Cupcakes for a Cure at The Valerie Fund Walk – June 9, 2018

On June 9, 2018, members of Lafayette Lodge participated in The Valerie Fund Walk at Verona Park.

The Valerie Fund’s Mission: To provide individualized care to children at medical centers close to home, because we believe the most effective way to heal the children in our care is to treat them emotionally, socially, and developmentally, as well as medically.

Team Cupcakes for a Cure

The Valerie Fund Website

June 11, 2018 at 8:05 am | Lafayette Events

Raritan-Americus Scholarships Awarded to Local Students

Lafayette Lodge is proud to support students from local high schools. Each year we accept applications for scholarships to help with the cost of attending college. This year we provided four scholarships with recipients attending MIT, Rutgers, and TCNJ in the fall.

May 31, 2018 at 6:55 am | Lafayette Events

Gold Token Night – May 11, 2018

A Gold Token is an award presented to a Mason in recognition of 50+ years of membership. It is a very special ceremony that honors our Brothers for their commitment and dedication in a half century of service to our Fraternity and to their communities.

As in any Lodge, a Gold Token night holds special meaning to both the members who are receiving the honor for their longevity as a Freemason, and for the Lodge. All Gold Token Night are an inspiration to its members as we honor the men who have dedicated their lives to our Lodges and Fraternity.

May 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm | Lafayette Events

Master’s Message – May 2018

A Century Of Health Care

One of Freemasonry founding tenets is charity. Giving back to the community is one of the basic supports of our institution. Every oath and degree references helping and assisting other members of society that need assistance. Members of our craft run blood drives, volunteer in soup kitchens, food banks, and other activities for those needing assistance. Are you aware that the Freemasons fraternity began forming hospitals for children in the early 1900’s? From a few small facilities in the southern United States, these hospitals are now found in several countries.

In 1913, a small group of Scottish Rite masons teamed with a group of physicians noted a need for a hospital for treating children with orthopedic conditions in Atlanta, Georgia. The original hospital, opened in 1915 could handle about a dozen patients at one time. Additional buildings were added over time and the hospital grew to handle 50 patients by 1920. The hospital changed its location in the 1970’s to the north side of Atlanta. The hospital merged with and is now managed by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

A similar chain of events occurred in Texas. In 1921, the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children opened in Dallas. The primary focus was treating children afflicted with polio. In time it expanded to treat other orthopedic conditions as well. This hospital continues to operate in the Dallas area.

In 1920, Shiners Hospital, based on the Scottish Rite Atlanta hospital, was conceived. Funding was raised through an assessment on the membership to create the first hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. By 1930, twelve more Shiners hospitals opened throughout the United States and one in Canada. In 1945, a Shiners hospital opened in Mexico. Currently the Shiners Hospitals systems includes 22 locations.

Originally these hospitals treated patients for free. Based on real world situations, the hospitals now treat patients regardless of their ability to pay. Patient insurance, either public or private, are now accepted to maintain the hospital along with the continued donations received from their Masonic organizations. For over 100 years our fraternity has continued to operate these hospitals for those who need our help and assistance.

John C. Richards,
Worshipful Master

April 27, 2018 at 7:26 pm | Masonic Light

Lafayette Lodge at Rahway Food for Friends Soup Kitchen


On March 17, 2018, Brothers from Lafayette Lodge volunteered their time to help prepare and serve corned beef and cabbage at a local soup kitchen, Food for Friends at the First Presbyterian Church of Rahway. It’s always a good day to give back to the community that has been our home since we were established in 1824. Lafayette Lodge is proud to continue assisting Food for Friends at various times throughout the year!

March 29, 2018 at 7:50 am | Lafayette Events

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