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. :-)
Daniel Rzewuski, PM
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
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
Monthly Message from Master of Franklin Lodge #20