The Master's Word
September usually represents the end of summer and beginning of fall. As master, I am reminded that the end of me year is nearing. We will have a very busy schedule for the rest of this year.
August included two significant events. We initiated a new candidate, Joshua Sanders. Our newly obligated brother is completing his degree at Cal, and beginning his career as a music composer. The other event for August was our annual event with the Grand Master and several of the grand lodge officers. This event has been a tradition at Oakland Durant Rockridge lodge for many years. Beginning as a dinner cruise on the bay, it has taken on some interesting formats in the past few years. This year's occasion we sort of went back to the bay since it was held on the USS Hornet, which is retired U.S. Navy aircraft carrier located in Alameda and available to the public. Everyone enjoyed the tours of the ship, experiencing the flight simulator and the wonderful dinner. We presented the Grand Master with a check for $7,500 which he will pass on to the Masonic Home.
On September 20th we will be visited by Naval Lodge #87 of Vallejo. There will be about twenty of their members coming to our building to confer a degree on one of their members. Lodge visits are always a lot of fun. I'm hoping many of our brethren will turn out to support Naval lodge and their candidate. We will have a special dinner before the degree and good fellowship and brotherly love after.
In the month of September, we will be advancing Br. Hank Fung to the degree of Fellowcraft on the 13th. Let's have a big turn out of our members supporting our brother.
I am pleased to announce that Br. Erick Rice has been selected to receive the Hiram Award. The Hiram Award is a special honor awarded to brethren who have contributed their time, energy and resources to the lodge in an exemplary manor. The presentation will be made on Saturday, October 15th, at our lodge building. There will not be a charge for the dinner, but we need and accurate count of who will be attending to order the right amount of food.
Finally, on October 18th, we will honor our Past Masters. First with a fabulous dinner, and then our past masters will join in presenting the first section of the 3rd degree to Br. "Junior" de Morais. I'm sure many of the PM's will also want to participate in the second section as well. We'll have two practices scheduled prior to that degree to get ready. Make plans to join us for the degree on the 18th and show your support for our new Master Mason.
If you haven't been to lodge in while, come on down and pay us a visit. We have many exciting activities going on. I look forward to seeing all of my brothers.