Kenton Holds March Stated Meeting; Presents WB Piazza with His Past Master’s Portrait

Posted on March 13, 2020

Despite the growing fears brought about by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the brethren of Kenton moved forward with its scheduled March stated meeting last night in an evening that was warmly attended by members, visiting guests and potential petitioners.

The evening started with a hearty meal prepared by honored Brothers Ryan Whittenburg and Manase Salema, currently the lodge’s Junior Warden and Senior Steward respectively.

After opening, the lodge recognized the following visiting brethren in attendance:

  • WB Alin Popescue, past master of Sunnyside Lodge no. 163
  • WB Steve Becker, worshipful master of Sunnyside Lodge no. 163
  • Brother Matthew Cox, Senior Steward of Washington Lodge no. 46
  • Brother Matthew Harrah of Cornerstone Lodge no. 157
  • Brother Josiah Geiger of Mankato Lodge no. 12, under the jurisdiction of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Minnesota

Honored Brother Doug Auld, the lodge’s historian and de facto painter of Kenton Lodge’s past master’s portraits, then proceeded to present WB Joseph Piazza with a “mock portrait” before presenting him with his official portrait, much to the entertainment of the brethren present. Honored Brother Auld also presented the evening’s Masonic education focusing on his thinking process behind WB Piazza’s portrait, which fit squarely with WB Cawley’s “Freemasonry and the arts” theme for this year’s series of Masonic education for stated meetings.

Other highlights of the evening were:

  • The decision to send the lodge’s “Koala Funds” to the Grand Lodge of Victoria;
  • The decision to set up two gun raffles from Brother Aaron Clark’s generous rifle donations. The raffles will benefit the lodge’s Astor School lunch debt payment project, and;
  • Honored Brother Kaid Collins’ Make-A-Wish Walk project to raise $300.00 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

While the meeting was filled with its usual old and new business items, the pace was snappy succinct, ending just 46 minutes after the lodge opened.


PM portrait - pre-official

PM portrait - official

PM portrait - solo

PM portrait - closeup

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