From The East

Brethren,

I hope your break was fun and that you are all rested and refreshed and ready for the next few months in Lodge!

While the year is not yet over, we are definitely past the midway point. Over my experience as being Master, I’ve contemplated some of the symbols related to the Past Master. 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 additional 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 measure 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 Compass. In addition, the Compass should be opened to 60 degrees, as measured by the Quadrant, to imply the angle of an equilateral triangle, the symbol of balance.

Please come one, come all, to our August family dinner, which will be, as usual, a delicious dinner! This year, we will be honoring and congratulating our Brother, Bill Garnsey, as we give him a Hiram Award! Also, remember that the third Tuesday, August 20, is the DSI which will be held at our Lodge. 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 Patterson, PM
Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168

From The West

To all Brethren and our Masonic Family,

We have been dark in July, and I hope you are enjoying your summer break. In particular, I hope that you and your families enjoyed a fabulous July 4th holiday. I sure did. I visited with family in Bend Oregon, enjoying a US Army Band, a Community Orchestra and Chorus, a University summer league baseball game, fireworks and more amidst the majesty of the Cascades. May God bless
America for eternity.

In August, labor resumes. We will be announcing the timing of our next 3rd Degree conferral. Please stay tuned. I look forward to seeing you next at our August Stated Meeting.

See you then!

Fraternally
Dennis Mahoney PM

From The South

Brethren,

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It was originally named Sextilis in Latin because it was the sixth month in the original ten-month Roman calendar originated by Romulus in 753 BC. It became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days. Julius Caesar finally added two days when he created the Julian calendar. In 46 BC it was renamed in honor of Emperor Augustus to celebrate his many accomplishments happening during that month, including the conquest of Egypt.

Certain meteor showers take place in August. The Kappa Cygnids take place in August, with the dates varying each year. The Perseids, a major meteor shower, typically takes place between July 17 and August 24, with the days of the peak varying yearly. The star cluster of Messier 30 is best observed around August.

The first Saturday in August is International Beer Day and is followed by, believe it or not the following day, the International Hangover Day. Man have enjoyed beer since about 6,000 B.C. Ancient civilizations even referred to it as a food staple.

Some Historical events for the month of August:
1 The first U.S. Census is completed. There are four million people in the U.S. in 1790.
4 Champagne is invented by Dom Perignon. (1693) I’ll drink to that!
6 The Atom bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan by the U.S. (1945)
7 The “Order of the Purple Heart” is created by President George Washington (1782)
9 President Richard M. Nixon becomes the first president to resign while in office (1974)
12 US annexes Hawaii. (1898)
14 Japan surrenders, ending World War II. (1945)
20 The Civil War is formally declared to be over by President Andrew Johnson. (1866)
21 Hawaii becomes the 50th state. (1959)
28 Martin Luther King Jr. makes his “I Have a Dream” speech. (1963)

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Hjalmar Nilsen