Call for the 225th Annual Communication
225th ANNUAL COMMUNICATION
OF THE MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND LODGE A.F. & A.M.
OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT
The 225th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A.F. & A. M. of Connecticut will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Road (Route 372), Cromwell, Connecticut on Monday, April 7, 2014. The formal opening of Grand Lodge will be at 9:30 a.m.
Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. Please note: All voting delegates must register at the registration table and present their 2014 Dues Card. Registration will be by lodge number as designated by posted signs in the area.
A proxy form has been sent directly to the lodge's Worshipful Master, Senior Warden and Junior Warden should they: 1. not be able to attend this Annual Communication in person; 2. be entitled to vote by virtue of holding these offices in more than one lodge; 3. be entitled to vote by virtue of being a Grand Lodge officer or a Permanent Member of Grand Lodge. Please inform any brother who is attending as a proxy that he must present his 2014 dues card. All brothers entitled to vote should bring the apron and jewel of their office, whether as Permanent Member, lodge officer or serving as proxy.
Your attendance at this Annual Communication is important. We will consider available Reports of Standing and Special Committees, Grand Lodge officer reports, and any other business proper to be considered, all subject to the usual rules.
Please note the following Sections of our Grand Lodge Rules and Regulations regarding Lodge representation:
Section 2300. Roll Call At Regular Communication. (The final Roll Call will be waived, relying on the records of the Committee on Credentials regarding compliance with Section 2301.)
Section 2301. Penalty if Lodge Is Not Represented at Regular Grand Lodge Communication. (reads in part) "A Lodge neglecting to be represented at a Regular Grand Lodge Communication shall incur the penalty of two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars ...."
The Grand Lodge office cannot make hotel reservations. Lodges and brothers are responsible for making their own reservations with the Crown Plaza. The hotel reservation information is available at a Booking Website at , and driving directions are given. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The cutoff date is no later than March 21.
ALL “LODGE HOSPITALITY ROOMS” MUST BE CLOSED AT A “REASONABLE HOUR” ON SUNDAY.
Grand Lodge officers, Past Grand Masters, District Deputies, Past District Deputies, current Associate Grand Marshals, Committee members and Grand Representatives are also requested to register to ensure that all names appear in the Grand Lodge Proceedings. Each voting delegate will register only once for his highest Masonic office attained unless he chooses to be an elector (proxy) on behalf of his lodge. The use of proxies is encouraged where appropriate to ensure full representation of constituent lodges.
Again this year there will be a seminar offering, “Aprons of Our Past,” by Brother Patrick Craddock starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. (Brother Craddock’s experience will permit him to identify the age of antique aprons within 25 years. Bring an old one to stump the expert.) Also, all are welcome to attend a Vesper Service at 4:30 p.m. Times are approximate. More current information regarding the Sunday afternoon activities will be found on the Grand Lodge website: www.ctfreemasons.net .
The Grand Master's Banquet for Grand Lodge officers, distinguished guests, members of the Craft and their ladies will be held on Sunday evening, April 6, at 6:30 p.m. with 6:00 p.m. entrance to the Grand Ballroom. All brothers are invited to attend. Please make every effort to get your reservation in early, as this banquet is sold on a first come - first serve basis. Any request which is received in the Grand Lodge office after March 21 will result in tickets being held for pickup at the door.
A banquet reservation form can be found on the Grand Lodge website: www.ctfreemasons.net .. The entrée will be a choice of Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Stuffed Chicken Breast with Brie or a Vegetarian Pasta Plate, each at a cost of $37.00, (including tax and gratuity) per person and all by advance order. Please make all checks payable to the “Grand Lodge of Connecticut” and mail with the banquet reservation form. Banquet tickets will be mailed to those placing an order prior to March 21. It would be appreciated if a self addressed envelope was also included.
Also on Monday, April 7 at 12:00 Noon, the Past District Deputies Association of Connecticut will host a reunion luncheon. Luncheon reservations may be made directly with the Past District Deputies Association. Tickets are $30.00 per person. All Brothers are invited to attend. Lunch will also be available at other Crowne Plaza venues.
With my fraternal best wishes,
Robert G. Fitzgerald
R.W. Grand Secretary