From the Wise Master (July, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 7:23 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 7:23 PM ]
July, the month of Independence Day. Personally being originally from the “American Zone of Germany”, i.e. Bavaria and the Munich area, I first experienced Independence Day in the German army stationed at the Iron Curtain during the cold war times, where we regularly had military exercises with our counter parts of the American Army. Celebrating Independence Day together with Americans that were defending the whole western world on foreign soil certainly left a strong impression with me how intrinsic the idea of freedom and liberty can be in the culture of a country, and in individuals. While in many countries Masonry is still operating quietly, and historically (even in Germany during Nazi and in the east the Socialist times) been suppressed down to the point of being excluded from public positions, imprisoned or even killed, we Masons have enjoyed a great amount of freedom in the United States. Happy Independence Day to everyone, but specifically to all that have served and secured our independence!
On the lighter side: July also marks the next of our casual wine tasting trips, on Saturday, July 19th. This time, we will be heading to the “Summit wineries”, targeting Silver Mountain (yummy Pinot Noirs) and Burrell School. Silver Mountain will be offering a light lunch snack (usually chicken or sausages with salad greens) for a low fee around $10. Please bring your Santa Cruz Mountains passport (, but the wineries usually have those on stock. We will be leaving from the little parking area at the Summit Road exit off highway 17 at 1 pm. Since again some of the roads will be very narrow and winding we will try to consolidate cars at that parking lot.
If you have not made reservations with me, we do have spots left. If you will not be able to make it this time, I hopefully will see you in November for our next casual winetasting event.

Wolfgang Lochner 
Wise Master