By WM Michael E. Gibeault

Greeting Brothers,

Putnam Lodge has officially moved into the second quarter of 2018 with the passing of our March 31st quarterly last Saturday morning. We opened precisely at 10:00am and then draped the alter in honor of Most Worshipful Richard A. Hodgson, the 145th (1991) Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Connecticut, A.F & A. M. His Masonic career spanned 57 years during which time he was honored as a recipient of the Pierpont Edwards Medal in Bronze.

After paying our respects to Bro. Hodgson, we moved on to some labor and completed many of the business tasks that we are all accustomed to. We then proceeded to refreshment where our guest speaker, Darrell Chaloult, gave us a meaningful and enlightening description of his organization “Veterans Base Camp” in Chaplin, CT. The VBC is a group dedicated to providing residence and resources needed by our Veterans, First-Responders, and their Caregivers. To find out more, go to

Moving back to labor, I had the honor of presenting Right Worshipful John Rhoads his 25-year pin and thanking him for the many things he has done and is doing presently. We continued the meeting by discussing diverse topics and voting on several issues, one such being a generous donation to the Veterans Base Camp. We closed at noon and enjoyed a fabulous lunch consisting of meat lasagna, vegetable lasagna, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and vast desserts. Many thanks to Ladies Connie, Maria, Angela, and Veronica for their hard work making this happen.

One side note which must be told, Putnam brother Sterling Viets, who is currently Worshipful Master of Washington 70 in Windsor, had previously stated that he was planning on attending our quarterly and bringing a bus load of visitors with him. True to his word, he drove a big yellow bus into the parking lot early in the morning with enough visitors from his lodge, along with several brothers from other lodges, to nearly fill the North side of our lodge room. Thank you WB Sterling for helping to make the day truly special.

This week’s travelling opportunities will be Moosup 113 on Tuesday the 3rd, and Corner Stone-Quinebaug 122 on Friday the 13th (which is my actual wedding anniversary).

Now that the Quarterly meeting is behind us, it is time to concentrate on the next big event, namely our famous SpringBBQ. Please help your lodge by buying/selling tickets or volunteering to help prepare and/or serve during the event.

Moosup 113 will be having their bi-weekly breakfast on Sunday, April 8th from 8:00am to 11:00am. The cost is only $8 all-u-can-eat with the proceeds of the day being donated to Corner Stone-Quinebaug 122 in a generous effort to help the brothers of Thompson, CT. RW John and I will be there at about 9:15am and we invite you to join us.


Putnam Reminders:

*Putnam Lodge Challenge Coins are still for sale.

*Career Closet donation box for business attire.

*Citizen of the Week school supplies donations for Woodstock Middle School.

*You can pay your dues or make a donation online at:


This week at Putnam Lodge:

Apr. 5, 2018 – Thursday Fellowship


Upcoming Events:

Apr. 3, 2018 – Moosup 113, Tuesday, Stated Communication, 7:30p

Apr. 8, 2018 – Moosup 113, Sunday Breakfast, $8, 8:00a – 11:00a, proceeds donated to CS-Q122

Apr. 8, 2018 – Grand Lodge Banquet & Hospitality, Sunday, Cromwell Radisson, GL#: 203-679-5903

Apr. 9, 2018 – Grand Lodge Annual Meeting, Monday, 9:00a, Cromwell Radisson

Apr. 11, 2018 – Moriah 15, Wednesday, Stated Communication, 7:30

Apr. 13, 2018 – Corner Stone-Quinebaug 122, Friday, Stated Communication, 7:30p

Apr. 15, 2018 – Olive Branch Lodge, Douglas, MA – Porketta Dinner, 1:00p, $25

Apr. 19, 2018 – Moriah 15, Thursday, Steak Dinner, 6:00p – 8:00p

Apr. 21, 2018 – Putnam Spring BBQ, 4:00 – 6:00p, $12, Smoked Pork, Brisket, Turkey

Apr. 28, 2018 – Putnam 46, Saturday, Stated Communication, 7:30p


George Washington’s Rules of Civility

Rule #18:

Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired, or give your opinion of them unasked; also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.

Thank you for your time brothers,

WM Mike


Weekly Master’s Message for 1 April, 2018

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