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From the East
Wor. Tracy Reynolds

Adventures in the East
     One of the things that jumps out at me when I start thinking back on all the experiences of the past year, is the many ways the choices I've made of my own free will and accord have brought me and my Brothers to that place where we are no longer at a perpetual distance and we are sharing ideas, strategies, philosophies and stories about our experiences.
     I hope that soon we will be able to meet in a tiled Lodge. It’s hard tellin’ how that will work out. For now we do what we do.
     Please keep in your prayers all our Brothers that have pending operations, are in quarantined due to falls and those that have suffered loss of loved ones and those who are in need of shelter. If You know of a brother in need please email me at: worshipful.master@consuelo325.org
     As  Masons, I believe we all want to help and do so when we can. Though I may not be able to do anything by myself, we can do great things by working together.

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This will be an adventure for sure.
     
     We made some donations to our Youth Groups, Eastern Star and to the Masonic Distressed Worthy Brother relief fund. We also made a contribution to the Escondido Union High School  District. I was hoping to have a copy of the letter to add to this article but the hour is growing late for this submission. I was able to get an excerpt. It reads:
     As you may be aware, our community is comprised of approximately 70% who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. We are a needy community. The effects of the school closures and
unemployment are surely further affecting the need for increased efforts for food security in this community. Your donation has helped us to focus our attention on much needed equipment and supplies for the curbside meal service that we have become. End of Excerpt.
   I hope to have the full letter by next Trestleboard. Until then, stay safe and well my Brothers.
From the West
By Bro. Jesse Middleton

     Well, here we are. It’s July, seven months have passed since installation, and most of us haven’t met face-to-face in over four months. I am beginning to look ahead, yet I feel like we haven’t even started this Masonic year yet. It appeared that we were on track to open in the not so distant future. Now, it would appear we’re heading back in the opposite direction. There is nothing I want more than to sit in Lodge again with my Brothers, to break bread and discuss what is going on in each other’s lives. However, for the sake of safety, and everyone’s health it is best to remain distanced at these times. It’s times like this, where I wonder how the future will look back on these times.  I consider the current events, statues being broken and defaced, the virus plaguing the world, our choices for leadership, and the division among society. When it comes time for this period in history to be portrayed, how will it be explained? Will the ends justify the means? Will this cycle repeat itself again? Then I consider our beloved Craft.
     For those that do not know, the Albert Pike statue in Washington DC was pulled down and removed recently. Social Media has been abundant with individuals hinting at the vandalism of Masonic Lodges. Even the mainstream media has had some interesting articles implicating Masonry’s involvement in recent social events.  As I contemplated of all of these things, one thought kept coming back to me, “Persevere.”  The Bubonic Plague, the Plague of London, Revolutions, Civil Wars, the Spanish Flu, the Anti-Masonic Party, the Morgan Affair, World War I, and World War II. Those are just a few of the events that Freemasonry has experienced and persevered through. At times the Craft has had to go underground and lie dormant for a bit, but it always reemerges when society needs a bit of hope to make a big push towards advancement in individuals lives.
     After realizing this, I look at our Craft with even more admiration.  The Craft has persevered before, and it will again. Maybe we have to maintain the current posture of self-distancing for a bit more time. Maybe we won’t meet again for another six months, but that doesn’t stop Masonry. You see, the Craft while based on the tenets of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth, is very much a fluid platform on which to accomplish great things. Much can be done without meeting within the Lodge, things can be done in smaller groups while wearing the prescribed personal protective equipment, and a lot can be done for someone by just picking up a phone and calling someone. Freemasonry doesn’t change, it’s the Brothers within the Craft that adapt and overcome, that persevere through these times. It’s the wisdom attained through these trials that we pass on to the next generation, setting them up to be in a better position than we were to take on life’s toils and challenges.
     So, what we have here is not a problem or an issue, but an opportunity. This word, “Opportunity” is also going to become a reoccurring theme. We have the power as human beings to decide how things affect us. We can’t always control what happens, but we can control how we react. When we begin to see every challenge as an opportunity, when every issue becomes an opportunity for development, then there becomes room for growth and advancement. That is what we have during these times, opportunity. We have an opportunity to unite one another, an opportunity to show our appreciation for those that keep us safe and healthy, and an opportunity to advance the community. All we need to do is figure out which way is Consuelo 325’s way of making this world a better place for everyone. If any of you have ideas or considerations, bring them forward I would like to hear them. Call me or email me and let’s get a discussion going. Until we can meet again stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in-touch with one another.
Masonic Lodge Officers
Master

Wor. Tracy Reynolds
worshipful.master@consuelo325.org
Senior Warden

Jesse D. Middleton
senior.warden@consuelo325.org
Junior Warden

Jeffrey D. Powell
junior.warden@consuelo325.org
Treasurer

George L. Tegart, PM
treasurer@consuelo325.org
Secretary

Douglas E. Ford, PM
secretary@consuelo325.org
Chaplain

Dean E. Natwick, PM

 
Senior Deacon

Jon G. Rick
senior.deacon@consuelo325.org
Junior Deacon

Jason A. Roach
junior.deacon@consuelo325.org
Marshall

Patrick G. Scoggins
marshall@consuelo325.org

 
Senior Steward

Roger D. Parker
senior.steward@consuelo325.org
Junior Steward


junior.steward@consuelo325.org
Organist

Christopher W. Clark
senior.deacon@consuelo325.org
Tiler


Tiler@consuelo325.org
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