MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Oct 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Oct 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - Oct 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

October was the eighth month when the year was but ten months, before the reforming of the calendar by Julius Caesar. Its name was taken from the Latin word that means “eight.” After January and February were added its name was not changed.

 

Brethren: This past month has been a busy one for most Lodges - trying to get as much done before another possible COVID shut down. It is surprising how the memory comes back after doing little to no degree work for 18 months. I have been honoured and happy to be a part of two degree teams, raising a couple of brothers to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.

 

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Sept 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Sept 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - Sept 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

September was the seventh month when the year had but ten months, before the reforming of the calendar by Julius Caesar. Its name was taken from the Latin word that means “seven.” After January and February were added its name wasnot changed.

 

Brethren: The dog days of summer are almost over and fall will soon be upon us. The drought we are experiencing has lead to an early harvest, and the yields are nothing to write home about. And as autumn comes upon us, our labour resumes in lodges. We are anxious to meet in our lodges with no restrictions. Candidates have been waiting patiently to either be Initiated or to get their next degree. Lodges will be busy with degree work for the next fewmonths. The Grand Line is willing to help out where needed and will start lodge visitations again. Although COVID restrictions have been lifted, we must remain cautious as the 4th wave travels through our province. I would strongly recommend to continue using masks indoors as most of the lodges in our province are not well ventilated and we know that the highest transmission of virus is through the air. I will continue to follow the Saskatchewan Health Authority guidelines and will adjust guidelines for our lodge meetings accordingly. The COVID vaccines have been proven very successful in minimizing hospitalization, death and new variants. Please get the jab if you are able, for yourself, your Lodge brothers, and your loved ones.

 

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Aug 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Aug 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - Aug 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

August was named in honour of Octavius Caesar, the nephew of Julius Caesar, who became master of Rome and was named Emperor of the Senate. He ruled wisely and received the title of Augustus , which means “worthy of reverence.” From which the month of August receives its name.

 

Brethren: I hope everyone is having a great summer. It is a good feeling to be able to get back to some sort of normal, to see smiles on people’s faces when you meet them, and to know that most people are protected from getting seriously ill or suffering death. This does not mean that the COVID virus has disappeared. COVID still poses a threat to those who are not fully vaccinated or immune compromised. I believe we will be having to deal with the virus for some time well into the future, not unlike the common cold. Please continue to practice good health hygiene, and remember that not everyone is comfortable with all restrictions being lifted. Please be aware of and respect everyone’s comfort zone.Brethren: I hope everyone is having a great summer. It is a good feeling to be able to get back to some sort of normal, to see smiles on people’s faces when you meet them, and to know that most people are protected from getting seriously ill or suffering death. This does not mean that the COVID virus has disappeared. COVID still poses a threat to those who are not fully vaccinated or immune compromised. I believe we will be having to deal with the virus for some time well into the future, not unlike the common cold. Please continue to practice good health hygiene, and remember that not everyone is comfortable with all restrictions being lifted. Please be aware of and respect everyone’s comfort zone.

 

The Grand Line will resume visitations of Lodges in September, and I will accept invitations to visit or assist in degree work, whenever I am available.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Jun 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Jun 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - Jun 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

June is named after Juno the queen of the Roman gods. In Roman mythology Juno was the protectress of women and marriage. In modern times June is often referred to as the bridal month.

 

Brethren: The month of May has been quite a mixed bag of weather. It is not unlike the COVID situation with a lot of lows and highs. Let ‘s hope June will bring warm showers to give some relief to the crops, grass and trees. We are in a drought for most of Saskatchewan, and Prince Albert is dealing with a major fire as I write this Musings. Snow flurries are forecasted for this weekend, but we will take it. Any moisture is good moisture.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Jul 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - Jul 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - Jul 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

July was originally the fifth month, Quintilis. After Caesar’s death the month was renamed July in honour of Julius Caesar in 44 BC, it being the month of Caesar's birth.

 

Brethren: The solstice has come and gone and summer officially starts. I want to thank everyone for your support, patience and for adhering to practices throughout this pandemic, to help keep everyone safe this past year. I have agreed to stay on as your Grand Master for another year and I am hoping that the year will be more predictable. We should be back to normal this fall and able to resume all lodge activities. The Saskatchewan Health Authority’s re-opening plan is dependent on the percentage of residents getting vaccinated. Please get vaccinated if you are able. I have had both my shots and I am looking forward to resuming activities without restrictions. My highest priority when we re-open will be to work with lodges. The Grand Line will be available for visitations and/or assistance with degree work and education.

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - May 2021

MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - May 2021 Musings

MW Bro Dan Olmsted - May 2021 [PDF]

   "Dispensing Light through Happiness”

May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Also from the Latin word maiores, “elders,” who were celebrated during this month. Maia was considered a nurturer and an earth goddess, which may ex-plain the connection with this spring-month. May Day is celebrated on May 1 to mark the return of spring.

 

Brethren: March went out like a lion, and we hope that April showers/snow will bring us flowers in May. This has been quite the roller coaster ride this past year. I thought I could start relaxing the guidelines for meetings and ritual work but the third wave with variants has hit us. We can see the finish line but we cannot be tempted to try and take a shortcut. I sure hope that everyone will be able to be vaccinated by June and maybe we can return to activities as normal this fall. Be patient and please remember that Freemasonry begins in your heart. Fellowship and Brotherly Love are first lessons of the Craft. We do not need to be in a tiled lodge to practice fellowship or express brotherly love.

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