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The Most Worshipful David Perry once again visits Coachella Lodge #476. The Most Worshipful enjoyed our lodge so much that he decided to make another visit, twice in one year! This time in an unofficial capacity to help bring further light in the form of a special education session held exclusively at Coachella Lodge.
The evening started with a fine summer banquet in the dining hall catered by our own Diane Reed from the Coachella Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. This Masonic Education event was open to brothers, concordant bodies, friends and family. Over sixty people came in attendance including our brothers from Palm Springs and Yucca Lodge. Our youth groups from the Order of Demolay and Job's Daughters helped Diane to arrange an excellent meal for all.
Attendees then retired to the lodge room where the Most Worshipful presented his Powerpoint which accompanied his Masonic Education lecture. Most Worshipful David Perry presented a number of powerful Masonic allegories and practical life stories to a captivated audience. Most Worshipful would bring it all together by tying in his slogan and empowering everyone to Rise and Build their own legacy.
After an excellent Masonic Education session, everyone retired to the lounge for socializing and reflection. The Most Worshipful even joined the brothers in having a cigar and libations. Overall, another great evening and event held at Coachella Masonic Lodge.
The Coachella Lodge just had a very successful Third Annual Masonic Chili Cookoff! The dining hall was packed with brothers, concordant body members, friends and family alike. Everyone had a fun time and were able to eat their fill in home made chili.
There were eleven chili entries this year and a big thanks is due to all the chili chefs that brought forth their chili this year. The competition was fierce, and the top three chilis were only separated by a few points. Below are our chili taste testing winners...
Third Place - Alicia Weiss - "The Winning Weiss"
Second Place - Jill Weiss - "Jilly's Chili"
First Place - Wor Fred McCubbin - "Kiss of Fire" Chili Master 2016
Congratulations to this year's winners!!!
Afterwards there were several prizes that were raffled off to our attendees including: $25 gift card to Kaiser Restaurants, $25 gift card to Dickie's BBQ in La Quinta, Job's Daughters fireworks and Aspen Mills sourdough bowls.
A big thanks to our local community restaurants - Jackalope Ranch, Dickie's BBQ in La Quinta, and Aspen Mills - who donated prizes and supplies to our cookoff.
Our gratitude goes to our brothers, friends and Job's Daughters that helped make this event a huge success by helping serve, setup and cleanup.