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
Greetings from the East

Brethren let me start by apologizing for the Charlton SNAFU, let this be lesson for all up and coming Masters to do all the proper paper work or else months of planning can come undone.
 
As the saying goes if life gives you lemons then make lemonade! Considering the lemonade, for our March meeting we will welcome the District Deputy and his Suite for a fraternal visit and doing the Second degree on our four candidates for work of the evening. I know they are looking forward to this as much as we are, if you haven’t seen the middle chamber lecture in a while then please join us.
 
While winter makes its slow departure it’s still very important to check in on our Widows and members who may need assistance. If you know of any distressed members or widows, please contact me or my officers. 

Grand Lodge would like to have a couple of C.P.R instructors from each district, but since we are the 18th district our D.D. would like to have one from each represented lodge. If any member is a certified C.P.R. instructor or would like to become one please see me or my secretary. 

Lastly, to commemorate the second mailing of dues notices I will leave you with this final thought,
 
“Secretary's Note”, Author Unknown.

Forget the hasty, unkind word: 
Forget the slander you have heard 
Forget the quarrel and the cause 
Forget the whole affair, because, 
Forgetting is the only way. 
Forget the storm of yesterday 
Forget the knocker, and the squeak 
Forget the bad day of the week. 
Forget you're not a millionaire 
Forget the grey streaks in your hair 
Forget to even get the blues - 
But don′t forget 
To Pay Your Dues!


S&F

Wor Vincent L. mood

Dates to remember are as follows: 
March 10th 
We will be having our semi-annual blood drive, we also will be making breakfast for all those who come in the door to assist the American Red Cross personnel in the great work that they do for people in need. We will be joined by Macedonia and Milton lodges this time around so let’s have a big O.C.L. showing!
April 7, 2018
Exemplification for the 18th Masonic District 
All Officers are Expected To Attend.
Place: Daniel Webster Lodge -- Marshfield, MA
Date:    Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Time: Breakfast: 8:00AM   
Exemplification: 9:00AM
April 21st 
We will be having a cigar dinner benefit to help finance our Scholarship fund, a tradition that I am happy to continue. Bro. Geoffrey and a cigar representative will explain cigar etiquette and the whole cigar production process. The cost is $45 (the cost of cigars far exceeds this) and includes dinner. If you are looking for a fun night out with old friends join us for this great event at Old Colony Lodge.
CPR INSTRUCTORS WANTED
If you are a CPR Instructor or would like to become a CPR instructor please let the Wor. Master of one of the other Senior Officers know. Grand Lodge is very interested in talking to you. Grand Lodge is very interested in developing a list of CPR Instructors that would like to work with the Lodges. 
From the Secretary: Dues Dues Dues
Brothers, Please don’t ignore your Second Dues Notice. It is important to both you and Old Colony Lodge that this obligation be taken care of as soon as possible. We want you as a member. If you are having trouble meeting this obligation please contact either the Master or the Secretary and together we can work out the alternatives that will be best for both you and the Lodge. We really want you as a member in good standing and an active part of our Masonic Family. 
To All Those Brothers that have already met this obligation and continue to be Members of the Masonic Fraternity in Good Standing, OLD COLONY LODGE SINCERELY THANKS YOU!.