Jun. 2017 From the West

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in From the West | 0 comments

Lodge Outreach Program Brethren, when we joined the Fraternity we took a solemn obligation of helping a Brother, his widow and family when they need it. When this time arises, fulfilling our Masonic obligation comes in many ways. One option is that you can assist him in reaching out to a group that can help him/her provide this most needed assistance. Masonic Outreach Services (MOS) is a program by the Masonic Homes of California, which provides assistance to a distressed brother, his widow and family for their health, shelter, or financial assistance. It’s amazing how this outreach services is available to the brethren who is in need. I recently learned about the availability of Masonic relief program when I attended the Lodge Outreach Program orientation held at the Masonic Home in union city on May 13, 2017, conducted by MOS staff to spread information that there is help out there. There are three categories of Masonic relief assistance available: Masonic Senior Outreach Service MSOS), Masonic Family Outreach Service (MFOS), and Masonic Center for Youth and Families (MCYAF). To use this assistance, there are per-qualifications that need to be meet. For the brethren that wanted to help a distressed Brother, his widow and/or his family, you can assist by first asking and informing him/her that you are willing to help thru the MOS. If your offer is accepted, you can call the MOS at 888-466-3642. They can also offer guidance regarding how to approach a Brother you believe is in need of assistance. As the Lodge Outreach Program representative, I am publishing this preliminary article to spread the message. More specific information regarding MSOS, MFOS and MCYAF will be published soon. Carlito Bade Senior...

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Apr. 2017 From the West

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in From the West | 0 comments

Greetings and Salutations We started our year with great expectations ahead.  Do-able goals were set to meet these expectations.  In general, we have allocated Thursdays as Masonic enrichment, whether for rituals and or education.  We are planning upcoming events for community service, degree conferral, lady’s night, feasts, camping and other activities for our masonic family. The DSI (Distric School of Instruction) is one great tool for learning, especially for the officers, it is not only meeting and socializing with your fellow brothers and officers in different lodges in your district but it’s the avenue for first hand receiving information from the Grand lodge thru the Grand Lodge representative the District Inspector.  Let me take this opportunity as a quick reminder, all officers should be at the scheduled DSI unless excused with a valid reason. San Mateo Lodge officers and members together with their family and friends are encouraged to support the Grand lodge Annual Masons for Mitts.  This endeavor enables the grand lodge to help kids in many aspects.  It’s not only fun for us but the purpose of helping kids to grow and develop with pride and awareness is a great cause.  Please visit https://www.masons4mitts.org/  for more detailed information. It is hoped that together we will work toward seeing these expectations attained this year.  Together we grow and make ourselves available to improve ourselves in masonry by being involved with all of these goals. Fraternally, Carlito Bade Senior Warden – From the...

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Oct. 2016 From the West

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in From the West | 0 comments

Greetings Brethren “In 1973, a small group of people in Midland, Texas, realized a growing need in their community. Their neighbors’ homes had fallen into disrepair and the homeowners could not afford to fix them on their own. They volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors. Realizing the potential impact of this work, the group formed Christmas in April, with the intent of performing repair and rehabilitation work in their community every April. News of the group’s good work spread slowly, but eventually achieved national recognition. The mission spread beyond the idea of providing service once a year in April to bringing together partners from all walks of life to help our neighbors year-round. We became Rebuilding Together and opened the national office in 1988. Today, Rebuilding Together has grown into premier nonprofit housing organization, garnering five consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator. Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.” As freemasons and a member of San Mateo Lodge #226, we are working with Rebuilding Together for a period of 17 years. San Mateo has been a sponsor and Burlingame Scottish Rite provided a financial support. San Mateo provided a group of voluntary brothers’ well skill in construction, electrician, painters, and gardeners. Also young group are invited to participate in this enthusiastic traditional community services. This year we not have our traditional partner from Burlingame, but this little impasse did not discourage but for contraire give us a favorable circumstance for progress in our firm purpose to continuing helping others. And give us a tremendous satisfaction to view our commitment complete. Thank you brothers for this amazing time for our Lodge and our community. We have a very enjoyable time in our traditional “outdoor 3 degree conferral” in Half Moon Bay, This year been the 35th Annual Outdoor degree. Our brother Leigh Courtelau was raised master mason. Was am extraordinary time to enjoy in our Friday night camping before the degree conferral.  We have a time for magnificent and delicious food prepared for our camping chef brother Tom Barth. Also we count with the nice testing “barley beers” diligent prepared for our brother James Ritter and some tobacco cigars as well.  This nice was a perfect and enjoyable night, the weather was fine. The next day we have visitor from Peninsula Lodge No. 168, and Crocker Lodge No. 212. After...

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Apr. 2016 From the West

Posted by on Apr 3, 2016 in From the West | 0 comments

Greetings Brethren: I would like to congratulate every one of you who has been elected to serve for this year, may the Great Architect of the Universe provide for you an excellent, masonic year. My best wishes of prosperity in your usual vocation and of course harmony, peace, love and prosperity for your family. Our Masonic Installation of Officers was nice and full of splendor; we have had the tremendous opportunity to be installed by the hand of Our Grand Master of Masons of California M:.W:. David Perry, we have the participation of our GLO Assist Grand Lecture R:.W:. Jeffery Wilkins, GLO Wor. David Thorne Senior Grand Deacon and the Inspector at large for the division 3, W:.B:. Jordan Yelinek. My brothers thank you for elect me as your Senior Warden and deposit your trust in me. It’s an honor to serve our beloved Lodge and you for this year. A new Masonic year began with new challenges and a new expectation for everyone.  We already starting with a magnificent boot camp prepared for our Couch Worshipful Tom Barth. I can still hear in my ears from him “pardon my swag”. Encourage everyone in practice our ritual every day to make it nice, fluent and smooth. Thank you Wor. Brother for you time and passion and patience. We have 2 new candidates for initiation soon.  Please make the arrangement necessary to be present in that memorable night and support the candidates and your Lodge. Brethren we need you. This year our strong purpose shall be attract new members, so your support is crucial to be success in this commitment. We will improve our meetings. We will improve our Lodge of Instructions and of course, our initiations and solemn ceremonies like our Chain of Union, entrance and circumvallation ceremony. Finally I would like to encourage anyone of you my brother in participate in our activities, we need you. Please come, share a good time with us, we are more than happy to see you and spend a good time with you, not only for degrees, but some time also fundraising and support activities for our young group of people who need us. Fraternally Yours, Tito Fuentes Senior Warden...

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