~From the East~

Greetings from the East, Brethren, I wish to thank everyone for electing me to serve as the Master of your Lodge for another masonic year. The October communication was unprecedented with a business meeting, an annual meeting, election and installation of officers along with an official visit by the District Deputy.

This has been a difficult year. However, prior to the pandemic, the Lodge was doing well. Officer rehearsals were well attended, degree work was happening and the Lodge was moving forward. Unfortunately, the timing is still not right for large gatherings and we must still take a more cautious approach. Difficult to apply and uncertain of success as it may be, the minimizing of contact seems at present to offer the best chance we have of controlling the ravages of COVID-19 among our members.

In light of the recent spike of reported cases across the Commonwealth and across the district, it is justifiable to increase the emphasis already placed on the asymptomatic COVID-19 patient as a definite focus of infection and to continue taking reasonable measures to reduce crowding and keep direct contact to a minimum during the current period of pandemic prevalence.

In the interest of protecting the health, safety and well-being of the brethren, hybrid meetings will always be available. As we all know from our own personal experience, it has been a year of adapting to quickly changing times. Practically overnight, we went from working and collaborating on a daily basis with each other in our Lodge to working and interacting via telephone and, Zoom. I am grateful to all of you for adeptly adapting, to my officers for facilitating this transition, and to the technology that allowed it to happen.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the blessings of the last year, however few they may be. We have our health, our families and anything else that has got us through these difficult times.

Now is not the time to give in to our emotions. As the physicist Marie Curie said: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." May the blessings of the Grand Architect of the Universe be with you and your loved ones.

Happy thanksgiving,

Wor. Michael J Weydt
Worshipful Master
Saint George Lodge

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