Brethren, the year 2020 was a very strange year. We had planned our NJ Ingathering, as always, we had speakers lined up, degree teams in place, and then COVID-19 hit, shutting down all in person masonic meetings. Did we cancel? Did we fret? Never, we adapted.
We held our Ingathering on August 20, 2020, via Zoom as a joint meeting with Pennsylvania East and Pennsylvania West, who likewise had to cancel their in person Ingathering. We had about 100 brethren from NJ, NY, PA, Canada, and even brethren from the Philippines.
We had two lectures (i) “Thoughts on Brotherhood” by our MVSGM Glenn A. Cook and (ii) “The Life and Works of Brother James H. Doolittle” by Brother Douglas Edge. Both lectures were steeped in the beauty of brotherhood. MVSGM Cook discussed the lessons of David and Jonathan, and Brother Edge discussed Doolittle and his Raiders.
While we could not perform any degree work, a good time was had by all the brethren.
R:.V:. Michael S Neuberger, KGCRORBE
Grand Superintendent – New Jersey
Grand Council of AMD of the USA