From The East
This column is a reiteration of the article that Worshipful Chris Smith wrote in October 2012. It is still true and apt today.
“…I believe that we are responsible for helping those around us. This includes not only Masonic organizations, but our neighborhood as a whole. We give scholarships to students who could use a few extra dollars for college. San Mateo Lodge is known for participating in Rebuilding Together, where they supply labor and money to help a needy family. Grand Lodge has Masons4Mitts and now Raising a Reader. As a fraternal organization, we certainly excel in that regard.
We are a collection of men that regularly meet and attempt to better ourselves. One thing I think we definitely have to do better is making Peninsula Masonic Lodge known in San Carlos and Redwood City. If we want the organization to grow, we have to be out there in public view. It won’t be easy and it won’t be a quick fix, but it is a worthy task.
So with that, I challenge each one of you to contemplate the future of our Lodge. What matters to you? Who needs our help? Where do we want Peninsula Lodge to be in five years? Seems almost like a job interview, but these are worthy questions that deserve our attention.”
How about you? Will you take the challenge?
Sincerely and fraternally,
From The West
A few notes regarding the Senior Warden and his position in the Lodge:
The Senior Warden sits in the West and represents the column of strength, Jachin, and is found
on the right of the entrance to King Solomon’s Temple.
The symbol of the Senior Warden is the level and is symbolic of the equality of the Brethren in the Lodge. Note that during labor, the pillar on the Senior Warden’s altar is up, denoting that the Lodge is at labor and down when at refreshment.
The term Warden is derived from the Middle English word “Wardein” and from the Anglo-French word, circa the 13th Century, “Gardein”, meaning guard or guardian.
The definition of the word Warden has many different meanings in today’s world, however its basic meaning is one having care of or being in charge of something with supervisory duties or with the enforcement of specified laws or regulations.
In Masonic terminology, he is the second Officer within the Masonic Blue Lodge. He presides over the Craft during the hours of labor. The Senior Warden also assumes the role of Master during the second degree conferral.
The Senior Warden’s primary duty is to assist the Worshipful Master in opening and closing the Lodge. In the absence of the Worshipful Master, the Senior Warden presides over the Lodge.
Have a wonderful February Brethren!
David M Patterson, PM
Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168
From The South
Greetings from the South, yet again.
I hope everyone is having a great start into the New Year. We started January’s family dinner with a Mediterranean meal from Sumac, with various Kabobs, humus, and, of course, pita breads. As we continue the year, please send any dinner suggestions you may have, as I want to ensure we make these dinners as enjoyable as possible.
Puzzle of the month
You are the ruler of a medieval empire and you are about to have a celebration tomorrow. The celebration is the most important party you have ever hosted. You’ve got 1000 bottles of wine you were planning to open for the celebration, but you find out that one of them is poisoned.
The poison exhibits no symptoms until death. Death occurs within ten to twenty hours after consuming even the minutest amount of poison.
You have over a thousand slaves at your disposal and just under 24 hours to determine which single bottle is poisoned. You have a handful of prisoners about to be executed, and it would mar your celebration to have anyone else killed.
What is the smallest number of prisoners you must have to drink from the bottles to be absolutely sure to find the poisoned bottle within 24 hours?