Greetings My Brothers!
I’d like to thank you for coming out in such great numbers to share the Entered Apprentice degree with our new candidates. It provides candidates with such a strong first impression of our Craft and Lodge to see so many of the Brethren at their initiation. Your officers worked hard to perform the degree with care and accuracy, and the fruit of their hard labors was clear!
The annual 10K By the Bay was held on October 14th, to benefit the Children’s Dyslexia Center of RI. Looking around along the course, as I headed to volunteer with the member s of Gaspee DeMolay, I was greeted with a familiar St. Johns 1P face at every turn along the way. The event requires a great many volunteers and the Brethren of St. Johns 1P stepped up in a big way. I commend you and truly love the spirit of volunteerism which is so alive in our Lodge!!
November is an important month for Freemasonry in Rhode Island. The Grand Lodge Semi-Annual meeting will be held on November 18th at 1PM. For those who have not attended a Grand Lodge Semi-Annual, it is a great chance to gain insight into the workings of Freemasonry at a state level. At the meeting, your Grand Council is elected, a budget is passed, and other issues of the day are discussed. While only Past Masters, Masters, and Wardens are able to vote at the meeting, it is open to all Master Masons in good standing. Suit and tie is the dress code and a 12:30 PM arrival is recommended if you would like to attend.
With the Thanksgiving holiday drawing near, November is the perfect time to remember those in need and be thankful for what we have in this world. We are blessed with so many gifts in life. I hope that each of us, in our own way, will continue to share those gifts with those in need. Several of our loving Brothers have been battling prostate cancer recently. At least 1 in 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Please please please don’t forget to see your doctor regularly and have those PSA tests done. Your health is truly the greatest and most precious gift in this world!
I wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Brothers and their families. As always, I look forward to seeing you all on the level.
With love and fraternity,
Edward D. Bertrand