We’re at that wonderful part of the year when the snow melts, trees are a bit greener, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the winter cold gives way to the warmer and more welcoming winds of springtime. As life begins to re-blossom in our part of the world, it reminds me of what we have accomplished as a lodge so far this year and all we hope to accomplish in the near future. As in the past, our annual Irish Night was started by the wonderful display of talent by students of the Golden Harp Irish Dance Company. This was followed by a delicious homemade, corned beef, cabbage, and potato dinner. The night also included door prizes that a few attendees were lucky enough to win and take home that night. I would like to say thank you to our Junior Deacon, Brother Rick Balboni and his family for all their hard work and help in creating another great event for our lodge. Everyone had a wonderful time!!
This year was our 54th annual Pancake Festival. Thank you to all that came and those that helped. I would also like to give a big thank you to our Senior Deacon, Brother Brad Young and his team for their tireless efforts to ensure that everything went off without a hitch. It was another successful event for our lodge this year.
Once a month, a group of brothers has been meeting at the lodge to have Masonic Esoteric Discussions. These meetings are very interesting and delve into the deeper meanings of masonry, symbols and other themes that correlate. I would recommend any and all brothers to attend. These discussions are enlightening and perhaps give the brothers a chance to discuss subjects of masonry not typically discussed in our regular meetings. I will keep everyone posted as to when these meetings happen throughout the year.
Looking at the calendar for the upcoming months, you will see that there are many more opportunities to spend time with your Brothers at a variety of functions. Our next Lodge of Fun will be on Friday, May 10th, 6pm at Plaza Azteca in Manchester. As always, it should be a nice night of food, drinks and fellowship. For our first meeting in June (the 6th) we will be having a Fellowcraft degree for which our Senior Warden, Brother Marcos Garcia will be sitting in the East.
Our annual lodge trip is scheduled for September 13th- 15th. We will be going to Salem, MA. The cost is $500 per person. Please RSVP with your first deposit for the trip ($100) with our Treasurer, Russell L. Scull II.
Additionally, for later in the year, I would like everyone to save a date. On November 16th @ the Manchester Country Club, the lodge will be throwing a Roaring 20s Party. Get your Wing tips,
bow ties and flapper apparel out for a fun night of eating, drinking, music and dancing. Family and friends are invited!! An official flyer will go out the closer we get to the date. Don’t forget to forward your updated contact information to the secretary of the lodge and we are looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
Gabriel A. Garmendia – Worshipful Master