Thanks to Consuelo Lodge No. 325, spring in Escondido was a little greener this year. In May the lodge completed a major undertaking: converting its energy system to solar power.
Michael Sherman, senior warden, reports.
Background: Going solar has been a vision of ours for a few years. Last year our Temple Board Association, led by Brother Mike Singer, started looking into it seriously. Six months later, we’re running on 99 solar panels and three inverters.
The solar system
From start to finish
Contact: Michael Sherman, senior warden, Wolfen1106@cox.net.
At the 2010 Annual Communication, the Grand Lodge Investment Committee and Finance Committee is offering special sessions to discuss your lodge’s finances and investments.
These sessions are designed to answer your questions and provide advice and support. They’re open to all lodge officers, hall association officers, and lodge investment committee members and trustees.
All sessions will be held onsite at the California Masonic Memorial Temple on Friday, Sept. 24.
Lodge financial planning sessions
Friday, Sept. 24
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
To reserve your session, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your requested time slot and the best way to reach you.
Do more with digital
California Freemason magazine is now available in a digital format, giving readers on-the-go access and new, interactive features. Click on the “web extra” icon for bonus materials. Download it for offline viewing, perform keyword searches across issues, and share stories on e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. Just select California Freemason Online from the News & Events drop-down menu.
The official Facebook page for the Masons of California is a fun, informal place for members and friends of the fraternity to interact with each other and Grand Lodge. Look for videos, photos, and the latest buzz about the fraternity. Join the active community of more than 5,000 fans.
Locate and visit more than 10,000 Masonic lodges throughout the U.S. with a single touch. Masonic Traveler – the first mobile Masonic lodge locator software of its kind, is available for download via the iTunes App Store. It’s free to California Masons: just click here, and be prepared to sign in with your Member Center username and password. (Register on freemason.org if you don’t already have one.)
Award-winning online resources
The following have been recognized as 2010 EXCEL winners by Association Media & Publishing.
You can probably think of a special Masonic memory that stands out above the rest, or has something to do with why you became a Mason in the first place. And chances are, your family has favorite Masonic memories of their own.
Here a few ways to preserve and share them.
Video contest: What does Masonry mean to you?
You’ve got three minutes to answer the question, What does Masonry mean to you?
How you answer is up to you. Make us laugh, or make us cry. Work with others – your lodge, your family, local youth orders – or work alone.
We’ll debut the top three videos on freemason.org, Facebook, and our upcoming YouTube channel for the Masons of California. One grand-prize winner will also receive a Flip video camcorder.
Entries are due Aug. 31. Read contest rules and how to enter.
Masonic Moments video studio
Coming to Annual Communication? Participate in our video history project to record an share the California Masonic experience.
At this year’s Annual Communication, we want to capture you on video talking about favorite Masonic memories.
Your stories are part of the rich heritage of Masonry. Be sure they're preserved for your loved ones and for generations to come. Tell your story, and tell the world what Masonry's really about.
All Masons, family members, and friends are encouraged to participate. It’ll be as easy as signing up for a five-minute slot in our video studio, where you’ll answer a question on camera.
Start thinking about your favorite Masonic memories. Or choose from one of our questions. Here are a few examples:
Selected videos will be posted on the upcoming YouTube channel for the Masons of California, and linked to on Facebook and freemason.org.Look for information at Annual Communication.
The Junior Giants is a free, non-competitive baseball program serving 15,000 underprivileged youth from Stockton to Eureka. More than 6,000 of these young Junior Giants don’t have a baseball glove of their own.
Last year through Masons4Mitts, the Masons of California gave 1,300 Junior Giants the simple, but meaningful, gift of a baseball mitt.
The Masons4Mitts campaign is back for 2010, pitting regional teams of California lodges against each other in a friendly fundraising competition. The goal is to fund the most baseball mitts, one $20 donation at a time. Support your team at Masons4mitts.org.
The Masons4Mitts campaign goes until Aug. 24, when Masons and the community celebrate the finale at Masons Night at AT&T Park.
The team with the most mitts won’t be determined for another four weeks, but the campaign already has one sure winner: the boys and girls in the Junior Giants program. At age 5 to 18, these young people need their community’s care and attention. Our support will help them grow into tomorrow’s leaders.How does your lodge support youth? Submit it on the Discussions tab of the Masons of California Facebook page.
Last month we asked how many community events your lodge hosts per year. Of the 118 that responded:
70% - one to five
Overall, you said that the events with the greatest community attendance are fundraisers, student or teacher appreciation nights, and holiday events.
Here’s your next question.
Please e-mail questions to email@example.com.