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November 2006

From The East

As with every trestle board I try to recap the Highlights of the previous month and also announce the upcoming events of the next month. There was too much happening this last month to mention even the highlights of the different events in a single article. So I will cover just two events during this last month.

On Monday October 30, we initiated Thomas Ellison as an Entered Apprentice Mason. As a tradition of this lodge, the officers invited the new candidate to a dinner before the degree. Brother Robert Sohigian sat in the East and presided as Master of the Lodge, Jim Gable performed the work of Senior Warden, and the charge was given by Brother David Kimball. All the officers and members who helped in presenting this degree did a great job. I wish to again thank the members from Palo Alto who came to our Lodge to watch and assist in the degree. The degree was also attended by two Entered Apprentice Masons from our lodge. At the conclusion of the first degree, Brother Sean Murphy gave the first degree proficiency and is now ready to receive his second degree.

This past month was also the Annual communication of Grand Lodge. We are fortunate that this is held in San Francisco, which allows the brethren such easy access to attend this event. I truly encourage all master masons to attend this event even if they have never been officers of the lodge. The ceremonies performed by the Grand Lodge Officers are of the highest caliber and are enjoyable to watch. Also as the business of Grand Lodge is conducted, it is truly the representatives of the lodges and their votes that make the decisions. I had a great time both during the sessions and talking with the other members during the breaks.

Other events during the past month included the OAM at Los Altos and the Grand Masters Reception and the Roll Call Dinner.

November will be a quiet month. We have the stated meeting at the beginning of the month and we will be presenting a Second Degree at the end of this month. The Second Degree will be on Monday, November 27th at 7:30pm. We will confer upon Sean Murphy the degree second degree of Masonry and he will be passed to the degree of Fellowcraft. The officers will be in advanced stations, performing the degree work in preparation for the upcoming year.

As Thanksgiving is at the end of this month, we will be having a Turkey dinner before the stated meeting. As we go into this Holiday season, remember Thanksgiving as a harvest festival, which was celebrated as a feast with our friends and families, giving thanks to Our Creator for our food, the substance of our earthly lives.


Gregory Buschek

As The Sun Is In The West

In September I put out the call for officers. That call has been answered. Our line is looking good. In fact it is full and there are a couple of stand bys just in case we need them for a degree.

October was a very busy month. Starting with our stated meeting dinner, the next Monday was Grand Lodge, Greg Buschek, Ed Fentum and I went up on Monday and on Tuesday Robert Sohigian, Ed Clark and I went up. It was Roberts first time and I think he enjoyed it. One of the interesting things that happened was the nomination of the Grand Lecturer from the floor, and he won. The 16t" was roll call dinner and meeting. What a great turn out. Jim Gable bar-b-qued the steaks to perfection. We had over 30 Brothers in attendance. The next week saw Linda and me at Eastern Star Grand Chapter. The Most Worshipful Fred Sorsabal gave a talk on the Family of free Masonry. MW Fred told me he has lunch often with Ford Osborn as he lives in Placerville and belongs to Placerville # 26. (That might be a place for a visitation). Our new Grand Master MW Melvyn Stein was also in attendance and talked on how we have to get ourselves out into the community. At the Saturday Masonic Family program MW Melvyn had trouble keeping up with the Jobs, Rainbow Girls and DeMolay doing the YMCA song. Quite a few of the young ladies and men that took part in the afternoon program are already members of a Blue Lodge or Eastern Star. Or are petitioning when of proper age. Monday the 23 Eastern Star did the OAM dinner of Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings. We finished off the month with First degree on the 30t".

Which brings us to the next Monday which is Stated Meeting. The dinner will be an early Thanks giving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings including pumpkin pie and apple for those of us that do not like pumpkin.

My closing "shaken not stirred' is taken from James Bond but it fits what I would like to this year When something is shaken it rubs off the rough edges and settles the small pieces to the bottom and leaves the larger pieces smooth and ready to use, like tumbled tile. When stirred, the sediment comes up from the bottom and makes things cloudy and it's hard to find the right pieces to work with.

Shaken not stirred in 2007

William Malmstrom, P.M.
Senior Warden

New Email Address: Blmalm1@sbcglobal.net

Dickens Christmas Fair

On Saturday, December 16, 2006

Join us as we celebrate the Holiday Season in Victorian London! The bustling streets of London, immortalized for all time by the mighty pen of Charles Dickens, form the living backdrop of your excursion into Christmas Past. You are a living part of a Victorian Christmas card come to life!

A Bay Area tradition for 27 holiday seasons, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair returns to the San Francisco Cow Palace from 11am 'til 7pm. Created in 1970 by Ron & Phyllis Patterson, the fair is now produced by Kevin & Leslie Patterson & Red Barn Productions, who continue the family tradition of theatrical excellence through authenticity, participation, and playfulness.

Come wander the lanes of Victorian London, as the glow of twilight settles upon the city. With the scent of pine boughs and freshly baked scones floating in the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompanying your stroll...

The Santa Clara Valley Masonic Lodges have chartered buses to take us all to the Fair on Saturday, December 16 from 9:30am-7:OOpm. Cost of the bus ride is $20 and entrance to the Fair for those over 12 is $10 and $8 for those between 5 -11 Space is limited so please contact your lodge Master quickly for reservations.

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