This past meeting saw St. Johns Lodge #1 Providence bestow the Master Mason Degree upon four candidates. The following candidates and those that raised them are: John P. Gauthier and Bro. Robert Larrabee, Peter A. Healy and Bro. Mazen Alsabe, Kenneth S. Norman and R∴W∴ Douglas J. Grant DDGM, and Norman A. Thompson and Bro. Joseph A. Pine III. Our new Master Masons gave an excellent presentation of their Fellowcraft lecture and obligation. Their instructors, Joseph Bernier, Collin Plasse, William Mott and Joseph Pine are to be commended for doing such a fine job in helping them prepare for the evening. R∴W∴ Douglas J. Grant, DDGM of the Central District closed the Lodge with the assistance of the R∴W∴ Grand Marshall, Elliott R. Greene. I am thankful for their assistance after a long evening of degree work. I would like to commend the Officers of the line for the excellent degree work they presented during the evening. From the floor work to the lectures it was a true pleasure to watch them from the East, knowing we have a strong line for our Lodge going forward.
It was with sadness that we held a memorial service this month for the passing of one of our newest member, Henry Cochrane III. The service was held at the Nardolillo Funeral Home in Cranston, RI with over twenty brothers in attendance. It was moving to see so many friends and family of our departed brother extending through the funeral home to the outside area. He will be missed but not forgotten.
I want to remind everyone that the Euclid Trip is coming up on May 6, 2017. The bus is already half full. Any brother wanting to attend please contact Bro. Secretary either by telephone or email to secure your spot on the bus. The cost will be $25.00, the same as two years ago.
Our April meeting we will be hosting the R∴W∴ Gary Kaufman, DDGM of the Metro District for his last visitation in the district before he moves up to the Grand Council. The program for the evening will be presented by the M∴W∴ Avi Baranes, Grand Master of the State of Israel. His lecture will be on “The History of Freemasonry in Israel”. This will be a semi-public program.
We will be doing something different that evening in regards to dinner. A table will be setup outside the dining hall before the meeting for brothers to pay in advance for dinner. This will allow those brothers to bypass the line at recess and it is hoped make for a smoother, quicker line to get everyone into the dining room. Lodge will be opening at 5:30 PM.
I look forward to welcoming you all in Lodge and wish you good health and safe travels.