We had a great month in August. On the 26th, the Lodge welcomed Brothers Moises Gonzalez and Brandon Jenkins into our Ancient and Honorable Fraternity. Brother Nick Johnston directed a fantastic Double First Degree Ceremony and presented a fascinating Lecture with grace and elegance. Brother Dave Minke delivered an excellent Charge to the newly obligated Brothers.
We also want to thank Worshipful John Weldon from Clearwater Lodge No. 127 F.&A.M. of Florida for attending the ceremonies. What a delightful Degree Night!
Congratulations, Brothers Gonzalez and Jenkins! May your Masonic Odyssey be filled with Light and Brotherly Love. Brother David Thomas and I are honored to be your Coaches and very excited about being your closest companions through this new Journey. On the day after Initiation, we met for our first contact with the Cipher.
As Freemasonry in the whole world has the Holy Saints John as its patrons, CHARITY has Saint Vincent de Paul as its most important patron. And it is with Saint Vincent de Paul and his legacy in mind that our Lodge kicks off various charitable programs this month:
• River City Food Bank (09/18)
• Homeless School Children Awareness Event - A Day of Giving (09/25)
More details are below.
Also, stay tuned for more charity drives coming up in October and beyond.
Our Stated Meeting for the month of September will be on Thursday, the 2nd, our regular first Thursday of the month, when we will have the honor of formally receiving Worshipful Michael Woo, Inspector of the 414th Masonic District. Please make plans to attend. Before the Stated Meeting, we will gather in the Banquet Room for dinner. Please RSVP for dinner today to Master@WLN20.org.
On September 18th, please join us at 9:30 AM, in partnership with the River City Food Bank, an independent 501c3 non-profit organization, at The Center at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 2300 Edison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821. (Map)
River City Food Bank has identified Arden Arcade as the area in which it can make the greatest impact in reducing hunger and building community -- through donations, volunteer hours, and community partnerships. You can now donate your time -- together with the Brethren of Washington Lodge No. 20 -- and help feed the hungry in Sacramento. Register today. Space is very limited. Only 20 spots available. Please RSVP today to Master@WLN20.org. We are asking for your time but if you wish to also donate dry goods, please bring your donations to the Sacramento Masonic Temple during operation hours (Mon-Fri 8:00 AM-12:00 PM).
I also would like to invite you to another Double First Degree on September 23rd, when we will be welcoming Mr. Jonathon Miller and Mr. Kevin Hall into the Craft. Dinner at 6:00 PM followed by the Initiation Ceremony. Please RSVP for dinner today to Master@WLN20.org.
Just a couple of days later, on Saturday, September 25th, join us for another Masonic Volunteering event, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, together with Masons from Gen. Douglas MacArthur Lodge 853, Union-Tehama Lodge 3, Sacramento Lodge 40, Valley Lodge 135, Philomathean Lodge 2 Prince Hall, Ben Ali Shriners Islander Club, and in partnership with Marites and James S. Labang, Sikap Foundation, Inc., and the Sacramento City Unified School District - Homeless Services Office:
Event: Homeless School Children Awareness
Where: William A Carroll Amphitheatre
3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95823 by the Sacramento Zoo. (Map)
We need your help to make a difference!
Blood Drive (Vitalant)
School Supplies & Hygiene Products
Bring your donations to the event and enjoy great food and live entertainment featuring D'Naturalz Band.
If you can’t make it to the park, please drop off donations at the Sacramento Masonic Temple - Monday-Friday (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM) or donate at WLN20.org
No RSVP needed. For more information, please contact Master@WLN20.org.
On September 30th, we will be hosting our Annual Constitutional Observance Night in honor of the Constitution of the United States of America. Our Guest-Speakers are Worshipful Phil Hardiman, Past Master, and Brother Morrison Cohen England Jr., Senior US District Judge for the Eastern District of California. Dinner starts at 6:00 PM in the Banquet Room. Please RSVP for dinner today to Master@WLN20.org.
For more information on our schedule of activities, please visit our 2021 CALENDAR.
Congratulations to our newly initiated brothers as they begin their Masonic odyssey! Brother Moises Gonzalez and Brother Brandon Jenkins (what’s his name again?) will be excellent additions to our ancient and honorable fraternity. Thank you to their families for joining us for dinner on their big night. Thank you to Amy Gonzalez and Beth Jenkins for bringing your families. Your support is important to our fraternity and your husbands could not do it without you. As I have told others before, there should be greater importance placed on the acceptance by the spouse than on the candidate. Harmony at home means harmony at the Lodge.
Initiating two of our brothers in one night is no small task. It takes careful planning and constant practice both at the Lodge level and the individual level. Fortunately for us, we have an excellent cadre of officers and Past Masters to complete the rituals successfully. Brother Nicholas Johnston was an excellent role model serving in the East. Brother Mauro Lara and the rest of the officers performed their ritual duties wonderfully. Despite the long night, everyone including the brothers who were simply in attendance did well.
Long nights of ritual remind me of a piece of advice from a trainer I follow in online workouts. And I know what you’re thinking. Another article connecting our experiences as brothers to another one of Brother Russ’ online workouts…
“Give people the best of us, not what’s left of us.”
Long days and nights of ritual can be very taxing on any brother. Whether you’re a seasoned Past Master with decades of Freemasonry under your belt or a newly minted and eager Entered Apprentice, you will always catch yourself looking at your watch, writing your grocery list in your head (oddly specific), planning tomorrow, or any multitude of things that mentally pull you out of these long events. Lodge functions and rituals on a Thursday (why oh why not a Friday?) add to the challenge.
At the end of the day, it is easy to tell yourself you are tired. You probably are. If you gave most of your energy to the day, you have probably told yourself to give the remaining energy to the Lodge functions as the end. That is where the advice above comes into play. We should not give what energy we have left. We should give our best selves. During any function or ritual, we are usually there for someone else whether it’s for the good of the Lodge (like Stated Meeting) or ritual (for our individual Brothers). It is the unerring duty of every brother to give their best at any function of the Lodge. We must remember that it is given to us strictly in charge to walk and act as a just and upright Freemason.
What do I mean about giving our best? It’s not as difficult as it seems. If you find yourself slouching, pull yourself up. If you find yourself nodding off or your mind wandering, bring yourself to the present and listen to the words said and invocations given. Let the words and invocations remind you of your obligations and why you are here. Personally, I keep myself in the present by giving the reassuring smile. Whether I’m giving it to a candidate or an officer performing their duties or a brother across the room, it always brings me to the present and reassures whoever I’m giving it to that I am here for them.
Honestly, once I get home after any long ritual night on a workday, I have no problem getting comfortable, kissing my wife and kids goodnight, and having some good Scotch or Rye Whiskey.
I think I earned that.
This month, Brother Norman Heisel turns eighty years of age. Thirty years ago, Brother William Hill was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Congratulations Brethren on your milestones.
In the month of September, we make the transition from Virgo to Libra on the day of the autumnal equinox, which happens on September 22nd. Just as in March, the days and nights will be of equal length on that day. The difference is that now the night overtakes the day by progressively longer amounts as we look towards the winter solstice.
Libra of course is well known for the symbol of the scales. One of the bearers of the scales depicted in Ancient Greece is the Titaness Themis, who was the Greek personification of divine laws and customs.
Themis’ daughter, Dike, also was depicted with the scales, but her sense of justice is concerned with social laws, norms, and customs. As both Themis and Dike are well-known symbols of Justice, we are reminded how Justice is that standard or boundary of right which enables to render onto every man his just due, without distinction.
This virtue is not only consistent with divine (Themis) and human (Dike) laws, but is the very cement and support of civil society. This leads me to recall with pleasure the admonitions of our monitorial: Justice in a great measure constitutes the really good man, and to let it be the guide of your actions. Themis was also known as the organizer of the communal affairs of humans, such as assemblies.
We masons of course hold our own assemblies, and my hope is that this month continues to build on the last two months, which have had some amazing degrees and wonderful stated meetings.
Autumn is a delightful time of year, and I hope the beginning of yours is well-balanced and pleasant.
One of my recent interests is to follow two different solo sailors who are sailing across the oceans and documenting their trips on youtube. This interest then led me to learn a bit about celestial navigation.
The video I have linked below is great to watch for all masons. It features both the terrestrial and celestial spheres. It also contains applied geometry, astronomy, and navigation. It delineates the extent of seas, and also features practical applications of the compass, and applies the circumpunct.
The quadrant arch of the Past Master’s jewel also reminds me a bit of the sextant, an instrument used for taking readings of celestial bodies. The video is a bit technical, and if you have no interest in sailing or flying by the stars, it may not mean much. But sometimes you can still learn amazing concepts from other disciplines.
The ancients were able to navigate the world without computers or GPS, just by looking up. What a wonderful skill: to look to the heavens to allow what is above to help us navigate our way through our lives down below.
Brethren, after providing the Secretary’s membership report in August, I’m glad to witness that we have accomplished many things, since our inception, to keep our lodge alive and flourishing.
Over the past several years, however, we’ve seen members come and go for a variety of reasons. These observations continue to remind us that there are still some areas that need improvement. Some of us may contemplate the questions, “What can we do to improve our membership experience?” or “How can we evolve as a fraternity, while upholding our core Masonic traditions?”
Although every lodge is externally diverse with its own unique identity that displays our differences and has shown a variety of special ways that connect and resonate with each member of our society, it is important to self-reflect internally that in each of us, we are so similar. It is these similarities that connect us together and relate to those moments and circumstances.
Recently, I’m excited to say that we have experienced an influx of new applicants that showed interest in Freemasonry and Washington Lodge No. 20, in particular. The initial process of an applicant’s masonic journey is crucial, and it involves every member’s attention and participation. Each of us has our role in this process, which also includes the new applicant.
Establishing new relationships takes Time, Patience, Perseverance, Emotional, and Mental Energy, and most importantly, exercising your gifted power of Free Agency, (power of free will and choice), to develop the desire to start the relationship.
I would like to share with you the following information, with courtesy from the Grand Lodge of California, who has provided all lodges a guide to assist with integrating an Entered Apprentice into the lodge and how to find ways to develop the appropriate programs and activities to further enhance the interests and involvement for each member.
First impression leaves a lasting impression. One of the ways to set the stage for a good first impression is providing the appropriate levels of information at the right time during each phase of the process. Every member operates at their own pace and rate of learning, however, we all follow the same process.
One of the great ways to help new Entered Apprentices feel welcomed and increase their willingness to participate and integrate themselves into the lodge is to immediately notify the Grand Lodge that a new Entered Apprentice was conferred.
Additionally, immediately assigning the Entered Apprentice a candidate coach to mentor him to the next degree is paramount. When a lodge creates and adds photos and biographies of new Entered Apprentices on the lodge’s trestle board, bulletin boards, and the lodge website, new members will feel tremendously welcomed. A new addition to a lodge family is not only an exciting moment for the new member and the fraternity but also for our family and friends.
An Entered Apprentice’s family and friends are an integral part of their lives, and it is this extension that provides the strength and support of Freemasonry. Inviting their family members and friends to public lodge events is a great way to make their loved ones also feel welcomed and part of the new member’s amazing journey.
Freemasonry is best known for its degrees and ceremonies that only a few are permitted to attend. When appropriately accompanied, what better way to allow a newly Entered Apprentice to be fully welcomed by encouraging them to attend other upcoming Entered Apprentice Degrees.
Conducting weekly or monthly new member orientations can be truly valuable for the new Entered Apprentice and other members within the lodge. Creating small groups for learning and discussion helps inspire innovative thinking, involvement, and productivity in the learning process and personal self-development as a mason. These orientations or sessions is a great place to discuss and review the “Member’s Guide to Masonry in California” and informative topics such as the lodge’s vision statement, vision, and goals, explain the various ways of opportunities of involvement and how to participate in programs such as community service, committees, open events, ritual teams, lodge trestle board, and website, to name a few.
Lastly, one of the most important activities a new Entered Apprentice is encouraged to do is complete a “Member Skills and Interest Survey” at orientation. The interests gathered from the new member provides an opportunity for the lodge to not only get to know him more and see what services we are able to provide to meet his needs of growth and development but also expand our newly Entered Apprentice’s expectations of us and what Freemasonry can bring for our communities that we have probably never done before. This will allow immense creative involvement from Entered Apprentices as they prepare to establish their role as future leaders of Freemasonry one day and by our example, it is our confidence and trust that they will continue to emulate that same example for others.
In conclusion, Brethren, many of us may still remember our first experience as a newly Entered Apprentice Mason and how much of an impact it has made for us, our families, and those we engaged with daily.
Sometimes we may forget where we came from…sometimes we may forget our purpose and directions in life…sometimes we may even forget to add an important attachment to the body of an email…however, it is our hope that sometimes we can continually remind ourselves that engagement and developing relationships is an ongoing shared process that is created and sustained not by the years, months, weeks, or days - it is created and sustained by the moments of each shared interaction.
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.
25th Anniversary Edition
by Paulo Coelho
A special 25th-anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new foreword by Paulo Coelho.
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom, and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.
Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of worldly treasure.
His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
About the Author
Paulo Coelho de Souza (born 24 August 1947) is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. He influenced Brazilian rock music through his partnership with the musician Raul Seixas.
In 1982, Coelho published his first book, Hell Archives, which failed to make a substantial impact. After making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1986, Coelho wrote The Pilgrimage, published in 1987.
While trying to overcome his procrastination about launching his writing career, Coelho decided, "If I see a white feather today, that is a sign that God is giving me that I have to write a new book." Seeing one in the window of a shop, he began writing that day.
The following year, Coelho wrote The Alchemist and published it through a small Brazilian publishing house that made an initial print run of 900 copies and decided not to reprint it. He subsequently found a bigger publishing house, and with the publication of his next book Brida, The Alchemist took off. HarperCollins decided to publish the book in 1994.
Since the publication of The Alchemist, Coelho has generally written at least one novel every two years. Four of them – The Pilgrimage, Hippie, The Valkyries and Aleph – are autobiographical, while the majority of the rest are broadly fictional.
Other books, like Maktub, The Manual of the Warrior of Light and Like the Flowing River, are collections of essays, newspaper columns, or selected teachings.
His work has been published in more than 170 countries and translated into eighty-three languages. Together, his books have sold three-hundred and twenty million. On 22 December 2016, Coelho was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 2 in the list of 200 most influential contemporary authors.
In 2016, he was contacted by basketball player Kobe Bryant, who wanted to discuss a children's book project with him. Some months before Bryant's death in a helicopter crash in January 2020, they started to write the book together, but upon hearing about his passing, Coelho decided to delete the whole draft, saying in an interview that "it didn't make any sense to publish without him." He did not say how many pages had been written or whether the book had a title.
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Since July 2020, thousands 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
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• One-Stop Shop for Hall Associations
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Eric Hixson (PM)
Jesse Solis-Jacques (PM)
Jared Yoshiki (PM)
Junior Past Master
D. Edward Entrican (PM)
Luis Montero (PM)
Dave Cameron (PM)
Head Candidates' Coach
Michael Woo (PM)
Inspector 414th District