It might be said that this night truly started yesterday, Monday the 16th, when three traveling Brothers from Crystal#122 attended Westgate Lodge#128 to witness Brothers, Earl Lara and Arjay Protacio, receive their membership vest as presented by the Widow's Sons.
Our reception was most masonic and a tour of the building revealed an astounding collection of works of art including an extensive library. Of these works, the most favored were pictured above: A gavel richly carved presented to their lodge by Leo A. Meltzer Dec. 23rd, 1913, and a handsome picture depicting Mozart (red jacket; front right) seated within a congregation of Master Masons in 18th century Vienna.
Worshipful Brother Don Castro, Master of Westgate#128, extended his Brotherly love and affection by announcing he would endeavor to visit us on our stated meeting the following night for Corned Beef and Cabbage. Masonic cheer reigned and the rest of our night was a party..
Our regular stated meeting was "a blast". Br. Damian cooked up 6 corned beef briskets, an Irish load of potatoes and two kinds of cabbage served up with Killian's and Guinness. As promised, WM Don Castro traveled up to Marysville and Worthy Brother, Arjay Protacio accompanied him as well. Other visiting members included: Right Worshipful Jim Mendoza, Senior Grand Warden, Worshipful Brother Terry Towns, Master of Peninsular#95 and Worthy Brother Todd Beam of Centennial#25.
Our meeting wasn't lengthy and there was not very much business. Most of our time was spent in conversation regarding the masonic education topics picked out by our Senior Warden: Bone Box, Cowans & Eavesdroppers, and Change. RWB Jim had some poignant remarks about young men seeking out our fraternity for the "WHY" and deeply encouraged masonic education.
Peace and harmony prevailed as the wages were paid. Save these wages Bretheren! Visiting members and pro-tem officers, as well as, outstanding Lodge members will receive these at the end of the night to be exchanged for various items at a future period.
Things are brightening in our East.