I am pleased to provide you an update on the happenings at Sheffield Lodge #625. It has been a busy period for the lodge.
Our membership has been growing. We have recently raised one new Master Mason and have two brothers in the degree of Fellowcraft. We will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, May 12th to confer the third degree for both of these individuals. Breakfast will be served at 7am with lodge opening at 8am. We highly encourage all members and interested brothers to join us to help make this a special event for our newest brothers.
Sheffield Lodge will be co-sponsoring a MoChip event on Saturday, May 5th at I Heart Independence Day at The Church of the Three Trails located at 1229 W. 31st Street in Independence. We are conducting this event in connection with Mt. Washington Lodge #614, Blue Springs Lodge #337 and Independence Lodge #76. We could use all available help for this event. Come out and help us provide protection to children and families. Setup begins at 9am and the event is from 10am to 3pm.
We have sponsored a paver brick in the reflection garden at the Grand Lodge complex in Columbia, with proceeds from the sponsorship going to the Masonic Home. If you ever have the chance to visit this beautiful area please be on the lookout for the stone which commemorates Sheffield Lodge.
As you are aware, many lodges have been challenged for some time with declining membership, competition for the interests of our members and inability to find the resources, either in people or finances to perform the good works we are accustomed to. In that regard Sheffield Lodge recently received an inquiry from members of Kansas City Lodge #220 to determine if there was any interest in a possible lodge consolidation. The inquiry was discussed informally at a stated communication and there was enough interest that a special investigative committee was appointed, consisting of WB Aaron Rose as Chairman with RWB Cecil Wagers and WB Bruce Olds. This group has had one meeting with a similar committee from Kansas City Lodge and continue to engage in discussions.
I want to stress that no decision has been made and that no action will be taken in the future without due notice, significant discussion and a decision of the membership. This is only a preliminary discussion to determine if such a combination would make sense and to determine the positives and negatives associated with it. We will provide additional information as the committee continues its work.
As stated previously, we have changed our schedule on meeting nights to have our meal before our communication. We now eat around 6:30pm in the Tiffany Ballroom with the lodge meeting beginning at 7:00pm. We usually retire again to the Tiffany Ballroom again after the meeting for dessert, fellowship and hearty discussion. We would love to see more members and brothers join us for dinner, fellowship and our meetings.