As the summer days are getting shorter and fall is slowly descending upon us, I hope we get some break from this hot and humid weather. And although the month of August is usually considered as dark, which means no official lodge business, we should take this opportunity to enhance our degree works and prepare our incoming line of officers for qualification to be ready for the ensuing Masonic year. Let us concentrate on our degree work and make ourselves better men of Masonry.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following brothers. First, I would like to congratulate Brother Gurgen Mkrtchyan on being initiated as an entered apprentice mason and becoming the newest member of our lodge. Welcome to the Craft and may the Great Architect of the Universe guide you in your Masonic journey.
Secondly, I would like to congratulate Brother Edward Hardin on his receipt of the 75 Year pin award and also for celebrating his 101st birthday last month. What an accomplishment! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only one tenth of one percent of the population makes it to triple digits. You’ve done more in a lifetime than others can only dream. I wish you well and more to come.
And lastly, Congratulations Brother Manny Briones on being the recipient of one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of a Masonic lodge. Join us on August 18 at 3:00 PM as the Granada Hills Lodge No.378 presents him the 2018 Hiram Award.
We will be having our summer outing at Oxnard Beach this coming August 11, from 8:00 AM to 5 PM. This is a great chance to relax, play some games, and enjoy the camaraderie.
All you have to do is show up, bring some food to share, carry that big smile, and enjoy the day. For more information, you can reach out to Brother Jumar Torrico at 818-573-6242.
In closing, let us consider for a moment the strength of Fraternal Harmony, a primary component of humanity and our brotherhood. One of our greatest shortcomings as Masons is not taking the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the glorious history and traditions of an Order whose main goal was “Making Good Men Better”.
Through personal indifference, lack of time, and sometimes, cultural differences, we neglect our basic responsibility of knowing what Masonry is about. Proudly we wear the emblems of our ancient craft, with a dim conception that they stand for something intangible, that through force of our numbers they demand respect, and cannot but give them a somewhat superior standing in the mass.
It is time that we show our true essence as Masons as we take pride in “Making good men better”. Brethren, I appeal to please stop the non-sensible acts of disrupting our harmony. We are brothers of an ancient and powerful fraternal order and as such we should stand by one another and trust each other. After all Harmony being the strength and support of all societies, especially of ours.
Enjoy the rest of your summer break and I hope to see you all in our lodge.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Mike Reyes, PM