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95th Annual Installation of Officers – December 9th 2017

Arcadia Lodge No. 278

Cordially invites you to attend its 95th Annual Installation of Officers

Saturday, the ninth of December two thousand seventeen at two o’clock in the afternoon at

50 W Duarte Road Arcadia, CA  91007

Doors open at 1:15 pm for Hors d’oeuvres Dinner and dancing following the ceremony

For more information, please contact 626-445-5897

2018 Officers

                                        Master                          Joven R. Bilog

                                       Senior Warden         Victor Luu             

                                       Junior Warden         Jeff Sorenson         

                                      Secretary                      Robert F. Stai, PM

                                      Treasurer                     Nahapet Hairapetyan

                                     Chaplain                        John W. Davis, Jr.

                                     Senior Deacon            Allen Tsay

                                    Junior Deacon            Christian Malaca

                                   Marshal                           Arthur Velling

                                  Senior Steward             Justin R. Gracieux

                                  Junior Steward            Jordan Hempstead

                                  Tiler                                    Randy Marsh, PM

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Lodge’s Schedule for the month of December 2017

  • Monday           Dec 4               7:30 pm           Installation Practice
  • Wednesday     Dec 6               7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                             by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday         Dec 7              7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Friday              Dec 8               7:30 pm           Installation Practice
  • Saturday          Dec 9              2:00 pm           Annual Installation of 2018 Officers
  • Thursday         Dec 14             7:30 pm           Practice for Stated Meetings
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Master’s Message for December 2017

Brethren and friends,

This will be my final Master’s Message to all of you. As this Masonic Year draws to a close, a new Worshipful Master and his corps of officers will be leading the Lodge. I would like to congratulate Master Elect Joven Bilog and his corps of officers for having been elected to serve for the ensuing Masonic year. We are all looking forward to all the great things you have in store for us in the upcoming year. AS for myself I will still be as active as I can and I look forward to serving the Lodge in any capacity it may need.

Like any meaningful endeavor, this year had a variety of ups & downs, successes & challenges.

First the positive: The Officers and Committee members planned an extremely active
calendar of events this year. We had opportunities to get involved almost every month in a variety of ways from volunteering at community causes and school functions, to our evenings out and the fellowship It produced and to our performances at our stated meeting dinners. The big events of the year were the two Hiram Award dinners for Worshipful Sechrest and Worshipful Helms. These two events were by far the biggest event I’ve seen Arcadia Lodge put together since I’ve been a member of the Craft. A lot of time & effort went into the planning & execution of this event and my earnest thanks go out to all of you who contributed to making it a success!

Arcadia Lodge got out and visited other Lodges more than I’ve ever seen before. Trips that spread the cement of brotherly love & affection afforded opportunities for a change of scenery, to meet new Brethren and to see how other Lodges do things. Our travels provided opportunities for us to explore our great fraternity and to see they vast expanse that is Freemasonry.

The Center Board put together a new Rental Program which includes contracts, terms and pricing for non-masonic renters, masonic organization members, and masonic organizations. Rentals represent a big opportunity for revenue, enabling us to keep the Arcadia Masonic Center operating, so if you or you know someone who is need of our facility please have them contact us. The Center Board also was able to accomplish two big ticket items from getting a new front marque to taking and approving bids for a brand new roof. No more water leaks. We owe the Center Board a big “Thank you” for all of the hard work that went into this and also to our staff, Brother Donald and Mary. You and your work have been invaluable to our efforts and you two are a big part of our operation and we could not do all that we do without the two of you.

And the challenges:

We likely bit off more than we could chew with some of the eagerness or our events, but that’s something we can all learn from and apply going forward. We unfortunately did not have many petitions come in this year, so our degree work was a bit light. It looks as though things are picking up again here at the end of the year, so that’s absolutely fantastic news. We saw a decline in participation levels in our officer corps this year and also some of our Past Masters. Our Officer line is fairly new to Freemasonry and could benefit from the support and guidance of long-time members.

My Brothers, one of the requests that I will make to you is that you come and support these newer Masons. You have wisdom to impart and we value your active participation Arcadia Lodge.

It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve Arcadia Lodge as Worshipful Master and encourage you to find a way to get more involved this next year. I have the utmost confidence that Brother Joven Bilog and the other Officers will do a wonderful job and look forward to seeing their plans for the year take shape!

In closing, I’d like to end my final Master’s Message by thanking all of the Brethren and all of the Past Masters who have given me the guidance and the knowledge to be the best Worshipful Master I could be. I would also like to express my utmost appreciation and thanks to my beautiful wife Elizabeth. You are truly my rock of Gibraltar and without your love, grace, patience and support, my year as Worshipful Master would have not been possible.

Fraternally,
Jonas M. Olguin, Worshipful Master

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Senior Warden’s Message for December 2017

Brethren,
“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” May you all have a wonderful and safe Holidays.

I would like to express my gratitude to our brethren in electing me as the 2018 Worshipful Master.  It is an honor and privilege to accept the position.  I will carry-out my duties and responsibilities, without fail.

I cordially, invite everyone to attend our 95th Annual Installation of Officers on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 2:00 pm at 50 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia,
CA 91007.  Please attend and support our 2018 Officers; these core officers are the best.

Congratulations to our newly Entered Apprentice Brother Chase McCord.

If you would like to join our monthly scheduled work party, please contact me at 626-350-8034.

All candidates (Entered Apprentice and/or Fellowcraft) that would like to study for
their proficiency in the next proceeding degree, feel free to contact me in scheduling a coaching session.

Also, inform me if you know any of our brethren that are sick or in distress.

Safe travel my brothers.

Fraternally,
Joven R. Bilog, Senior Warden

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Junior Warden’s Message for December 2017

Dear Brethren,

Hope you all enjoyed the performances of the students at Arcadia High School Drama Department at our last stated dinner!

And last week, our annual Table Lodge was sponsored by the Crazy Chicken! Those who weren’t there missed a wonderful brotherhood event where we enjoyed in loading up our cannons and kept on firing!! So, don’t forget to put
this event on your calendar for 2018, especially, if you do not know the reference to the cannons.

Going to our last stated dinner of the year, we will again have the pleasure of enjoying the young Brighter side singers from Temple City with sample of their big show. So come on by and enjoy the evening.

Lastly, as this is my last message as a Junior Warden, I would like to wish all the
brothers and their families much joy, health and prosperity for 2018 and
beyond. It has been my honor to serve you as Junior Warden.

Fraternally,
Victor Luu, Junior Warden

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November 8th, 2017 – Congratulations to Chase McCord! Our newly Obligated Brother, Entered Apprentice

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Lodge’s Schedule for the month of November 2017

  • Wednesday     Nov 1               7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                              by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday        Nov 2               7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Wednesday     Nov 8               7:30 pm           1st Degree for Chase McCord
  • Thursday        Nov 9               7:30 pm           3rd Degree Practice – Opening
  • Friday              Nov 10             7:30 pm           Festive Board
  • Monday           Nov 13             7:30 pm           3rd Degree Practice – Opening
  • Thursday        Nov 16             7:30 pm           3rd Degree Qualifying for Opening
  • Monday           Nov 20             7:30 pm           3rd Degree Practice – Second Section
  • Monday           Nov 27             7:30 pm           3rd Degree Practice – Second Section
  • Thursday        Nov 30             7:30 pm           3rd Degree Qualifying for Second Section
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Master’s Message for November 2017

Brethren,

As some of you know that in November we celebrate a very special day that is near and dear to my heart as it should be to yours. I am of course referring to Veterans Day. I am sure most of us has had someone in our families, or maybe even yourself, dedicate their lives so the service of our great nation. This is a day not to remember their service, but to thank them for all that they do or have done for the preservation of this country greatness. I have decided to give a brief history of this very special day and I encourage each and every one of you to make it a point in the month of November to thank a serviceperson and let them know that their service is and will always be greatly appreciated.

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971. Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.

Fraternally,

Jonas M. Olguin, Worshipful Master

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Senior Warden’s Message for November 2017

“Happy Veterans Day!” We thank you for your service and sacrifice. We will be forever in your debt!

Also, Happy 242nd Birthday to all the Marines, past and present. Ooohrahhh and Semper Fidelis!

Congratulations to Brother Michael Kasimoff for progressing to the Fellowcraft degree and to our newly initiated Entered Apprentice Brother Donald Benton.

The weekend of the 13th thru the 15th of October, Brother Jonas Olguin, Worshipful Master, Brother Vic Luu, Senior Warden, Brother Sandy Sanchez, Jr. PM, Brother Bob Sechrest, District Inspector, and I attended the 168 th Annual Communications at San Francisco. We had an amazing time! The Grand Lodge read the reports; we voted on the resolutions. We will discuss them at the next stated meeting.

Congratulations, to Worshipful Brother Jim Helms, PM for receiving the Hiram Award, well deserved! Hope everyone enjoyed the wholesome food and the wonderful entertainment.

Candidate Chase McCord will be initiated as an Entered Apprentice on November 8th .Please try to attend the conferring of his degree and show your support.

If you would like to join our monthly scheduled work party, please contact me at 626- 350-8034.

All candidates (Entered Apprentice and/or Fellowcraft) that would like to study for their proficiency in the next proceeding degree, feel free to contact me in scheduling a coaching session.

Also, inform me if you know any of our brethren that are sick or in distress.

Fraternally,
Joven R. Bilog, Senior Warden

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Secretary’s Message – November 2017

(Victor is busy curing the sick and healing the injured, so I am filling in this month!)

Just a quick reminder of some upcoming events. On November 8, we will be having a First Degree for Chase McCord. Lodge opens at 7:30, but dinner will be served before, starting around 6:30 or so (nothing fancy….pizza…or chicken…or sandwiches….but the price is right!)

On November 10, we will be hosting our 5th Annual Festive Board. This is a fun event, and we are once again honored to have Greg Gabriel as our Master of Ceremonies. Please RSVP with me or any of our officers. Cost is $35 per person.

And December 9, it’s time for our annual Installation of Officers. Be sure to come out and show your support to the officers for 2018.

If you wish to attend one of these events, or our stated meetings, and need assistance with transportation, give me a call, and we will arrange a ride for you.

And thank you to those who attended or donated to the Library Dinner. Proceeds will be used for spelling lessons.

Hope to see you in Lodge,
Rob Stai, PM, Secretary

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