Greeting Brothers,

This past Saturday I had the privilege and honor to attend and assist SD Matt Cunningham present a member of his family, John Wrana, a commendation award for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. There were many local dignitaries in attendance ranging from the First Selectman of Voluntown to the Elks Lodge representatives. Connecticut Grand Lodge representative Bro. Manny Rodrigues of the CT Masonic Scouters Association stole the show with his animated delivery and timely quips. John received many certificates, pins, and plaques that day, along with one special Putnam Lodge No.46 challenge coin for his pocket. Best of Luck in all your future endeavors John Wrana.

Almost immediately after the Eagle Scout ceremonies ended, Matt and I jumped in our vehicles and headed North to Putnam Lodge, just in time for dinner provided and prepared for us by JW Tim Loomis and assisted by Tiler Evan Perry. The two brothers did not disappoint as they deftly sautéed an array of seafood choices coupled with ziti and white or red sauces. Magnifique! Of course after dinner came labor as we adjourned upstairs for the business portion of the evening. Our meeting closed with remarks by our new District Deputy RW Christopher Carrott who complimented Putnam 46 for it’s open communications amongst the members and the enthusiasm of the officers during the meetings.

One accomplishment to come from the meeting was the rehearsal schedule for the Master Mason degree on June 16th. The first rehearsal will be on May 29 at 7:00 pm and will cover the first half of the degree. The second will be on June 5 at 6:00 pm and will fittingly focus on the second half. The final rehearsal will be on June 14 at 6:30 pm and will be the degree in its entirety. I ask that all members of the degree team attend the rehearsals that directly involve them and of course be prepared.

It wouldn’t be a weekly message without the weekly BBQ pitch, so here it comes. This Saturday the 26th is the Spring BBQ and tickets ($12) are still available. Please help support your lodge by eating fantastically prepared smoked turkey, pulled pork, or brisket by Chris and Ted, with sides of Dean’s Beans, Ken’s Cole Slaw, and Cornbread by DJohn. Pick-up between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. Tasting is believing!

This Thursday evening along with the usual fellowship, we will be preparing the lodge for the above mentioned BBQ. Those wishing to stop and lend a hand will be much appreciated.

St. John’s Sunday on June 24 at Abington Church has a start time of 11:00amReverend Bruce Hedman has warmly invited all masons to attend the Call to Worship.

WB Chris Mayhew has revealed a date for the Putnam 46 Tag Sale. Bright and early July 14th. Call Chris or myself if you wish to donate items and we’ll schedule a pick-up.

I just finished a book about the theories of anti-gravity last night. I just couldn’t put it down.


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:

May 24, 2018 – Thursday Fellowship, Spring BBQ Preparation


Upcoming Events:

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

June  2, 2018 – Moriah 15, Saturday, Crawfish Boil, 12:00 noon

June  5, 2018 – Moosup 113, Tuesday, Stated Communication, 7:30p

June 13, 2018 – Moriah 13, Wednesday, Stated Communication, dinner 6:30p, meeting 7:30p

June 15, 2018 – Corner Stone-Quinebaug 122, Friday, dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30

June 16, 2018 – Putnam 46 Master Mason Degree, Saturday, 10:00a, Lunch at the break

June 23, 2018 – Putnam 46 Quarterly Stated Communication, 10:00a, Lunch

June 23, 2018 – Corner Stone-Quinebaug 122, Saturday, Annual Chicken BBQ, 5:00p, $12

June 24, 2018 – Abington Church, Sunday, St. John’s Day, 11:00a

July14, 2018 – Putnam 46 Tag Sale, Saturday, 7:00a – 11:00a



George Washington’s Rules of Civility

Rule #25:

Superfluous Complements and all Affectation of Ceremony are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be Neglected.


Thank you for your time brothers,

WM Mike


Weekly Master’s Message for 20 May, 2018

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