Masters Message December 2020
The month of November saw a continued increase of Covid-19 cases that caused the Governor to move back limits on the number of people allowed to meet socially. The result was that many planned Masonic events were postponed or cancelled. The Veterans’ day wreath laying ceremony, however, went on as planned and the Grand Master presided over a thoughtful and solemn salute to those who serve and served.
W∴M∴Fred Patakand I were able to coordinate a get together via Zoom with our Brothers fromEuclid Lodge #136as a way of keeping the traditional visitations between us going. We were treated to a short educational lecture on the Masonic apron before taking time to catch up with our Brothers from New Jersey. During our regular communication for November, Coreen St. Jean, Executive Directorof Be the Change/Project Hand Up, took time to explain their mission and how the pandemic has impacted the organization and the people they serve. It was agreed that since the Lodge has had far fewer expenses and the need is so great, more will be donated to this worthy organization as well as the RI Food Bank.
The Grand Lodge Semi-Annual was another casualty of the pandemic, but went on virtually and was well attended. R∴W∴Robert B. Ellstonwas voted the Grand Master elect for 2021-2022 and appointed W∴Mazen Alsabefrom St. John’s #1 Providence as the DDGM for the Southern District, with W∴Anthony Amaralserving as his Master of Ceremonies! Congratulations to all the Grand Lodge officers!The tradition of Holiday baskets is continuing this year and I ask that you get in your reservations prior to the deadline of December 5th.Although it will operate with a smaller, set number of volunteers this year, we have procured enough supplies to complete 100 baskets. Please take advantage if you know any family that could use the help this holiday season.
I ask that He continue to bless us and keep us safe over the holidays and into the New Year.
As always, I stand ready to help, aid and assist the brethren in any way I can and with all the resources available to me.
Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and a joyful New Year!
Scott E. Miller