The Grand Master's Message for January 2018
January 12, 2018
To All Odd Fellows and Rebekahs:
This newsletter will cover 4 months—November and December activities and January and February yet to come!
On Nov. 4th, my wife and I and friends presented an old-time country and bluegrass concert to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. There were 90 people in attendance and $822.00 was raised for the cause. Thanks to all who attended and a big thank you to Evergreen Lodge for hosting the event and Ivy Rebekah Lodge for refreshments.
Nov. 5th, we attended a Camp NEOFA meeting in Dover.
Nov. 6th, I attended the Grand Lodge Executive Board meeting.
Nov. 7th, I did my visitation to Forest Lodge #69 in Marlow. This is a hard-working lodge of brothers and sisters. They are working to bring in new members. Great Job!
Nov. 9th, I, as well as DGM Patrick Doughty, visited Chocorua Lodge #51 in Laconia for the purpose of installing their officers.
Nov. 14th, I met with PGM Dave Wyatt and DGM Patrick Doughty at Eaton Park to do a walkabout.
Nov. 15th, I attended the Board meeting at Presidential Oaks.
Nov. 30th, my wife and I attended and Instructional Night at White Mtn. Lodge #5 in Concord. Brothers from Forest Lodge #69 attended. This evening went very well. Thank you to White Mtn. Lodge for opening your lodge for this event and to Grand Instructor David Lent for facilitating it.
Dec. 4th, I attended the Grand Lodge Executive Board meeting.
Dec. 5th, at White Mtn. Lodge #5, I joined the newly re-formed Order of Amos.
Dec. 6th, along with Rebekah Assembly President Peta Byrne and her husband, RA Treasurer Charlie Byrne, my wife and I played mostly Christmas music for the Christmas/Birthday Party at Presidential Oaks.
Dec. 7th, my wife and I, along with 4 other friends, attended the Annual Christmas Auction at Heidelberg Lodge #92 in New London. It is a wonderful evening of food, music, and fellowship. If you have never been to this event, you really must check it out.
Dec. 8th, I had rotator cuff surgery and am still laid up from it. My wife is getting tired of it because she has to do all the driving!! Hopefully, at my Jan. 23rd appointment, the Doctor will let me start driving.
Dec. 14th, we went to Mt. Jefferson Lodge #103 with DGM Patrick Doughty, GW Leroy Simond, GT Gary Benner and members of the Maplewood Lodge #100 for the merger ceremony of Mt. Jefferson and Maplewood. It was a bittersweet evening. But, as always, we were well received and had the pleasure of using Jefferson’s beautiful lodge room.
Dec. 21st, my wife and I were invited to dinner at Warren’s Lobster House in Kittery, ME with Osgood Lodge #48. A good time was had by all. We were able to meet many members that we had not met during our visitation. Thank you for the invitation. Secretary Ed Bell was unable to attend the dinner. Ed, I will talk with you later!
I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I pray that 2018 turns out better than it has started around the country.
And for things to come in January.
Jan. 20th, my wife and I have been invited to dinner with Sullivan Lodge #12 in Claremont NH.
Jan. 22nd, my wife and I will be doing a visitation at Webster Lodge #24 in Goffstown NH.
Jan. 23rd, we will be traveling to Winnicummet Rebekah Lodge #26 in Hampton NH to visit with the members of this lodge.
Jan. 24th, I will attend a Board Meeting at Presidential Oaks.
Jan. 28th, I will attend the Grand Bodies Planning Board meeting at Presidential Oaks.
Feb. 10, we will attend a Degree Day hosted by Maplewood Lodge #100. The event will take place at the lodge hall in Jefferson starting at 8:30 with coffee hour. The degrees will commence at 9:30.
Feb. 24th, several members of the Grand Lodge and Rebekah Assembly will meet at the Fireside Inn in West Lebanon NH to finalize details for Grand Session in April. Please mark your calendars—the dates for Session are April 13th and 14th.
Feb. 25th, I will be in Dover for a meeting for Camp NEOFA.
That’s all for now!
In Friendship, Love, and Truth
Walter George, GM