From the East

Brethren,

Is the glass half-full or half-empty?  Are we halfway through the year or do we have half-a-year to go?   My feeling is that we have half-a-year to go!  We have already accomplished a lot this year, but we still have so much more in the remainder of the year that we can’t slow down now!

On Saturday, July 19th, we have our first inaugural Conejo Valley Masonic Bodies Joint BBQ.  This will be a great opportunity for the Lodge, Eastern Star, Job’s Daughters and DeMolay to come together as one family.  See enclosed flyer.

On Saturday, July 26th, our Lodge will join our brothers from Oxnard Lodge, Channel Islands Lodge and several other Lodges for a Men’s Night – a Smoke Out, at the Old Oaks Cigar shop right here in Thousand Oaks.  This will be a wonderful time to meet and socialize with brothers from neighboring lodges.  See enclosed flyer.

On Saturday, September 6th, we will hold our annual Past Masters’ BBQ.  This event is open to all, its NOT for Past Masters – its hosted by our Past Masters, for the entire Lodge to enjoy. See enclosed flyer.

 

Please note, the Lodge will be dark on Tuesday, July 29th, August 12th and 19th, as our 2015 officer line will be practicing and qualifying on the 1st Degree.

I’d like to congratulate Brothers Morse and Lynch on being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason.  You have now received all the light of Freemasonry, but never stop learning and continue to grow your Masonic edifice.  Becoming a Master Mason is only the third step in your life-long journey.

Please check the calendar for upcoming degrees.  We already have several scheduled for the upcoming months and are consistently adding more to the calendar.

If you missed our 18th Annual St. John’s Festive Board on June 24th, you missed one heck of an event!  Most Worshipful John L. Cooper III, Grand Master of Masons in California was in attendance and had a fantastic time.  Our Lodge presented him with over $1,000 for the Masonic Foundation and the Raising A Reader project along with our Lodge tie and pin. In addition, Wor. Marc Newman presented him with a leather-bound copy of his essay about the Saints John.  Most Worshipful Cooper was very moved by it.  Once again, Wor. Art Weiss and Wor. Lynn Wallingford planned and executed the event surpassing all expectations.  Thank you both for your time, dedication and love for the fraternity and our Lodge.

A portion of the donation given at our St. John’s Festive Board was our Lodge’s participation in the “100% Officer Giving” campaign to the Masonic Foundation.  A few days after the event I received the following email from Grand Lodge, “I am grateful to you, and my other friends and colleagues at Conejo Valley #807.  You are a small lodge with a large impact!  So many leaders have come form among your ranks.  This is yet another example.”    Doug Ismail, Executive Vice President California Masonic Foundation & Chief Philanthropy Officer.  As of July 1st, Conejo Valley Lodge #807 was one of only ten Lodges in all of California to reach this goal!  A big “Thank You” goes out to the 2014 officers for their participation in this endeavor.

Are you receiving my Weekly Update emails on Sunday evenings?  If you are not getting them, please contact one of our Secretaries or me, so we can get an updated email address for you!  Also, check the Lodge’s web site calendar (www.conejomasons.org) regularly to find out what is happening at our Lodge.

Please remember, Tuesday is Lodge night.  We have a full calendar with events throughout the summer and fall.  Come to Lodge and enjoy its privileges!

 

Stated Meeting Challenges:

August – Wear an UGLY Hawaiian shirt. The brethren will vote and decide who has the most hideous shirt.  Be careful not to wear a shirt that you might be offended by if you are to win!

September – Bring new, unopened school supplies (a box of pencils, ream of paper, package of markers, etc.) to be donated to a local elementary school.

 

Scott Spiegel

Master