April 27th - Stated Meeting

May 2nd - Education Fete - Cancelled

Note it will be held on Stated meeting night

May 18th- Stated Meeting

 

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THE LODGE OF PERFECTION
 

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Brethren,

Forever onward marches time.  We now approach the end of 2018 and the end of my term as Venerable Master of the Lodge of Perfection.  I would like to thank each of you, my Brothers, for honoring me and trusting me with this position.  I also thank the officers of each of our bodies: Marty Cusing, PM, KSA, as Wise Master, Chapter of Rose Croix, Mark “Whit” Stephens, as Commander, Council of Kadosh, Joe Becker, PM, KCCH, Master of Kadosh of the Consistory, Roberto Diaz, KCCH, Chieftain, Knights of St. Andrew, William E. Price 33,  General Secretary, David Jones 33, Treasurer and David Joliffe 33, Almoner. 

Please join all of us in the Valley at our 2019 Installation of Officers, January 5 at 5:00pm with dinner/dancing to follow. Please RSVP for this event Also, we have scheduled our annual Sweethearts Brunch for Sunday, Feb 10th at 10:30am at the Crown Plaza Hotel in San Mateo. A flyer will be in the next bulletin with more information and how to sign up.

I hope each of you has enjoyed and received both benefit and blessings this year.Fraternally, 

Fraternally,
Dennis Mahoney, 32
Venerable Master, Burlingame Lodge of Perfection

4  . . .  3   . . .  2 . . . . 

The clock is ticking, the countdown begins.

To all the Senior Wardens out there take heed, you are  NEXT!

So far this year you have been leading from the second chair, but leading nonetheless. 
 

How quickly the sand races through the hourglass . . .in just a few short months the final gavel will strike.Your predecessor will remove the Square from his neck, remove the Master’s Hat from his head, remove the Apron from his waist, and will pen the Trestleboard no more. All the habiliments, all the power, all the rights and privileges, all the obligations and all the hard lessons learned will now be yours.

Past Masters will extend to you not only their congratulations, but their condolences as well, for although to be a Master is a high honor, it requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices.  You will wear not just the Master’s Hat, but many, many Hats. You would be Atlas holding the Earth on your shoulders, you would be Jason leading his Argonauts in a quest to obtain the golden fleece, you would be the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker battling the dark forces. You would be an acrobat in a circus, a gymnast at the Olympics, a virtuoso pianist in concert.

You will wear many masks too, for there is no “one size fits all” style of dealing with the brethren.

You will face a milieu of extraordinary challenges and you will not find pre-packaged answers or gift-wrapped solutions to your problems. But fear not, what you will have is the support of the brethren, and their families as well.


And carry with you all of our Working Tools - the Twenty-Four-Inch Gauge, the common Gavel, the Chisel, the Square, the Level, the Plumb Rule, the Skirret, the Pencil, the Compass. All these implements of Masonry will aid you in all your labors and all the difficulties that are concomitant with the Master’s job.

Being a leader imposes a heavy burden of responsibilities, and to become a stronger fabric you must have the stamina of the horse, the strong presence of the lion, the courage of the tiger, the humor of the monkey, the sting of the bee, the patience of the turtle, the devotion of the dog, the keen vision of the eagle. 

Learn from the mistakes of your predecessors.  Sure, you will be making mistakes of your own, but do not repeat the sins of the past.

Incorporate into your every day living the ”Furthermores” which we took while kneeling at the Masonic Altar, it constitutes the finest set of guidelines ever compiled by the mind of men.

Like a good scout, be prepared. Your leadership will not be limited to the monthly Stated Meeting, it is in fact a 24/7 calling.  So learn the importance of the seven liberal arts and sciences of Freemasonry, namely  Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic, Arithmetic, Geometry, Music and Astronomy.  Studying them can feel like an endless task, they are all difficult, I know, but these will give you the tools to make better choices and decisions.  And in the end, it is what you do with that knowledge of these arts and sciences that defines your abilities as a leader and your character as a person.

Proud to be a Scottish Rite Mason, I remain.

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The Latest News from the San Francisco and Burlingame Childhood Language Center

Thank you all for your continued support of our CLC! Remember that as 2018 winds down, it is time to renew or initiate your membership in the 365 club. Membership is $250 and the funds are used to provide much needed services for the kids in our program. Also, please check with your employer to see if they offer donation matching, it’s a great way to double a contribution!

Wrapping up 2018 and looking to 2019, here are a few important dates to put on your calendar: 

- 3 November 2018: Oktoberfest fundraiser at San Francisco Scottish Rite

- 30 March 2019: Fashion show at San Francisco Scottish Rite

- September 2019: Our annual golf tournament

- 26 October 2019: Fashion show at Burlingame Scottish Rite

Chris D. Smith, 32 KCCH
Chairman, SFBRCCLC Board of Directors

The Word from the Orator

I hope everyone has enjoyed the guest speakers I picked this year. We are wrapping up 2018 with Jeffrey Wilkins, our recently elected and installed Junior Grand Warden.. 


I plan to make 2019 just as interesting! I’m currently working with Aaron Washington 33 and Junior Grand Warden of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California, Inc. to be our first speaker of 2019, we are still synchronizing our calendars. His talk will be particularly interesting. Aaron and I chatted at the Orient-wide reunion about some of the differences between our Scottish Rite Ritual and the Prince Hall version, and this will be the subject of his talk. You won’t want to miss this one! 


Lastly, if you have any recommendations for guest speakers, please let me know!

Chris D. Smith, 32 KCCH...
Orator

From the General Secretary

Brethren,

It’s that time of year when the dues notice are sent out. Please pay as soon as you can so our treasure can pay our per capita.
When you receive your dues notice you can send me a check or pay on line.

To pay on line:
Go to Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Click on -pay your dues
Follow instruction

This is an easy way to pay ( saves paper and stamps)

If you have any problems with dues please call me and we can solve any situation.

Bill Price
General Secretary
 

Want to know how you can support Scottish Rite Childhood Learning and Language Center? Click here!

Want to learn more about it, click read more below.            

 

Monday, November 19th - Thanksgiving
6:30 Dinner
See attached flyer for details and RSVP info.

Monday, November 26th - Stated Meeting
6:30 Dinner
Stated Meeting to follow

Monday, December 10th - Stated Meeting and Holiday Party
6:00 Stated Meeting (Short Meeting)
6:30 Dinner with Entertainment

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