Provincial Grand Master’s Message
I am happy to introduce our new website to all of you. We view it as an important communication tool for all of our members. From it you will be able to get information concerning all aspects of the Provincial Grand Lodge, as well as other services to facilitate your membership. There will be continued improvements that will be added over the next few weeks to make it a communication tool of which you can be proud.
We have initiated a new recognition program in the Provincial Grand Lodge. Beginning this year, we will recognize the service of members at thirty, forty and fifty years. Did you know that our longest serving member has fifty-eight years of service? Did you know that our oldest living member is 103 years old? On the website you will be able to see all of those recognized in 2017, and each year thereafter. Be sure to share your congratulations and greetings.
An opportunity that will be present is the sharing of scholarly papers of interest to the members. There are examples on the website for you to see. Those of you interested in scholarship should feel free to submit your work to share with your brethren. We are in the process of establishing an editorial review process to establish criteria for publication.
The fiscal year closed at the end of August and all necessary reporting is underway. By the end of the year, we are expecting to have the 2017 Proceedings complete. Form 990 will be completed shortly, as well. These are two important documents concerning the activities of your Provincial Grand Lodge.
As we prepare for the New Year, our first meeting is scheduled for March of 2018 in Tampa, Florida under the leadership of Sir James A. Durham, Jr. and Sir Louis A. King. This is a special class to honor M.W. Richard G. Hoover, Grand Master of Masons in Florida, who is also a member of the Provincial Grand Lodge. Be sure to extend your congratulations and wish him well in his important duties. In August, Sir Dennis A. Sheridan has invited us to meet in Manchester, New Hampshire, where the brethren of the Northeast will be hosting us. We are looking forward to this meeting in historic Manchester.
Finally, I am struck by the vision of our Founder, Sir Albert Pike, which you will find in a prominent place on the website. As I look at it, I am reminded of what an honor it is to be a member of the Royal Order of Scotland. Our Provincial Grand Lodge has been in place since 1878 with many distinguished Masons over the years. I hope you are as proud as I am to be associated with all of you as members of this Distinguished Order.
With kindest fraternal regards I am
Sir James E. Winzenreid
Provincial Grand Master