Manfred Diel Jr
Looking forward to this year, it is my intention to bring more activities and fun into the lodge. Since I have come to Overseas, the one thing that I want to escalate is the enjoyment of the fraternity of brotherhood. With that in mind, we will try something different. Our communications will be held first and then we will go to dinner outside of the lodge. This will allow a more relaxed dinner, better meals, and the open ended time to enjoy the company of our brethren. Dinner arrangements will be announced in the lodge.
History, especially Masonic history, is something that we all enjoy and I have arranged for several Masonic historians to make presentations when we do not have degree work scheduled. At our December communication, we will have our first presentation by Br. Manuel Ferreira III. I can assure you that the program will command your attention and inspire a deeper understanding of our heritage and our origins.
Officer rehearsals will be the Monday preceding the regular communication unless we are doing degree work. When we are doing degrees, there will be three rehearsal nights; the Tuesday the week before, the Thursday the week before, and the Monday before the degree night. These rehearsals are intended to bring our proficiency up to the high standards that we should be operating from. As we develop proficiency, these extra rehearsals will be eliminated.
We still do not have a mission and that is something that we need to take up in the lodge. I would like to propose that we support the RI Veteran’s Home however this is only my suggestion. I have had the pleasure of visiting the home and talking with senior veterans and have found some of the conversations to be eye opening and very enjoyable. I will be asking for other suggestions from the brothers.
Hockey and baseball outings will also be on the agenda for the year and at the January communication a schedule for the calendar will be given out or e mailed to all of the brethren. The Polar Plunge is already scheduled for New Years Day and we will be having this in concert with Jenks Lodge. I remind you to please start cultivating financial sponsors for this event and sponsor forms will be available at the next communication.
Yours in the Craft, Dale P. Euga, Worshipful Master