From The East


The month of September is the time when the outgoing Master and incoming Master start thinking about the coming Masonic year. For the past few years, those people have been me. Fortunately, we have a new incoming Master (Worshipful Mahoney) who has already been hard at work thinking of next year. Together, we will work together to ensure a smooth
transition into his year and where we would like the Lodge to progress.

The first task is (and always has been) to ensure that our line of Officers is intact. Over the past few years, (the upcoming one included) we have had “holes” appearing in our line for various reasons. Things happen, and it is equally important to understand that and anticipate for that occurrence. We should endeavor, however, to understand that joining our Officers Line is a commitment to your fellow Brethren and to the Lodge, and by joining the line, you are able to accomplish two things: ensure that our Lodge can continue smoothly functioning, and also that you can continue your Masonic Education. Sometimes, that commitment may come back at you again! This year, I have identified another gap that will be in the Senior Deacon’s role. I have therefore, offered myself up as a candidate for this position to Worshipful Mahoney, so that his line of officers will have no gaps. I do intend to move up the line again, ultimately being Master (once again) in 2023, if health permits and you will have me in that position again!

To this end, I would like to have an informal meeting after the Stated Meeting in September (I will also announce it at the Meeting), so that we can get a feeling for how many Brothers are interested in joining
the line of Officers. I promise that it won’t be long and if you do join the line, I can also promise you that it will be rewarding!

Sincerely and Fraternally,

David Patterson, PM
Peninsula Masonic Lodge #168

From The West

To all Brethren and our Masonic Family,

We have lost a true and great brother, William Earl Price, 33°, KCCH, KYCH, Past Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Cryptic Council of Masons, State of California, Past Master of San
Mateo Lodge #226, Past Master of Burlingame Lodge #400 and one of the most honored and accomplished Masons in California. Bill was Initiated by San Mateo Lodge Number 226 on February 25, 1982, Passed on March 24, 1983 and Raised on December 8, 1983. Bill was one of my most influential teachers and closest friend. He was present and participated in each of
my degrees. As Inspector, Bill qualified me several times on ritual so that I might serve. He coached, counseled and educated me and countless others. Bill was passionate in his promotion and support of Masonic education and our many Masonic Charities. Bill dearly loved our Craft, never said “no”, and would always give his time, heart and mind to another Brother. We will miss you dear Brother. We could never forget you because of what you taught us and how you changed us for the better. I for one, Bill, am a better man and Mason because of all you gave to me. You will remain in all of our prayers. Until we meet again,

Dennis Mahoney PM

From The South


As the ninth month of the year, September marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere (and the start of spring in the southern). Traditionally considered the month that marks transitions between seasons, it is often one of the most temperate weather-wise.

Here are some interesting facts about the month of September. The name September comes from the Latin septem, meaning seven, since it was the seventh month of the Roman calendar, which began with March. There are 30 days in the month of September, which starts on the same day of the week as December each year but does not end on the same day of the week as any other month in the year.

September has several United States and international holidays.
• Labor Day is the most well-known holiday in September
• Native American Day is always celebrated on the 4th Friday of September.
• Constitution Day, celebrating the ratification of the governing document of the United States, is observed on the 17th.
• The autumn equinox, which is the traditional transition from summer into fall, takes place on or around September 22nd, depending on the year
• September 2, 1666: The Great Fire of London was started, completely destroying the old city located within the ancient Roman Walls.
• September 1, 1715: Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, died at the age of 76, after ruling France since the age of five.
• September 5, 1774: The 1st Continental Congress was called to order. Comprised of delegates from all 13 American colonies, it served as the governing body during the American War of Independence, from 1774 to 1789. Two years later, on September 9, 1776, it changed the name from the United Colonies to the United States.
• September 22, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the territories held by the Confederacy, effective January 1, 1863
• September 1, 1939: In the early morning hours, Hitler invaded Poland and started World War 2.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Hjalmar Nilsen