Masters Message December 2016

Greetings Brothers,

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.

Fraternally,

William DeLuca                                                                                                                                     
Worshipful Master