With the holiday season upon us, we have much to keep us occupied; our families, friends, and the craft. We hosted the Grand Master’s visitation to the Metro District with over one hundred forty three members of the craft present.
It was a full evening with Past Grand Master for the State of Kansas, Michael Halleran speaking on “ Freemasonry in the American Civil War”. It was an excellent presentation commented on by many brothers in attendance. The semi-annual communication of Grand Lodge was held and RW Deputy Grand Master Peter Iacobucci is now Grand Master elect and our District Deputy RW Gary Kaufman has become the Junior Grand Warden elect. The Fall Festival of Grand Lodge was well attended and St. Johns was well represented.
As we enter December we have much in the craft to keep us occupied. One of the two District Charity events is being held on Sunday, December 4, 2016 from 12 noon to 2pm at Jenks Lodge. It is a chilli cook-off with proceeds to be given to Special Olympics at the second District Charity event, a polar plunge, to be held on January 1, 2017. The annual St. Johns Holiday party is being held at the Shrine on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 6:00 pm. We look forward to a wonderful evening with our guests and brothers. St. Johns will be having its annual Holiday basket event on December 17, 2107 at 6:30 AM at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. This is a great time for the Brothers and their families and friends to join us in preparing these baskets for delivery to those who need them the most. Breakfast will also be provided. Our regular communication for December will be held with our Brothers from Ezekial Bates Lodge of Attleboro, MA. Both Lodges will be opening, receiving their District Deputy and closing. This will allow the brethren of both lodges to observe the different forms of opening and closing conducted in each state.
Finally, I, along with the Officers of St. Johns Lodge, extend our best wishes to our brothers in the craft and their families and hope that each of you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.