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Trestleboard: February 2023

Notice of Regular Communication


February 8th

7:00 PM

The Lodge will open at 7:00 PM for the transaction of such business as shall regularly come before it. After opening, a lodge of Entered Apprentice will be opened to welcome the attendance of our newly initiated brethren.

If there is a parking ban in the town of Bristol, the meeting will be postponed or canceled. If postponed, a dispensation will be requested from Grand Lodge for an alternate date.

The Program for the Evening

Brother Rory A. Hanmer, R∴W∴ Associate Grand Chaplain for the East Bay District, will present a review of the Masonic Memorial Service. This refresher may provide new insight for some and will be an introduction for our new Entered Apprentices and others not yet familiar with it.

St. Alban’s Association, Inc. – Following the Lodge Meeting

Immediately following the close of the Stated Communication of St. Alban’s Lodge No. 6, the annual meeting of St. Alban’s Association, Inc. will be held. Reports on the past year’s operations will be received, and members of the Board of Directors will be selected for the ensuing year. All members of St. Alban’s Lodge No.6 are automatically a member of the Association and are urged to attend. All friends associated with the lodge are welcome as visitors.


Greetings Brethren,

Wow, what a wonderful night we had at our installation of officers on January 18th. I would personally like to thank each and every one of the members of this lodge for giving me the honor to serve as its Master and to lead St. Alban’s No. 6 for this upcoming year. I would like to personally thank R∴W∴ Andrew M. Giovannini, R∴W∴ Rory A. Hanmer, and W∴ Andrew C. Daigle for an outstanding opening of our semi-public installation. R∴W∴ Giovannini’s prologue was a memorable one indeed. I’d especially like to thank R∴W∴ District Deputy Grand Master, Eric E. Grist, and W∴ Grand Master of Ceremonies, John W. Kent for an unforgettable installation of officers.

I can’t tell you how special it feels to be in the East. As I said at the Annual, I have big shoes to fill and hope to live up to the standards set by the previous Masters. You are all family to me, and I know that together we can do great things.

I’d like to do more traveling this year, especially to lodges outside our district. For those brothers that don’t have a Passport, you might want to get one. (Masonic passports, in which to record your visits to other lodges, are available at Grand Lodge.) I am looking forward to “traveling over some bridges” this year. I’ve been talking with W∴ Adam Northup, from Hope Lodge #25, about having a joint meeting with them in June. This will allow St. Alban’s members to visit their lodge without missing one of our meetings. This should be a great trip. We will then return the favor after the summer break.

This month’s program will be a review of the Masonic Memorial Service, presented by R∴W∴ Rory A. Hanmer. It is my intention to drop to the Entered Apprentice degree so our newly initiated brothers can join our meetings and get involved.

As always, please remember to reference the calendar on our website for upcoming rehearsals, events, visitations, etc. I hope to learn how to update it, but in the meantime, I’ll rely on our webmaster and Brother Secretary to keep it current and up to date. If you know of any member with sickness or in distress, or if anyone needs a ride to the lodge, please contact me or Brother Secretary / Brother Assistant Secretary for assistance.


Robert N. Hopkins, Jr.


Years of LIGHT

As another year passes since you were raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, we thank you for your service to the cause of good and wish you well as you continue your quest for light.

16 yrs on 2/5 W∴ Andrew C. Daigle

16 yrs on 2/12 W∴Brandt D. Evans

18 yrs on 2/18 W∴Scott S. Crawford

38 yrs on 2/13 Bro. Charles E. Booth, III

Years of LIFE

As you celebrate another birthday, we wish you many more, with fraternal love and happiness always.

2/1 W∴ Scott S. Crawford

2/2 W∴Jeffrey R. Howlett

2/7 Bro. Abdala Soufan

2/27 Bro. Roger P. Adolphe


Upcoming Events

7:00 pm each Wednesday – officer’s or degree rehearsal & social hour

  • Jan. 31st – 7:00 pm Collegivm Lvminosvm, location T.B.A.

  • Feb. 6th – 7:00 pm St. Johns No.1: Visitation of R∴W∴ Eric E. Grist, D. D. G. M. for the East Bay

  • Feb. 8th – 7:00 pm St. Alban’s No. 6: Regular Communication

    • -After the close of the Lodge, St. Alban’s Association, Inc.: Annual Meeting

  • Feb. 14th – VALENTINE’S DAY – Do not forget your Valentine

  • Mar. 1st – 7:30 pm Lafayette No.47: M∴W∴ Grand Master’s visitation to the Northern District

  • Mar. 8th – 7:00 pm St. Alban’s No. 6: M∴W∴ Grand Master’s visit to the East Bay District

  • Mar. 12th – Daylight Saving Time begins

  • Mar. 17th – St. Patrick’s Day

  • Apr. 12th – 7:00 pm St. Alban’s No. 6: Visitation of R∴W∴ Eric E. Grist, D. D. G. M. for the East Bay


From the Secretary’s Desk

Dues notices are being mailed in January. There is an increase in the annual assessment of $25.00, bringing the total membership fee to $150.00 for 2023. If you have an issue with paying your dues, please let either the Secretary or the Master know so that an arrangement can be worked out. Your lodge depends on you, but we are here to help anyone that we know who could use some assistance.

Upon hearing of the illness or passing of a member or a Special Lady, please contact the Master or Secretary as soon as possible. Also please advise us if you know of someone in need of assistance.

Crest of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island

Grand Lodge Officers

M∴W∴ Robert A. Palazzo MW Grand Master

R∴W∴ Brad Ripley RW Grand Marshall

R∴W∴ Eric E. Grist RW District Deputy Grand Master

East Bay District

W∴ ​John W. Kent, III W Grand Master of Ceremonies

East Bay District

R∴W∴ Rory A. Hanmer RW Associate Grand Chaplin

East Bay District

R∴W∴ Andrew M. Giovannini RW Assistant Grand Lecturer

St. Alban’s No. 6


Crest of St. Alban's Lodge No. 6

St. Alban's Lodge Officers


Robert N. Hopkins Jr. Worshipful Master

W. Manuel J. Benevides Senior Warden

W. Jose J. DaSilva

Junior Warden

R.W. Rory A. Hanmer


W. Timothy A. Pray


W. R. Andrew Benn

Senior Deacon

Christian M. DiSarro

Junior Deacon

James R. Wilson, III

Senior Steward

Robert S. Hamel

Junior Steward

W. Andrew C. Daigle


W. Danny S. Cordeiro


Steven H. Jennings


Brian M. Boyle


W. William D. Stephens

Assistant Secretary

R.W. Andrew M. Giovannini

Ritual Advisor

Albert A. Ferri & R. W. David C. Lavery


Past Master Logo

Living Past Masters

Leonard P. Sanford III 1971-1972 2002-2005

Rory A. Hanmer 2013-2014

Edward M Wiacek 1981-1983

Andrew M. Giovannini 2014-2015

Edwin A. McClure 1996-1997

José J. DaSilva 2015-2016

Raymond C. Sartini 1997-1999

R. Andrew Benn 2016-2017

Edward C. Boyd Jr. 2005-2007

Jason M. Nystrom 2017-2018

Jeffrey R. Howlett 2007-2009

Manuel J. Benevides 2018-2019

William D. Stephens 2009-2011

Andrew C. Daigle 2021-2022

Scott S. Crawford 2011-2012

Danny S. Cordeiro 2022-2023

Timothy A. Pray 2012-2013 2019-2021

Robert N. Hopkins Jr. 2023-


Committees of St. Alban’s Lodge

Special Charities Committee

W∴ William D. Stephens, W∴ José J. DaSilva, & W∴ Timothy A. Pray


Lodges Named for St. Alban Committee

Members: Master, Wardens, and Past Masters


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