By WM Michael E. Gibeault

 

Greeting Brothers,

 

This past Saturday Putnam 46 had its April Stated Communication at the usual time, in the usual place. The evening began with a delicious dinner prepared by JW Tim Loomis, assisted by JS Gary Watson and Tiler Evan Perry, and consisted of Chinese-style fried rice, soup and pot stickers, followed by fortune cookies and pineapple chunks for dessert. The meeting was fairly short and sweet, and afterwards we enjoyed fellowship downstairs.

 

One of the most important topics covered was the changing of the Spring BBQ event date once again. I proposed we move it to May 26th, instead of May 12th, due to the conflict with Moosup 113’s presentation of the new District Deputy RW Christopher Carrot and Associate Grand Marshal WB Joe Fox. All brothers present agreed and we were personally thanked by RW Chris, who was in attendance. If you have already sold tickets, please make every effort to contact those people to update them on the new date and also change the date on the tickets you still possess. As you know, it has been a tough month for the brothers of P46 and we must stay positive and do our best to bounce back on track.

 

This Monday, April 30th, was the 9th District Blue Lodge Council Meeting held at Ionic Lodge 110 in Windham. Notable attendees included MWGM Marshall K. Robinson and Past Grand Masters Ted Nelson and Gail Smith. Five brothers from Putnam 46 were there as well and I would like to thank RW Ken Marvin, WB Chris Mayhew, SW Fred Pierce, and JW Tim Loomis for joining me for the evening. We were able to present to RW Howard Schiller a check of $111.00 for the Shriners “Tabs for Tots” program. This donation is a result of our scrap metal collecting efforts obtained from brothers, friends, and businesses. So far we have collected over $1700 worth of scrap that has been directly donated to various charities like “Tabs for Tots” and the Boy Scouts of America. As usual, the BLC meeting ended with roll called for the lodges and congratulations to Moriah 15 for winning the Traveling Trowel for the second meeting in a row.

 

Speaking of Moriah 15, last evening May 1st, the brothers of Moriah performed a beautiful and dignified Masonic Service for Bro. Harold “Dusty” Rhoads, father of our Secretary, RW John Rhoads. The room was full of Masons as we paid our final respects to our dearly departed brother. Many of the area lodges were represented including Past-MWGM Bill Greene. After the service, all were invited back to Putnam 46 for a Celebration of Life with the Rhoads family. Thanks to WB’s Chris Mayhew and Ted Rupar for organizing the meal preparations and to RW Mike Dodge, Bro. Dave Oleszewski and Ladies Karen and Angela for the setting and clean ups.

Remember brothers, this coming Sunday morning starting at 8:00 am is our Mother’s Day breakfast so bring a Mom and enjoy!

If you cross paths with RW Michael B. Dodge in the near future, you will do well to congratulate him on his engagement to his lovely fiancée Grace.

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: https://lodge046.ctfreemasons.net/payments/

 

This week at Putnam Lodge:

May 3, 2018 – Thursday Fellowship

Upcoming Events:

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 – Moosup 113, District 9A District Deputy Presentation for RWDD Christopher Carrott and AGM WB Joe Fox, Dinner 1:00p, Ceremonies 2:30p

May 19, 2018 – Putnam 46, Stated Communication, Saturday, dinner 6:30p, meeting 7:30p

May 26, 2018 – Putnam 46 Spring BBQ, Saturday, 4:00 to 6:00p, $12

 

George Washington’s Rules of Civility

Rule #22:

Show not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another, though he were your enemy. 

 

Thank you for your time brothers,

WM Mike

 

Weekly Master’s Message for April 29, 2018

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