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September 2015 AGL article for The Word

Greetings, Brethren! Many of our Lodges typically go dark during the summer season, but to look around the Cortland-Madison District, one wouldn’t know it. It is encouraging to see Lodges engaged in Degree work throughout the summer months and I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our newly made Masons into the Fraternity. We look forward to your continued progress and encourage you to participate in the many events that are open to you.

Just as our children will soon be returning to school, so will we. The Fellowcraft Club will be having its first meeting of the season at 7PM on Tuesday, September 22 in Cazenovia. Although the opening of the new building has been delayed, the Brothers of Cazenovia Lodge hope to be up and running in time for this meeting. Should the location need to change, ample notice will be provided both on The Grapevine and on the District web site ( The dates and locations for the remaining Fellowcraft Club meetings can also be found on the calendar located on the site.

Our Grand Lecturer’s Convention is scheduled for Thursday, October 15, in Cortlandville. Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 PM, with the program to follow at 7:30. Information on menu, cost, and reservations will be forthcoming. The bulk of the work of the evening will be centered on the First Degree, but there are a few other topics to be discussed, including the newly released Closing Charge. Bart and I would especially like to encourage our newer Masons to attend. Any Brother who wishes to participate in the exemplification of the various parts of the First Degree should send an email to as soon as possible to reserve your spot. This is a great way to put the finishing touches on that new portion of Ritual you’ve been learning!

Bart and I both hope that you enjoy the remainder of your summer and we look forward to seeing you throughout the busy months ahead.