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In this issue:


Service Committee

Calendar of Events From the East From the Secretary Courtesy Degree for Australia

The Complete Notice








460 Newtonville Avenue, Newtonville, MA 02460

Fifth Masonic District



Dear Brother;

A Regular Stated Communication of


will be held at the Masonic Apartments

460 Newtonville Avenue, Newtonville, Massachusetts, on:


All members are requested to attend,

and all Masons are cordially invited.




First Degree


A.  To receive and read applications.

B. To transact any other business that may legally come before the Lodge.




By Order of:


Chinese Buffet

Catering by: Rice Valley

Cost (with Reservation)......... $22.00

For meal reservations, please email
Wor. George S. Pultz,
the Master, Wor. A. David Brown,
or use our
on-line reservation form,
no later than Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Brethren, please honor your reservations



Service Committee:


Condolences of the Lodge are sent to Wor. Steven P. Fradkoff  on the passing of his wife, Judy Siref.

Get well wishes are sent to Bro. David Boyle recuperating at home following recent surgery.

Congratulations to Bro. Nicholas Crimaldi on his engagement to Ms. Samantha Keating.


Please notify the Service Committee Chairman, Wor. Ross Scribner, the Master or Secretary with any news concerning the welfare of the Brethren and their families.





Calendar of Events:


5th Lodge of Instruction





February 7, 2019  GCL Rehearsal
February 14, 2019  Ladies Night
March 7, 2019  GCL Rehearsal
April 12, 2019  Table Lodge of Instruction*

* Pending a Dispensation from the Grand Master





From the East:

Dear Brethren,

If you were unable to join us for our January Communication, it was really something special. A confluence of events gave us the rare opportunity to confer a Fellow Craft degree on a courtesy candidate from Lodge Wyvern #813 from Grand Lodge of Antarmon, New South Wales, Australia! Part of what made it fun was witnessing a visiting Past Master from his lodge lead the candidate through demonstrating his proficiency, seeing the similarities and differences between their ritual and ours.

Our February Communication will fall on Valentine’s Day and we’ll be holding our annual Couples & Singles Night, treating our significant others to a special night out to thank them for making it possible for us to spend the time we do at lodge. To avoid the winter cold and ice, we’ll be having dinner in the building this time. But the meal will be no less indulgent! I hope you’ll bring your special someone with you and join us in celebrating them. Be sure to make your dinner reservation for two if you do!

The time goes by fast, it’s hard to believe I’m so much closer to the end of my tenure as Master than the beginning. So many of the Past Masters and members of Garden City Lodge have helped along the way. An unsung brother is Worshipful Kirk Knowlton, who was really the driving force behind the lodge’s successful effort to honor our departed brother Right Worshipful Joseph Goldstein with a donation to the Children’s Dyslexia Center in his name. Joe’s family was touched by the effort, which was conceived of and organized by Brother Knowlton. And Worshipful Jeffrey Levy is working hard to make the lodge’s Degree Ritual Team a reality! Any brethren interested in getting involved with that should reach out to him!

Be well brethren, and remember: Table Lodge is coming in April!






From the Secretary


A new program was announced by the Grand Master at the December Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge, only for the remainder of 2019.  It is a dues amnesty program for those brethren who have been suspended for non–payment of dues.  Presently, Section 507 of the Grand Constitutions requires that a brother suspended for non-payment of dues must have both Grand Lodge dues and his lodge dues paid to the date of suspension in order to be reinstated. 

To reclaim such suspended brothers, the Grand Master is instituting a temporary amnesty program solely for calendar year 2019 relieving a brother of the requirement to pay Grand Lodge dues up to the date of his suspension.  A suspended brother may take advantage of this amnesty only once in his Masonic career, and must still pay Grand Lodge and local lodge dues for the current year. 

On an individual basis, it is possible that each lodge can relieve the brother of past lodge dues due up to the time of suspension as well. 

Each affected brother wishing to take advantage of this temporary program should notify the lodge secretary as soon as possible stating his desire to be reinstated.  All recent suspendees of the lodge will be notified by postal mail in the coming weeks.
Courtesy Degree for Australia

Garden City Lodge was honored and privileged to confer the Fellow Craft Degree on a candidate from Lodge Wyvern #813, Atarmon, New South Wales, Australia, at our January Communication.  Shown are Bro. Thomas MacElliott Johnson, the new Fellow Craft, with Wor. A. David Brown, Master, and Wor. Phil J. Holey, a past master and the current Director of Ceremonies and Acting Secretary of Lodge Wyvern.  Our visiting brothers were warmly welcomed into Garden City Lodge and treated to an excellent performance of the ritual by all the officers of the Lodge.





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