This year, a few members of Lodge No. 43, representing the First Masonic District, attended the Annual Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.
Relay For Life is a community-based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place in over twenty countries. It is estimated that Relay For Life events have raised nearly $5 billion to date.
Last year our team, Freemasons for a Cure, raised over $4,000 for the cause. Please consider making a contribution to our team, Relay for Life is a 501 (c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax deductible. To find more information about the Relay for Life, please visit www.cancer.org
This year we fell short of raising $4,000 and managed to raise a noteworthy $1,530. If you’d like to make a donation online, you can still do so by August 1, 2018. Please follow the link below to help us get closer to our goal!
Brethren, this month we honor our recipients of Gold with an Official Visitation from the District Deputy Grand Master. We will be honoring members who have served this great fraternity for a period of 50, 60, and 70 years! This is quite an accomplishment, and I look forward to being able to preside over such an occasion. I know each one of these men appreciates your sincerest thanks and gratitude for their service.
It is also my pleasure to award our Darryl S. Flinn Scholarships to three worthy students who will be entering and/or returning to college. Please be sure to make these individuals feel welcome as they join us for dinner and fellowship.
On a final note, as we call off from labor for July and August, I ask that you enjoy this opportunity and make the very most of your time away. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Relay for Life and ask that you would consider making a donation to such an honorable cause.
Please Note: We will be having our Annual Summer Social, however, we are looking for a Brother with a nice backyard that would be willing to host the event. Otherwise, we will be renting facilities and informing the membership. We plan on having the Summer Social sometime in August. If interested, please contact me at your earliest convenience.
I look forward to seeing you at our next upcoming stated and extra meetings!
Your Humble Servant, L. Kenneth Bray III, WM.
Congratulations to Past Master TJ Quinn for all of his efforts to claim the traveling gavel. Also a very special “Thank You” to DDGM Ronald B. Carson for presenting the gavel at our Stated Meeting. Such a wonderful night of fellowship! Thank you to all the members, and guests, for making tonight a very special and memorable evening.
Prior to the 4/11/18 Stated Meeting L. Kenneth Bray III, Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43 and Brother Vince Spadea presented a check to Maryanne O’Neill. Mrs O’Neill is the program coordinator of Safe Families for Children, a part of Bethany Christian Services. The check was for $1000 called a Community Needs Grant from our Lodge charity fund.
Brethren, the world needs Freemasonry. There is no hiding from the current events that are taking place around the world, it seems that now, more than ever, the population would benefit from the tenants of the craft. Faith, Hope, and Charity should be exemplified by every Mason in his daily life. I encourage you to recall the lessons taught in each degree and remember how to put your working tools to better use. I would also like to remind you that in April I will be hosting an online webinar to discuss “The Builders” by Joseph Fort Newton. This month will be full of Masonic activities, I encourage you to visit the First Masonic District’s website to stay connected to all the happenings within the district lodges.
I would like to thank those that have expressed an interest in our first ever Lecture Series, and hope everyone finds it as informative and enjoyable as I know it will be. I feel our membership and district at large, will benefit greatly from these educational opportunities. I also want to remind you that a Director from Masonic Villages will be speaking at our Stated Meeting, to talk about some of the requirements to become a resident of the Masonic Villages. The Director will also take a few moments to answer any questions you may have, so please be sure not to miss this informative session. Following the Director’s presentation, Brother Joshua D. Parmer, PM will provide a Masonic Education on the scripture references in Freemasonry. I look forward to seeing you at our Stated Meeting, as well as throughout the active month.
Also, be sure to check your digital Lodge notice for a link to vote on next month’s meal before the stated meeting. The members have voted and before this month’s stated meeting we will be having Beef Stew and Biscuits!
Your Humble Servant,
Worshipful Master L. Kenneth Bray III