From the East
Joe Lucchesi

  This month we begin to wind up the 2014 Masonic year. We have four candidates in process with the cap being a third degree on November 25. Please come out for the degree. It is our highest honor and I would like to make it special for him. We will wind up the year with the Installation of Officers on Saturday December 6. It is a gala occasion so plan on being there. The whole family is invited.
  The Masonic concept of taking care of one another is fundamental to all Lodges and especially ours. I thank all of you who regularly participate in our events and degrees. I can tell you that not all lodges have such willing to help and genuinely friendly brethren.
  As I plan for 2015, I again extend the invitation to you that, if you have any ideas to improve the lodge, or if you want to participate more, please let me know. Let’s keep our momentum and make 2015 a great year for all of us.

Sincerely and fraternally,
Joe Lucchesi


From the West
David Patterson

The month of November is already upon us!
  For November, we often look forward to Thanksgiving and all that the holiday offers. However, the real history of an event is often different than it is today. Historically, here is Brother George Washington’s Proclamation of 1789 regarding “Thanksgiving”:
  “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to ”recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness”.
  “Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
  “And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
“Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 17.”
  Also historically, here is the real story of Thanksgiving (which disagrees with most “popular” readings of that story; either click the link, or type it into the address bar of your favorite web browser):

I think Bro. George’s description works better than the Pilgrims any day.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
David M Patterson


From the South
Martin Irigoyen


This month, I present Brother Nathaniel Adams Coles, or Nat King Cole for short.
  He was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 17, 1919. When he was four years old, his family moved to Chicago, where he learned to play the organ from his
mother. His first performance was at age four. He began formal lessons at twelve, eventually learning not only jazz and gospel music, but also Western classical music, performing, as he said, "from Johann Sebastian Bach to Sergei Rachmaninoff". He would sneak out of the house and hang around outside the clubs, listening to artists such as Louis ArmstrongEarl Hines, and Jimmie Noone.
  Cole began his performing career in the mid-1930s while still a teenager, adopting the name Nat Cole and made his first recording in 1936 with his brother Eddie. He also was a pianist in a national tour of Broadway theatre legend Eubie Blake's revue ”Shuffle Along”. His first mainstream vocal hit was his 1943 recording of "Straighten Up and Fly Right”.  Although Cole would never be considered a rocker, the song can be seen as anticipating the first rock and roll records. Indeed, Bo Diddley, who performed similar transformations of folk material, counted Cole as an influence. Around this time, he entered into Freemasonry. He was raised January 1944 in the Thomas Waller Lodge No. 49 in California.
  In August 1948, Cole purchased a house from Col. Harry Gantz, in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Ku Klux Klan, still active in Los Angeles, responded by placing a burning cross on his front lawn. Members of the property-owners association told Cole they did not want any undesirables moving in. Cole retorted, "Neither do I. And if I see anybody undesirable coming in here, I'll be the first to complain."  He fought racism all his life and rarely performed in segregated venues.  On November 5, 1956, The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC. The variety program was the first of its kind hosted by an African-American, which created controversy at the time.
 Cole was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1990, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1997 was inducted into the Down Bea¬ Jazz Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. An official United States postage stamp featuring Cole's likeness was issued in 1994. In 2000, Cole was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the major influences on early rock and roll. In 2013, he was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame for his contribution to Latin music. He died on February 15, 1965, in Santa Monica.

The Masonic Playlist:

“Wenn die Schwalben heimw√§rts ziehn”
by Bro. Franz Abt.

Martin Irigoyen