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Lodge Connection Call

Weekly Lodge Connection Call

We’ve had so many great experiences with our recent Zoom calls that we are going to have one every week.

Calls will be EVERY TUESDAY at 7:00pm.

If using a Computer or Smartphone, visit this URL:

https://bit.ly/AFLWeeklyCall

Password (if asked): AFL480

If Dialing in by phone:

(623) 404-9000

Meeting ID: 149 408 7025

Password: 738710

Please feel free to drop in and chat with your brethren. We’ve all found it to be a great way to stay connected and ease some of the isolation loneliness.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; Worshipful C. Douglas Russell

The Esoteric Art of Memory
SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; Worshipful C. Douglas Russell

Synopsis: The Art of Memory is a system used by ancient Roman orators for memorizing speeches. In the Middle Ages, the Art was associated with moral development—“becoming a better man.” In monasteries the Art involved Bible study, contemplation and prayer. By the dawn of the Renaissance, complex memory maps, and memory palaces, had been developed for storing encyclopedic knowledge, and the Art was associated with hermeticism, alchemy and magic. As speculative Freemasonry was forming in the 1600s-1700s, it absorbed symbols and methods from the Art of Memory. We will review this history and its influence on Masonry today.

About the Speaker: 

C. Douglas Russell, is Former Master of Southern California Research Lodge, where he now serves as Editor in Chief of the monthly Fraternal Review. He is a retired psychotherapist and educator who has studied Ageless Wisdom teachings and practiced meditation for over 40 years. His presentations and writings focus on philosophy and symbolism of the Craft. His article, “Freemasonry and Modern Western Esotericism” was published in the Journal of the Masonic Society in Spring, 2014.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; Worshipful C. Douglas Russell

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; Brother John Bennett Williams

What One Prince Hall Mason Wants in the Era of George Floyd
SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; Brother John Bennett Williams

Synopsis: ​​ Brother Williams will speak about the racial events in his life that have informed his life philosophy. Ultimately, attendees will get to know one Prince Hall Master Mason well (Br. Williams) and understand how his attitudes about racism in America came about. Attendees will learn that Prince Hall masons and black men in America want what mainstream masons and White Americans want, and why it is so difficult to achieve.

About the Speaker: 

John Bennett Williams was born December 10, 1941 in Thomasville, Georgia.  He attended grade school in Miami, Florida.  He left Miami Northwestern Senior High School after his junior year to accept an early admission scholarship at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. After teaching mathematics for two years at Dorsey Junior High School in Miami, Florida during the Viet Nam Era, he joined the Air Force and retired after 20 years of service. He became a Master Mason in December of 1972 while serving on active duty in Europe with the United States Air force.

John wrote the book Image Clarity: High-Resolution Photography, published by Focal Press (Boston, Mass) in 1990. His article “Racism in American Freemasonry,” was published in the March 1992 edition of The Phylaxis magazine.  It was designated a Phylaxis Society Masterpiece and he voted a fellow of the Society, only eight of whom had been elected in the 19 year-history of the Society. In 2006, Brother Williams became the third president of The Phylaxis Society, the leading Masonic research organization for Prince Hall masons, and served in that position until 2013.

Some of my writings are available at https://www.phstory.org One article in The Search for Light, “Racism in American Freemasonry,” might be of particular interest.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; M:.W:. Russ E. Charvonia

Civility in Time of Pandemic

Synopsis: ​​Is civility dead? M:.W:. Russ Charvonia shares why we seem to be losing our sense of it… and how we can get it back… and why we need it to solve the big problems of the world, particularly in the shadow of a global pandemic.

About the Speaker: Most Worshipful Russ Charvonia was raised in Phoenix Arizona, and moved to California in 1987. He was raised a Master Mason in 1992 in San Buenaventura Lodge No. 214 (now Channel Islands Lodge No. 214) in Ventura and served as Master in 1996. He served his lodge as Treasurer for eight years and in 2002 he was presented with the Hiram Award.

His service to California Freemasonry began in 1995 with his appointment to the Grand Lodge Committee on Finance, during which he served seven terms, including two as chairman. He served 13 terms on the Committee on Investments, including seven as chairman. He also served on the Audit Committee and the special Committee of Twenty. In 2006 he was appointed director of the Nob Hill Masonic Center Inc., and served as president of that board. He was also a member of the boards of the California Masonic Foundation, Masonic Homes of California and Acacia Creek.

Russ served as Grand Orator in 2009 under Most Worshipful Larry Adamson and served two terms as Inspector-at-Large for Division V. He served as Grand Master of Masons for the Sate of California in 2015.

He is a 33° Inspector General Honorary of the Valley of Ventura Scottish Rite Bodies. He is a member of the Ventura Chapter No. 50 Royal Arch Masons and Ventura Council No. 15 Cryptic Masons and the Al Malaikah Shriners in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Lodge of the Holy Land, No. 50 in Israel, Kona Lodge in Hawaii, Tanana Lodge No. 3 in Fairbanks, Alaska and Internet Lodge No. 9659. He received the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor in August 2012 and is a Certified Adult Volunteer for all three Masonic Youth Orders, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters and Rainbow for Girls.

Russ has been in the financial services industry since 1980. He is a founding partner and owner of Channel Islands Financial Group in Ventura, providing financial planning and investment services. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Ventura College of Law in 2003 and was admitted to the California Bar in 2004. He is a founding partner of Channel Islands Law Group, specializing in estate planning, including the drafting of wills and trusts along with charitable and wealth planning.

Russ is active in his community, and has spent many years volunteering his professional services with non-profit organizations, particularly those focused on protecting senior citizens from financial abuse. Russ is a member of Temple Beth Torah in Ventura where he served a two-year term as president of the Board of Directors. He serves as advisory board member for the Rubicon Theatre and V was a Director on the Board of The Midnight Mission. He also volunteers for Channel Islands Restoration where he is helping to restore Anacapa Island back to its native condition.

Russ lives in Ventura with his wife of 22 years, Linda, who is a Past Honored Queen and recipient of the Degree of Royal Purple in Bethel 89, Ventura. He has a daughter, Alissa; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Kendall; and grandsons, Tanner and Hudson. His father-in-law, Most Worshipful Harry L. Maynard, served as the 117th Grand Master of Masons of California and Hawaii in 1982-83.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; M:.W:. Russ E. Charvonia

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; R:.W:. Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D.

The Two Futures of Freemasonry: COVID-19 Edition

R:.W:. Mark Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D., is a Past Grand Historian in the Grand Lodge of New York. He is the author of Freemasonry: An Introduction, The Mysteries of Freemasonry, and The Resurgence of Freemasonry. You may have seen him on such television programs as Hunting the Lost Symbol, as an authority on Freemasonry.

In his temporal vocation, he is a foresight consultant / applied futurist, specializing in helping his clients build preferred futures on a turbulent world. He holds a doctorate from the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University.

Synopsis of Presentation: The Masonic Fraternity in the United States is at a crossroads, with two possible futures ahead. In one, the Fraternity becomes virtually extinct within the lifetimes of men whom we are now initiating–a possibility made only more likely by the current pandemic. In another possible future, the Fraternity becomes stronger than it has ever been (in multiple meanings of “strong”). RW Bro. Koltko-Rivera discusses what actions will lead us to each possible future.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES; R:.W:. Mark E. Koltko-Rivera, Ph.D.

Lodge Connection Call

Weekly Lodge Connection Call

We’ve had so many great experiences with our recent Zoom calls that we are going to have one every week.

Calls will be EVERY TUESDAY at 7:00pm.

If using a Computer or Smartphone, visit this URL:

https://bit.ly/AFLWeeklyCall

Password (if asked): AFL480

If Dialing in by phone:

(623) 404-9000

Meeting ID: 149 408 7025

Password: 738710

Please feel free to drop in and chat with your brethren. We’ve all found it to be a great way to stay connected and ease some of the isolation loneliness.

Lodge Connection Call

Weekly Lodge Connection Call

We’ve had so many great experiences with our recent Zoom calls that we are going to have one every week.

Calls will be EVERY TUESDAY at 7:00pm.

If using a Computer or Smartphone, visit this URL:

https://bit.ly/AFLWeeklyCall

Password (if asked): AFL480

If Dialing in by phone:

(623) 404-9000

Meeting ID: 149 408 7025

Password: 738710

Please feel free to drop in and chat with your brethren. We’ve all found it to be a great way to stay connected and ease some of the isolation loneliness.

September 2020 Stated Meeting Dinner

RSVP Required by 8pm on the Sunday before the event. If you’re planning to attend but would rather pay cash, please use the ‘Pay at Door’ option to reserve your seat.

 

Agenda:

Social:  5:30 pm
Dinner:  6:30 pm
Stated Meeting:  7:30 pm 

~~~   Buffet Menu by Zimm’s Catering   ~~~

Hot dogs and chili 

~~~   Dinner Cost   ~~~

Advance Reservations:
$20.00/person 16 and older
$10.00/child 7-15
children 6 and under are free

THERE IS NO FEE FOR PURCHASING ONLINE!

Show up without a reservation:
$25.00/person 16 and older
$15.00/child 7-15
children 6 and under are free

~~~   Special Topic of Interest   ~~~

TBD

August 2020 Stated Meeting Dinner

RSVP Required by 8pm on the Sunday before the event. If you’re planning to attend but would rather pay cash, please use the ‘Pay at Door’ option to reserve your seat.

 

Agenda:

Social:  5:30 pm
Dinner:  6:30 pm
Stated Meeting:  7:30 pm 

~~~   Buffet Menu by Zimm’s Catering   ~~~

Ribs 

~~~   Dinner Cost   ~~~

Advance Reservations:
$20.00/person 16 and older
$10.00/child 7-15
children 6 and under are free

THERE IS NO FEE FOR PURCHASING ONLINE!

Show up without a reservation:
$25.00/person 16 and older
$15.00/child 7-15
children 6 and under are free

~~~   Special Topic of Interest   ~~~

TBD

June 2020 Stated Meeting Dinner

RSVP Required by 8pm on the Sunday before the event. If you’re planning to attend but would rather pay cash, please use the ‘Pay at Door’ option to reserve your seat.

 

Agenda:

Social:  5:30 pm
Dinner:  6:30 pm
Stated Meeting:  7:30 pm 

~~~   Buffet Menu by Zimm’s Catering   ~~~

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

~~~   Dinner Cost   ~~~

Advance Reservations:
$20.00/person 16 and older
$10.00/child 7-15
children 6 and under are free

THERE IS NO FEE FOR PURCHASING ONLINE!

Show up without a reservation:
$25.00/person 16 and older
$15.00/child 7-15
children 6 and under are free

~~~   Special Topic of Interest   ~~~

TBD