Masonic Moments, Vol. 2, Issue 2, February 2020

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January 23, 2020 at 10:00 am | Masonic Moments

Master’s Message & From the West – February 2020

Master’s Message

My Brother,

As a young man, I one day found myself at a rodeo. The rodeo scene was a show of horsemanship, roping, riding, and staying away from animals much larger than any man. One particular event stands out this morning. They had calf roping.

The event starts with management opening a door and leading a mid-sized calf out through a door into the arena. The calf is a bit out of his element as the stands are full of people cheering, the calf just looking around wondering. After a few moments a bell goes off, a young cowboy on horseback rides out of the gate at a high rate of speed, with a lasso swinging over his head. The cowboy throws the rope, catches the calf, jerks the rope tight, knocks the calf down, dismounts and wraps the calf up in maybe 10 seconds. The crowd goes wild. I quickly learned that they use the same calf over and over.

By the time they got to the third rider, the calf stood feebly shaking, staring directly at the gate the rider comes out of. The calf upon hearing the bell pooped and laid down, knowing what was coming.
The moral of this story? If you are standing around waiting for something bad to happen, and you wait long enough, something bad will happen. Wear clean underwear, and if life knocks you down get up, dust yourself off, and go about doing what you are passionate about.

How does this in any way relate to you, Freemasonry, or the Lodge? The three bells of Freemasonry went off for you long ago, you are still standing and unsoiled. Freemasonry, and the Lodge are consistent. The operation of the lodge is painless, and interesting. There are no bells that go off indicating that some- thing bad is about to happen. Quite the contrary, we plan good deeds, we practice charity, we share ideas, we teach each other, and we operate as brothers. Freemasonry is as wholesome as it gets. With that being said, the Trestle Board is different, we are implementing the Masonic Framework recommendations that came from the Brethren. Come out and visit. We would love to see you again.


Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

From the West


For those of you who could not be in attendance at our Installation in January, WM Michael Holt laid out some of his plans for 2020, and it is going to be an enjoyable year at Lafayette Lodge.

In February, our Regular Communication falls on Valentine’s Day, and rather than drag our members away from their significant others, the Worshipful Master has arranged for our meeting to take place over dinner at DaBenito’s in Union. Reservations are needed, so please reach out to the WM or Secretary if you wish to attend!

The Worshipful Master, with the assistance of the Secretary and Treasurer have scheduled an extremely special degree on May 30, 2020. The degree will take place at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA. More information to come as the details are finalized.

Lastly, the Worshipful Master has placed an order for grapes. Why grapes? Because you need grapes to make wine! Our Worshipful Master, with your assistance, intends to make many gallons of Lafayette blend wine to be enjoyed at Lodge functions later in the year.

Don’t miss out on the fun this year!


Bryan S. Passione,
Senior Warden

January 23, 2020 at 9:30 am | Announcements, Masonic Light

Installation of 2020 Officers

List of 2020 Officers:

Worshipful Master: RW Michael Holt, GO
Senior Warden: Bryan S. Passione, PM
Junior Warden: Michael S. Romano, PM
Treasurer: John C. Richards, PM
Secretary: Raymond Siecinski, PM
Senior Deacon: Fred E. Schwartz, PM
Junior Deacon: Daniel Speich
Senior Master of Ceremonies: John Brown
Junior Master of Ceremonies: Andrew Fago
Senior Steward: Clifford Dunham
Junior Steward: Jonathan Mitchell, PM
Chaplain: RW David B. Littman, PGC
Marshal: RW John Bergacs, III, PGC
Organist: RW Darryl Kuebler, PGMar
Historian: RW Arjit S. Mahal, GC
Tyler: RW Douglas A. Patrick, PDRI

January 12, 2020 at 8:52 am | Announcements, Lafayette Events

Charity, a Pillar of Freemasonry – Rahway Food for Friends

Charity, one of the three pillars of Freemasonry, allows us to give back and support valuable organizations throughout our communities. Lafayette Lodge is proud to support local charities in and around Rahway. The Rahway Food For Friends Food Pantry, a New Jersey nonprofit corporation, has a simple, but extremely important, mission:

To feed hungry people via food distributions programs on a monthly and emergency basis. To operate a weekly soup kitchen, to feed the hungry, homeless, and needy families and to provide educational information on nutrition and social services, public assistance, etc. through literature and referrals.

On a weekly basis the Rahway Food for Friends operates a soup kitchen, welcoming all those who come for a meal.

On behalf of Lafayette Lodge, WB Raymond Siecinski and WM Bryan Passione stopped by the First Presbyterian Church this morning to present a donation to the Rahway Food For Friends Food Pantry. Lafayette Lodge has also volunteered some helping hands at the soup kitchen in the past, and will be looking for volunteers to help again in the future! Please contact the Worshipful Master or Secretary if you are interesting in volunteering.

December 21, 2019 at 8:27 pm | Announcements

From the West & From the East – January 2020

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.


Mike Holt,
Senior Warden

From the East


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.


Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

December 21, 2019 at 9:30 am | Announcements, Masonic Light

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