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Lodge’s Schedule for the months of July & August 2018

July 2018

  • Thursday         Jul 5                 7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Jul 12               7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Thursday         Jul 19               7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Tuesday           Jul 24               7:30 pm           OSI at Rosemead Lodge
  •                                                                               Ritual by San Marino Lodge
  • Wednesday      Jul 25               7:30 pm           Hiram Award practice
  • Thursday         Jul 26               7:00 pm           Hiram Award for Sandy Sanchez, PM

August 2018

  • Wednesday     Aug 1               7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                             by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday        Aug 2               7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday        Aug 9               5:00 pm           Grand Lecturer’s Retirement Dinner
  • Thursday        Aug 16             7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Wednesday    Aug 22             7:00 pm           50 Years Golden Veteran Award for
  •                                                                             Ronald Gamble, PM
  • Thursday       Aug 23             7:30 pm           OSI at Arcadia Lodge
  •                                                                             Ritual by Rosemead Lodge
  • Thursday       Aug 30             7:30 pm           Degree Practice
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Worshipful Master’s Message for the month July 2018

Brethren,

Happy Fourth of July!

Congratulations to Brother Donald Benton for progressing to the degree of Fellowcraft. Our officers did a great degree presentation.

Last June 22nd, 2018, our 6th Annual Festive Board was a success. All the brethren, families, and their guests very much enjoyed the powder (wine) toasting, laughter, fellowship, and the seven course dinner.

Our Fourth of July BBQ Potluck last June 30th, 2018 with San Marino Lodge No. 408 was great. All the attendees enjoyed the foods barbequed by the Lodge Officers, the dishes and desserts brought by the brethren, and the fellowship.

Please join us for dinner on Thursday, 7:00 pm, July 26th, 2018 in honor of Brother Adolfo “Sandy” Sanchez, PM, who will be conferred the Hiram Award, California Freemasonry’s most prestigious recognition for extraordinary dedication and service. The award ceremony will be held at our Main Lodge Room then followed by dinner at our Dining Hall.

Take care of yourselves and see you all around the lodge.

Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty,
Joven R. Bilog, Worshipful Master

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Senior Warden’s Message for the month of July 2018

Brethren,

By the time you read this message, our roof and air conditioning repair should be done. I have personally been up on top and the materials/seals that was put on are much better that what we had, so I believe that we should not worry about any leaking problems in the foreseeable future. The AC repair is done at a good time as the hot summer season is about to entertain us. Now, it’s a matter of touching up on the interior/ceiling tiles/paint, etc.

Speaking of paint, our blue lodge exterior blue paint is showing signs of wear and tear. This is most likely our next undertaking, although, it should not cost us a bundle like the roof repair.

Perhaps, with a spruced up facility, we may be able to land some new clients and recuperate on our expenses.

Fraternally,

Victor Luu, Senior Warden

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Junior Warden’s Message for the month July 2018

Greetings Brethren!

Stated Meeting (and Stated Meeting Dinner) will be on July 5. Dinner will be at 7:00 and Stated Meeting at 8:00. We will be having a delicious meal celebrating Independence Day. It will consist of a garden salad, BBQ ribs, corn on the cob, corn bread, and a special dessert. The entertainment will be provided by Worshipful Joe Ryland. Fe is the Past National President of the Sojourners, Past Chapter President of the local Chapter, and Past Commander of the Heroes of 76. He will be speaking about the National Sojourners and the Heroes of 76.
Now it’s time for Masonic Trivia. Worshipful Randy Marsh was the first to contact me with the correct answer to, “Who was the first U.S. Governor of California (he was a Mason)?” The correct answer is John D. Sloat. He was a Navy officer who quickly sailed to Monterey after the declaration of war against Mexico in 1846. The question was a little tricky because he was not the first governor of the state of California. The question for this month is: What is the common term, as taught in school, for the 47th Problem of Euclid, and what does it describe? I will buy dinner for the first brother to contact me with the correct answer after the Trestle Board has been published.

Jeff Sorenson, Junior Warden

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Lodge’s Schedule for the months of June & July 2018

June 2018

  • Wednesday     Jun 6                7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                              by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday        Jun 7                7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday        Jun 14              7:30 pm           2nd Degree for Brother Donald Benton
  • Wednesday    Jun 20              7:30 pm           OSI at San Marino Lodge
  •                                                                             Ritual by Metropolitan Lodge
  • Thursday       Jun 21              7:30 pm           Festive Board Practice and Set-up
  • Friday            Jun 22              7:30 pm           6th Annual Festive Board
  • Saturday       Jun 23              All day              MGM – 3rd Degree Long Form Closing by
  •                                                                            Arcadia Lodge’s Master, Sr. & Jr. Warden
  • Sunday         Jun 24              All day               Saint John the Baptist Day
  • Thursday     Jun 27              7:30 pm            Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                            by Executive Team Meeting
  • Saturday     Jun 30              11:00 am           4th July BBQ (potluck) – hosted by
  •                                                                            our lodge and San Marino Lodge

July 2018

  • Thursday    Jul 5                 7:00 pm             Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday    Jul 12               7:30 pm             Degree Practice
  • Thursday    Jul 19               7:30 pm             Degree Practice
  • Tuesday      Jul 24               7:30 pm             OSI at Rosemead Lodge
  •                                                                           Ritual by San Marino Lodge
  • Thursday    Jul 26               7:00 pm            Hiram Award for Sandy Sanchez, PM
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Worshipful Master’s Message for the month June 2018

Brethren,

June 17th is Father’s Day, Happy Father’s Day and hope you all have a great and safe day.

For this month’s Stated Dinner, I have invited some of our brothers that reside in our Masonic Homes to have free dinner.

Brother Donald Benton made his proficiency for the Entered Apprentice degree at our last stated meeting and is scheduled on June 14th to pass to the degree of Fellowcraft. Please try to attend and show your support to our lodge.

Reserved your evening on June 22nd, Friday, 7:30 pm, for our Sixth Annual Festive Board, will be having a seven course dinner with wine and you get to keep your shot glass (firing cannon) with the logo of Arcadia Lodge No. 278. All Masons and Non-Masons are invited.

The MGM (Traveling Master Masons) hosted by Rosemead Lodge No. 457 will be held at our building on June 23rd, Saturday. At 2:00 pm, the Most Worshipful Bruce Galloway, Grand Master of California will be performing a portion of the 3rd Degree conferral.  To attend, please register at this site… https://gurongmason.com/ .

We are also having our Fourth of July BBQ Potluck on June 30th, Saturday, 11:00 am. This year’s BBQ potluck will be hosted by our lodge and by San Marino Lodge No. 408. Come join us for fellowship and fun.

Take care of yourselves’ and see you all around the lodge.

Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty,
Joven R. Bilog, Worshipful Master

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Senior Warden’s Message for the month of June 2018

Dear Brethren, We hit another snafu in our quest in replacing the roof. This time it’s with the screening for any possible asbestos in our ducts! Again, thank you to PM Sanchez for keeping on top of all the constant details and help our lodge moving forward with getting the new roof.

Hopefully, we will have one in place before the next winter storms. Fingers crossed. That goes to say the new AC unit to be placed on the roof may be also affected by this process. Any brethren owning a home knows the process of continuing up keeping. So, the process is the same for our beautiful building, which is located in a prime area of Arcadia!

Please look out for notices of ‘Work Day’ (more like ‘A Few Work Hours”) about once a quarter or so–where we (any brethren in the lodge) go about in fixing up little things up around the building.

Fraternally,

Victor Luu, Senior Warden

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Junior Warden’s Message for the month June 2018

Greetings Brethren!

Stated Meeting (and Stated Meeting Dinner) will be on June 7. Dinner will be at 7:00 and Stated Meeting at 8:00. We will be having a delicious meal consisting of a garden salad; chicken stuffed with spinach, feta cheese and cranberries; rice pilaf; mixed vegetables; rolls and butter; and cheesecake for dessert. There will be no organized entertainment, so those in attendance will have to entertain themselves or enjoy the fellowship of the others attending.

June will be a busy month for us. We will be passing at least one of our brothers to the degree of fellowcraft. We will also be having our sixth annual Festive Board on June 22; this is open to Masons and non-Masons alike and a large amount of participants ensures that everyone will have a great experience. We will also be hosting a large group of Masons (MGM) for a third degree presentation on June 23. We are expected to perform a portion of the ritual that day, so the attendance of all Officers is expected.

Finally, we will be having our Independence Day celebration on June 30. This will be at our Lodge, but in conjunction with San Marino Lodge. We will be having a BBQ, with food to be provided by pot-luck. Drinks will provided (adult beverages will be donated). Look for a pot-luck sign-up in the near future.

Brother Justin Gracieux was the first to contact me with the correct information as to which Masonic jurisdiction Buzz Aldrin claimed the moon for when he landed on it on July 20, 1969. Brother Aldrin carried with him SPECIAL DEPUTATION of then Grand Master J. Guy Smith, constituting and appointing Brother Aldrin as Special Deputy of the Grand Master, granting unto him full power in the premises to represent the Grand Master as such and authorize him to claim Masonic Territorial Jurisdiction for The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, on The Moon, and directed that he make due return of his acts. Brother Aldrin certified that the SPECIAL DEPUTATION was carried by him to the Moon on July 20, 1969. The California Masonic Symposium will be held in Long Beach on Sunday, June 10. The subject this year is California’s Masonic Pioneers. With that theme in mind, this month’s question is: Who was the first U.S. Governor of California (he was a Mason)? I will buy dinner for the first brother to contact me with the correct answer after the Trestle Board has been published.

Fraternally,

Jeff Sorenson Junior Warden

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Lodge’s Schedule for the months of May & June 2018

May 2018

  • Wednesday     May 2              7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                              by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday         May 3              7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         May 10            7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice, 2nd Section
  • Thursday         May 17            7:30 pm           1st Degree Practice
  • Monday           May 21            7:30 pm           OSI at Lexington Lodge
  •                                                                             Ritual by Arcadia Lodge – 1st Degree
  • Thursday        May 24            7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice, 1st Section
  • Thursday        May 31            7:30 pm           1st Degree Opening & L.F. Closing Practice
  •                                                                             2nd Degree Practice, 2nd Section

June 2018

  • Wednesday     Jun 6                7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                              by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday        Jun 7                7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday        Jun 14              7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice or Initiation
  • Wednesday    Jun 20              7:30 pm           OSI at San Marino Lodge
  •                                                                             Ritual by Metropolitan Lodge
  • Thursday       Jun 21              7:30 pm           Festive Board Practice and Set-up
  • Friday            Jun 22              7:30 pm           6th Annual Festive Board
  • Saturday       Jun 23              All day              MGM – 3rd Degree Long Form Closing by
  •                                                                            Arcadia Lodge’s Master, Sr & Jr Warden
  • Sunday          Jun 24              All day             Saint John the Baptist Day
  • Thursday      Jun 28              7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice or Initiation
  •                                                                           1st Degree Opening & L.F. Closing Practice
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Worshipful Master’s Message for the month May 2018

Brethren,

Memorial Day…let us remember all the servicemen that died for our country. “Freedom is not free but the United States Marine Corps will pay most of your share.”

For this month’s Stated Dinner, I will be recognizing all the widows in attendance and will be presenting each one of them with a bouquet of flowers.

The 52nd Arcadia Public School Luncheon last April 12th went well. Our Lodge donated twenty-five plaques for the students’ achievements and Very Worshipful Allan Casalou, Grand Secretary as the key note speaker gave an ideal speech.

The Senior & Junior Wardens and I enjoyed and learned a lot from the Master and Wardens Retreat at Irvine, CA last April 13th, 14th, & the 15th. We will be applying to the lodge what we have learned from the advance leadership training.

Take care of yourselves’ and see you all around the lodge.

Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty,
Joven R. Bilog, Worshipful Master

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