Once again, I find myself writing to you from the East. Believe me when I tell you that this was the last thing I thought I would be doing a couple of years ago.
Nonetheless, I am humbled and honored to be, once again, elected as the Master of The Phoenix Lodge.
We have a great line of officers who have worked very hard to perfect their ritual and they need you to come to Lodge and show them your support. The kind of support that only The Phoenix Lodge is known for!! Over the next few years these men will be going to the East for the first time and I think we should make them work for it by performing their ritual in front of a big audience.
Our newest Master Mason John Nisby has been diligently working towards completing the requirements for the Rookie Award and has agreed to be our Inside Sentinel as well. In my opinion, John epitomizes what Masonry is all about. Come and meet John.
We will be conferring the Master Mason Degree on our newest Brother, Gael Sergile, in November and will also be receiving RW Steven Swinhart for an Official Visit. Gael’s mentor from Haiti, Bro. Guerino Berliss, will be there to support him as he is raised to the sublime degree. Full sidelines will make our new candidate and his guest feel much more welcome and special.
I remember one night, a long time ago, one of our Brothers referring to our meetings saying, “If I am going to be out of the house I need to be doing something fun”. His statement has stayed with me for all these years and to this end, I would ask you to tell me what you want to see happen at your meetings. The monthly meetings are for you and I would love to hear your thoughts. Shoot me an email and tell me what you would like to see at our meetings. My email address is email@example.com.
If you haven’t been to Lodge in a while I can tell you that we have raised the bar regarding our dinners and collation. Our own Secretary Brother Dave Tinley has become quite the chef and the meals have been terrific.
The officers have each taken on the responsibility of planning an event in the coming year such as a Table Lodge, a Scotch tasting with of course a good cigar, a Wine tasting night and a Sideliners night, which is always a lot of fun, to name a few. We will also be planning a Ladies Night out somewhere other than our Lodge.
Of course, we will also be planning the usual events such as our Widows and Seniors Dinner, Past Master’s Night and the Salvation Army Dinner.
I look forward to seeing you all at our November meeting.
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.