March was a blast! I’d like to offer many congratulations to Brother Alaeddin on being passed to the degree of Fellowcraft — his hard work as an Entered Apprentice really paid off, and we’re happy to see him continue on his journey. I’d also like to thank everyone for all of the help we received to make this year’s first table lodge a success.
Our April Stated Meeting will be on the 4th. You and your family are invited to join us for dinner before the meeting. We will be enjoying a salad, salmon, and dessert for only $5. Please RSVP with Annie by Friday, March 31.
Our Lodge will be hosting this month’s district school of instruction on the 11th. Our district inspector will be teaching us about the 2nd degree. All Fellowcraft and Master Masons are invited to join us for refreshment, followed by instruction.
On the 18th, We’ll be practicing our 1st-degree conferral for Yuri Tsapayev. Attendance is mandatory for officers, and very much encouraged for all of our Brethren. Yuri is a great addition to our Lodge, and we’re very excited to be initiating him into our Fraternity in May.
This month’s Lodge of Education will be held on the 25th. Our January Lodge of Education was well-loved by the numerous Brethren in attendance, including visitors from two other lodges. We enjoyed a fantastic 5-course meal prepared by Brothers Keith Gabriel and Ray Zerbib, participated in thought-provoking presentations on the topics of “Making Good Men Better” and “Symbolism of the Craft” (by our own Worshipful Brothers Luis Martinez and Ed Sadler, as well as Brother Irving Sambolin), and reveled in the seven ceremonial toasts. This month’s Lodge of Education is shaping up to be another memorable night, so be sure to call or email me to reserve a seat as early as possible.
As a final note, I’d like to extend special thanks to Brother Keith Gabriel for the tremendous effort he invested behind-the-scenes to make the table lodge run smoothly. We’re sad to bid him farewell this month as he makes his annual trip overseas, but we look forward to his return toward the end of the year. Travel well, Brother!