Now that we are halfway through December (as of my writing this), I’m actually starting to feel like the Master of this fine lodge! I never understood why we filled our November and December with so many events, but after going through it as Master, I think those that came before us knew that the best way for a new Master to get comfortable in his new role is to really put him to work right away.
During our very busy November, we also had to purchase gifts for our Adopt-a-Family, plan the Children’s Christmas Party and prepare a program for my first meeting (and not just ANY meeting but the Wetting of the Hat!). No time to relax after the meeting, as the next morning we wake up and throw a Christmas party for the Lodge’s children!
I hope everyone who came out enjoyed the Wetting of the Hat (or maybe I should call it the Wetting of the Wig) and an extra-special thank you to the Rainbow Girls of Warwick Assembly No. 15 who put on a great Fun Degree, I will cherish my dues card forever! I’m also happy to report that the Children’s Christmas Party was a great success, with
musical entertainment from ‘Rock-a-Baby’ who had all of the kids (and some adults) singing and dancing! Also, an extra special thank you to Br. Santa Claus for stopping by and giving gifts to the kids and staying for pictures; I know it’s a busy time of year for you Santa, but we really appreciate it.
I’d also like to give a HUGE thank my wonderful wife Alyssia for all her help these past two months, I really could NOT have done any of it without her and I know our Stewards are already lamenting that she won’t be around to help with the January meeting. It’s all right guys, you’ve got this!
Speaking of our January Meeting, I cannot wait! As many of you know, it is a tradition at our January meeting that our Past Master’s confer the Entered Apprentice Degree on our newest candidates. It’s great to see these gentlemen in action so it’s not a meeting you want to miss (also, if you are a Past Master and are interested in taking part in the degree please contact W. Br. Jack Birchell, PM who is organizing the night for us once again – thank you, Jack!).
Our officer line isn’t getting off scot-free though, as we will also be giving our newest EAs their lectures that night, so come on down for a great night of ritual at MM8!
Lastly, I wanted to let everyone know that due to holidays, I have asked for dispensation to change our meeting date from 1/10/20 to 1/17/20 to allow for more rehearsals. I am also calling a special meeting on 1/14/20 at 6:00 pm for the purpose of balloting on some additional candidates. All are welcome to attend the special, join us afterward for rehearsal, and then refreshments after that. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well, and I hope to see everyone on the 14th and then again on the 17th of January.
Br. Matthew D. Cerullo