My brothers,

Thank you for your confidencein allowing me to represent you as Master of Moosup Masonic Lodge No. 113 for the ensuring year. I look back with admiration and respect for those that came before us and eagerly look forward and anticipate what the next year has to offer. I recognize that this would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of those who have helped me get here and the continued support of you, the craft.

My journey to the east has not been direct, life has continued to provide obstacles. Due to commitments to my family and my regular vocation, it was necessary for me, at times, to step out of the progressive officer line. I have remained active in the lodge yet, at times, was only  able to be marginally involved. A a result, it took me 10 years to progress from the youngest entered apprentice in the northeast corner to the oriental chair in the east. Along the way I have met many good friends and brothers and have helped to raise many more. I have also heard many stories of a brother that is still a member of the lodge but is no longer active. As I reflect to my journey to the east, I encourage you to reflect on what brought you to masonry. Whether you are currntly active in the lodge or not, I think we can all relate to one or more of the following aspects that Masonry has to offer.

•   Fellowship (Social Events)

•    Charity (Community Service)

•   Ritual (Theatrical)

•   Education (Esoteric-the meaning of the ritual)

•   Lodge Service (Leadership)

If you have knowledge, Interest, or passion in one of these aspects od Masonry, I encourage you to meet me at the lodge upon the level and share your interest with your brothers. I believe that the primary responsibility of every elected officer of the lodge is to see that each member of the lodge has the opertunity to have the richest masonic experience he is willing to have.  What do I mean by that? We all joined freemasonry for what we wanted to get out of it. However, we need to recognize that the more we put into it, the more we will get out of it. If you are not as active in the lodge as you would like to be, what has kept you away and what can I do to bring you back to the lodge? I will try to give you the best masonic experience you are willing to have based on what I understand you, the craft, are looking for. Please share with me which of the aspects of Masonry you would like to see more of. In addition to our regular stated communication, I will be at the lodge every tuesday night from 7 to 8 PM. I encourage you to pay your dues in January and come down to the lodge early and often to ensure you are receiving all the benefits  that your masonic membership card entitles you to.

Additionally, I am asking each of you to please call RW. Jim Verge, our newly appointed assistant secretary at 860-576-3482 or email n1pta@msn.com  with your current contact information and your preferred communication preference. If we don’t hear from you, Jim or I will be reaching  to you in the near future. If you are interested, you can also request that Jim add you to (or remove you from) his weekly Masonic Lodge Communication email. This email contains information and updates related to happenings throughout the 9th Masonic district.

In closing, here is my contact information. Call me if you need or want. I hope to see or speak with all of you soon.  Home: (860) 564-9992, Cell: (860) 377-9985, email: MacLelland.David@gmail.com

Fellowship from 7 to 8 PM tuesday nights.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

David M. MacLelland

Worshipful Master,

Moosup Lodge 113 (2019) Chartered June 4, 1972