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May 2023

From the East

Mauro Lara - Worshipful Master 

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Hello Brethren, Family, and Friends.

I hope everyone is enjoying the good weather that came our way. I trust the cold and heavy rains we experienced this winter are behind us. Now we look forward to spring and summer.


As California Freemason magazine published by the Grand Lodge mentions, spring is a chance for new beginnings. To quote Most Worshipful Randy Brill, Grand Master of Masons of California:


“To see the seasons changing so gloriously is to be reminded that life is full of cycles –

endings and beginnings.”


As winter ends and spring comes in, our Lodge reflects the cycle as well, especially the new beginnings part. Brother Kelvin Kimball was initiated into our Ancient and Honorable Fraternity on April 27th.


Congratulations and welcome, Brother Kimball!


To this point, we increased the number of brothers in the Lodge by three with two initiations in February and this most recent one in April. Way to demonstrate new beginnings. Additionally, new beginnings are also experienced as we see our brethren progress on the Masonic journey. Brother Moises Gonzalez underwent a new beginning in his degree journey by being passed to the Fellow Craft degree in March. As you can tell, I am excited and hopeful for spring and for our Lodge in a big way.


Last month, Brother Brandon Jenkins planned and carried out our annual Bowling with Brothers. It was held at Country Club Lanes with pizza and soft drinks to accompany some great bowling. I am amazed at the level of bowling expertise among the group. Not only was it a lot of fun, but we were able to experience quality fellowship. Here is a picture of those of us attending:

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In May, we hold a special celebration in our country. On the second Sunday in May (this year on May 14) we celebrate Mother’s Day. We honor mothers and mother figures. Whether mom, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, stepmother, foster mother or other mother figures, we try to go all out by recognizing them with candy, flowers, meals, and many other such appreciations. To all moms and mother figures, Happy Mother’s Day. No matter how, it is an honor for us all to recognize each and everyone one.


Coming Soon


Add to your calendar events and/or activities that are on the horizon.


  1. On June 15th, we have our Annual Table Lodge in the Banquet Room. This event is for Masons only.

  2. On June 22nd, we have as part of our Masonic Education Nights: “Forget-Me-Not” Lecture. presented by Worshipful Narbeh Bagdasarian, PM. He will focus on Freemasonry in Germany in the 1903’s into World War II. This is open to Masons, Family, and non-Masons. Dinner at 6:00 PM and program at 7:00 PM.

  3. On July 20th, we will be hosting a reception honoring Worshipful Joseph Dongo, PM, who is serving as Grand Standard Bearer of Masons in California this year. The event will be catered by Tony's Deli and the recommended dinner donation is $20 per person (Masons and guests). Menu options are Tri-Tip SteakChicken Cordon Bleu, or Vegetarian. RSVP by July 13th and please let us know if you have any dietary requirements HERE. The agenda includes 5:00 PM Social | 6:00 PM Dinner | 7:00 PM Program.

  4. On July 29th, we have our Charity Drive by providing assistance at the River City Food Bank. This is well worth our time, and typically lasts 3 to 4 hours. This makes a difference in the life of many and is fun to do as well.

  5. On August 12th, our Annual Family BBQ Picnic is on the calendar. We are partnering with our sister Lodge General Douglas MacArthur Lodge No. 853 for fun and festivities.

  6. On the horizon, we are also doing a fundraiser at the River Cats in partnership with Union-Tehama Lodge No. 3. We will be manning one of the concession stands. This promises to be full of fun and the funds raised will go toward charitable endeavors.

  7. Annual Past Masters' Night on September 21st. We are looking forward to having a full slate of Past Masters join us and perform a Third Degree Ceremony. Not only is this fun and educational, but it will also be very significant to our Lodge and especially to our Brother going through the ceremony. Past Masters, please note this in your calendar, we look forward to this special night.


There are several other activities, Degree Ceremonies, and events at subsequent times of the year. As you can see, our line of Officers is very, very busy practicing, and preparing for Degree Ceremonies, planning and executing events and activities, and also participating in our monthly meetings. This is a great line of Officers of whom we are all very proud. Thank you, Officers.


Hope to see you at all, or as many of these events as possible. Hope you have a most enjoyable Cinco de Mayo. Nothing like a good chip with guacamole combined with a refreshing margarita. By the way, did you know that we in the United States consume a staggering 81 million pounds of avocados for Cinco de Mayo?


That’s a lot of guacamole!! We also consume a massive 126 million liters of tequila for margaritas,  representing 47% of drinks ordered on that day. If you remember the next day how good the guacamole was, you are better than most.


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From the West

Matthew Mason - Senior Warden  

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Why is it important for Master Masons to attend Degrees?

The common answer is that we need to support our new Brethren in their journey. That is not wrong, in any way, shape, or form. But that’s not why you should go.

As noted in the latest issue of California Freemason, which was adapted from a writing of Brother Brett McKay (Veritas 556, Norman, Okla.):

"One of the maladies of our age is a feeling of disconnectedness from our physical selves. We spend much of our time interacting as disembodied personalities online and don’t navigate the tangible world or connect with other people in the flesh as much as we used to.


Ritual provides an antidote to this malady, for, as Dr. Tom F. Driver notes, 'no good ritual is disembodied.' In fact, physicality is one of the linchpins of Ritual’s effectiveness. Its physicality engages all the senses and activates the imagination."

What that means is that we can’t just sit back and post a note of encouragement on Facebook when a new brother is initiated to benefit us. We need to be there, physically, to get the fulfillment of remembering our rituals.

This isn’t a “you need to be here” appeal to you. You need to be at lodge for you. We don’t join Freemasonry to put it on our resume, we join to be a better man — for ourselves, spouses, families, and friends.

The way to help keep that commitment of masonry to build better men is to remind ourselves of where we came from, and our journey through the stories, by being on the sidelines during a degree. It reminds us of our obligation and what it meant when we knelt at that Altar to change our lives.

Do you need to be at every Degree? No. But regular attendance at degrees is for you to enjoy and remember, which is arguably more important than having a full lodge during one.



We all begin as imperfect stones or "rough ashlars."  With education, hard work, and Brotherly Love, a Freemason is shaped into a being that has been tried by the square of virtue and encircled by the compass of his boundaries. 


The following poem, written by Mary Brooks Picken, entitled, "Thimblefuls of Friendliness" was written in 1924, and, perhaps, says it best.

"Isn't it strange that Princes and Kings
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And just plain folks like you and me,
Are builders for Eternity?

To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass and a book of rules,
And each must make ere life is flown,
A stumbling block, or a stepping stone."


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From the South

Joseph Wallach - Junior Warden  

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As we enter into May, there are many days to celebrate, some light-hearted and some somber. 


Star Wars Fans of course look forward to "May the 4th be With You", Star Wars Day, followed by the Cinco De Mayo, which is usually marked with food, drink, and music. 


On May 29th this year we observe Memorial Day.  A day to remember those who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Military and honor their contribution to the enduring freedom of the United States. 


We have fifteen birthdays this month, including our Lodge Master, Worshipful Mauro Lara.

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May The Lodge Be With You

Francisco Marques, PM - Masonic Education Committee


Since our Stated Meeting falls on Star Wars Day this year, I wanted to share a few lessons we learned from Worshipful Russ Tomas, JPM, our ultimate Coruscant Ambassador. No, it's not a typo. Some use JPM as Junior Past Master. To me, he is our Jedi Past Master.

Like the Force, Washington Lodge No. 20 is in and around every living thing in our Masonic Odyssey.


Whether our Entered Apprentices start as scruffy nerf herders, frog-eater younglings, or the sporadic midi-chlorian-loaded overachiever ("Wayne"?), all of them can build a better future for the Craft with the right support and leadership.


In our Lodge, we won’t have access to bacta tanks and memory readers to grow genetic clones of our best Officers, but we will need to consider how WLN20 social and educational events, as well as coaching practices, might affect membership progress and retention.


Worshipful Tomas introduced us to a new way of performing Masonic Ceremonies and Ritual. It turns out it was possible to lighten up our Degrees with video games and pop culture references or the occasional soundtrack by the virtuoso John Williams, composer of the music of all nine Skywalker Saga films. In doing so, good seeds of innovation and creativity were planted, and the effects produced on membership are still felt and carried on by a good number of faithful Padawan to this day.

I'm no Dan Zehr but I do immerse myself into some Star Wars canon here and there, and - by a fortunate light-saber stroke of serendipity - I came across a piece written by Brother Erik Marks, published by the Southern California Research Lodge. This work caused me to reflect on some of the many philosophical aspects that are common to Freemasonry and the Star Wars Universe and made me realize that our JPM was right all along.


The author adroitly propounds:

"Far, far, away, in an era long ago, the archetypal battle between dark and light took an intergalactic turn, which several generations know and love. The mythologies of old were presented with an updated articulation that heralded a mass-media shift to more complex backstories and openly troubled souls of heroes and anti-heroes alike."



"An esoteric duality of a different sort awaits the patient knight aspirant if he is willing to explore the mysteries. The spiritual foundation that Star Wars rests upon is a blend of Western and Eastern spiritual or wisdom traditions and related iconography, similar to those of the fraternity to which many of us belong. 

"Like Jedi, Freemasons use tools to practice subduing urges to wrongdoing in the service of self and others. Jedi train to know their emotions without being swayed by them. Jedi, we could say, work towards the clairvoyance that enlightenment, or seeing the truth, offers, with the additional task of protecting other beings. They are supposed to be selfless servants to society through voluntary charity and strive to be pillars of their community by being exemplary citizens. They train to subdue emotions that would cause them to act out negatively towards others, which would lead to increased suffering. Jedi purportedly focus on self-improvement, making themselves, um, …better.


"For the Freemason, the forces that bind us all together are brotherly love and affection. As such, these are the basis for tremendous acts of charity, compassion, and relief. They have inspired and maintained oral and written traditions that we will transmit across space and time to the next generations of men who join."

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Yes, it is no secret Freemasons cherish historical tradition. Most fraternal organizations advocate for themselves a tradition, which usually refers to a distant past. But the truth is that our Fraternity has been undergoing innovations for centuries and those steps have in actuality kept the Craft alive and moving forward, our Lodge included. There are many innovative changes that have been successful at the time, but have later been regarded as a backward step or had a very limited life, sometimes leading to membership resistance to change in general. 

When our Lodge Brothers attended their first Stated Meeting at the new Masonic Temple on J Street on April 1st, 1920, many expressed disapproval and disappointment. The building was "too modern" or "not remarkable enough." To our present generation, however, our building is "distinguished" and "full of history."

Changes to how we "have experienced Freemasonry in the past" can be uncomfortable to some. This is not a problem with the Masonic Fraternity only, it is human nature to dislike change. It becomes uncomfortable to think that things are no longer going to be the same. 

The first Star Wars film spawned a number of prequels, sequels, stand-alone films, television series, books, theme parks, and all kinds of merchandise. And, of course, there are those who consider the original trilogy the "real Star Wars." The new generations of fans may like the animated series better. Nevertheless, the message is very clear to me: there is something for everyone.


Is this why the Star Wars franchise has been so successful? What is its enduring appeal, and why does it resonate with so many people? Similarly, I wonder, why is Freemasonry still going strong, even after centuries of existence?


Adaptability and Innovation

The new generations of Freemasons have already embraced the Craft as they know it.


Virtual Dues Cards? No problem!

Electronic Playlist for Ceremonies? Cool!

Online Candidate Learning Center? Love it!

Digital Trestle Board? Well, thank you for reading it! 

Zoom Meetings? Meh...

Finding ways to determine our willingness to change ahead of time will become as important as learning Ritual and hosting coaching sessions. While we may not be able to predict the future, we certainly should be able to start thinking about how to position ourselves for whatever is coming next. 

171 Years of Washington Lodge no. 20

A long time ago, 20 Master Masons met on Thursday, February 19th, 1852, for the purpose of organizing a new Masonic Lodge in the midst of the Gold Rush chaos. They drew up and signed a petition for a dispensation and presented it to the Grand Lodge of California, who granted it two days later.

On Wednesday, May 5th, 1852, those Brothers received their charter as Washington Lodge No. 20.

Eight days later, on Thursday, the 13th, Nathaniel Curtis was elected the first regular Worshipful Master of Washington Lodge No. 20 under the charter. He was re-elected Worshipful Master of the same in 1853-1854 and 1857. For a full list of all Past Masters of our Lodge, please click HERE.

Congratulations, Washington Lodge No. 20!


May the past be your guide, may the future be your force, and may the Lodge be with you, always.



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MAY (Public Awareness Month) 

• 02 Monthly Executive Committee Meeting (Zoom) Tuesday 06:30 PM 

• 04 Fellowship Dinner (Banquet Room) Thursday 06:00 PM 

• 04 Monthly Stated Meeting (LR1) Thursday 07:30 PM  

• 11 DARK Thursday  

• 17 OSI (Officers School of Instruction) (LR3) Wednesday 07:00 PM

        Topic: 3rd Degree - Second Section

• 18 DARK Thursday  

• 25 Masonic Education Night - Further Light in Masonry Series Thursday 07:00 PM  

• 30 Monthly Executive Committee Meeting (Zoom) Tuesday 06:30 PM 

Officers' Checklist

JUNE (Masonic Homes Month) 

• 01 Fellowship Dinner (Banquet Room) Thursday 06:00 PM

• 01 Monthly Stated Meeting (LR1) Thursday 07:30 PM 

• 08 Officers' Meeting (Club Room) Thursday 06:30 PM

• 15 Annual Table Lodge (Ballroom) Thursday 06:30 PM 

• 22 Masonic Education Night - "Forget Me Not" Lecture (Ballroom) Thursday 06:00 PM

• 29 DARK or Degree (LR1) Thursday  

Officers' Checklist

“Forget-Me-Not” Symbol of Freemasonry

Nazi Germany’s treatment of Masons and

Masonry before and during World War II

Special Guest Speaker: 

Worshipful Narbeh Bagdasarian
Past Grand Bible Bearer

Past Master of Glendale Lodge No. 368

Master of La France Lodge No. 2056

Inspector of 737th Masonic District

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  •  Hitler and his officers’ opinion about Masonry

  •  The three principal enemies of Freemasonry in the Third Reich

  •  Anti-Masonic Propaganda by the Third Reich

  •  Closure of Masonic Lodges

  •  Imprisonment of Freemasons

  •  Lodges operating in the German Concentration Camps

  •  “Forget-Me-Not” flower as the symbol of Masonic Solidarity


Thursday, June 22nd

Dinner at 06:00 PM

Presentation at 07:00 PM

Washington Lodge No. 20

Sacramento Masonic Temple

1123 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814



Please RSVP at

by Friday, June 16, 2023

Family and non-Masons are welcome!


MAY 2023


  • 03 Robert Hessee (Entered Apprentice)

  • 05 Jesse Solis-Jacques (Past Master) 

  • 07 Prezell Harris (Assistant Secretary)

  • 08 Richard Pullen (Past Master)

  • 11 Douglas Pope (Master Mason)

  • 12 Paul Derouen (Master Mason)

  • 12 Walter Santwer (Master Mason)

  • 15 Richard "Smokey" Stover (Master Mason)

  • 19 Mauro Lara (Worshipful Master)

  • 19 Jonathan Brizuela (Master Mason)

  • 20 David Hall (Past Master)

  • 20 Michael Quinn (Master Mason)

  • 23 Stephen May (Entered Apprentice)

  • 25 Colin Quinn (FellowCraft)

  • 26 Paul McNamee (Master Mason)




  • 01 Prezell Harris (Assistant Secretary) (13 Years) 

  • 08 Dallas Calmes (9 Years) 

  • 08 Charles Moore Jr. (54 Years) 

  • 11 Martin Buff (Tiler) (6 Years) 

  • 11 Joseph Mayo, IV (28 Years) 

  • 12 Ronald Forsberg (46 Years) 

  • 14 Thomas Goodwin (66 Years) 

  • 15 Terry Cooley (9 Years) 

  • 16 Joseph Wallach (Junior Warden) (10 Years) 

  • 16 Scott Van Wagner (25 Years) 

  • 17 Ko Chang (22 Years) 

  • 18 Robert Brooks (51 Years) 

  • 20 William Dillon (59 Years) 

  • 20 Ernest Owen, Jr. (41 Years) 

  • 21 Albert Lazare (10 Years) 

  • 21 Phillip Richards (53 Years) 

  • 22 George Morrow (65 Years) 

  • 22 Emad Sweidan (13 Years) 

  • 25 Brian Jones (19 Years) 

  • 31 Thomas Weary (11 Years) 

Washington Lodge No. 20 

Mission Statement
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. 

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The Hero With A Thousand Faces

By Joseph Campbell

Since its release in 1949, The Hero With a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology.


In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

As part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation’s Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this third edition features expanded illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, and more accessible sidebars.

As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists—including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers—and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

Blurb by George Lucas:


"In the three decades since I discovered The Hero with a Thousand Faces, it has continued to fascinate and inspire me. Joseph Campbell peers through centuries and shows us that we are all connected by a basic need to hear stories and understand ourselves. As a book, it is wonderful to read; as illumination into the human condition, it is a revelation."




Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) was an American author and teacher best known for his work in the field of comparative mythology. He was born in New York City in 1904, and from early childhood, he became interested in mythology. He loved to read books about American Indian cultures, and frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. Campbell was educated at Columbia University, where he specialized in medieval literature, and continued his studies at universities in Paris and Munich. While abroad he was influenced by the art of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, the novels of James Joyce and Thomas Mann, and the psychological studies of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. These encounters led to Campbell's theory that all myths and epics are linked in the human psyche, and that they are cultural manifestations of the universal need to explain social, cosmological, and spiritual realities.

After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, and then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years. During the 40s and '50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. He also edited works by the German scholar Heinrich Zimmer on Indian art, myths, and philosophy.


In 1944, with Henry Morton Robinson, Campbell published A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake. His first original work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, came out in 1949 and was immediately well received; in time, it became acclaimed as a classic. In this study of the "myth of the hero," Campbell asserted that there is a single pattern of heroic journey and that all cultures share this essential pattern in their various heroic myths. In his book, he also outlined the basic conditions, stages, and results of the archetypal hero's journey.

Throughout his life, he traveled extensively and wrote prolifically, authoring many books, including the four-volume series The Masks of God, Myths to Live By, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, and The Historical Atlas of World Mythology. Joseph Campbell died in 1987. In 1988, a series of television interviews with Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth, introduced Campbell's views to millions of people.

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Washington Lodge No. 20
2023 Officers

Mauro Lara
Worshipful Master

Matthew Mason

Senior Warden

Joseph Wallach

Junior Warden

Eric Hixson (PM)


Francisco Marques (PM)


Richard Wilson (PM)


Prezell Harris

Assistant Secretary

William Workman

Senior Deacon

Brandon Jenkins

Junior Deacon

Christopher Hamilton


Kamyl Assè

Senior Steward

Patrick Fischer

Junior Steward

James Dimmitt



Martin Buff


Russell Tomas (PM)

Junior Past Master

D. Edward Entrican (PM)

Treasurer Emeritus

Jared Yoshiki (PM)

Officers' Coach

Joseph Dongo (PM)

Head Candidates' Coach

Michael Woo (PM)

Inspector 414th Masonic District

Brandon Jenkins

Board Director

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