A word from our Officers…
From the East:
From the East:
Happy New Year my brothers!
My gratitude and an honor for electing me Worshipful Master, and I congratulate the rest of the officers, as we lead Compass Lodge into its 252nd year.
We begin this year with great optimism that the lodge may return to the strong fellowship, with faith, hope, and charity, as we come out of the other end of this pandemic. We will continue the traditions, and hopefully add a few more, that sets Compass apart in this state. In the mean time, our meetings will be hybrid, both in person and online with Zoom, with no dinners allowed at this point. In person meetings are social distanced and masks are required, the link for online Zoom is the same every month and is emailed prior to meetings.
The schedule for this year will be fluid. Some of the events for later in the year are Table lodges, fellowship breakfasts and dinners, after meeting events, and monthly lodge visitations. Many brothers are unable to attend our twice monthly meetings, brotherhood experience for us should be on the forefront. So hopefully you will be able to take part in any of the fun events this year, above and beyond our meetings.
Thank you to the directors of our Masonic Temple Corporation. The outside of our building is in the final stages of its complete makeover, and is looking spectacular. We will continue to update the building, where needed, after this major outdoor project is finished. The basement will need renovating next, not only to provide for our tenants, but possibly have more space for the brethren. Come check out our newly faced edifice and support our tenants, Half Moon and Mr. D’s.
In closing, if any of you are in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us. Compass began appointing the new position of Almoner last year for that purpose. Thank you to RWB Shelby Jackson III, who graciously volunteered, and was appointed again this year.
Brethren, may the Grand Architect of the Universe keep you and your families safe and healthy this year. Keep warm these next couple months, looking forward to seeing you in lodge or online soon.
Brother Nick Barnes
From the West:
Firstly, I want to thank all of you for electing me as Senior Warden for the ensuing year. Your confidence in me is very humbling. I hope to meet and exceed your expectations. This past year has been a weird one to say the least, and I hope that you and yours are healthy and safe. The Worshipful Master is planning a fellowship axe throwing event February 15th and other events in the coming months. Degree ritual is on hold at this time contingent on the current pandemic and whether restrictions are loosened.
Hopefully, God willing, the vaccines will work and Covid will be a thing of the past and we can get back to our normal lives as soon as possible. I miss seeing all of you in lodge and at our dinners/Fellowship breakfasts and pray that we can get back to those this year. Unfortunately this will be a fluid and ever changing year and we will keep you all up to date with the changes as we are made aware of them. As always if any brother is in sickness or distress please let us know so we can help them as best as we can.
Finally, I am hoping that when I write my second trestle board message for this year it will be full of degrees and events in lodge, although it has been very nice seeing new faces as well as some that have not been seen in lodge in a while during our communications of Zoom.
Bro. William Celata Jr.
From the South:
I would like to first congratulate all the new officers and our Worshipful Master Nick Barnes. Under his leadership and with the support of all the new officers I’m sure we’ll have another successful year. It has been a pleasure to serve Compass Lodge #9 and the brethren as an officer over the past few years and I am deeply honored to have been elected to the Junior Warden position. I will do my best to meet the expectations of the brothers and hope I am able to be as successful as those who have held this seat in the past.
The past year has presented many challenges for our lodge as we have had to adapt in ways we’ve never seen before. As we transition from 2020 into 2021 and with the rollout of vaccines, I hope we will be able to get together for fellowship as we have in the past. Once we are back to some sense of normalcy, we will plan to continue our dinners, monthly breakfasts, and events. In the meantime, the stewards and myself will commit to keeping our kitchen and dining area clean and will be available to support the lodge in any way.
I would like to take this time to introduce our new Stewards. Steven Rygiel and Kyle Piper who will be joining in the south as Junior and Senior Steward. They are hardworking and devoted to fulfilling their roles as the Stewards for the 2021 year. I would like to congratulate and welcome them into their new roles.
Finally, I would like to send prayers and best wishes to all the brothers and their families as we continue through these turbulent times. Stay safe brothers and we look forward to a great new year.
Brother Gabriel Cologna