I wish you all a very warm fraternal greeting from the East and hope that you have been enjoying this stretch of incredible weather. I find as I get older the heat really gets to me. I thought as you got older you were supposed to enjoy the heat. Perhaps it’s not really the heat, but my brain just shutting down and telling my body it’s too hot to do all the chores I have to do outside. I do, however, receive contradictory messages saying go fishing, go kayaking or go see how much dirt you can dig up at the golf course. At least in the winter you can put more clothes on to get warm, but what do you do in the summer to get cool? Just sayin!
This past week was a very slow time at Putnam #46. On Thursday a couple of the brothers got a round of golf in and on Sunday we celebrated St. John’s Sunday with RW Brian Baeder and the congregation of the Church of the Good Sheppard. Brother Brian and the members greeted us warmly and we were privileged to join in on a great Sunday Service. After the service we enjoyed a very fine lunch and got to share some stories with our new friends. It was unfortunate that more brothers were not able to join us in this opportunity to share some brotherly love.
News of note:
With deep sadness, I inform you that Ruth Lavigne of OES has departed this earth to join the Supreme Architect of the Universe. Rest in peace Ruth and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Just a continued reminder - we have a new section of lawn at the lodge and we have the area fenced off to keep cars out. There is plenty of parking behind the lodge and I would urge everyone to park there and not on the road in front of the lodge. We have had too many vehicular mishaps with cars parked along the road.
On July 2nd we will be having a Red, White and Blue all you can eat breakfast and WB Chris will be captaining this event. Please put this on your calendar and let Chris or I know if you are available to lend a hand. If you can’t help, come down and fill up on some great food. Tickets are only $7 per diner.
It’s never too early to plan for one of our biggest fund raisers, the Woodstock Fair/Labor Day Weekend parking for cars and motorcycles. In past years we have worked four hour shifts beginning on Friday morning and ending on Monday evening with the closing of the fair. Fair prep begins on Wednesday evening and typically finishes on Thursday evening. I would like to ask that we have a captain for each day and a captain for the selling and staffing of the pulled pork sandwiches. I will captain the entire event, but would love to have some daily assistance. Please let me know if you can work with me on this. We will have the usual sign-up sheets for shift work on the table in the front room starting with our July stated
“True brotherhood is when you walk into their house and your WiFi connects automatically.” – Author Unknown
My thanks to all who have paid their 2016 dues and are enjoying the benefits of their dues card. Our intent is to have all dues in house by the first of October, at which time we have to notify the Grand Lodge of all brothers who have not paid. Please let me know if there are circumstances that are keeping you from being current. You can readily pay using PayPal by clicking here. Please consider adding $5 to your PayPal payment as the lodge loses money as we have to pay for this service and convenience:
With many lodges going at refreshment for July and August, I plan on very limited travel until September. If anyone has some ideas for visits I will gladly look into joining the fun.
Anyone interested in golf this week or in the coming weeks, let me know.
Please keep the upcoming dates in mind:
- July 2nd – Red, White and Blue Breakfast fund raiser –details forthcoming
- July 16th – 7:30 Stated communication and ice cream social. Polos and shorts or slacks
- August 13th – Stated communication and family picnic. Polos and shorts or slacks
- September 2-5 Woodstock Fair Parking and Pulled Pork Sandwich Sale
- Please let me know of other events not currently on this list that you would like to add.
Brothers, remember to do good to all men, be ye all of one mind, live in peace and may the God of peace dwell with and bless you and yours.
In friendship and brotherly love,