October received its name from the Latin numeral octo meaning "eight", because in the original Roman calendar it was the eighth month. Famous for Octoberfest and Halloween. Germany's Oktoberfest originally began on October 17, 1810, the wedding day of King Ludwig I. Halloween's origins come from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain.” Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on this holiday, so people would dress in costumes and leave “treats” out on their front doors to appease the roaming spirits.
We welcome our newest Entered Apprentice Nicholas J. Nelson who received his degree on September 13th . Both of our new Entered Apprentices, Brothers Ellison and Nelson, attended the Lodge Picnic on 09/15 where good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
The Child ID program presented at the September Castro Valley Fall Festival served over 320 children. Thank you Wor. Kurt Allen for organizing this very successful event.
October will begin with our October Stated Meeting where The Sojourners will present a Tribute to and history of our American Flag.
The 169th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of California begins with registration on Thursday afternoon 10/18. Legislation will be presented on Friday and conclude with voting on Saturday. All Master Masons are welcome, and encouraged, to attend. Just bring your valid dues card to 1111 California St, San Francisco, across the street from Grace Cathedral atop Nob Hill.
On Thursday October 25th Brother Andrew Hawes will be raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Please join us, with a lite dinner at 6:15PM, and welcome him to full membership in the Lodge.
We will wind up October with our Annual White Table Night on Saturday October 27th. Please see the ad in this issue for details and to make reservations.