Junior Warden’s Message – October 2022

Greetings Brethren, family, and friends of Lodge 542! As the end of 2022 approaches, we are already planning for the following year at both the state and Lodge-levels by installing new officers and voting on new legislation. We’re also planning for the future of our Lodge by continuing to make good men into great Masons!

Christopher Raheb
Our newest Entered Apprentice, Christopher Raheb (rɑ hɛb’).

One such Mason is Brother Christopher Raheb, who received his Entered Apprentice degree in our Lodge last month. I met Bro. Raheb back in 2019, when he approached me and expressed an interest in Freemasonry. Unfortunately, the entire state locked down soon after, postponing his journey for knowledge in an abrupt manner. After the lockdown was finally lifted, he got the chance to visit the Lodge and attend on a regular basis thereafter. He put in his time as a prospect, hustling around the Lodge and doing whatever work was necessary. As a prior Marine Corps Infantryman, Bro. Raheb brings motivation and dedication to our Craft. I foresee him excelling through his degrees and becoming a leader in our Fraternity.

The Grand Lodge of Freemasons in California
The Grand Lodge of Freemasons in California.

Speaking of leadership, the 173rd Annual Communication in happening this month. The Annual Communication is an event hosted by the Grand Lodge of California, in San Francisco, over a three-day weekend: October 21st to 23rd. This weekend will be a mix of business, ceremonies, and fellowship. Masters, Wardens, and select Past Masters, standing for their respective Lodges, will vote on proposals for new legislation that affects all the Lodges in California. On Saturday, the outgoing Grand Master, Most Worshipful Jeffery M. Wilkins, is going out in style with a Roaring 20’s party! The following day marks the Installation Ceremony of the incoming, Grand Lodge Officers.

Masonic Lodge Officer Jewels
The Jewels of the top three Lodge Officers: the Worshipful Master (bottom), Senior Warden (top-right), and Junior Warden (top-left).

We are having our own Installation Ceremony for the Officers of Lodge 542 this December, following our annual election of officers at our November Stated Meeting. Elected positions include the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, and Secretary. The incoming Master appoints Brothers to all other officer positions. If you’re a Master Mason of Lodge 542, please drop in and cast your votes for next year’s leaders of the Lodge. More details to follow about the Installation ceremony.

As always, I hope you’re all doing well and continue to do so. Please reach out if there is ever anything the Lodge can do to help.