From The East

“Stretching Forth in Our Community”

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019 brethren! I trust each of you and your families had a joyous holiday.

I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in making sure the open installation was a huge success. A great time was had by all. I would also like to take this moment to thank each and every one of you for placing your trust in me to be your Worshipful Master this year. I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity.

This is a milestone year for our lodge being the 165th anniversary of our charter. In conjunction with this milestone, it will be our honor to listen as Right Worshipful Brother Jimmy Tomko presents a brief history of our lodge during the January stated. I encourage everyone to come join us, more especially our senior members, as we benefit from sharing stories and recollecting the past. I also plan to confer with the Craftsmen’s Club to discuss a celebration of some kind during the year in recognition of this achievement.

We will hit the ground running as we have a lot of degree work ahead of us. There is a double entered apprentice degree scheduled for January 5 at 9am. We have a fellowcraft degree scheduled for January 10 at 7pm and we plan to read two more petitions for the first time at the January stated. I hope each of you can find time to reach out your hand and assist with as much of the work as you can. Whether it is degree work, teaching catechisms, fundraisers, or preparing meals, I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities as the year progresses to offer your assistance. Remember, we as a whole are only as good as the sum of our parts.

I wish all of you and your families a HAPPY and PROSPEROUS New Year!