At our stated meeting on November 14th, the short story and play, "Martin and Max" was presented to the lodge and guests assembled. Narrator and director, M.W.B. Gary Arseneau along with W.B. Larry Baker, who plays Martin Schneider and W.B. Robert R. Buntin who plays Max Arnold performed a memorable rendition of the story. The play, written by Bro. Raymond G. Schuster follows the two men as they meet and then after, through their Masonic journey. It describes how their lives intertwine over many years. The two become great friend and roles are reversed as the older begins as mentor and then in old age becomes the one who needs assistance. It's a wonderful story of friendship and brotherhood. Thanks for coming and the meaningful performance.
On November 7th, R:W. Brother Robert C. Moon was honored by our Grand Lodge, on being presented with the "Pierpont Edwards Medal in Bronze" for distinguished service to the fraternity. Most Worshipful Grand Master, Brother Melvin Johnson was on hand to read Bob's biography and made the presentation with MW Past GM Charlie Buck. There were over 90 people on hand including much of brother Bob's family. Brother Moon has been our new Secretary for a couple years now and has served our lodge and the New Haven area community for decades. Congratulations on an honor well deserved.
The biennial "Fur Ball" to support the "Animal Haven" shelter in North Haven was held on October 12 at the beautifully decorated, New Haven Masonic Lodge. The many revelers enjoyed dinner, dancing and drinks while raising money for this great cause. There was a huge selection of raffle prizes that were donated by a host of folks and some beautiful and very unique items in the silent auction. Our very deepest thanks to all who stepped up and worked, attended and donated to this wonderful facility and organization. We'll be presenting a check at the November 7th dinner. The evening was a great success!
On November 7th the lodge also had an evening of charitable recognition as we welcomed representatives from three of our favorite local organizations. "The Life Haven", "Fisher House" and "The Animal Haven" were represented as three of the local charities we support with manpower and funds. We are very proud of the work each organization does in the community and are very happy we could be a part of their unique missions. For more information on the local charities we support, please click on the "More" tab and then "Our Favorite Local Charities".
Our annual "Hiram Lodge #1, Past Masters' Night" was held on October 24th with a cast of Past Masters portraying the Master Mason Degree. Thirteen Past Masters were in attendance, including WB John Schatzlein, our senior PM who presided in 1962. The brothers were presented with a gift from WB Glenn Jacques and the JW and stewards hosted an excellent dinner before hand. On behalf of all the Past Masters, thanks to the officers and members of the lodge for a very nice evening. We'd also like to congratulate our new brothers who were raised that day, new Master Masons; Al, Dan and Shaquille. Welcome to the lodge and good luck on your masonic journey.