A word from our Worshipful Master…

 Greetings From the East! 

I hope that you are enjoying the relatively mild winter ( by New England standards). I fear that the wages for this weather will come due before summer arrives. Speaking of dues, if you have not already sent in your 2019 dues PLEASE do so soon. If you need assistance, contact me or the secretary at the above email or phone numbers. 

We started a bit slow this year with skipping our first meeting date on January 1st, but we moved into high gear quickly. In January we kicked off with an excellent lodge of instruction courtesy of WB Kris Dorsett and RWB Craig Pedro. February 5th brought a highly anticipated historical perspective of George Washington the Mason, by WB Fred Driscoll. Be on the lookout for the sequel where we explore the valuable role that Lafayette played as a mason and as a patriot. Our second February meeting was an OUSTANDING EA degree for 2 candidates ( now brothers). Please welcome our youngest EA’s Brother Mike Reynolds and Brother Nick Dyson. BUT WAIT! It gets better…. On March 19th, we will have the privilege of watching the National Sojourners Chapter conduct a second EA degree for 2 additional candidates for Coastal Lodge. Mark you calendars! This will be special and just the beginning. With guidance from our Lodge Mentor and plenty of help of the Brethren, I am confident we will be able to combine this into a class of four taking their Fellowcraft on Aril 19th. Now that IS EXCITING! 

I ask you again to use this trestleboard to schedule your time and find where you can participate in your Lodge. On March 5th I will again be revisiting my Steward days and cooking corned beef and cabbage. We ran out last year, I promise it will be just as good this year! Our Senior Deacon will also be cooking Shepheard’s Pie for those whose roots are from across the Irish Sea. Our presentation on March 5th will be by the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center on the programs they provide and an update on where so much of our Lodges’ charitable assistance is focused. WB Jim Chianese will also be providing a program on Masonic symbolism and how it may align with the ancient art of Tarot symbols. 

March and April are very busy months with meetings, events and visitations. There are a couple of events I would like to particularly call your attention to: 

 

March 22nd, our Junior Warden is setting up a fun rummy night with card games and refreshments. This is one of several initiatives to just come out and enjoy each others company. 

•April 5th we will be honoring our most recent past master with a dinner at Go Fish. Time is planned for 6:30. Please try to come out and honor WB Fred for a work well done! 
•April 6th The 8th District lodges are sponsoring an effort to package meals as part the End Hunger Program. We need to support this important effort. They are working in three 2 hr shifts, 9-11. 11-1 and 1-3. Let me know if you can help! Location is still being worked.  •April 8th is Grand Lodge in Cromwell. I am going up on April 7th and have a spare bed in the hotel room, if anyone would like to make merry on the night before. First come, first serve. 

We are still planning on an outdoor MM degree in June. I will have committee assignments and requests out in the next week,

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 

2019 Stated Communications 

Mar 5– Corned Beef & Cabbage (WM is cooking) Dinner 6:30, Business, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Presentation 7:30, Dark Suit 

Mar 19 – Dinner 6:30, EA Degree by Sojourners. 7:30. Dark Suit 

Apr 2 – Dinner 6:30, Business, Presentation 7:30, Dark Suit 

Apr 16 – Dinner 6:00, FC Degree 7:00, NOTE the earlier time. Officers Tuxedo, Others Dark Suit 

2019 Other Meetings Mar 12 – FC Practice 6:00, Mar 26 – FC Practice 6:00, Temple Corp 7:00 Apr 9 – FC Full Practice 6:30 Apr 23 – Line Officers Planning 6:30 Temple Corp 7:00 TBD Masonic Memorial Service for our recently departed Brothers 

2019 Upcoming Events & Visitations 

Mar 3 – St. Patty Parade, Norwich. Somerset/St. James 34 

Mar 8 – Visit Cornerstone Lodge, Thompson, CT 

Mar 12– WM Visiting Sleeping Giant DeMolay 

Mar 22 – Rummy Night. 7pm @ the lodge. Come play and enjoy some fellowship and great snacks! 

Mar 29– Masonic Night, Hartford Hockey, XL Center 

Mar 30– 7th Dist Table Lodge VFW, East Hampton 

Apr 5– Outgoing Masters Dinner- Go Fish Mystic 

Apr 6– 8th District End Hunger Meal PKG Assembly-HELP! 

Apr 8 – Grand Lodge – Cromwell, CT 

Apr 29– Blue Lodge Council – Oxoboxo 116 Montville, Chili Cook-off 6:30 

2019 Long Range Planning

May – Past Masters, Awards, & Ladies Celebration. Mystic Memorial Day Parade Purity 15

June – 6/21 St. Johns Parade in Colchester 6/8 MM Degree outdoors

July – 7/4 July 4th Parade, 7/11-14 North Stonington Fair Masonic Booth 7/21 230th Birthday Masons in CT 7/27 Pig Roast, Stonington

Aug – 8-10/11 Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, 8/20 Hawaiian Shirt Night

Sep/Oct – Trip to Washington DC?