I hope this message finds you well.
Yesterday, Putnam Lodge #46 enjoyed a fine Quarterly meeting and FC degree on a relatively sunny day; my thanks and congratulations go out to the officer team for their performance. The lodge was very impressed at the EA proficiency executed by our newest FC, Devon Letendre; it was about as close to perfect as you can get. The longer form MC and the FC charge were given by guests; thank you to WB Brian Keith and RW Bob Raymond from Moosup Lodge, you made the day all the more enjoyable. Thank you as well to our Ladies for the delicious meal of Shepherd’s Pie: Maria, Deb, Karen, Angela, Angela, and Connie everything was wonderful.
This week, you have several opportunities to travel and spend time with the officer team. Monday we will be traveling to Quinebaug Lodge in Southbridge, MA at 6pm for dinner with the meeting to follow at 7:30pm. The evening’s program will be a presentation by the Rainbow Girls as well as the District Deputy Grand Master’s Fraternal Visitation. Tuesday is the regular communication of Moosup Lodge, and this Saturday the 7th is the memorial service for Ethel Platt, wife of WB James Platt, at the Abington Congregational Church in Pomfret Center, CT at 11am. I hope you will consider attending any or all of these dates with me.
Brothers, would you rather captain a ship in calm seas, or stormy waters? Pilot a plane through the storm or through clear skies? Perhaps when in the middle of a journey, masonic or otherwise, it may seem that the easier path is the better path. But wouldn’t you feel more satisfaction regarding your ability to suffer the losses of outrageous fortune, and smile when you have overcome difficult obstacles than know you chose the easy way? It is the way we handle the circumstances out of our control that make us grin at the men we were, and that we will look back on in our later years with the confidence that we did our best. This week, consider taking the hard path; more often than not this is the one that will end in pride, not regret.
Thank you to RW Ken, and WB’s Rob and Chris for their efforts in replacing the lodge filtration system and fixing the sink in one of the restrooms. As referenced in my message last week, the Temple Corp is looking at a list of projects for lodge improvement and renovation including the entry room and dining room floors, lodge room ceiling, lighting, and walls, as well as the lodge carpet. If you may not be able to lend your hands, please consider making a donation that will assist us in completing these projects. You may contact me directly to discuss a specific project, or perhaps a donation in the memory or honor of a brother.
Please remember to send your nominations for Putnam #46’s Masonic Day of Caring here. Submissions must be made by April 3rd. Any worthy distressed brother, widow, or orphan of Putnam #46 can be considered.
Mar 2nd - Visit to Quinebaug Lodge Southbridge, MA, 6pm
Mar 3rd - Visit to Moosup Lodge, 7:30pm
Mar 7th - Memorial Service for Ethel Platt, 11am Abington Congregational Church, Pomfret Center, CT
Mar 26th and Apr 2nd - MM rehearsal
April 4th - MM Degree *will start early*, 5:30pm
April 11th - Spring BBQ
April 13th - Grand Lodge Session
May the God of Peace delight to dwell with and bless you.