From The East

Dear Brethren,

We are aware of only one case of COVID-19 within our Lodge and have great news to report in it. Worshipful Brother Sebastien Taveau, P.M., is fully recovered and vigorously engaged and helping us at Peninsula 168. I am also happy to report that Worshipful Brother Chris Smith, P,M., has also made remarkable recovery from his illness (not COVID) and is once again in “fine form”. As your current Worshipful Master, I am deeply grateful and benefit from the continual counsel and support of Seb and Chris.

I have “bittersweet” news to report that our Treasurer, Brother Bill Shaffer, and his lady friend Aida, have now found their new home in Oregon, in a beautiful location, and are moving June 1. Brother Bill gave so much to Peninsula 168, as a line officer, Hall Association President, Master Chef and in so many other ways. When called upon, Bill knew only one response: YES! , and was tireless in his devotion to our craft and our Lodge. Bill, you will be so missed.

The past months have been tough, and at times surreal for us all. We still cannot hold Stated meetings, perform Ritual, or meet top conduct business in our traditional ways. But you can stay connected and many of us are. Please join us on our weekly ZOOM meetings organized by Worshipful Brother Dave Patterson, P.M. contact myself at dennis@sequoiacfo.com or Dave at davidmpatterson0@gmail.com for the instructions on joining these calls which occur every Tuesday at 6:30PM. We hope that we will be authorized to restore Lodge operations and activities soon. Yet, everyone’s safety is the priority.

And speaking of safety…I am honored to be a Trustee of both the California Masonic Foundation and the California Masonic Memorial Temple. Both Boards just met this week. I learned that because of the extraordinary leadership or Worshipful Brother Gary Charland, and his team at the Masonic Homes, we have not had a single case of COVID-19 at the homes among the ONE THOUSAND residents and staff. Compare this to the tragedies at nursing homes and retirement centers elsewhere in the USA. Thank you so much WB Gary and team.

I also learned that our members across the state have generously supported the Distressed Worthy Brother Relief Fund, launched by Most Worshipful John Trauner, with donations now approaching $400,000.00. Peninsula Lodge has made a donation. If you have not already done so, please consider giving something. All gifts make a difference. Simply log on to www.freemason.org to give online.

Lastly, please stay in touch. Call a Brother or widow. Send an email. Join us on Tuesday evenings.
Log onto the Facebook talks and toasts by our PGMS. Take advantage of our ever expanding online educational programs at www.freemason.org. z
Read your cypher.
And when you hear the announcement that we are holding Stated Meeting again, let our in person fraternal fellowship resume.
If you have need or know of a Brother in need, alert me and alert Masonic Outreach Services.
God bless you and your loved ones

Travel in safety my Brothers

Fraternally yours,
Dennis Mahoney P.M.

From The West

Brethren,

AThe Covid-19 pandemic drags on, but as the country is starting to open up, I thought it would be timely to look at some quotes from famous people and philosophers about
the challenges we are going through. Here are some, collected by David Allan, Director at CNN:

During World War II, the British government issued posters to boost morale and mentally prepare its civilians. One of them, “Keep calm and carry on,” is a message applicable beyond its original intent. It is also poignant now that coronavirus is invoking comparisons to world war.

President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1933 inaugural address, to a nation paralyzed in the economic fear of the Great Depression, has endured its original meaning. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” speaks to the psychology of all panic.

“Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere,” wrote humorist Erma Bombeck.

Author Vivian Greene explained, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

As Sting sings, “When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around.”

“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime, you’ll find, you get what you need,” sang the Rolling Stones.

German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe had some poignant metaphorical advice to do your part in this pandemic, when he wrote, “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”

Embrace that this time could have a positive impact on you. “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger,” the aphoristic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche famously said.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going,” said the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. “This too shall pass,” is an old Persian saying.

And in the end, I am going to give the last word to John Lennon. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end. So, I hope we will soon be able to see each other in the Lodge, perhaps not shaking hands yet, but enjoy our new freedom through a different, more improved outlook.

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Zen proverb

Sincerely and Fraternally
Hjalmar Nilsen

From The South

Brethren,

For those of you who receive this Trestleboard, and are sequestered at home, so are we. The lodge at this time is closed and we cannot have
any stated meetings or degree conferrals. We are meeting informally via Zoom every Tuesday at 6:30 and you are invited to join us. If so send a note to Dave Patterson and he will include you.

Did You Know????
Masonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization. It is a body of knowledge and a system of ethics based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country and fraternity. As Masons, we lead by example, give back to our communities and support numerous Masonic philanthropies. There are approximately 5 million Masons worldwide, including 2 million in the United States. There are more than 60,000 Masons and about 340 lodges in California.

Sincerely and fraternally,
Joe Lucchesi