From the East!…
Greetings and salutations Brethren, Ladies, and Friends. Last month was Masonic Homes month, our Festive Board raised close to $400, and we attended the centennial celebration at the Covina Homes. Proving, once again, how easy it is to have fun and support worthy causes.
Thank you, and congratulations, to Worshipful Eric Bertolli for organizing a record breaking Festive Board. What a wonderful evening, celebrating our beloved Brother Spyros Pappas, and supporting our Masonic homes.
July is the month when we celebrate our nations independence. It also serves as a reminder to celebrate our own personal independence, as well as reflect on patriotic ideals such as liberty, human rights, and the freedoms we all enjoy.
July is also the month when we will be hosting the District #521 Stated Meeting Dinner Swap. We had a great time at our last visit to Reseda Lodge and we look forward to hosting both Reseda and Home lodges this month. We have a very special after dinner entertainment planned for Ladies, guests and prospects.
I look forward to seeing you all at the stated meeting dinner and at our annual lodge picnic!
From the West!…
Greetings Brethren and Ladies!
On June 9th, we heard a 2nd degree proficiency by Brother Andranik Khacheryan. After Brother Khacheryan is finished with his proficiency we had the pleasure hearing Brother Counter’s presentation on the second degree trestle board!
I try to spend time thinking about myself and where I can make improvements. One of personality traits which I work on is that I struggle to truly listen to people sometimes. When there are several things going on that day or when I am “still at work” I notice I am just “hearing” the person who is talking. At these times I try to remember the precious jewel of the attentive ear.
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force…When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life…When we listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other…and it is this little creative fountain inside us that begins to spring and cast up new thoughts and unexpected laughter and wisdom. …Well, it is when people really listen to us, with quiet fascinated attention, that the little fountain begins to work again, to accelerate in the most surprising way.”
These are very powerful words which do a great job pointing out how important it is to listen, not only for the person talking but also for the person hearing. They also remind me to slow down and not only hear people but also to listen to them. It could be that small amount of extra effort that could allow me to connect with another person or to hear a cry for help. It could be much more important than it may at first seem.
From the South!….
First, we would like to thank all our Brothers and families who have been able to participate in a worthy cause.
Casa Pacifica is an organization that provides a wonderful opportunity to children ages 8 to 18. Most of these children are in a desperate place in their lives due to a myriad of reasons. Their parents could have been killed in an accident, incarcerated, rehab, etc. leaving these poor kids with nowhere else to go.
Casa Pacifica works hand in hand with the City, County, State Agencies, and Foster Homes in an effort to place the children in a positive environment, or raise them in house until 18 (soon to be 21). The average length of time kids are at Casa Pacifica is 4 years.
We, as Mason’s have the opportunity to show these kids that people in community care. We are starting with gift cards for the BACK TO SCHOOL season. Target date is August 13.
Our Masonic bodies will offer gift cards 4 times a year as special rewards for the kids that excel in duties to others and scholastic goals.
Masons and our families will send these kids, ages 8 to 18 to a local store so they can buy back to school supplies with their own money !!! (our gift cards)
We have picked 4 stores that offer both stationary and clothing. Plus these cards are available at markets in your area. So please pick up $5, $10, $15 (or more) gift cards up at the check stands and lets make this one of our finest charitable events.
Our next event will be for Christmas (announcements will be made in lodge)
From the Behind the East!….
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!!
What a turn of events at last month’s Stated Dinner. Due to unexpected circumstances the Variety Show was rescheduled for the July 7 Stated, which will make for a wonderful event to share with the District on their visit. In lieu of that I arranged for an intimate evening with a Violinist serenading the small group of attendees. Thank you to those who attended, and took the time to say hello to me on the IPad.
A quick shoutout to Eric Bertolli for a memorable Festive Board. It was an amazing turnout, and made me so happy to see a room full of familiar faces having fun together and honoring Spyros Pappas. I loved seeing you all there, and hope for another chance to chat at the picnic.
Now that I’m back from Ohio with my 10 year old niece Bella, I can’t wait to bring her to this coming Stated Dinner. Not only do we have the fabulous Variety Show, but it gives Bella an opportunity to meet more of the wonderful people we have in our community that serve as positive role models.
Lastly, let’s not forget about the annual lodge picnic on July 16th. Last year I had a fantastic time meeting and developing relationships with so many new people. I anticipate more great food, games, and conversations while my little ones cavort around the various activities. I also hear that San Fernando York Rite is joining forces with us this year in celebration, which in my mind pretty much assures a grand time will be had by all.
A quick reminder that the post Stated Dinner Variety Show and picnic are both open events for family, guests, and prospects. Lots to look forward to this month. I hope to see everyone there!