Sojourn to Mosaic #218

September 4th brought good fellowship and an adventure over the Altamont at Mosaic #218 in Livermore.

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A lively dinner served to us by their Rainbow Girls. Wives welcomed to dinner as well.

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Modesto joined Oak Summit and Riverbank and were welcomed warmly in Wor. Thorne’s beautiful lodge. Some of us made it back without incident. Unfortunately, my van did not fare so well.

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The tow driver was recent vet with an engaging story. The starter and battery were replaced a few days later. Despite the car trouble, it was a great time.


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Constitutional Observance Month

September is Constitutional Observance Month for the Lodges of Freemasonry in California.

George Washington was a Mason and the Master of his lodge. The French general Lafayette was a Mason. Paul Revere was a Mason. John Paul Jones was a Mason. Of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence, eight can be proved to have been Masons, including Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock. Another twenty-four signers may have been Masons, based upon fragmentary evidence that has survived until today. These early American, patriotic Masons demonstrated the noblest support of established civil authority: They temporarily set aside their loyalty when that authority was clearly and oppressively wrong to replace it with one dedicated to freedom and liberty.

From the Entered Apprentice’s Charge:

As a Citizen, you are enjoined to be exemplary in the discharge of your civil duties, by never proposing or countenancing any act which may have a tendency to subvert the peace and good order of society; by paying due obedience to the laws under whose protection you live; and by never losing sight of the allegiance due to your country.

And as noted by the Grand Lodge:

While Masonry teaches loyal and active support of the civil magistrate, such loyalty should never be confused with blind obedience to an unjust ruler. Loyalty to the civil authority presupposes a civil authority loyal to its people, governing in response to the people’s will and securing everyone’s basic rights and liberties. Many leaders of the American Revolutionary War were Masons. They recognized that the inferior status of the colonies was inconsistent with the natural order of democratic government for freedom-loving people. They temporarily set aside their regard for the established order, the British Colonial Government, to establish a new order to guarantee those inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As Masons, we encourage peace and harmony among our brethren, offer strength and support to each other, and seek to strengthen our communities. The brethren of Modesto #206 are composed of members who, among others, are involved with and employed by local, regional, state and federal governments as well as businessmen, professionals, tradesmen, farmers, dairymen and ranchers. We do not discuss politics or religion while in the lodge, understanding that there is a panoply of opinion and emotion involved, but instead seek to practice the tenets of Freemasonry: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. That being said, there are times and places where certain brethren choose to enjoy a lively discussion of said topics, outside of the bounds of a tiled lodge.

Modesto #206 has numerous events that are not restricted to the Brethren, including our monthly Cigar Nights and superb dinners and presentations.

September  24th, at 6:30 PM, we will be holding a Constitution Night with a presentation by Sheriff Adam Christianson. We look forward to seeing you!

(note: all emphasis is mine -mk)
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Trestleboard – September 2013

Trestleboard for Modesto #206 – September 2013

Busy month -

  • Sept. 4 – Sojourn to Mosaic #218 Livermore
    • 6:15 dinner/ RSVP required; stated 7:30 (all Masons welcome)
  • Sept. 5 – September Stated meeting, dinner 6:30 & meeting 7:30 pm
  • Sept. 6 – DeMolay pizza & game night 6 pm
  • Sept. 7 – Sojourn @ Oak Summit
    • 10 am double 3° & BBQ – RSVP to Master or Wor. Daley
  • Sept. 11 – Cigar Night (bbq area) 6 pm
  • Sept. 14 – Proficiency 6:30 / Third Degree 7 pm
  • Sept. 15 – Lodge BBQ fundraiser 3pm
  • Sept. 19 – Proficiency 6:30/ Second Degrees 7 pm
  • Sept. 24 – Constitution Night 6:30 pm
  • Sept. 26 – Officers’ School of Instruction (@Tyrian) 7 pm
  • Sept. 29 – Oktoberfest 3 pm
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Ice Cream Social

Modesto #206 enjoys hot summers. What better way to beat the heat than to have a good old-fashioned ice cream social. We had over 100 guests!

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Home made ice creams – Peach, Rootbeer, Mint Cookies & Cream, Malt Ball, Chocolate Mocha Gelato, Vanilla, Chocolate – and cookies! – so many brothers and their families assisted in making this a milestone event.


This was also an information night for our Job’s Daughters and DeMolay. A number of young men and women came to learn about our youth groups. We got some sign-ups and have started planning for our next events! Be sure to help spread the word to youth you know so we can have a strong start to our new organization.

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Range Day

Our sharpshooters were out again in August, this time outdoors at the Oakdale range.

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The range master was quite helpful in assisting us with placing our shots and becoming more proficient with our weapons. An enjoyable time was had by all. Contact the Master if you are interested in joining us at a future event.

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Close friendships, long distances

Masonry unites men of every country, sect and opinion; and causes true friendship to exist among those who might otherwise have remained at a perpetual distance.


On Tuesday, July 30th, we were honored by the visit of Wor. Bro. Cecil Hiles-Smith; Past Master of Wanganui, New Zealand.

According to Wolfram Alpha, thats 6704 miles!

Wor. Bro. Cecil was Past Master in 1993, 1994. He has filled all regular office chairs over the years, and has been his Lodge Secretary since 1996. He has been Installing Master over a dozen times and now just wants to sit in the East and relax. :)

Wor. Bro. Cecil works to improve his community as well. He is active in his Church, a Hospice volunteer, Past chairman of the River Steamboat Trust in Wanganui (115 yr old steam paddlewheeler), Member & Editor of Wanganui Classic Motorcycle Club where he owns & rides a 1952 BSA.

We were all welcomed to his lodge, but especially in 5 years when they will celebrate their 150th anniversary.

Thank you for coming to visit, Bro. Cecil!

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Ice Cream Social — DeMolay / Job’s Daughters Information Night



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Pool Tournament

July brings Modesto #206′s annual Pool Tournament.

The cards were laid out, pairs were matched and the event commenced. Traditionally, an early 8 ball drop decides the games, but this year was marked by particular skill, unseen prior to this day.

Grizzly Adams, Gentle Ben, Wor. Eric and Bro. Michael took the top spot at the 2013 bout.

The consolation track was won by Bro. Bob and Gary.

We had 5 Mikes that evening. Good show!


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Child ID at Stanislaus County Fair

On July 20th, brethren and ladies of Modesto #206 enjoyed a hot day at the Stanislaus County Fair. We work the Child ID program where children are photographed and thumbprints are taken, then printed out on a form for the parents to take and use in case of a tragic abduction.

The ID is provided for free as a service to the parents of our community. No information is stored by the computer or Masons – it is solely for use by the parents of the children being ID’d.

Members of Northern California DeMolay came to assist and to promote the Modesto Chapter which we are in the midst of establishing. They reached out to the youth of the community and encouraged potential members to attend our Ice Cream Social and Information Night on August 15th.

Thanks for your help!

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Trestleboard August 2013

August 2013 Trestleboard

Aug 1st – @Modesto206 – 5:30 Hall, 6:30 Dinner, 7:30 Stated Meeting
Aug 8th – @Modesto206 – 6:30 proficiency – 3rd degree
Aug 14th – @Modesto206 – 6:00 PM Cigar Night
Aug 15th – @Modesto206 – 6:30 PM – Ice Cream Social !!!
(open house for DeMolay and Job’s Daughters)
Aug 17th – Ladies’ Night Out
@Canal St. Grill – Ripon (Contact MikeK)
Aug 22nd – @Modesto206 – 7:00 PM -  First Degrees
Aug 24th – @MorninstarLodge Stockton – 12:00 PM – Mark Master Degree
340 E. Market – Stockton
Aug 29th – @Tyrian – 7:00 PM – Officers School of Instruction

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