Weekly Master's Message

Greetings Brethren,

I hope you are well. This past Saturday, members and families of Putnam #46 were able to gather at a local lake to celebrate WB Ted Rupar’s birthday; there was boating, jet-skiing, great food, and a great time was had by all. I’m sure it softened the blow of turning a year older.

Thursday, August 27th, we will be meeting in the evening at the lodge to set up for the annual family picnic and hopefully have some left over helping hands to help prep for the Woodstock Fair parking event the following week. If you can make it to help out, your brothers will appreciate it.

Saturday August 29th is our annual family picnic at 5pm. Please bring a beverage of your own choosing, as well as either an appetizer or dessert to share, along with one great joke to tell everyone. If the Grand Architect wills it we will have great weather, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, music, and hopefully a few other surprises along with your fabulous contributions. At 7pm, we will retire to an open lodge to witness a presentation of the Ceremony of Light by Brother Gary Watson’s Benjamin Franklin Demolay Group from Grafton, MA. The last summer communication will begin after the presentation at 7:30pm. Please remember to dress comfortably in shorts and a golf shirt for the entire evening; I look forward to seeing all of the familiar faces, and possibly some ones I haven’t seen in a while.

Additional finishing touches for the set up for the Woodstock Fair will be on the evening of Wednesday September 3rd, with the fair parking taking place on the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th. The signup sheet for all of the shifts has been placed in the lodge anti-room; please consider helping us with one or more shifts; the more help we can get the better for what is historically the biggest fund raiser for the lodge.

Thank you to RW Brother David Nadreau for providing an update on Putnam #46’s brother, RW Ian Scott. Last week Brother Ian underwent a quadruple bypass, and has returned back to the Woodstock area and is recovering at the Matulaitis nursing home in Putnam. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind you reaching out and offering your support and well wishes.

“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk more.”- Erica Jong. Whoever says on their deathbed, “I wish I had spent more time at the office?” Today, just for a while, just consider risking something to have the life you want.

Upcoming Dates at Putnam #46:

Thursday August 27th- 6:30pm, Family Picnic Set up
Saturday August 29th- 5pm Family Picnic, 7pm Demolay Presentation, 7:30pm Communication
Wednesday September 3rd- Fair Parking Set up, 6:30pm
Thursday September 4th- Monday 7th- Fair Parking
Thursday September 17th- EA Rehearsal, 7pm
Thursday September 24th- EA Rehearsal, 7pm
Saturday September 26th- 10am Quarterly Communication, EA Degree

May the God of Peace delight to dwell with and bless you.
WM Peter

Welcome to Putnam Lodge #46

A Simple Country Lodge with Over 200 Years of Tradition and Pride!

As you may have guessed, we are a "Moon Lodge," that is, we meet Saturdays on or before the full moon.  Occasionally we will have 2 meetings during a calendar month and other times we may not Building09.jpgmeet at all during a particular month.   Doesn't it seem that it would be easy to forget when Lodge is?  Well, actually it is not!  All you have to do is look to the East and find the silhouette of the moon, it will tell you when it is time for Lodge.

Why a Moon Lodge you might ask?  Tradition!  It is said, and I choose to believe, that when our Brothers first set this schedule it was for purely practical reasons.  As I stated earlier, we are nothing but a simple country Lodge,  and as some might wrongly think, we did not yet have electricity in 1801 when our Lodge was founded.... What better way to light your path while traveling over hill and dale in Woodstock, Pomfret, Eastford, and dare I say, parts of Putnam than the glorious moonglow of our celestial dancing partner?  We have indeed taken a liking to our ever vigilant beacon of light during these 200 years or so.  Of course, to meet on Saturdays is the icing on the cake!  We have no worries of getting home late and damming work the next day for want of sleep, and yet I can not deny a blurry eye come Sunday morning's invocation.

In our Bed & Breakfast communities, a Brother can come from near and far without the least worries as to lodging and relaxation.  Many Brothers do come by, especially for our renowned Annual Communication; making a family getaway of it and staying in a local Bed & Breakfast, which may have as much history as our little Lodge, and then on to Antique shopping or taking in the pleasure of New England's wintery beauty. Thank you for stoping by our little digital home, feel free to browse around and if you see something that piques your interest drop us a note. We'd love to hear from you!

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