Greetings My Brothers,
Spring is finally here and it’s about time! After this long and drawn out winter, our lodge is gearing up for a very busy upcoming schedule. Two important events are happening right at the beginning of the month. On April 7th, we will hold our 3rd Degree for our five Fellowcrafts. All of the positions are being filled by lodge members and as such, this degree will qualify us for the Meacham Award for the first time in our Lodge’s history. I am very proud and thankful for everyone’s dedication and hard work over this year in order to get us this award. Dinner will be at 6:30pm with the Degree conferral to proceed at 7:30pm. I ask that you please try to make it for this meeting as a way to welcome five new Master Masons to our lodge.
Also early in April is our PA Degree Exemplification Event. On April 11th, beginning at 11:30am, we will be hosting the District 6 Degree Team from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. They will be exemplifying the Pennsylvania EA and MM Degrees in our Lodge Room! There is no charge for the event, but we are asking that any member who is interested or able to donate towards offsetting some of the cost involved to please do so on the day of the event. Any donations collected in excess of expenses will be donated to the Brotherhood Fund in the name of the District Six Degree Team.
A meal and fellowship will be provided and the event is expected to run until about 4:00pm. If you are interested in joining us, please email email@example.com with your name and the number of Master Masons joining you. Please note that this event is open to only Master Masons. I do hope you consider joining us for what is sure to be a fantastic event and spirited fellowship with our Brothers from the Grand Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania!
I also want to update you regarding FCC’s participation in the St. Baldricks Event at Kitty Hoynes on March 1st. Our lodge had seven Shavees: RW Fred Brown, W Ryan Boyle, W Ricardo Colon, Bro. Mark Appleby, FC Scott Brown, FC Jim Beglinger, and myself, W Dan Campis. Together our team raised about $3,300.00 for the St. Baldricks Foundation in just under 4 weeks. A huge amount of thanks goes to RW Fred Brown who single-handedly raised over $1600.00! Stroll over to http://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/fcc305 to check out our progress and catch a picture of the team in all our bald glory!
We weren’t the only Masons who participated. Team Konosioni with 17 brothers raised over $10,500.00! The fraternity was well represented and our true charitable nature was displayed to everyone in attendance. That day approximately $450,000.00 was raised at the Kitty Hoynes event alone to combat childhood cancer and I’m proud the Masons were a part of that.
As a final note and something of a personal experience, this February I had the pleasure of traveling to the Philippines. During that trip I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Lodge of the Philippines and was able to sit in on a lodge meeting while I was there. I was once again reminded that brotherhood knows no boundaries. We talked about ritual, shared laughs, engaged in fellowship, and formed lasting friendships. While there, I was able to present the WM with a trowel inscribed as follows: “To cement our friendship: From your brothers at Fayetteville – Central City #305 in Fayetteville, NY” as a token of our two lodges new and everlasting connection. To say they were ecstatic would be an understatement. We look forward to some of them traveling to visit us in the future. There is so much more to say that cannot fit within these columns so if you’re interested, please reach out and I’d love to share my experience with you!
With so much going on in our lodge, we’d love for you to be a part of it! Enjoy your Easter, the warmer weather and until next time my Brothers, I’ll see you on the level…
W.: Dan Campis