I hope 2018 is treating my brethren well so far. It’s hard to believe we’re April already. At this rate, it’ll be time to start our Christmas shopping before we know it! It’s been a good year thus far in terms of membership. In January we initiated two new Entered Apprentices – David Jones and Simon McKenna – and in March we raised five Master Masons – John Christie, Guy Dalton, Rick Gursky, Bill Hudson and Jerry Ortkiese.
We’ve started monthly ritual rehearsals to improve our degree work and periodic sessions to work on the Lodge Officers Training Course (LOTC) to prepare our line officers and any who might be interested in going that route in the future. We’ve also had some interesting Masonic Education programs during our Stated Communications and have made charity work an important part of our mission, contributing to the Bahia Shrine transportation fund (for transporting injured children to the Shriners Hospitals) and to our Masonic Youth. If you haven’t been to Lodge in a while I invite you to come and be part of the team, so you can help us make 2018 a banner year for Orange Lodge 36.
Well, brethren, it has certainly been an inauspicious start to my year in the East. I was really looking forward to my first meeting as Worshipful Master, but the Flu had other plans; nonetheless, I understand our officers did just fine without me, which is the mark of a good officer line. I owe a debt of gratitude to our Brother Senior Warden who stepped right up to the plate to run the meeting and to R؞H؞ Van Pelt, who was kind enough to offer his gentle assistance. “Team George” saved the day! Also, I understand I missed out on a great Lodge birthday cake, courtesy of Jessica Higgins, wife of our Brother Junior Warden. She did a spectacular job, judging from the photo on Facebook. Very creative! Happy 162nd birthday to Orange Lodge 36! Hope I’m around to see what the next 162 years holds.
I have some interesting Masonic Education programs planned for the year and would invite our members to attend a Lodge meeting and check us out, especially if you haven’t made it out in a while. There is a lot of good camaraderie within the brotherhood and some good things are happening around your Lodge. Our meetings aren’t just business. In my experience the majority of brothers join the fraternity for three main reasons – the esoteric aspect, the focus on charitable work, and the brotherhood. Interestingly enough, no brother I’ve ever spoken to told me that he joined Masonry so he could attend business meetings. With that in mind, the Masonic Education programs planned for the year will address the esoteric aspect; we are involved in a number of charitable projects in our community and are always interested in doing more; and, the “band of brothers” currently attending Lodge meetings (and those new petitioners as well as EA/FC brothers who are already getting involved) are building a strong bond built on peace, harmony and brotherly love. I invite you to come on out and be a part of all the good things that are taking place at Orange Lodge 36!
Family Day was Sunday, April 30th at Orange Lodge 36. This event featured an open event to the general public that was filled with lots of food, fun, prizes, and even some pies to the face. Orange 36 was lucky enough to have Mayor Kilsheimer join us for the presentation of the “Orange Howler”. Orange 36 also gave away an American Flag that was flown over the Capitol in Washington, DC. Stay tuned for more upcoming events in the future from Orange 36.
We had a recent visit and a presentation from the DeMolay and Eastern Star groups at our last meeting, along with 17th District Deputy Grand Master Willy B! We love having visitors to our lodge. We have a very active 2017 planned – come be a part of something special at Orange 36!