Division IX Organizations

Archive for October, 2007

Incoming Master Ronald Detzer Introduces Himself

(As the incoming Master of our lodge) please allow me to present my biography for your information.

I was born at Denver, CO. My father, Bro. Jordan E. Detzer (recently deceased), and both my paternal and maternal grandfathers were masons. As my father received his Doctorate in Theology and was an ordained minister in the Methodist Church, our family consisting of my mother, Jeanne, and three brothers, David (deceased May 2006, Jordan and Mark, moved every four years to a different Church in the southwestern area of the USA (Phoenix, Barstow, Lemon Grove, etc.). While living in Lemon Grove, I received the highest award in Boy Scouts, the Eagle Scout award. In 1966 I spent the entire summer teaching the first aid merit badge and life guarding at Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island.

I graduated with a B.A. Degree from the University of Arizona at Tucson. For six years, during the summer months, I was employed in the southern Arizona Catalina Mountains by the U. S. Forest service as a firefighter. During 1971-72 I backpacked about Europe, Morocco and Greece. I met my future bride, Anne Campbell, while she was completing her Masters Degree in Library Science at UA.

I graduated from USUI, California Western School of Law with a Juris Doctors Degree. Anne and I were wed at Torrey Pines State Reserve. Our son, Adam Campbell Detzer, also an Eagle Scout, recently graduated from the University of California at Davis.

I have practiced law in San Diego County for more than 30 years. My area of expertise is probate, wills, trusts and conservatorships. My office is located at 8264 University Ave. in La Mesa. I serve the Continuing Education of the state Bar association as an instructor to other attorneys an conservtorship law. I am a member of the superior Court’s Probate Mediation Panel. The California Department of Corrections utilizes my services as an Administrative Law Judge at Donovan State Prison. For the past 17 years I have been an active member of the Board of Directors of the National City Boys and Girls Clubs. I served 16 years on National City’s Planning Commission. My interests include travel, hiking, backpacking (section hiking the pacific Crest Trail), fly fishing, being married to Anne, being Adam’s Dad, and working to make our world a place where our children’s children will live and prosper.


Ronald J. Detzer, SW

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James J. Achenbach, P.M. S.W. Hackett Lodge #574

We thank Brother James J. Achenbach for sharing excerpts from his masonic education presentations at S.W. Hackett Lodge #574.

Jim was born and raised in San Diego, California. He and his wife, Lisa, recently celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary and have two beautiful children, Thomas and Anna.

Bro. Achenbach attended Crawford High School and gained valuable experience in the printing industry. After running a printing press for a few years he enrolled in classes at Mesa College and then transferred to San Diego State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communicative Disorders in 1993 and his Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders with an emphasis in Speech and Language Pathology in 1995.

Bro. Achenbach has worked for the San Diego Unified School District since his graduation from SDSU. His duties as a Speech and Language Pathologist have included working with children of all ages.

Raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on July 22, 1997, he served as Master of the Lodge in 2006. A member of both the Scottish and York Rites, Bro. Achenbach served as High Priest of Tyre Chapter #130, Royal Arch Masons in Escondido, CA.

On December 15, 2001, following the recommendations of the California Scottish Rite Foundation’s Advisory Committee, Illustrious H. Douglas Lemons appointed Bro. Achenbach to serve as Clinic Executive Director for the California Scottish Rite Foundation. His duties have taken him to every city in the state of California that has a Speech and Language Center.

In addition to studying Masonic philosophy and history, Bro. Achenbach enjoys family days with his wife and kids, camping, hiking and traveling. His travels have taken him from the local San Diego mountains and desert to the Australian rain forest. Formal visits with the Brethren of S.W. Hackett Lodge to the United Kingdom, Mexico and the east coast of the United States have been particular highlights.

Brother James Achenback and his bride Lisa of San Diego Masonic Lodge #574

Jim & Lisa Achenbach

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Masonic Education

Contribution from James Achenbach October 5,2007

In 1727, Benjamin Franklin convinced 12 of his friends to form a club dedicated to mutual improvement. Meeting one night a week, these young men discussed the topics of the day. The group lasted for 40 years and eventually became the nucleus of the American Philosophical Society.

Franklin himself described the Junto in his autobiography this way; “I should have mentioned before, that, in the autumn of the preceding year, [1727] I had formed most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the JUNTO; we met on Friday evenings. The rules that I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy [physics], to be discuss'd by the company; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased. Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute or desire of victory; and to prevent warmth, all expressions of positive opinions, or direct contradiction, were after some time made contraband, and prohibited under small pecuniary penalties.”

The meetings were organized around a series of questions that Ben devised, covering a range of intellectual, personal, business, and community topics. These questions were used as a springboard for discussion and community action.


The questions are as follows:

1. Have you met with any thing in the author you last read, remarkable, or suitable to be communicated to the Junto? particularly in history, morality, poetry, physics, travels, mechanic arts, or other parts of knowledge?

2. What new story have you lately heard agreeable for telling in conversation?

3. Hath any citizen in your knowledge failed in his business lately, and what have you heard of the cause?

4. Have you lately heard of any citizen’s thriving well, and by what means?

5. Have you lately heard how any present rich man, here or elsewhere, got his estate?

6. Do you know of any fellow citizen, who has lately done a worthy action, deserving praise and imitation? or who has committed an error proper for us to be warned against and avoid?

7. What unhappy effects of intemperance have you lately observed or heard? of imprudence? of passion? or of any other vice or folly?

8. What happy effects of temperance? of prudence? of moderation? or of any other virtue?

9. Have you or any of your acquaintance been lately sick or wounded? If so, what remedies were used, and what were their effects?

10. Who do you know that are shortly going [on] voyages or journies, if one should have occasion to send by them?

11. Do you think of any thing at present, in which the Junto may be serviceable to mankind? to their country, to their friends, or to themselves?

12. Hath any deserving stranger arrived in town since last meeting, that you heard of? and what have you heard or observed of his character or merits? and whether think you, it lies in the power of the Junto to oblige him, or encourage him as he deserves?

13. Do you know of any deserving young beginner lately set up, whom it lies in the power of the Junto any way to encourage?

14. Have you lately observed any defect in the laws of your country, of which it would be proper to move the legislature an amendment? Or do you know of any beneficial law that is wanting?

15. Have you lately observed any encroachment on the just liberties of the people?

16. Hath any body attacked your reputation lately? and what can the Junto do towards securing it?

17. Is there any man whose friendship you want, and which the Junto, or any of them, can procure for you?

18. Have you lately heard any member’s character attacked, and how have you defended it?

19. Hath any man injured you, from whom it is in the power of the Junto to procure redress?

20. In what manner can the Junto, or any of them, assist you in any of your honourable designs?

21. Have you any weighty affair in hand, in which you think the advice of the Junto may be of service?

22. What benefits have you lately received from any man not present?

23. Is there any difficulty in matters of opinion, of justice, and injustice, which you would gladly have discussed at this time? 24. Do you see any thing amiss in the present customs or proceedings of the Junto, which might be amended?

The results of the original Junto are still evident today as an integral part of American society. The Junto gave us our first library, volunteer fire departments, the first public hospital, police departments, paved streets and the University of Pennsylvania. They recommended books, shopkeepers, and friends to each other. They fostered self-improvement through discussions on topics related to philosophy, morals, economics, and politics.

The outgrowth mentioned earlier, the American Philosophical Society, was created in 1743 to "promote useful knowledge in the colonies." Franklin proposed that the group be comprised of "ingenious men"—a physician, a mathematician, a geographer, a natural philosopher, a botanist, a chemist, and a "mechanician" (engineer)—who lived throughout the colonies. The purpose of the group was to facilitate the sharing of information about discoveries being made in the various fields.  A respected intellectual institution, the American Philosophical Society still exists more than 200 years later.

Would a Junto society work today?  Michael Stetz, staff writer for the UT had an article in the Monday, October 1, 2007 paper titled “Dishing out the latest dirt on...Voltaire?”  This article detailed the meetings of the P&R, a discussion group that discusses the two things you’re not supposed to talk about in polite company, Politics and Religion.  The creator of the group noted that the mostly middle-aged men meet not to argue but to think outside of their comfort zones.

Perhaps the questions isn’t would a Junto work today, but rather, where are groups such as these and are they asking the right questions?