Master’s Message & From the East – November 2019

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.


Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East


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

October 29, 2019 at 9:00 am | Announcements, Masonic Light