Category: Masonic Light

From the West & From the East – January 2020

December 21st, 2019 by

From the West

My Brother,

Today I had lunch with my friend and Brother Douglas Patrick, who was Worshipful Master of Lafayette Lodge in 2010. We discussed all the men we have met over the years in this thing we call Freemasonry. WB Patrick and I went on to serve the Grand Lodge, and here we are, right back where we first found Freemasonry, and each other, One Worshipful Master and the other Tyler.

In discussing our respective Masonic journeys, he became my Ritual Instructor, and always liked the ritual, he always sought out the meaning of our Ritual. He asked me what I like. I had never given this much thought, and I found this to be a tough question. The answer I found was that I like you. I like meeting the membership, I like conversing with the membership, I enjoy the things we do as members of this Great Fraternity. The thing I like the very most, are those moments when the exchange of ideas culminates with that AHA moment, where plans, actions, and desired results all come together, and you realize that WE really do make a difference in the lives of men, their families, and society in general. WE are that good. Tomorrow is Today -Tomorrow, whatever we accomplished yesterday was yesterday. Today should pale in comparison to what we did yesterday. We wake up each day as ambassadors of enlightenment, WE are shining examples of light, morality, and fair dealing, let us each aim high and act on that.

This year we are going to change the way we view this fraternity. We will be implementing some cutting edge programs, some thought provoking props, and we will drill down on the Value of Freemasonry, and your membership in it. Get ready, it is coming, we would love for you to join us.

Finally my Brother, What did you do today? What do you like? I would love to hear from you.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Senior Warden

From the East

Brethren,

Words truly cannot express my gratitude for the privilege of serving Lafayette Lodge for the past year and the support I have received from not only the Past Masters, but also the membership as a whole.

Bringing everything full circle, as I mentioned in my very first Trestleboard message in January 2019, I had no intention to progress through the Officer line when I joined Lafayette Lodge in 2009, but intended to serve the Lodge in background roles. However, having the opportunity to serve my Lodge as Worshipful Master is truly an honor. I have learned much from my experiences and those of our Past Masters. This experience has helped me grow as a leader, a man, and a Mason.

At the beginning of 2019, my goal was to continue the Lodge’s forward momentum and be in a position to pass the Lodge to my successor in better shape than when I assumed the East. I believe that together we have achieved that goal and that the Lodge is poised to continue its positive progression under RW Michael Holt’s leadership.

My Brothers, thank you again for the honor, privilege, and support, and I look forward to continuing to serve our Lodge in the future.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master


Master’s Message & From the East – December 2019

November 28th, 2019 by

Master’s Message

As the end of the calendar year approaches, we enter into the busiest of holiday seasons. During this time of year, we are encouraged to reflect on the prior year and express our gratitude for the pleasures we enjoyed. There are more than 1.5 million registered charities in the United States, many of which are worthy of your consideration and donation.

As Masons, charity is one of the central tenets of our organization. We are encouraged to contribute to those who are in need as far as our ability to give permits. Whether you are unsure of where to donate or want to do further research on specific charities, Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) aims to be an unbiased source of information that provides charitable givers with the tools necessary to make informed giving decisions to make sure that your donations are doing the most good for the causes that you care about.

In addition to helping those in need during the year-end holidays, donating to qualifying nonprofit charities offers certain tax benefits in the form of deductions so long as the charitable donation is made by December 31st.

While there are many well-known charities at a national level, smaller local charities often get overlooked, please consider donating to your local charities where your donation may go further and directly impact your neighborhood, including local food banks, animal shelters, clothing drives, or gift drops. Below are just a few of the local charities that impact the Rahway area:

Rahway Food For Friends

Friends of Linden Animal Shelter

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

Once again, it’s that time of year. Nominations are in and election time is upon us.

For those of our members that were unable to attend our Annual Communication, I am pleased to report that all all of our nominees for elected office were unopposed. The elected officers for 2020 will be as follows:

    Worshipful Master: RW Michael Holt, GO
    Sr. Warden: Bryan Passione, PM
    Jr. Warden: Michael Romano, PM
    Secretary: Raymond Siecinski, PM
    Treasurer: John Richards, PM
    Lodge Trustee: RW Warren Gerber, PGC
    Temple Trustee: Bro. John Brown

Installation is currently planned to take place at our Regular Communication on Friday, January 10, 2020 and will be open to all Masons, family, and friends.


Master’s Message & From the East – November 2019

October 29th, 2019 by

Master’s Message

Even though it is said that one should not seek admission into Masonry for financial, professional, social, or other personal gain, however, this does not mean that members should not look to utilize the services of other members.

Members of the Fraternity are taught to be “on the level,” that is, be honest and straightforward, especially with our Brethren. When I was newly initiated, I was told many stories by experienced and traveled Brothers, and that being a Mason offered “instant credibility.” The belief is that, if another man is a Mason, he presumed to be upstanding and trustworthy.

Utilization of the “Masonic Network” offers various benefits for members of the Craft. For the Brother seeking a service, he is readily able to put his trust in another Brother, more so than a stranger; he is also helping to promote another Brother’s profession, livelihood, or business. For the Brother providing the services, he is expanding the reach of his business, and fulfilling the need of another Brother.

A Brother seeking particular services who wishes to enlist the service of a fellow Mason. may find a service provider by speaking with fellow Masons who may be able to recommend a particular Brother. A Brother may turn to social media, and with the various social media outlets and lodge websites, Brothers could even submit posts seeking a recommendation for a particular service.

The Brother seeking and the Brother providing a service must endeavor to always square their actions and act “on the level,” for these situations are where we solidify our reputation and the reputation of the Fraternity.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

Thank you to those who took the time to complete the membership survey that was sent out in June. I am happy to share the following results, and we will follow up with several of the Brethren who participated.

How to encourage your regular attendance?
– Masonic Education
– Life Assisting Lectures
– Fundraisers
– Fellowship
– More food
– Nothing/Not Sure (Most common response)

Main interest(s) when attending lodge?
– Fellowship (Most common response)
– Esoteric Masonic Education

What Lafayette Lodge is doing well?
– Masonic Moments Newsletter (Tied for most common response)
– Sending regular communications (ex. The survey) (Tied for most common response)
– Working hard to rebuild attendance
– Leadership
– Programs
– Events outside the lodge (ex. Picnic, table
lodges, etc.)
– Lodge’s positive attitude
– Parking has improved

Additional Comments
– Lodge has made progress in terms of communication, activity, and infrastructure
– Lodge management is “doing an incredible job”
– Optimize engagement by implementing ideas from the Masonic Sustainable Framework
– Lodge is coming out of transition period, still need better participation and better communication with membership
– Lodge should remain in Rahway and not merge unless another lodge wants to merge with us


George Washington Masonic National Memorial Presentation – November 8, 2019

October 24th, 2019 by

Lafayette Lodge No. 27 is excited to welcome MW Dieter B. Hees, PGM for his presentation: George Washington Masonic National Memorial on November 8, 2019.

Dinner: 6:30pm
Annual Communication & Elections: 7:30pm
Presentation: 8:30pm

Presentation is open to all Masons, family, and friends.


Master’s Message & From the East – October 2019

September 25th, 2019 by

Master’s Message

Becoming the model Master should be the ambition of every Brother who seeks to ascend to the East, and the discharge of his duties of that important office should be his most anxious desire. These duties are not confined to the mere repetition of a few parroted phrases, but he should be able to instruct the Craft, not only as to the meaning and origin of our ceremonies, but also to explain to them the philosophy which is veiled within its allegories and illustrated by its symbols.

He should be able, also, to convince his Brethren, that the sciences are the media by which we are led to contemplate the goodness, greatness, wisdom, and power, of the Grand Architect of the Universe; and that the arts are the modes we have developed of expressing our sense and admiration of the wondrous glories which are scattered around us.

The Master of a Lodge should also, in his life and in his conversation, be a model for his Brethren to admire and imitate, and should himself practice, out of the Lodge, those great moral doctrines and virtues which he inculcates within its walls. He should be punctual and methodical in all things, and, both by his character and conduct, command the respect, the esteem, and good will of all men; for, the Master is distinguished by his position in the Craft, so should he also be distinguished as the possessor of an irreproachable character, a dignified demeanor, an expanded intellect, and a liberal education. The Worshipful Master who presides over his Lodge with ability, firmness, and decision; (for without force of character there can be no force of impression) whose manner is courteous yet dignified; whose decisions are consonant with reason and Masonic Law; and who dispenses light and information among the Craft, will ever be regarded by his Brethren as one who is entitled to their highest respect and their most fraternal regard.

The fraternal cement with which he has bound the Brethren together is not confined to the Lodge room, but is carried out into the world, and practical illustrations of friendship and brotherly love are daily exemplified. Time will not now permit me to enlarge upon the various qualities and virtues which adorn the model Master. I must therefore leave the subject for the present, and conclude by remarking, that I feel proud and happy in being enabled to say that, I believe, we have among us many Past Masters who are an honor to the Fraternity and the Order – many, who are not only Masters of men but also of work, and who are indeed entitled to such a proud distinction.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Brethren,

Grand Lodge has announced the Grand Lodge Assessment for 2020 which will be increasing by $6.00. Additionally, Grand Lodge has announced that each lodge will be charged a dues card printing fee of $1.25 per dues card, effectively increasing the 2020 Assessment to $7.25.

Lafayette Lodge’s portion of your dues payment has been, and remains, $100.00. Lafayette Lodge has not increased its dues in more than ten years, and it has no intention of doing so this year either. After the 2019 Grand Lodge Assessment increase, we were contacted by a number of unhappy or frustrated members that the costs of maintaining their membership is becoming untenable, especially for those who are on fixed incomes.

If you have comments regarding the 2019, 2020, or future Grand Lodge Assessment increases, please contact the Grand Lodge directly. If you have a financial hardship, please contact our Secretary or myself, and we will do our best to work with you to ensure your continued membership.


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