From The East
I hope your break was fun and that you are all rested and refreshed and ready for the next few months in Lodge!
I don’t normally put information like this in my Mes-sage, but I have some sad news to share: One of our most popular mem-bers, (of whom we fondly remember as “Grumpy Dick”), has passed. He was one of the first Brothers that I met in Lodge and I was a big fan of his. He will be sorely missed.
While the year is not over, we are definitely past the midway point. Over the past couple of years being Master, I’ve contemplated some of the symbols related to the Past Master, (of which I may soon become). Many of you have probably seen the Past Master’s symbol. It is very similar to the Square and Compass that we are all accustomed to, but there is an addi-tional working tool in it, as well. It is the “Quadrant”, or Protractor, found below the Square.
We know that the Compass is that instrument that reminds us to keep our passions within due bounds toward all mankind. The Square reminds us that truth, the first and most important lesson we learn in Masonry, is how we should be in all our dealings, The Square is also a reminder to the Past Master of his office he held as Master of the Lodge.
The Quadrant is the arc that the Compass rests on and it shows at what angle the Compass is opened on. The Compass symbolizes “those due bounds” by which a Mason keeps his passions, but the Quadrant is a meas-ure of those due bounds. It is the responsibility of the Master to ensure that the Brethren under his jurisdiction are making proper use of their own Com-pass. In addition, the Compass should be opened to 60 degrees, as meas-ured by the Quadrant, to imply the angle of an equilateral triangle, the sym-bol of balance.
Please come one, come all, to our August family dinner, which will be, as usual, a delicious dinner! Also, remember that the third Thursday is the DSI. It is highly encouraged, even if you are not an officer, to attend, since there is often a lot of Masonic information exchanged there!
Sincerely and Fraternally,
David M Patterson
Master, Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168
From The West
I hope you had a good vacation from the Lodge and that you enjoyed your vacation from its du-ties. We will resume in August with a Family Dinner on August 8th. I encourage you to attend. Please do not allow complacency to dictate your actions. Come out and support your Lodge.
In this great country of ours, we are free to practice Freemasonry. Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and the courage to be the secret of liberty. In our craft we are able to meet and talk freely, with out being encumbered by religious expression and economic endeavors. Our brave soldiers, many of whom were Freemasons, gave their lives for the belief that we can share in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We Masons, as a Fraternity, as a Masonic Family, have built for ourselves and offer to mankind, a fraternal heritage of freedom and tolerance visible for the entire world to see.
It is certainly our duty as Masons not only to educate our brethren about our fraternity, but also the rest of the world. When we consider that Freemasonry is a way of life and that really our only secrets are basically modes of recognition, then there is really very little about Freemasonry that we can’t talk about to our friends and family. When you consider that, the word free in Freemasonry does not mean cheap, easy or without payment, then it is definitely our duty to pass on to the future generations the wonderful teachings of our fraternity.
Sincerely and fraternally,
From The South
Now that we are open we should have a very active month. The first thing is our stated meet-ing on the first Tuesday of the month.
Please let me know if you are coming. Next is our family dinner, call or email me for reservations. MY PHONE NO IS 650 349 6922.
One of our Past Masters of the lodge has passed away. He was our organist for many years. Dick “Grumpy” Thompson will always be
remembered. He helped many of us to get our degrees.
As you officers know we will have a D.S.I. on the third Thursday in August. All officers are required to attended, unless you let our District Inspector know you are not coming.