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

Masonic Moments, Vol. 1, Issue 9, October 2019

Masonic Moments - Vol 1_Issue 9_Oct 2019_FINAL

Download PDF: Masonic Moments – Vol 1_Issue 9_October 2019_Final

September 25, 2019 at 10:30 am | Masonic Moments

Master’s Message & From the East – October 2019

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.


Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East


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.

September 25, 2019 at 9:30 am | Announcements, Masonic Light

Masonic Jeopardy! – October 11, 2019

Lafayette Lodge No. 27 will be hosting Masonic Jeopardy! following our Regular Communication on October 11. Form a team and test your Masonic knowledge! Participation is open to all Master Masons.

September 18, 2019 at 7:40 am | Announcements, Lafayette Events

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