From The East

Dear Brethren,

2020 is off with a bang. Thanks to you, our enthusiastic and dedicated members, we are firing on all cylinders.

We have a major event at 6:30PM March 11, Wednesday, Most Worshipful John Trauner is visiting Peninsula Lodge. We expect a packed house with Grand Lodge Officers, neighboring Lodges and you! in attendance. We will have a very good meal and extraordinary fellowship. The cost is $20 per person. You must reserve in advance and pay in advance by check. Dress is Masonic casual. We are ordering Lodge shirts – many of us will be wearing them with khakis or slacks. I hope you get yours. Order information has been sent to all.

Our Hall Association and its new President, our JD Brother Matthew Corbett, are engaged in clean up and maintenance and repairs. The dining hall floor will be refinished. We are doing some painting and we are repairing the “elevator” from the street level to our Lodge Room and have made improvements in our kitchen.

We will be holding a 1st Degree Proficiency at February Stated Meeting and a 2nd Degree Conferral in March. I expect to be reading 2 applications for Masonic Degrees at our February Stated Meeting as well.

We currently have 8 active Committees, and we need more help. If you are already not serving on a Lodge Committee, I can fix that, and ask that you reach out to me. WE want everyone to have a job at Lodge. We have “small” and “large” jobs and they are equally important.

Our Junior Warden and Stewards are making special plans for our Sweatheart’s Dinner on February 11. It is bittersweet for me to let you know in advance that I have a conflict that evening. There is great excitement in the Mahoney family as my eldest daughter is running for public office. She is holding a rally and fundraiser in San Mateo on the same evening, and I will be supporting her by being at her rally. To me, it is a wonderful thing to see Bridget’s generation making a difference with constructive action – by getting involved.

Our most precious “jewel” is, in my opinion, our extraordinary harmony. We had a harmonious and fun Stated Meeting in January. Yes, we did follow ritual and conduct business also. Let’s repeat and reach higher in February. I look forward to seeing you at Lodge.

In closing my Brothers, I am so very grateful, proud and also humble that you gave me my job to serve Peninsula Lodge as its Worshipful Master for 2020. I am enjoying everyone’s full support and participation. Together we advance. Again, I thank you.

Fraternally yours,
Dennis Mahoney P.M.

From The West

Brethren,

And now for something totally different:
AN ANCIENT MASONIC SONG
This song was first published in 1756
From The Freemason, London

‘Tis Masonry unites mankind, To gen’rous actions, forms the Soul; In friendly Converse all conjoined, One Spirit animates the whole.

Where’er aspiring Domes arise,
Wherever sacred Altars stand;
These Altars blaze into the skies,
The Domes proclaim the Mason’s Hand.
As passions rough the Soul disguise,

Till Science cultivates the Mind;
So the rude Stone unshapen lies,
Till by the Mason’s art refin’d.

Tho’ still our chief Concern and Care Be to deserve the Brother’s Name:
Yet ever mindful of the fair,
Their kindest Influence we claim
Let wretches at our Manhood rail;

But they who once our Order prove,
Will own that we who build so well,
With equal energy can love.

Sincerely and Fraternally
Hjalmar Nilsen

From The South

Brethren,

Please remember to send me your note, call me or catch me at the meetings to reserve your place at the scheduled meetings and at the family dinners. Also if you want to be scheduled for all of them, I will list you as a regular. The February dinner is a Valentines dinner so bring your sweetheart.

And that brings us to our other subject. I would like to schedule some fun events for 2020 and I need your help, especially you Past Masters. I will be asking your thoughts on what you would like and who you think would come.

Last month I wrote about the Steward’s role in taking care of the lodge and their families. There is another important aspect of your role in that when you reach Senior Steward you have your first speaking part in the ceremonies and you have begun your journey to larger roles. The journey up the line of officers is at each step a Masonic education in itself, in that you learn deeply what the ceremonies are about by participating in them and learning your part in it.

Sincerely and fraternally,
Joe Lucchesi