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Call for the 226th Annual Communication

The 226th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A.F. & A. M. of Connecticutwill be held at the Crowne Plaza, 100 Berlin Road (Route 372), Cromwell, Connecticut on Monday,April 13, 2015. The formal opening of Grand Lodge will be at 9:30 A.M.
This is the “CALL” to that meeting.
Registration will start at 8:00 A.M. Please note: All voting delegates must register at the registrationtable and present their 2015 Dues Card. Registration will be by Lodge number as designated by postedsigns in the area.
A proxy form has been sent directly to the Lodge Worshipful Master, Senior Warden and Junior Wardenshould they: 1. not be able to attend this Annual Communication in person; 2. be entitled to vote byvirtue of holding these one of these offices in more than one lodge; 3. be entitled to vote by virtue ofbeing a Grand Lodge Officer or a Permanent Member of Grand Lodge. Please inform any Brother whois attending as a proxy that he must present his 2015 dues card. All Brothers entitled to vote shouldbring the Apron and Jewel of their office, whether as Permanent Member, Lodge Officer or serving as proxy.
Your attendance at this Annual Communication is important. We will consider available Reports of Standing and Special Committees, Grand Lodge Officer Reports, and any other business proper to beconsidered, all subject to the usual rules.
Please note the following Sections of our Grand Lodge Rules and Regulations regarding Lodge representation:
Section 2300. Roll Call At Regular Communication. The final Roll Call may be waived atthe discretion of the Grand Master, relying on the records of the Committee on Credentialsregarding compliance with Section 2301.)
Section 2301. Penalty if Lodge Is Not Represented at Regular Grand LodgeCommunication. (reads in part) "A Lodge neglecting to be represented at a Regular GrandLodge Communication shall incur the penalty of two hundred and fifty ($250) dollars ...."
The Grand Lodge Office cannot make hotel reservations. Lodges and Brothers are responsible formaking their own reservations with the Crown Plaza. The hotel reservation information is enclosed, aBooking Website is available, and driving directions are given. We encourage you to make your hotelreservations as soon as possible. The cutoff date is no later than March 20th.
Grand Lodge Officers, Past Grand Masters, District Deputies, Past District Deputies, current AssociateGrand Marshals, Committee members and Grand Representatives are also requested to register to ensurethat all names appear in the Grand Lodge Proceedings. Each voting delegate will register only once,either by virtue of his highest attained Grand Lodge Masonic office or Committee Membershipor, if he chooses, as an elector (proxy) on behalf of his lodge. The use of proxies is encouraged whereappropriate to ensure full representation of constituent lodges.
Again this year there will be a Seminar offering on Sunday afternoon commencing at 1:00 PM.. “TheEMR Process“ given by RW Ben Isaacson will be followed by “G.P.S. The Power of CollectiveIntelligence” by RW Joseph Porco. Also, all are welcome to attend a Vesper Service at 4:30 pm. Timesare approximate.
The Grand Master's Banquet for Grand Lodge Officers, Distinguished Guests, members of the Craft andtheir ladies will be held on Sunday evening, April 12, at 6:30 pm with 6:00 pm entrance to the GrandBallroom. All Brothers are invited to attend. Please make every effort to get your reservation in early,as this banquet is sold on a first come - first serve basis. Any request which is received in the GrandLodge Office after March 22nd will result in tickets being held for pickup at the door.
A banquet reservation form is enclosed for your use. The entrée will be a choice of Mahi-Mahi, NYStrip Steak or a Vegetarian Pasta Plate, each at a cost of $35.00, (including tax and gratuity) perperson and all by advance order. Please make all checks payable to the “Grand Lodge of Connecticut”and mail with the banquet reservation form. Banquet tickets will be mailed to those placing an orderprior to March 22nd. It would be appreciated if a self addressed envelope was also included.
Also on Monday, April 13th at 12:00 Noon, the Past District Deputies Association of Connecticut willhost a reunion luncheon. Luncheon reservations may be made directly with the Past District DeputiesAssociation. Tickets are $30.00 per person. All Brothers are invited to attend. Lunch will also beavailable at other Crowne Plaza venues.
Brother Lodge Secretary, please note that proxy forms have been mailed directly to the top threeofficers of your Lodge. Please remind them of their responsibilities to be present at Grand Lodgeor to sign their proxy and give it to someone else.
With my fraternal best wishes,
Robert G. Fitzgerald
R.W. Grand Secretary
March 6, 2015

Black Tie Concert and Dinner Gala

Gettysburg Trip

   Please see the attached flier regarding an upcoming 3 day trip in June. This promises to be an exciting trip. The price of the trip includes the hotel, bus, gratuity for the driver, hiring a tour guide for the battlefield, admission to the Visitor's Center, Grand Lodge of PA and Yuengling Brewery. I have been in contact with the Master of Good Samaritan Lodge 336 in downtown Gettysburg. They are excited to have us join them on their Thursday meeting night where a presentation on PGM of Missouri and US President, Harry Truman will be done.

    The trip is open to the ladies and any guests you may want to bring. Please note the deadlines for money deposits. This is at the request of the travel agency who is organizing this for us. The travel center is a family business of members of RW Ben Isaacson's family. I believe they have given us an outstanding deal.

   I know the trip is several months away, but the money deadlines are fast approaching. Please contact me here or by cell 203-808-7697 with any questions. We can have up to 50 people, 10 have already confirmed and held a spot.
It will be first come, first serve.

Shane Dufresne

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