Oktoberfest Family Picnic

Saturday, October 10th is the Lodge’s Oktoberfest Family Picnic at the Lodge hosted by the Craftsman’s Club.  Due to the pandemic, this year’s Oktoberfest will be an outdoor daytime event for Lodge members and their families.  The event will run from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., with lunch being served from about 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The event will also feature family-friendly games and contests for children and adults.  The State of Connecticut Liquor Control Division has issued the Lodge a Temporary Liquor Permit for this event, so beer and wine will be available.  Because of the pandemic, the State temporarily modified the application process for temporary liquor permits to require the submission of a detailed operations plan specifying how the Lodge will be complying with all CDC and State guidelines for the protection of the attendees.  Once again, Sequin-Level Lodge met the challenge.  Our detailed operations plan was reviewed and approved by the State because we are meeting or exceeding all of the State’s and CDC’s guidelines.  Therefore, if you are comfortable returning to your favorite restaurant, you can feel comfortable coming back to the Lodge for our events.  Facemasks will be required when you are moving about, but may be removed at your tables while eating and drinking with your family.  Commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized often, all food will be served by our Food Workers, hand sanitizer will be available, all guests will have their temperature taken before entering the event, and everyone will be encouraged to wash and/or sanitize their hands frequently throughout the event.  Bring your family and come join us for what is sure to be a fun time.  The cost is $20.00 per adult, but is free for all minors under eighteen years of age.  In order to plan for enough food, we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance HERE and to RSVP to Kevin Rand at kevin_rand@ymail.com.

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Annual Food & Toy Drives

Sequin-Level Lodge is once again holding its annual food and toy drives to assist the less fortunate in Newington through the Town’s Food Bank and the Town’s Holiday Toy and Gift Program.  Starting immediately we will be accepting non-perishable food items and donations of unwrapped toys and gifts for children and adults.  Cash donations are also appreciated and will be used to obtain matching donations from the Lodge Trustees and the Connecticut Freemasons Foundation’s Matching Grant Program or to purchase food items in bulk in order to maximize the amount of food collected.  As a result of the pandemic, the need for food and gifts is greater than ever this year.  For the last several years this has been one of the Lodge’s most successful events.  Help it to be an even bigger success this year when it’s needed more than ever!  Details will be available at all of our upcoming Stated Communications or you may contact Brother Chris Woodward at SL140JrWarden@ctfreemasons.net.

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New Lodge Alcohol & Bottle Club Policies

At our August 20th Stated Communication, Sequin-Level Lodge adopted new formal alcohol and bottle club policies.  Pursuant to those policies, the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the Lodge property or at Lodge events is prohibited except (1) when the Lodge has acquired a Temporary Beer or Liquor Permit, (2) the beverages are provided by a caterer or vendor holding a valid Beer or Liquor Permit, or (3) the Brother has acknowledged in writing that they have read and will abide by the Lodge’s Bottle Club Policy, which allows the Brother to bring their own alcoholic beverages to the Lodge under the condition that they are fully personally liable for any injury or damage in any way resulting from the use or consumption of their alcoholic beverages.  The full text of the policies were emailed to all Brothers who receive email notifications prior to the August 20th Stated Communications.  Copies of the full text of these policies are also available at the Lodge or may be requested from the Lodge Secretary or Worshipful Master.

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Grand Lodge’s Grand View Membership System

The Grand Lodge has begun using a new membership system called Grand View to more easily and accurately maintain its membership records.  This system allows Brothers to access their own records and to update their mailing address, email address, and phone numbers.  Brothers will also be able to view their Masonic records and have access to a host of Masonic Resources and Seminars.  In order to maintain the most up-to-date information, it is essential that all Brothers complete their member registration and verify their current contact information.  Once registered, you can then access all of the information and resources.  To access Grand View, simply go to the Grand Lodge Website at https://ctfreemasons.net and click on “Member Portal.”  On the next page, click on “Member Registration” at the top right in the menu bar.  On the next page, simply enter your Lodge Number (140), your Member ID found on your dues card, and your last name.  You will then be taken to a fourth page where you will be asked to enter an email address, create a password, and then retype your password to complete your registration.  A short one minute video is provided on the registration page to guide you through the registration process if you are having any difficulties.  Once registered you can update your contact information.  If you cannot locate your Member ID, you can contact the Lodge Secretary at SL140Secretary@ctfreemasons.net.

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Lodge Capital Campaign — Commemorative Paver Program

The Lodge Capital Campaign is kicking off with our Commemorative Paver Program.  The Lodge will be installing custom engraved concrete pavers by the flag pole at the front of the Lodge to create a sitting area and stone garden.  See the flyer below for details.  Payment can be made by way of cash, check, credit/debit card, and PayPal.  The Lodge is also offering a four month payment plan for those who wish to pay in installments.  For questions or to place your order, please contact WB Larry S. Baker by email at lsb127@comcast.net or by phone at (860) 918-5339.