My Brother,

Greetings from the East, and I hope you all had a safe summer and this message finds you healthy, happy and prosperous. Summers are both long and short, and I hope that you have had some time to prepare for the fall and I look forward to our re-uniting together again.

Speaking of preparation, many of us with children have had graduations and the kids have advanced to the next grade. My son is entering high school this year and this brings back memories. Many of you will recall the reading assignments you were given between 8th grade and freshman year of high school. I remember reading “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Catcher in the Rye,” and it still brings a smile to my face. And like my parents, I have had to take my son “clothes shopping,” buy supplies for school and get in those medical records for fall sports. (I also remember reading one of my all-time  favorite trestleboards by Worshipful Brother Scott Gothe, where, when he was a kid, he had to try on winter corduroy pants in August and his questioning what on earth his parents were thinking, when they made him do that. Here I am doing the same thing with my son and smiling).

We have some things to do before the end of the year and it begins in September. Cincinnati will host a Blood Drive (8th), there is our District Picnic (16th), the Grand Lodge Reception (20th), our 225th Masonic Anniversary in Trenton (22nd), and the annual ARC Walk (23rd). Let’s be ready to have a good time.


Ted J Parry, WM