Yucca Valley Lodge #802 Yucca Valley California

June 2010

A newsletter serving the Masonic and affiliated bodies of the high desert
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• From the East. 1

From the East
Bro. Joseph Romero, Worshipful Master

• From the West. 2

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Editor’s Corner 2 History of YV W M’s of YV Anniv. Photos 3 4 5

Famous Mason 6 B2B Section Calendar Officers 6 7 8

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with all who attended the meeting. Instruction as Our 50 Anniversary was well as compliments was May 16, 2010, and several well accepted. To those brothers made it a very that did not attend this successful event. The event you missed an Brothers involved in the opportunity to meet and preparation, which began hear a wonderful leader in the month of January and personage of our 2010, and to whom we owe Masonic Order and a grateful ―Thank You‖ are Fraternity for this year Mark Clark, Treasurer; TC 2010. His were inspiring Dowden, our Historian and words to promote Masonry program event coordinator; as a way of Life. May the Joseph Johnson, PM, G.A.O.T.U. continue decorations; Joseph guiding Grand Master Ken DuPont, SW; Mikle and Kathy Nagel. Brooks and David Haines; also to a big thank you to Thank Joseph Johnson Linda Mason, Elaine PM next time you meet Johnson and Tina and see him for driving two Bergamin for all their help. World War II veterans to LAX, and then bringing The visitation of our Grand them home two days Master, Kenneth G. Nagel following, as requested by and his wife, Kathy Nagel, Grand Lodge’s "Greatest was most gratifying to our Gift Program". Their Lodge. Our Grand Master names were submitted by held a meeting with your the American Legion. Officers and Inspector to discuss our past and what I want to thank the Lodge our future thoughts and for supporting a student, a vision were for our Lodge 16-year old young lady, to for the next Fifty Years. It attend a one month Music was a good communication Program. Also at our last

Stated Meeting a motion to elect two additional Trustees was tabled. We should have a least five so that the Trustees can have meeting in late June. An application was received by the Lodge for the Degrees and we will be having a First Degree on June 10, at 7:30pm. A Third Degree will be held on the 27th, with dinner at 6:30 pm and Degree work at 7:30 pm. Our Masonic Education and Information Night continue on every third Thursday of the month at the Lodge with dinner, good fellowship and an exploration of basic Masonic principles. Fraternally, Joseph Romero, WM, PM

Our 50th Year in Yucca Valley

Yucca Valley Trestleboard The Editor’s Corner
Bro. T.C. Dowden CDR, SC, USN (ret) 32°

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“We’re not part of the National Sojourners, but we can look closely at what they do. Outreach is the start, brotherly love, a festive board, and Masonic principles are the rest.”

In my efforts to do background research on Masonic Enlightenment, I recently read a terrific short story by Brother Rudyard Kipling. The story was titled, In the Interests of the Brethren. The story related how Kipling happened on an unauthorized Lodge of Instruction in London during WWI.

Nagel, the CA Grand Master, regarding how we as a Lodge should be supporting the sojourners at the Marine Corps base. He asked us what we were doing to invite Masons coming to the base to join us for fellowship. In Kipling’s story, the Lodge of Instruction offered what returning warriors needed; camaraderie, support, food, faith, and Masonic instruction. That Lodge of Instruction was open three nights and two afternoons a week. Through word of mouth, the Lodge was always full. They met a need that the Grand Lodge did not, a place for any brother to meet. In so doing, they demonstrated brotherly love and relief with ritual training and a festive board.

here and that we are a welcoming Lodge. They have choices, they can visit us, they can visit with the Oasis of Mara, or they can pass entirely. It leads us to consider, “what do we have to offer these brothers?” The answer is, of course, ourselves. We have a great group of men here, interested Masons who welcome new members and visitors. Even more, we have men who are invested in the tenets of Masonry. The military Lodge system is gone, although it lives on in part through the National Sojourners. We’re not part of the National Sojourners, but we can do what they do on a local level. Outreach is the start, brotherly love, a festive board, and Masonic principles are the rest.

The Lodge in the story, “Faith and Works No. 5837” was entirely focused on the needs of sojourners from all across the British Empire, away from their homes, their families, and home Lodges. It was all about the sojourners finding brothers. He wrote of the deep need of brother Masons of that day to experience the beauty of the ritual work, the differences in the ritual, and the sheer joy they felt as they shared the We have an opportunity with experience. our Lodge to provide some of I was deeply moved by the story the same; all we have to do is and it brought to mind the make sure that those Marines discussion we had with Ken and sailors know that we are

From the West

participated in this celebration, particularly those who performed Bro. Joseph DuPont, Sr. Warden the labors necessary to make it June is here, another month slips all come together. into the history. Our 50th Last month I attended the Senior Anniversary celebration was an Wardens retreat weekend, event to be remembered, the anyone that believes that the Grand Master of California word retreat means 'a relaxing Masons, Most Worshipful get away' would be mistaken, Kenneth G. Nagel came not classes began Friday evening as only to perform the ceremonies soon as we arrived and continued for this event but spent a few thru Sunday, with the single hours enjoying fellowship with focus of preparing the Senior members and friends of the Wardens for the following year. lodge, both before and after the Somewhere I developed the formalities of the occasion. notion that always learning Many thanks to everyone who

something new is part of growing, and the more you grow the more you realize there is much more to learn. Sometimes we learn in formal settings such as the retreat I attended, but more often we happen across opportunities in less formal settings. Sitting with friends seems to me one of the best places to learn and develop ideas, none of us have exactly the same experience in our lives, so everyone has something unique to contribute as long as we are receptive to new or different ideas.

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Establishment of Yucca Valley Lodge #802 F&AM
Prior to WWII, Yucca Valley was primarily ranchland and some homesteads. It was popular with people suffering from lung ailments and arthritis, but there was not enough here economically to really grow a city. Residents looking for work generally went “down the hill”. After World War II, however, the economy of Yucca Valley boomed. People began looking for retirement or vacation homes away from the smog and problems of cities. Because water was more easily available in Morongo Valley and 29 Palms, those areas grew first. The real trigger was the Marine Corps Base replacing the Navy Glider Base and both Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley blossomed. Freemasonry experienced a similar growth surge following WWII as well, which ultimately led to the formation of our Lodge. Veterans were looking for the comradiery of fraternal organizations and found Masonry. Veterans, retirees, escapees from the cities and active duty servicemen who were already brother Masons in the local area found each other. On March 10, 1956, a group of Masons got together to form an unofficial Masonic Club, dubbed the Desert Sojourners Club. The first meeting of the club was on April 13, 1956. The club met originally at the Community Hall in Joshua Tree, CA,

but they knew they needed their own Lodge building. So, on January 11, 1957, a building committee was formed to find an appropriate site in Yucca Valley for a Masonic Temple, which became the Desert Sojourner’s Club, Inc. That site was found, and is the current Lodge grounds. In April 1958, the lot was cleared for preparation of the Temple, plans were drawn up, permits were granted, and ground was broken on July 18th for the foundation. While constructing the Temple, the Yucca Valley Masonic Club was officially formed in June 1959. The construction of the Temple was donated with over 3000 hours of donated man hours, it being deemed the Sojourner’s Building. The building was completed on January 9, 1960. Afterward, the Club requested permission of the Grand Lodge to become a Lodge. The Grand Master of California, the Honorable Joe L. Shell, granted permission to the Yucca Valley Masonic Club to form a Lodge in May, 1960, becoming Yucca Valley Lodge U. D. (Under Dispensation) instituted June 11, 1960. The initial membership of the Lodge was 47 Charter Members. The first Master of the U.D. Lodge was Clarence E. Miller, who turned over the Master’s position to Louis L. Cunningham after a few months. Disaster stuck when a fire nearly destroyed the Sojourner’s Building on April 5, 1961, gutting the building

and causing over $25,000 damage. In today’s dollars, that would be $177,321.00! Insurance covered the loss and rebuilding began in earnest. The Lodge was granted its charter in October 11, 1961 to form a Lodge from the Yucca Valley Masonic Lodge U.D. to become Yucca Valley Masonic Lodge #802 F&AM (Free and Accepted Masons) On February 26, 1963 the Yucca Valley Masonic Lodge Temple Association accepted the ownership of the Sojourner’s Building as the Temple for the Lodge. Of particular note, on March 2, 1968, Masons from the Lodge laid the cornerstone for the Yucca Valley High School, which was attended by 22 California Grand Lodge Officers. This began the YV Lodge’s long association with public schools. On May 16th, 1974, a ceremonial burning of the Temple’s mortgage was held, which was attended by over 100 people and celebrating 14 years of efforts and payments. The Lodge has been in continuous operation ever since, waxing and waning with the times, having a current membership of about 86 members.

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Yucca Valley Trestleboard Worshipful Masters of Yucca Valley Lodge #802

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Photos of the Celebration

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Famous Mason:
Joseph Rudyard Kipling: Poet, Author, Freemason
Stories (1902), Trafficks and Discoveries (1904), Puck of Pook's Hill (1906), Actions and Reactions (1909), Debits and Credits (1926), Thy Servant a Dog (1930), and Limits and Renewals (1932). His collected poems appeared in 1933. His writings frequently give Masonic allusions peculiarly significant to the Craft. The story of The Man Who Would be King is a good specimen of the kind in question. His poems, the Mother Lodge, the Palace, and L'Envoito Life's Handicap are splendidly typical. He was made an honorary member of Canongate Kilwinning Lodge at Edinburgh, a Masonic distinction of which he very properly has been not a little proud. The English Masonic Illustrated (London, July 1901+ volume 1, number 10) says Brother Kipling was initiated in Freemasonry at the age of twenty and a half, by special dispensation obtained for the purpose, in the Hope and Perseverance Lodge, No. 782, at Lahore. In 1888, he joined the Independence and Philanthropy He was born in Bombay, India, December 30, 1865 and called from labor on January 18, 1936. Celebrated author and poet, his literary career began with Departmental Ditties (1886), but subsequently he became chiefly known as a writer of short stories. A prolific writer, he achieved fame quickly. Kipling was the poet of the British Empire and its yeoman, the common soldier, whom he glorified in many of his works, in particular Plain Tales from the Hills (1888) and Soldiers Three (1888), collections of short stories with roughly and affectionately drawn soldier portraits. His Barrack Room Ballads (1892) were written for, as much as about, the common soldier. In 1894 appeared his Jungle Book, which became a children's classic all over the world. Kim (1901), the story of Kimball O'Hara and his adventures in the Himalayas, is perhaps his most felicitous work. Other works include The Second Jungle Book (1895), The Seven Seas (1896), Captains Courageous (1897), The Day's Work (1898), Stalky and Co. (1899), Just So

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Lodge, No. 391, meeting at Allahabad, Bengal. In the issue of the London Times quoted in the Freemason, March 28, 1925, there is an interesting statement from Brother Kipling regarding his active service in his own Lodge in Lahore, Punjab, East Indies. This is what he writes: "I was Secretary for some years of the Lodge of Hope and Perseverance, No. 782, E.C., Lahore, English Constitution, which included Brethren of at least four creeds. I was entered by a member from Brahmo Somaj, a Hindu, passed by a Mohammedan, and raised by an Englishman. Our Tyler was an Indian Jew. We met, of course, on the level, and the only difference anyone would notice was that at our banquets some of the Brethren, who were debarred by caste rules from eating food not ceremonially prepared, sat over empty plates."

“B2B” – Brother to Brother Section

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Lodge Calendar

Our 50th Year in Yucca Valley
Yucca Valley Masonic Center

June 2010
Sunday Gemini Monday Cancer 1
Hall Association Building Board Mtg. 6 PM


Wednesday Thursday 2 3
Stated Mtg 6 PM Dinner 6:30 Open Mtg 7:30

Friday 4 5

Breakfast 8-10 AM Yucca Valley Galaxy Club 11 AM


Oasis of Mara Stated Meeting 29 Palms


Daughters of the Nile 11:00 PM Yucca Valley

First Degree – 7:30 PM


Breakfast 8-10 AM Oasis of Mara


Eastern Star 6 PM Yucca Valley



Masonic Education Working Group Dinner 6:30 PM

Shrine Club 11:00 AM Yucca Valley Sizzler

Officer’s School of Instruction

Flag Day

Father’s Day

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Scottish Rite in Palm Springs

St. John’s Day Dinner 6:30 Third Degree – 7:30




Eastern Star 6 PM Yucca Valley






Special thanks for excellent service and color prints to:

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Lodge Officers 2010
Grand Master of the State of California Worshipful Master Senior Warden Junior Warden Treasurer
FAX: (760) 820-4499 E-MAIL:

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Most Worshipful Kenneth G. Nagel Joe Romero, P.M. Joseph DuPont Vacant Mark Clark Oscar Rodriguez David Glenn Joseph Johnson PM Joseph Pennington Wayne J. Stuart James N. Henley Brian L. Slack Vacant Vacant Mert Gayler 367-7246 449-0147 660-5736 365-5764 362-2785 364-4586 366-2527 365-6245 228-2515 367-4373

Yucca Valley Masonic Lodge PO Box 686 Yucca Valley, CA 92284 PHONE: (760) 820-4499

Secretary Chaplain Senior Deacon Junior Deacon Marshal Senior. Steward Junior Steward Tyler Officer’s Coach Inspector 830th Masonic Dist

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