From the East
Joe Lucchesi

  Welcome back from vacation. We will be resuming our fast pace with a double first degree on August 12th. It will be fun and exciting since it will be a father and son. Then on August 26th we will be doing a double second degree. It will be a fabulous month so please join us and make the degrees exciting for the candidates.
  Save the date of August 9th for the combined three-lodge picnic. It will again be at Huddart Park in the Mewok area. There is a parking fee of $5. Our lodge was the least represented last year, so please plan to attend this year. A flyer will be passed out at the August Stated Meeting on August 5th
  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

  On the day I write this, July 20, 2014, it has been 45 years since our esteemed Brother Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin walked on the moon. I can remember my friends and I laying on our lawn and looking up at the moon, thinking (and knowing!) that there were actually people up there furthering Man’s knowledge! While growing up, the Space Program affected a lot of kids and media at the time. Star Trek had just gone off the air, but the fandom had already grown to enormous proportions, in part, due to the success of the Space Program and men like Buzz Aldrin. Who didn’t want to be an astronaut and walk on the moon like he did?
  Unfortunately, the Space Program did not last forever, and the hopes of one day becoming an astronaut and going into space were dashed for kids like us. Movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and its vision of a moon base in that year would become a fantasized history. Men like Buzz Aldrin, and all the other astronauts, would become unique in their time. Even today, astronauts have only done what many astronauts of the 60s did on a regular basis: orbit the Earth.
  In 2003, Bro. Aldrin wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times which criticized the “return to the moon” objective of NASA, citing, “[NASA’s development of a spacecraft] limited to transporting four astronauts at a time with little or no cargo carrying capability” was “more like reaching for past glory than striving for new triumphs”. As Masons, it is important to follow this lead. Where we have been was great, but it is also important to forge new roads into uncharted territories. Learning to better ourselves is only a single part of this puzzle. Doing things to better ourselves is another very important piece in creating what we want for ourselves, as well as what we want for our future. Bro. Aldrin makes that point clear for the world, when he wants to push NASA to strive for new triumphs. We can still achieve some of the earlier glory of what we once had, but with new knowledge and dedication, we can make our realities even more rewarding.
  Today would be a good day, as a reminder of this great anniversary, if you are so inclined to do so, to write to your local representatives and give them your opinion on what you might like to see from a future Space Program, if ever one should exist. Perhaps, some day, our children can look up to other planets (or moons) in our solar system and know that there are people up there too, furthering Man’s quest for knowledge.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
David M Patterson


From the South
Martin Irigoyen

  This month’s featured brother needs little introduction. Chances are, you have either heard of him before, or you have heard, at least, his work.
  Franz Liszt was born on October 22nd, 1811, in the village of Doborján, in the Kingdom of Hungary. His father, Adam Liszt, was an avid pianist, violinist, cellist, and guitarist who personally knew Haydn, Hummel, and Beethoven. From an early age, Franz was drawn to music, particularly on the piano, where he demonstrated an inclination for both sacred and Romani music, at the tender age of six. After a series of concerts at age nine in what is present day Slovakia, a group of wealthy sponsors offered to finance his musical education abroad, which included composition lessons with Antonio Salieri, music director of the Viennese court at the time.
  During his adolescence, he lived in Paris with his mother, where –after seeing Paganini at a charity concert in 1832- Liszt vowed to become as much of a virtuoso on the piano as Paganini was on the violin. During this chapter of his life, he read vigorously and dedicatedly, to compensate for a lack of formal education. As a result, he personally interacted with many of the most prominent and respected artists of his time, including Victor Hugo.
  In 1841, he was initiated in Frankfurt. He was raised as member of the lodge "Zur Einigkeit" in Berlin. Since 1845 he was also honorary member of the lodge "Modestia cum Libertate" at Zurich, and of the lodge in Pest, Hungary
  Liszt became tremendously popular after 1842 across all of Europe, and he gave away most of his proceeds and earnings to charity and humanitarian causes, and starting in 1857 all of his performing fees went to help the less fortunate. His work restoring the Beethoven monument in Bonn, and the Hungarian National School of Music are well known, but he also gave generously to the building of the Cologne Cathedral, and the construction of the Leopold Church in Pest. There were also private donations to hospitals, schools, and charitable organizations such as the Leipzig Musicians Pension Fund. When he found out about the Great Fire of Hamburg, which raged for three weeks during May 1842 and destroyed much of the city, he gave concerts in aid of the thousands of homeless there. He lived in Hungary, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Weimar. He died in Bayreuth, Germany, on July 31, 1886.

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Martin Irigoyen