Greetings My Brothers!
The month of May started off with an amazing day of Brotherhood. Our NJ Brethren from Euclid Lodge #136 arrived on May 5th with a full bus of smiling faces. Worshipful Franco Bernardo brought not only a full contingent of Euclid officers and members, but also Most Worshipful Roger B. Quintana, RW DGM George J. Scott, and several other members of the NJ Grand Lodge line. We enjoyed a top notch Italian deli buffet with fresh bread, excellent meats & cheeses, and all the trimmings. Johnnie Paliotta, his lovely lady Dina, and Al Capobianco deserve all of our thanks for their hard work in getting lunch ready for our Brethren. After lunch, we all headed to the Ladd Observatory for a guided tour with some interesting history about the facility and late 19th century life in Providence. Back at Freemasons’ Hall, Brethren from both jurisdictions shared a Lodge meeting where the Grand Masters of Rhode Island AND New Jerseys were received, along with a large suite of Grand Lodge officers. A surf & turf dinner, and fraternal toast with some fine scotch topped off the truly memorable 30th annual inter-visitation between St Johns Lodge #1P and Euclid Lodge #136. I would like to thank RW Rick Lynch and Rusty Booth for all their help in making it a perfect day!
Those at our May communication saw the opening of the Unity Lodge #34 cornerstone box, which was first sealed in 1928. Items were added to the box in 1978, and again in 1993 with the Lodge Merged with Barney Merry Lodge #29. Our RW DDGM, Robert B. Ellston was on hand for the event. He was Master of Barney Merry Lodge #29 in 1993, when Unity Lodge #34 merged, so his presence was quite fitting! The box contained a great many articles of historical interest. Prior to the box opening, Worshipful Robert Mason indulged my request to share a bit of his own personal history. Bob joined the Lodge over 62 years ago! I’m so grateful at his willingness to share a bit of his story with us!
Our June communication will begin with a special treat. The officers will take their presumptive 2018-2019 stations and open Lodge for us. It’s a sneak peek at the year to come! As is customary, the June meeting will be our awards and honors night. At the special request of this year’s candidates, Brother Ken Phillips will give the MM charge again, as they were in such awe of his outstanding ritual the first time. Anytime Brother Phillips performs a poem or ritual, every eye and ear is focused on his presentation. Please do not forget that June 20th is the last day of our collection of items for the residents of the RI Veterans Home. If you can’t bring something from the list, any monetary donations will be used to buy items to include in the gift. There are just under 200 residents at the Home and I hope to have one gift for each.
A year as Worshipful Master of St Johns Lodge #1P is truly like an hourglass. Behold how swiftly the sands run; they pass away almost imperceptivity. Brethren, I would like to thank you for allowing me to serve the Lodge over the past year. Being Worshipful Master comes with a great deal of pressure and responsibility, but the Master’s efforts are repaid ten-fold with the sincere love and affection that our Fraternity promulgates among Brothers.
I whole-heartedly love each and every one of you, my Brothers!
As always, with love and fraternity,
Edward D. Bertrand