Thank you brethren for the honor of serving this Lodge, once again as Worshipful Master and I trust that you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I want to congratulate Robert Ammerman on a very successful year as Worshipful Master and I hope we can continue to build on what was accomplished last year.
Brethren, Benjamin Franklin Lodge is in need of your participation, every little bit helps. Anything you can give, whether it be serving on a committee, taking part in a Degree or even sideline support would be most appreciative.
It is my intention to plan for a Lodge visitation every month in an effort to spread that Brotherly Love and affection between some of our closer Masonic Lodges. For January we will be visiting Reno Lodge #13 on Tuesday the 10th at 7:30pm for their GMOV. I am hoping for a good turnout from our members.
Randy Brown is ready to give his 2nd degree proficiency and a Master Mason degree will be scheduled for February. I am hoping we will have two brothers ready to be raised in February. We have a Fellow Craft Degree scheduled for Monday January 30th at 7:00pm for Keith Flake. For those Officers who missed the installation following our December stated, I will install you at the next stated meeting you attend. I have cancelled Monday, January 2ndâ€™s Officers Meeting / Practice due to the holiday.
It is with great sadness to report that Robert L. Duncan, PM, passed away on December 9th. He was a plural member of Benjamin Franklin Lodge for many years and will always be a great friend, brother, coach and mentor to me personally. His memorial service will be on Saturday, January 21st, at 1pm, at the Masonic Chapel at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno, with interment at Arlington National Cemetery this spring.
We will be opening Lodge on the Entered Apprentice degree.
Worshipful Master John W. Freeman, PM