From the East!…
February greets us with groundhogs, carries us with love, celebrate our founding fathers, and every once in a while it leaves us wondering whether or not we’ll see an extra day. 2016 is in full swing and it is shaping up to be a fun year. Just check out the other articles in this Chips, don’t worry I’ll wait. See what I mean, we had a great event last month and we’ve got even more lined up for you this month.
Our February charity is truly something from the heart. This month we will be supporting a blood drive at Old West Lodge. Brothers Walter McClain and Steven Klein will be heading up this event. I look forward to great participation from our lodge.
A note about this year’s dress code: The bare minimum for all of our meetings is a business suit with tie. At best we hope that the EA’s and FC’s can put together a black suit with a white shirt for our degrees. The officers are expected to wear tuxedos (Black suit at a minimum) for all our degree work. With either straight ties or bowties for first and second degrees and bowtie and vest for all third degree work. That said in July I would like us to wear red white and blue or anything inspired by America, and in August Hawaiian shirts.
I hope that everyone has a safe and fun February.
From the West!…
As you may or may not know I was on vacation and missed the January stated meeting. So, I would like to start off by saying Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.
My family and I had the privilege to spend our Holiday in the Republic of Georgia with friends and family. The trip was great and I was even able to attend a 1st degree in one of the local lodges. The ceremony was in Georgian but I was able to follow along. There are a few key differences in their ceremony which were very interesting. I look forward to sharing some of it with everyone once I get it down on paper.
On Thursday February 11th we will have a 1st degree proficiency for Brother Andy Khacheryan. We will begin at 7:30 PM sharp. Please come out and support our brother as he proves his proficiency allowing him to be passed to Fellowcraft.
On Thursday February 18th we have a 3rd degree for Brother Barry Balonick! The ceremony will begin at 7:30 PM sharp and will be followed by refreshment in the dining hall. We do not have many opportunities to put on a 3rd degree so please join us and support Barry and the entire lodge on this special occasion.
From the South!….
In January the lodge officially started the new Masonic year with our first stated meeting in our new chairs, a Second Degree and a proficiency. Our officers began their qualifications cycle and last but not least our first event was a Masonic District Mini-Golf Night at Glow Zone in Woodland Hills. What a wonderful start to Worshipful Josh’s year!
February Stated Meeting will be held Thursday February 4th. Dinner will start at 6:30 PM followed by the meeting at 7:30 PM. Please email me at email@example.com to reserve your spot. As usual, cost is $15 per person (widows are free). I hope to see a great turnout.
February also brings us our Sweetheart’s Dinner hosted by at the 94th Aero Squadron. Please see Wo. Sheldon Mowrey for full details.
From the Behind the East!….
Greetings all! 2016 is officially off and running and does not seem to be slowing down. January’s Ladies Entertainment brought an intimate card game where I truly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Karla Oliva and Julie Balonick a little better. Thank you ladies for attending, staying and sharing of yourself.
I would also like to take a moment to thank Walter McClain for organizing the clothing drive for January’s charity, Hope of the Valley. It was a well-needed inspiration to clean out my closet. Phew, now I can breathe and others stay warm. Win/win.
As for February’s Stated dinner, to say I’m excited is an understatement. On a personal level I have wanted to learn wire wrapping/jewelry making for some time and truly hope others will join me. By the time February 4th rolls around I will have been to a gem show in Quartzsite with the Balonicks, where I found a nice selection of gems and jewelry making supplies for all of us to participate and bring something special home. I certainly hope to see more ladies in attendance to share in an enjoyable and informative evening.