From The East – May 2017

Greetings Brethren!

April showers bring May flowers, and I am really looking forward to less of the former and more of the latter!

April was another busy month at Mizpah.  We completed our annual lodge proficiency and celebrated Easter with a delicious breakfast and an egg hunt.  A great time was had by all … and I expect some parents were pretty happy about all of the sugary treats!  Our lodge is becoming a very welcoming place for these types of activities, and I especially thank Brother Rock for organizing another successful lodge activity.

WELL DONE SIR!  Our love for bacon is alive and well!

Mizpah assisted the neighborhood association with their annual neighborhood cleanup on April 29th.  We fielded a small but mighty crew to assist with manning the “unwanted item reception line”.  My brothers, I encourage you to consider offering up your time to help our local community.  We can all make a difference, and the appreciation we receive from our assistance pays strong dividends.

May will bring with it more degree work as well as another family activity tentatively scheduled for the 17th.  We are working on reserving a block of tickets for a Stormchasers game that night.  More details will follow, including the cost.  Bring the family and enjoy a wonderful evening at the ballpark.  Bark in the Park, Paw Patrol will be there, and $.25 hotdogs!!  There will be more info in the coming days as we finalize arrangements.

I was thinking today about the dedication of Masons in all of the various bodies, and the dedication to the Craft that they display whether it is learning lectures, manning activities, holding offices, or just participating in the fellowship that our fraternity provides, and it never fails to astound me that Men of every Country, sect and opinion can meet and celebrate our commonalities as well as our differences.  It truly is an amazing organization, and I could not be more pleased and honored to be among you all.

Brothers, if it has been a while since you’ve made an appearance at the lodge, please consider joining us.  We miss you.  If you need a ride, give me a call.  Our fraternity is so much stronger when you are an active part of it!!

Finally, I leave you with this quote from one of our more famous Brothers:

”It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. ”–BRO.THEODORE ROOSEVELT


Michael E Tomasiewicz

Worshipful Master