Wonderful gathering of brothers at the lodge all showing a wonderful variety of masks!
From the Worshipful Master Roscoe Love on reopening the lodge after the Covid-19 pandemic:
My hope is that each of you and your families are in good health. This year we have faced some unique challenges, and I have deeply missed our time together at Brandon Lodge.
First, I would like to congratulate R∴W∴ Jack Hampton for an excellent year as our District Deputy Grand Master. His knowledge and abilities have raised the bar for the 20th District. I also want to congratulate R∴H∴ David Wenzel for his appointment as the new District Instructor for the 20th District. A better selection could not have been made, and I pledge our support for him.
As the Governor of Florida has begun to re-open the State, the incoming Grand Master of Florida, M∴W∴ Thomas Turlington, has authorized the re-opening of Lodges in our jurisdiction beginning on June 1st. He has published some guidelines for re-opening, and our Lodge will adhere to those guidelines. He is allowing the individual Lodges to evaluate their own situation and make their own decision for their best re-opening plan.
After thoroughly reviewing all the requirements and with your health and safety my first concern, I have decided to partially open our Lodge in Phases beginning June 1st. I will initially open our Lodge for Catechism, Degree Practice, and Mentoring Classes. I will also allow scheduled work to be performed. There is much to prepare before the Lodge can be fully opened.
If all goes well and our current health situation continues to improve, I am setting a target date of June 25th for our first meeting. The meeting will be a regular Stated Communication with a light agenda. There will be no meal provided, and the dining room will remain closed. I have listed an outline of the process for you to safely attend the Lodge below.
Guidelines for Entering the Lodge
- There will be a hand-sanitizing station set up at the Tyler’s desk as requested by the Grand Master. “All” who enter the building will go directly to the Tyler’s desk and sanitize your hands, sign in, and proceed to the Lodge room where you will be seated spaced apart.
- If you choose to wear a mask and/or gloves you may do so. None will be provided. I prefer that you do not wear gloves, and instead sanitize your hands frequently. However, you may wear them if you choose. All gloves must go with you when you leave and not be disposed of in the lodge or lodge parking lot.
- In accordance with CDC guidelines, if you are not feeling well or have a temperature over 99.5, please do not attend lodge.
Brothers, this will be our trial run. I trust that everyone will adhere to the guidelines, and I am hopeful that the health situation will continue to improve. Brothers, please carefully evaluate your own health when making the decision to return to Lodge. Our primary goal is for everyone to stay healthy, while still enjoying the fraternity we cherish so much. After further evaluation, I will make the decision to fully open the Lodge to normal operations in July.
Please continue to check our website with upcoming calendar dates, our Facebook page, and emails for updated information. If you are not receiving our communications, please contact R∴W∴ Jack Hampton, our Secretary, to update your contact information at email@example.com.
Brothers, your health and safety are the guiding influence in all my decisions concerning this matter. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Starting next week ECHO will only be opened on Wednesday and Friday 9am to 1pm. Remind the Brothers not to bring their donations to the lodge but take them straight to ECHO. They are in need of everything so it doesn’t matter what they take just don’t forget about them. And as always if any Brother needs assistance please contact us and my phone number and email address is in the tresselboard.
Thank you and stay safe.
I hope this finds you all well considering our current situation. One of the consequences of “social distancing” and “sheltering in place” is a sense of loneliness and helplessness for some of our Brothers, especially those with limited mobility or highly at risk.
How can we, considering the limitations we have, reach out and provide assistance to these Brothers?
One technique used to solve complex problems is called “brainstorming”. With most of us at home with a little time on our hands, I thought that I would ask each of us to consider a solution and send it to me. I will consolidate the ideas and report them to the Worshipful Master. The main rule of brainstorming is that no idea is wrong or worthless.
I’ll be looking for your ideas by return email. Please to Secretary@brandonlodge.org.
A message from Worshipful Master Roscoe Love:
I have read the directive and decided to cancel the CPR class for Thursday. We can easily reschedule this for a later date. We will not meet at all on Thursday. We will wait and see about our next state’s communication. We will suspend all catechism, mentoring and degree practice for this week. It is an over kill but the health and safety of the craft is my main concern.
It was a great night at the lodge. The Junior Warden served Sandwiches, home made chili and rice. The degree that followed went wonderfully and it was a great night!
This evening several presentations were made before Lodge. Bro. Col. Bailey Hamlin received his 50 year pin with a standing ovation from the Craft.
Additionally, Ms. Alexandria Roberts was awarded the Grand Masters Youth Award.
Lodge Website officially live the week of January 19th, 2020.
The night started with soup and sandwiches from the Junior Warden.
Masonic education was a “State of the Lodge” address from Worshipful Master Roscoe Love. WM Love spoke about all the things we did wonderfully last year, some things we didn’t do well, and all the great things we are going to do this year.
Brother Davenport our Junior Warden fed the craft his first meal of 2020 and it was received wonderfully. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and veggies. Very delicious.