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June 21st 2023 | Making an Entered Apprentice

On the 21st of June at 7:00pm sharp, Texas Lodge no.46 was opened upon the 1st Degree of Masonry, to convey the 1st degree upon Mr. John Phillips. The Lodge was opened upon 1st Samuel 10 of our volume of the sacred law.

The officers stations were filled with these fine brothers of the best dam lodge in California. The lodge having a particular reputation for being the oldest and longest continually operating regular lodge in the state, since 1854.

Master: Raymond E. Hill IV Past Master

Senior Warden: Richard Bartlett Past Master

Junior Warden: Kevin Herrick Past Master

Treasurer: David Driesbach Past Master

Secretary: Loren McKechnie

Senior Deacon: Robert Robbins Past Master

Junior Deacon: Charles Baylacq

Marshall: Jack Swallow

Senior Steward: John “JD” Dimas

Junior Steward: Jesse Rodriguez

Organist: Robert Wilson Past Master

The lecture was delivered by Raymond E. Hill IV PM, 2nd Section & The Charge, delivered by David Driesbach PM

After the initiation, Brother Phillips was presented with a copy of the 800 year old “Charge” by the Master.

At 8:30pm the lodge was closed on the square, peace and harmony presiding.

Other Business:
A donation of $100 was received by William C. Eckard to the Building Fund

A donation of $155 was received as proceeds to the pre-degree dinner, for the Building Fund.

A moment of silence was observed for Brother Wolfgang Lochner, who laid down his working tools today. Memorial Info Here


The Grand Lodge of California describes the degree in the following manner.

Masonic Ranks

Masonic ritual is designed around the symbolic story of the building of a great, spiritual temple, as represented by the Temple of Solomon. The three Masonic degrees are designed to represent three stages of life: youth, manhood, and age.

The Entered Apprentice degree

The Entered Apprentice degree represents youth because it teaches the most basic lessons of belief in God, the necessity of charity to mankind, the importance of truth, and the value of keeping one’s word.

To obtain this degree, the Apprentice goes to each of the primary officers in the lodge, who each question and examine the new member. As in the earliest days of the craft guild, the Entered Apprentice must memorize a series of questions and answers. This requirement has several purposes:

After the questioning, the Apprentice kneels at the altar, places his hand on the Bible or the Volume of Sacred Law, and takes the obligation (oath) of an Entered Apprentice.

If you would like to know more, visit this website. https://beafreemason.org/degrees