This year, my focus has been on creating more social events and bridging the gap between our Lodge and other Masonic bodies. We enjoyed a great turnout for our first annual mini-golf event, with members of OES, DeMolay, Job's Daughters, and Rainbow Girls participating.
Let's build on that success with these upcoming events:
June Stated Meeting: I am trying to get a representative from the Conejo Diaper Bank to come with us as we present the diapers donated to mothers in need.
June 20th is our 27th annual St. Johns' Festive Board. I am urging all Brothers to please try to attend. It's a fun and exciting event bringing us all together with members of our Grand Lodge family, including Most Worshipful Randall L. Brill. Tickets are still available, but they are going fast! The event starts at 5:30PM and tickets can be purchased online. $60 per person. Come enjoy wine toasts with a 3 course meal!
July 15th - come join us at Harley's Simi Bowl for Bowling with Brothers! Open to family and friends, please join us from 1PM to 3PM as we cut loose on the bowling lanes! Pizza and drinks will be served. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes rentals!
July 16th is the Grand Master's Breakfast. I have reserved a table for CVML members. Tickets are $20 per person, and the event will be at the LA Hilton Hotel. Please see our secretary for tickets. Let's fill our table!
August 5th at our lodge—it's Burgers for Badges. We will be celebrating all those who serve our community with a BBQ event. Police, firefighters, EMTs, and sheriffs will all be invited. More details will be provided.
October 27th through the 29th will be the 174th Annual Communication at Grand Lodge. If you are planning on attending, get your hotel reservations now!!
Other events: In August, we have Wings Over Camarillo. I am planning a dog adoption event, a clothing drive event for the midnight mission, a can food drive, a Thanksgiving volunteer event at the midnight mission, more get-together events, a chili cook-off event, a possible golf tournament, launching our Conejo-Simi Shrine Club joining with our youth groups to record children's books for the kids at our Shrine Hospital, a Lodge holiday party and so much more! I hope each of you will participate in one or all of these events as we strengthen our ties together, enjoy each other's company outside of regular degree nights, and serve our community at large.
This past month, the lodge has done very well. Towards the beginning of the month, our inspector, Worshipful Lynn Wallingford, held a funeral certification class where several brothers got certified to perform a Masonic funeral service. We then had two third degree practices, which prepared the officer line for the third degree last week, which was a great success! We have several degrees coming up, including a third degree towards the end of the month. During the summer months, the lodge has several events planned, including Bowling with Brothers coming next month; Please attend and have a fun time bowling with the brethren, family, and friends. I wish all the brethren, family, and friends a safe and healthy month of June. I will see you all in the Lodge and at the special events.
The Jewel of the Junior Warden's Office is the Plumb,… which is an instrument used for ascertaining the alignment of a vertical surface. It symbolizes upright behavior among the Brotherhood. It emphasizes the importance of moral rectitude and ethical conduct among our Fraternity.
As Masons we are expected to adhere to a high standard of personal integrity and strive to lead honorable lives both within and outside of the Lodge. The concept of being upright encompasses a range of virtues, including honesty, fairness, compassion, and respect. We are encouraged to be honest and truthful in our dealings with others. We are expected to act with integrity, maintaining our word, and upholding the principles of trust and reliability. Fairness is also a vital aspect of upright behavior, promoting equality and justice in all interactions. We are called upon to treat others with impartiality, regardless of social status, race, or religious beliefs.
Compassion and empathy form an integral part of being upright as a Mason. We are encouraged to demonstrate kindness and understanding towards others, extending a helping hand to those in need. This includes not only charitable acts but also providing emotional support and encouragement to fellow Brethren and the community as a whole. Respect is another essential virtue, encompassing respect for oneself, others, and the diverse beliefs and opinions that exist in the world. We are expected to show respect for differing viewpoints and engage in constructive dialogue, promoting tolerance and harmony among all individuals.
Being upright as a Mason involves embodying qualities such as honesty, fairness, compassion, and respect. By holding true to these principles, members contribute to the betterment of society and foster an environment of integrity and moral excellence. Upright behavior serves as a guiding principle for ourselves, encouraging our Brothers to also lead virtuous lives and make a positive impact on the world around them.
Fraternally yours, Brother Bill
Lodge has been focusing on creating social events and connecting with other Masonic bodies.
Upcoming events include St. Johns' Festive Board, bowling, Grand Master's Breakfast, BBQ for community servants, and Annual Communication at Grand Lodge.
Being upright as a Mason contributes to the betterment of society and fosters an environment of integrity and moral excellence.
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