I hope this message finds you well, and gearing up for the holiday season with Thanksgiving coming up in a few days.
This past Thursday, Putnam #46 held a MM degree special for two candidates: Brothers Justin Bressette and Christopher Bowen. After proving proficiency, the brothers were raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason in due and ancient form. My thanks to the officer team for putting forth an excellent degree: SW Ken Richards for presiding in the East, Brother John Knierim for the “beehive” lecture, and WB Eubanks for the charge. We are looking for great things from our new Brothers, and we look forward to guiding you long the way as you take your first steps as an MM in our great fraternity.
This past Saturday brought a double duty for SW Richards who presided over the stated communication and business meeting. All general business in preparation for our Annual was taken care of, and thanks goes out not only to Ken, but also to WB Rupar who brought forth a topic that I had not remembered to add to the agenda! Sunday, the lodge opened early for an emergent communication for the memorial service for WB Richard A. Booth, Past Master of Putnam #46 in 2006. The lodge was able to provide WB Booth a moving service, and I thank all that showed in order to pay tribute to this well respected Mason; especially those who wore one his traditional “bow ties” in remembrance of him.
I hope this week brings you the chance to reflect on the important things in your life and how very thankful you should be to be with friends and family this holiday. It has been a long year filled with many changes - goals achieved and missed, tears of joy and sorrow, travels far and wide - but father time is catching up to us all. Take the time this week to be thankful for all of the blessings that have been bestowed upon you. You never know when you may no longer have the opportunity, and regret is not worth it.
Brothers of Putnam #46, our SW Ken Richards is asking for your feedback. When planning his calendar next year he is looking for suggestions from the brethren on possible future program subject matter for the communications next year. If you have an idea for a presentation that would add value to the lodge, or a concern that you feel could be successfully addressed to the membership as a whole (such as the presentation on safety put on by the CT State Police last year) please email him your thoughts and suggestions directly. Thank you in advance for making next year interesting and educational Brother SW Ken!
Brothers, WB Eubanks is also asking for your help. In the anteroom of the lodge there will be a box for NONPERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS and TOILETRIES at the annual stated communication on December 5th. All donations will go directly to the Eastford Food Bank. Please consider bringing one or two items before enjoying the Annual Communication and Fumigation that day. Thank you in advance for helping support those in need, and thank to WB Rob for heading up this worthwhile cause.
“Bring an item or two for the Eastford Food Bank to the annual on December 5th.”- WM Peter Rinaudo. This week and next my brothers, we are out of theoretical realm of thought and onto ACTION; I am counting on you to make a difference for someone in this community by donating to this cause. Thank you.
Upcoming dates at Putnam #46:
November 29th: 11am, Lodge Audit; and 12pm Rehearsal for annual meeting
Dec 5th: Lodge Annual, 10am
May the God of Peace delight to Dwell with and Bless you.