Senior Warden’s Message for the month of May 2018

Brethren,

Let’s give a hand to PM Seacrest, PM Sanchez and PM Helms for their unending devotion and work in maintaining the infrastructure of our building. As you all know, we are in the process of getting approval from Grand Lodge to spend a large amount of our reserve in getting a new roof. We have been dealing with a leakage problem ever since I joined the lodge, and may be even longer. As this is a sizeable amount, the approval process is undoubtedly taking longer as every bids/dollars is scrutinized in details.

We are also in need of a new air conditioning unit, as one of the ones in the main dining hall has called it quit.

Lastly, even though the electronic sign at the front is functioning, there are details that needed to be ironed out and finished up.

Again, as in any building, maintenance is crucial otherwise, the building and image will become debilitated.

Fraternally,

Victor Luu, Senior Warden

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Junior Warden’s Message for the month May 2018

Greetings Brethren!

Stated Meeting (and Stated Meeting Dinner) will be on May 3. Dinner will be at 7:00 and Stated Meeting at 8:00. We will be having a Mexican style buffet in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The Brighter Side Singers from Temple City High School will be providing entertainment for us.

The Public Schools Luncheon and the Wardens’ retreat were held last month. There were some important lessons to be learned at the Wardens’ retreat, and the Public Schools Luncheon is always impressive when you see so many bright young people being honored from Arcadia. These and all Masonic events will improve with increased attendance from all Masons from our own Lodge, and across the State of California. Along those lines, we will be having our 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 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.

Brother Jordan Hempstead was the first to contact me with the correct information as to when the Knights Templar were rounded up by the King of France and the Pope. It was on Friday October 13, 1307. I was unable to make it to Stated Meeting on April 5, so I still owe him dinner. The question for this month is: On July 20, 1969, when Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, for which Masonic jurisdiction did Mr. Aldrin claim the moon? I will buy dinner for the first brother to contact me with the correct answer after the Trestle Board has been published.

We have reached a firm policy for providing refreshment at practices for the remainder of the year. We will have a fairly substantial snack at the last scheduled Thursday practice of each month; other practices will be limited to drinks and chips, pretzels, etc. Attendance of all officers at degree practices is still mandatory.

Fraternally,
Jeff Sorenson, Junior Warden

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April 12th, 2018 – 52nd Annual Public Schools Luncheon

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Brethren of Arcadia Lodge with the Very Worshipful Allan Casalou as the key note speaker

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

  • Wednesday     Apr 4               7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                             by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday        Apr 5               7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday        Apr 12             12:00 pm         Arcadia Public School Luncheon
  • Friday             Apr 13             4:00 pm           Master & Wardens Retreats
  • Saturday        Apr 14              7:30 am           Master & Wardens Retreats
  • Sunday           Apr 15              7:30 am           Master & Wardens Retreats
  • Thursday       Apr 19              7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice
  • Monday         Apr 23              7:30 pm           OSI at Metropolitan Lodge
  •                                                                            Ritual by Rosemead Lodge
  • Thursday       Apr 26             7:30 pm           2nd Degree Practice
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  • 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           Degree Practice
  • Thursday       May 17            7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Monday          May 21            7:30 pm           OSI at Lexington Lodge
  •                                                                            Ritual by Arcadia Lodge
  • Thursday       May 24            7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Thursday       May 31            7:30 pm           Degree Practice
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Worshipful Master’s Message for the month April 2018

Brethren,

I hope everyone and their love ones had an enjoyable and wonderful Easter.

Month of April is “Support our Public Schools”. In our support, we have the 52nd Public Schools Luncheon on April 12th held at our center and tickets are sold for $15.00 per person. The luncheon is to honor and recognize achievements from both the students and faculty within the Arcadia School District which our lodge has partnered with. The Very Worshipful Allan Casalou, Grand Secretary will be the key note speaker.

The Senior & Junior Wardens and I will be attending the Master and Wardens Retreat at Marriott Hotel, Irvine, CA this April 13th to April 15th to get advance leadership training.

When people and my relatives asked me “What is Masonry.” I learned the best answer from our Very Worshipful Allan Casalou, Grand Secretary when I attended previous retreats and have been using it… “Masonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization.” And adding to it… “It offers brotherhood, camaraderie, and fellowship.”

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 April 2018

Brethren,

Our lodge has weathered the many storms, however, the roof is taking on heavy damages and in need of major repair. As such, a new roof will be needed. Luckily, our past Masters and Officers have managed our finances well, and we have enough funding for the new roof, which will cost plenty a dime. And even though we are not getting any financial assistance from Grand Lodge for this project, we still need to get approval, which we are in the process of obtaining.

As such, we need to tighten our belts and do other routine maintaining through out the lodge ourselves, if possible. We have routinely scheduled for these in so called “Work Party”. So, come out for an hour or two and enjoy the company while keeping our lodge in tip top condition.

Fraternally,

Victor Luu, Senior Warden

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Junior Warden’s Message for the month April 2018

Greetings Brethren!

The menu for Stated Meeting Dinner on April 5 will be white bass with a lemon caper sauce, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, salad and dessert. We will not be having entertainment, so we can enjoy some fine conversation and camaraderie. The Brighter Side Singers from Temple City High School will be performing May 3.

The Public Schools Luncheon will be held in the dining room on April 12. Everyone should make an effort to attend. Additionally, the Wardens retreat will be held from Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15. Is anyone else concerned that so much of the leadership of California Freemasonry will be gathered together in one spot on Friday the Thirteenth? I will buy dinner for the first brother to contact me with the year and month that the Knights Templar were rounded up on Friday the Thirteenth (after the Trestle Board has been published).

The year is going fast. One change we are considering is having dinner at every practice as we did last year. If we do this, it will be at the expense of the brothers attending practice who desire dinner – it will not be paid for by the Lodge. Dinner at one practice per month is all that is in the Master’s budget.

Fraternally,
Jeff Sorenson, Junior Warden

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Lodge’s Schedule for the months of March & April 2018

  • Thursday         Mar 1              7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Mar 8              7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Thursday         Mar 15            7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Thursday         Mar 22            7:30 pm           OSI at Arcadia Lodge
  •                                                                              Ritual by Lexington Lodge
  • Thursday         Mar 29            7:30 pm           Degree Practice
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  • Wednesday      Apr 4               7:30 pm           Center Board Meeting followed
  •                                                                              by Executive Team Meeting
  • Thursday         Apr 5               7:00 pm           Stated Dinner followed by Stated Meeting
  • Thursday         Apr 12             12:00 pm         Arcadia Public School Luncheon
  • Friday              Apr 13             4:00 pm           Master & Wardens Retreats
  • Saturday          Apr 14             7:30 am           Master & Wardens Retreats
  • Sunday             Apr 15             7:30 am           Master & Wardens Retreats
  • Thursday         Apr 19             7:30 pm           Degree Practice
  • Monday           Apr 23             7:30 pm           OSI at Metropolitan Lodge
  •                                                                              Ritual by Rosemead Lodge
  • Thursday        Apr 26             7:30 pm           Degree Practice
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Worshipful Master’s Message for the month March 2018

Brethren,

The month of March is Youth Orders Month.  At this month’s Stated Dinner, we are having free dinners for all the members of Jobs Daughters and DeMolays.  Also, our Lodge Officers will be serving dinner instead of our Bethel No. 210, Jobs Daughters.

Our Sweetheart’s Night was celebrated the same day as Valentine’s Day, it was a lovely night.  Dinner was great, the main courses of New York Steaks were juicy and the Salmon was freshly served.  We had a live band that played good sweet music. Everyone enjoyed the night; couples were dancing, enjoying the songs, and reminiscing about the good times.

Congratulations to our newly initiated Entered Apprentice, Brother Steve J. Lu. 

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 March 2018

Brethren,

For those who were able to attend the Valentine’s dinner and dance, congratulations and best wishes. For those who were not, our lodge has many upcoming events for your camaraderie and enjoyment.

The officers and board members are constantly striving to maintain and improve upon the facilities so as to keep these activities flowing. One such major improvement process is a new roof, which is currently waiting approval from Grand Lodge.

One recent upgrade is the state of the art digital sign located out in the front on Duarte. This allows us to announce future events and celebrations. It is fully functional except some minor cosmetics touch up to be done.

If you think of items with regards to facility upgrade that need to be addressed, please let us know, and we will try to address them.

Lastly, for those who celebrate the Lunar Calendar, hope Year of The Dog will bring you much prosperity, peace, health and happiness.

Fraternally,

Victor Luu, Senior Warden

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