THE LODGE OF PERFECTION
 

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Brethren,

As Scottish Rite Masons, do we have the inherent duty of perfecting our character and exemplify a life of morality?  Surely we are not just another networking or social organization.

To what end do we answer the call to school ourselves and progress in virtue and morality?  George Washington called morality “one of the great Pillars of human happiness and political prosperity in his 1796 Farewell Address.

But is our quest for morality a burden?  And how heavy?

Carl Claudy in his 1925 work “Old Tiler Talks” wrote ”A burden is, after all what we think of it. You would look desperately at the task of carrying a 200-pound sack on your back.  But if it were 200 pounds of gold, and it was to be yours after a mile, you wouldn’t find it too heavy.”

Morality and peace are states of mind, heart and soul achieved by billions of thoughts, decisions and actions in our journey through life.

If we choose this pursuit, where and how do we school ourselves in morality and virtue?  Scottish Rite Ritual provides us a most beautiful pathway to walk.

We have a great opportunity June 29-July 1 at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center when there will be a Festival, with the conferral of Degrees 4 through 32.  Come, Brothers, to watch and to relive your conferrals. This is a great opportunity to reach higher and reflect more deeply.

Our Ritual shows us the path for our own personal discovery of the Truth and Light.  Participation in and study of our Ritual leads to harmony amongst us and peace and ascendancy for each of us.

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

A Very Special Bank Account

Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 each morning.  The account carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every dollar each day!

We all have such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes it off, as lost, whatever time you have failed to use wisely. It carries over no balance from day to day.  It allows no overdraft so you can’t borrow against yourself or use more time than you have.   Each day, the account starts fresh. Each night, it destroys an unused time.  If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your loss and you can’t appeal to get it back.

There is never any borrowing time. You can’t take a loan out on your time or against someone else’s.   The time you have is the time you have and that is that. Time management is yours to decide how you spend the time, just as with money you decide how you spend the money. It is never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do them and where they fall in our priorities.  . . . From Time Management

Time is a very important concept that we as Freemasons must understand. Brethren, I call your attention to our Initiation. During the course of our Masonic journey a number of working tools have been presented to us,  but at the time of Initiation the first working tool that was presented to us, if you will recollect, was the 24” gauge, and the 24” gauge represents the concept of time.  Time has limited parameters, it cannot be contracted, it cannot be expanded, it cannot be altered.  Time is perishable, it is irredeemable, it cannot be saved, it cannot be paused, you can never get it back.  Time is irreversible, it cannot be recalled.  Time is irreplaceable, you cannot replicate it, you cannot repeat it.  Time is irretrievable, for each of us a minute gone is a minute gone.   Time is intangible, you cannot touch it,  you cannot taste it. Finally, time is indispensable for an accomplishment of any kind.   All activities, all results, all labors, all rests, all things under the heavens require time.

Time is one thing that everyone has equal amount of. Every person has the same number of minutes in an hour, of hours in a day, of days in a year. 24 hours of a day to a pauper is the same 24 hours to a prince.  Even the darkest hour has the same 60 minutes, no more, no less.

So much of our energy get bound up in indecisiveness.  We go round and round trying to decide, and days, weeks, months pass. Then there’s the energy that gets lost in regret and hindsight. We all come with different time restraints due to family, work, health and other obligations.  So we should underline the need to give priority to the IMPORTANT over the URGENT. Once the Important is in place, we can attend to the Urgent.  If we fail to do that, we become perpetual slaves to the great tyrant called Urgent.   You don’t have time to do it all. It’s true, we never have enough time. That’s the purpose of sticking to the priorities as best as you can, and empower others to do the rest.

And if you are wondering what to do and how to get through your day-to-day lives, study the historical words of Marcus Aurelius who wrote ”Think of all the years passed by in which you said to yourself ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ and how the gods have again and again granted you periods of grace of which you have not availed yourself.  It is time to realize that you are a member of the Universe, that you were born of Nature itself and know that a limit has been set to your time. Use every moment wisely to perceive your inner refulgence, or it will be gone and nevermore within your reach”


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 supporting our golf tournament, and please attend and support the Fashion Show at San Francisco Scottish Rite on 14 July starting at 6PM!


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

Where Are They Now?

Gina Mazzetti Rudolph and Officer Jason

By Jim Cartwright, MS, MFA, CCC-SLP
Center Director

Given that our foundation is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the question arises, whatever happened to the kids who once received our services? What are they doing and where are they now? This article will give two answers to these questions by profiling two adults who came to our center in their younger years.

Mrs. Gina Mazzetti Rudolph is an outstanding individual. She attended our center for a few years during late elementary and early middle school because she struggled with language and learning issues. She is dyslexic and has persevered, becoming not simply a successful adult, but also one who is giving back by working with other people facing struggles due to their learning differences. She is a motivational speaker and a certified professional coach.

Gina is the author of the book, a shout-out for dyslexics: the emotional side, in which she tells her own life story and encourages others who struggle with dyslexia and other learning challenges to believe in themselves and live full lives.  She received her BA from San Francisco State and is currently working on her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at JFK University. Also, she is working at Gatepath, a non-profit organization that serves children, youth, and adults and their families in the greater bay area. Gatepath has been a part of the Bay Area community for more than 97 years. Gina works there as an employment specialist where she places adults with special needs into jobs and coaches them while they are working at those jobs.

Gina spoke at the Burlingame Scottish Rite’s Scholarship event on June 2nd, 2018. She spoke about her struggles as a child, including being called ”stupid” by both other children and teachers, and how the Scottish Rite was the only place that was there for her and understood her potential. She shared that the people working with her here met her where she was, taught her how to move forward one step at a time, and how to become a resilient person. We were there for her when she needed us, and now she is enjoying being there for others who need her and benefit from her support. 

Officer Jason is no longer in the bay area but received services at our center when he was a boy. He went to Charles Armstrong School during his high school years, has since moved to Washington DC, and he is now a member of the secret service police force. How did I learn about officer Jason?  His mother is my financial advisor. She told me his story when I told her where I work.

Do you know any adults who received services from a Scottish Rite/RiteCare speech and language center? We’d love to hear more stories about people who have worked with us and find out what they are doing now.

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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Monday, July 30th -
Stated Meeting
(Casual)
6:30 Dinner (Indoor Picnic)
Stated Meeting to follow

Monday, August 27th -
Stated Meeting
(Casual)
6:00 Short Stated Meeting
6:30 Dinner
Guest Speaker: 
Jordan T. Yelinek, PM

Monday, September 24th -
Stated & Feast of Tishri

6:00 Short Stated Meeting
6:30  Feast of Tishri

From the Orator’s Station

Greetings!

I have two important items to share:

-Worshipful Brother Jordan Yelinek, Director of Member Services and Lodge Development for the Grand Lodge of California will be our guest speaker on August 27th 

-Worshipful Brother Jeff Wilkins, Junior Grand Warden Recommendee will be our guest speaker on October 29th. 

Chris D. Smith, 32 KCCH
Orator

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