Wednesday, May 3rd:

Good morning, Brothers!

Here’s what’s coming up this month at Washington Lodge 70:
Monday, 5/8: Stated Communication, 7:30pm. We will have a presentation by Br. Steve Hudson called “The Lodge as a Memory Place”. Here is a brief description from Brother Hudson:
The second set of Statutes of Freemasonry written by William Schaw in 1599 states that “[T]he Warden of the Lodge. . . shall take trial of the art of memory and science thereof of every fellow craft and every apprentice according to their vocation and in case that they have lost any point thereof. . . pay the penalty as follows for their slothfulness. . . .”. 

This refers not to a general ability to memorize but to a set of ancient formal mind training known as the Ars Memorativa.  These techniques have recently surged into popular culture through the depiction of their use of them by Sherlock Holmes, Hannibal Lecter and  others in the form of the ‘Mind Palace’ or ‘Memory Palace’.  

I will demonstrate and explain these techniques and show how they are applicable to Masonry.

Brother Officers, we will meet prior to this communication at 6:30pm to discuss our current degree schedule.

Also, I would like to “pass the hat” to further grease the wheels for our defibrillator fundraising, which was so graciously seeded by Composite Lodge 28. So please consider putting a few dollars in the hat to help out!

Saturday, 5/13: MM Degree rehearsal, 9am, Officers only. 

Also Saturday, 5/13, Lodge Clean-up, 8am. Please come out and give a hand sprucing up the Lodge for the Spring!

Saturday, 5/20: Shad Derby, ALL DAY!! We need help with – CT CHIPS event, pulled pork booth (both on the green), and breakfast as the Lodge. We need as many Brothers as possible to help, so please think about what you would like to do, we appreciate your help!

Sunday, 5/21: MM Degree rehearsal, 6pmOfficers only. 

Monday, 5/22: Master Mason Degree, 5:30pm.  Dinner will be served at the half, please RSVP by 5/20 using this form.

Friday, 5/26: District Deputy Reception, 6:30pm. Join us as we celebrate the appointment of RW Bob Gresham and WB Dick Incorvati as District Deputy and Associate Grand Marshal respectively of District 6B! This will be open to Brothers and their Ladies! If you will joining us, please RSVP with this form.

Brother Officers, you are needed to open and close Lodge. If you cannot attend, please find your replacement and let me know who it is ASAP.

Saturday, 5/27: Blood Drive 7am – 1pm. Please consider lending a hand with breakfast! WB Ron Eleveld will be making calls, let him know if you can help!

Wednesday, 5/31, Blue Lodge Council, 7:30pm. Held at Friendship-Tuscan Lodge 145, 24 Golway St., Manchester. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm, email me if you will be joining.

You can view this and future Lodge events on our website, or view the calendar directly here. If you have your own Google calendar and would like me to share the WL70 calendar with you so you can view it on your own devices at your leisure, let me know!

See you Monday!

Steve Matthews

Worshipful Master

Washington Lodge 70


Monday, April 17:

Coming up this Friday, April 21st, we are having a “Bring a Friend” night at Washington Lodge 70 starting at 6:30PM. We will have dinner and presentation about Masonry. If you have any male friends or family members who have expressed an interest in Masonry, or who you think may find interest in our fraternity, and would like to have them participate, please RSVP now using this form:
Please RSVP by this Thursday, April 20th.
On Saturday morning, April 22nd, we will have a Lodge clean up from 8am-12pm. Please consider joining us as we tidy up our house!
For officers only, we will have a FC degree rehearsal on Sunday, April 23rd at 6pm.
Monday, April 24th, we will have a Fellowcraft Degree at 7:30pm. A chicken marsala dinner will be served at 6:30pm, RSVP by 4/22 using this form:
And lastly, we will have our Shad Derby Lobster Dinner on Friday, April 28th. Tickets are $25 each and will go towards our scholarship funds. There will be seatings at 5pm and 7pm, with takeout service at 6pm. Please email for tickets.
Happy Spring!
Steve Matthews
Worshipful Master
Washington Lodge 70


Monday, April 3:

Happy Spring, Brothers!

Coming up this month at Washington Lodge 70:
Monday, April 10 – Stated Communication, 7:30pm.  Presentation, “What is a Rosicrucian”, by Br. Martin Ede. We will also discuss the results of the Lodge survey I sent out a while back.
Friday, April 21 – Invite a Friend Night, 6:30pm. Bring a friend or family member that you think might be interested in Masonry to Washington Lodge 70 to tour the Lodge and learn more about what we do! See the attached flier for more info.
Sunday, April 23 – FC Degree Rehearsal, 6pm. Officers only.
Monday, April 24 – Fellowcraft Degree, 7:30pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm, RSVP and meal TBA.
Friday, April 28 – Shad Derby Lobster Dinner, 5pm, 7pm, with a take-out service for 6pm. Tickets are $25, email to get some!
See you Monday!
Steve Matthews
Worshipful Master
Washington Lodge 70

Wednesday, March 22:

Happy Hump Day, Brothers!

Coming up this weekend and early next week at Washington Lodge 70:
Saturday, March 25, CHIPS event (child identification program) at the Friends of Northwest Park Pancake Breakfast, held at Northwest Park on Lang Road in Windsor, 9-12pm, set up at 8am. Four Brothers have already indicated that they would help, we could still use a few more!
Sundary, March 26, Table Lodge set up and rehearsal, 4pm. Only pertinent Brothers need attend,
Monday, March 27, Table Lodge, 6:30pm. Lodge will officially open at 6pm upstairs. This meal is $25, RSVP using this form now, but by end of the day 3/23. We also need assistance with clean up after the meal, please consider sticking around to help!
A while back I sent out a form looking for you to indicate which events you would be willing to help with during this year. Thank you to the 9 Brothers who completed this! Please take a moment to give this a look and let me know how you are able to help out.
If any of you would like to submit an article for the upcoming Wayfarer, now is the time! Please send me your articles ASAP, but no later than Friday, March 31.
See you soon!
Steve Matthews
Worshipful Master
Washington Lodge 70


Happy Monday, Brothers!

Sunday, March 12 – EA Degree Rehearsal, 6pm Officers only.
Monday, March 13 – Entered Apprentice Degree/LADIES GAME NIGHT, 7:30pm. Dinner at 6:30pm, chicken ziti broccoli in garlic parmesan sauce, side salad, rolls and beverages, all for $5. RSVP by completing this form. Remember to click ‘submit’ when you are finished. Please invite your ladies to join us as well, both for dinner, and for games and refreshment. Your ladies are invited to bring games and refreshment of their choosing to enjoy while we participate in the work of the evening. Please indicate in the second field of the form if your lady will be joining us for dinner.
Monday, March 20 – Windsor Masonic Building Association meeting, 7:30pm. Remember, all Brothers of WL70 are members of the WMBA. If you would like to have a voice in what goes on with the building side of things, come out and participate!
Saturday, March 25 – CHIPS event, 9am-12pm, Northwest Park County Fair Pancake Breakfast, 145 Lang Road, Windsor. Set up will be at 8am. Please let me, WB Bob Gresham, or Br. Maurice Butler if you can give us a hand!
Sunday, March 26, Table Lodge prep/set, 4-6pm, Officers and relevant Brothers only.
Monday, March 27, Table Lodge, 6:30pm. We will officially open Lodge at 6pm, our meal will start at 6:30. Cost for this traditional event is $25. Please RSVP using this form.
Wednesday, March 29, Tobacco Valley Blue Lodge Council, 7:30pm, Wyllys St. John Lodge No. 4. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm, email Brother Justin Duffy to RSVP. Our own WB Mark Fernandes will be presenting on the Civil War, come out and show your support of our Brother!
Check out the new Washington Lodge 70 website and let me know your feedback!
Please complete the Lodge events assistance form to indicate which events you are planning on assisting with.
And lastly, if you haven’t already, the WL70 member survey. We will discuss the feedback received from this form on Monday, March 13th before the EA degree.
Have a great week, see you next Monday!
Steve Matthews
Worshipful Master
Washington Lodge 70

Thanks to everyone who came out to last night’s Past Master’s Master Mason Degree, to the PM degree team, and to the kitchen crew! This year’s event was a success because of everyone’s efforts!

As you may already know, this is a busy time of year at Washington Lodge! Coming up….
Sunday, March 12, EA Degree Rehearsal, 6pm, officers only.
Monday, March 13, Entered Apprentice Degree, 7:30pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and consist of chicken ziti broccoli, in garlic parmesan sauce, all for $5. Complete this form to make your RSVP.
Monday, March 20, Windsor Masonic Building Association meeting, 7:30pm. ALL MEMBERS OF WL70 ARE MEMBERS OF THE WMBA. Come out and participate!
Saturday, March 25, CT CHIPS, Northwest Park Pancake Breakfast, 9am-12pm (set up at 8am). Please contact WB Bob Gresham, Br. Maurice Butler, or me if you are available to assist!
Sunday, March 26, Table Lodge prep and rehearsal, 2pm. Officers only.
Monday, March 27, Table Lodge, 6pm. We will formally open Lodge upstairs at 6pm, then adjourn downstairs to the dining room for our meal. More info TBA.
Wednesday, March 29, Blue Lodge Council, 7:30pm. This meeting will be held at Wyllys St. John Lodge No. 4 in West Hartford. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm, please email me to RSVP for this.
If you haven’t already, please complete the WL70 Member Survey, you feedback is important, and completely anonymous! We will discuss the results of this survey at the next meeting on March 13.
Don’t forget to check out the new website: Let me if what I missed.
Check out the new Grand Lodge site: Tell me what you think is missing or should be different.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Steve Matthews
Worshipful Master
Washington Lodge 70




Just a reminder that tomorrow evening, Monday, February 13th, we will have a Stated Communication which will feature the presentation, “The Qabalah and the Masonic Lodge”, given by WB Chuck Landau of Sequin-Level 140, also of the Philosophic Lodge of Research.
We will have have a Fellowcraft Proficiency directly after the presentation.
In past emails, I have sent out a few forms. One of which is to RSVP for the February 27 Past Master’s Master Mason Degree. If you have not already, please RSVP for this $15 Prime Rib meal by completing this form. Click “submit” when you are finished. We open Lodge at 5:30PM for this degree.
I have also sent out a form regarding your experience with our Lodge. Again, if you have not already done so, please complete this form and click “submit”. I will share the results with you during the first meeting in March.
The new Washington Lodge 70 website is up and running, check it out!. Note the new look as we are now using Word Press instead of Joomla. The Lodge calendar is also up to date through June. Let me know if you see any glaring mistakes or omissions, as it is a work in progress.
Just a friendly reminder to Brother Officers, if you are not able to attend a meeting, please secure your replacement and let me know. If there is an Associate, please contact them to take your place. If you are a Senior Officer, please have a Past Master fill your seat. If you are a Deacon, any Master Mason who knows the lines may fill your chair. Stewards, for non-degree meetings, just let me know. For degrees, secure you replacement and let me know. Thanks!
See you tomorrow!
Steve Matthews
Worshipful Master
Washington Lodge 70

Happy February, Brothers!

Coming up this month at Washington Lodge 70:
Monday, February 6 – Teaming up with our Brothers Composite Lodge 28 in Suffield, we are going to blitz Valley Lodge 28 in Simsbury, located at 991 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. This is unbeknownst to the Brothers at Valley Lodge, so the plan is to show up just after they start to open at 7:30pm, then knock to seek admission…when they let us in, they will be surprised by a stream of visiting Brothers! This is usually an off-week for us, but please consider joining in the fun. If you would like to meet at our Lodge and arrange carpools, you are welcome to, otherwise, we’ll meet up at Valley Lodge.
Monday, February 13 – Stated Communication, 7:30PM. During this meeting, we will enjoy a presentation by WB Chuck Landau from Sequin-Level 140 in Newington entitled, “The Qabalah and the Masonic Lodge”. This will be the first a few guest lecturers I have planned for this year, and I expect we will have several visitors for this event. Please join us as we continue to pursue more light in Masonry.
Monday, February 27 – Past Master’s Master Mason Degree, 5:30PM. Join us in cheering on the degree team consisting of your favorite WL70 Past Masters as they present the Master Mason Degree for our current candidates. It’s been a while since we’ve held a MM degree, note the start time of 5:30PM. We will serve dinner at the half, TBA. Please RSVP using this form. After completing the form, click “submit”, then you are done!
The new website for the Grand Lodge of CT is now up, click here to check it out! There is still work to be done, the site is not currently at 100%.
The new Washington Lodge 70 website is up, but still needs some updating and tweaking, which I am working on. Check that out here. I am working on bringing over content from the old site. Be sure to look at the calendar page, as that is up to date. If you have any suggestions or requests for our site, please let me know!
I will be sending out a survey in the next day or two that I am using to gather some information about our Lodge and how we can improve. Please consider offering your input by completing the form. I will share the results with you in Lodge when it has been completed. I will send it separately from this email.
I will also be sending a form outlining the events for the year asking for events you would like to assist with. More explanation will be forthcoming.
Thank you for your input! See you on Monday!
Steve Matthews
Worshipful Master
Washington Lodge 70