Greetings My Brothers!
I would like to start by congratulating our officers on a truly wonderful Fellowcraft Degree last month. The hard work and preparation of everyone involved was clear from the great degree work. Brother Scott Miller deserves singling out for his exemplary performance of the Middle Chamber Lecture. Anyone who has taken on that lecture knows the necessary level of effort and dedication involved, and Scott should be proud!
The Metro District charity Penguin Plunge, had been rescheduled to January 21st from January 1st due to extreme cold temperatures. The Grand Architect righted a wrong and granted plungers some extraordinary January beach weather on the rescheduled date, with air temperatures in the mid-40’s. Thanks to the hard work of brothers within and without the district, over $16,000 was raised for Rhode Island Special Olympics! The event was very well attended and provided the chance to share fellowship with so many members of our Masonic family in Rhode Island!
The members from Gaspee Chapter of DeMolay will be present at the February communication to provide us with a rare treat in Rhode Island. Gaspee will open a Chapter meeting within our recessed Lodge meeting, and perform the Ceremony of Light. The boys are excited to put their work on display and show all of you what a DeMolay meeting is all about. As Chairman of Gaspee, and a supporter of RI DeMolay, I urge you to come out and enjoy a great night of brotherhood!
The Wilkens Scholarship applications for 2018 are available and being circulated. The scholarship is open to the children and grandchildren of St Johns Lodge 1P members in good standing, as well as members of Rainbow/DeMolay. If you need an application, please see me at the February communication or drop an email to the Secretary.
As always, with love and fraternity,
Edward D. Bertrand