Brothers:

I would imagine when you go on vacation you try to locate local Masonic lodges and do a drive by or if you are lucky enough you will get a tour of the building.

When Michelle and I go on vacation I’m in charge of finding places to eat lunch and dinner. I usually find the local favorites to dine at. When I’m looking for restaurants on Yahoo I also look for local lodges and try to setup a time to tour the building. Attached are pictures of two lodges I found when I was on vacation at Lake Tahoe, Nevada while on our way to Virginia City.

This week the brothers of Putnam will be meeting on Thursday at 6PM to deliver Christmas flowers to our lodge widows.

If you have not paid your 2020 dues please pay them ASAP. Also, the 2021 dues notices will be sent out soon.

At every meeting we acknowledge brothers who have received the Pierpont Edwards award. Attached is an article about Pierpont Edwards from the Grand Lodge website.

Pierpont Edwards was the youngest son of Reverend Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Pierpont, daughter of James Pierpont, a founder of Yale College. He was born in Northhampton, Massachusetts on April 8, 1750. His father, the last of the great New England Calvinists, was then about to become acting missionary to the Housatonic Indians at Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 1757, Reverend Edwards was called to become President of Princeton College in New Jersey. Thus, Pierpont Edwards graduated from Princeton in 1768, moving to New Haven where he began to practice law in 1771.

In December 1775, Pierpont Edwards received Masonic light in Hiram Lodge No. 1. He served as Worshipful Master of the lodge in 1777 and 1778, during a part of which period he also served in the American Revolutionary Army. After the treason of Benedict Arnold, Pierpont Edwards represented the colony of Connecticut in the Continental Congress, and in 1778 in Connecticut he was in the forefront of the action to ratify the Constitution.

Pierpont Edwards was named Grand Master of Masons in Connecticut on July 8, 1789, after serving in the effort of creating the Grand Lodge. His signature appears on the Charter of Moriah Lodge No. 15, Temple Lodge No. 16, Federal Lodge No. 17, Hiram Lodge No. 18, Washington Lodge No. 19, and on the new charters issued to King Solomon’s Lodge No. 7 and St. Paul’s Lodge No. 11.

In politics, Pierpont Edwards was the founder of Connecticut’s Toleration Party, and played a leading part in the adoption of the Connecticut Constitution of 1818, a masterpiece of democracy, which served this state until 1965.

Pierpont Edwards died in Bridgeport, Connecticut on April 6, 1826, where he served as a judge of the United States District Court.

The Pierpont Edwards Medal was first conferred upon ten outstanding Masons at the Special Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge in New Haven, Connecticut on October 14, 1939, the culmination of the 150th anniversary observance of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Connecticut.

Fraternally yours;
Brother Carl J. Mossberg

Weekly Master’s Message for December 13, 2020

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