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July 2007

As The Sun Rises In The East

I would like to apologize for the calendar errors last month. I changed the month heading and the days but I forgot to move some of the meetings and I am sorry that some of you came to meetings that were on days other than those published. At least the Trestleboard is being read.

Now for some GOOD NEWS. I went to the City of Los Altos building department on Tuesday June 12th and talked with the head building official. I asked what was the holdup with our plans and voiced some of my concerns and thoughts, like some one didn’t want us to improve our building. He said that wasn’t the case, it had to do with some building issues. He asked me to wait a few minutes while he checked on their status. He came back and apologized for the delay, that they were stamped in on the 25th of May and should have been looked at earlier and that they would get right on them. Late that afternoon I got a call from Buzz Bryan saying that I must have worked some magic because he had just received a call from the city that the plans were approved. The permit has now been taken out and the contractor can finalize his bid. When we get that, we can go to Grand Lodge for approval and soon we will be under construction. The cooking crew can hardly wait, This month is Los Altos Art & Wine Festival on July 14th and 16th. We will have our usual setup in front of the Lodge and I will accept any and all help I can get. It is a lot of fun and we meet some interesting people that stop at our booth. I do not know at this time if we will have a awning like the one we have had in the past as the Association will not be using the patio as a staging area (they furnished the awning for letting them use the patio). I moved the lodge picnic to the 5th of August. On July 22 at 2:00PM there will be a Memorial Service for Calvin Lessing at Palo Alto Masonic Temple. Cal was a Past Master of Palo Alto Lodge and very active in York Rite as well as in Scottish Rite, Eastern Star and Amaranth (he was Linda’s Royal Patron last year).

Due to health reasons Earl Gault has had to step down as Tiler, Earl thank you very much for your devoted service to this important job. We will miss you. Clarice thank you for being there with him.

Shaken not stirred in 2007,

Bill Malmstrom, P.M.

The West Wind

Brethren -   Well here it is, July already. Happy Birthday America!!!

As it is July, the officers are already practicing in advanced stations to prepare for next year. So, to keep everyone in the officer's line up to date, the 2nd Monday in July will be a practice on the 2nd Degree conferral (both sections). Bob Rowan will serve in the East, and David Anderson will be giving the Middle Chamber Lecture. Right, David? The 3rd Monday, we will practice the 1st section of the 3rd degree. I'll be working this month to set up a 3rd degree team so don't be surprised if I call on you.

As most of you know, I visited my ancestral  roots in Lancaster, Pennsylvania during May and had a chance to visit a lodge while there. All I can say is "WOW !!!" There is so much difference, I can know where to start. I guess I can sum it up by explaining that at the same meeting a Past Master from New Jersey was in attendance. When asked by the Worshipful Master how he enjoyed the ritual he responded "Some things are different, but it was mostly the same." When I was asked the same I could only respond "Some things are the same, but mostly it's different." The whole lodge erupted in laughter. It will truly be a brain drain to maintain my ritual here, learn the Pennsylvania ritual during my visits, and keep them all straight. We'll see if I'm up to the test. I let you know how I fair.

Well that's all from the west. Next month I'll fill you in on some interesting things I found during my Masonic genealogy search.   Have a Safe & Sane Fourth of July.

Jim Gable, Senior Warden

From the South

Recently, I had just returned from a funeral service for a dear friend and was not feeling very cheerful. When I opened an e-mail message from my Uncle, who volunteers his time as a lay minister for a Florida prison I read the following and felt it worthy of sharing. No, my Uncle Ted is not an inmate and while his message did little to cheer me up, it did help me reflect about the Master’s hand.

The Concert

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her child was missing.

Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.

In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.'

At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, 'Don't quit. Keep playing.' Then, leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child, and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn't recall what else the great master played, only the classic, 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.'

Perhaps that's the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't always graceful flowing music. However, with the hand of the Master, our life's work can truly be beautiful.

The next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, 'Don't quit.' Keep playing.' May you feel His arms around you and know that His hands are there, helping you turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.

Remember, God doesn't seem to call the equipped; rather, He equips the called. Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire. So touch someone by passing this little message along.

May God bless you and be with you always and remember, 'Don't quit.' 'Keep playing.'

Bob Rowan, Junior Warden


Pictured above are Brother William Aaron Van Roo and his beautiful new bride Julia.

As of this writing, Brother Aaron is the latest Initiated Entered Apprentice Mason of Los Altos Lodge.

Julia Weiland and Aaron were married on Friday June 15th, and are presently celebrating their honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Julia, is 25, the second of five children. Her parents, John and Lisa Weiland, live in San Jose, CA, with her two little brothers and sister- Daniel, Michael and Katie. Julia’s older sister, Diana, also lives in San Jose with her wonderful son, Hunter, and brand new beautiful baby girl, Ysabella. Julia is currently a student at New York University School of Law and I am told is looking forward to perhaps attending Stanford Law School in the future.

Aaron, is 26, and is the eldest of three children. His parents, Bill and Kris Van Roo, live in Grass Valley, CA. His sister, Rachel, and brother, Robert, live in the San Francisco area. Aaron has earned his California Contractor’s License and recently graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a double major of History and Rhetoric. He currently works as a Project Manager at A.P. Construction. Aaron also plans to apply to law school in the upcoming year (perhaps Stanford).

Julia and Aaron originally met at St. Martin of Tours elementary school when Julia was in the first grade and Aaron was in the second. Aaron was a friend of Julia’s older sister, Diana, who was also his classmate. During recess, Julia and Aaron would sometimes sit on benches outside of the library and talk.

It seems these meetings served as opportunities for Aaron to "wow" Julia with stories of his surgery after his arm was broken, as he bragged about the pins inside his arm and of course how it was really nothing for someone as brave as he. Then one day, after swearing Julia to secrecy, Aaron showed her the crucifix that he wore (but was embarrassed to show people because it was really a necklace). That was when Julia first fell in love with him. But it seems that this young love would have its ups and downs as, sadly, Aaron changed schools after the fifth grade, leaving Julia broken hearted.

The years rolled by and, as fate would have it, on Friday, September 13, 1996, Aaron was a junior at St. Lawrence Academy and Julia was a sophomore at Presentation High School when they entered each other’s lives once again at a Notre Dame dance.

Julia was immediately impressed by Aaron’s confidence, but didn’t make the connection of who he was right away because she thought he said his name was Eric. Later that night, an old friend of Aaron’s approached him, calling him Aaron Van Roo, to which Julia (14 years old at the time) responded by pointing and screaming "You’re Aaron Van Roo! You were in my sister’s class at St. Martin’s! I had such a huge crush on you!"

After that Julia and Aaron dated on and off for several months but simply remained good friends and nothing more.

However, by this time, Julia was determined she would one day marry Aaron, and it was only a short time before Aaron also began to realize it.

Finally, two years later, on January 9, 1998, Aaron asked Julia to be his girlfriend and they’ve been together ever since! But wait, because even then the romance was only beginning to heat up. On October 28, 2006, Aaron pulled off the most romantic proposal ever.

At the time, Julia was attending Law school in New York and Aaron decided that impressing her about his broken arm just wasn’t enough, so he secretly flew into New York. He then arraigned the most perfect and romantic evening, by scooping out every detail well in advance. Everything had to be perfect down to the last detail on this very special of all nights. He arranged for the evening to begin when they were picked up by a driver (not a limousine however, because they make Julia car sick). The car took the couple to The well known Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park, where Aaron had a very special table waiting for them. Aaron then ordered a very special bottle of wine and arranged for the restaurant hold the table for them, while he took Julia for a walk around the lake.

As they walked between the Angel of the Waters Fountain and the lake, Aaron tenderly took Julia by the hands, knelt on one knee before her, tenderly recited a beautiful poem he’d written just for her, and presented her with a diamond engagement ring. With tears and kisses, and after so many long years they were at last engaged to be married. With her ring on her finger, Julia returned with Aaron to the Boathouse, where they finished their bottle of wine and enjoyed an appetizer. Then, they returned to the car and proceeded to the King’s Carriage House for dinner. Later, Julia found out that Aaron had secretly hired a photographer to take pictures of the engagement!

The wedding took place at the Queen of Apostles Church in San Jose and was followed by a beautiful reception at the Corinthian Event Center.

Many of the senior members of the San Jose Scottish Rite will recall that the Corinthian Event Center was the original home of the San Jose Scottish Rite Bodies and was located on the square in downtown San Jose for many years.

An interesting tid-bit of this romance is that they had both majored in history and Julia thereby became interested in the Masonic fraternity. It was she who first strongly suggested Arron should look into becoming a member of Freemasonry, and he now looks forward to continuing his Masonic degree work when he returns from his honeymoon.

One of the first things Brother Arron mentioned on his original visit to a blue lodge, was that he very much looked forward to an in-depth study of Masonic History and the use of the El Camino Research Lodge Library as soon as he is raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason.

We at Los Altos Lodge are very pleased to welcome this wonderful young couple into our Masonic family. Welcome Arron and Julia.


Brother Luis J. Orozco, II, P.M

Public Schools Night

On June 11th Los Altos Lodge had the Honor of presenting a $ 2000.00 Scholarship to Briana Lee Spears. Briana plans to go into teaching at the kindergarten level. Her essay reflected on how her teaching would effect the minds of the children in her care and how it would start them on their quest for knowledge. In talking with her and her parents I found that I had gone to high school with her grandfather at Mountain View. It is truly a small world we live in.

The $1000.00 “Teacher of the Year Award” went to Roberta Pyne, who teaches at Oak School where the sons of Past Master Rick Wyers had the honor of having Roberta as their teacher. She is a mentor for new teachers and a teacher leader both at her school site as well as district level. What an Honor it was to present these awards to two young ladies who are shaping our children's future.

It was one of the best turn outs that we have had in a long time. There were over 50 who enjoyed a prime rib dinner before the awards presentation. I want to thank all who came to make this an outstanding night!

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