Monthly Archives April 2014

Rise and Build

In case you missed Masonic Education Night on March 11th, here’s a recap of the bullet points from that night presented by Right Worshipful David Perry, Senior Grand Warden. The beginning of the presentation was dedicated to the history of Masonry. He explained that during Masonry’s earlier days, Freemasons worked both operative and speculatively. These Ancient Masons actually used the working tools to erect stupendous edifices comprised of smooth and squared stones. Our ancient brethren, wrought at many now famous temples, government buildings and monuments all over the world.  Today Freemasons are speculative only, which means the craft is no
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Categories: Masonic Education.

From the East

Brethren, What a great year this has been for Conejo Valley Lodge so far and what an honor it is for me to be serving as your Master!  The first three months of 2014 have been very busy for our Lodge.  We have already conferred almost 10 degrees, held our annual Widows & Sweethearts Dinner, gathered together for several Men’s Night Outs and hosted a Masonic Education Night with the Sr. Grand Warden of California.  And we’re just getting started!  Over the next few months we have a lot planned, including our annual St. John’s Festive Board, an outing to
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From the West

Give of Yourself a Hand             Many of us have experienced that lonely detached feeling, when you go to a strange place as the “outsider” and no one interacts or says anything to you.  Not even an outstreched hand shake to say hello.  How often do you find yourself in the same small group seldom venturing to engage the new “strange” person, visiting for the first or second time?  I recently traveled to Alaska Grand Lodge’s Annual Communication and noticed few of the brothers would strike up a conversation.  It was up to me to introduce myself and take the
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From the South

Nearly 2000 years ago, the pagan Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote: “Excluding then the delusions of fame, what is there left to be prized? In my judgment, this: to work out, in action and inaction alike, the purpose of our natural constitutions. That, after all, is the object of all training and all craftsmanship; for every craft aims at adapting a product to the purpose for which it was produced.” This, in my view, is the great objective of our Craft at the individual level – to teach, lead, encourage and help each Mason to adapt himself to the purpose
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From the Secretary’s Table

Brethren, tax time is approaching.  That means you should check and make sure you have paid your 2014 and any delinquent dues.  Your dues go to paying our bills like rent, candidate materials, cost of the Trestleboard, etc.   If you have not paid your 2013 dues, technically, you are delinquent and while you may attend the Lodge you may not ballot on new candidates or any resolutions that may come before the Lodge.  The Master has prepared a stunning new year.  We have a plethora of candidates awaiting their degrees as well as Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts awaiting further light. 
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