Your 2021 Lodge Dues are now due! These dues are needed to pay the necessary expenses of your Lodge, including the Grand Lodge per capita assessment for each of our non-exempt Brothers. If you have received this Trestle Board by email, you should have already received your 2021 Dues Notice. If you have received this Trestle Board by mail, your Dues Notice has been included with this Trestle Board. Dues payments are due upon receipt and not later than January 31st. As an additional incentive to pay your dues on time, every Brother who pays their dues by January 31st will receive one of our new custom Sequin-Level Lodge facemasks. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay the entire amount by January 31st, please contact Worshipful Master Tad Bistor (SL140WM@ctfreemasons.net) and he will be happy to make other suitable arrangements with you. For example, you can pay half in January and the remaining balance by February 28th. To pay late without making suitable arrangements, or to not pay at all, puts a financial strain on the Lodge and is unfair to your Brothers. For this reason, unless satisfactory arrangements have been made, a late fee of $50 will be assessed on dues paid after March 31st, and an additional $50 late fee will be assessed on dues paid after June 30th.
Virtual Zoom Hybrid Stated Communications
While the current pandemic continues to prevent Brothers from coming to Lodge for our Stated Communications, we will continue to hold Hybrid Stated Communications using the Lodge’s Zoom account. Please note, however, that we will NOT be holding Hybrid meetings for Degrees or other Communications where the evening’s Program involves Masonic lectures so as not to disclose any Masonic secrets. The link for each Hybrid Communication will be emailed to members prior to each Hybrid Communication, as well as posted in our private Lodge Facebook Groups. If you need assistance with installing the Zoom application on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, please contact Worshipful Master Tad Bistor (SL140WM@ctfreemasons.net) and he will be happy to walk you through the process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (860) 918-5339.
Lodge Breakfasts Have Been A Big Hit – And A Great Opportunity
On the first Sunday of each month, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., treat yourself and your family to a full breakfast at a most inexpensive price. In addition to the usual fare of pancakes, eggs, hash browns, bacon and/or sausage, toast, juice, and coffee/tea, there is also a monthly breakfast special. Profits all support the maintenance and operation of our Lodge building, including the improvements in technology.
The success of these breakfasts also has that desirable side-effect of keeping our Lodge dues low. In addition, these breakfasts have been drawing townspeople to our Lodge, and that community exposure goes a long way toward shaping in the town a positive image of us Masons as upstanding men in the community.
The price for the monthly breakfast is $10 per adult and $5 per child, with a $25 maximum for a family of 2 adults and their minor children.
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.
Revised Lodge Alcohol & Bottle Club Policies
At our December 3rd Annual Communication, Sequin-Level Lodge revised its 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 Bottle Club Member has acknowledged in writing that they have read and will abide by the Lodge’s Bottle Club Policy, which allows Brothers 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. As part of the revision of the Bottle Club Policy, family members of Sequin-Level Lodge Brothers may now also belong to the Bottle Club, except that they are not permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages and the Brother is responsible and liable for their family members who belong to the Bottle Club. Copies of the full text of these policies are available at the Lodge or may be requested from the Lodge Secretary or Worshipful Master.