A word from our Worshipful Master…

 My Brothers, I am honored to have been elected as theWorshipful Master of  Coastal Lodge. As I noted during my installation, I am the first Past Master of one of the constituent Lodges that agreed to merge to form Coastal 57 ( I served as WM for Asylum 57 in ‘98 and ’99) to ascend to the Oriental Chair.

I hope to put out new designs on my Trestleboard every couple of months.  I am keeping this to 2 pages , and the second page will always be a schedule of events. I hope you will print it and keep it handy so you might consider attending someofour meetings or events.

Our first meeting for 2019 will be January 15th( our only meeting in January), and we will dispose of any business in the Secretary’s desk and move to a Lodge of Instruction. In addition to honing our skills as Masons and insuring we all start the year in the same page, this is an excellent chance for any of you who have not been in lodge for while or may have taken you degrees and then got busy to return. If you are reluctant to come to lodge because you think you are rusty, ( I KNOW… IT TOOK ME 17 YEARS)  January 15this for you. We will be talking through basic ritual as well as some degree work,  pizza will be served at 6:30. I look forward to meeting some of the brothers I don’t know.

I have 3 themes for my year which I have dubbed “Back to the Future”:  

•Full degree work performed at or above the levels set by my predecessors; 

•Interesting programs, both Masonic and of general interest to our members;

•Have Fun.

My Wardens and I are looking at several other ideas to particularly attract your attention.  I encourage you to let me know if  YOU have an idea that would interest you or the craft.  Possibilities include a lodge sponsored trip out of state, a Table Lodge, and a couple of outings simply to enjoy each others fellowship.  I am sending this trestleboard out via email, and will follow up via US mail.

Dues notices will be going out soon, please take a moment to send in your 2019 dues. If you are in distress and need help, please let the Secretary know as soon as possible.

If you know of any brother who is not doing well, PLEASE contact WB Ken Bickford, (860) 535-3787, kbickford01@snet.net, our Almoner, so we can assist where possible.

It is that time of the year, where I hope each and every one of you can find some time to be with family and friends and takestock of what life has to offer you. It is also a time of giving, so whatever you are doing and wherever you are, please keep in mind that there are always those a bit less fortunate. Help if you are able and be thankful for the things you have and the people who surround you.

Finally, on behalf  of the Wardens, Officers, I wish you all a safe and joyous holiday  and peace, prosperity, in 2019 regardless of what faith you follow or beliefs you have, and I can’t wait to see what we can do together next year.,                        Ken


January/February Trestleboard

2019 Stated Communications

Jan 1 –NO meeting. New Years Day

Jan 15 –Pizza 6:30,  Business, Lodge of Instruction 7:30, Casual Dress

Feb 5 –Dinner 6:30,  Business,  George Washington Presentation 7:30, Dark Suit

Feb 19 –Dinner 6:30,  EA Degree 7:30, Officers Tuxedo, Others Dark Suit

2019 Other Meetings

Jan 22 –EA Practice 6:00, Temple Corp 7:00

Jan 29 –Line Officers Planning

Feb 12 –EA Practice 6:30

Feb 26 –Line Officers Planning 6:30 Temple Corp 7:00

2019 Events & Visitations

TBD –Outgoing Masters Dinner

Jan 2 –Somerset/St. James 34 Installation

Jan 4 –Wooster 10 (Colchester)Installation

Jan 8 –Brainard 102 (Niantic) Installation

Jan 10 –Bayview 120 (Niantic) Installation

Jan 20–Rainbow 30 (Norwich) Installation

Feb 13–Moriah 15 (Brooklyn)

Feb 14 –Purity 150 (Mystic)


2019 Long Range Planning

Mar –Game Night, Out of District Visitation

April –Grand Lodge Apr 8; FC Degree

May –Past Masters, Awards, & Ladies Celebration

June –St. Johns Sunday Breakfast/Service, MM Degree (outdoors??)

July –Pig Roast, Stonington  4thParade, 230thBirthday Masons in CT    link

Aug –Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Hawaiian Shirt Night