This past month has been a busy one for St. Johns Lodge #1 Providence. We participated in the Metro District Charity Chili-Cook off event held at Jenks Lodge on December 4, 2016. While we did not win we had a great turn out for the event with over twelve different chilis to sample. Our annual Holiday party at the Shrine Imperial Room was held on December 9, 2016 with over one hundred twenty brothers and their guests in attendance. The food was well prepared with many compliments. Music was performed by Bro. Castellone during the cocktail hour and a DJ continued until the end of the night with holiday music and then more pop sounds. On December 17, 2016 we held our annual holiday basket event. We put together eighty five baskets with the help of about one hundred volunteers. Our brothers from Daylight Lodge prepared and served a breakfast for all those who attended.
Our monthly communication was held jointly with Ezekiel Bates Lodge of Attleboro, MA. Both lodges meet on the same night so dispensations were obtained from both the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. St. Johns Lodge #1 Providence opened and closed in due form receiving our District Deputy Grand Master for the Metro District, R∴W∴ Gary S. Kaufman. As part of R∴W∴ Kaufman’s suite was the R∴W∴ District Deputy Grand Master of the 16th Masonic District in Massachusetts, Christopher J. Lindsay. During the business portion of our meeting our Grand Master of Rhode Island, M∴W∴ Stephen T. McGuire entered. He was announced by his Grand Marshall, R∴W∴ Elliott R. Greene. Grand Honors were extended and the Grand Master had some brief remarks. After dinner we returned to a lodge room completely different from our usual set up. Worshipful Keith Goblin opened Ezekiel Bates Lodge in long form, receiving his District Deputy, R∴W∴ Christopher J. Lindsay, along with our Most Worshipful Grand Master Stephen T. McGuire and District Deputy R∴W∴ Gary S. Kaufman. The purpose of the joint meeting was to allow the brethren of both states to observe the different form and practices of each state lodge. Upn close of the meeting we all enjoyed collation and fellowship for the reminder of the evening.
This month at our communication we will be conducting the Fellowcraft Degree upon our candidates. We look forward to providing our candidates this degree as they continue to move forward in Freemasonry. Also on February 2, 2017, the Grand Master will be making a visitation to his mother lodge, Mt. Vernon. All brethren are welcomed to attend. Have a safe month and I look forward to seeing you in lodge soon.