By WM Michael E. Gibeault
Regretfully I begin this week’s message with more than our share of bad news. Early Wednesday morning, Bro. Everett Harding finished his labors with us and traveled onward to join the Grand Architect of the Universe. SW W. Fred Pierce, WB Barry Shead, WB Chris Mayhew Sr. and myself were fortunate enough to have visited him just a few hours before and present him with his 35-year masonic service pin. He was happy and somewhat proud to receive it and for a few short moments, was very bright and energized. I was deeply touched by his honesty and tranquility and will never forget our final encounter with this very special man and mason.
Tragedy and sadness persisted this week with the passing of Silas Bunnell, son of the late WB Dean Bunnell. On Thursday evening, Silas succumbed to a severe seizure he was stricken with several days before. It is heartbreaking to lose such a kind and genuinely good young man so early in his life, which inevitably draws the question: “Why does this happen?” Well, I guess no one here can really know the answer. Silas and Dean now know it, perhaps they will tell us when we inevitably move on. Please keep Lisa in your thoughts and prayers and feel free to offer any support you can give to her. A Celebration of Life will be held for Silas on Sunday, April 22nd at noon, located at the JNW Scout Camp in Ashford, CT (231 Ashford Center Rd, Ashford, CT 06278). Dress code is casual, lodge polo shirts would be great. Attending masons consider bringing a side dish suitable for a picnic (salads and such), if possible. Please contact me ASAP if you plan on bringing a dish.
I also would like to ask you to keep Bro. Dave Mullen and his family in your thoughts and prayers as well. His father, David, passed away on Sunday, April 8th after a brief illness. A casual attire Celebration of David’s Life will be Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at Putnam Lodge in Woodstock.
Yesterday (Monday), RW Ken Marvin awoke suffering from chest pain and wisely decided to call the proper medical personnel for assistance. He was admitted to Day Kimball Hospital where he is currently receiving treatment and undergoing tests. I visited him in the evening, finding him in good spirits and with a positive outlook. He will have more tests today and will update us when he can. He is allowed visitors and is in room #211.
If you haven’t already heard, our Spring BBQ has been moved from April 21st to May 12th due to unforeseen, important events which put an immense strain on our schedule. The difficulty in preparation, along with sluggish ticket sales, prompted a meeting of lodge officers and event planners to be called on our Thursday Fellowship night. After much discussion, all agreed to change the date and to make a strong push to sell tickets. If you need tickets to sell or to buy for yourself and are unable to get to the lodge, please contact me at (860)377-7995 or by email: email@example.com and I will make arrangements to fill your needs. The success of this event depends on all of us laboring for that common goal, not just the brothers donating their time preparing before and volunteering the day of. Please do what you can. We always welcome donations from those who cannot make the event but want to ensure its success.
FANTASTIC NEWS! The new stove has finally arrived and she is a beauty. WB Rob Eubanks will coordinate the hookup on a Thursday evening so once again our kitchen will be running at full strength. Just in time for the Mother’s Day Breakfast and our rescheduled Spring BBQ. Thanks to our brother WB Rob for making sure this is done correctly.
I would also like to thank Bro. Russ Mayhew Jr along with his son WB Chris Mayhew Sr. for coming to the aid of a needy brother. An elderly brother required a wheelchair to be able to return home from rehab and a call was made by a family member to the lodge asking if such a chair was available. On short notice the Mayhews produced a wheelchair for a very happy brother, who by the way, is also a Marine veteran, and now able to return home. Well done!
*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: https://lodge046.ctfreemasons.net/payments/
This week at Putnam Lodge:
Apr. 19, 2018 – Thursday Fellowship
Apr. 19, 2018 – Moriah 15, Thursday, Steak Dinner, 6:00p – 8:00p, $17
Apr. 22, 2018 – Moosup 113, All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast 8-11a $8
Apr. 28, 2018 – Putnam 46, Saturday, Stated Communication, 7:30p
Apr. 30, 2018 –Ionic Lodge 110, 9th District BLC. Dinner 7p, Meeting 8p
May 1, 2018 – Moosup 113, Tuesday, Stated Communication, 7:30p
May 6, 2018 – Putnam 46 Mother’s Day Breakfast, Sunday, 8:00-10:30, $8.
May 9, 2018 – Moriah 15, Wednesday, Stated Communication, 7:30p
May 11, 2018 – Corner Stone-Quinebaug 122, Friday, Stated Communication, 7:30p
May 12, 2018 – Putnam Spring BBQ, 4:00 – 6:00p, $12, Smoked Pork, Brisket, Turkey
George Washington’s Rules of Civility
The Gestures of the Body must be Suited to the discourse you are upon.
Thank you for your time brothers,