Masters Message January 2017

Hello Brothers!

My year as Worshipful Master started off in typically Jenks fashion with a nice snow storm to go with the annual. Thank you to everyone who braved the storm to be in attendance. Thank you to RW.: DDGM Gary S. Kaufman and his W.: GMC Mark E. Eddleston for not only braving the storm but for putting on a most enjoyable and memorable Installation for Jenks Lodge. Thank you to the Knights from Holy Sepulcher for providing the color guard for the evening. In my opinion Old Glory never looked better at lodge. I also want to thank everyone who has sent me congratulations and well wishes. Your faith and support in me is very touching and greatly appreciated.

All good things must come to an end and so it is time to go from refreshment, back to labor again. We have quite a few plans for this year and so I hope you will join us not only for lodge events, but in visiting other lodges, and sharing in the brotherhood of freemasonry. As I write this I am pre- paring to go to Redwood lodge for our DDGM visitation. On January 21st I will be taking a ride up to 200 Main St in Nashua, New Hampshire, for An- cient York Lodge #89 annual which starts at 3pm. If you would like to join me, please let me know. Our hope later this year is to perform a degree at Ancient York Lodge, as they were kind enough to come to our lodge and perform a degree and we would like to continue to grow our relationship with them. On the 23rd ,we will have our meeting to honor the past masters and talk about the future of the lodge.

Our operating costs have gotten higher then any of the trustees, including myself, would like. One of the reasons is due to our lack of a reser- vation system for meals, so we tend to have more food then we need. I am addressing this issue in a couple different ways. First, we are trying out a new caterer. Second, we are instituting a reservation system for monthly meeting meals. You can reserve for meals by filling out the form on our web- site, or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you make a reservation the meal is $10 and you are guaranteed a dinner. If you do not make a reserva- tion, you are not guaranteed a dinner and the meal is $15. If you have no reservation you will only be able to eat if we have food left over. Lastly, you can also get an annual pass for the meal by paying for all 10 meeting meals up front in January. The cost of this pass will be $90, which means you get 10 meals for the price of 9 (one FREE meal!). The annual pass is not transferable and if you miss a meeting you do not get to carry over the meal you missed to another meeting, or get a refund.

In February, we have quite a bit going on. We will be joining brothers from across the state to share an evening with the Grand Master, as he visits his mother lodge Mt. Vernon #4 on Feb 2nd. The meeting starts at 7pm, and the Grand Master will go in at 7:30pm. Massasoit-Narragansett & Noquochoke Lodges of MA, are putting together a wonderful casual Valentines Event on Feb 11th. If you would like more info or to make a reservation please contact W.: Victor Dias at 401-413-2972. I know myself, and several members will be in attendance with our wives. We moved our regular

meeting date to Feb 20th to run the EA degree on our newest candidates. I am very excited to run our first degree of the year, and hope many of you will be in attendance to welcome our newest brothers. Our Scotch and Cigar night will be on our regular meeting night of February 27th. Unfortunately it will not be at the normal location, as sadly they closed their doors. Instead it will be at Boulevard Cigars, 609 Armistice BLVD, at 7pm. Costs this year have increased to $35 per person, but it is still an amazing deal! $35 still gets you two drinks, 1 cigar, a dinner buffet cooked in- house, raffles, and a speaker on either scotch or cigars. Reservations for the event can be made by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours in the Craft,

W.: Stephan Saraidarian