A word from our Worshipful Master…

Brethren:

The past several months have truly been an unprecedented time for Sequin-Level Lodge and all of its Brothers.  Never in the history of our Lodge have we been forced to close for several months, and I believe it is safe to say that no Brother has been personally unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  I am happy to report, however, that, to date, I have not been made aware of any Brother of the Lodge who has contracted the virus, although sadly many have had family members and/or friends who have had it and, in some cases, been lost to it.  If any of you have information to the contrary and wish to share it with me and/or the rest of the Brothers, please reach out to me directly at SL140WM@ctfreemasons.net or by phone at (860) 798-2307.  I will absolutely respect your wishes regarding to whom the information is shared.  And if any Brother is in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to ask; we will do our best to assist you.

Per edict of Brother Stephen W. Petri, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Connecticut, Sequin-Level Lodge remains closed through June 30, 2020, or until otherwise directed by the Grand Master.  There may, however, now be some Light at the end of the tunnel.  As Connecticut slowly reopens, the most recent communication from the Grand Lodge indicates that they have been working on ways to allow masonry to get back to Labor, including modified rituals for Lodges to meet virtually or in hybrid form, instructions and guidance on how to tile a virtual Lodge, and how to conduct Degrees while social distancing.  We have also been told that we should soon expect to receive a dispensation that will allow the Lodge to hold communications to do business in either a hybrid in-person or virtual meeting.

In light of the Grand Master’s edicts, the Grand Lodge communications, and the reopening orders of the Governor allowing certain businesses to open and allowing certain social gatherings, and in compliance therewith, I am happy to announce that we are planning to reopen Sequin-Level Lodge effective July 1st for some limited meetings and activities!  As we return to Labor, please be patient.  It is my duty as Master of this Lodge to continue to protect the Craft from the dangers of this terrible disease, so we will be taking things slowly.  I also encourage each of you to follow your own conscience regarding your in-person attendance at our events – if you do not feel comfortable coming to Lodge, stay home and join us virtually.  Please see below for important announcements and the details of our currently planned reopening activities.  It is my intention, as well, to continue our online weekly Webex gatherings for at least the rest of June and the month of July – see the Senior Warden’s Message below or the weekly emails from Brother Brian Sprouse for the log-in information.

I look forward to seeing and/or speaking to you all soon.  In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.

WB Tad Bistor, Worshipful Master 2020