From the East
Joe Lucchesi

  It has been a busy couple of months. On May 13 we presented the Hiram Award to Jim Williams. And in June we honored three of our brethren for their 50 years of being a Mason and we initiated a new brother.
  July will be a vacation month for all of us. The only activity is a Stated Meeting and the Lodge is dark for the rest of the month, so enjoy the time off.
  We have three new people to be initiated in August, including a father and son. It will be a fabulous month so please join us and make the initiations exciting for the candidates.
  The Executive Committee, to coordinate all the aspects of the Lodge, will move to a quarterly schedule. So far we have had two very productive meetings. If you would like to attend, please let me know. I value your input to the running of the Lodge and invite you to attend.
  And finally if you have any ideas to improve the lodge, or if you want to participate more, please let me know. Let’s keep the momentum and make this the very best year for all of us.

Sincerely and fraternally,
Joe Lucchesi


From the West
David Patterson

  Again, I can't believe that we are halfway through 2014! This article may sound familiar, but I think it is just as applicable now as it was one year ago today.
  While July is dark, (save for a Stated Meeting on the first), it might be nice to reflect upon the past half of the year and look forward to how we might be able to make the next half better. A friend of mine once called this “Midya” (“Mid-Year”) and it falls on July 2nd, when there are 182 days before and 182 days after that date.
  From a page on the Internet, I found some interesting reflection questions that might help give you light on how the past six months were and what you might want to think about for the next six months:

How is your ATTITUDE heading into the second half of the year?

What was your greatest SUCCESS in the first six month of the year?

What was your greatest CHALLENGE in the first six months of the year?

What is your greatest NEED as you enter the final six months of the year?

What do you need to KEEP doing, START doing, and STOP doing in the next six months to reach your goal(s)?

  These may be good questions for you to share with loved ones, or just yourself. These questions can be applied to any situation that might require reflection. By answering these questions and remembering your answers for the next time you reflect on these questions, you might find that you will have improved some aspects of your life.

Happy Midya Brethren and I hope your next six months are even better than your last!

Sincerely and Fraternally,
David M Patterson


From the South
Martin Irigoyen

  It is not a well known fact that the charismatic and controversial literary genius Oscar Wilde was actually an active Freemason whilst he studied at Oxford… so let me introduce in full: Bro. Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, born on October16, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland.
  Brother Wilde was a writer, poet, and playwright. He came from a family of intellectuals and soon became fluent in French and German. Wilde studied classics at Trinity College in Dublin, from 1871 to 1874, winning the Berkeley Gold Medal, the highest award available to classics students at Trinity. He received a scholarship to Magdalen College in Oxford, where he studied from 1874 to 1878. He graduated with a double first, the highest grade available at Oxford. His father, Sir William Wilde, an active Freemason himself, was instrumental in getting Oscar into Oxford.
  In February 1875, John Edward Courtnay Bodley, a fellow undergraduate at Balliol College approached Wilde to join the Apollo University Lodge of the Freemasons.
  Wilde’s Masonic career only lasted for the four-year period where he studied at Magdalen College, Oxford. It began and ended there, but he was an enthusiastic member and took it quite seriously. The Craft of Freemasonry fascinated and enthralled him and his participation of course would have pleased his Father.
  Oscar took his Freemasonry seriously and was a keen and active participant in Lodge affairs. Within 2 months he had been passed to the second degree on 24 April and made a Master Mason the 25 May 1875. In November of the same year Oscar also joined the Churchill Lodge. He became Inner Guard in 1876 and Senior Deacon in 1877. The event was reported in the Oxford Chronicle for Saturday, 12 May 1877

His first play in 1880, Vera or the Nihilists, has clear Masonic connotations.

  The influence of the Masonic ritual appears to be a combination of the Mark degree, and hints at ritual from various Orders. By this time, September 1880, Wilde had divested himself from both Roman Catholicism and Freemasonry.

He passed on November 30, 1900.


The Masonic Playlist:
On kaunis maa (How Fair Are Earth and Living!)
by Bro.Jean Sibelius


Martin Irigoyen