Greetings, Brethren!

We sure started the year off right — our festive January was complete with both a tasty crab feed and our first Lodge of Education for the year.  It’s my hope that such a great first month bodes well for the rest of the year to come.  We have a busy February ahead of us (especially considering it’s the shortest month of the year!), with both our annual Sweethearts Dinner and two 2nd Degree practices (in preparation for Bro. Alaeddin’s 2nd Degree Conferral on March 14th), in addition to our regular stated meeting.  

Our stated meeting will be on the 7th.  You and your family are invited to join us for dinner before the meeting.  We will be enjoying a salad, roast beef, and dessert for only a $5 donation.  Please RSVP with Annie by Friday the 3rd.

Valentine’s Day happens to fall on a Tuesday this year, and that makes our Sweethearts Dinner even more special.  You and your significant other are invited to join us for dinner on the 14th, followed by a social evening of party games.  Our Sweethearts Dinners are always fun, and we encourage all of the Brethren to join in the fellowship, even if you’re not able to bring a date.  Please RSVP with Annie by Friday the 10th.

The second half of February is all about business: on the 21st and 28th, we’ll be practicing our second degree conferral for Bro. Alaeddin.  Attendance is mandatory for officers, and very much encouraged for all of our Fellow Craft and Master Mason Brethren.  Our first practice in January went great, even though most of us were practicing new roles for the first time ever (or for the first time in many years).  I just know our degree work will be mighty impressive after these final two practices.  Then, on March 14th, we will be passing Bro. Alaeddin to the degree of Fellow Craft.  We would like as many Brethren to attend as possible, so let’s all be a part of the special moment and support Bro. Alaeddin as he continues his Masonic journey.

The second half of March promises to be fun and relaxing after all of the hard work of the preceding eleven weeks.  All Masons should be sure to save Tuesday, March 21 on your calendars, as we’ll be enjoying our Spring Table Lodge.  We’ll enjoy a seven-course meal, rousing toasts (with your very own commemorative toasting cannon), thought-provoking readings of Masonic interest, and jovial fellowship.  If you haven’t yet, be sure to RSVP as soon as possible through the Lodge App, or by emailing or calling me — limited seating is available!  Finally, we’ll be finishing March off with a (slightly belated) St. Patrick’s Day Bingo night.  Plan to bring the family!

I’d like to end with a poem of Masonic interest (though not written by a Mason), entitled The Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole:

An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

As always, we hope to see you soon.  Be well, Brethren!

Fraternally,

Michael Ramoneda
Junior Warden