As autumn has arrived and the days have grown shorter so is my time in the East. I can’t believe that a year has almost passed since starting this amazing journey. I have been humbled and proud to be given this opportunity to carry on the traditions of our lodge. On a personal note, I would like to thank my wife, Sharon, for all the support and love she has given me through my Masonic journey. She supported me during the long nights out and during the times I was working on lodge materials at home. She is my best friend and companion. Thank you!
I would like to take this moment to thank WB Chris Ramsey and Claudette Mertens for again leading our efforts at UConn home games. They, along with brothers, wives, family and friends have made the UConn concessions at the Rent a big success. This work has become such an integral part of our fund-raising activities for the lodge. As they say, “many hands make for light work”. If you can, please take an opportunity to volunteer and join us for a time of fellowship, football and fun, all while supporting our lodge!
In my final Master’s Message, I will make a very serious plea to a small number of Brothers. It’s a plea to do nothing more than what you promised to do. Each year at this time, a list is created of those Brothers who have not yet paid their dues. After MULTIPLE mailings, it is my sad duty to follow up and potentially act on this list. Brothers, if you are unable to pay promptly for whatever reason, PLEASE contact either the Secretary or the Worshipful Master. We will gladly work with you.
I will be planning one more Lodge of Fun for this year. Some of the places we have visited are a winery in Coventry, dinner at The Red Onion in South Windsor, dinner at Main St. Grill in Niantic, and a few other tasty restaurants. To date, each has been well attended with between 14 and 30 Brothers and Families. We have enjoyed great conversations and plenty of laughs, so please join us for a fun night out.
As a reminder, Saturday, November 10th we will be hosting a Military Mess Night to celebrate and pay tribute to all Veterans. It will be a formal evening, black tie or Military equivalent, and limited to 60 participants. Don’t hesitate on your reservation. If you cannot attend, please consider donating to the raffle. All profits will be donated to The Allied Forces Foundation.
Again, this year, we will be supporting Toys for Tots through the US Marine Corp. WB Dennis Bellamy will coordinate this event. Please bring your unwrapped toy donation to the lodge starting on November 1st and ending on December 15th.
In closing, I would like to express my gratitude and admiration to the Brethren, Officers and Past Masters for your overwhelming support and friendship during this past year. With this type of support there can be no doubt as to the future success of this Lodge.
David S. LaFargue