On 11 November, 2018 Overseas Lodge conducted it’s Annual Communication. I had been combating a bitof laryngitis and it was an early start of an otherwise chilly day, with breakfast at Mt. Vernon then off to theVeteran’s Cemetery in Exeter where we presented the colors for the wreath presentation by Grand Lodge.Before we left we visited W Manny Lewis’s grave site and rendered a salute. I will be using his gavel thisyear in his memory.
Lunch was ready at the Lodge and Holli did her usual great job. The Most Worshipful Grand Master and many Grand Lodge officers were in attendance. At 1300 hours we opened the regular portion of the meeting. After business was concluded the Annual Meeting was declared open and was followed by a semi-public installation of Officers. I was very pleased that so many Brothers, Family, and Friends came out to observeVeteran’s Day with us and honored our men and women in uniform.
The Annual Banquet was held at Lancelotta’s and featured a grand buffet complete with party favors and music for dancing. I have been told it was the “gold standard” (no pun intended), and a good time was had byall. I must thank Michelle and all the Brothers who worked so hard to make this event possible.
The Grand Lodge semi-annual communication was held on the 17th of November and Overseas was pleased to present the colors at the meeting and at the Fall Festival. We will have quite a few upcoming events and somuch more to do. I’m hoping that you will come to lodge because it is a fun and fulfilling experience for you. Ican guarantee that the brotherly love and comradeship will be second to none. As RW Kenneth Poyton saidin his address, “as Masons we are more alike than unalike” and it resonates loud and clear.
I extend a humble and brotherly “thank you” to you all for your confidence and trust in my abilities to leadOverseas Lodge for the 2018—2019 year, (which incidentally, is the centennial of Overseas Lodge #40).
I must say Brethren, it is quite surreal to sit in the East. I have been hearing many rumors and chatter duringmy journey through the line and it is true that it really is the “best seat in the house”, but it is so because of all of you! This year while using Brother Lewis’s gavel in the East, I am confident that along with Brothers Martin, (Chaplain), Euga, Senior Deacon, (who wears Manny’s jewel), and the many Past Masters of Overseas Lodge; Iwill have very good counsel and direction during the year.
Please feel free to reach out to me with and ides and/or concerns which you may have. Remember...”This is your lodge!”
Yours in the Craft, Andy Gold Worshipful Master