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Lodge’s Schedule for the month of September 2016

  • Thursday         Sept 1              6:30 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Sept 8              7:30 pm           OSI – 3rd Degree’s 2nd Section
  • Saturday          Sept 10            9:00 am           Working Party, Building Maintenance
  • Thursday         Sept 15            7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice
  • Thursday         Sept 22            7:30 pm           Qualifications – 2nd Degree
  • Thursday         Sept 29            7:30 pm           1st Degree Practice

Stated Dinners and Meeting Schedules

  • Thursday         Oct 6               6:30 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Nov 3              6:30 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Dec 1               6:30 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
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Master’s Message for September 2016

IMG_0337 (2)Hello Brethren,

Where did Freemasonry as we know it today start? It did not start in Egypt nor did it begin from the remnants of the Knights Templar. You can say that we took our basis from the medieval guilds or unions. At that time they were organizations that had a Royal Charter which basically gave them a monopoly. There were many different guilds, goldsmiths, fishmongers masons and more.

The Mason’s Guild controlled the building of stone structures, trained apprentices, collected Dues, even had secret codes, pass-words and symbols to prevent non-members from learning their trade and become competitors. They were real workmen and we refer to them as Operative Masons. Free Masonry as we know it today did continue some of their moral/spiritual concepts, their charitable work and use their symbols. Although there were some Lodges in the 1600’s, Free Masonry officially began in 1717.

We as Speculative Masons use these symbols and ceremonies to make us better man and thus make the world a better place. So when you understand our Masonic Symbols like the Compass, where we are taught to circumscribe our desires and keep our passions within due bounds. Or the ceremonies like the one that states that since we all come from the same parents and all live in the same world, it is our duty to help one another. You will become a better man.

Fraternally yours,
Sandy Sanchez, Worshipful Master

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Senior Warden’s Message for September 2016

IMG_0340 (2)Brethren,

What if I inform the lodge that I knew of a group of men who would be perfect fit for our lodge and for Freemasonry in general, would you be interested? A group of men, that studies have shown, 81% of the group gives not only finical to charities and local communal organizations, but also they donate one of the most precious commodities of all, their time. A group of men, where 75% see themselves as authentic, and not willing to compromise their personal and moral values. Men who truly believe that their actions have a direct impact on the local communities and the world as a whole. Men who belong to the most tolerant and accepting generation of all time, not to mention the most educated generation in all of American history. The men I am speaking of belong to the Millennial Generation. These men were all born somewhere between 1984-2000 and they are the fastest group of men applying to their local masonic lodges. So does what does this mean for Arcadia #278 and Freemasonry in general? Well, after reading some of these interesting statistical facts I would describe the Millennial Generations as future Freemasons. There has never been a generation so made to order for the fraternity as this one. They desire knowledge. They want to be a part of something bigger, to make the world a better place and they aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty either. Character, integrity, equality and tolerance are some of the core values and they have a strong desire to improve themselves. Basically, they are Freemasons; they just don’t know it yet. So the real question is this: with so much in common, why haven’t more men from the Millennial Generation found their way to our door step? Hopefully we can figure out the solution to this question, because the future of Arcadia #278 and of Freemasonry in general, unequivocally, rest with them!

Fraternally,

Jonas Olguin, Senior Warden

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Junior Warden’s Message for September 2016

IMG_0366 (2)Greetings Brethren,

Happy Labor Day!

Menu for our Stated Dinner are caesar salad and dinner rolls, for the main course chicken florentine with grilled spinach, garden rice, and mixed vegetables, lastly cake for desert.

Our guest speaker during our Stated Dinner is Brother William “Joe” Ryland, PM, and past National President of National Sojourners; Brother Joe Ryland will be talking about National Sojourners. I myself am a member of National Sojourners, Pasadena Chapter No. 265 and the Chief of Staff of Camp John J. Pershing, Heroes of ‘76.

Feel free to attend our degree practices and our scheduled OSI on Thursday, September 8th, 2016, at 7:30 pm.

Please visit our website at http://arcadia.freeandaccepted.org/ for news and trestle board information. Also, it is always updated after the events held, degrees, and etc.

See you all around the lodge. Always stay safe and be healthy.

Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth,
Joven R. Bilog, Junior Warden

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Lodge’s Schedule for the month of August 2016

  • Wednesday      Aug 3               7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                               by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday         Aug 4               6:30 pm           Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Aug 11             7:30 pm           OSI – 3rd Degree – First Section
  •                                                                              Advance Positions
  • Thursday        Aug 18             7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Thursday        Aug 25             7:30 pm           Degree Practice

Stated Dinner and Meeting Schedules

  • Thursday         Sep 1                6:30 pm          Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Oct 5                6:30 pm          Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Nov 3               6:30 pm          Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Dec 1                6:30 pm          Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
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Master’s Message for August 2016

IMG_0337 (2)Hello Brothers

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer weather. Our lodge is doing well. I keep repeating myself; A lodge is only as good as the participation of its members. We are practicing the 3th degree and need other master masons to participate to make it a success. If you would like to participate let me know. There are small parts with one or two lines and there are big parts with lots of line. The choice is yours. You are also invited to our OSI. The more the merrier.

Our Annual library dinner will be on October 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Reserve the date and enjoy some of the best food ever served at the lodge, authentic Armenian cuisine. Flyers and reservation requests will be mailed out between August and September. The price will remain the same at $25.00 per person.

Did you know that on August 4, 1753, George Washington received his Master Mason degree in Fredericksburg Lodge in Virginia and on August 27, 1920 Warren G. Harding Received his 3rd degree in Marion Lodge #70 Ohio. There is a lot of Masonic History that we can learn about in our Library. Come by and take a look at the books and paraphernalia that we have on display.

Fraternally yours,
Sandy Sanchez, Worshipful Master

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Senior Warden’s Message for August 2016

IMG_0340 (2)Brethren,
I would like to a moment in this month’s Senior Wardens message to shine a spot light on one of the major issues that is effecting or ancient and honorable institution. This problem not only plagues Arcadia Lodge #278 but most lodges throughout the state of California and other Lodges throughout the country. This issue has the potential to dwindle our membership and could even be the cause of lodges closing their doors for good. The issue is……. Member Participation! Time and time again we here at the lodge try endlessly to put on and advertise events and outings in our monthly trestle board that would promote our Fraternity. All events that would be fun, family friendly and above all promote fellowship and comradery among the existing members and their families. Although the ideas and enthusiasm for lodge activates are in full supply, sadly it appears that our follow through from our members is something that is left to be desired. The truth of the matter is that if we do not do something immediately as a fraternity to try and get more brothers active and involved, we will enviably see the slow and painful decline of Masonry in Arcadia. It is therefore imperative that we act to correct our current course of action and help in improving turn out to our events, stated meeting and rituals. Consider this month’s message to be a call to action for all Arcadia #278 Masons to come by and visit and get reacquainted with the lodge, the brothers and the Fraternity in general. I miss you, the brothers miss you, the Fraternity misses you and most of all, the Lodge and the Arcadia Community as a whole misses you.

Fraternally,
Jonas Olguin, Senior Warden

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