This will be my final Master’s Message to the Brethren as my year rapidly comes to a close. We have done many exciting and unique things this year and I wish to thank all our Brothers for their assistance in the part they played during the year.
We made our biennial trip to Euclid Lodge in New Jersey on Saturday, May 6, 2017 with twenty-seven brothers in attendance. Upon arrival we were greeted by our Euclid brothers, who provided us with lunch of seven, six-foot sandwiches and liberation. Later we open and closed Lodge with both the M∴W∴ Grand Master of Rhode Island, Stephen T. McGuire and the M∴W∴Grand Master of New Jersey, Walter R. Kaulfersin attendance. We then partook in a Table Lodge, excellently prepared by the brothers of Euclid. Many toasts later we concluded our visit with a chorus of Auld Lang Syne.
At our May communication, we had our latest class of Master Masons perform their proficiency examination before the brothers in attendance. The class did the entire proficiency flawlessly and the brothers were all quite impressed. They were then presented their bibles by R∴W∴ DDGM Gary Kaufman and their dues cards as they signed the By-Laws of St. Johns Lodge #1 Providence.
Our speaker that evening was Shia Afsaiof Redwood Lodge #35. Brother Shia spoke on his topic of “Thomas Paine, Deism and the Masonic Fraternity”. Bro. Shia’s presentation was very interesting to the Brethren as he separated fact from fiction on the legacy of Thomas Paine. The closing was conducted by M∴W∴ Grand Master Stephen T. McGuire.
On May 22, 2017 the Grand Lodge held its installation of Officers, installing M∴W∴ Peter Iacobucci as our 162th Grand Master of the State of Rhode Island. The event was well attended with members of the craft coming from Vancover BC, Nova Scottia and Quebec, Canada to honor our Grand Master. The evening banquet at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet was attend by over four hundred eighty brothers and their ladies. It was a wonderful start for our Grand Master on his first day. Appointed to the Metro District were R∴W∴ DDGM Robert B. Ellston and his Grand Master of Ceremonies W∴Keith P. Moan. Please welcome our new Metro District officers when you see them during the upcoming year.
The June 21, 2017 communication will be opened at 6:00 PM and the evening will be an Award night. The Annual Communication will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 with a 5:30 PM opening. I look forward to welcoming you all in Lodge and wish you good health and safe travels.