Masters Message May 2015


Greetings Brethren,

There are so many topics I’d love to discuss in my final message in the Redwood Builder to the brethren of Redwood. Fortunately, my most recent Masonic travel gave me some direction. I had the privilege of traveling to St. John’s Number 1 Providence on April 15th to celebrate the final official visitation of Right Worshipful Glenn Carlson as District Deputy of the Metro District. The program of the evening was a lecture on the past, present and future of Freemasonry in America by the Illustrious Mark Tabbert from the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.

It made me consider the past, present, and future of Redwood Lodge. Last month, Maurice “Moe” Cohen past away. Moe and his twin brother Jerry Cohen were such an integral part of Redwood Lodge. The debt of gratitude I feel to both Moe and Jerry for their work as members of Redwood cannot be understated.

Brother Senior Warden, Dennis Cipriano, called together a meeting of the Past Masters of Redwood last week. I felt privileged to be entering the ranks  of a Past Master of Redwood Lodge. I hold these brothers in tremendous esteem. I was impressed that they still make time to be leaders in this Lodge, and I cannot thank them enough for their counsel in my year as Master. The foundation of a strong history and immense support of Past Masters makes Redwood Lodge a privilege to be a part of.

The present day Redwood Lodge leads me to think about the line of officers and the active participants in all our work. My thanks to all the brethren who have supported Redwood, and me as Master, in the past Masonic year. I am always impressed with the hard work, dedication, and passion of the members of this Lodge. The Officers, in particular, give up so much of their time to support Freemasonry in Rhode Island. I feel exceptionally lucky to have worked with all of them.

The future of Redwood Lodge is bright. The incoming Master of the Lodge (if elected, as he is always keen to point out), Brother Dennis Cipriano, has an amazing year planned for Redwood. Brother Cipriano is a natural born networker, and has tirelessly represented Redwood Lodge in the District as well as all over Rhode Island. His dedication to the craft and his brother Masons is unmatched. Brother Cipriano’s passion to make Redwood Lodge the best it can be will be a sight to behold. I am looking forward to his year as Master, and I am thrilled the Lodge will be in his care.

Unless plans change, this is unfortunately a goodbye message from me as well. My wife-to-be and I intend to make a move to Michigan in the next coming months. We intend on beginning our young family closer to her hometown. I will miss Redwood Lodge terribly, and will make every effort to visit when possible. You’ve all been wonderful friends and brothers to me.

My best to you and your families in the coming years.

Jef Saunders