From The East

Brethren

IJanuary has been a very busy month, with a big stated meeting, DSI and Family Dinner kickoff, and a triple second degree conferral. February, too, will also be a busy one for our Lodge!

This month, we will be having:

  • Our Sweetheart’s Dinner, where we get to honor our sweethearts for
    not only being our sweeties, but for allowing us to get out of the
    house at least twice a month (some of us, more than that)! It is important to recognize not only our spouses for being supportive of us
    and what we are doing, but also our children and parents who support us in our Fraternity!
  • A double first degree (at the end of the month), Please attend, so that
    we can support our new Brothers! Hjalmar Nilsen will be WM for the
    evening, so we need to support him, as well!
  • A District School of Instruction (DSI) during Week 2 (Feb 13th), Note
    that the venue has changed from Sons of the Desert (SotD) to San
    Mateo #226. Note also, that DSIs are a mandatory function to attend for all officers in the Lodge, from the Junior Steward up to (and
    including) the Worshipful Master.

As always, this is YOUR Lodge and I want to make the experience fun and
memorable for all involved. To that end, I welcome everyone’s input on anything you’d like to see continue, or changed.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
David Patterson, PM
Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168

From The West

To all Brethren and our Masonic Family,

I thank you for your warm welcome to Peninsula Lodge #168 and for immediately bestowing on me the honor to serve our Lodge as Senior Warden.

At each meeting with you I discover more wonderful layers and strengths of our Lodge. Our warm, fun and engaged fraternal spirit, our dedication to Masonic education (which is rooted in self improvement, self governance,
service, and in seeking the Light), our family nights (!!Wow – I know of no other Lodge doing this and I cannot wait to attend my first), our dedication to excellence in Masonic Ritual, our sound governance and tradition of Great leadership from Worshipful Brothers Smith, Lucchesi, Patterson, Richards, Camper and so many more dedicated Past Masters and officers, and how about our great food?

Being so blessed is the result of one good thought and one good action after another by many. I look forward to working with each of you in the coming year. I hope to become a true Brother among Brothers. I am eager to get to know those of you whom I have only just met and to learning your stories.

So, here we go into 2019. We have a triple second Degree on January 26. On February 26 we will hold a double first Degree. That makes 5 Third Degrees we will begin holding soon thereafter. It will be a great year for Peninsula Lodge.

Fraternally
Dennis Mahoney PM

From The South

Brethren,

It’s February and we are getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our annual Sweethearts Dinner on the 12th.

The history of Valentine’s Day and its patron
saint is shrouded in mystery. St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it
today, contains traces of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

There have been at least three different saints named Valentine
or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends
that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century
in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men
made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice
of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were
discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the
stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and
most importantly romantic figure.

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody and let us celebrate our significant
others who are supporting us in our Masonic endeavors.

Sincerely and Fraternally Hjalmar Nilsen