I hope this message finds you and your families doing well.
It’s hard to believe that the month of July is almost over. Time certainly does fly by. I have just returned from 2 weeks abroad visiting my in-laws in Helsinki. Thank you to my Wardens for covering for me with the weekly messages, I enjoyed reading them, as I know everyone else did as well. I also hope that you have had or will have some quality time off this summer to enjoy some down time or that long awaited trip to somewhere special.
I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Past Master’s Degree in honor of WB Dean E. Bunnell. From all counts it was extremely well conferred and attended. A special thank you to RW Mike for stepping up on short notice to confer the Obligation as well as the second half. I’d also like to welcome our newest Master Mason, Fred Nagle to the Putnam 46 Family.
The Lodge has been discussing changing the date of our annual Halloween Table Lodge from 25 Oct. to the preceding Saturday 18 Oct. after the Open House. That change is official. Additionally, with the recent passing of WB Dean Bunnell, the proceeds from this event will be donated to his son’s educational fund. If you’d like to make an individual donation please send it to “Silas Bunnell Educational Fund c/o The Savings Institute Bank and Trust c/o Barry Shead, PO Box 956, Norwich, Ct 06360”. Reservations and Tickets will be available shortly. Please put this event on your calendar and show your support for our Lodge and the Bunnell family.
RW Mike Dodge has secured 12 tickets for any upcoming CT Tigers game at Dodd Stadium for a Lodge outing. These tics are good for any available seats. Please take a look at this link and let me know your thoughts – maybe Tuesday or Wednesday?
Brother Fred Pierce would also like to invite the Brothers and their wives to a potluck BBQ at his house on Saturday 16 August. RSVP to Bro. Fred by clicking here. There is a flyer at the Lodge with more details.
This coming Thursday at 1830 members of the Lodge will be joining Brs. Peter and Harvey Baskin in a going away party at Grill 37 in Pomfret. For those of you who haven’t heard the Baskin family is headed to Houston TX in about a week. Please contact Mike Gibeault or me if you’d like to join us.
A week from Saturday, 9 August, is our Family Picnic and Stated Communication. The Lodge will supply hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and sausages. If you are planning on attending please bring a salad or dessert. I hope you can join us at 6pm for the cookout and 1930 for the Stated Communication.
Thank you WB Chris for getting the sign up sheet going for the Woodstock Fair Parking. This event is usually our single biggest fundraiser. It takes a lot of Brothers over the four days to park all the bikes and cars. Please consider volunteering to work 1 of the 4-hour shifts that are available.
The Lodge Glow Ball Tourney is fast approaching and those that have reserved a foursome the money is now due. Please send the fee to the Lodge ASAP or use the pay pal link at the bottom of this message and note that it is for the Glow Ball event. Cost is $75 per person and includes dinner. Contact me directly to make your reservation if you’d like to join us – only a couple of foursomes available.
So, now that we’re in the middle of the summer and a lull in the action – it has been a very busy year – I’d like to express my sincere thanks to the Lodge Brothers who have made the 1st half of the year such a success and look forward to a busy 2nd half.
In our future the following will be occurring: Family Picnic, Woodstock Fair Parking, Sept. 13 GL Luncheon @ Manchester Lodge, Glow Ball Golf Tourney, Lodge Open House/ Table Lodge, GL Semi annual/election of Officers, and of course Degree work at the September, October and November Stated Communications. I appreciate everyone’s continued help and support – let’s finish strong and with great momentum going in to the Annual Meeting.
If you are receiving this weekly message and would like to be added to the Lodge call-em-all list for event reminders, updates and notice of Special Communications please email me and I will add you to the list.
Here are some upcoming dates to keep in mind:
August 9 – Stated Communication, 1930 – Family Picnic 1800
August 10 – VJ Day Parade Moosup – Step off 1301 hrs
August 29- September 1 – Woodstock Fair Parking
Please save the date for the following events:
September 6 – Quarterly Communication 1000 – EA Degree
September 13 – GL Luncheon Fundraiser
September 27 – Glow Ball Tournament
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May the God of peace delight to dwell with and bless you.