Once again, I wish you all a very warm fraternal greeting from the East and hope that you had a great week and an even better week ahead.
This past week a number of brothers had the chance to meet on Thursday evening and discuss some coming events and the Stated Communication for Saturday. On Saturday we had our July Ice Cream Social and Stated Communication. I think everyone enjoyed the ice cream and all the fixings before a trip upstairs to a very warm lodge room. We heard the reading of one petition for membership and two petitions for affiliation. I would like to thank the brothers who volunteered to be part of the investigation committees for this new friend and for the affiliation of two brothers. Additionally, but no less importantly, we successfully balloted for membership on another petition so it now looks like we can bring two new brothers into the fraternity at our September quarterly.
A special thanks this week to JW Mike Gibeault for all his work in making sure the Ice Cream Social was a success and for the spread he arranged for after our meeting.
“You cannot see brotherhood; neither can you hear it nor taste it. But you can feel it a hundred times a day. It is the pat on the back when things look gloomy. It is the smile of encouragement when the way seems hard. It is the helping hand when the burden becomes unbearable.” – Peter E. Terzick
News of note:
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.
August 13 is our next Stated Communication and Family Picnic. The picnic starts at 5:00 and our meeting will follow at 7:30. Again dress accordingly in polos and shorts or slacks. Stay tuned for more details, but I will mention that a salad (tossed, potato, macaroni etc.) and or a desert would be most appreciated. Please let our JW Mike Gibeault know what you will be bringing. We also need a few volunteers to help with the set-up, clean up, cooking etc. Please let me know if you can help in any way. As with our July Stated, we will be balloting on a candidate and your vote is important.
Planning has begun for the Woodstock Fair weekend and I would like to thank all the brothers who have already signed up for parking duty. The signup sheets are on the table in the lodge ante room and I look forward to seeing the sheets filled up. We also need captains for each day, so please sign up to be a captain if you can. The plan is to also sell pulled pork sandwiches on Saturday and Sunday if we still have enough pork. WB Ted has already signed up for one day and we need one brother for the next. Setup will commence on Wednesday evening and finish on Thursday prior to our EA rehearsal.
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:
- August 13th – 5:00 PM Stated communication and family picnic. Polos and shorts or slacks
- September 1st – EA degree rehearsal – Mike G in the East
- September 2-5 – Woodstock Fair Parking and Pulled Pork Sandwich Sale
- September 8th – EA degree rehearsal – Mike G in the East
- September 10th – Quarterly Stated Communication will be an EA degree and annual inspection.
- October 6th – FC degree rehearsal – Chris M in the East
- October 13th – FC degree rehearsal – Chris M in the East
- October 15th – Stated Communication and FC degree
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,