Well we have just finished our first meeting and I overestimated the number of Brothers that would be present for dinner. The beef and fixings were delicious but we had a lot of leftovers. I will cut back on the numbers for the next meeting and we will serve those who make reservations first and then the rest. Reservations are appreciated for many reasons. The meal will consist of salad, bread and butter, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, gravy, and vegetables. There will be a basket on the table for donations of $10.00.
The December meeting was short and we discussed many topics regarding the operation of the lodge, votes were taken and decisions were made. If you would like more information, please attend a meeting and offer your opinion.
With our Annual in November and the many Masonic activities in December there has not been enough time to prepare for the many programs we tried to promote. At our joint Holiday Party with Jenks Lodge there were only two of us that were able to attend. Thank you Brother Joe Pine and his family for participating. The last minute notice we received from Grand Lodge provided an opportunity for only three members of our lodge to participate in giving out gifts to the Veterans at our Veterans Home in Bristol. Thank you Brothers Neal Bowman and Pat Paolo.
Please do not forget our District Charity event, the Penguin Plunge, on January 1 at Roger Wheeler State Beach. You can still sign up and you don't have to go in the water, (but many will), and of course you can always make a donation to a great cause.
I have decided to give the officers another month to prepare for the EA degree so that will be held in February. We will have a program for this meeting so please come out and support the lodge.
See you at the lodge.
Bryan Martin Worshipful Master