From the Venerable Master (August 2019)

posted Aug 15, 2019, 1:03 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Aug 15, 2019, 1:05 PM ]

August is a strange month.  To begin, it is one of the months, with July, which was added to the calendar late in the history of Rome, to honor Julius and Augustus Caesar, but which forever plunged the remaining months into confusion.  September through December, as their name roots imply, were the seventh through the tenth months – and now they suddenly found themselves displaced becoming the ninth through the twelfth – which makes no sense at all.

But in a more contemporary context, we find that August is that month between the height of summer in July, when Masonic bodies seem to go into hibernation, and that very busy month of September, when real life lurches back into normalcy.

July is the time for vacations, for picnics, barbeques, Independence Day celebrations, and in general, taking it easy.  September, as many of us remember from those golden days of yesteryear, was when reality hit us.  The new fall TV lineup debuted in September.  School started up again, the new car model year was launched, and it signaled the return of the daily grind.

August is that time in between.  We have never known what to do with August.  Today, things are somewhat different.  A lot of school years now begin in August.  There is no real TV debut season, and heaven knows what the car manufacturers are doing.  But August is still that awkward month, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. 

But rest assured, your brothers at the Scottish Rite are here, as we are month after month.  We look forward to seeing you among us.  Remember that for our August stated meeting, we revert to casual dress.  That does not mean, by the way, blue jeans or shorts.  Might I suggest a pair of slacks and a polo shirt.  Please join us in August and enjoy the fellowship.