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Bill Bond, WMMessage from the East

Brethren,

As we move deeper into the summer season the sands of the hourglass are quickly flowing to the bottom of the glass. There are still many designs yet on the trestle board. There are still a lot of interesting programs scheduled for the year. I am sure there is something of interest in the months to come that will in-terest you. There is also the fact that we can get together and share as friends and brothers. The Stewards have done a great job this year in providing refreshments after the meeting and are to be commended. So, if the stated meeting is not your thing please join us for fellowship in the dining hall after our meeting.

I hope that if you have not attended lodge this year, you will give a thought to attending at least one meeting. Please come see the new artwork that has been completed by our Senior Deacon, Brother Mark Chapman. He has completed and installed the first of four pieces of art. The first of which is the Widow’s Sons’ floor cloth. I can only say it is a beautiful piece of art which will be enjoyed by the brethren in years to come.
I would like to thank our District Deputy Grand Master, R. W. Philip Nelson for the fine job he did in chairing our scholarship committee and making the presentation prior to our stated meeting in June. We wish these young men and women much success in their future educational endeavors.

If you missed our Table Lodge to celebrate the Festival of Saint John the Baptist on June 24th, you missed an evening of a great meal, good friendship and lively toasts. A big thank you goes out to Brother Tim O’Brien for putting this together. Also, I cannot thank Ill. Brother Albert Pike (AKA M.W. Jeff Hodges) enough for bringing us the fifth toast of obligation and inspiring each of us with his presentation and re-marks. Thanks to all who attended and participated.
For our July stated communication we are fortunate to have two speakers for the evening. First, Brother Pascal Bussiere will make a presentation on Freemasonry in Haiti. Brother Pascal travels to Haiti regularly and visits with our brethren there, He has put together an interesting history both then and now of Masonry in Haiti. Secondly, R.W. James Friend Dickerson our District Education Officer will bring us an interesting and informative Masonic education program.

A big thank you goes out to our speaker in June, Brother Bob Garner who traveled from Roanoke to pre-sent a program on John the Baptist for us. The presentation was enjoyed by all in attendance. Thanks again Brother Bob.
The Reid J. Simmons Academy of Masonic Leadership is to be held at the Best Western Inn in Waynes-boro between July 31 through August 3rd. I encourage anyone who wishes to learn Masonic ritual to con-sider attending. I especially would encourage our officers to consider attending.

Dress for our July stated communication through the month of September will be casual attire, for example golf shirts and dress slacks (no ties required).

I hope to personally have the pleasure of welcoming you at our next stated communication on July 21st at 7:00 PM. Finally Brethren, may you live in peace and may the God of peace and love delight to dwell with and bless you.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

William R. Bond, III
Worshipful Master