A word from our Officers…
From the East:
From the East:
Dear Brethren of Compass Lodge,
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for bestowing upon me the honor and privilege of being elected as Worshipful Master for the upcoming year. I believe that we have a fine and strong officer line in place with fresh new brothers jumping in to take up the yoke for the work ahead. It is getting colder as I compose this message and the days turn into night all too quickly this time of year. It is of the utmost importance that we be aware of any Brothers in distress or their wives, widows and orphans in need.
One matter of note to be aware of, we will be opening lodge at 7:30 PM this year, sue to my work requirements. I do apologize to any brother that this may bring discomfort to. Our meals, prior to a stated communication will begin at 6:30. We have a solid year planned with some new ideas for fundraisers to replace the Two Ball Cane Golf Tournament that was our main source of income for 14 years. Any Brother who is interested in joining our fundraising team efforts, please feel free to contact me or one of the Wardens. I am planning a very special Master Mason Degree for April, something that I think will be very memorable, more details to follow.
We will be involved with a few parades this year, the New Haven St. Patrick’s Parade, Wallingford’s Memorial Day Parade and the Wallingford 350th Jubilee Parade, so make sure that you have some comfortable walking shoes ready (we are working on getting a float for the 350).
Overall, we need to be more of a community presence in Wallingford. Many people know a little about what we are and may not even realize that they know many of us personally, we need to change that and get good men saying, “That is something that I want to be involved in!”
Please check your mailboxes, as we have sent out the dues notices for 2020, and there will be no increase on our fees this year! Again brothers, wishing you a warm and safe holiday season and may you find peace and serenity in the winter weather.
From the West:
Happy New Year! Hope your holiday season was filled with joy, happiness, and brotherly love.
I want to thank the Compass brothers for electing me Senior Warden for 2020, our 251st year! It will be my honor to continue the Compass Lodge tradition of great ritual, charity, and fellowship, that has made Compass one of the premier lodges in the state.
We invite all brothers to come congratulate the new line of officers as our communications begin in January.
Please join us in February as we commence the three degrees of masonry. Compass will initiate candidates at our Entered Apprentice on February 3rd.
On Monday, March 2nd, we will portray the Fellowcraft Degree. The 2nd communication in March, we are planning the always enjoyable Table Lodge.
Compass lodge has a special treat in store in April for all brethren to look forward to. On Monday, April 20th, Keystone Chapter #27, Royal Arch Masons will present the Master Mason degree in Royal Arch regalia. Several brothers of Compass are companions of Keystone, along with the other outstanding ritualists of the chapter, I am confident this event will be a historic night.
In speaking of historic nights, May communications brings us our annual Compass lodge history lecture and a Ladies at the Table Lodge event.
Looking forward to another eventful year with Compass, hope to see you in lodge soon, so that I may pay your wages if aught be due.
Brother Nick (Francis) Barnes
From the South:
First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your confidence in me as your Junior Warden for the next year and I hope I can live up to or exceed your expectations, and more importantly trusting the stewards and myself to prepare your dinners and breakfasts.
Worshipful Master Christian has a full year of Masonic events planned. Our famous monthly all you can eat fellowship breakfast returns on January 12 from 8am to 10am and on the second Sunday of the month every month there after. We hope you all can join us for good food and fellowship and bring your friends and family. March 16 will be the first of two Table Lodges we will hold this year, time and place is still to be determined. This table lodge will not be a ladies at the table but our second one will be. All of our Stated Communications this year will start at 7:30 PM with dinner preceding that at 6:30 PM.
We have 3 great stewards this year in Andrew Tomassello, Kyle Piper and Steve Rygiel. We look forward to serving this year and hope that you will enjoy our dinner choices. We have come up with some plans for our dinners but we would welcome any suggestions any Brother has on a dinner or breakfast menu.
Lastly, I hope you and your families have a happy and healthy Christmas and I look forward to seeing all of you again in the New Year.
Brother William Celata Jr