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  • Rhode Island SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019 freemason

    Grand Lodge of Rhode Island Established 1791 Volume Forty-Five, Issue Two

    Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Normandy Invasion WW II Memorial Rhode Island Monument

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    Brother Kenneth F. Poyton Most Worshipful Grand Master

    Greetings My Brothers,

    I hope you have had a great and restful summer and, like me, are looking forward to resuming our work. As I extend my thoughts to you each quarter, I am not going to bore you with all the events I have attended. However, I do wish to report on two.

    On June 7, the Grand Secretary and I attended a ceremony (sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Washington, DC at the WWII Monument in Washington to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the storming of the beaches at Normandy, also known as D-Day. All attending Grand Masters participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Atlantic side of the Memorial. I was assigned to sit next to a Past Grand Master of DC who was also the ambassador to Europe under the Shah of Iran. He shared that he had to flee the country when the Shah was overthrown, or he would have been executed. What other organization in the world could offer an opportunity to

    meet such a person? R∴W∴Ron Reed, Grand Secretary, and I had the honor to lay a wreath at the WWII Rhode Island Monument, as well.

    On July 12-14, I attended the Rhode Island Rainbow Annual session. The courtesies extended to the Grand Marshal, our ladies, and me were greatly appreciated. However, I want to concentrate on the July 14 event which was the installation of Ms. Holly Dunford as the new Grand Worthy Advisor for the ensuing year. She was installed by her sister Heather, a past Grand Worthy Advisor a few years ago. I am so proud of Holly and her accomplishments and can’t wait to travel with her this year.

    When planning the dates for my official visitations to the districts, I spread them out over my term. I am very much looking forward to travel to the districts and to be with my brothers. The next three months I will be making my official visitations to:

    The Northern District at Mt. Moriah Lodge No. 8 on Friday, September 13.

    The Central District at Manchester Lodge No. 12 on Friday, November 15.

    Don’t forget about the Semi-Annual to be held on November 16. Our Junior Grand Warden has been working on the upcoming Fall Festival, to be held on the same day at Quidnessett Country Club. The Fall Festival is “our time” to party. Seating is limited.

    Grand Master’s Message

    In the May Grand Master’s Message, I told you that numerous repairs must be made to the Grand Lodge and that scaffolding would be around the building soon. While the building committee has been working diligently, we still do not have any scaffolding up. However, I am optimistic that soon work will begin. I will keep you posted.

    The Officer Forum is set to begin this October at Rising Sun Lodge in the Metro District and in November at Mt. Vernon Lodge in the Southern District. The program for the evening is on Masonic Assistance. It is very important the officers attend the DDGM Visitation and learn about this program.

    The New Wardens Workshop is moving along very nicely, as I am

    told by M∴W∴Iacobucci, PGM. The committee is working very hard and will be ready for their presentation soon.

    You all know how I feel about protocol and how we need to act in a lodge room. Recently I was having a conversation with R∴W∴Richard Maggio, the Grand Marshal of Massachusetts, on this very topic. He was kind enough to send me a quote that came from the “Vision of Massachusetts Freemasonry” adopted in 1995, which sums it up in an interesting statement:

    “Masonry is a conservative fraternity where protocol encompasses standards of civility, dignity, and decorum, promotes harmony and respect and maintains the traditions, values, and practices of our fraternity.”

    By the time you see this message, I will have communicated to the lodges what I expect to be read from the Grand Lodge Protocol and Constitution for the month. Being on the same page will help all of us to better understand what is expected.

    I’d like to share with you a conversation I had with W∴Frank Allen on July 21, 2018, the day he was moved to Hospice Care. When I arrived, I had to wait in the hallway for the nurses to get our brother settled and all the necessary paperwork signed. I assure you I was not the only person in the hallway waiting to see Frank. Once we were invited in, Frank was very alert and conversing with all of us. He wanted to tell me a story about what happened to him while he was in the hospital waiting to be moved to hospice. Frank began by saying “I heard a person say that he was here to see his brother Frank.” The person said it again, so Frank’s daughter stepped in (she did not recognize this person) and inquired who the person was coming to see. The visitor said, “I am a member of St. John’s Lodge, No. 1P and am here to see Brother Frank Allen.”

    (continued on page 5)

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    New Officer Installation Congratulations to the new Sovereign Prince, Eric E. Grist, 32° and

    to IllJohn S. Bentley, 33°, new Commander-In-Chief.

    MSA Ceremony The Valley of Providence awarded the MSA Award to two worthy Brothers, Stephen V. Reali, 32° and Kenneth A. Angilly, 32° for their many years of hard work and commitment to the lighting committee.

    Special Supreme Council Award Gordon E. Martin, Jr., 32° MSA, was given this award to recognize his 64 years of service to Masonic Craft and Scottish Rite.

    Years of Membership Certificate Awards Three Valley members were in attendance to receive their years of membership certificates:

    IllJohn Trafford, 33°, 50 years; Robert Royley, Jr., 60 years; and

    John Bradshaw, III, 50 years of membership.

    The Class of 2018-2019!

    IllSteven E. Smith, 33°, Deputy for the Valley of Providence,

    welcomed 29 new 32° Masons at the Class Dinner on June 26, 2019.

    Our new members of the Valley of Providence come from various Blue lodges around the state.

    Congratulations to:

    Scott Alexander, Ralph Assaiante-Carlini, Armen Avagyan, Leonard Bento, Robert Caron, David Condit, Herbert Curtis, Jr., Porfirio Dacanay, Dale Douthit, Thomas Drumm, Richard Forcino, Steven Gall, Sr., Jose Gonzalez, William Gouge, Albert Hamlin, William Laliberte, Corey Maclean, Michael Melino, Keith Milette, Jeremy Newton, Thomas Northup, Steven Parenteau, Wilson Perez, Jr., Wilson Perez, Sr., Jesse Saglio, Richard Schofield, James Stringfellow, Frederick Wilmott, and Jan Zukowski.

    We look forward to another successful year in 2019-2020!

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    We held our July 10 Conclave at the Dunes Club in Narragansett with near perfect weather, which made for a very comfortable and special night. Everyone enjoyed the wonderful views of the ocean whether they were inside or enjoying a drink on the deck. We enjoyed a cocktail hour with our ladies after our business meeting and prior to our evening dinner. We had over 60 Knight Companions and ladies in attendance.

    For many years we have been fortunate to conduct our July Conclave at the Dunes Club through the generosity of Past Sovereign, Clarence H. Soderberg.

    Our order is by invitation only and invited members must be a Royal Arch Mason in good standing who has also done exemplary service in Freemasonry and who subscribes to the belief of the Christian religion. Each conclave has a prescribed membership

    limit. 

    Setting aside all discussion of Ancient Landmarks and uniformity of ritual the question still remains, are physical requirements essential to Freemasonry? To answer that question requires some thought as to what is Freemasonry? Why and how did it become speculative or philosophical from an operative origin and what has enabled it to survive?

    To answer the question what is Freemasonry? We must believe that it is a fraternal society that performs a function without which man cannot survive, without which he cannot ever hope to live in peace with his neighbor. Freemasonry endeavors to bring about a reformation in each individual human being. It differs from the many religions, which have endeavored to reform man by seeking only to provide each of us with a set of standards that have stood the test of time from the beginning of history. The ethical phi