Masters Message March 2016

Hello my Brothers!

"Through our scientific genius we have made of the world a neighborhood; now through our moral and spiritual genius we must make of it a brotherhood.”

In his address titled “Facing the Challenge of a New Age” in Montgomery, Alabama in December of 1956 to the First Annual Institute on Non- Violence and Social Change, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to a theme that permeates who and what we are as Brothers. Our world is changing, and we, as Freemasons, are the agents of those aspects of humanity that elevate us to become better men. Through the Craft we are equipped to transcend our natural tendencies to exist as many people do, mere human animals. The Craft is one of the last bastions of civilized human society, a citadel of goodness and brotherly love on an island amidst  a sea of social chaos, moral exhaustion and emotional indifference and insensitivity.

Our March Regular Communication provides us with the opportunity  to bring to bear the best characteristics of mankind via the Craft, and focus those qualities on our candidates as they strive to achieve the degree of Master Mason.  We are presenting the Master Mason Degree in March in two parts. On Wednesday, March 16th, the First section of the Master Mason Degree will be conducted by a team of Past Grand Masters of the State of Rhode Island. We will be opening at  5:30PM that evening. This is a rare  event, and we are honored that they are willing to do this for us. The Second and Third sections of the Master Mason Degree will be on Saturday, March 19th, with lodge opening at 9AM. Please come and support our candidates and our lodge.

February’s Regular Communication provided us with the opportunity to become educated on industrial espionage. FBI Special Agent and Brother Carmine Nigro, presented the brief film “The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets.” Based on an actual case, the movie illustrates how one company was targeted by foreign actors and what the FBI did to help. This was followed by a discussion and explanation  of security awareness, insider threats, intellectual property and trade secrets protection, and other concepts important to our national interests. Brother Carmine was then engaged in a lively question and answer session that could have continued for a very long time. Many attendees requested Brother Carmine’s contact information. It is as follows:
Mr. Carmine Nigro
Special Agent - FBI Boston
Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator
617-223-6038 (Office)
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Upcoming in April at our Regular Communication will be R.W. D.D.G.M. Ken Poyton’s last official visitation to the Metro District. In May we will be hosting Euclid Lodge as they visit us in Rhode Island this year. There will be more details in the upcoming month’s trestleboards. A few last items. For dinners on our meeting nights, please call and make reservations. If you know of brothers outside of St. Johns who would like to  dine with us, please have them call as well. This simple act of courtesy is a great help to us when planning dinners.  Second, a call, a note  or a visit to a sick or shut in Brother goes a long way.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you in my travels and at our March communication.

Timothy L. Culhane
Worshipful Master