From The East – March 2017

Greetings Brethren!

And just like that, February has come and gone.  Brother Jeffrey Smith was Passed to the degree of a Fellowcraft Mason, and we congratulate him on his continued journey into Masonry.  Senior Warden Mike Stuhr did a great job of conferring the degree and I enjoyed a peaceful evening observing from the South.  March 8th we will be Raising Brother Smith, and you are all cordially invited to attend!

It appears our Shrine brothers had a very successful circus, and I congratulate them and appreciate their hard work and dedication.  I hope you were all able to attend this fantastic event.

The annual Grand Lodge Communication was held the first weekend of February, and there was much fellowship, fun, and food.  Fortunately, your representatives were able to avoid (mostly) intemperance and excess, and return with energy and grand ideas for the lodge.  Please plan on attending next year, especially if you have never gone before.  I promise you that you will enjoy the company and events that are planned.

Special thanks to Junior Warden Bryan Rock for the delicious Valentine’s Day Dinner!  And a heartfelt thank you to those that attended the meal and fellowship.  It truly was a most enjoyable evening.

As it is Presidents Day today (as I write this), here is a little masonic history regarding our first President:

George Washington served as the first President of the United States of America.  He was inaugurated on April 30, 1789 and served two terms as President.  Born in 1732, Washington was initiated on November 4, 1752, passed on March 3, 1753, and raised a Master Mason on August 4, 1753 in Fredericksburg Lodge, Virginia.  He would serve as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Armies during the Revolutionary War.  In 1788, Washington was appointed Charter Master of Alexandria Lodge No. 22, Virginia during the organization of the lodge and in December 1788, he was elected Master.  There is no evidence that he was ever installed or presided over any meetings of this lodge.  While President, he would act as Grand Master in leveling the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 1793.  During his life, Washington was somewhat active and supportive of Freemasonry.  He died on December 14, 1799, less than three years following his second term as President.

Fraternally,

Michael E Tomasiewicz

Worshipful Master