Master’s Message & From the East – December 2019

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 ( 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


Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East


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.

November 28, 2019 at 8:00 am | Announcements, Masonic Light

Masonic Moments, Vol. 1, Issue 11, December 2019

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November 28, 2019 at 7:45 am | Masonic Moments

Masonic Moments, Vol. 1, Issue 10, November 2019

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October 29, 2019 at 9:30 am | Masonic Moments

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

George Washington Masonic National Memorial Presentation – November 8, 2019

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.

October 24, 2019 at 7:42 am | Announcements, Lafayette Events, Masonic Light

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