Anacostia Lodge has three special events coming up in May. Your officers and I encourage you to participate in all to the extent your cable tow permits.
First up is the Stated Communication on Monday, May 6th, when for the first time in many years we will be conferring the Entered Apprentice degree upon three of our own candidates. Please come and help initiate Darnell Davis, Brandon Laveau and Brian Rothe to the Craft. Five other candidates – two from Naval Lodge No. 4 and three from Temple-Noyes-Cathedral No. 32 – will also receive their degrees simultaneously. A good showing is important for each of the candidates, and for our Lodge!
On Wednesday, May 15th we’ll host St. John’s No. 11 for a joint Table Lodge featuring Bro. Michael “Mike” Berry from Louisville, Kentucky, CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Cocktails will be served beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by a catered meal. Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Most Worshipful Brother Joseph Crociata. Dinner will take place in the 7th floor Lodge Room at 419 7th St NW. Please use Metro, Uber, Lyft, or taxis as there will be the usual series of toasts during the evening. Worshipful Brother Sean Parkhurst of St. John’s and I look forward to a great evening with you that Wednesday, so purchase your tickets now by clicking here. We fully anticipate a sell-out!
Finally, as you may know Anacostia Lodge is a sponsor of the D.C. Grays, a youth baseball program operating each summer at the Washington Nationals practice facility in Southeast Washington as part of the Cal Ripken League. Its mission is to provide opportunities for college baseball players to develop their skills and give inner city youth a chance to learn the great game of baseball. We’ll be presenting our annual donation to the Grays at their Cigars & Curveballs fundraiser on Thursday, May 16th, at Shelly’s Back Room. Please join us there if you can!
After the last few years of selling out the table lodge we are partnering together to bring the brethren and friends of these two lodges a memorable occasion. This years table lodge will feature an open bar cocktail hour that begins at 6 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 with appetizers, cater meal, and a very special guest. Our guest speaker this year is no other than a brother from Louisville, KY who for the past 22 years has been the CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Bro Michael “Mike” Berry brings with him years of experience from the craft and currently serves in the General Grand Sessions for the Order of Eastern Star. We are thrilled to have him speak about the derby at this event in hopes to bring even more fellowship and camaraderie to Washington DC. Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be MWB Joseph Crociata.
The event will be located on the 7th floor of the Odd Fellows building at 419 7th St NW. Please use the Metro, Uber, Lyft, or taxi services as there will be a series of toasts involved with the event.
WB Sean Parkhurst and Geoff Newman look forward to seeing you that Wednesday! Do not delay in purchasing your ticket as this event is anticipated to sell out. There is only a set amount of seats available and the tickets will go off sale prior to the event. To purchase your ticket, visit our EventBrite page by clicking on the following link below. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anacostia-21-and-st-johns-11-joint-table-lodge-tickets-57876154135
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Geoff and Sean
This is a reminder of the upcoming Grand Visitation, which is to take place this Monday at the IOOF Temple.
Dinner will be at 6:30PM (Open to All)
Meeting starts at 7:30PM sharp, on the Entered Apprentice Degree
Grand Visitation begins at 8:00PM
I hope to see you all at Lodge!
Master, Anacostia Lodge No. 21
The Worshipful Master of Anacostia Lodge #21 FAAM, Richard Morrison, cordially invites you to our 150th Anniversary Celebration! It will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Almas Shrine Center located at 1315 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.
The reception will be from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by dinner with wine from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Live music and dancing will commence at 8:00 pm and last until 11:00 pm. The tickets are $50.00 per person. Tickets are available online at http://www.anacostialodge.org/payments or you can mail a check to the Lodge at 419 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004.
We hope to see you there!