While the day is chilly, I bring a very warm fraternal greeting from the East and a happy May.
These past two weeks have been nothing short of non-stop busy and very rewarding on many fronts. Last week Putnam #46 prepared for the Spring District Blue Lodge Council meeting and our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast. Two very labor intensive events within 36 hours of each other.
Friday night the brothers of Putnam #46 (28 in all) welcomed brothers and ladies from Districts 9A and 9B for dinner and a Blue Lodge Council meeting. The dinner was pulled pork and smoked turkey accompanied by baked beans, salads and corn bread and was finished off with desert of strawberry shortcake. The dinner was deftly handled by JW Mike Gibeault and his crew of stewards, Jeff Roy and Tim Loomis, with assistance From D J Watkins, Peter Rinaudo, Russ Mayhew, Bob Sweet, Russ Davis, ladies Gibeault and Mayhew and numerous other brothers. Close to 70 diners enjoyed the dinner and declared it a gastronomical success. After dinner the BLC meeting took off in earnest. Outgoing president WB Chris Mayhew called the meeting to order, welcomed everyone and proceeded with the business of the evening. With the business over, the District Deputies presented Mason of the Year awards for each district. Again, congratulations to these new Masons of the Year. Three highlights of the evening then ensued. First we were treated to an excellent presentation titled “Masonry thru the eyes of a twelve year old” delivered expertly and very maturely by twelve year old Miss Marissa Mayhew. Her insights and anecdotes were not only well presented and pointed, but struck a chord with most of the masons present. Next, MWGM Gail N Smith presented a stunned WB Chris Mayhew with a Pierpont Edwards award in bronze. I know of no other mason more deserving of this award than WB Chris. He is tireless in his support of Masonry and Putnam #46 and I am proud to call him brother. The third highlight was capturing not only the traveling gavel but the trowel as well. Thanks to all the Putnam #46 brothers who came out to support Marissa and Chris on this evening of friendship and brotherly love and masonic memories.
On Sunday, Putnam #46 held its annual Mother’s Day Breakfast, once again captained by Brother Derek Jette. Many hands make light work and this event was no exception. Derek spent countless hours between shopping and getting the lodge and food prepared for the event. With help from Brothers Gibeault, Watkins, Mayhew (Russ and Chris), Carabeau, Sweet, Cunningham, Shead, Richards and Lady Mayhew around 70 hungry folks enjoyed a hearty breakfast. I am once again pleased to report only favorable comments and lots of see you again next year.
In my opinion you can never say thanks enough to the folks who extend a helping hand and do so time and time again. So to all those previously mentioned and to anyone I am embarrassed to say I might have missed, thank you for all you do. Thanks for your help, thanks for your support and thanks for the willingness to do it time and time again.
“We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.“ Albert Schweitzer
• May 21st is our second annual day of caring. I have made numerous requests for nominations for our support, but have not received any names. Please put on your thinking caps and see if there isn't someone you know of in our Masonic family that could use a little help. Last year we painted, rototilled some garden beds, did yard work and completed some minor construction projects. I would hate to see this very worthwhile effort go without support, it's too important an event for us to discontinue.
The brother secretary continues to report favorably on his receipt of your 2016 dues. If you haven't already had the chance 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.
Brothers, please note there will not be a tag sale this year. Please do not leave tag sale items at the lodge. Thanks in advance for your consideration.
As of now, I have no plans on traveling this week. After two solid weeks of lodge activities I feel a little down time is in order. This might change, but for now all is quiet at Putnam #46.
Please come down this Thursday evening and enjoy a BLT and some brotherly love; a good time for all of us to decompress after the past two weeks. I hope you can join us.
Please keep the upcoming dates in mind:
• May 14th Stated Communication I hope to have a program for this evening
• May 21st our second annual Masonic Day of Caring
• May 28th BMW event at Camp Nahaco - volunteers needed
• 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,