Old Colony Lodge A.F. & A.M.

...the oldest child of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts...

From The East

Greetings brethren,

It was recently brought to my attention that my monthly ‘from the east’ almost always 

made mention of the weather or some other climatic reference albeit snow, sunshine, or spring 

showers.  My first response to this judgment was a defensive one; clearly, that individual has no 

idea how challenging a narrative like this presents a writer on a monthly basis.  Timely, 

enthusiastic, and inspiring are not easily done within a two to three paragraph commentary.  

After I recovered from a bruised ego, I remembered we as Masons are lovers of the seven liberal 

arts and sciences; of the seven, geometry may command more attention grammar and rhetoric are 

important nonetheless.  Under that premise, I realized that I have in part become complacent and 

have come to rely on what was easy.  The individual questioning my prose was in fact doing me 

a favor.  At this point I am sure you are wondering; what does this tangent mean Phil? 

As men and Masons we need to challenge ourselves.  We need to deviate from our 

routines and what is easy and look for areas of improvement.  For me, something as simple as 

comprising an original ‘from the east’ is a start.  With that, I challenge all my brothers to identify 

one small thing to improve upon.

Unfortunately I will not be in attendance at our next regular communication due to a 

conflict I have with my pending nuptials.  My soon to be wife found it appropriate to book our 

honeymoon without first consulting my Masonic schedule.  It is my hope that you all can 

understand the predicament that I am in.  Rest assured that you are in good hands, Brother Baxter 

has introduced a twist and I think you all will be pleased with the results.    

Respectfully,

Phillip S. Garrett

P.S. - Candidates, candidates, candidates!  At Old Colony we have been fortunate with an influx 

of quality men with a genuine interest in the Craft.  It is the intention of your line of officers to 

begin a new class of candidates in January.  More details to follow… 
Seasons Greeting Brethren. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year’s surrounded by family and friends. There is no better way to ring in the New Year than to bring in a new Mason. I really enjoyed our Christmas Collation, seeing old and making new friends are the two main reasons I became a Mason.
Friendship and Brotherly love are not just words we say in lodge, they are our way of life and the very foundation of our fraternity. Thanks to all those brothers who helped with delivering Poinsettias but especially to Bro. Mehring who performed the lion’s share of the work and a recent Past Master who was fond of saying, “many hands makelight work".
 If you happen to see our Senior Past Master, Wor. Carleton N. Goff, please wish him a belated Happy Birthday as he turn 103 on December 30th.
Please join your brethren and officers this month in ushering in our 4th Entered Apprentice of the Masonic year.
Our newest candidate's brother is receiving the degrees from another lodge in our district- Let's show George Hampe how the Premier Lodge in the district welcomes its newest members!  
I'm trying to arrange a surprise speaker (of a historical nature) for our February meeting, more to come on this.
On February 17th, we will be travelling to Charlton to perform the second degree at the Masonic Home’s own Rose of Sharon Lodge. I've invited the other masters of the 18th Masonic  district to accompany us and many will be taking an active part in the degree so it will be a really fun trip.
I leave you with the words of Brother Edwin Markham:
We are blind until we see
That in the human plan
Nothing is worth the making
if It does not make the man.
Why build these cities glorious
If man unbuilded goes?
In vain we build the work unless
The builder also grows
S & F
Wor. Vincent L. Mood
Seasons Greeting Brethren. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year’s surrounded by family and friends. There is no better way to ring in the New Year than to bring in a new Mason. I really enjoyed our Christmas Collation, seeing old and making new friends are the two main reasons I became a Mason.
Friendship and Brotherly love are not just words we say in lodge, they are our way of life and the very foundation of our fraternity. Thanks to all those brothers who helped with delivering Poinsettias but especially to Bro. Mehring who performed the lion’s share of the work and a recent Past Master who was fond of saying, “many hands makelight work".
 If you happen to see our Senior Past Master, Wor. Carleton N. Goff, please wish him a belated Happy Birthday as he turn 103 on December 30th.
Please join your brethren and officers this month in ushering in our 4th Entered Apprentice of the Masonic year.
Our newest candidate's brother is receiving the degrees from another lodge in our district- Let's show George Hampe how the Premier Lodge in the district welcomes its newest members!  
I'm trying to arrange a surprise speaker (of a historical nature) for our February meeting, more to come on this.
On February 17th, we will be travelling to Charlton to perform the second degree at the Masonic Home’s own Rose of Sharon Lodge. I've invited the other masters of the 18th Masonic  district to accompany us and many will be taking an active part in the degree so it will be a really fun trip.
I leave you with the words of Brother Edwin Markham:
We are blind until we see
That in the human plan
Nothing is worth the making
if It does not make the man.
Why build these cities glorious
If man unbuilded goes?
In vain we build the work unless
The builder also grows
S & F
Wor. Vincent L. MoodSeasons Greeting Brethren. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year’s surrounded by family and friends. There is no better way to ring in the New Year than to bring in a new Mason. I really enjoyed our Christmas Collation, seeing old and making new friends are the two main reasons I became a Mason.
Friendship and Brotherly love are not just words we say in lodge, they are our way of life and the very foundation of our fraternity. Thanks to all those brothers who helped with delivering Poinsettias but especially to Bro. Mehring who performed the lion’s share of the work and a recent Past Master who was fond of saying, “many hands makelight work".
 If you happen to see our Senior Past Master, Wor. Carleton N. Goff, please wish him a belated Happy Birthday as he turn 103 on December 30th.
Please join your brethren and officers this month in ushering in our 4th Entered Apprentice of the Masonic year.
Our newest candidate's brother is receiving the degrees from another lodge in our district- Let's show George Hampe how the Premier Lodge in the district welcomes its newest members!  
I'm trying to arrange a surprise speaker (of a historical nature) for our February meeting, more to come on this.
On February 17th, we will be travelling to Charlton to perform the second degree at the Masonic Home’s own Rose of Sharon Lodge. I've invited the other masters of the 18th Masonic  district to accompany us and many will be taking an active part in the degree so it will be a really fun trip.
I leave you with the words of Brother Edwin Markham:
We are blind until we see
That in the human plan
Nothing is worth the making
if It does not make the man.
Why build these cities glorious
If man unbuilded goes?
In vain we build the work unless
The builder also grows
S & F
Wor. Vincent L. Mood
Seasons Greeting Brethren.
 
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Year’s surrounded by family and friends. There is no better way to ring in the New Year than to bring in a new Mason. I really enjoyed our Christmas Collation, seeing old and making new friends are the two main reasons I became a Mason.
 
Friendship and Brotherly love are not just words we say in lodge, they are our way of life and the very foundation of our fraternity. Thanks to all those brothers who helped with delivering Poinsettias but especially to Bro. Mehring who performed the lion’s share of the work and a recent Past Master who was fond of saying, “many hands makelight work".
 If you happen to see our Senior Past Master, Wor. Carleton N. Goff, please wish him a belated Happy Birthday as he turn 103 on December 30th.
Friendship and Brotherly love are not just words we say in lodge, they are our way of life and the very foundation of our fraternity. Thanks to all those brothers who helped with delivering Poinsettias but especially to Bro. Mehring who performed the lion’s share of the work and a recent Past Master who was fond of saying, “many hands makelight work".
 
 If you happen to see our Senior Past Master, Wor. Carleton N. Goff, please wish him a belated Happy Birthday as he turn 103 on December 30th.
 
Please join your brethren and officers this month in ushering in our 4th Entered Apprentice of the Masonic year. 
Our newest candidate's brother is receiving the degrees from another lodge in our district- Let's show George Hampe how the Premier Lodge in the district welcomes its newest members!  

 Our newest candidate's brother is receiving the degrees from another lodge in our district- Let's show George Hampe how the Premier Lodge in the district welcomes its newest members!  

 I'm trying to arrange a surprise speaker (of a historical nature) for our February meeting, more to come on this.
Our newest candidate's brother is receiving the degrees from another lodge in our district- Let's show George Hampe how the Premier Lodge in the district welcomes its newest members!  
Our newest candidate's brother is receiving the degrees from another lodge in our district- Let's show George Hampe how the Premier Lodge in the district welcomes its newest members!  

 On February 17th, we will be travelling to Charlton to perform the second degree at the Masonic Home’s own Rose of Sharon Lodge. I've invited the other masters of the 18th Masonic  district to accompany us and many will be taking an active part in the degree so it will be a really fun trip.
       
I leave you with the words of Brother Edwin Markham: 
I leave you with the words of Brother Edwin Markham:
I leave you with the words of Brother Edwin Markham:
I leave you with the words of Brother Edwin Markham:

We are blind until we see
That in the human plan
Nothing is worth the making
if It does not make the man.

Why build these cities glorious
If man unbuilded goes?
In vain we build the work unless
The builder also grows
 
S&F
Wor Vincent L Mood