A word from our Worshipful Master Brian Eckenrode

Master’s Report 2019-03

  • IF YOU MISSED OUR LAST MEETING THEN: You did not get updated on Somerset-St. James first 8thDistrict Lodge visit of the year, the plans for our second Lodge visit and a tickler about a planned upcoming Blitz. Do you know the difference between a Visit and a Blitz? Don’t miss another meeting and get yourself updated on current events. You also missed another great dinner. ‘The Taco Bar’ was prepared by our Senior Steward Kyle Majewski and it was Fabulous!
  • Our Next Scheduled Meetingwill be this Wednesday, February 20, 2019 which will be a regular Business Meeting. We will be rehearsing the EA Degree as our Education Topic in preparation for our Annual Inspection on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Most exciting is that our Senior Warden, Jason Fletcher will be in the East for the evening. Everyone who is participating in the Degree should attend this rehearsal.
  • NORWICH ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE: Brothers from Somerset-St. James Lodge No. 34 and other Brothers from throughout the area will be Marching in the St. Patrick Day Parade on Sunday, March 3, 2019. The parade starts at 1:00 PM and is less than ¾ mile. Brother Jeff Blayman from Warren Lodge No. 51 in Portland CT, will be serving as this years Grand Marshall. Anyone who is interested in marching in the parade please contact Frank Saviano at saviano@snet.netfor arrangements and details.
  • OPEN HOUSE: Dinner before every Stated Communication. If you have a friend or know someone who is interested in joining our Lodge and our Fraternity, they are welcome to meet and visit with us over dinner. To ensure the comfort of our guests, please inform them of appropriate Lodge attire (jacket and tie), and ensure that they understand they will need to be excused prior to the start of our Stated Communication.
  • Dues: Dues Notices are out. Please remit your 2019 Dues to the Secretary by April 1, 2019.
  • Committee Assignments for 2019: I am still looking for at Least two volunteers to work on the Investigating Committee with our Chairman Kevin Roe.  Please let me know if you are interested and willing to help Kevin on this important Committee and assist with Investigations.
  • 8thDistrict Breakfastis at the Groton Town House at 0900 on the first Thursday of each month. The next scheduled breakfast is Thursday, March 7, 2019.
  • 8thDistrict Master’s and Secretary’s: If you would like me to include any of your activities in my Upcoming Events section, please e-mail me the information and I will be happy to include it.  If I have a date wrong, please let me know so that I can get it corrected.

Upcoming Events

02-18-2019  Oxoboxo Lodge No. 116. EA Degree. Dinner at 6:30 PM. Lodge Opens at 7:30 PM.

02-22-2019  Wooster Lodge No. 10. Valentine’s Dinner. $25 per couple. Hors D’oeuvres at 6:15 PM. Dinner at 6:45 PM. Reservations a MUST. Contact Wooster Lodge.

02-26-2019  Brainard Lodge No. 102. FC Degree. Dinner at 6:30 PM. Lodge Opens at 7:30 PM.

03-26-2019  Brainard Lodge No. 102. MM Degree. Dinner at 6:30 PM. Lodge Opens at 7:30PM.

06-21-2019  Wooster Lodge No. 10. St. John’s Day Celebration. The MUST ATTEND 8thDistrict Event of the year! Details forthcoming.


Chapter & Council (Royal Arch & Royal/Select Masters) meet the 2ndMONDAY of every month (two meetings back to back).

Commandery (Knights Templar) meet the 4thThursday of every month.


2-25-2019   8thDistrict Blue Lodge Council at Brainard Lodge No. 102 in Niantic. Dinner at 6:30 PM. Meeting at 7:30 PM.

03-07-2019  8thDistrict Breakfast. Groton Townhouse. 9:00 AM.

03-07-2019  8thDistrict Breakfast. Groton Townhouse. 9:00 AM.

04-04-2019  8thDistrict Breakfast. Groton Townhouse. 9:00 AM.

04-29-2019  8thDistrict Blue Lodge Council at Oxoboxo Lodge No. 116 in Montville. Dinner at 6:30 PM. Meeting at 7:30 PM


03-29-2019  CT Freemasons Family Day at XL Center in Hartford, Wolf Pack Hockey Pre game activities at 6:00 PM Game at 7:15 PM Family Day.

04-08-2019  Grand Lodge Session. Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell Ct.


03-16-2019 Valley of Norwich Degree Team to portray MM Degree at Union Lodge No. 31 in period attire. 1sthalf start at 5:00 PM. Dinner at 6:30, Followed by 2ndhalf Tragedy.

03-30-2019 16th& 18thDegree. Reception at 9:00 AM. Portrayal at 10:00 AM. Lunch to follow.

05-04-2019 20th& 32ndDegree. Reception at 9:00 AM. Portrayal at 10:00 AM.Dinner to follow.