I wanted to send out a note covering our last stated meeting, as well as let you know what activities are planned at the lodge for this month.
In January the lodge received several year-end committee reports and new committees for 2021 were announced. If you would like to know if you are on a committee, or if you would like to volunteer to be on a committee, please let someone in lodge leadership know and we can get you that information.
The ballot was passed and two men were elected to receive their degrees in masonry and to be welcomed into Bluffton #145. Those two men join the man elected in December as candidates for Masonry.
On Saturday, January 30th, we are tentatively scheduling the Entered Apprentice Degree for all three of our candidates. Lodge will Open at 9am and there will be coffee and donuts available beforehand. After we have moved all of our brothers through the degree, and they have received their lectures, a small meal will be served for lunch. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This Saturday, January 9th beginning at 9am, we will be showing Virtual Founder’s Day. This is a Grand Lodge of Indiana event that is traditionally held in person in Indianapolis. It is a great day in which we get to celebrate the past year, hear plans for the coming year, and connect with the Grand Lodge and its officers. This year, because of COVID restrictions, it is being offered virtually for anyone to view. We will be having a watch party at the lodge beginning at 9am and concluding around noon. Coffee and donuts will be provided. This is a casual event that we can get together, watch the broadcast, and share in fellowship as brothers, all in the comfort of our own lodge.
There will also be two nights this month in which members of the Scottish Rite will gather at Bluffton #145 to view Rite on the Road, a virtual degree program put on by the NMJ Scottish Rite. The first date is this Thursday, the 7th. Viewing will begin at 8pm at the lodge and this is a casual event in which we will view the 10th Degree. Later this month, on Thursday the 21st at 8pm, the 27th Degree will be shown. If you are a Scottish Rite member, this is a great opportunity to get some degrees that you may not have the opportunity to view otherwise. Lodge will be open to all Scottish Rite members that night.
Finally, our February Stated Meeting will be held on Feb 2nd and I am encouraging everyone to dress in Red/Pink in celebration of Valentine’s Day. This is just a fun thing to do in order to break up the look of the Stated Meeting and create a fun environment, while we do business. A small prize will be awarded for the “Best Dressed” brother in Red/Pink.
If you have any questions or needs that the lodge can help with, please let myself, or one of the officers know. You are a vital member of this brotherhood and are appreciated. I look forward to all of the Lodge events this month, and seeing as many of you there as possible.