From the South

jamesI hope everyone had an excellent month of May. All kinds of different things happened, either in the Lodge, or in our lives, we had a busy month. There was the Mountain Man Degree the first weekend. Mother’s Day the second Sunday, hopefully everyone did something to celebrate the day. Memorial Day was the last weekend. There was even the Master and Wardens Retreat in Ontario. I even had college finals the week before Memorial Day.

Now June is upon us, there is much to see and lots to do.

On Tuesday June 2, in addition to the Stated Meeting that night, we will be recognizing members of our Youth Orders who will be Graduating from High School later this month. So please come on down and show support for them as they prepare to take this next big step in their lives.

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Scepter Chapter No. 163, Orange, Order of the Eastern Star

easternstar(Meets 2nd & 4th Thursday at 7:30pm; except 2nd Thurs in Aug and 4th Thurs in July, Oct, Nov, Dec)


We were honored to have our Orange DeMolay boys present the Flower Talk at our meeting on May 14th to our members and guests. That evening we also had Brothers Night, where we invite brothers who are normally not officers to fill in all of the offices that can be filled by men. In Eastern Star we have 18 officers and half (9) of them can be filled by men; 2 have to be men and 7 can be either men or women. Sean Womack, our Associate Patron was in charge of selecting the brothers to fill the stations. It was a fun evening.

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From California Freemason Magazine: Faces of Masonry

CaliforniaFreemasonMagCoverMeet Mike Selix, Small-Business Owner and Community Volunteer

by John A. Vlahides

Mike Selix, Senior Warden of Orange Grove Lodge number 293, knows the power of intention. When organizing charity events, he never questions whether they will go as planned; in his mind, he need only except the challenge and let things fall into place. “I say yes first then find resources yet later,” says Selix. “I always have confidence that through the Masons, we can make things work out – and they always do.”

Each Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, he coordinates holiday meals for 500 veterans and their families at the Villages of Cabrillo, a long-term rehabilitation facility, community center, and housing project in Long Beach. Selix’s involvement begin six years ago – about the time he joined Masonry – when he volunteered to help serve Thanksgiving dinner and there was a shortage of food. He resolved never to let that happen again.

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