Congratulations to Brothers Jonathon Miller and Kevin Hall for being Initiated into our Fraternity on September 23rd. Kudos to Brothers Mauro Lara and Nick Johnston for the outstanding collaborative work from the East. Once again, Brother Dave Minke delivered an elegant Charge to both newly Obligated Brothers. It was simply beautiful.
Thanks also to Worshipful Phil Hardiman, Past Master, for his leadership on putting together a wonderful Constitutional Observance Night on September 30th . The panel included our Brother Morrison Cohen England Jr., Senior US District Judge for the Eastern District of CA. Not only the presentation and discussion on some of the key parts of the Constitution were great, but also, the engagement of numerous members of our Lodge who enthusiastically participated in a thought-provoking Q&A with Brother England. Tony's Delicatessen & Catering surprised us with a delicious Prime Rib dinner with Strawberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Cake. Thank you, Elias Silhi and your team, for such a great experience.
The month of September was also marked by two fantastic charity drives. On Saturday, 09/18, our Brothers donated their time and energy to our community in partnership with the River City Food Bank. Seeing the families and their smiles of gratitude and joy filled our hearts with warmth.
On Saturday, 09/25, we joined forces with other Masonic and nonprofit organizations, most notably General Douglas MacArthur Lodge 853, Union-Tehama 3, Sacramento 40, Valley 135, Philomathean 2 Prince Hall, Ben Ali Shriners, Marites and James S. Labang, Sikap Foundation, and Sacramento City Unified School District. The event was designed to bring awareness to the homeless schoolchildren in Sacramento and attracted great attendance from Freemasons and Sacramentoans in general. We collected eighteen backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene products, as well as monetary donations in the amount of $850.00, which will directly benefit the homeless children in our community. Thank you to all who were able to participate and donate. We look forward to teaming with you again and continuing to make a difference together!
Although we have been busy since our reopening in May, our activity level reached a new high in September and once again we will have to pitch in to cross the final line of this Masonic year.
I would like to commend the Candidates Coaches for their steady and hard work and support of our membership program and the Masonic growth of our new brethren who are joining the Craft and particularly Washington Lodge 20.
So far, five Brothers have been Initiated this year: Branden Polupan (07/29), Moises Gonzalez (08/26), Brandon Jenkins (08/26), Jonathon Miller (09/23), and Kevin Hall (09/23), and worthy toils have already started with their respective Coaches: Dave Cameron (PM), Dave Thomas, Francisco Marques, Creston Whiting-Casey, and Jared Yoshiki (PM).
Five Candidates are scheduled to be Initiated on Saturday, November 13th: Allan Harlan, Jonathan Bray, Ramey Packer, Jared Bishop, and Jonathon Brown, and their respective Coaches will be assigned in due time.
The 172nd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge is scheduled for the weekend of October 8th through the 10th. Several resolutions will be discussed and voted upon. Results will be reported to the Brethren in a more detailed manner at the November Stated Meeting.
I would like to personally congratulate Worshipful Richard Wilson on a very important achievement. On Tuesday, October 19th, he will be receiving his 50-Year Blue Hat at the Scottish Rite Center (map). If you are able, please join us in supporting our Past Master. The Feast of Tishiri event starts at 7:00 PM and is open to all Masons, Family and Friends. Please make your reservations with the Scottish Rite Office HERE.
Speaking of November, please send me your reservations for the 2021 Ladies’ Night, “The Roaring 20s”, as soon as possible. Phonotone Orchestra will be playing tunes from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, and food will be provided by Tony’s Delicatessen & Catering with choices of Chicken Cordon Bleu, Prime Rib, or Vegetarian.
Grab your dancing shoes, fancy attire, and get ready to dance like never before. Guests are encouraged to dress up to the style of the 1920s. This is the era when the Masonic Temple was dedicated to all Freemasons in Sacramento and Washington Lodge 20 is looking to recreate the magic in our beautiful Ballroom.
Seating will be assigned, and tickets are required for admittance so please make your reservation today.
$25 for WLN20 Masons and FREE for their spouses.
FREE for WLN20 Widows.
$25 for guest gentlemen and $15 for guest ladies.
Pay cash or check upon arrival or pay online (preferable) HERE
IMPORTANT: RSVP to Master@WLN20.org to reserve your seats TODAY in addition to ticket purchase.
Congratulations to our newly minted Entered Apprentice Masons, Jonathon Miller and Kevin Hall. What a great night we had as Brothers. The surprise participation of Brother Miller's sibling, Jeremy Miller of Oak Summit Lodge No. 112, was such a great example of how family and Freemasonry are so compatible.
Freemasonry should be synonymous with family (after all, we call each other Brother!). I am always happy when I find out Freemasonry has been a part of so many brothers' lives and their families. It can be, in a variety of ways, spread across generations. Just off the top of my head, I remember Brother Marty Buff whose late father was a Freemason as well as Past Master Eric Hixson whose father is also a Past Master.
Then there are some brothers who have siblings such as Brother Jonathon Miller as mentioned above or Past Master Jesse Solis-Jacques whose sibling is also a part of our Lodge. One particular variation that stands out to me is a brother like our very own Past Master Dave Cameron who has sons that are Freemasons. What does this mean to me?
My two sons, Kenobi and Kanan, are growing up (faster than I thought would happen). As my wife and I are preparing to donate multiple boxes of baby and kids’ clothes, we see these little clothes and remember when they used to fit in them. This led me to think about the time when my kids visited the Lodge and their curiosity led them to wear my officer jewel at the time.
What happens when the time comes when they will be able to fit into that jewel? Where will I be? Hopefully at their Lodge. Maybe Washington Lodge No. 20? Will they even want to wear an officer's jewel or even become a Freemason at all. Will Uncle Francisco Marques or Uncle Bill Workman sign their application if they chose to be one?
In preparation for my qualification for next year, I would practice as much as I could in any quiet place I could find at home (which is not an easy endeavor). While practicing one night standing at the edge of my couch (my lectern) and facing a wall, my youngest son walked in. It was funny to see his utter confusion at seeing dad talk to a wall. He asked me, “Who are you talking to dad?” I told him I was practicing.
His response was to climb up on the couch, grab my arms, and shake me while accusing me of being crazy. At that moment it dawned on me. I didn’t have any family (that I know of) that are Freemasons. How great it must feel to have family that can help. I would imagine what it would be like preparing my sons for their proficiencies or qualifications. Sitting and going through the book with them would be an awesome experience.
The next thoughts I had were how I would get them to the point of choosing to become Freemasons. Since they are so young, how do I help them right now if they chose the path to Freemasonry? I came to the resolution that I should show them the Lodge in a positive light as much as I could. Bringing them and “mommy” to every event I could and making sure their experiences were enjoyable. Having them hang out with their Uncle Joe Wallach. Encourage them to develop a sense of belonging with the Lodge.
By doing this I would be essentially making my life easier as well by combining certain parts of the 24-inch gauge. And eventually, they may find Freemasonry, especially the Lodge, is just another extension of their family.
For the month of October, we span three decades that brothers were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Brother Rob Gerolomy was raised during October in 1961, Brother David Kelley in 1971, and Brother Peter Petersen in 1981. Congratulations to all three of you on your milestones.
These past three months since reopening have been quite remarkable. As Worshipful Francisco Marques mentioned in his column, our lodge has had the pleasure of conferring the Entered Apprentice degree on five new Brothers.
In the monitorial for the Entered Apprentice Degree, there is a brief exposition of the Covering of a lodge. To our newest Brethren, I encourage you to take some time to read the Monitor, which has been adopted by the Fraternity as a textbook, and with which it is hoped you make yourselves familiar. The Covering of a Lodge, by representing the star-decked heavens and Jacob’s ladder, reminds us of the importance of Charity.
These past three months our lodge has done an excellent job in adopting this virtue. From the River City Food Bank, to the Day of Giving on the 25th, and also the Masons for Mitts program, it is hoped that the collective contributions our lodge makes will have impacts beyond our individual lifetimes.
A Note from Past Master
Twenty-five brothers and family attended the
Constitutional Observance Night event on September 30th.
The Prime Rib dinner catered by Tony's Delicatessen & Catering was excellent.
The video shown from the Hillsdale College series of courses was enlightening.
Afterwards Brother Morrison England spoke for about 30 minutes.
His remarks were also enlightening and well-received.
The program ran a little late, so as the MC I opted to truncate the Q&A period.
Brother Morrison agreed to take questions via email so if you have any special interests,
please send your questions to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will coordinate getting his answer back to you.
Finally, if you are interested in further course-work on the Constitution
you may do so at no cost by registering HERE.
Phil Hardiman, PM
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.
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