I hope this message finds you well.
I am very fortunate to be able to recap this weekend's events, which were full of activity. Saturday evening the lodge was able to sit down to a collation of pulled pork and smoked turkey before retiring upstairs for the first of two May Communications. The officers had a bit of a break since there will be no degree work until September, however many topics were covered and the lodge was able to procure funds to contribute to the local American Legion, make future plans to visit a sister Prince Hall lodge in central Connecticut, and recap a very successful spring BBQ. It was brought to the lodge's attention that WB Chris Mayhew and Brother Bob Donahue both had medical procedures this week; if you have time please give them a call or drop them a card, I know they would appreciate your support. Putnam #46 wishes you both a speedy recovery.
Under Brother Derek Jette's leadership, Sunday morning began very early in preparation for our Mother's Day Breakfast. I'm pleased to report that the lodge had more attendees than in past years, and I was lucky enough to share a meal with my mother, father, and wife in between flipping some omelets. Thank you Brother Derek, and all 11 brothers that set some time aside to prep, serve, and clean-up; I know that there were many smiles on the proud mothers that were able to attend.
After the meal was over, more than twenty five brothers set out to travel in three teams to fulfill their long held obligation to "help, aid, and assist all due worthy distressed brother master masons, their widows, and orphans" by participating in Putnam #46's Masonic Day of Caring. Throughout the day the brothers installed two screen doors, brought a set of front stairs back "on the level", built handrails to make climbing stairs easier, cleared brush, cut down and removed more than 10 standing trees, tilled two gardens, installed an interior thermostat, taught the usage and proper safety of power tools and tools used in outdoor maintenance, painted a house and its trim, repaired a shed, and succeeded in making the wish lists of each nominated and confirmed recipient come true.
I could not be prouder of the lodge and to have been a part of what I think "today's Masonry" is all about; we were able to help all three types of people personified in our obligation, and even had the participation of a brother from another lodge in our ranks. Although my pen (or keyboard) cannot find the eloquence needed to thank the brothers that made a difference that day or offer my thanks to the recipients for allowing us to fulfill our goals; I can summarize by stating that the Grand Architect gave us a beautiful day, everyone came together under the team leaders to best work and best agree, and much fun was had while completing our tasks. Thank you to Ladies Lisa and Deb for providing the breakfast foods and noontime meals which were enjoyed by all (the roasted peppers, meatball sandwiches, pulled beef, and cherries jubilee was outstanding), and to WB Jim for having a tractor we could use. It saved us A LOT of time! Thank you especially to WB Chris, brothers Dave O, SD Mike G, SW Ken, and WB Ted for your pre-MDC site visits and day of coordination of activities. Thank you also to Brother Andy: your contribution to the liquid collation fund after the day was over was appreciated by everyone who made it back to lodge after the long day was over!
Much has been done, but there is still more to do. On May 23rd, the lodge will be delivering over 75 pulled pork dinners to Camp Nahaco for a motorcycle riders club camping there for the evening. Procurement of food is underway, but WB Ted is looking for a few volunteers to assist in serving the hot pulled pork sandwiches. If you can assist from 5pm-7:30pm that evening, please contact WB Ted. It has always proven to be a fun event for us to run.
This Thursday, brothers will be meeting informally at 4:30pm at Harrisville Golf Course in Woodstock, CT to play nine holes and all are welcome. Later at 7pm the lodge will welcome home a brother who now resides in Texas, Brother Peter N. Baskin. I'm excited to hear from Past JS Peter: what Masonry in TX is like, how our BBQ as well as our ritual stacks up to theirs, and I hope he brings some of their warm weather with him. Please consider stopping by to say hello and perhaps grab a late dinner with us shortly after.
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."- Albert Schweitzer. Many of us are taught to approach service with fear and dread. Service is being required to do what you don't necessarily want to do, but do it because it's the "right thing" to do and you should do it. What if that statement is not true at all? This week, follow up on Putnam #46's tradition of excellence and leadership in service, look to serve with joy. Seek out the opportunity just once. Masters and Wardens of other lodges, heed this call to action and start your lodges’ own Masonic Day of Caring. Remember, it's just as important to honor those who long served in your own ranks as well as those immediate family members who supported them as it is to engage your younger members in personifying what is best by applying the working tools of Masonry.
May 7th- Golf at Harrisville 4:30pm, meeting Peter Baskin at lodge at 7pm; dinner to follow
May 23rd- Delivery of dinners to Camp Nahaco Riders Club, 5:00-7:30pm; volunteers needed
May 30th- Stated Communication, 7:30pm; dinner 6:15pm
May the God of Peace delight to dwell with and bless you.