From the East
Joe Lucchesi

 We are off to an exciting new year. We are in momentum now with a lot of new people joining the Lodge.
  In February we had a Sweethearts dinner with food and music provided by the Hungarian Church. Thanks to the Korosy’s for coordinating it. The food was outstanding and the violin and keyboard music were wonderful. In March we are having a Murder Mystery dinner complete with a four course dinner and a Murder drama. In April we are planning a Youth Night on April 8. Be sure to be there to honor our future leaders.
  At the end of March we established an Executive Committee to coordinate all the aspects of the Lodge. It includes the Officers, the Hall Association, the Trustees, the Officers Coach and the Candidates Coaches with the purpose of establishing a continuity of vision and direction of the lodge for the next 3-5 years.
  And finally if you have any ideas to improve the lodge, and 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.

  And finally if you have any ideas to improve the lodge, and 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

  April is here and at a time when our schools need it most, Most Worshipful John L. Cooper III, Grand Master of California, has proclaimed April as Public Schools Month in California! The theme for this year is “Together we can make a profound difference for public education.”

  Indeed, there is a great need for our assistance in this area. For some previous statistics, (2007), California placed last in the nation for average ratio of teacher librarians to students with a ratio of 1:5,124, with the average in the nation being 1:914. Only 24% of California schools have a credentialed teacher librarian on campus! California has the highest number of students enrolled per teacher in public elementary and secondary schools (as of Fall 2012; nationwide), with 24.9. In addition, at the end of 2013, California ranked 47th in the nation for both math and reading (NEA, Merc).

  As Freemasons and citizens, parents, and friends of California schools, don’t we owe it to our schools to invest in our children as our future? If you can, please try to donate some of your time, energy, and money, if possible, to your local PTA, school association, or those students looking to raise money for their fundraiser.

  Again brethren: April is Public Schools Month! Please come to Peninsula Lodge this month to support all of the students and public schools in our community and to show your support!

Sincerely and Fraternally,
David M Patterson


From the South
Martin Irigoyen


  For this month’s edition, I would like to introduce you to one of the greatest violinists the World has seen.

  Ole Bornemann Bull was born on February 5, 1810 in Bergen, Norway. The eldest of ten children, by age four he displayed an uncommon talent, imitating with astonishing accuracy the songs he heard his mother play on violin. At the tender age of nine, he played first violin in the orchestra of Bergen's theatre and was a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied under Paganini and toured the World as a virtuoso. He played five tours through North America between 1843 and 1879 and eventually spent his summers in America and the winters in Norway.

  His brother, Georg Andreas Bull was to become a renowned Norwegian architect, and he was also a friend of the Grieg family (Ole Bull's brother was married to Grieg's aunt). Bull noticed Edvard's talent and persuaded his parents to send him to further develop his talents at the Leipzig Conservatory.

  Robert Schumann once wrote that Bull was among "the greatest of all," and that he was on a level with Niccolò Paganini for the speed and clarity of his playing. Bull was also a friend of Franz Liszt and played with him on several occasions.

  During one of Bull’s greatest concerts, well into one of his compositions, his "A" string broke. Had this happened to a lesser artist, there certainly would have been an interruption, and possibly a display of artistic temperament; but Ole Bull didn't hesitate. He completed the piece to the audience’s great delight, but the conclusion was not the original one. He had masterfully improvised on the remaining three strings for the rest of the composition.

  The records of his initiation have been lost to the passage of time, but he was a visitor to St. Cecile Lodge No. 568 (New York City) in March 1868, as well as to the Lodge of St. Andrew in Massachusetts. On Oct. 30, 1845 Ole Bull gave a concert for the Masonic Hall and Asylum Fund of the Grand Lodge of New York, which netted $1,400, a rather considerable sum at the time.

  A testament to his fame was his funeral procession in 1880, said to have been one of the most spectacular in Norway's history. The ship transporting his remains was guided by fifteen steamers and a large number of smaller vessels.

The Masonic Playlist:

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

" Musique Religieuse Op. 113" - 1927

Martin Irigoyen