I hope this message finds you well.
In the past few weeks, several brothers and I had the pleasure of attending the communications and elections at Moosup Lodge #113 and Moriah Lodge #15. Congratulations to WMs Maxim, Wolf, and Bruyere on your election(s) to the Oriental Chair in your respective lodges. Putnam Lodge #46 looks forward to working with each of you, to help promote brotherly love, relief, and truth in our district.
In this upcoming week Santa Claus will be coming to town a little early. Friendship Lodge in Chepachet, RI has persuaded him to make a special visit between 6pm-8pm on Thursday the 18th for pictures with all the young ones and the young at heart. Don't forget your wish lists!
Please also mark your calendars for two other dates. On January 17th, Putnam #46 will be having its annual all you can eat soup dinner from 5pm-7pm. The cost is $10 at the door, and the soups will include Cheeseburger Barley, Portuguese Kale, Creamy Tomato Basil, Chicken and Wild Rice, Tortellini / Hamburger / Vegetable, and Southwestern Tortilla. This year there will also be made to order grilled cheeses to go with the soup!
Putnam #46 will also be hosting its seven course Ladies at Table event on February 7th. Please stay tuned in upcoming messages for instructions on how to make a reservation, as this year’s theme will be "A Tour of Italy"; you won't want to miss it.
Brethren, how did it go last week? Did you find that individual that helped you this last year? Were you able to thank them? If you were, I'm sure it was rewarding for both of you; it was for me. If not, you still have time.
Our brief consideration and intention for this week came to mind when attending Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in Providence with my wife a few nights ago. I have long been a fan of Dickens; whether on the written page or acted out on stage. There is not a year that goes by where I do not re-read at least one or two of his classics, as there is always a shiny gem of altruism and wit to be uncovered for any stage of life that the reader is in. Seeing the play this time, I had forgotten, however, how much I liked the character of Old Fezziwig.
Fezziwig, Scrooges' old boss, provides the reader a stark contrast when considering Ebenezer Scrooge's attitudes towards business ethics, when the Ghost of Christmas Past helps Ebenezer revisit his youthful days as an apprentice. Scrooge is reminded how his own values have diverged greatly from someone he had once admired so much. Fezziwig personifies kindness, generosity, and affection for his employees at a time when the Industrial Revolution is about to tear the fabric of that society apart. Although written in 1843, this lesson of joviality and holiday cheer holds true even today.
This last week, how many times were you a Scrooge instead of a Fezziwig? This week, be a little more patient in holiday traffic and checkout lines. Instead of worrying about shopping lists and what the weather may be when having to travel, stop and realize how lucky you are to have this time. Show the ones you love that it’s not all about rushing here and there; take the time to tell a funny story from a holiday past and make someone laugh, share a cup of cheer, and for the adventurous - be nice to a complete stranger. I think more times than not it will cause them to pause and pay it forward. What better way to spend a moment?
Here are some upcoming opportunities to share brotherly love, relief, and truth at Putnam #46 in 2015. Please consider assisting and attending.
Jan 3rd - Stated Communication, 7:30pm, Dinner 6:15pm
Jan 17th- Soup Dinner, 5pm-7pm, $10 at the door
Jan 29th- Masonic District Blue Lodge Counsel, 7pm Dinner, 8pm Program
Jan 31st- Stated Communication, EA Degree, 7:30pm, 6:15 Dinner
Feb 7th- Ladies at Table
Do you know a brother, widow, or orphan of Putnam #46 that could use our help? If so, please nominate them for our "Masonic Day of Caring", coming up on May 3rd. ANY and ALL submissions will be considered by the brethren in the upcoming months through April 3rd; please send them here.
There are still some brothers who need to pay their dues by December 31st. Please do so by clicking on this link.
May the God of Peace delight to dwell with and bless you.