From the East
October is a very busy month for Beverly-Riverside Lodge. In a nutshell; we are hosting DLI and GLI, Square & Compass day, a wheelchair push, our Regular Communication, an Emergent Communication, and Oktoberfest!
We are hosting DLI on the 7th and GLI on the 28th, all the Brethren are welcome and invited to attend these, and a reminder to our newly raised Master Masons that if you have not yet attended a DLI since being raised, either of these events will satisfy that requirement. GLI is a great opportunity to meet members of other Lodges in our District and see them exemplify various pieces of our Ritual.
Our annual Square & Compass Day is on Saturday the 11th from 10am to 2pm. I have been in contact with two men from the local community that are planning to come out and notices were submitted to several local newspapers to get the word out and hopefully bring some more potential candidates in. The more Lodge members we have there the better the impression on anyone who comes in to learn about Freemasonry—so anyone who can come out, even for just an hour, will help the Lodge.
On Sunday the 12th we will be at the Masonic home to assist with bringing the residents to and from the church services in the morning. Our a>endance at these has been very light this year so I need more brethren to step up and come out to help. As always I will bring coffee and donuts/bagels.
At our Regular Communica3on on the 16th we will have the proposed budget for next year and if all goes well the Audit Committee will present their findings from the audit of last years books.
October 25th is a big event for the Lodge and, as I did last month, I am asking all the Brethren for their help to make it a huge success. We have partnered with the South Jersey Pops Orchestra (Brother Stebbins is on the board of trustees for the organiza3on). We are looking to get over 200 people out to the event (see the flyer on page 6) and I am challenging our Lodge members to support this event through attendance, donating baskets for the silent auctions, and helping with venue setup, logistics, and clean up. We are splitting all proceeds equally between the two organizations and the money that the Lodge gets will go into the education award fund to cover awards this year and hopefully next year. My goal is for our lodge members to fill at least 10 tables so get your family and friends together and come out for a great evening of food, music, baskets, and fun. Anyone who can put together a basket please let me know. If you have any questions or to get your tickets you can contact me, or Brother Stebbins, Brother Daily or Brother Tilton. This is an important event for us Brethren, we are hoping to make this an annual event so it is important we have a good turnout for this first one.
At the September Regular Communication there was some discussion/concern regarding the PSE&G bills over the summer. I promised the Brethren that I would dig into this and bring back more informa3on. I have done this and I would like to share the results of the digging here. I pulled up the monthly bills from May through September of this year and did some comparisons of the dollar amounts (see TB in PDF format for the breakdown):
The most notable thing is that during the summer months there is an increase of ~$8.00 per kW used, a 3x increase. This is what is making our summer bills seem so high—the usage isn’t up, the cost is just three times more during the summer months. The July bill was higher because both June Communications, as well the Blood Drive and a Hall Rental (both of which used mul3ple portable A/C units) fell within the July billing dates. I believe this adequately addresses the concerns raised at the September meeting but if anyone has any further ques3ons I would be happy to discuss them with you.
Sincerely & Fraternally,
Ricky D. Stoneking, WM
10/11 - Square & Compass Day
10/12 - Wheelchair Push
10/16 - Dinner (6 pm)
Regular Communication (7:30 pm)
10/23 - Degree Rehearsal (7:00 pm)
10/25 - Oktoberfest
10/27 - Fellowcraft Club Meeting
10/28 - Dinner (5:45 pm)
GLI (6:45 pm)
10/30 - Dinner (6:00 pm)
Emergent Communication (7 pm)
To see other upcoming Lodge & District events:
19th District Calendar