I hope this message finds you and your families doing well.
This past Thursday the Lodge Officers held the first of two rehearsals for this coming Saturday’s Master Mason Degree. I can report that we haven’t peaked yet and this coming Thursday’s rehearsal should be an improvement over last week’s. Please join us Saturday for the Degree. The Lodge will be opening early – 17:30 to confer the Degree. This meeting is also our Annual Inspection and reception of the District Deputy. Dinner will served at the intermission – The JW has informed me that chili will be on the menu.
Yesterday the jurisdiction gathered in Wallingford for the Semi-Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge. Thank you to RW John, SW Peter, JW Ken, SS Mike and our Chaplin, RW Ken for joining me. It was a very long day and an additional thanks to Ken M. for hanging in all day (I was his ride) and keeping me company. It was 12 hours round trip start to finish.
I’d like to offer my commentary on what transpired yesterday and these are my opinions alone and may or may not reflect the opinions of my subordinate Officers or the Lodge in general.
The situation surrounding RW Tom Maxwell was to put to bed with the Trial Commission’s report being overwhelmingly accepted. I read and listened to the report. I heard the various opinions voiced around me and commentary by others. My personal opinion hasn’t been swayed. Without violating the sanctity of the ballot, if what was described in the report happened to my wife, mother, sister or daughter I wouldn’t have settled for the GL Official response to the charges. We as Masons should be held to higher standard.
Additionally for those of you who may not have yet heard there was a well-organized faction of Brothers who orchestrated for lack of a better term a Coup D’état. All but two of the sitting elected Grand Lodge Officers (JW and Secretary) were voted out of Office. The newly elected GM and DGM are two Past Grand Masters, MW Yohe and MW Smith respectively, the SW elect is RW Ted Nelson and the JW elect is RW Marshall Robinson. For an organization that prohibits politicking you wouldn’t have known it yesterday. Many Brothers around us were being overheard voicing their voting intentions as if they were handed a play card that they had to follow. I personally and as Master of this Lodge take offense at what happened. I also feel terrible that Brothers such as Don Dean, Mike Dodge, and Brad Cooney who have worked so hard and for so many years with noble intentions were cast aside for what I can only assume is some misguided referendum on certain GL policies. I want to thank those Brothers who served this GL with honor and distinction. I don’t believe they deserved what happened to them yesterday.
This Jurisdiction is experiencing various difficulties including but not limited to declining membership and now significant infighting. I started this year by issuing the edict that Putnam 46 was a drama free zone. It is unfortunate that others haven’t seen the same path. I love this Fraternity, its Brothers, and what we stand for as Freemasons. I am proud to say I am a member of Putnam 46 and a Freemason. The aforementioned being said I don’t think that what happened yesterday demonstrates the best of this Fraternity and I believe we have taken a step back rather than the step(s) forward we needed to take. I hope there can be reconciliation in the immediate future.
I want to be clear – the opinions expressed in this message are my own and I have not shared this communication with anyone in advance of its authoring.
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November 1 – Stated Communication – MM Degree and Inspection 1730
November 30 – Lodge audit and rehearsal for Annual – 1400 hrs
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May the God of peace delight to dwell with and bless you.