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

To the Brethren of Old Colony Lodge

Happy May to all my Brothers, I hope this communication finds you well. I cannot believe that we are already at this point in our Masonic year. This past month we passed two more brothers to the second degree and elected two more gentlemen to start the degrees.

May 4th will be our annual cigar dinner, this is an event I look forward to each year and I hope that it goes well and that we are able to put together at least one scholarship for a deserving High School Senior.

During the month of May I am planning on having Old Colony continue our lodge visitations to the following two lodges:

 May 13th 

- Daniel Webster Lodge – Marshfield – Lodge opens at 6:15pm on the second degree and

dinner is at 7pm.

 May 28th

 - Brainard Lodge #102 - Connecticut – More details to follow, we will carpool from Old

Colony.

 

I thank you all for joining me on these visits. They have been a great experience in spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection.

On Easter Sunday, Old Colony held a blood drive that brought in 17pints of blood for the American Red Cross.  We are going to try and set up another for the fall, hopefully we will be able to far surpass this number then.

On Wednesday May 29th the Worshipful Masters Association of Southeastern Massachusetts will be meeting at the Old Colony Masonic Building. Old Colony will be running the bar for this meeting during their dinner and social period. I would like to have at least two brothers volunteer to work the bar. This is a good fund raiser for the lodge. Please contact me if you are interested.

Last but not least, we will be doing the third degree for our newest brothers at our June Meeting. This will be a past masters night, I will be reaching out soon to ask any available past masters to help us on what will be a great night.

Fraternally Yours,

Wor. Marshall W. Bates III