Early in Feb. 2021, Hiram Lodge brothers and friends joined the young men of Sleeping Giant DeMolay to support their bowl-a-thon fund raiser. They were raising money for "Project Semicolon", the State Master Councilor's annual charity. They all met at the bowling ally in Southington along with other Masonic brothers, Rainbow Girls, DeMolays and friends for this great event. The tourney raised close to $800 and will be added to the year's collection for the charity. Project Semicolon is a Mental Health awareness program with a focus on suicide prevention. I wish I could report that the Hiram Lodge teams did us proud in the standings, but once the scores were posted, we realized we should have asked for the gutter bumpers. The good news is that the Rainbow teams were the champs of the day. We're proud of all the kids who ran and participated this awesome event for a great cause.
With our "Installation of Officers" having just taken place, I think we're all looking forward to 2021 with hope and anticipation. Its been such a frustrating year and unfortunately our new year isn't starting off much better. Covid has and is limiting our time together and the events we can host. Congratulations and thanks to our WB Fred Marotti for his service during the year. So many of the lodge's plans had to be cancelled or postponed, but he always tried to do what was right and safe for the lodge and our community. We still were able to donate to all our usual charities and even held a few social, mobil and "in-person" meetings. As we look to the new year, optimism, hope and determination to return to normal is our mission. I hope when the vaccine is made available to us all, we'll put this menace back into obscurity and return to shaking hands and going where we want to.
Our first, "in person" get together since the Covid pandemic started almost 5 months ago. About 20 brothers and prospective members gathered at Anthony's Ocean View restaurant for dinner in mid August. What a great opportunity to meet the new gentlemen and see our old friends as well. We were outside on the patio just steps away from the beach. It was a beautiful sunset and a lovely warm evening to be outside with friends. We are hoping to talk more with these potential brothers and look forward to receiving some petitions.
In July a few brothers of the lodge helped deliver much needed bottled water to our friends at "Life Haven" in New Haven. Life Haven is one of our favorite charitable organizations in New Haven caring for homeless women and their children in the Fair Haven area. We typically have a number of events with them each year, but due to Covid, we have had to keep it to a minimum. We're hoping to offer some dinners for Thanksgiving and the holidays.
Thanks to Life Haven for calling us with a request. We're always here to help!