Annual Christmas Prime Rib Dinner

We had yet another year of fantastic food provided by the Blodgetts!  It was so crowded the parking lot was overflowing.  Thank you all for coming out to join us.

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December Trestleboard 2015

 First I hope that you have all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I hope you were
spending time with family, eating good food, and thanking God for all the
blessings in our life.  I personally didn’t over eat this year but only because I
was sick.  Oh well at least I have the Christmas feast to look forward to!
Speaking of Christmas- Isn’t it amazing that we are already at that time of
year?  Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the crazed shopping.  Remember to
take time for the important things during this season.  For many of us Christmas
is a time for us to reflect on the greatest gift we could have ever received.  A
child born for our transgressions.  Amazing to contemplate and easy to lose in
the media driven Christmas that we now experience.  Let’s take time to think on
these things and all the Great Architect has done and how we can give back to
the world not just through gifts but through living an upstanding life.  The type
of life every Mason is called to live.  As you think about living that life perhaps
you can start setting some goals for next year.  Perhaps the goal is just to make
it to one more stated meeting this year or maybe this year your goal will be to
make it to all of them.  Maybe it is time for you to consider being involved a lot
more next year.  We need all members to be involved to keep our lodge on the
right track for future success and perhaps just existence.
 Speaking of next year!  We held elections at our last stated meeting.
Worshipful Robert Shannon wasn’t able to attend the meeting so we figured it
was a good time to elect him Master.   Congratulations Bob!
 I hope that most of you were able to make it out to our first Novemberfest beer
event.  We had more than 40 people attend to try homemade beer that was
made by our Lodge!  By all accounts we did a good job.  Thank you to those
that participated in the beer making events.  We will be doing it again!  We also
had a local start up Micro Brewery bring in 5 other styles of beer.  Thank you
Alex and Abena!  The beer was great.
Michael W. Faircloth II, CRPS®
     Hello from the west.  I was not able to attend our stated meeting for November
due to a short stay in the hospital.  But as planned I was elected to serve as
Master of the Lodge for the year of 2016.  Our installation will be January 23 at
     Our November fest turned out to be a great success.  We had about 40 people
attend and even got 2 applications (one of which is my son Anthony Shannon) to
receive the degrees of Masonry.  More info will be coming about when we can do
the First Degree for these 2 men.
     I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving Holiday and are looking forward
and planning for a Merry Christmas.  Speaking of which, I just learned that we are
going to have a special dinner for the occasion and we will need to have
reservations.  So, please call and let us know if you are planning to attend.
Looking forward to seeing you then.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
 Bob Shannon P.M.     Home phone 838-6377, cell phone 247- 3004
Secretary’s Tidbits
    Our new elected officers are as follows:  WM – Robert Shannon, PM; SW – Michael Faircloth
II, PM; JW — Ray Dunne; Treasurer –Stanton Woody; Secretary – Douglas Alcorn, PM. The
appointed officers will be: SD – David Brown: JD – Matthew Due: Chaplin – Marty Coburn. We
still need SS/JS and if I am not mistaken Ples Due will be Tiler and Asst. Secretary. We have set
Jan 23rd for Installation of Officers.
     We just confirmed that our Special dinner will be served on Dec 16th (Stated Meeting). Please
call Bob Shannon by Sat Dec 12th or your reservation.  I know this is only one week but please let
us know so we can prepare.
      This stated meeting (12/16) we hopefully will ballet for two new members: Alex Serrato and
Anthony Shannon, so watch for early degree dates.
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So it’s been a while since this site has received the attention that it deserves.  I apologize for that.  As the Master of the Lodge, and the only one who knows how to work this, it is my responsibility to make sure this is up and running the right way.

Keep your eyes open for more to come.  Cheers!

Michael Faircloth II, WM Escalon #591

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2015 April Trestleboard

This past month has been a whirlwind of activity for me. You know what I mean-we all get busy. I need to pause and remember sometimes that all that I am given to do is from the Great Architect and if I wasn’t able to finish the work, He wouldn’t have given it to me. This is no different for any of us. As we get busy with day to day “stuff” sometimes we need to pause and reflect on what it is that we are really supposed to be doing. Time at the Lodge reminds me of that. “Making good men better”. How could that ever be a bad use of time? If you are a member that hasn’t been able to join us for a while- try to. We would love to see you! At least join us for dinner if you don’t want to make the trip upstairs. We would appreciate your fellowship and company.
We are planning to have third degree on April 20th at 6:30 PM. That is very soon and we will need all the help we can get. If you are able to help please let Bob or myself know ASAP. We will be reaching out to many in our district and we thank you in advance.
A great way to know what is happening with the lodge is our Face Book page. If you haven’t gone there and liked you should. You can also get updates via Twitter.

Michael W Faircloth II, WM-Escalon #591.


Please support your Lodge and Officers and come out to attend our Third Degree for Matthew Due on April 20th, at 6:30 PM. We don’t do that many degree so it would be great to pack the house. To get ready for this degree we will have our practice on April 6th and then plan on helping with Oak-Summit’s degree on Tuesday April 7th at 6:30. Thank you for your support.

I am hoping that every members is getting the trestleboard and notices sent by snail mail or emails. If you need to make address/corrections send to Secretary at PO Box 387 Escalon CA 95320-0387. To make sure of corrections of Email address send to We have four members at this time who are scheduled for being suspended for nonpayment. If we don’t have your email, please send it to the above gmail address and make sure you are checking your spam folder.

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Sweetheart’s Dinner 2015

WP_20150228_006A great big thank you to all those that came out to the Sweetheart’s Dinner last night at the lodge.

The ham that Kent Armstrong, PM made was fantastic!   We all enjoyed the food and the company.  We are definitely going to do it again next year!

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In Memoriam

Brethren and Friends,

It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of one of our Brothers.

In Memoriam: Bro. Robert A. ‘Bob’ Thieman , PM
Born: August 18, 1928 Initiated: July 12, 1960 Passed: Dec. 20, 1960 Raised: February 28, 1961 in Delta Lodge # 471 F & AM, Stockton, Ca.. (Now Morning Star Lodge # 19) Entered into Rest: Friday, Jan. 30th, 2015 – Eighty-Six Years, 5 Months and 15 Days.
Brethren, Our Worshipful Brother has laid aside his Fraternal tools.
Bro. Bob was born in Minnesota to Adolph Thieman and Eileen Grace (Nutt) Thieman. He moved from Minnesota to Stockton, CA when he was 16 years old. Bob joined the Army in 1946 and was honorably discharged in July of 1948. Bob married his sweetheart Barbara Ann Price in 1950. They resided in Stockton and had three children, Kurt, Christine, and Fred. Bob attended COP in Stockton and was a 1953 graduate. In 1962 Bob and Barbara moved their family to Oakdale and Bob began working at Hunt Wesson Foods. He worked there until his retirement in 1991.

Bob served our Summit Lodge # 112 F & AM as Treasurer, Junior Warden, Senior Warden and was elected and presided as Master in 1977, he was a Summit member for 41 years. He affiliated with Escalon Masonic Lodge # 591 in 2009. Bob received his ‘Golden Veterans’ Anniversary Award for Fifty Years membership in Dec. 2010. Bob was also a member of the Shriners’ AAHMES Temple in Livermore, CA. Bob will be remembered as a caring and thoughtful man who loved and cherished his family and many friends. And by his service he will also be remembered as a dedicated Mason. Bob leaves behind seven Grandchildren and fifteen Great-grandchildren.

Services will be held tomorrow, Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ 11:00 AM at the Oakdale Memorial Chapel, 830 West F St., Oakdale, CA with a graveside service following at Oakdale Citizens’ Cemetery, 701 East J St., Oakdale, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Northern California in Sacramento, Ca.

“Pass Through the Eternal Veil my Brother. Most Glorious and Almighty Father! Into Thy hands, we commend the soul of our dearly departed Brother.” SMIB

I hope to see many of you there at the service. Take care everyone.

Cordially and Fraternally,

Dan D. Sissel
Oak Summit Lodge # 112 F & AM
Knights Ferry, Ca.

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2015 Installation Of Officers

This past Saturday was a fantastic day for the newly installed officers of Escalon 591.  Worshipful David Daily P.M. did a fantastic job, (as always), as Installing Officer.

Installing Officer at Work

Installing Officer at Work

Worshipful Tom Bathe P.M. was an amazing Master of Ceremonies.

Thought I was Master Of Ceremonies, not a tailor!

Thought I was Master Of Ceremonies, not a tailor!

We were blessed enough to have our own Worshipful Kent Armstrong P.M. as Installing Chaplin.

Congratulations to our officers this year.

  • Worshipful Master – Michael W. Faircloth II P.M.

    What are you smiling about?

    What are you smiling about?

  • Senior Warden-Bob Shannon P.M.
  • Secretary- Doug Alcorn P.M.
  • Treasurer- Stanton Woody
  • Senior Deacon-Raymond Dunne
  • Junior Deacon-Ples Due
  • Senior Steward- Jung-Chan Lee
  • Tiler-Kent Armstrong P.M.

I know that we will have a great year!

2015 Lodge Officers and Installing Officers

2015 Lodge Officers and Installing Officers

Guest Hostess-Christa

Guest Hostess-Christa

Pay attention.  You have a lot to do

Pay attention. You have a lot to do

Worshipful Inspector says we have to work harder.

Worshipful Inspector says we have to work harder.

Our Deacons are understandably confused by their gifts.

Our Deacons are understandably confused by their gifts.

Will this guy ever stop talking?

Will this guy ever stop talking?

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2014 Website In Review-It’s a Start!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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Service for Bro. Arthur Sipma

I apologize for the late notice, but details were not finalized until this afternoon.

smet1A service for Bro. Arthur Sipma will be held tomorrow at 3:00 PM at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon, CA.  Masons are invited and WB Dave Daley PM will be performing a Masonic service.

Art was raised as  a Master Mason 6/25/1973, was a member of Escalon Masonic Lodge, and a Master Mason in good standing for 41 years.  He went to the that “celestial Lodge above” October 31st, 2014

Please see the link below for Arthur Sipma’s Obituary:!/Obituary

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Funeral Service for Brother E.J. (Neno) Chituras

The funeral services for Brother Chituras will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation located at 313 Tokay Avenue in Modesto on Monday August 18th at 11AM.  There will be a traditional funeral luncheon to follow in the church hall following the service.  After the luncheon there will be graveside services at Pioneer/Modesto Citizens Cemetery at around 2PM.  There will be a Masonic Funeral Service performed by Worshipful Brother Dave Daily to close out the services for Brother Chituras.  All brothers are welcome to attend all or part of the service as their schedule Permits

The following is from his Godson, Brother Richard (Richy) Horning of Escalon Lodge 591-

Brother Chituras was Raised a Master in on September 22nd, 1954 and was been a Mason in good standing for 59 years with Golden Gate Speranza Lodge 40 in San Francisco.  Brother Chituras continued in his Mason education through the Scottish Rite and obtained his 32 degree.  He also joined the Shriners. 


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