Welcome to St. Paul’s Lodge Newsletter. This regular monthly communication is intended to keep you, as well as friends of the Lodge, informed of recent activities and upcoming events. Your input and feedback is welcome and appreciated.
At our stated Communication on September 5th, our lodge had its annual inspection conducted by Brother Charles L. Schofield, RW District Director of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut and his Associate Grand Marshall, WB Michael A. Adams. We also raised two brothers to the Entered Apprentice Degree, Brothers Courtney Brown and Devin Cain. At our second meeting on September 29th another petitioner was elected to receive the degrees of Masonry which will take place at our meeting on November 21st.
AWARDS DINNER & CEREMONY
On October 3rd, 2018 we held an Awards Dinner and Ceremony at the lodge. This event was held to recognize and honor brothers who have achieved membership milestones of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45, 50 and 50 plus years in addition to presenting individual awards for exemplary and praiseworthy contributions to St. Paul’s Lodge. The following brothers received membership milestone awards:
10-Year Service Awards
Michael Bates, Kevin Creed, Mark Dzurnak*, Thomas Fredsall, Leo Paul, Matt Sweet*,
Neal White Jr.
15-Year Service Awards
Paul Adams, Jan Guidess, Chuck Harrell*, Avery Jenkins*, Scott Langenheim
20-Year Service Awards
Richard R. Cosgrove, John Dezzutti, Michael G. Hanis, Jr., Richard Reynolds, Bruce Whiteley
25-Year Service Awards
Dale Adkins, Sr., Michael Dragan, III, Jay N. Herbert, Walter Lincoln, David Weik*, Clifford Wheeler*
30-Year Service Awards
A. Paul Chapin, IV*, Richard D. Cosgrove, Jr., Arthur Johnson, John Layton, Ruben P. Miller, III, William Neller, Joel Schrager, Daniel Seabourne, Frederick Weik, Wayne Whiteley
35–Year Service Awards
Philip D. Birkett*, George Seabourne, Robert N. Whiteley, Richard O. Van Buren, Jr., Thomas Waugh*, Steven Westall, Henry Wolfe, Jr.
40-Year Service Awards
Lawrence Adkins, Jr., Ross Adkins, Edward Clark, William S. Hall, Jr., Edward Langenheim*,
August Molitano, Robert Mosimann
45-Year Service Awards
Walter Anderson, Jr., William Boden, Michael Dragan, Frank Gangloff*, Wilton F. Hawes, Jr., Edward Jacovino, John R. Whitbeck, Jr.*
50-Year Service Awards
Arthur H. Carlstromm and Norman Hilpert had their 50-year service awards presented to them by the Grand Lodge of Connecticut in 2014.
55-Year Service Awards
William Pearson, James Ryan, Daniel Slevinsky
60-Year Service Awards
Walter French, Jr.*
65-Year Service Awards
Harry Innes, Robert McQuarrie*
* In attendance
Lifetime Service Awards were presented to WB Philip D. Birkett, Secretary and MWB Arthur H. Carlstrom, Treasurer.
The 2018 Mason of the Year Award was presented to Ken Buckbee, Junior Deacon
The 2018 Key Man Award was presented to Jamie Fischer, Senior Deacon
In addition, Past Master Plaques were presented to several Past Masters
Over 50 brothers and guests attended this momentous event, including MW Brother Charles W. Yohe, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut and RW Charles L. Schofield, District Deputy.
LODGE BUILDING REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS
The Lodge building has been beautifully repainted and new signage has been installed. Bold, yet tasteful lettering has been mounted over the main entrance and a sign denoting meeting dates and times as well as lodge contact information has been attached to the front. Additionally, two stone ashlars have been placed at the base of the steps leading up to the front entrance. These ashlars were originally stood in the East at Union Lodge No.96. Our lodge building is now a very impressive structure and a credit to the Building and Beautification Committee which has been responsible for these significant improvements. Our thanks again to brothers Mark Dzurnak, Phil Birkett, Chuck Harrell and Jan Guidess.
WB Neal White has been appointed chairman of the Audit Committee. He will be assisted by RW Brother Augie Molitano, Marshall, and brothers Darren Murphy and Ken Bentley. Thank you all very much for stepping up. Also, a By-Laws Revision Committee, consisting of Worshipful Brothers Mark Dzurnak, Chuck Harrell, and Jamie Fischer has been established. Their suggestions will be presented at our annual meeting on December 5th. All members will be duly informed of the proposed revisions.
LADIES AT THE TABLE DINNER AND CEREMONY
Ladies at the Table is a very different kind of Masonic event. Its primary purpose is to honor a Mason’s lady, i.e., wife, significant other or widow, as well as other selected ladies. It also gives the ladies the opportunity to meet other lodge members and their ladies. While not a degree or ritual, the dinner is a structured event featuring several courses and specific toasts. The dinner will be held on Saturday, October 20th, at La Cupola Restaurant in Bantam, CT. Dinner for the ladies will be complimentary. Invitations have been sent out. Participation is limited, so if you are planning to attend, please respond immediately. Our thanks to RW Brother Paul Chapin for chairing this event.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
⦁ October 17th: S.C. & Program: York Right Freemasonry.
⦁ November 7th: S.C. & Program: Scottish Right Freemasonry. Potluck Dinner at 6:30 pm.
⦁ November 21st: S.C. & Entered Apprentice Degree
⦁ December 5th: S.C. & Annual Meeting with Elections. Pizza Fest at 6:30 pm.
⦁ December 19th: S.C. & New Officer Installation. Dinner at 6:30
A LITTLE MASONIC HISTORY
COWANS: It seems that the word has come to us from Scottish Operative Masonry of long ago. In Scotland, the word “cowan” denoted a man who built walls of stones held in position only by their own weight and not by mortar. As he did not use mortar or prepared stones in his trade, he was looked upon as an inferior type of artisan by the operative mason, and as such was denied admittance to a mason’s lodge, which in those days probably meant a group of operative masons engaged in some building project.
A cowan could also be any individual who would present himself as a Freemason, but having never joined the Fraternity. In a real sense a cowan was a clandestine Mason. A cowan may have had all of the right answers to be able to get in through a door of a lodge room, but had never actually been raised as a Freemason
So conscious were the operative masons of the need to keep cowans out, that the early Tilers, who, as their name suggests, were those who placed roofing tiles in position after the masons had completed the walls and the carpenters the rafters. From their lofty perch on the roof, they were charged with the additional task of reporting the imminent approach of cowans. This, presumably, was intended to give masons time to band together to keep them away.
This was pure snobbery. The cowan was probably just as skilled as the Mason. Nevertheless, the distinction persisted, for the records of operative Masons dated 1460 speak of cowans, while it was not until 1688 that there is any record of a cowan being admitted a member of a Mason’s fraternity.