At the lodge monthly budget meeting for October, we were informed that the Treasurer, Brother Jim Newcomer had opened both a new checking and savings account with Navy Federal had begun transferring funds into them from SunTrust. This was already allowing the lodge to earn interest on its assets, something we apparently were not doing with the previous financial institution. While some funds are still in an account with SunTrust, we are slowly but surely eliminating any ties we have with them and placing more emphasis on Navy Federal and the other investments discussed at the meeting. Brother Senior and Junior Wardens; as Principal Officers of the Lodge, you are requested to attend these meetings with the Worshipful, Treasurer and Secretary as well as the Trustees to stay abreast of the financial decisions that affect the Lodge as you will one day be in the East and will have a say in the financial well-being of the Lodge. The next budget meeting will take place on Tuesday the 12th at 7pm.
For the Stated Communications, we were treated to a fantastic fare of Cordon Bleu by the very gracious ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star, to include a dessert that featured ice cream and cake! As it was Past Masters Night, the position of Worshipful Master was most ably filled by Right Worshipful Brother James Albert Newcomer. We were also honored by the attendance of the District Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful David Henry Smith Sr. as well as Worshipful Jamie Joseph and six brethren from Occoquan Lodge who also logged a fraternal visit. Brother Tim Parrish filled the Secretary’s position with ease and professionalism.
Myself and Worshipful Brother Jim Solomon attended the Master Masons degree at Dale City lodge on Tuesday the 22nd. Brother Victor DeLeon, their Senior Deacon, sat in the East and performed the entire role of Worshipful Master from start to finish with no errors. An absolutely fantastic job for a Brother who just earned his Warden Certificate in the past sixty days!
The District School for October was held at the Mount Vernon Lodge on the 23rd at 7:00 p.m. as per usual. It exemplified the second section of the Master Mason degree, the Worshipful Master covered the seafaring man’s role and performed with minimal errors! I cannot begin to emphasize enough how valuable these schools are for those who are progressing in line as they improve both knowledge and confidence in Masonic ritual. At a minimum, all elected officers should be attending so as to build upon the skills already acquired.
Respectfully and fraternally yours,
Randall Arnold, Worshipful Master
John A. Lejeune Lodge No. 350 AF&AM