Spring is in the air. I hope this finds you and your family in good health and spirits.
During our March hybrid meeting we were joined by our District Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Tom Kenney. While here for his first Fraternal Visit to Phoenix Lodge, he presented a 50-year Past Masters Award to Worshipful Brother Daniel Hamilton.
Other anniversary awards presented that evening went to our Junior Warden, Brother Robert Terman who received his 15-year pin. Our Inside Sentinel, Brother Leo Walcott and our Senior Deacon, Brother Tyler MacGregor, both received their 5-year pins. Congratulations to all!
The amendments to the Phoenix Lodge by-laws were discussed, voted and passed. Now it is on to the Grand Lodge for ratification at the June Quarterly Communication.
Two more candidates, Henry Joseph Johnson and James Joseph Donovan, were balloted on with positive results. Phoenix now has four Candidates waiting to receive their degrees. As you can see in the agenda section of this notice we are planning to start these men on their journeys with outdoor degrees later this month, and in May and June. We’re definitely trying to take advantage of the warmer weather and get outside.
At the February meeting Phoenix Lodge voted to join The Society of Washington Lodges. Payments will be in 4 installments of $625.00. If you would like to join the others who have made personal contributions, send a check to Phoenix Lodge in care of Wor. Bro. Secretary Larry Friedman. We appreciate the generosity we have received to date.
The Charity Committee set up a Clothing Drive, and we held the collection event on Saturday and Sunday, March 13th and 14th. It was a HUGE success! We collected a TON of clothes, and we’ll be holding our distribution event on Saturday and Sunday, March 20th and 21st. Even the Grand Master himself, Most Worshipful Brother Richard Maggio was there (see photo at right). The Drive is supported by the Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master Tom Kenney and the 18th Masonic District.
The 18th District LOI will telecast from the Phoenix Lodge Zoom Studio. The login information can be found in the column to the right of this message. Wor. Don Spradlin has another interesting speaker lined up for the evening that I think you’ll enjoy.
Our next Regular Communication is Thursday, April 8th. Another combination in-Lodge and Zoom meeting. The Zoom doors will open at 6:00 PM for fraternal conversations, the business meeting will open at 7:00 PM.
To adhere to the limit of 25 persons allowed at an indoor meeting, Phoenix Lodge Officers will open the meeting in the Lodge room and telecast it live on Zoom. While Lodge members cannot attend the “in-person” meeting, you can join and participate in the meeting via Zoom, and I hope you will.
As always, if you know of any Brothers who need assistance at home, getting logged into Zoom Lodge events, or just need a call, please contact the Secretary or myself.
Stay safe and healthy.
Worshipful Bruce MacGregor
Temperance Fortitude Prudence Justice
BEHAVIOUR after the LODGE is over and the BRETHREN not GONE
You may enjoy yourself with innocent Mirth, treating one another according to Ability, but avoiding all Excess, or forcing any Brother to eat or drink beyond his Inclination, or hindering him from going when his Occasions call him, or doing or saying anything offensive, or that may forbid an easy and free Conversation, for that would blast our Harmony, and defeat our laudable Purposes. Therefore no private Piques or Quarrels must be brought within the Door of the Lodge, far less any Quarrels about Religion, or Nations, or State Policy, we being only, as Masons, of the Universal Religion above mention'd, we are also of all Nations, Tongues, Kindreds, and Languages, and are resolv’d against all Politics, as what never yet conduct'd to the Welfare of the Lodge, nor ever will.