Let me begin by thanking everyone who attended our September meeting. It was so wonderful to see you all, and while I did not have the opportunity to visit with everyone as I would have liked, please know that I appreciate your support of Redwood Lodge and hope you had an enjoyable time in fellowship with your Masonic family.
I cannot express how grateful I am for the hard work of our amazing officers. You cannot but be proud of Redwood Lodge when you see the energy and enthusiasm exhibited by each officer at our last meeting. I also want to once again thank Brother Jason Riffkin for his excellent and informative presentation on the Portuguese connection to the Newport Tower. His research brought to light information that challenged the established as well as the esoteric thinking on the Tower's origin.
Our October meeting will be on Wednesday, October 5th, so please mark your calendars accordingly. I am looking forward to continuing our positive momentum for the year. Our program for the evening will be presented by our own Rhode Island Shrine. We all know that the Shrine's dedication to helping children is second to none. If you are a Shriner, as I am, or have ever considered joining the Shrine, I encourage you to join us for what I am sure will be a very interesting program.
Hopefully we will also be voting on the acceptance of new candidates to receive their degrees in Freemasonry. We are currently scheduled to conduct our entered apprentice degree on Thursday, October 20th. If we are able to keep to this schedule, I hope that as many of you as possible can be there to support any new candidates as well as your officers. In 1859, a distinguished Brother named Dr. Thomas Corson gave a lecture in his lodge entitled "The Exoteric Duties of Freemasonry". Let me share a couple of his quotes from that lecture:
"The heart is softened and the mind expanded by the sublime teachings of
"The legitimate and natural tendency of Freemasonry is to incline the heart
to deeds of charity and love of all men"
Please take time to reflect upon these beautiful expressions. Freemasonry really does lay out useful tools for improving ourselves and our lives. Attending lodge, sharing in the fellowship and practicing timeless Masonic principles has been proven to help make "good men better." Let us embrace our craft and have pride in our lodge.
I look forward to seeing you in October.
Robert T. Goff