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Master’s Message & From the West – June 2020

May 28th, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

In this environment of Mask, no Mask. Residents calling the authorities on one another for lack of social distancing. Fewer cars on the road. Rationing of food in the supermarkets. Regular people scared to come out of their homes, and if they do they really have nowhere to go. People passing out in automobiles due to their masks lowering their oxygen level in their bodies. And just the great uncertainty of living life has created crippling anxiety about our future, and more importantly what it will look like.

By today each one of us has learned how to live in this new normal. The members and officers of Lafayette Lodge have created new normal in anticipation of the day we can all meet on the level once again. Our new normal is to pay more attention to the members. To create programs that will add a vibrancy to the lodge, to engage you, and other members to come out and enjoy the company of other like minded men, exchange ideas, make safety, and cleanliness, the order of the day. To not forget that it is you that comes first in Freemasonry. You are valuable to Freemasonry, you are valuable to Lafayette Lodge.

Being Worshipful Master, and the Grand Orator for the Grand Lodge, I know first-hand how hard everyone is working to come up with a plan to safely restart. Some of the local members have not stopped providing for members (welfare calls, delivering food, financial assistance) and for society in general (Blood donations, food banks, I-Pads to the hospitals, supporting the first responders). Everyday we are doing something because we are after all Masons.

Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be on June 12th. We expect to hold that meeting. We hope you will be able to join us. We have a great deal of things to talk about, and oh the stories we have to tell.

I hope this message finds you well. It is time to go back to work.

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the West

Brethren,

Due to the current public health emergency, the Grand Master has suspended all Masonic activity though June 6. It is not clear at this time whether the suspension will continue beyond that date.

Since there is uncertainty as to when the public health emergency will conclude. Please note that ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION. Please be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the updates from the Lodge Secretary. The Lodge calendar can be accessed by visiting the Lodge website and clicking the “Calendar” link at the top of the page.

Once the Grand Master’s restriction on Masonic activities has ended, dates for rehearsals and the Entered Apprentice Degree will be rescheduled. Dates will be posted on the Lodge calendar, social media accounts, and sent out by email. Grand Lodge events will also be forwarded in the same manner with the changes when announced.

If you have questions please reach out to us. If you feel ill or unwell, stay home. Please do not risk the health of yourself, your family, or your Brethren. First and foremost, you should be taking care of yourself and your family in this difficult time.

Please reach out to the WM, SW, or Secretary if you need assistance and we will do our best to help.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Senior Warden


Master’s Message & From the West – May 2020

May 6th, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

The phrase ‘the lights are on but nobody is home” appears in our daily lexicon. Often it is a derogatory term used to indicate that the gray matter between someone’s ears may be lacking, or that someone is truly not at home. In our degree work, the Entered Apprentice Degree, the first degree, men are prepared to be brought in and made members. During this degree the candidate says 7 words. These words are: it is, in God, I am, Light. First of all, I do not know who thought of getting the candidates to say this, it is a brilliant idea. Second, when brought to their attention the brother should realize each soul is, or should be, a light of God.

In these trying times people (our members included) are scared to go outside, scared to interact with each other, scared to touch anything, masked, gloved, sanitized. Due to the profound changes in the way we are operating, our light has dimmed, and it now seems that every man is in it for himself. In the short term I suppose this is a new normal for humanity. In the longer term it can be devastating. I suggest to you the Covid is bad. It is however temporary. Being temporary means the lights will go back on, and as fast as things open up, we will slowly get back to our beloved Freemasonry using whatever the protocols of the day demand.

The officers of Lafayette Lodge are looking forward to the day we meet in person again. We have much to discuss, and vote on. We have quite a few degrees in the pipeline, and are making some necessary changes to the outside of the Lodge. The lodge officers are contacting the members for wellness checks. In short we have our eye on the ball for the day.

In the meantime, turn your lights on. Be the empathetic, compassionate, true man that entered this fraternity. And remember it is in God you are light.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the West

Brethren,

Due to the current public health emergency, the Grand Master has suspended all Masonic activity though May 15. It is not clear at this time whether the suspension will continue beyond that date.

Since there is uncertainty as to when the public health emergency will conclude. Please note that ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION. Please be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the updates from the Lodge Secretary. The Lodge calendar can be accessed by visiting the Lodge website and clicking the “Calendar” link at the top of the page.

Once the Grand Master’s restriction on Masonic activities has ended, dates for rehearsals and the Entered Apprentice Degree will be rescheduled. Dates will be posted on the Lodge calendar, social media accounts, and sent out by email. Grand Lodge events will also be forwarded in the same manner with the changes when announced.

If you have questions please reach out to us. If you feel ill or unwell, stay home. Please do not risk the health of yourself, your family, or your Brethren. First and foremost, you should be taking care of yourself and your family in this difficult time.

Please reach out to the WM, SW, or Secretary if you need assistance and we will do our best to help.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Senior Warden


Master’s Message & From the West – April 2020

March 23rd, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

The Roads and Airports are deserted, the shopping malls shuttered, Churches, Gymnasiums, Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Barber Shops, Casinos, and Freemasonry are all standing still. The uncertainty of this invisible little menace is wreaking havoc on the way of life we have become accustomed to. At 61 years of age, I can say I have never seen anything like this before. I do not remember the Great Depression and the daily hardships of that time. Nor do I remember the second World War, and the sacrifices made by ordinary people. My exposure is limited to Vietnam, The Arab Oil Embargo, the Aids Epidemic, The World Trade Center, Tech Bubble, Housing Bubble, and I will add COVID-19 to the collection of miserable things I have lived through.

The five most important words in the above paragraph are “ Things I have lived through.” Our current situation is not good. The hardships we are facing are yet unknown and that unknown is devastating. That unknown’s devastation is wiping vast amounts of wealth off the board compounding the problem.

As Worshipful Master I do not know when things will get better, but better they will get. We will get used to our current situation, and when this situation does turnaround, Freemasonry will still be here. Freemasonry may not be holding their scheduled meetings, yet we are still open. Your Lodge is here to serve you. As the days to come may get better, or worse, the one constant should be taking care of your immediate family and circle of friends. Stay out of harms way, and remember that our obligation is to give as their necessity may seem to require, or your ability to give will permit. In Freemasonry we have hope, hope for a better future, hope for mankind, and I add Hope this will end sooner rather than later.

Please look in on those brethren who are alone. Please offer assistance to others if you can. If you need someone to talk to call me, or one of the officers listed. We are here for you. We will survive this. I look forward to the day we meet again.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the West

Brethren,

Due to the current public health emergency, the Grand Master has suspended all Masonic activity though the end of March. It is not clear at this time whether the suspension will continue into April.

Since there is uncertainty as to when the public health emergency will conclude. Please note that ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OR CANCELLATION. Please be sure to stay up-to-date with all of the updates from the Lodge Secretary. The Lodge calendar can be accessed by visiting the Lodge website and clicking the “Calendar” link at the top of the page.

If you have questions please reach out to us. If you feel ill or unwell, stay home. Please do not risk the health of yourself, your family, or your Brethren. First and foremost, you should be taking care of yourself and your family in this difficult time.

Please reach out to the WM, SW, or Secretary if you need assistance and we will do our best to help.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Senior Warden


ATTN: All Masonic Activities Suspended

March 23rd, 2020 by GM's_Official_Letter_03-20-2020

Master’s Message & From the East – March 2020

February 28th, 2020 by

Master’s Message

My Brother,

Every Freemason in the world joined Freemasonry for a reason. For some it was the legacy of their family, others for the charitable work, and others still for the educational opportunities. These men could have also joined for Fellowship, camaraderie, esoteric teachings, Veterans, Widows, Friends, Work opportunities, maybe some still had nothing better to do. Whatever your reason for becoming, and remaining a member of Lafayette Lodge, you joined for the right reason. Once you’re a member the reasons for why you joined become less important, and the question becomes why do you stay? For me I truly enjoy the exchange of ideas, and the excitement that Freemasonry provides me. I enjoy the company of the many friends I have made over the years, and yes Freemasonry keeps me balanced. So I stay. To see what will happen next. To witness for myself Freemasonry truly making good men better.

I deviate from my usual colorful message style this month to ask you a very important question. If your Lodge, or Freemasonry in general needed your help would you give it? If your answer is no, go read something else. I have enclosed a card with this Trestleboard. This card comes from a workshop we ran with the Brethren of New Jersey. It explains the Masonic Brand (the Square and Compasses) and draws your attention to “What Masons Do.” It is a Masonic Talking point card for you to write your name, phone number, and Lodge name and number, do this and put it in your wallet. I ask you to in the course of your daily life, the next time you talk to a stranger, give it to him. Let’s see what happens. If you are uncomfortable giving your information, put my name and number, or someone else’s name and number on it. The idea is to give it away. (Then get another one).

It seems very simple, and it is. We are the greatest Fraternity in the world, the number one reason men do not join our ranks? They were never asked.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

On Friday March 13th Lafayette Lodge No. 27 will have their Official Visit of RW Ronald A. Murad DDGM.

The menu for the evening will be Chicken Francaise, Sausage and Peppers, Pasta, Salad, Beverages. If our menu is better than your menu at home, come on out, have dinner, and enjoy some Freemasonry. You will without question be welcomed, and have fun.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master


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