Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A View From The East

     Could it be spring has finally arrived at northeast Ohio? Even thou it seemed like winter would never leave, we have kept thing toasty warm at John W Barkley with our chili cook off pulling in over four hundred dollars. Thanks to everyone who participated, both cooks and consumers, and to Worshipful Brother Stitak for putting it all together. It is a wonderful event both for the Lodge and for Special Olympics. Unfortunately, we have heard no word on our missing swords, I fear the worst. Thanks to Brothers Keca and Maminskas who donated replacements for our Tyler.
     We passed our inspection in the Master Mason degree and the proceeds of our Annual Bake Auction went to a new charity this year called The Upside of Downs. As of this writing, I do not have the final tally.

     Coming up in this month of May, we start out with a tribute to our ladies, the Strawberry social and widows’ night. This year we will be having some musical entertainment in the Lodge followed by shortcake and ice cream in the dining room. I have decided to move Memorial night to October this year, closer to All Souls Day, and bring this event back to a celebration of all our Ladies. So please give our secretary a shout-out that you will be there (his phone# and email can be found on page 2) and join us for a relaxing evening at your Lodge.

     We will close the month of May with one of my favorites, “Dining to Donate” at Applebee’s restaurant in North Olmsted next to Great Northern Mall (see insert in this bulletin).

     June starts out with our annual trek to Toronto for the installation of officers at St. George Lodge. This 80+-year-old event is one of the highlights of the year. The Canadians have always welcomed us with open arms in true Masonic form and shown us the best of their city. Due to scheduling conflicts with Grand Lodge, I have had to move our Table Lodge to June 27th. Right Worshipful Brother Carter, Junior Grand Deacon, will be our guest speaker and has promised us a very interesting educational program. June also find us heading outdoors for a Master Mason raising and steak roast.

     Even when we are “dark”, August 4th has been marked for the “Autos for Autism” event. This year the event will be held at the city park in North Olmsted off Lorain Road. Stop on down even if you’re not into cars much, we always have a wonderful time together. My Brothers, as you can see, we are a very active Lodge. If you have not attended recently, all you have to do to get back into the swing of things is to just show up.

Looking forward to seeing you again,
Robert J. Wakefield PM
Worshipful Master

Barkley Light: May/June 2018

Below is a link to the May/June edition of the Barkley Light.  Enjoy and we look forward to seeing you at the Lodge!