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.