It seems that the month of August went by rather quickly, but not without its very abundant share of rain, heat and humidity!
As with the month prior, per guidance from Grand Lodge, the monthly Stated Communications was held with a minimum of fanfare and personnel because of a continuance of concern for safety of the members of the Fraternity due to the COVID-19 virus. And as before, per guidance from the Grand Master, we did not have a guest speaker, but all Lodge functions and gatherings are at this point still cleared to resume as normal except for meals and the taking of the word. There were four petitions that were read and laid up for the normal period and we will be voting this coming Stated on them.
Guidance was passed for the upcoming One-Day Conferral to be performed on October 3rd at the Scottish Rite Temple in Alexandria. At this point in time there are 34 candidates from District 1B, seven of which will be coming from John A. LeJeune #350. There are rehearsals for all cast members each Wednesday at 7pm at Dale City Lodge.
Brother Rex has put out a call to all members of the Lodge for Volunteers to act as mentors for the seven candidates. Your assistance is needed badly in this and it literally has an impact on the life and survival of the Lodge. We will be holding rehearsals for the Mentors as well at a future date to be determined so that the best possible showing and impression for the candidates is performed.
We received a very sincere thank you from Sister Marie Newcomer for our support and participation in Brother Jim’s funeral services and celebration of life. I once again cannot stress how much he will be missed.
Brother Earl Covey, one of our very senior honored members, remains at the Veterans Home in Washington, D.C. and neither his health not state of cognizance has improved. I ask that all of us please continue to keep him in our prayers.
Administrative notes and parting shots:
For the Stated Communication this month; we are back to suit and tie, with tuxedo for the elected officers. There will be no meal served until the Grand Lodge gives the green light on dinner in the lodges; it is suggested that all brethren eat prior to arrival.
In the meantime, for those of us that are tasked with speaking roles in the lodge, I once again urge you to practice your parts, to include your obligation, as often as you are able as all things can become “rusty” if not used from time to time. Follow the old military habit of knowing the job of the person at least two levels above you to improve your proficiency.
Last, but not least, for those interested; the National Museum of the Marine Corps will be re-opening its doors after a six-month closure, due to the COVID-19, on Tuesday the 8th of September at 0900. They have installed numerous stations for hand sanitizer and “Social Distancing” will be strongly emphasized.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Randall Arnold, Worshipful Master