A word from our Officers…
From the East:
I hope this finds you well! As we move closer to the end of our Masonic calendar and since this will be my last trestle board, I feel this is a good time to reflect on what has been an exciting year as we celebrated our 250th anniversary!
We as a lodge have many achievements to be proud of this year including new furniture in the dining hall, an ad book to help cover the cost of festivities, a special St Patrick’s event, our lodge re-dedication by the Grand Lodge, commemorative coins, amazing T-shirts, pins, and glasses, a fun filled gala, a well attended Memorial Day parade, a festive board, an historic re-enactment of the founding of the lodge, an outstanding awards night recognizing many worthy brothers anniversaries and two high school school scholarship awards, a special St. John’s day celebration followed by a parade to the Center Street cemetery to honor our past brothers, reframing of the George Washington baptismal cloth in museum quality glass, hosted a summer concert at Masonicare, a summer luau, several outstanding degrees, excellent monthly breakfasts and meals at every meeting, and a reception for two of our exemplary brothers, District Deputy of District 4B, Right Worshipful Brother Shelby P. Jackson III and his Associate Grand Marshal, Worshipful Brother, Kostas Antoniou!
We also have a new and exciting fundraiser planned for this Fall. More to come on that.
As we head into the “home stretch” I want to thank all of the brothers and officers who made this year the success it has been. Let’s keep the momentum going for a full Fall schedule and into next year as well! Thank you
From the West:
Greetings Brothers! It seems the time has flown by and here we are gearing up for our final third of the year! I hope that the summer break has given each of you time to refresh and relax As is our custom, we will not be meeting on the first Monday in September, due to the Labor Day holiday, get those last cook outs in! We will return to our labors on September 16th.
On October 7th, please come out to support our officers and candidates on this step up night.
We look forward to the Master Mason Degree that will be performed by the Past Masters on the 18th. Finally, to finish out the year we will have our elections for 2020 on December 2nd, with our instillation of officers to follow close behind on Saturday December 7th. The annual Compass Holiday Party, that will take place at the lodge on Monday December 16th, is open to all families. I will make the request that Santa put this date on his calendar of events as he has graciously done in the past!
In January, we will remembering those brothers who have laid down the working tools in 2019. This will be done on the first stated communication of 2020, January 6th. We will follow up with our budget review on January 20th.
Brothers, this year is almost behind us and we look forward to seeing you all at the lodge. If anyone needs a ride to an event, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can arrange to see you there!
From the South:
I hope all of you are enjoying the splendors of the summer season. With this tremendously busy 250th anniversary year, summer break has been a welcome respite.
The officers have still met over the last couple months to keep the celebration momentum going. Gratitude goes out to all who assisted and came to Compass’ summer Luau/Pig Roast. A special thanks to WM Christian G. for hosting the gathering and to SW Christian S. for preparing/roasting the 50lb pig and squeezing it into our lodge oven.
As we finish out the year, please remember our famous $5 monthly breakfasts on the 2nd Sunday each month 8am – 10am. We will continue to have a dinner at 6pm before each meeting. Please come out and enjoy the friendship and brotherhood over great food and libations.
We are in the planning stage of hosting a private dinner in the next few months, at our lodge, by a Master Chef. More details to follow as a date is scheduled. It has been an honor to represent Compass as Junior Warden this year, and I look forward to assisting the lodge as it continues to flourish into the next 250 years.
Brother Nick (Francis) Barnes