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Brethren,
I bring you warm Fraternal greetings from the Most Worshipful William J. Thomas, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York. I thank all who attended the Town Hall Meeting on April 19th at Homer Lodge with our Deputy Grand Master, the RW Jeffrey M. Williamson. It was very well attended along with our Brothers from the Cayuga-Tompkins District. It was a very informative and well presented meeting. I think it was an eye opener for many as discussions were had over the District reorganization process. I hope everybody took something away from this meeting and has a better understanding of the difficult tasks and decisions Grand Lodge has as we move into the future.
As some receive this edition of the Word, myself, RW Clinton Brooks, and several Masters will be in New York for the Annual Grand Lodge Convention. Thank you to the Lodges of this District who made the commitment to be present. I look forward to communicating the happenings at Grand Lodge back to the District.
Congratulations to Tri-Valley Lodge for a successful Entered Apprentice degree on April 11th.
May will be a very busy month for everyone. Many Lodges are holding awards programs and surviving spouses and ladies appreciation dinners. If your Lodge is not doing these programs, you should be. Election of officers and installations are fast approaching. Please contact me and RW Brooks in a timely manner of the dates of your installations. We will be glad to assist. We hope that all newly elected Masters will attend the Investiture Service at Hamilton Lodge on May 28th. The AGL’s will be looking for help with the evenings ceremonies. Please accept the offer if asked.
I am in the process of designing a new District Trestleboard. It will be in a booklet style. I am asking that all new Masters submit to me in a timely manner a copy of their respective Lodges trestleboard for the upcoming Masonic year. These trestleboards will be included in the District Trestleboard. I am also requesting a picture of the newly installed Lodge officers. These pictures will be included on the Trestleboard. When submitting this information, please include all updated phone #’s and e-mails. We will also be posting the trestleboard on the web-site. Thank you for your assistance.
RW Brooks and I cordially invite all Brothers and Families of the Cortland-Madison District to accompany us at St. Johns Day this year in June. For those who have never been, we encourage it. For those who have attended, come on out and reunite with Brothers you have not seen in many years. Take the opportunity to tour OUR campus in Utica and the many great buildings there. Take the opportunity to visit residents in the Masonic Home. Check out the Library and Medical Research Lab. We would love to hear you make some noise as we march by in the parade. More info to come.
Please remember our men and women serving in the Armed Forces, as well as law enforcement officers who are facing many new challenges as they protect and serve us, in your prayers.
Brian Ziegler

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