During our January meeting I had the pleasure of starting two good men, Brothers Damion Anthony Reece and John Thomas Shelley, on their journey into Freemasonry. The officers of The Phoenix Lodge did an outstanding job and I could not be more proud of them.
We had a very healthy discussion on Lodge finances and all agree that in order for us to continue the good work we do in our community we must, at the very least, break even on all Lodge activities and events.
To this end, I have asked our Treasurer, Brother Sean to give us a monthly financial snapshot and although this is a difficult task, due to the way monies come in and out of our Lodge, Sean will attempt to give us as clear a picture as he can each month.
I have also asked our Secretary to check with Grand Lodge on the requirements of switching our communication to an emailed version, for those Brothers willing, which would save a substantial amount of money. In the near future, you will receive an email asking you to simply reply or, if requirements dictate, to fill out a form and return it to the Lodge. If this is something you are willing to do it will help our Lodge.
We are now reconciling our monthly dinners which allows us to be much more efficient when purchasing and thereby saving a good amount of money. We are also looking into a fundraiser for our Lodge and will keep you posted as we determine the best approach.
I will continue to review our expenses as compared to our budget and will continue to update you as appropriate.
During our meeting a ballot was taken and Mr. David D’Amore was unanimously elected to receive the Degrees in Freemasonry. David will begin his journey in April. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting David several times and I can tell you that he is a good man and will make an excellent addition to the fraternity and more importantly The Phoenix Lodge.
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.