Greetings My Brothers!
The weatherman threw us quite the curveball in March, calling for nearly a foot of snow on our March 21st meeting night. Having that information in mind, I consulted with our officers and postponed the March communication until April 11th. By the time the vicious storm was over, the weatherman was proven more wrong than usual. I’m sorry for any inconvenience that the postponement may have caused. That was the first weather-postponed meeting which I can recall in my time in the Craft. The April 11th meeting (5:30 open) and MM degree should go off, hopefully, without a hitch.
Our regular April communication will be on the 18th when our DDGM, Robert Ellston, will make his last official visitation to the Metro District. On the night, Brother John Michael Greer will give a talk entitled, “Our Operative Heritage – how the traces of operative stonemasonry in the Middle Ages have shaped our modern speculative Craft”. Brother Greer is a noted author and all-around great Brother. Our April communication is always a wonderful night of Brotherhood. Please do your very best to come out and give a memorable sendoff to RW Ellston as he completes his trip through the Districts.
On April 21st our Grand Lodge Youth Committee will be hosting another is its events to promote the RI Masonic family. The “progressive dinner” will begin at 4PM at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center for an appetizer course sponsored by St Johns 1P. From there the Masonic caravan will travel to Harmony Lodge for soup/salad, then to Grand Lodge for an Entrée, and finally Jenks Lodge for dessert and a DJ. This free event is a wonderful chance to have Masons, their families, Rainbow, DeMolay, and OES share some fun and see several Lodge buildings over the course of one long meal! Please see me if you’ve never attended a Grand Lodge Youth Committee event and would like to come.
The annual inter-visitation with Euclid Lodge is coming up on May 5th. This year we will be hosting our New Jersey Brethren at Grand Lodge. They will arrive between 11:30-12:00 for fellowship and lunch, followed by a presentation at the Ladd Observatory in Providence. Afterward, we’ll share a brief Lodge meeting before drinks, dinner, and drinks. This year is the 30th inter-visitation between our two Lodges! The cost for RI Brethren is $25 and will include lunch, dinner, beverages, Ladd Observatory tour, and fellowship. Please make paid reservations to me by April 30th with the included form.
As always, I look forward to seeing you all and sharing great times! If you need anything or have a suggestion to make the Lodge better, please grab any of the officers and let us know.
As always, with love and fraternity,
Edward D. Bertrand