Masonic Moments, Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 2021


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January 19, 2021 at 6:10 pm | Masonic Moments


Master’s Message & From the East – January 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

As we head into the new Masonic year, the COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting many aspects of life for us all. We all love Freemasonry and our Lodge, and this year I want to balance Masonic activities with a conservative and safe approach so we can ensure the safety of our Brethren.

COVID-19 poses serious risks to each of us, but especially those with preexisting conditions and of advanced age. We all have different levels of risk tolerance and prioritize Freemasonry differently in our lives. The purpose of this message is to encourage our members to speak up regarding what they feel the Lodge should be doing to ensure the safety of our members, family, friends, and guests. I want to know what you think the Lodge should be doing to ensure your safety when attending Masonic events (ex. requiring masks, enforcing social distancing, temperature checks, members only meetings, virtual meetings, live streamed events, etc.).

While we have to acknowledge it is impossible to completely eliminate the risks of COVID-19, it is my intention to make sure the Lodge strictly complies with the applicable laws, Executive Orders, and guidelines designed to mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

Freemasonry is an important part of all of our lives, but it is not more important than any single life. Until there is a safe and effective vaccine readily available to the general public, we all must balance our desire to participate in Masonic events with the risks associated with COVID-19. I strongly encourage anyone who is uncomfortable attending events in person to stay home and stay safe. Your Lodge will still be here when the threat of COVID-19 passes, and to ensure we remain in contact with those Brothers who do not wish to travel to the Lodge, we will attempt to hold regular, monthly, unofficial virtual meetings through- out the year.

Please use this opportunity to speak up and share your thoughts on what the Lodge could do to make you more comfortable when attending the Lodge during the continuing pandemic.

It should be a collective effort and priority look out for the health and safety of our Brethren.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the East

Due to the ongoing challenges and restrictions of the pandemic, which include limitations on in-person attendance at lodge meetings, Lafayette will begin hosting monthly virtual meetings. The purpose of these meetings is not to conduct lodge business, but to make sure we can all remain connected and, hopefully, engaged with the lodge and our Brethren throughout the remainder of the pandemic. The details for these virtual meetings will be published in the Trestleboards and by email.

From the Secretary’s Desk

Brethren,

Thank you to all the Brethren that have already paid their 2021 dues. As a reminder, due to Grand Lodge merging systems to Grand View, “dues cards” are now digital through the Grand View platform, and lodge secretaries will no longer receive physical dues cards.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Fraternally,

RW Raymond Siecinski, DRI
Secretary

January 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Masonic Light


Masonic Moments, Vol. 3, Issue 1, January 2021


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January 6, 2021 at 6:10 pm | Masonic Moments


Master’s Message – January 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

As the 2020 year comes to an end, I think it is good practice to take stock of where we are, and where we might focus our attention. As Masons we all stand on each others shoulders whether those members are current or faraway times.

To begin we lost 10 members this year and another 2 in 2019 which we were notified of in 2020. Please remember the families of: Brothers Bedrick, Price, Greatorex, Steele, Hudson, Phelan, Petersen, Sohayda, Kennett, Kalos, Falk and Hone in your prayers. Reflecting on these names I knew only 1.

The year started out with great anticipation and plans. We were talking about programs to educate the members on a myriad of topics and life skills. The Covid pandemic got in the way, we were unable to meet in person in March, April, May, June, July, and August. we did however accomplish much. The Brethren enjoyed the Valentines Day Dinner we had for the members and their wives, it was one of the highlights of the year. We were finally able to meet with limited attendance in September and October, and shut down again in November and December. During these restricted months we managed to meet by Zoom frequently and set up Masonic activities outside of the Lodge. We went shooting, we made 50 gallons of wine. We held a one day class to clean up those new members in various stages of their degrees, and wound up raising 84 men in September. We close out the calendar with the annual Wreaths Across America program in Rahway in Rahway Cemetery which was a grand success.

The building is in great shape, we fixed the steps. The membership of Lafayette is solid, the finances of the lodge are very strong. The morale of the elected and appointed officers is very high. We welcome quite a few visitors at our meetings. The future of your lodge is poised to seize opportunity if any present.

In closing; It is oft said Man plans and God laughs. This pretty much sums up 2020. However, we are looking 2021 in the eye, we have our installation of officers on January 8th, and the merry go round starts all over again. In the meantime try to feed those who are hungry, help those who need it, take great care of your families and yourselves, and we hope to see you when we find whatever new normal awaits us. Please remember to seize the day as we only get so many.

It has been an honor to serve as Worshipful Master of Lafayette Lodge this Year. It is my hope we all survive this pandemic, and emerge stronger and wiser in the end.

Fraternally,

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

January 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Masonic Light


Wreaths Across America – December 2020


Thank you to everyone who has helped support Wreaths Across America at the Historic Rahway Cemetery! Once again we met and exceeded our wreath sponsorship goal for 2020 and those funds will help fund WAA for 2021!

Thank you to everyone who came out on National Wreaths Across America Day to honor those who have served in our armed forces.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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December 21, 2020 at 12:14 pm | Announcements, Lafayette Events


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