The Grand Master's Message for May
Brothers, Sisters, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
My wife and I started the month by going to Arlington National Cemetery for the 84th Annual Pilgrimage to theTomb of the Unknown from May until the 8. Everything was very nice except the weather. It was cool and rainy. The day of the presentation of the wreaths was sunny and dry. All I can say is that if you have never been to Arlington Cemetery, you should try to make the Pilgrimage. It is a humbling but very rewarding experience. The trip is a wonderful chance to meet with Brothers and Sisters from other areas making new friends along the way!
On May 11 we traveled to Fidelity Lodge #71 in Wolfeboro. We were treated to a Wild Game dinner that was out of this world! If you like wild game (or even if you don't) you should not miss this dinner. I will try to get a date for their next dinner so that you can support this dinner. After the meal, we went to the lodge room for an informal meeting. I had the honor of presenting the Meritorious Award to Brother Robert McKenzie. I handed the jewel to PGM Earl Keniston and let him present it to Robert.
On May 12 and I attended the Grand Encampment Session in Concord NH. It was a good time for all. Retiring Grand Patriarch Kevin Taylor passed the gavel to the incoming Grand Patriarch Chester LaPointe. Hope you have a good year, Chester.
On May 18, my wife and I went to Sullivan Lodge #12 in Claremont for a visitation. They had a service at the cemetery at 6:00. They are a good group of brothers and sisters at this lodge. They do fundraisers throughout the year and I will try to get some information so others may attend.
That's it for now. In the next couple of weeks, I will be attending the Quebec Grand Session and the MA Grand session. I will also be attending the reception for Rebekah Assembly President Peta Byrne on June 3. My reception is on June 10th and I hope to see you there.
If any lodges have fundraisers or special events coming up, please let me know so that I can spread the word.
In Friendship, Love, and Truth
Walter George, GM