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Presenting the Hiram Award to Brother Robert Sechrest, PM on March 23rd, 2017

hiram awardArcadia Masonic Lodge #278

Is Honored to Present
The Hiram Award
Brother Robert Sechrest, Past Master

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Arcadia Masonic Center
50 W. Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 90017

Hiram Award Program: 7:00pm
Reception and Dinner to follow

Please RSVP no later than March 17th, 2017
Rob Stai, P.M. Secretary

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Lodge’s Schedule for the month of February 2017

February 2017

  • Wednesday     Feb 1               7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                             by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday        Feb 2               6:30 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Sunday            Feb 5               2:00 pm           Super Bowl Party
  • Thursday        Feb 9               7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice
  • Thursday        Feb 16             7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice
  • Wednesday     Feb 22             7:30 pm           OSI – San Marino Lodge – Host
  • Thursday        Feb 23             7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice

March 2017

  • Wednesday     Mar 1              7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                             by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday        Mar 2              6:30 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
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Master’s Message for February 2017

1Brethren, I would like to first apologize for last month’s Trestle Board, or should I say a lack there of. This was a minor hiccup and now that we have fully transitioned every officer into their new position, this type of miscommunication shouldn’t happen again. Now as for this and all future messages for the 2017 Trestle Board, the message from the East will be one based on a monthly theme. This month’s theme is Brotherly Love, enjoy:

Brotherly Love is professed amongst Masons more than any other Masonic value, but it may be the least understood despite its common usage. I choose this topic as it relates to all of us in our daily lives, and more especially it bonds all of us together within our Masonic Conduct. Many of us believe that a warm smile and a kind word that are accompanied by a pat on the back is “Brotherly Love in action”. That is how we understand it and that is usually the extent our daily application of Brother Love on a day-to-day basis. This action or generosity, although admirable, is only a small portion of the philosophy and actually inter-mixes the concepts of Brotherly Love and Masonic Charity. Brotherly Love and Charity as separate philosophical ideas should be important to all of us. As a newly initiated Entered Apprentice, we learn the three Principle Tenets of Freemasonry; Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth, but just what is Brotherly Love, and how do we express it in and out of Lodge? How do we explain this broad concept to a newly initiated Mason’s, our family and friends outside of Lodge? Brotherly Love is broader in scope than simple definition; as Masonry is a progressive moral science. As explained by Webb and Mackey, two eminent Masonic scholars, Brotherly love is founded on the fraternal meanings of the five points of Fellowship. (If you are unfamiliar with the Five Points of Fellowship, that means you haven’t been coming to lodge or you have not advanced in your degree work. So I suggest for the brothers who are unfamiliar, soon make yourselves familiar and get on it!!!!) Each point’s explanation, taken as a whole, constitutes the philosophical structure for Brotherly Love. The resulting philosophy is uniquely Masonic, intrinsic to the Five Points not Fellowship, and for the benefit of Brother Masons. It can be and is applied to the outside word.

Our internal philosophy of Brotherly Love is reinforced by this positive external application, its exercise and extension to others but its primary objective is to cement a stronger Brotherhood within Masonry. “By the exercise of Brotherly Love, we are taught to regard the whole human species as one family; the high and low, the rich or poor; who, as being created by one Almighty parent, and the inhabitants of the same planet, are to aid, support, and protect each other. “On this principle, Masonry unities men of every country, sect, and opinion; and causes true friendship to exist among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance.” I believe that Brotherly Love is philosophic and obligatory mortar that cements Masons throughout the world together, and by exercising our philosophy of Brotherly Love among ourselves, we become the representatives and facilitators’ for understanding, fidelity, and the support possible among all men, just as it is among all Mason’s. That is Brotherly love.

Jonas M. Olguin
Worshipful Master

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Senior Warden’s Message for February 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful great month last January. As you may have noticed our digital clock and sign outside the building has not been working for quite some time, a new high tech LCD clock and sign has been in order; hopefully it get installed and operational by March next month. We have been inquiring in having solar panels installed in our building that will lessen our expenses with our electricity bills. Also, we are inquiring as well in upgrading our sound systems for the dining hall that will draw attention to potential building renters and facilitate the needs of our existing renters.

As we are Speculative Masons only, the lodge officers, Center Board members, and a couple of volunteers have been performing as Operative Masons with our working parties in maintenance and repairs around the building. Due to a lot of leaks in our building’s roof; we had an emergency working party last January 14th in covering and patching up the cracks and holes until the roofers comes up to repair the damages. All Masons are welcome to participate and provide their expertise in their craftsmanship’s. Please contact me at 626-350-8034 for working party events.

As Senior Warden and Chair for the Candidate Education Committee, I would like to offer a coaching session for all the candidates; a “Big Brother” Master Mason will be assigned to a candidate for coaching. Also, our very own sharp Brother Robert Stai, PM will be available to assists in coaching as well. Feel free to call me at 626-350-8034 to schedule a coaching session. For February, this month, we do not have a scheduled degree. However, will be having degree practices on February 9th, 16th, and 23rd; starts at 7:30 pm. All candidates are welcome to attend any degree practices to learn more provided you hold the same level of degree as being put in to practice. Check with me ahead of time to know which degree is being practice for that evening.

Lastly, kindly please inform me of any of our brothers that are sick and in distress that you may know of.

Joven R. Bilog, Senior Warden

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Junior Warden’s Message for February 2017


2016 has quickly come and gone. May you have a wonderful, prosperous, and healthy 2017! For those who also celebrate the Lunar Calendar, 1/28/17 will mark the year of the Fire Rooster!

As your Junior Warden and also Entertainment Chair, I hope to bring much camaraderie to our brothers and family. Thus, we have many exciting events lining up for the Stated Meetings, as well as extracurricular entertainments throughout the year that we could celebrate together as one big family at the lodge and/or periodic outside gatherings.

For those into sports, since the Super Bowl is coming up on Sunday 2/5/17, we will set up the lodge to be a great viewing venue with large projection screen, as well as snacks and drinks. There will be plenty of hamburgers and hotdogs! You are welcome to bring and share your favorite BBQ meat and beverages, including cocktails or mixed drinks. Most importantly, however, come and share in the brotherhood gathering!

In the February Stated Meetings (2/2/17), we will have the following meals prepared by our caterer: Garden salad w/ balsamic vinaigrette, Pork tenderloin w/ mushrooms over white rice. Green Beans with roasted almonds, Dinner rolls, and butter Cheesecake. (please let me know in advance if you need any special diet!)

If you have any recommendations or suggestions for entertainment, feel free to let me know, and I will try my best to arrange such within our budget.


Victor Luu, Junior Warden

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SUPER BOWL PARTY!!! – 2:00 pm, February 5th, 2017

2017 Football PartySUPER BOWL PARTY!!!



Come and join us for an evening of fun, friendship, and comradery while enjoying the super bowl and some food.


2:00 PM


2017 Simpsons Superbowl Partybyob

Potluck style- if you want to bring some meat the BBQ will be lit.

2017 Super BowlDon’t be all alone, come and join the fun with friends.

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January 26th, 2017 – Congratulations to Alek Loarca! Our newly Obligated Brother, Entered Apprentice

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