The Master's Word
Congratulations to Br Hank Fung on his being passed to the degree of Fellowcraft Mason in September. We're looking forward to raising him to the sublime degree of Master Mason soon. Also, congratulations are in order for Br. David Pinsley who was presented with his Golden Anniversary Award for having been a member for 50 years.
There are two very important events scheduled in October:
On Saturday, October 15th, Br. Erick Rice with be presented with the Hiram Award in recognition of his many years of outstanding service to our lodge. You may make a reservation on our website, www.ODR.org, to attend this event to show your appreciation for his service. The dinner is free but we need your reservation so we can order the right amount of food from the caterer.
October 18th will be our annual Past Masters Night. First of all, we want as many of our past masters as possible to attend and have a very enjoyable evening. We will also be putting on a 3rd Degree and raise Br. Junior de Morais to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Past masters will fill the officer positions in the first section. They will also be welcome to take work in the 2nd section as well. However, any vacant positions will be covered by one of our current officers. After that, we will adjourn to the dining room for refreshment and repose. It will be a fun evening. All brothers are welcome to attend and join in the festivities.
For those of you who attended the Grand Masters Reception at the USS Hornet in Alameda in August, you may order prints from the photographer while you are there. See me at lodge or send me an email and I will forward you the link to a website where you can view all of the pictures.
Brethren, always remember the three principal rounds of the theological ladder which Jacob, in his vision, saw, reaching from earth to heaven. The greatest of the three was denominated Charity because it extends beyond the grave, through the boundless realm of eternity. Charity is one of the most important characteristics of a Mason. I'm sure that in your lives you have many opportunities to be charitable. For example: church, various charities that reach out to you, even giving something to a homeless person on the street. We have one on the greatest opportunities anywhere within Masonry to share our resources, and that is the Masonic Charities, which includes the Masonic Homes and Masonic Foundation. To sum it up briefly, they do amazing work. Our lodge has, in the past had brothers and/or widows who have benefited from these charities.
Even though I had made a commitment to Grand Lodge that our 100% or our officers would make a donation, I have not really pushed them real hard. However, I want to encourage all of our brethren in Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge #188 to support these charities. I was initiated in Rockridge lodge forty years ago in September and over that time, there have be very few times that I have not made even a small donation. So you can see that I believe in this very strongly.
Therefore, I ask all of our brothers, especially our officers, to take a few minutes, go to our grand lodges website, www.freemason.org, click on "Masonic Charities" and give, even if it's only a small amount. Thank you very much.