I am pleased to provide you an update on the activities of Sheffield Lodge #625. First off, I would like to apologize for the delay in updates and will try to provide them more frequently in the future.
It has been a very busy period at Sheffield Lodge. In November we conferred a second degree on our newest brother, and on February 8th we conferred the third degree. We are pleased to welcome Brother Shawn Woody to the fraternity and to our lodge. We had a very large turnout for this event with over 30 master masons present representing not only Sheffield Lodge but Ivanhoe Lodge #446, Kansas City Lodge, #220, Temple Gate Lodge #299, Compass Lodge #120, Alpha Lodge #659, Raytown Lodge #391, Harry S. Truman Lodge #1941, Cecile Daylight Lodge #305, Independence Lodge #76, McDonald Lodge #324, Rising Sun Lodge #13, Christian Lodge #392, Belton-Grandview Lodge #450 and Grand River Lodge #276.
On December 21st five members of Sheffield Lodge visited Ivanhoe Lodge #446 to assist with a third degree and captured the 18th District Traveling Gavel. Sheffield held the gavel until February 8th, when seven members of Ivanhoe Lodge visited to reclaim the gavel. We look forward to gathering the members of Sheffield together in the near future to make a fraternal visit to their lodge and hopefully recapture it. For those that are not aware, the Traveling Gavel is a function of the 18th District Square and Compass Association, designed to promote fraternity between lodges. Each time the gavel is captured a hat is passed for donations and at the end of the year the money collected is donated to the Masonic charity of choice of the lodge who captured the gavel the most times in the year. It is in the interest of all for this gavel to travel frequently and we hope to help keep it moving.
Our membership continues to grow as we have received petitions for and elected two new members. We have scheduled first degrees for both of these candidates on Thursday, February 22, at 7:00pm. We would love to see all available members and brothers to join us as we would greatly appreciate the turnout to help welcome two new brothers to the fraternity.
Just as a reminder we meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7:00pm at the historic Kansas City Masonic Temple, 903 Harrison Street in Kansas City. We do not meet in July or August, and only have one meeting in November and December due to holidays. We enjoy fellowship and nourishment after the meeting when a meal is provided by our Junior Warden.
The brothers of Sheffield Lodge are working diligently to grow our lodge, create an interesting and enjoyable lodge experience and bring Sheffield back to the vibrant organization it once was. We need your help to succeed. If you are able, please join us at our stated meetings. Good attendance is key to our success.