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August Trestleboard

August, 2023


Breakfast is served 9 am sharp on the second Saturday every month in the Ken Justus Cantina®. Donation proceeds benefit the Hall Restoration fund.

Please contact the Master or Secretary if you or your family are in distress.

Officers 2023

Wor. Master – Kevin Herrick, PM (909) 273-7816

Senior Warden — Rick Bartlett, PM

Junior Warden — Raymond Hill IV, PM

Treasurer — John Densem

Secretary —  Loren McKechnie.    (831)582-1745

Senior Deacon — Robert Robbins, PM

Junior Deacon —  Chuck Baylacq

Marshall —  Jack Swallow

Senior Steward — Jess Rodriguez

Acting Junior Steward — JD Dimas

Organist — Rob Wilson, PM



Greetings, Brother Texan,

Please join me in welcoming Brother Jose Salas, Jr. as the newest member of Texas Lodge #46.  What a great degree we had and it was because of the great turnout and participation of the Texans of San Juan.  It is heartwarming to witness a father Master Mason obligate his son into the fraternity.  I Love our degree conferrals, and you haven’t seen Masonic Ritual until you’ve seen it “Texas Style”… delivered with precision, respect, and sincerity.

We have slated Saturday, August 26 for Brother Scott Sorensen’s THIRD DEGREE OUTDOOR RODEO RAISING! Brothers, this will be a great experience, to be held at Worshipful Rob Wilson’s rodeo ranch in Hollister, and we aren’t horsing around!  We will set up lodge in his covered rodeo ring and confer the third degree of Masonry upon Brother Scott.  We will break after the first section is completed for a Texas FAMILY BBQ and entertainment open to all family and friends, before Master Masons return to lodge to complete the degree.  What a great way to welcome him as the next Master Mason of our Lodge, California’s most outstanding Masonic Lodge. Period!  Please plan to attend the degree if you are a Master Mason; the lunch is open to all.

At our stated meeting in August, we will hold a ballot to consider electing Brother Brian Vanderpool to plural membership in Texas.  He is a Master Mason in good standing of Salinas Lodge.  Please attend and cast your vote on his membership.

We have a loaded social 2023 calendar, which you can always find here: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/embed?src=sanjuanbautistatxlodge46@gmail.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles . But if you have a smart phone, please use the following link to synchronize the Lodge’s calendar into yours, so you won’t ever miss an event:  https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/r?cid=sanjuanbautistatxlodge46@gmail.com .

Brothers, I have posted QR codes in the lodge cantina near the flag, and in the Tyler’s room near the sign in Register.   You can point your I-phone camera or QR code reader at one of several of these QR codes to get immediate access to online postings such as your monthly Trestleboard (found under the NEWS heading on the Texas 46 webpage), the Texas social calendar, the 150th anniversary history publication from 2003, the virtual tour of our lodge, Worshipful Captain Storey’s 1860 funeral obituary newspaper release, or the history of our 36-star flag.  Bring a friend to the next stated breakfast and show him around, and share the links with him!

I am pleased to report that Texas Lodge has achieved 100% officer giving to the California Masonic Foundation this year, setting an example of charity that many have come to recognize as central to our core as Texans.

Brothers, you have heard me say it and it is a Truism I have come to honor and respect… that the invisible member attending each of our gatherings is the timeless ritual itself.  It has been at every stated meeting and every degree conferral you have attended, and it sets up apart from other groups and social clubs, making your membership in masonry uniquely meaningful.  Ritual is what makes Masonry, Masonry.  It is that ritual which instills in its members the deep and abiding respect and fraternal love we share.  But that ritual only lives so long as we dedicate our efforts to learn and master it.  The minimum masonic requirement is to learn a small portion of ritual to become proficient on a degree before you advance to the next.  I encourage any Brother in the process of becoming a Master Mason to rededicate and practice the ritual work you have been shown, and continue to make progress.  The rituals and meetings we hold as Masons share with us many ethical lessons that all true and good men would agree are wise and serious truths.  Contact your advancement coach or myself and devise ways to learn the work in your down time throughout the day, such as while commuting or eating a meal alone. And to the Brothers who are considering being an officer in Lodge for 2024: you should be making final progress on the proficiency for that position.  Please be ready to present your proficiency by October’s stated meeting, only 2 months away.

Thank you for your continued support of Texas-46, California’s Most Outstanding Masonic Lodge. Period.  We are such a unique lodge because of each of you and the contributions of fellowship and Brotherly Love you bring to our meetings.


Sincerely and fraternally yours,

Kevin Herrick, Worshipful Master



Selected UPCOMING TEXAS-46 EVENTS in August:

WED August 2 @ 6 pm Family Event — Parlor Night.  I will not be attending but Brothers and friends can meet, review ritual and play some cards around the table.

SAT August 5 @ 9 am Family Breakfast and Stated Meeting, Be sure to bring family and friends to our monthly fundraiser breakfast at 9 am.  Lodge opens at 10 for the stated meeting.     SAT August 5 @ 1pm Master Masons involved in Scott’s upcoming degree will kindly remain after stated meeting for a practice.

Wed August 23 @ 6 pm Third Degree on-site Practice at the Rodeo Venue, Rob Wilson Ranch: 710 Lone Tree Rd., Hollister.  Master Masons only.

SAT August 26 @10 am Third Degree Brother Scott Sorensen at the Rodeo Venue, Rob Wilson Ranch: 710 Lone Tree Rd., Hollister.  BBQ lunch fundraiser for friends and family served at noon.

WED Sept 6 @ 6 pm Family Event –Parlor Night.Dress as a Gentleman Cowboy or a Victorian Lady and join us for a step back to a timeless age.  $20 donation to join the fundraiser poker game (no winnings – proceeds benefit Lodge Budget). Bring a friend!

SAT Sept 9 @ 9 am Family Breakfast and Stated Meeting, Be sure to bring family and friends to our monthly fundraiser breakfast at 9 am.  Lodge opens at 10 for the stated meeting.