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Vallejo Masonic News Friend to Friend, Brother to Brother

June 2019

NAVAL LODGE No. 87 VISION STATEMENT Attracts and brings together good men of diverse generational, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds for self-improvement, friendship, and service; because, we provide an authentic initiatory experience and engaging education programs based on a tradition of living and animate speech to effect a personal transformation that inspires each man to a principle driven way of life based on brotherly love, relief and truth. Publisher: Worshipful. Manuel “Chief Sam� Sarmiento Cell Phone: (707) 290-9260 e-mail: sigsam0601@Comcast.net Editor: Barry Hughes, PM Cell Phone: (707) 333-7866 e-mail: barryhughes@global .net


Officers of Naval Lodge No. 87 MASTER Manuel “Chief Sam” Sarmiento (Mallene) CP: (707) 290-9260 sigsam0601@comcast.net SENIOR WARDEN Mervyn “JJ” Nicholas (Vera “Max”) CP: (707) 980-0372 mervyn@aol.com

JUNIOR STEWARD Nathan “Nate” Walker (Roslyn) CP: (707) 980-4918 nate.nwtech@gmail.com

JUNIOR WARDEN Trojan “Troy” Ruiz (Ludmilla “Lulu”) CP: (707) 342-6644 Troy1073@yahoo.com

MARSHALL Brando Cruz (Marion) CP: (707) 853-3034 brandorcruz@gmail.com

TREASURER Mario Cruz (Alejandra) CP: (707) 373-2030 hotinktattoos@gmail.com

CHAPLAIN Gerald “Gerry” Bettman, PM (Dana) CP: (707) 747-0906 bettmanbenicia@sbcglobal.net

SECRETARY Barry Hughes, PM (Judy) CP: (707) 333-7866 barryhughes@sbcglobal.net

ORGANIST Eric Leigh Throne (Kerby) CP: (707) 761- 6132 eric.throne.csr@gmail.com

SENIOR DEACON Guy Benjamin (Heidi) CP: (707)246-0949 gbenjamin2012@gmail.com

TILER Mike Nesmith CP: (619) 993-0555 mednight@aol.com

JUNIOR DEACON Dennis Timmons CP: (415)606-1938 dennis.timmons@gmail.com

OFFICER’S COACH John L. Wasson, PM (Pat) CP: (707) 310-5404 jwass134@gmail.com

SENIOR STEWARD Delfin Dominguez (Lydia) CP: (707) 319-1795 kuyadelfin@gmail.com

INSPECTOR OF THE 131st MASONIC DISTRICT John L. Wasson, PM (Pat) CP: (707) 310-5404 jwass134@gmail.com


NAVAL LODGE 87 2019 COMMITTEES LODGE AUDIT Albert Lawson, PM (Chairman), Michael Woodruff, PM, Rollie Caabay, PM SMTA President - Dennis Timmons (2019), Barry Hughes, PM (2020), CFO - Seth Thomas (2020), Secretary - John Snell, PM (2021), Member – Ralph Lindeman (2019), Member – Keith Wattles, PM (2021) Ex Officio’s: Manuel “Chief Sam” Sarmiento, WM, Mervyn “JJ” Nicholas, SW AUDIT SMTA V. Thomas Langford, PM (Chairman), Rick Lauziere, PM, Matt Vallarino MEMBERSHIP RETENTION Manuel “Chief Sam” Sarmiento (Chairman) and Mervyn “JJ” Nicholas, Trojan “Troy” Ruiz, JW CANDIDATE COACHING Mervyn “JJ” Nicholas, SW CHARITY Manuel “Chief Sam” Sarmiento, WM and Mervyn “JJ” Nicholas, SW, Trojan “Troy” Ruiz, JW ENTERTAINMENT Mario Cruz (Chairman), Tony Buban, Brando Cruz, Nathan “Nate” Walker FINANCE Guy Benjamin (Chairman), Douglas “Doc” Campbell, Delfin Valencia FUNERAL John Wasson, PM, Keith Wattles, PM, Leo Guison, PM, Rollie Caabay PM, Manuel “Chief Sam” Sarmiento, WM LIBRARY Joaquin Loayza, Mario Cruz MASONIC FORMATION Albert Lawson, PM, Keith Wattles, PM MASONIC HOMES ENDOWMENT Gerald “Gerry” Bettman (Chairman), Jose Ferrer PHONE TREE Barry Hughes, PM


NAVAL LODGE 87 2019 COMMITTEES (Continued) PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gerald “Gerry” Bettman, PM (Chairman), Rick Lauziere, PM SCHOLARSHIP Gerald “Gerry” Bettman, PM (Chairman), Rick Lauziere, PM SMEF (ELECTED) Albert Lawson, PM, (President), Glenn Munkres, PM, Jim Jaeger, Manuel “Chief Sam” Sarmiento, WM, Mervyn “JJ” Nicholas, SW TRESTLE BOARD Manuel “Chief Sam” Sarmiento (Publisher), Barry Hughes, PM (Editor) TRUSTEES (ELECTED) Glenn Munkres, PM (Chairman), Guy Benjamin, Douglas “Doc” Campbell WEBMASTER Joaquin Loayza YOUTH ORDERS Jim Jaeger (Chairman), Gerald “Gerry” Bettman, PM, Seth Thomas LODGE HISTORIAN MEMBERSHIP PARTICIPATION AMBASSADORS Rick Lauziere, PM (Chairman) Mike Nesmith Nathan “Nate” Walker Mario Cruz PROPERTY COMMITTEE Mike Nesmith (Chairman) Mario Cruz


FROM THE EAST May was another successful and busy month for Naval Lodge 87. I’d like to start giving kudos to the Worshipful and Brethren who made sure that the kitchen was ready for the contractors and then put back together once the renovations were completed. This was a well-coordinated effort led by PM Keith Wattles, my utmost thanks for spearheading this project. Our Cinco de Mayo Stated Meeting dinner was fun and successful. The SOI hosted by Benicia Lodge UD was well attended by Naval Lodge Officers, I was very pleased with the show of force and attendance. SOI’s are where we actually learn the latest changes and common misconception either in ritual work or old practices that have been obsolete for quite some time. I highly encourage all Master Masons and especially our Officers to attend the Schools of Instruction. Congratulations to Brother Caesar Aguirre and Brother Angel Dumaop for their Second-Degree conferrals. Keep up the good work so you will be ready for your raising. You two have been very supportive of the Lodge and always there for majority of our functions. The Chevalier Award Degree for Brother Charlie Baihache and Brother Mike Nesmith was done very solemnly by the De Molay brothers and Bro Jim Jaeger did an outstanding job sitting in the East. These Brothers deserved to be recognized for their life long contribution of time, talent and dedication to De Molay. Last weekend we had our annual Day at the Range at the Yolo Sportsman Association Range. It was attended by roughly 40 participants with a dozen Range Officers. Thanks to Brothers Brando Cruz, Mario Cruz and Nate Walker who coordinated the sign ups and taking care of the food and beverages. PM Rollie brought in Chicken and Pork Adobo and Soup that was enjoyed by everybody. The sitting Master failed to anticipate the size of the crowd and brought just a single pot of rice that disappeared like a bubble. Brother Delfin Dominguez on top of being our official photographer also manned the grill for the links and burgers. I donated a 22 Pistol which was raffled off and we made $520 and we’ll make it an even $600 to be donated to and Elementary School in Vallejo, designated by PM Gerry Bettman. Many thanks to my Range Officer Friends who donated their time to make our annual shoot a safe venture. Brother Mike Nesmith received his Mason of the Year Awardto round out the month, thanks to Brother Guy Benjamin and his kitchen crew who prepared the tri-tip meal. The superb dinner was served by DeMolay and Rainbow. This kind of cooperation and togetherness is what we need to continue in this Lodge and open communication is always the key. Again, I am very grateful for your assistance. July’s stated meeting will be moved to July 11, 2019. As a reminder, we will have a 4th of July Celebration. Brother Brian Shields will be spearheading this event. We had to postponed Brother Alex Gaoiran’s conferral due to his sister’s passing. Our prayers and condolences to you brother Alex. Again, many thanks for your continuous support. Upon the Square, Manuel “Chief Sam” Sarmiento Worshipful Master


As The Sun Is In The West Alcohol: Vice, or Villain? The current Opioid epidemic ensued because opioids have been widely prescribed by physicians who were told “pain“ was the 5th Vital sign, in addition to temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate, and was being undertreated. Chronic pain had been undertreated. However, physicians were led to believe that opioids were the most effective choice to treat pain and had less addiction issues than previously thought. Obviously, this misinformation, largely promoted, by the for profit pharmaceutical industry has had a disastrous effect on our country. The idea to use a medication with a low therapeutic index (ratio therapeutic effect to harmful th effect) for the general population, however, is not a new phenomenon. In ththe 18 century morphine was considered a cure for multiple ailments and in the early 19 Century even methamphetamines, cocaine, and tobacco were advocated by physicians for health benefits. Given this recurring theme, perhaps we should be more mindful of another indulgence that we may assume, as low risk and the lifestyle enhancement more than the drug that it really is. Alcohol in moderation may be considered as something beneficial, and especially red wine has been deemed a “heart healthy” beverage. The problem with alcohol however, is how much is “moderate intake “and how much is “healthy.” Many women drink more than 3-5 times per week and men 5-7 times per week–both are rather arbitrarily–designated amounts of “acceptable” alcohol use. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) says that heavy alcohol consumption is more than 15 drinks per week for men and more than 7 per week for women and binge drinking is considered more than 5 drinks per session for men and 4 for women. It would not be reckless to say that in the Bay Area these consumption levels are more typical rather than the outlier number that indicates a potential alcoholism problem. The real question to consider regarding alcohol use is, “How does it affect my life? And, “why do you drink? “If the answer to either has negative connotations, a change of habit is a good course to take. Many experts believe that there is a gray zone and hazy continuum between acceptable use and alcoholism disorder that may rapidly shift in the wrong direction depending on life circumstances. Alcohol affects the brain in some of the same ways as opioids: as both create dopamine release and cause feelings of euphoria thus activating the reward center of the brain which can predispose us to addiction. More consistent use over longer periods of time causes increased tolerance and the need for greater intake to get the same “buzz”, just like opioids. Excessive alcohol use, isolates people and reduces motivation, productivity and ambition to do other things and adversely affects all of the organ systems. The definition of addiction is rationalizing use despite harm. Therefore, I feel it’s a good idea to intermittently take inventory of how alcohol use may be affecting our lives. Alcohol is the most acceptable recreational drug and I’m certainly not advocating for the return of prohibition. I once described its effect on me as analogous to immediately taking a vacation. Although Shakespeare wasn’t talking about alcohol, when he wrote, “can one desire too much of a good thing? “The answer is still “yes.” A good friend of mine once said, “I enjoy wine so much that I don’t want to lose the privilege of being able to drink it. “She made the decision to conscientiously cut back on her drinking in order to avoid falling off proverbial cliff into alcoholism and forced abstinence. We should also pursue other non-addictive activities to achieve the same field good results. For example, endorphins are released with music, exercise, eating chocolate on hot peppers, having sex, pleasant social interactions, aromatherapy, and acupuncture. The bottom line is that we are all looking for ways to feel good and optimistic about our lives. The best way to achieve that is by changing our mindset away from using artificial aids such as pills or alcohol and towards engaging in more natural healthy social activities and interactions that allow us to participate with the world rather than avoid the world. On the Level JJ Nicholas Senior Warden


From the Junior in the South As the Sun is at Meridian Height

Brethren I would like to invite everyone to join us for our June Stated meeting. As you all know June is the month of Celebration for Filipino Independence. As our Filipino tradition, you are all welcome to wear your Barong. We will be serving Filipino food and our traditional special Pork lechon. Our chef for June stated dinner is Bro Lee Horton, his wife Gigi and her family. I would like to thank the Horton Family for giving their time to cook this delicious dinner . Lastly, I would like to thank all the brethren especially the kitchen crew for helping us set up and clean the kitchen. Thank you Brethren for your continuous support in the kitchen. Fraternally and By The Plumb, Trojan “Troy� Ruiz Junior Warden


Twenty-four Inch Gauge The following brethren have been reported to be incapacitated: PM Barry Hughes, Matt Vallarino and Charlie Baihache. Please let them know that you are thinking of them. Please see the Senior Warden for updates regarding brother's current health and wellbeing.

Birthdays June Brother

Anniversaries June Brother Armand

Ballesil

PM 06/17/2010

9

Kevin

Connelly

06/15/2000

19

John

Craft

06/18/1986

33

John

Garvin

06/24/1957

62

Fabian

Giatti

06/12/2014

5

James

Haley

06/28/1984

35

James

Jaeger

06/26/2008

11

German

Linis

06/19/1996

23

Joaquin

Loayza

06/29/2017

2

Rudy

Manfredi

06/10/1999

20

John

Martin

06/23/1977

42

Denver Gaynell

Moore Nesmith

06/27/1987 06/04/1964

32 55

Charles

Phillips

06/18/1992

27

Manuel

Saguyod

06/11/2009

10

Reynaldo

Santiago

06/21/1968

51

Bryan

Shields

06/15/2017

2

Franklin

Taft

06/12/1982

37

Gary

Thomas

06/21/1990

29

Frank

Tool

06/26/1975

44

Edwin

Vera

06/25/2015

4

Florian Manuel Kevin Kenneth Angelito Colin Denver Michael Renato Jose Russell Mitchell Bradford Roy Brent Anil James Ralph Darrell

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Second Degree Conferral Brother Cesar Aguirre

Chevalier Awards Bros Mike and Charlie


Bro Angel Dumaop


Mason of the Year


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