In April, the brethren of Oakland Durant Rockridge joined with San Leandro Bethel #175 of Job’s Daughters, students from two neighboring public schools, the Mayor of Oakland, our local councilman, and other members of the community to help restore one of the jewels of our neighborhood: FROG Park. Our Lodge's high turnout and work ethic exceeded the city’s expectations, which allowed us to embrace Earth Day by reusing the compost bags.
As is always the case when we have an opportunity to work together, everyone had a great time. This comradery and shared love of work were also key factors in us winning the 309th Masonic District’s Ritual Competition in April. If you weren’t able to join us for the cleanup, we’ll be having another outdoor work party with the Grand Master in the morning of August 16th.
When enjoying the company of our brethren and like-minded members of the community, civility is second-nature. However, it can be more difficult at work, school, rush-hour traffic, politics, and in other environments. I encourage you to join me in continuing to improve this skill through the resources in the civility center at http://www.civilitycenter.org/Civility-Resources.html. While the "Championing Civility Month" of May is a great opportunity to bring up the topic, it is a lifelong journey.