From The East ...
I would be remiss if I didn’t begin by thanking all of you who reached out to me upon the death of my father on March 26th. I did my best to respond to every message, but I am positive that I did not get to them all; as you can imagine, it was difficult to stay on top of everything that was going on.
After having some good discussion in our regular meeting in March, and a social meeting during our regular emergent, we are onto our first regular meeting of the Spring. Spring is, traditionally, a time of renewal and of new hope. While it may not be easy to be hopeful as we head into another Provincial Lockdown, the distribution of vaccines and the warmer weather may, hopefully, allow us to see the beginnings of a return to some sense of normalcy on the horizon.
April will be an interesting month for us from the perspective of Lodge meetings. At our regular meeting on April 14th, I have invited Worshipful Brother Nicholas Laine from Castle Island Virtual Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba to speak to us. Castle Island is a regularly constituted (virtual) Lodge and I do not doubt that W Bro Laine will have some very interesting insight into what that means and I’m sure there will be a good deal of information we will be able to take from his experience.
Not only will our Regular meeting be a bit different, but we also have a special treat for our Emergent meeting on April 22nd. Brother Braeuel and others have something prepared for us that will bring some much-needed levity and hopefully a few smiles. I don’t have much in the way of a preview, as I am looking forward to being as surprised as everyone, but I am confident it will be entertaining and the laughs will be plentiful.
I leave with the hope that this final (hopefully) lockdown we are going through is what we need to get over the hump. As we are constantly reminded, we are all in this together and we will all get through it together. As always, reach out not only if you need to, but also if you are able to.
- Jason Solomon, WM