Veterans who visit Providence’s VA Medical Center usually have to park a good distance from the front door entrance. For those with walking disabilities, this could mean a tough walk up hill or a long trek from the back parking lots. The VA has a shuttle service made up of two golf carts to look for and pick up Veterans to bring them to the entrance. Over the years the vehicles have worn down and faced many, many repairs to keep them going. Both are now in desperate need of replacement.
Brethren, I wanted to write a brief article thanking all of you for the support you’ve given me throughout my journey through the 5 districts and the Grand Council of this jurisdiction. This has been an extremely pleasant and rewarding experience for me.
On May 20, 2015 the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island was held. For most Masons in this jurisdiction this is a one day meeting. For the officers of Grand Lodge it begins on Sunday. Many of our out of town guests arrive here after spending Friday evening until Sunday morning at the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire Annual meeting. Needless to say they arrive in Rhode Island early on Sunday. Most of the Grand Council will be at the hotel to meet and greet our guests and see that their needs are taken care of.
As part of the continuing program initiated by Grand Lodge to help raise awareness of Freemasonry in Rhode Island, all lodges in the state will host an open house on Saturday, October 17th 2015. Grand Lodges throughout New England will hold open house events on the same day. This coordinated regional event will help create a wide and positive image of Freemasonry.
The smell of the sea, the squawk of shore birds, and the squeaking of a sailing vessel's lines are all well known to us here in Rhode Island. During the Tall Ships festival in the summer, we may see square-rigged vessels breaking the horizon. On July 8th 2015 we will see something that we haven't quite seen before – a celebration of the preparations for American Independence, with the French Frigate that brought Major-General Lafayette back to Washington in 1780.