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Trestleboard, December 2023

Greetings, Brother Texan,

Please join me in congratulating Worshipful Brother Rick Bartlett on being elected Worshipful Master of Texas Lodge for 2024!  Additional elected officers for 2024 are Worshipful Ray Hill, Senior Warden; myself, Junior Warden, Brother John Densem, Treasurer; and Brother Loren McKechnie, Secretary.  Our installation will be held at the conclusion of the December Stated Meeting, December 9

At our last stated meeting, we honored Worshipful Brother Rob Wilson for 60 years of Masonic Service as a Master Mason.  It was a heartfelt event of sincere appreciation.

At the coming Stated Meeting, we will be holding a ballot on the affiliation of Brother Jefferey Buck to become a member of California’s most outstanding Masonic Lodge. Period!  He is a Master Mason in good standing in San Benito #211.  At this meeting we will also honor Brother Steve Marshall for his being awarded the Hiram Award for 2023 in our lodge.  Please make plans to attend.

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 achieved 100% officer giving to the California Masonic Foundation in 2023, setting an example of charity that many have come to recognize as central to our core as Texans.  I hope you can consider charity in your daily life.  Salient truths I have found is that giving is not so much about the amount but the intent and planning.  Brother, everyone can donate something to some charity, and by so doing, we help others and learn about ourselves in our progress throughout life.  Please consider donating your time or $5, $50, $500 or $5000 to some good cause this holiday.

Brothers, the minimum masonic requirement to advance in Masonry 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.  Our Masonic rituals and meetings provide us many ethical lessons that all true men and good 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.

Thank you for your continued support of Texas-46, California’s Most Outstanding Masonic Lodge. Period Full-stop.  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


Your 2023 officers:

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