Wishing a Happy Birthday to the following Brothers this month: Steven Staubach, Kenneth W. Johnson, W.B. Clifford Hilton, David Woods, Earl Spurlock, James Gillis, James Bosworth, W.B. James Hickman, Dudley Brown, Marvin DeHeus, James McMurtry, Vernon Sanders, and Bush Loucks.
As 2017 comes to a close I thank all of you that helped me, our officers and our Lodge to have what I consider a successful year. Hopefully you all enjoyed some of our events this past year.
To recap our 2017 events: on 2/18 we celebrated Washington's Birthday with one of many fine dinners provided by Worshipful Brother Chef Bob Suggs and a presentation by actor Bud Jenkins portraying Colonel David Humphreys, aide de camp to General George Washington; we had a joint communication on 4/11 with Revelation #180, Byers #152 , and Kiowa #116 to receive the Most Worshipful Grand Master - Aurora DeMolay helped us with this event; on 5/6 we recognized the top male and female juniors from all six Aurora High Schools (Aurora DeMolay helped with this event also); We also had our annual Easter Egg Hunt (4/8), Feast of the Beast (4/29) and Chili Cookoff (10/21); on 5/23 we hosted Ladies Night with a special presentation by Pati Boez-Sawyer, Director of Fraternal Relations at the ESMRC; we held our 6/27 stated communication in the Lodge room at the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Center for our Hawaiian night including a dinner from the ESMRC staff; and on 8/19 all members and guests were invited to our annual Picnic and Car Show; we also supported the annual outdoor Master Mason Barn Raising with Kiowa and Douglas Lodges on 8/26; on 10/2 we captured the Traveling Gavel from Lupton #119. Don't forget that our annual Santa Claus visit is scheduled for Saturday, 12/9. All of these events were held to support our Masonic brothers, families, guests and visitors consistent with our Masonic ideals. As a charitable institution, during this year we also contributed to the DeMolay, Band Camp, ESMRC and assisted four college students with scholarships.
In summary, I have really enjoyed being your Worshipful Master this year, and sincerely appreciate all of the support from everyone that helped to make 2017 a good Masonic year for Aurora #156 A.F. & A.M. We have completed all but one of the requirements for Grand Lodge of Colorado Honor Lodge and we should complete that on 11/30 and continue the tradition.
Please give your utmost support to our 2018 Master and his officers and have a great Holiday Season.
Sincerely and Fraternally
Your Worshipful Master.
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