I wish to thank the members for their confidence in electing me as the Worshipful Master of St. Johns Lodge #1P. I will work diligently every day for the betterment of this Lodge as I am truly humbled and honored for the opportunity.
I would like to extend my thanks to the Prologue team, M∴W∴ Past Grand Master, Dennis Pothier, R∴W∴ Assistant Grand Lecturer, Walter Kelly, and R∴W∴ Kenneth Phillip for their work in the beginning of the night. To the Installing team R∴W∴ DDGM, Gary Kaufman, W∴ Grand Master of Ceremonies, Mark Eddleston, R∴W∴ Associate Grand Chaplin, MeKawy Elmekawy and W∴ Assistant Grand Lecturer, Edward Kdonian, thank you for a truly remarkable and memorable installation. A special thanks to R∴W∴ Deputy Grand Master, Peter Iacobucci. It was unexpected for such an old friend to administer the obligation and I am truly grateful. I also would like to thank R∴W∴ Junior Grand Warden, Kenneth Poyton, R∴W∴ Senior Grand Warden, Glenn Carlson and the M∴W∴ Grand Master, Stephen McQuire for their attendance at this the 259th installation of St. John #1P Lodge. I know myself and the Officers were appreciative of all those in attendance.
Going forward we had our annual Steak and Turf Banquet at the East Greenwich Yacht Club with W∴ Anthony Marcello and his entourage providing over 110 of our brethren with such an excellent meal. Everything from the cheese and crackers to little necks, stuffed clams, shrimp, corn and of course, perfectly done steaks. Afterwards those who attended enjoyed cigars, liberation and great fellowship.
Our annual picnic will be held at the Masonic Youth Center in Buttonwoods on Sunday August 14, 2016. We will be welcoming all brethren and their families for a day of food, games, and fun for all. Also we will be inviting some new candidates with their families to get to know each other. Hopefully the weather will be great, it usually is, and all will have a great day. The Grand Lodge picnic is being held on Saturday July 30, 2016 at the MYC and tickets are available at the Grand Lodge Office until July 25, 2016.
I look forward to enjoying the summer days ahead and am excited about our Lodge heading into the fall.