Greetings from the West! I hope everyone one enjoyed their Thanksgiving and spent sometimes with family, friends and loved ones. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the holiday season is upon us. As Franklin tradition has it, we will be having our holiday party on December 8th. This has always been one of my favorite events at Franklin. It lets us get together in a less formal gathering, not just with the Brethren, but their families as well. For those who would like to go, please reach out to Brother J.W. Carlo Ferraro @ (401) 741-5836 or firstname.lastname@example.org Last month it was decided in order to give our candidates the best experience, we are postponing the Master Masons degree to this month. Giving the candidates a great experience is vital to their perception of the craft at this point in their journey. We need to show them that we care about their journey through the degrees and the best way we can do that is by giving them a great degree. In addition to our own candidates we will also have a candidate from Daylight Lodge being raised to Master Mason. This is a great opportunity to show another district the quality of ritual work that Franklin puts on for its candidates. Not to keep beating it into the ground, but the Southern Districts Annual Winter Warmer is coming up in just a couple months, and to be honest, we don’t have many sign ups for it yet, to the point if we may have to cancel this year’s event. There is still time and I truly hope it doesn’t come down to that. But for those that are interested in going, it is on February 1st, 2020 at the Downey Weaver Post in Charlestown. Dinner options are a prime rib buffet with all the trimmings and as well as am Italian buffet dinner. Please reach out to me with any questions or to rsvp with dinner choices @401-644-4525 or email@example.com
May the Blessings of Heaven rest upon us and regular Masons
Ralph E Brunson P.M. Senior Warden Franklin Lodge #20
Franklin’s Masonic year just keeps rolling along and were coming up to the final stretch of 2019. What a better way to begin the close of the year by the Raising of new Master Masons. Worshipful Brett and his line of officers have been hard at work, so the candidates receive a great degree. Please come out and support our soon to be new Master Masons, they are not just our candidates but they are the future of Franklin and the Craft. A special thank you to W:. Ed Lowe for stepping in to the role of Senior Deacon, not just for the degree but for the remainder of the year as Brother Corey Maclean has accepted a new job out of the area and had to step out of line. To Brother Corey, Congratulations and thank you for your service in the Navy, and we wish you luck if the next chapter of your life and hope to see you back in lodge soon.
On Sunday, November 17 Franklin is going to hosting a Special Ladies Brunch at Franklin Lodge. So please join us as we treat our Special ladies with a delicious meal prepared by the brethren of Franklin. Brunch will be at 1pm and consist of a meal of Roasted Pork Loin with Apple, Onion Sauce or Baked stuffed Chicken with Wild Mushroom, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots with Fresh Dill Butter or a Vegetarian option. Scrambled eggs, Mini Bagels with Cream Cheese & Sliced, Salmon, Sausage Links. Please RSVP with Worshipful Brett by Nov 10 at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 378-6474. Lastly, another reminder about the Southern Districts Annual Winter Warmer. It will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at the Downey Weaver Post in Charlestown. Cocktail hour at 5pm, with dinner at 6pm with raffles and auction to follow. Tickets can be purchased through franklin20.org/store or via contacting me directly at email@example.com or 401-644-4525. Fraternally, Ralph Brunson P.M. Senior Warden Franklin Lodge #20
As we move into fall Franklin Lodge’s candidates have been passed to the degree of Fellow Craft with a special thank you to Worshipful Jim Halderman and the brethren of Hope Lodge. W:. Jim and his lodge did an amazing job and the candidates were treated with the long form of the Fellow Craft degree, which really isn’t done as much in any lodge any more. Congratulations to our candidates for taking their next step in Freemasonry.
So here we are in October already, I’m always amazed on how quick the Masonic year seems to fly by. Even though I haven’t been as active this year as I hoped to be due to the birth of my son and conflict at work, I am still dedicated to Franklin and the Craft. I have been busy planning for another year in the east for potential programs and more importantly degrees for incoming candidates. Next year is going to be about the candidate experience. As I have been thinking on how we as a Lodge can do more to keep our candidates and newly made brethren to keep coming to Lodge, one challenge has come up. As of this writing Franklin is facing an issue with filling the roles for officers within the Lodge. I believe each chair is crucial to the lodge and our candidates learning and growing experience in Freemasonry. So, I am asking that any brother who wishes to help Franklin Lodge and the Craft grow, please reach out to me. There are a couple key positions that Franklin needs to continue the growth of our candidates and our lodge. My contact information will be listed below.
Finally, as I have been planning 2020, I have also been planning the Southern Masonic District’s Annual Winter Warmer. I have very pleased to announce that it will be help on Saturday February 1st, 2020 at the Downey Weaver Post in Charlestown. Cocktail hour at 5pm, with dinner at 6pm with raffles and auction to follow. Tickets can be purchased through franklin20.org/store or via contacting me directly. For those planning on attending, if within the length of your cable tow, please bring a gift basket or item for the silent auction or raffle.
Welcome back! As you hear in every September message, I hope that you enjoyed and/or had a very productive summer. Are you ready to get back into the swing of things? We have three EA’s that are looking forward to their FC degree, on to being Master Masons and then members of our lodge.
So Brothers, we have work to do. Speaking of being busy, it was great to hear from W. Brother Gregg Gingerich. He was installed as Worshipful Master of Barrington Lodge #522, Illinois back in July. Check out their website https://www.barringtonmasons.org. Great pictures! He stated that he did have to step down as 2nd NE District Education Officer so that he could focus on the business of the lodge. They are pretty busy. If anyone ever wants a place to stay while in the Chicago area, please reach out to him.
W. Brother Ray Geer just completed his year as President of the National Camping Travelers Club! Wow did that go by quickly. Congratulations on a job well done! For those that didn’t know, W. Br. Ray was recently installed as AGL for Franklin Lodge. I guess now that the business running a National Masonic Camping club is behind him he can focus his attention elsewhere.
And a job well done to W. Br. Brett Marggraff and Br. Bob Caron who manned the Franklin Lodge booth at Westerly's 350th anniversary celebration in Wilcox park. It was wonderful that we had representation for this occasion. RW Eric Grist stopped in for an assist. Thank you Brother! Hope Mitchell PM. and Arielle Poulin WM were also there to represent Deborah Chapter OES and Westerly Assembly IORG. It sounds like it was a good day indeed. And no, I don’t think that is what we are having for dinner. :-)
Our Worshipful Master is busy taking care of some family business. While he is squaring things away there are some important things going on that the Brethren need to be informed of.
Mt. Vernon has been gracious enough to extend an invitation to allow our EA’s to go through their Fellow Craft Degree with them. We don’t have a date and time for that yet but we will release that information as soon as we have it. It is important that we go and support them at Mt. Vernon when the time comes.
The DDGM visitation to Charity Lodge has been pushed up to this month. You might be thinking, “Hey W. Br. Secretary, we just went to Charity for the DDGM visitation”. Yes we did, but our new DDGM RW Eric Grist has requested the opportunity to enjoy his visitation to Charity Lodge be in their outdoor lodge. They have also changed the date. Instead of meeting on a Thursday they have decided to meet on Saturday June 15th opening at 12:00. They will have cheese and crackers for friends and family available inside their dining hall while the Brethren conduct the meeting. They will keep it short, breaking for a cook out to follow the meeting. So, please if you can, mark June 15th 12:00 on your calendar and bring your family down to Charity Lodge. They have received dispensation allowing members and officers to switch from tuxedo to white collared shirts and dark slacks for their summer meetings. So, leave your tux at home. Officers, wear your jewels and apron.
What’s going on at Franklin you ask? W. Br. Ralph Brunson did an excellent job welcoming our previous DDGM RW Gilbert Fontes Jr. into the lodge at our last meeting. Apparently sitting back in the East is like riding a bike. Strawberry shortcake is back by popular demand! You have asked and Br. Bob Caron has promised to deliver. Before we go dark for the summer he will be bringing back this popular Franklin Lodge tradition for our June meeting. Our candidates are moving along nicely and Br. Caron and the Foundation has several projects planned for the summer. It looks like the front porch will be getting a new coat of paint and the fire pit along with the horse shoe pit in the back is moving along quite nicely. We look forward to years of new memories back there!
See everyone on the 11th! Daniel Rzewuski, P.M. Secretary , Franklin Lodge #20
Greetings Brethren, First off, thank you again to all the brethren that attended Charity Lodge’s District Deputy Visitation. We had 10 brethren attend, FANTASTIC!!!
We did an EA degree last month and I think I can say for everyone that it was not our best job, me included, but let’s put that behind us and remember that we do degree work for the Candidate. He has to get a good feeling out of it, if not there is no motivation to move forward with either degree work or with Masonry as a whole.
Remember, May’s meeting is RWDDGM Gil Fontes Visitation to Franklin Lodge, so PLEASE mark your calendar. We need a full house to support Gil and his GMC Jason Nystrom, and as is customary with Franklin Lodge we will be doing our annual clam fritters with all the fixings. As always this meal is “On the House” so please come by. We will be raffling off some nice Masonic items to raise money to pay for the event. I also should have our Masonic Label beer from Grey Sail Brewing.Fraternally, Brett Marggraff Master, Franklin Lodge #20
First off, thank you to all the brethren that attended Hope Lodge’s District Deputy Visitation. We had 10 brethren attend and I heard a Hope Lodge brother comment “There’s Franklin’s Army”. Music to one’s ears. We had a great EA degree done at Charity Lodge in March for two of our candidates and have one coming up at Franklin in April for an additional candidate, making 3 EA’s. May’s meeting is RWDDGM Gil Fontes Visitation to Franklin Lodge, so PLEASE mark your calendar. We need a full house to support Gil and his GMC Jason Nystrom. Some things coming up in the next few months include our annual CHIP event at the Westerly Y.M.C.A, an Open House, and a Table Lodge. But a big challenge that faces us is to fill the shoes of a Brother who has moved down to Texas. W. Leverett F. Andrews, Jr. has been our Musical Director for many years. When he is absent, meetings just do not have the warmth and grace that they do when his hands are on the ebony and ivory. We will miss him dearly but hope he has many joyful years ahead down in the warmth of Texas and I plan to visit once he gets affiliated with a lodge. I hope the warming weather is seeing you all in good health,
Fraternally, Brett Marggraff Master, Franklin Lodge #20
We have three challenges coming up, two of which are a big part of Franklin Lodge being able to earn the Grand Master’s Award, those being visitations by the Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master Gil Fontes and his Grand master of Ceremonies Worshipful Jason Nystrom. The first one is Hope Lodges Visitation on Wednesday March 13th. Then our good friends at Charity Lodge have their Visitation on Thursday April 18th. Those two events are two of the three most difficult for Franklin, but with planning and some praying I know we can get it done. I will be going over some additional small projects that we need to do which can most probably be done by just a couple brethren attacking each task. I will also will be reviewing Franklin’s annual “Clam Bake” with some possible options. And last but not least will be reviewing upcoming candidate ritual work as well as assigning Trestle Board parts. They should be the same parts that you previously had, so no memorizing of new text.
May the Great Architect of the Universal watch over us, guide us and make us all better Masons and gentlemen. Fraternally, Brett Marggraff Master, Franklin Lodge #20
First off, I would like to thank all our Franklin Lodge Brethren for giving me the opportunity to serve as your Worshipful Master for 2019. I started off on my Masonic Journey later in life simply because I didn’t know I “Had to Ask”. This has changed, and as our current Grand Maser told me at a Scottish Rite event, we can now ask men if they would be interested in becoming a Mason. Obviously the man has to be of good character, as well as meeting other Masonic obligations. As much as I applaud this move forward, I prefer to tell good men that they have to “Ask Us” to become a Brother. It makes us better than other clubs and organization, which we are, and ensures the man in question knows that becoming a Mason is not an easy task. This year I hope to hold an open house as well as being included in a large Westerly 350th anniversary fair being held in the park this summer. The attendance is expected to be at 2,000 plus people and Franklin Lodge will have its own tent. What better way to “Bring Light” to Masonry. Last…If you have any ideas, suggestion or comments please let me know.
May the Lodge guide both myself and our Brethren in a positive manner this year. Fraternally, Brett Marggraff Master, Franklin Lodge #20
As our January regular communication approaches, I have the pleasure of wishing you all a very Happy New Year even as my Masonic year comes to a close. But although we are almost done with the labors, there is yet one more thing to do.
In our January meeting, we will be raising Brother Patrick Mahoney-Balestrucci to the sublime degree of Master Mason. As the Brothers and I have been working diligently to squeeze in what practices we can during the holidays and our own time, I have had ample opportunity to reflect on the manifold meanings of our greatest ritual. I think I can speak for all the present officers when I say that this is a labor of love and sacrifice, much like that of our lost Grand Master.
As Solomon's temple bound Israel to God in both a physical and spiritual way, so too, I think, does our recapitulation of the story of its construction bind us all closer together as Brothers, and to the Great Creator in the Heavens.
I eagerly look forward to your attendance and participation in this degree! Fraternally, Joseph Giancaspro Master, Franklin Lodge #20