I hope this message finds you and your families in good health. December is a time for giving, something we as Freemasons do year round. But in this tempestuous sea of troubles we will persevere, we look forward, towards the light of 2021, and work to provide relief to those in need.
December was the third combination in-Lodge business meeting and simulcast live on Zoom. Thank you to Brother David Tinley for stepping back into the Secretary’s chair for the evening and filling in as Secretary, Treasurer, and Audit Committee. RW Arnold Johnson brought us up to date with the efforts of the By-laws Committee. The Lodge voted on providing financial assistance to the local food banks.
Worshipful Lawrence Friedman announced the formation of the Charity Committee, whose commitment is to develop ideas to help the community and engage Brothers in charitable events that adhere to the restrictions we now live in. If you have any ideas contact him directly.
Historically, the December Meeting is our Salvation Army night. Under the current circumstances we modified this to a toy and donation drop-off on Saturday, December 12th. Phoenix Lodge and the local community stepped up the challenge by presenting Salvation Army with over $4,000.00 in checks, cash, and presents for the families in need.
Update on Candidates: To date Phoenix has one Candidate voted in, two currently assigned to Investigation Committees, and at least four others engaged in discussions.
Phoenix Lodge once again assisted the 18th District with Lodge of Instruction on Thursday, December 17th. We telecast the meeting live from the Phoenix Lodge Zoom Studio.
Our next Regular Communication is Thursday, January 7th. It will be another combination in-Lodge and Zoom meeting. The Zoom doors will open at 6:00 PM, and the business meeting will open at 7:00.
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.
As always, if you know of any Brothers who need assistance at home, getting logged into Zoom Lodge events, or just need a call, contact the Secretary or myself.
Finally, please check your wallet for your dues card. Is it a current 2021 dues card? I want all of our members to carry a current dues card.
The main source of income for Phoenix Lodge is the dues it collects from its members. The Lodge is obligated to pay Grand Lodge dues for your membership, regardless of whether you have paid your dues. We also continue to have monthly expenses just to keep the Lodge running in these tough times.
If you are having difficulty paying your dues at this time, please contact our Secretary Wor. Larry Friedman (781-789-7839, email@example.com) so that we can discuss your situation confidentially and find a solution. We are always open to working with our Brethren in any way we can, but we must hear from you. Thank you.
Happy Holidays to all.
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.