Masonry Does Not Stop

Brothers, 
It hasn’t come down from Grand Lodge as of yet, however, we need to protect our membership as it comprises some of the high-risk populations (the elderly and those with underlying health issues), and given the uncertainty surrounding of those who contracted the virus and have yet to be diagnosed, I feel that out of an abundance of caution we should cancel Lodge communications until the second Tuesday of April (4/28/2020). This can be re-assessed as events unfold, this is a prudent course of action. Many other Lodges and concordant bodies have canceled meetings and gatherings due to this outbreak. The W:.M:. of Palmer Lodge emailed me and said the Grand Lodge of Canada has suspended all Masonic activities indefinitely. There is a list of cancellations in the Erie district newsletter.

The M:.W:. Grand Master has sent out many communications concerning the virus and measures to be taken to help curtail the spread of this. I have attached some of his guidance.: “Does this affect Masonry? While it may affect some of our assembly’s, Masonry still continues. Common sense must prevail with Hand Washing, Cough/Sneeze in sleeve/tissue, etc. We are all aware of the preventative measures each of us must take which will enhance our ability to work through this situation.

I am in constant contact with those in your Grand Line who possess the expertise needed in this particular situation. As of this communication, all Lodges are given the option of hand contact or no hand contact at our meetings. Initiation Hand Contact should be followed by Hand Sanitizing. “No Handshake” environments should be encouraged.” My apologies go out to Bro. Dolgos as he has been extremely patient and was awaiting his second degree. He will be an excellent Master Mason. 

Steak

Our next communication on Tuesday, April 28th is our annual steak bake and trash to treasure auction. Our Treasurer, Secretary, and Trustees will present their annual reports. Additionally, we have a petitioner to be balloted on.  All Brothers are welcome to join us. Please let us know if you are coming so we can have enough food to go around.

This event will put a lot of strain on charitable organizations such as food pantries and community outreach programs. Brothers of the Bread will suffer also. With no out of date bread or any bread for that matter in stores, there will be none collected from stores for redistribution. I don’t know if the bakeries will help out at this time or if they have the capacity.  In times like this, we as Masons need to ensure our Brothers are ok and have what they need. It is part of our obligation.  If any Brother needs something please reach out to the Brotherhood and we will do what we can to help accommodate.  No one is exempt from this. I hope everyone has what they need and are safe and comfortable.  

“Masonry does not stop. Sometimes meetings are postponed. But Masonry does not stop.” M;.W. William Sardone.

W:. Capron

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Stone Soup – Historic Grain Elevators @ Silo City

Stone Soup @ Silo City

Our Brothers from the Ronald J. Keel Fellowcraft Club are hosting a Stone Soup Volunteer Event April 18, 2015 at the Historic Grain Elevators at Silo City.  “All Lodges, Concordant Bodies, Youth and Women’s Organizations from our Masoic Family of Erie County are encouraged to help” – And join in with the fun!

Please see the below flyer for additional information.  If you want to volunteer please contact Bro. John, or Bro. Mark on the flyer or fill out the below form.

Stone Soup @ Silo City

Masonic Military Outreach

Brethren,   FYI-Very-Very important request!
Our Second Erie District, Masonic Military Outreach and Veterans Affairs Chairman, Brother David Peters has set up a date at the Veterans Hospital to distribute items that were purchased through our Masonic Brotherhood Fund for our Veteran’s that are currently patients at the Veterans Hospital on Bailey Ave.
 
Brother Dave needs our help distributing the items; please read his message and request and then share with the Brethren in our lodges.
Let’s get over to the hospital and show our Veterans that we Mason’s care dearly for them and support them–I hope to see you all there.
Wear your Apron, show your pride in Masonry
Thank you Brother Peters for all you do for our Veterans;
Fraternally, Your Brother
JB Haslam Sr.
DDGM Second Erie District (2014-2016)
Proud To Be A Mason
          
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