December 2019 Master’s Message

Brethren,

Happy New (Masonic) Year! First and foremost I’d like to thank everyone who came out to our Semi-Public Installation of Officers on November 1st; it was a very special day for me and my family so Thank You! I hope we can all keep our momentum going and have a great showing at our next meeting on December 6th for the “Wetting of the Hat” where families are welcome to join us. For our program, we will be joined by the Rainbow Girls of Warwick Assembly No. 15 who will be putting on their Fun Degree for us. If you’ve never seen this degree it’s one you

WON’T want to miss; and don’t forget it’s the “Wetting of the Hat”, so the entire night is on the Master!

It’s been a busy month for our new Officer Line. On 11/6/19 we started the morning with our annual Blood Drive resulting in 7 donations saving 21 lives! This is a tough time of year for the RI Blood Center and every little bit counts. Thanks to all who came out even if you were unable to give, your attempt alone helps contribute to a successful drive. An extra special thank you to Br. Andrew Akers, and his daughter Hyacinth, for all their help with breakfast and the event overall, I could not have done it without you! Later that evening we traveled to Friendship Lodge for RWDDGM Rick Baccus’ visitation, which was ANOTHER full house and well attended by MM8 Brothers. It’s great to see the craft so active and I invite all MM8 Brother’s to travel with us in the near future (an Officer can even pick you up on the way if you’d like, just reach out to our Jr. Warden, W. Br. Rowan Gottschalk who will arrange it for you).

We weren’t done yet though! Two days later on Veteran’s Day, a contingent of MM8 brethren headed to Mt. Vernon Lodge for their annual breakfast and then to the Veteran’s Cemetery for the Grand Lodge wreath-laying ceremony put on by our own RW Br. Robert Ellston, SGW, who did an excellent job honoring our Veterans. Then it was off to lunch and the Annual Meeting of Overseas Lodge in their new home at the Scottish Rite Temple for a bit of out of district travel, which is always a good time. The following weekend kicked off Friday Night with the MWGM Kenneth Poyton’s visitation to Manchester Lodge. I always try to make it out to Manchester in Coventry when I’m able, they are one of our fellow “moon lodges” and our meetings often conflict, so it’s a rare treat to get out there and I was thrilled to find another full lodge and enjoyed some great fellowship for a great start to the weekend.

The next afternoon we were off to the Semi-Annual Grand Lodge meeting for the election of Grand Lodge officers. Congratulations to Mt. Moriah’s own RW Robert Ellston for his election to Deputy Grand Master as well as RW Ronald Reed on his re-election to Grand Secretary, an extra special congratulations to our newly affiliated member

W. Stephan Saraidarian on his appointment to the Grand Line as the new DDGM for the Southern District starting this May! The day ended with a great night at the Fall Festival held at the Quidnessett Country Club, where RW Br. Robert Palazzo, JGW put on a great event, they even had a photo booth courtesy of Harmony Lodge! I’m happy to say I made some new friends as well as reconnected with brethren from around our grand jurisdiction I hadn’t seen in some time, I look forward to it every year.

Phew! I’ll say it’s been a great first few weeks as the new WM of MM8, but I couldn’t do it without all of your help and support. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, and I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.

Fraternally,

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