Grand Masters Message
Grand Master’s Address to the Brethren in the February 2018 edition of The Freemason magazine
Brother Peter Iacobucci
Most Worshipful Grand Master
Fraternal Greetings Brothers,
Gilly, Fran, Blanca, and I hope you all enjoyed wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations! Although it is always a busy and stressful time as we try our best to decorate, shop, and attend the various celebrations of friends and family, it truly is a splendid way to end the calendar year and approach the New Year. During the season we concentrate more than usual on our personal relationships and open our hearts a great deal more to those in need whom we know not. We look to the New Year with hope of a brighter future and more disciplined self. As we turn the calendar page we feel as if it is a fresh start that will result in a better life for us and those around us. Interestingly we as Freemasons hold the feelings of the season, in a smaller way, throughout the year. Our various Masonic events, lodge meetings, degree work, and charitable efforts permeate our Masonic life and keep us focused on our duties to God and others. The month of December raises our level of charity. It is amazing to see the donations, food baskets, Christmas meals, toys, and gift cards that are dispersed. The gifts to the Veteran’s Home and Veteran’s Hospital celebrate those who have given of themselves to us. We accomplished this as a Craft. We should not be proud as that inflates ourselves, but happy to be in position to assist those in need and beyond doubt feel our tenents, not as mere words but as brotherly love in action. What a gift it is to help those in need! As we assist the downtrodden, it gives them a glimmer of hope in otherwise hopeless circumstances.
January was riddled with annual installations and dinners that mark the new Masonic year for many lodges. Officers progress on their journey to the East and build themselves little by little into a personal edifice that they dream to achieve. Excitement abounds as we climb the Masonic ladder and learn our ritual, make new Masons, sponsor lodge events, and attend visitations. It is a life like no other, it is a Masonic life, especially as your Grand Master and Grand Marshal. Gilly and I have so far completed over 120 events, meetings, visitations, and dinners both in and out of our Grand Jurisdiction. To be with you brethren is treasured. No words can explain.
Grand Master’s Message
It is not my intention to focus on what has transpired but instead I enjoy looking forward to what’s ahead. We have many visitations to the lodges and special events to enjoy with our brethren. To mention just two, there will be a corner laying ceremony in April with the Pawtuxet Rangers and Harmony Lodge, and the Grand Lodge ladies have planned a miniature and/or 9 Hole Par 3 Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 21 at Mulligan’s Island in Cranston. This will be a great day for families and friends to attend. There will be lots of prizes and raffle items. A special event is a target event at the driving range to see who can hit a picture of the Grand Master or Grand Council with the golf ball! All proceeds are to help Ethan Place, our Eastern Star Masonic Home. The advertisement is in this issue. Reserve the date to have some fun.
In closing my Brothers, a Masonic life is a busy life as we try our best to give as much of ourselves as possible to a most noble fraternity, whose wages we receive in the form of a gladdened heart and a life filled with brotherly love and affection for all.
Blessing to you all,
Most Worshipful Grand Master