From the East
Joe Lucchesi

  We resumed our fast pace with a double first degree on August 12th of a father and son. Then on August 26th we did a second degree. On August 9th was the combined three-lodge picnic at Hunter Park in the Mewok area. A great time was had by all. In September we will continue our pace with a double second degree.
  Besides having fun, the life-blood of any Lodge is the attraction of new members. We have had the fortune of having a steady stream of new candidates. I ask your focus on bring in new members and one way to do that is for all of us to bring potential candidates to the family dinners and stated meeting dinners. It is, I think, an obvious fact that before some one wants to join us he would check us out to see if he wants to be around us.
  I thank you all 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. A special thanks to Bill Fischer, Ted Korosy and Cliff Dunn our Past Masters who are always willing to fill in for an empty officers seat.
  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

  Change, any change, can cause visible, as well as invisible effects.

  Two weeks ago, I created a small “fan group” page on the social media site,
Facebook, for a new television show called ”The Quest”, which airs on ABC. Initially, I had thought it was going to be just a few nerds, like myself, who might talk about the show online. Almost overnight, the membership swelled to well over 100 people, including all of the cast members of the show and the producers of the show! It is getting larger by the day and
fans are coming in from all over the world, (even though it is only shown on American television). Some have even commented that this has “made their day”.
  A few years back, I got involved with Blood Drives here at the Lodge withWor. Follett, who was chairing these efforts. I have been giving blood ever since. While I don’t know the full effect of what blood donations do, I was fortunate enough to have met a man whose life was changed by blood donations. He had cancer. He needed blood donations regularly for
transfusions that he needed. He wanted to thank me personally for making those small donations, since he knew many people whose lives had been changed (and greatly extended) due to these donations.
  I urge all of you, when the mood strikes you, to try to affect change in the lives of those around you, whether it be to brighten their day with a fun activity, or whether it is to lengthen the number of days that they can be here on Earth. We, as Masons, have a duty to relieve our fellow man, whether they be distressed, or otherwise, and to restore peace to their troubled minds.

Have a great day and make the best of it! You never know whose life you may be changing!

Sincerely and Fraternally,
David M Patterson


From the South
Martin Irigoyen

  This month I want to share with you some aspects of the life of Brother Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy… or Felix Mendelssohn, for short.
  Pianist, composer, and conductor Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg, Germany, on February 3, 1809. A grandson of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, Felix was recognized as a musical
prodigy at an early age. He was the second of four children; his older sister Fanny also displayed exceptional and precocious musical talent. He began taking piano lessons from his mother when he was six, and at seven was tutored by Marie Bigot in Paris. At the age of nine, he made his first public debut in Berlin. During his childhood, he composed five operas and eleven symphonies.
  As a young man, he enjoyed early success in Germany, where he also revived interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach In his music, Mendelssohn largely observed Classical models and practices while initiating key aspects of Romanticism, the artistic movement that exalted feeling and the imagination above rigid forms and traditions. Among his most famous works are: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1826), Italian Symphony (1833), Oratorio Elijah (1846), and several pieces of chamber music. In 1829, he conducted a performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. The performance's success led to other great opportunities, including a chance to conduct the London Philharmonic Society that same year. In 1835, he was granted an illustrious role: conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig.
  Mendelssohn was a fine and enthusiastic artist in pencil and watercolor as well, a skill he used throughout his life for his own amusement and that of his friends. His copious surviving correspondence shows that he could also be a witty writer in both German and English – sometimes accompanied by humorous sketches and cartoons in the text.
  He founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music in 1843 and became its director. In so doing, he put Leipzig on the map as the musical center of Germany. After finishing Violin Concerto in E Minor, Mendelssohn conducted a string of concerts for the Philharmonic. He died on November 4, 1847, in Leipzig.

The Masonic Playlist:
Adagio and Rondo for Flute, Oboe, Viola, Cello, and Celesta, K.617”
by Bro. Wolfgang A. Mozart

Martin Irigoyen