From the East ...
I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday and were able to spend some quality time with family as much as current public health guidance allows. I wish you and yours all my best.
While this is truly a message that I had hoped I would not have to write the current situation has not given me much choice in the matter. Based on current public health regulations and guidance received from Grand Lodge, the Regular and Emergent meetings in January will have to be shifted to a virtual format. I hope this will be a short-lived posture but, as with all things these days, the situation is fluid and time will tell.
All that said, it does not take away from what was an incredible meeting in December. From the dedication of all in attending multiple practices, to the holiday-themed Festive Board to the letter-perfect proficiency of our newest master mason, the evening was a resounding success. The effort put in by all was evident in our first degree in what seemed like an eternity. Thanks to everyone for making it a memorable evening. Special congratulations to our newest Master Mason who impressed even the hardest of us to impress with his preparation and made us all proud. I have no doubt the Lodges he visits in his travels will be equally impressed with his vigor and zeal for the Craft.
As mentioned, we have been forced back into the virtual world for our meeting in January. While this is a setback to a return to normal, we have shown our ability to pivot before and we will do it again. Both our CGP meeting on January 9th at 7:00 pm and our Regular meeting on January 12th at 7:30 pm will be accessible by using the https://ioniclodge526.com/meet link.
The work we had hoped we could accomplish in January has been shifted to the right as we are hoping to be back to in-person meetings in February. As with everything, this is a moving target and will be dictated by COVD restrictions, provincial and municipal guidelines and, above all, the safety and our members.
In closing, I wish you all a safe, healthy and happy new year. Don’t forget to reach out if you need to and offer help if you can.
Sincerely and Fraternally,