St. John’s Lodge Makes Presentation To The Antigua And Barbuda Sickle Cell Association

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Presentation by WM Croft to Dr. Hadeed

On Friday 9th October, 2020, St. John’s Lodge No 492 E.R presented 36 food packages to the members of the Sickle Cell Association. The presentation was made by Worshipful Master, Lt. Col. Edward H Croft, accompanied by his Wardens, Brothers Edward G Joseph and Ato D Kentish, along with the Charity Steward, Brother Joel Darroux.  The Association was represented by Ms Nicholas and Dr. Edda Hadeed, Pediatrician and President of the Antigua and Barbuda Sickle Cell Association, who expressed thanks and remarked, ”that it was a necessary donation since several of its members are now in rather unfortunate circumstances due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic.” Dr. Hadeed also indicated that the recipients would also be most appreciative since often times what is needed is not only physical aid but the comfort found in knowing that someone cares for you in trying times.

The presentation was conducted in a brief ceremony which commenced at 4:30 p.m. at the office of Dr. Edda Hadeed at the Gambles Medical Center.

Mindful of the quote by Horace Mann, “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” – Lieutenant Colonel Edward Croft expressed his hopes that the donation made a positive difference in the lives of those who may have lost their jobs or otherwise be precluded from having sufficient to eat. He then assured Dr. Hadeed that the lodge would always be open to helping the institution and its members in time of need. The lodge also pledged to continue its charitable efforts and offer relief where possible.

It was noted that this was the third occasion for the year that the lodge was involved in providing relief to the needy and that that there were several other charitable initiatives planned for the remainder of the year.

This afternoon, CHARITY “…the distinguished characteristic of a Freemason’s Heart…” was presented to needy members of the Sickle Cell Association.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Alot of people that you look up to ,they are coming out boldly its no secret no more. While they is curfew for some they might have pardon to meet at midnight to do their planning and meetings

  2. That’s a very nice gift and presentation. Many are thankful, however, there is something very odd and even disturbing about that title” “WORSHIPFUL MASTER”. Not so sure about that. No man is a “Worshipful Master”. Maybe it’s time to upgrade some of these titles from another time. Massa day done in Antigua.

  3. I think that lodge members need to do a different type of PR. Most people think negatively when they hear ‘lodge’ so until those thoughts are corrected, giving out care packages may just result in the recipients throwing them in the trash.

    • People don’t “think negatively”
      Reality is reality.

      “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” ~Ephesians 6:12

  4. LOL, I Just cannot resist the obvious BLUE bags and BROTHERS….

    I know Chester and Johnson are members but is the entire UPP aligned?

    Some kiss the bible some spit on the bible, just like how the churches accept 10% from a lottery winner bless and accept the offerings…

    Signed
    Hiram Abiff

      • @Maynard
        I made an observation. Then

        I asked a question based of a FACT. Then

        It is a known when you enter the lodge as a new member you must kiss the bible, to reach a certain master ship you must spit on the bible. Now if your broughtupsee does not allow you to spit on the bible you get a pat on the back and no promotion. If you spit on the bible the position is secured.

        Hiram Abiff story in the bible is the basis for the symbol they use.

        Just a question……

        • There is no Hiram Abiff mentioned in the Bible. The “Hiram Abiff story” is an allegory used by Freemasons in the Legend of the Third Degree.

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