.
The meetings are always well attended, the ritual is letter perfect,
the fellowship nights always have tons of new guys joining,
and the spirit of harmony blankets the entire place."
Buddy’s eyes teared up.
"Oh, my, it's just like we'd hoped. Everything sounds amazing.
But I have to ask,... that sounds really great, but you don't really seem all that excited. What's wrong?"
"Well, I have some good news and some bad. The good news is that we're raising a fellow to the Third Degree tomorrow."
“That's cool but... What's the bad news?"
"Your name is on the lineup to be the Senior Deacon."
Since July, nearly 3,880 of California Freemasons have already begun to access their portals in iMember 2.0, the new membership platform—one of the highest adoption rates of any grand lodge jurisdiction on the system. Yet with so many new features just a finger-swipe away—and many more being prepped for launch this fall—there are still lots of questions left to be answered, starting with some of the most basic.
How to Get to iMember 2.0
iMember 2.0 is designed to work on any mobile phone, tablet, or desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection. Simply visit member.freemason.org/lodges/20 or freemason.org and click the FOR MEMBERS button in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen. If you haven’t logged on yet, you’ll need to create an account, so have your email address, membership number, and a unique password ready to go.
You Can Download iMember 2.0 on Your Phone
Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can add a home screen shortcut to access iMember 2.0 quickly and easily. To install, use your web browser to visit the site, and select “Add to home screen.”
The exact placement of the button will depend on your web browser (Safari, Chrome, or Firefox).
More Features in the Works
• Digital Dues, Reminders and Payment Plans
• Expanded Social Networks with App Notifications
• New Ways to Share Resources
• One-Stop Shop for Hall Associations
• Keeping Track of Attendance
You may have also noticed that our WLN20 Lodge App has been deactivated and is no longer accessible.
iMember 2.0 is available to all Masons in California!
For questions on iMember 2.0, contact Member Services at (415) 292-9180 or email@example.com
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Jared Yoshiki (PM)
Junior Past Master
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Head Candidates Coach
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