A word from our Worshipful Master…


In writing this trestleboard message I first looked at what I had written back in 2011 on the Trestleboard that came out at that time. It was a message about charging boldly into the future and living Masonry. Well, now we are six years into that future and a whole lot has changed. What hasn’t changed is the fact that all of us, as Masons, must strive every day to live out the fullest representation of the tenets of our Fraternity. We do this by helping where we can and leaving this world a little better than we found it.

It is baseball season and this year our Lodge is sponsoring a team in the West Hartford Miracle League. The Miracle League is open to all children from any part of the state ages 4 and up who have physical and or cognitive challenges. The goal of the Miracle League of Connecticut is that every child who has a desire to play baseball, has the opportunity to play baseball. Our team is the Wyllys – St. John’s Lodge Wizards and I encourage all of you to stop by Miracle Field in West Hartford and watch them play. It will inspire you, that I guarantee. To find out more about this wonderful organization visit their website at: http://www.miracleleaguect.org.

I am very pleased to announce that on October 2nd our Lodge will be hosting M.W.P.G.M. Kenneth B. Hawkins, Sr., M.W.P.G.M. Gail Nelson Smith, and M.W.P.G.M. Lewis Myrick, Sr. who will be giving a presentation on the historic 1989 Recognition of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut by the Grand Lodge of Connecticut. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about this historic event from the three men who helped to orchestrated it (M.W.P.G.M. Gail Nelson Smith and M.W.P.G.M. Lewis Myrick, Sr. were the two Grand Masters who served during 1989 and M.W.P.G.M. Kenneth B. Hawkins, Sr. headed the committee on recognition). This is history as told by those men who MADE it! Brothers, you owe it to yourselves to come and hear this lecture!

Also in October we will be hosting a Past Master Degree wherein the officer line chairs will be filled by Past Masters who will confer the Fellowcraft Degree. That should be fun! As you can see there is a lot going on at Wyllys – St. John’s Lodge No. 4. If you haven’t visited us in a while, or better yet if you haven’t seen our beautiful new Temple Building yet, than you owe it to yourself to stop by and share in the fellowship.

Warm Fraternal Regards,
Justin A. D. Duffy, PM
Worshipful Master