On Friday evening the 13th of November, Winter Garden Lodge No. 165 F&AM hosted their Past Masters & Widows Dinner. This annual event is held by the lodge as a way of saying thank you to all of the Past Masters who have and continue to serve the lodge through mentoring , guidance and filling in when needed. It is also to let the widows of the fine gentlemen who were part of the foundations of our lodge know that the lodge remembers them and is still here to support them.
A prayer was sent up by our own Worshipful Tom Jenkins (PM 1998) that remembered all of our brothers who have passed on to that celestial lodge above, The widows, our military and public safety personnel as well as all of those people in France who were slaughtered on this day.
The dinner was not unlikened to a fine dining experience with table service. The stewards and deacons of the lodge came to our tables and took our drink orders, presented a nice caesar salad, and described the menu. The specials for the evening were a magnificent chicken cordon bleu, or pork tenderloin served with an amazing sauce. The vegetable was a delicious scalloped potato dish all accompanied by a fluffy yeast dinner roll. Our dinners were served on the left by the impeccable staff and our empty cups were filled before we could ask. our dinner plates were cleared away the moment our utensils were laid aside.
During Dinner one of our stewards and lodge instructors Dan Kuhl gave a short presentation on Friday the 13th and its specific ties to Freemasonry through the Knight’s Templar. Our Current Master Frank Lopez talked about the success of the lodge during the past year, commenting on the astonishing growth in membership and how it could be attributed to the energy of the members as well as the location of the lodge within the thriving downtown of our community. Master Lopez’s beautiful wife Nasly also spoke on the recent gathering of the Lodge wives and how they have come together to support their husbands and the lodge as a whole by helping us organize, decorate and maintain the lodge as well as our events and community outreach programs all while providing a social environment that will foster closeness amongst the lodge families.
Dessert was bountiful and consisted of pumpkin, sweet potato, and apple pies along with a decadent chocolate cake and coffee.
The fellowship was wonderful and we almost forgot to get a group photo, but we managed to corral all of the Past Masters in a corner for the shot below.