CALIFORNIA MASONIC CODE
As religious differences exist between men, so do political differences show in partisan politics. No proposal advanced in political debate is without its adherents and dissenters. No individual, striving for political preferment, is without his supporters and his opponents.
As free citizens, we are enjoined to participate in our government by voicing our concerns over issues, our opinions about candidates, and our support for our government. As Masons, we can understand how those great forces of public opinion helped shape our nation. However, once our leaders are elected and in office, we have a moral, civic, and fraternal responsibility to support them in the conduct of the business of running the government for the public good.
Our differences in political or religious beliefs will always be a cause for strife or contention to exist within any body. The temptation to belittle or deride our political leaders is often ready to spring up at the slightest provocation. What one person thinks is jest or frivolous, another may find offensive and hurtful. That such differences may be eliminated from lodges, discussion of political issues and candidates, as well as religious issues, is prohibited by our ancient law.
Section 200.020 of our California Masonic Code says it this way: “Grand Lodge and its Constituent Lodges shall not interfere or voice an opinion with regard to political or religious matters. Members, when they are assembled in Constituent Lodges or Grand Lodge, may not discuss political or religious matters. No invocation, benediction or prayer shall be delivered which would have a sectarian significance.”
FROM THE SECRETARY’S CORNER
I want to train some one to take over as Lodge Secretary. I would hope to have someone trained by the fall. If he is not ready, I am willing to run for the office for 2011. This is with the understanding that as soon as everyone feels this Brother can fill the position and carry on, I would resign and the replacement can be installed and take over.
Check your dues card. If it does NOT say 2010 on it, they are not current. Dues for 2010 are $83.00. Please send them in to the secretary at your earliest opportunity.
As this goes to press, I am at the Secretaries’ Retreat and will be getting the latest materials.
Robert W. Kennedy Sr PM
The following Brothers
need to contact our Brother
Secretary at their earliest opportunity:
Leroy K. Aandal Hector M. Arreola David P. Bennett Harry R. Brown Luis V. Colcol, Jr. Cecil G. Davidson Edwin C. Deats
Walter M. Goodnow, Jr. Raymond W. Gregory Anthony G. Groover Rex M. Hardy Eric W. Holcomb John P. Irwin Steven B. Jernigan
Cary P. Kinoshita Jerome T. Langager Raymond H. Lear Charles P. Littlejohn Lester J. McDaniel George J. Pottle
Jeffery M. Powers
Gerald L. Robbins Antonio P. Salandanan William E. Schwenk Warren Studdard Anthony R. Thomas Frank A. Zaccagnino
To the speculative Mason, the 47th Problem of Euclid may be somewhat mysterious. Many Masonic books simply describe it as "A general love of the Arts and Sciences". However, to leave its explanation at that would be to omit a subject which is very important... not only of Pythagoras's Theory, but of the Masonic Square.
COME TO LODGE AND FIND OUT THE SECRET OF THE 47th
PROBLEM OF EUCLID!!