The past meeting of St. Johns Lodge #1 Providence saw a huge turnout for R∴W∴Gary Kaufman, DDGM of the Metro District, in his last visitation within the district. The meeting was attended by our M∴W∴Stephen T. McGuire, Grand Master for Rhode Island and over two thirds of the living past Grand Masters. As well as past Grand Masters from out of state and well over one hundred seventy brothers and ladies for the evening presentation. M∴W∴ Avi Baranes, Grand Master of the State of Israel, did not disappoint in his lecture on, “The History of Freemasonry in Israel”. The lecture was well received and will stimulate discussion for a while among the brethren. I wish to thank RW Richard Lynch for all the skill, time and effort he put into organizing the visitation of MV Baranes and his wife, Dr. Osnat Baranes. From picking them up at Logan airport in Boston to dropping them off at the end of their visit. R∴W∴ Lynch prepared a schedule that kept our quests busy visiting Newport Mansions and Fort Adams to historical sites and shopping in the Capital city.
Our May meeting will feature Shai Afsai of Redwood Lodge #35. He is a charter member and fellow of the Collegium Luminosum. His articles have appeared in publications such as Heredom: The Transactions of the Scottish Rite Research Society, Philalethes; The Journal of Masonic Research & Letters, The Journal of the Masonic Society, The Journal of the American Revolution, Rhode Island History, and Anthropology Today.His topic will by, “Thomas Paine, Deism, and the Masonic Fraternity”. It should be an interesting evening and topic.
On May 22, 2017 the Grand Lodge will be having the installation of RWDGM Peter Iacobucci as our 162nd Grand Master for the State of Rhode Island. We look forward to wishing RWDGM Iacobucci the best as he goes to the East. Also to thank M∴W∴ Stephen T. McGuire, for all he has done for the craft in the last year. His Town Hall meetings were informative and his continued support of St. Johns Lodge #1 Providence has been welcomed and well received by all.
The Annual meeting this year is being held on Friday June 23, 2017. I look forward to welcoming you all in Lodge and wish you good health and safe travels.