Weekly Master's Message

Greetings Brethren,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying some nice summer weather.

This past Friday several members of Putnam #46 and I had the pleasure of attending a day at the Greater Hartford Open and seeing some professionals hit the golf ball for a change. A great time was had by all and I left with a better respect for what it means to be a “good golfer.”

Saturday morning was our Quarterly Communication which recapped some of the successes the lodge has had over the past few months, and laid out some of the events ahead of us for the summer and beyond. The day was fortunately temperate, and all of the brothers were appreciative of the meal provided by the officer’s ladies; thank you to Maria, Deb, Karen, Connie, Angela, and everyone else that provided a great collation for the brothers.

Later in the day, RW Ken Marvin and I, along with DD Ed Page were able to travel to Friendship Lodge in Chepachet, RI to witness a step up communication led by SW Eric Grist as well as the well-deserved 25 year pin presentation to RW Bob Sweet. I appreciated the warm welcome there and I on behalf of the lodge I congratulated RW Sweet on his many years of service and support of Putnam #46, long before I began my journey there. After the communication, we enjoyed their annual steak fry and this master left very, very full. If you have a chance, do not miss it next year; it is well worth the traveling.

Please keep WB Barry Shead and RW Bob Sweet in your thoughts these upcoming weeks as they have some medical events scheduled. I have let them both know that Putnam #46 stands ready to do anything for them that they may require. Please mark your calendars for July 4th, at 5pm. The lodge will be meeting informally at the Eastford Cemetery on Rt. 198 in Eastford; to honor the memory of WB Dean Bunnell who passed on to the Grand Architect’s company one year ago on that date. There will be a toast of his favorite beverage and lots of memories to share as we reflect on his impact, generosity of spirit, and warm heartedness imprinted on each of our minds and hearts. Following the celebration of life, all are invited back to 23 Lake Road on Crystal Pond to continue with cigars, more of Deans’ special beverage, and fireworks. Please contact WB Chris Mayhew for any further details. 

Please also mark your calendars for two other dates, July 9th and July 18th. On the 9th, the lodge will be meeting informally on the Thursday evening to clean out the basement of the lodge in preparation for the tag sale; lots of work needs to be done and we need your help. Also, the 18th is the tag sale; many hands will be needed to clear out the generously donated items.

“You are the sum total of everything it has taken to produce you since before the beginning of beginning less time.”- Buddhist Saying. Today, honor such a magnificent being, you!

July 4th- Celebration of Life for WB Dean Bunnell, 5pm; Eastford Cemetery Rt. 198
July 9th- Basement cleanup, preparation for lodge Tag Sale 7pm
July 18th- Lodge Tag Sale

May the God of Peace delight to dwell with and bless you.
WM Peter

Welcome to Putnam Lodge #46

A Simple Country Lodge with Over 200 Years of Tradition and Pride!

As you may have guessed, we are a "Moon Lodge," that is, we meet Saturdays on or before the full moon.  Occasionally we will have 2 meetings during a calendar month and other times we may not Building09.jpgmeet at all during a particular month.   Doesn't it seem that it would be easy to forget when Lodge is?  Well, actually it is not!  All you have to do is look to the East and find the silhouette of the moon, it will tell you when it is time for Lodge.

Why a Moon Lodge you might ask?  Tradition!  It is said, and I choose to believe, that when our Brothers first set this schedule it was for purely practical reasons.  As I stated earlier, we are nothing but a simple country Lodge,  and as some might wrongly think, we did not yet have electricity in 1801 when our Lodge was founded.... What better way to light your path while traveling over hill and dale in Woodstock, Pomfret, Eastford, and dare I say, parts of Putnam than the glorious moonglow of our celestial dancing partner?  We have indeed taken a liking to our ever vigilant beacon of light during these 200 years or so.  Of course, to meet on Saturdays is the icing on the cake!  We have no worries of getting home late and damming work the next day for want of sleep, and yet I can not deny a blurry eye come Sunday morning's invocation.

In our Bed & Breakfast communities, a Brother can come from near and far without the least worries as to lodging and relaxation.  Many Brothers do come by, especially for our renowned Annual Communication; making a family getaway of it and staying in a local Bed & Breakfast, which may have as much history as our little Lodge, and then on to Antique shopping or taking in the pleasure of New England's wintery beauty. Thank you for stoping by our little digital home, feel free to browse around and if you see something that piques your interest drop us a note. We'd love to hear from you!

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