Division IX Organizations

Archive for March, 2011

JLShell Daylight 837 Degree Practice

Title: JLShell Daylight 837 Degree Practice
Location: Scottish Rite Center - Shell Rm
Start Time: 0930
Date: 2011-04-19

JLShell Daylight 837 Degree Practice

Title: JLShell Daylight 837 Degree Practice
Location: Scottish Rite Center - Shell Rm
Start Time: 0930
Date: 2011-04-12

JL Shell Daylight 837 Stated Meeting

Title: JL Shell Daylight 837 Stated Meeting
Location: Scottish Rite Center-Shell Rm
Start Time: 1000
Date: 2011-04-05

Public Schools Month Kickoff Celebration

Title: Public Schools Month Kickoff Celebration
Location: William Taft Middle School 9191 Gramercy Drive San Diego, CA 92123
Description: In Support of Our Schools
Every April, the Masons of California and communities throughout the state celebrate Public Schools Month. Together, we make a profound difference in public education and seek to showcase one of our schools to demonstrate our support of all the good work they do.

Please join Junior Grand Warden John L. Cooper III and San Diego Unified School District to kick off Public Schools Month 2011:

Friday, April 1
9 a.m. - 11 a.m., reception to follow

Hosted by Mike George, Principal
William Taft Middle School
9191 Gramercy Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

School tours available 9 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

The event will include a $49,000 check presentation for the Investment in Success Scholarship Program, which will support students in the Pasadena Unified School District for whom higher education is not a given.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2011-04-01
End Time: 11:00

Book Reviews: I’m In The Tub Gone by Richard Carlson

I'm In the Tub Gone

 Richard James Carlson Author of I'm in the Tub, Gone and San Diego Freemason
San Diego Freemason Richard James Carlson Author of "I'm in the Tub, Gone"

Rick is a San Diego Freemason and the author of I'm In the Tub, Gone

Book Reviews of I'm in the Tub Gone
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, November 8, 2004
Lori Paris "author and book lover" (California) - See all my reviews
This review is from: I'm in the Tub, Gone (Paperback)
I'm In The Tub, Gone by Richard James Carlson is a collection of authentic suicide letters. Mr. Carlson, a former police officer, offers us a rather macabre look into the very private world of those who have chosen to end their lives. Their final words are put on paper (errors and all) exactly as they were written. These suicide letters are undeniably chilling, sad, heartfelt, and terrifying. To read them is akin to driving by a car wreck, you can't turn away from it. You can't help but wonder what might have led these poor souls to take their own lives.

I'm In The Tub, Gone is a difficult book to catagorize. It is unique, and it is powerful. It is simple and it is moving. It is a stark reminder of how lives can be wasted, of how some people become so desperate, they can see no other way out. Make no mistake, this book is depressing, but it sends a message that no one should miss. Nothing is worth taking your life over. The act of suicide is so devastating to those left behind, and often, those who commit the act, have no idea of the long lasting and far reaching consequences of their actions. I recommend this book, not because it will make you feel good, for surely it won't, but rather for its message. It will help you realize how futile and selfish an act of suicide truly is, and how hard we must work not to ever let this happen to anyone we know or love.

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and insightful, December 6, 2004
SDCrimefighter "SDC" (San Diego, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: I'm in the Tub, Gone (Paperback)
I think there is a macabe side to all of us. Whenever we hear of a suicide, the first question we ask is always why? But do we really want to know? Do we really want to hear what pushed someone to the brink, to do the unthinkable? "I'm in the Tub Gone" is exactly that. A look at the last thoughts of those who chose to end it all and move past whatever it was that drove them there. Some of the notes are truly sad and crying out for help. Its a shame that their loved ones missed the signs. There are others that are vengeful and mean spirited and are the ultimate act of revenge. Regardless, the book is powerful and gripping and yet at the same time deeply disturbing. Its overall effect is to give us an upclose look at something we really didnt want to see. Is it worth reading? Yes but remember, its not something you will be able to simply put down and forget either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into the tortured mind, October 19, 2006
M. E. HEISNER "Dr. M." (Coronado, CA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: I'm in the Tub, Gone (Paperback)
Mr. Carlson has successfully assembled the definitive universe of suicide notes offering deep insight into the darkened souls that reach the final conclusion that life is no longer worth living. For professionals working with such distraught patients, this book is a must. Nowhere in literature has any other author captured the entire essence of what it is that compels a person to take his or her life. Mr. Carlson brings his reader face-to-face with the overwhelming sense of helplessness that runs as a common thread through the lives of his suicide victims.
5.0 out of 5 stars It happens more than we know, November 21, 2009
Johnny Russell "JR" (San Diego CA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: I'm in the Tub, Gone (Paperback)
We all are disgruntled employees in the company of death. Compared to the length of death, life is relatively short, nobody gets out alive. In a homicide, the investigator must determine if the death was the direct result of a killing. I'm In The Tub, Gone explores and tries to distinguish whether victims who chose to voluntarily submit to expire, be it a cry for discern, or recognition, could have been helped. Investigation concluded, empirical evidence logged and entered, suicide or killing nonetheless yields the same result; there is no coming back.

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Masonic Relief for Victims of the New Zealand & Japan Earthquakes

Message from the Grand Master


The tragic reports of devastation and suffering resulting from powerful earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand have shocked the world. As Masons, we are concerned about the well being of the citizens of those countries, particularly our brethren and their families.

The Grand Lodge of California has established a relief fund for the disasters in Japan and New Zealand. All contributions will be sent to the Masonic Service Association of North America (MSANA). The MSANA will then forward all donations directly to the Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Japan and the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of New Zealand.

Please share this information with your lodge members as soon as possible. If your members, lodge, families, or friends would like to make a contribution, please make your check payable to the MSA Disaster Relief Fund and mail it to:

Grand Lodge of California
Office of Philanthropy
Attn: Denise Avila
1111 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Please indicate on your check how you wish for your gift to be distributed (Japan or
New Zealand). If no designation is made the funds will be divided equally between Japan
and New Zealand.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Adam Kendall of the Masonic Service Bureau at 415/292-9137 or akendall@freemason.org.

Please open your hearts to the victims of these disasters, and give what you can to help.

Sincerely and fraternally,

William J. Bray III
Grand Master

3rd degree

Title: 3rd degree
Location: Lemon Grove Lodge
Description: The Most Worshipful William J. Bray will be with us for the 3rd degree at Lemon Grove Lodge THIS THURSDAY the 17th. MW Bray is the Grand Master of Masons in California. Grand Master William Bray is a Scottish Rite Mason 33' Inspector General.

Lodge opens at 6:30 Mason.  Lemon Grove puts on a GREAT Third Degree - it will be well worth attending.
(Also be prepared to eat a scrumptious meal afterward!!).  The Honorable Richard Chavez KCCH is our Ambassador there.
2590 Main Street, Lemon Grove, Ca 91946

2590 Main Street, Lemon Grove, Ca 91946

(Right (South) off 94;   exit at Lemon Grove Ave and just a few blocks down;   Right on Palm and immediately Left on Main.   Main parallels Lemon Grove Avenue.  The Lodge is on the right side)
Telephone no. (619) 466 6234
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2011-03-17

Austin Bice Masonic Service

Title: Austin Bice Masonic Service
Location: San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena in Encinitas, California
Link out: Click here
Description: Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena in Encinitas, California
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2011-03-20



I assume you have heard about Austin Bice, the 22-year-old member of 35 who was found dead in Spain.  His memorial service will be held this Sunday in Enciniats.  The link to his obituary follows:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/signonsandiego/obituary.aspx?n=austin-taylor-bice&pid=149332932

A Masonic service will be included and I and other brothers are hoping for a strong Masonic turnout.


Randy Brill

Randy Brill

General Secretary

Scottish Rite Valley of San Diego

p: (619)293-4888

f:  (619)297-2751

Austin Bice Called From Labor

BICE, AUSTIN TAYLOR DECEMBER 30, 1988 to MARCH 8, 2011 Austin Bice was born in La Jolla, CA, and spent his first eight months living in Del Mar before moving to Granite Bay, CA. At age 9, Austin moved back to Del Mar eventually attending Torrey Pines High School. He was so proud to be a Falcon. Austin continued his studies at San Diego State University. While on a study abroad program Austin's life came to a tragic end in Madrid Spain. Austin is survived by his parents, Larry and Pam Bice of Carlsbad, sister Alyssa and husband Shayne Nelson of Sacramento, sister Ashley and husband Brandon Jantz of Temecula and Grandmother Olga Bice of Glendale, AZ. He is also survived by two nieces Madison and Payton Jantz and loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. at San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena in Encinitas, California. An Austin Bice Memorial Trust has been established. The trust will fund a scholarship in Austin's name. In addition, Austin was very proud of his country and had deep respect for the men and women who serve to protect his country so a portion of the trust will be used to aid those who serve or have served. Donations to the Austin Bice Memorial Trust may be made in person or by mail to any Bank of America branch in San Diego County or online at www.austinbice.com