Hello everyone! I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and New Years.
I’m sure that many of you have your share of New Year’s resolutions. Spend more time with your family; eating less, and getting in better shape is some of the normal ones. Just like you, I have some resolutions as well. One of them is to make our lodge even better than it already is! One of the ways that I would like to do this is by continuing to grow our lodge by having fun activities that involve our spouses and families. Having our spouses involved has been something that I have been trying to do since I occupied other officer positions over the past several years. Pot luck dinners, movie nights, cook outs, putt-putt golf outings, and game nights are some of the ways that I want to use to generate fun at our lodge. Another fun activity that we have used in the past few years is a Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser for the Special Olympics. This has become an annual activity. My wife, Bev and I, along with several other brethren and their spouses/ significant others are going to keep this awesome activity going for many years to come. We are also looking for another fun fund raising activity to add to our Special Olympics fund. We are going for awards in either Silver or GOLD!!! Suggestions would be appreciated! I would like our lodge to continue to grow by working on our ritual and degree work. We have ritual nights scheduled several times through the year, and I challenge the brethren of our lodge to learn a charge or a lecture and sharpen their ritual work.
We had our annual Christmas Party on Sunday the 6th with Eastern Stars. We had face painting by the Job’s Daughters, and entertainment was provided by magician “The Amazing Don Terry”. The highlight of the day was when Mrs. Claus brought in Santa Claus! Afterwards, there was a smorgasbord of cookies served. It was a very fun day all around, and very much enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to everyone that helped make this happen.
The installation of officers was very well attended. An amazing dinner was provided by Brennan’s Catering. I want to thank the installation team for all of their assistance as well as all brethren who accepted an office for this term. A special thank you goes to Job’s Daughters for the presentation of colors, and their help with serving and clean up of the dinner. Again, thanks to everyone that helped to make this night a huge success.
There are several activities scheduled this month. We have a Pot Luck Dinner & Game Night set up for Saturday January 16th, and of course our annual Breakfast in the Park on the 24th. We will have activities scheduled every month throughout the year to keep our brethren and their families involved. There will be a monthly calendar for the next month given at the last stated meeting of the month. If you would like the calendar emailed to you, please make sure I have your email address.
Several officers will be visiting other lodges that have inspections to see how their degree work compares to ours. We will be inspected in the Fellow Craft degree this year on March 3, and I would like to see the senior officers attend as many of these inspections as they can, especially the lodges doing the Fellow Craft degree. All inspections are listed on the district calendar (www.ohiodistrict22.org) with information about dinner (or not).
Next month, our lodge will be putting on its annual Awards Night on February 4th to honor brethren that have served our fraternity for many years. Our SW Bill Ritley will be hosting this event which will include a dinner. This will be an open event so that family and friends can attend. Please come and support these well deserving brethren.
Make Freemasonry a part of your life every day!
Steven Pominville, Worshipful Master