“Barn Lodge” / Old Timers’ Night and Awards for 2018
As in years past, our “Barn Lodge” / Old Timers’ Night was a huge success. This is our final Lodge meeting for the year. We gather outside or in a secure building like a barn. This year we all met at the East Aurora Fireman’s park tucked way in the middle of East Aurora and surrounded by sinking ponds. We keep this meeting casual in honor and memory of the Brethren who helped to shape the rural, farming town of East Aurora and the surrounding areas, plus it gets hot!
Several Brothers shared in the fellowship and Brotherhood. Some old faces we haven’t seen in quite some time returned for the festivities. We gave out a 25, 50, 60 and 65 years of service awards. Some Brothers could not make it because of last-minute obligations or health. We miss them dearly and hope to see them soon. However, two of our Entered Apprentices joined the fun. They are scheduled to be Raised next year. Keep an eye on this website or Facebook page for updates to help bring our newest Brothers more light.
Brother Andy received an Excellence in Community Service award for starting and growing the Brother of the Bread program which collects non-perishable foods from manufacturers and delivers them to food pantries from Niagara Falls to Syracuse. This program is grown quickly with the help of Lodges from several districts. We hope to spread this program across New York State and further if possible. For more information please see the Brothers of the Bread webpage or Facebook Page.
After Lodge, we all enjoyed some hot dogs and meatballs prepared by Brother John. He even pulled out the secret baked beans recipe for the occasion. Yes, we do have secrets. After dinner Brother Dave announced the lucky winners in our raffle and by then everyone was ready for a well-deserved rest.
We parted in the usual way, better men for being brought together and ready to continue our work through the summer months. The Lodge is going “dark” for the summer but you can always find a Mason in the community.