September, 2018

Greetings from the East:

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the fourth quarter of 2018! Acalanes Fellowship Lodge is continuing to roll full steam ahead for the month of September with a traveling Past Master double second degree at Benicia Lodge on Saturday September 15th for Brothers Jason Harding and Noah Meier. Lodge will open at 6:15pm and all Master Masons and Fellowcraft Masons are invited and encouraged to attend. For those of you who are not aware this degree will be held in the first Masonic Hall built in California and dedicated on December 27, 1850.

On the following Saturday September 22nd we will then present the Hiram Award to Brother Bob Smith at 5pm. The Hiram Award, it is presented to a Master Mason who has served the Lodge and the Masonic Fraternity with devotion over and above the ordinary. It is the highest honor other than being Master of the Lodge that can be bestowed on a member of a Masonic Lodge. Please join me in congratulating this amazing brother.

On Tuesday, September 25th we will not be having our monthly potluck as we have many Brethren heading to San Francisco to participate in the annual Masons for Mitts program. This year the Giants will be host the Padres with game start time of 7:15pm. If you have not already done so, please visit the Masons for Mitts website to purchase tickets for the games and donate a Mitt for only $20. Please be sure to use the “East Bay Aces” link when purchasing a Mitt so our district gets the credit. This really is a fun and inexpensive night for you and your whole family and all for a great cause. Every baseball season, the Masons of California partner with Angels Baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants Major League Baseball (MLB) teams to bring the fun and teambuilding skills of baseball to more California kids. MLB foundations in each region are committed to serving the community and providing a positive outlet for children. Throughout the season, teams of Masonic lodges in each region face off in friendly competition to help the most kids they can, by purchasing baseball mitts for children who participate in programs through the MLB foundations. The Masons4Mitts team from each region that funds the greatest number of baseball mitts will publicly present their check, along with the grand master, at Masons Night at the ballpark in Angels Stadium in Anaheim, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and Petco Park in San Diego.

I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming Stated Meeting & dinner on Tuesday September 4th!