At the beginning of March we had our first of many Pizza Nights where some of the guys gather for pizza and fellowship. We love to join our friends at Inferno Pizza for dinner. These are the guys who help sponsor our PIZZA Challenge, so we want to support them as much as possible. WM Macdowall has scheduled a
pizza night every month, so check the calendar for the schedule. Freemasonry originally met in taverns and restaurants, so we're kinda emulating the tradition in a new way. Brothers are invited to attend. Bring your own libation and $10, we'll supply the Foxon Park soda and some great New Haven style pizza.
Don't forget to support Inferno Pizza, Universal Dr. North Haven whenever you can.
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.