This is my final Master’s Message. So much time has passed, yet so little. So much has happened, so much accomplished. Thank you, Brothers, for allowing me the opportunity to serve St. Johns #1P, and for giving me one of the best years of my life.
May was a great month at St. Johns. On Saturday, May 14th we were pleased to host 48 brothers from New Jersey. The bi-annual visit to Rhode Island brought W:. M:. Carlos Martinez and the brothers from Euclid Lodge #136 along with a large contingency of New Jersey Grand Lodge officers. They were greeted at Fort Adams with brotherhood, fellowship, food and drink. After a very satisfying lunch and libations, our group was treated to a presentation about Fort Adams by Brother Matthew “Doc” Perry and a tour of the Fort and its Master Mason marks. From the Fort we migrated to Touro Park on Bellevue Ave. where R:.W:. Brother Richard Lynch presented a presentation of the Newport Tower, captivating and educating our members and guests with mysteries, histories, and legends and lore. From the Newport Tower we proceeded to St. Paul’s #14 where we held a Special Communication with our New Jersey brethren. Then we had a spectacular dinner, more fellowship and libations, and sadly, wished Godspeed to our brothers as they departed back to New Jersey. It was an amazing day.
Many thanks to the brothers of St. Johns, Doc Perry, Rick Lynch, and W:. M:. Andrew Daigle and W:. Dave Lavery of St. Paul’s for all of the effort and hard work put in to make the day a resounding success. I also want to give a very special thanks to Anne Mohrmann and Lauren Fielding for their extraordinary efforts and work for this event.
On Wednesday, May 18th we had our monthly communication. I sat in the East so proud of this year’s class of candidates. Ten of eleven of our class of new Master Masons performed their proficiency examination and signed the by-laws of St. Johns #1 Providence. We opened, closed and had a wonderful dinner, followed by a presentation by Mr. Robert Greene III, owner and proprietor or Greenwich Cove Meadery. His presentation was informative and educational, all about mead, agriculture, history and the current global crisis with honey bees. It was followed by a tasting.
In June, our regular communication on the 15th will be awards night followed by fellowship. Please come and support the brothers receiving their awards.
If you have applications from prospective candidates, please bring them so that they can be read at our June meeting. Please be prayerful of those on our sick list and remember those brothers who cannot make it to our communications.
Again, a big thank you to the Wardens, Officers and Brethren of St. Johns #1 Providence for an exceptional year. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in my further travels and at our June communication.
Yours in the Craft,
Timothy L. Culhane