A word from our Worshipful Master…

I am honored for the faith you have shown in electing me as Worshipful Master for 2022. I have asked our Past Masters to assist me with the programming for our Stated Communications and many were happy to share the wealth of their Masonic knowledge. There will be opportunities to travel to other Lodges to experience unique degrees and to meet and interact with other Brothers. And lastly, we will continue to hold programs and events to promote fraternalism among the Craft, to benefit our community, and to involve our spouses, families, and friends.

As we start this new year, I have goals for the Lodge. First, I want to improve communications between the officers, to the Craft, and outside the Lodge. I will be holding regular Officer Meetings on the second Wednesday of each month immediately following the Sequin-Level Building Association (SBA) Meetings. Both these meetings are open to all Lodge members so everyone can have input into the Lodge activities. We will continue to utilize the USPS, email and Facebook to get announcements out to the Craft in a timely manner. The Lodge’s Google Calendar, which can be found on the Lodge’s website and can be added to your personal calendars, will be kept up-to-date with all Lodge activities, and we will better publicize our events in Connecticut Freemasons magazine and local news forums.

Second, I would like to see improvement in our ritual work. Sequin-Level Lodge has a reputation for fine ritual and I expect us to continue in that regard. I feel there is always room for improvement when it comes to ritual, myself included, and we owe it to our candidates to perform outstanding degrees and to set the standard for the memorization that we expect from each of them as they progress through the Pipeline. Our Degree Captain may ask you to take part in one of our degrees. I encourage you to accept a part in a degree, practice and perform it with Sequin-Level excellence.

Third, our Lodge needs to actively work toward acquiring new members and retaining our current ones. Our Lodge membership continues to decline as members lay down their working tools and pass on to the Celestial Lodge. We also lose a few each year as a result of dimits or being dropped from the rolls for nonpayment of dues. These losses consistently outnumber the new petitions we receive and, if not addressed, these net losses are expected to increase in the coming years. Therefore, it is incumbent on each of us to promote our Lodge and to seek out potential candidates, to introduce them to Masonry, and to show them the way to our outer door.

Fourth, a new program for Masonic Education will begin at the January 6, 2022 Stated Communication. “The Masonic Minutes”, WB Chuck Landau, WB Larry S. Baker and myself will put together 5-10 minute presentations to be read by a Brother at every meeting. These readings will be general topics and easy to understand. This will satisfy the Grand Lodge of Connecticut's directive to provide Masonic Education at every Stated Communication and will be enlightening and fun.

Lastly, our Junior Warden, SBA and Craftsman Club need your help and support. Whether it is setting up and serving a meal, setup/tear-down of a tent, or being a Chairman of a Craftsman Club event, VOLUNTEER! “Many Hands Make Light Work.”

I am looking forward to a fun, active, and exciting year. I encourage you to come join us in our meetings and to help in advancing the above goals. With your help, Sequin-Level Lodge will continue to be “THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.”

From my family to yours, I wish you a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2022!

- WB Jon D. Faasen, Worshipful Master