Senior Warden

April showers bring May flowers… and then… June gloom? Never! 

This month we start our adventure into education with Bro. Andrew Todd taking the lead after a very successful educational talk last month. I am on hand before every meeting to help all of you in your studies as you take on the Master Craftsman programs! Whether you’re starting out or have finished a course or two, please see me for any questions that might arise. So brush away that June gloom with a little Light as we learn and increase our knowledge in this wonderful craft of ours! 

James Cervantes, 32º 
Senior Warden – Lodge of Perfection 
Director of The Work 

Message from the Senior Warden – November 2018

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”

Epictetus

Fraternal Greetings from the West,

As the days grow shorter on our way to the Winter Solstice, we are arriving at the traditional time to reflect and express thanks for the many blessings in our lives.  I find it comforting and encouraging to stop and think about all of the wonderful people and relationships I have now and have had in my life. The overwhelming sense of gratitude is both humbling and inspirational. As masons we are spiritual builders, and gratitude is an important material in our building.  It is a key ingredient in the cement of brotherly love and affection which binds us together. When true, it hardens firmly to bind those perfect ashlars of our lives together in unity.

We, as masons, should be hungry to build.  We should abide every day by the three principal tenets and the four cardinal virtues emblematically represented by the three sides the triangle flap over the four sides of the aprons we wear. If we labor every day in the quarries and abide by these tenets and principles we will have much to be thankful for while resting on that symbolic seventh day.

So, my brothers, take Thanksgiving true to heart.  Give thanks for those things most important in your lives.  Look past the material and focus on those few precious jewels that are truly important to you.

Fraternally,

Mike Gowder, 32°, KCCH
Senior Warden
Orange County Lodge of Perfection

Message from the Senior Warden – October 2018

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

― Lao Tzu

Brethren,

Fraternal greetings from the West, my brothers. September gave us the Autumnal Equinox and the change of seasons. As the seasons changed, so did the leadership in our Valley. I would like to personally thank Ill. Richard Wood for his dedicated service to our Valley as the Personal Repre-sentative to the SGIG. I would also like to thank Ill. Robert McNamara for his service to our Valley as General Secretary and Hon. David Price as Asst. to the Personal Representative. Ill. Rick, Ill. Bob, and Hon. Dave have been mentors to me in my Masonic journey and I owe them each a debt of gratitude that I will never be able to repay. I wish them luck and happiness in their next adventure.

The Equinox symbolizes balance. The days and nights are in equilibrium. As masons, we yearn for this same equilibrium. We see that theme so many times in our degrees. As we have lost three leaders, so must we gain three more. Hon. Frankie Rosario is our new Personal Rep. Bro. Jamie Hopkins, our new General Secretary and Ill. David Kussman our new Assistant to the Personal Rep. I am truly excited to see the new ideas and perspectives these clever and capable brothers will bring to our Valley. I am confident that they will continue to build on the solid foundation laid by the previous leaders of our Valley.

I am in the process of working out the plans for the next Masonic year as you read this. My focus will be on clear communication and a focus on returning to fundamentals. I am looking forward to sharing these plans as the new year gets closer. Until then, my brothers, get involved. You won’t regret it!

Fraternally,

Mike Gowder, 32°, KCCH
Senior Warden
Orange County Lodge of Perfection