Masonic Lodge opening doors Friday
for All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

June 04, 2014
Santa Paula News

The Masonic Lodge #291 wants to show off its facility, and while they’re at it they’ll feed you at Friday’s “All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner!”

The June 6 dinner will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lodge, located at 102 N. 7th St., during the monthly Cruise Nite.

For a $10 donation those attending will get an all you can eat dinner and entry into an adults only raffle for a Mini iPad; a $5 donation is requested for children under 12 for the meal only.

The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. when the Silent Auction also ends.

Mason Dave Beaver said the dinner is a first in his memory for the Santa Paula Lodge, which last year celebrated its 125th anniversary.

The dinner will include salad, French bread, “All you can eat spaghetti with meat sauce,” as well as plain marina sauce for those preferring meatless, and a bottle of water or soft drink.

Members of the Santa Paula High School Band and Santa Paula High School Football Team are selling tickets and will receive 10 percent of the tickets they sell.

Beaver said the Lodge will use their portion of the proceeds to improve the facility.

“What we’re trying to do is bring our kitchen back up to commercial grade,” and the first goal is to purchase a commercial refrigerator for use by the Lodge as well as other nonprofit organizations and for fundraisers.

“Jerry Cruz is a member,” and the assistant SPHS Band Director helped arrange a fundraising pancake breakfast that benefited the band in two ways, by ticket sales and donations by the Masons.

“We want to get our name back out in the community and help out some of these groups and clubs, which in turn gives us publicity,” that Beaver 

said attracts potential members.

“Masons have always been a somewhat secretive, in-house organization 

and we want to show we’re here, we’re alive, we have a beautiful building and a really nice kitchen and dining hall... and we want to rent it out to other nonprofits or for a specific cause.” 

Soroptimists International of Santa Paula rents the Masonic Lodge for their annual LUNAFEST and its holiday fashion show, the latter benefiting from the fact that the facility has a permanent stage, a rarity in the city that is perfect for many events.

“Our job as Masons,” said Beaver, “is to help out in the community and that’s what we’re trying to do... “

Beaver has been a member for more than three years and said if the Lodge has staged such a fundraiser for itself, specifically a public dinner, “It’s been more than 25 or 30 years ago... “

He is pleased that “Our membership is growing... and once you’re a Mason you’re always a Mason, you can move to Timbuktu and still be Mason.”

The Lodge has about 137 members from throughout Ventura County although those active number about 35. 

“Our membership is older,” noted Beaver. “So we’re opening the doors and being more active... “

Special guests expected Friday include famed artist and Mason District Inspector Steve Eberhardt, whose artwork will be included in the Silent Auction. 

Angels Baseball tickets with preferred parking, “That’s worth $100 just for the parking!” said Beaver, restaurant dinner packages, SPHS Cardinal Football Helmet, custom wood lathed salt- and pepper shakers, and much more will be offered in the Silent Auction.

Although tickets will be available at the event “We want to encourage pre-sales but we’ll take walk-ins - it’s all you can eat in-house, but we’ll do to go orders and fill up a container,” for takeout.

For more information call Dave Beaver, 805-535-8028.

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