The Stated Meeting of August, was held in person. It was the second stated meeting in person since February 2020, due to the COVID-19 shut down of services by the Governor, who may be recalled in a special election held by mail, in September. The Lodge was opened at 10:20AM after a hearty breakfast enjoyed by all. The Master lead the brethren in the pledge of allegiance to the flag, of our great nation.
Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes:
The minutes of the July 2021 stated meeting, the 1st in Person Stated meeting since February 2020, were approved, with the correction that the sister lodge needing assistance was incorrectly noted a South Valley #187, but the Lodge needing assistance is actually San Benito Lodge no 211.
The Secretary offered the Semi-Annual Report:
The Lodge consists of 50 Master Masons, and 6 Entered Apprentices. Due to the challenging circumstances of COVID-19, the Lodge remitted dues for 10 Members.
No bills were received, presented or paid.
Its Baseball Season! The Masons for Mitts program is back in full force. To date Freemasons of California have raised $1,300,000.00 in donations for the program. The Master of Texas Lodge suggested we pass the hat and donate some baseball mitts to children. With the 14 Brothers of Texas Lodge in attendance, $168.00 or enough to gift 8 baseball mitts @ $20.00 each, was found at the bottom of the Masters Hat. To learn more, watch the video below or go to this website. https://masons4mitts.org/
Masonic Speaker Series Online Webcasts: I would like to remind those Historians and Seekers of Knowledge amongst the Brethren, that there are wonderful presentations that are offered online. There are some very intriguing upcoming events, as well as a vast trove of interesting talks you can livestream at your leisure. Speaker Series Archive – Masons of California (freemason.org)
Brother Charles Baylacq deemed proficient:
Reception of Applications:
An application for affiliation was received from Brother Tony Alarcon of San Jose Lodge #110. The Lodge voted to accept the application for affiliation.
Ladies of the Oriental Shrine of North America coming to tour the Lodge: Sept. 16th Thursday, 10:00 – 2:00
Wor. Kevin Herrick has volunteered to act as our docent and give Tours. We will have refreshments and cookies. Stop by and visit with the group, and take a walk around the Mission and San Juan Bautista.
50 Year Masonic Award Presentation: November 6th at 10:00AM-1PM
Please join us to celebrate this momentous milestone with Brother Richard Fischer. He is an esteemed member of Texas Lodge no. 46, and assistant Secretary in 2010, He subsequently served as Secretary of the lodge thereafter in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Due to the extraordinary proficiency, the lodge was closed in the short form, which is a rare occurrence.
At 11:22 AM the Lodge was closed.
Secretary Loren George McKechnie Date: 8/19/2021
Worshipful Master Jeff Strouse Date: 8/19/2021