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From the South

By J. Rafisura—Junior Warden

Here comes February! How time flies! It seems like it was just yesterday that we had our Installation of Officers in December. Our first Stated Meeting in January was done with the newly-installed officers situated in their new chairs! One for the books! A few kinks here and there (as expected), but hey, Masonry is a journey and a quest. It is a quest for the truth, of good morals and of freedom of thought for the purpose of becoming a better person. As long as we know that we always have room for improvement, that’s already halfway to progress. I have no doubt that as far as Stated Meetings and ritual work is concerned, this new set of officers will breeze through it and I am proud to be a part it. Much gratitude to the Officer’s Coach, Past Masters and dedicated brothers for their patience and endless support to the entire lodge in general and to this brand new set of young officers in particular.

Happening this month will be our Annual (Leap Year) Crab Feed on February 29, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Castro Valley Masonic Center. Yes, get those crab sauce and butter ready, and get “smashin’” those fresh and meaty Dungeness crabs for $45.00/person. For non-crab eaters, there’s always the famous Uncle Roy’s Spaghetti and Chicken for only $15.00/person, guaranteed fun and satisfaction! Make reservations and get your tickets from our Secretary Bro. Don Schauer Sr. (Mobile No. 510-364-9429). I don’t know about you but as far as I can remember, last year was a lot of fun (and crabs)!

Also, as February traditionally being a “Love” month, it would certainly make those hopeless romantics like me fired-up. I wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day! I sincerely hope that we keep the flames of love burning by doing little everyday gestures of love and affection towards our loved ones. As they say, its the little things that count. For this month’s Stated Meeting dinner, it would not be a bad idea to wear something red for our “Italian Night” just to put color and love in the air.

Lastly, I’d like to end this article with some Valentine’s quotes from some of our more famous brothers:

“My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me” – Sir Winston Churchill, Studholme Lodge No. 1591, England

“Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination” – Voltaire, Lodge of the Nine Sisters, France

“Two times a week, my wife and I go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays; I go on Fridays.” – Red Skelton, Vincennes Lodge No. 1, Indiana

“I believe in the institution of marriage, and I intend to keep trying ‘till I get it right.” – Richard Prior, Henry Brown Lodge No. 22 PHA, Illinois

“Heaven grant us patience with a man in love.” – Rudyard Kipling, Hope and Esperence Lodge No. 782, India

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