On Saturday, March 14, 2020 New England Brotherhood Night was hosted this year by the Grand Lodge of Connecticut and M∴W∴Melvin Johnson Grand Master.
The event was taking place at the Masonicare, Ashlar Village facility in Wallingford. Masons from throughout New England were in attendance for an afternoon of excellent presentations and a wonderful luncheon. Renewed friendships and wonderful dialogue were the order of the day. All attendees were presented with a copy of "Thank You Mr. Edwards" a bicentennial history of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut as a gift, and certainly a welcome addition to everyone’s library.
Because we were at a senior living facility, health precautions were in order because of the newly announced virus. Temperatures were taken prior to admittance and a listing of all attendees was gathered in the event someone was later diagnosed as being positive with the virus. The "lockdown" and "social distancing" orders had not yet been announced throughout the country. The concern for the virus did affect the attendance of the gathering, yet 50+ brothers were present. This proved to be the last major Masonic gathering that we would all experience for some time.
M∴W∴ Stephen Mitchell, Past Grand Master of RI was part of our RI delegation. M∴W∴Stephen was fortunate to also have present M∴W∴Kenneth B. Hawkins, PGM of CT who served the same year (1993-1994) as Grand Master. M∴W∴Ken was integral in working with Prince Hall Masonry and shepherded the resolution in 1989 to recognize Prince Hall Masonry as a legitimate Grand Lodge and to hold fraternal amity with them and included mutual visitation privileges. Connecticut led the way to Prince Hall Freemasonry’s mutual recognition across the country. M∴W∴Lewis P. Myrick, Sr. PGM of Prince Hall (1988-1990) who served with these two brothers was also in attendance and made for a wonderful reunion.
By R∴W∴ Richard Lynch, Editor