Masonic Moments, Vol. 3, Issue 8, September 2021


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August 22, 2021 at 9:25 am | Masonic Moments


Masonic Moments, Vol. 3, Issue 7, July/August 2021


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Master’s Message & From the Secretary’s Desk – September 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

Eighteen months from the start of the pandemic, the tide of the pandemic continues to ebb and flow, impacting lives around the world. At this point last year, many of us thought the worst of the pandemic would be behind us in 2021 and we would be resuming “life as normal.” Yet, here we are, in the second half of 2021 with cases and hospitalizations once again on the rise, many still working from home, events postponed or cancelled.

In my first Trestleboard message of this year, I expressed a desire to balance Masonic activities with a conservative and safe approach so we can ensure the safety of our Brethren. Luckily, at this point a vaccine is readily available for those who want to receive it. Therefore, steps can be taken to ensure we are better protected from the most serious risks of COVID-19. However, the vaccine is not 100% effective, and adoption of the vaccine has not reached (and likely will not reach) 100%, so COVID-19 remains especially dangerous for those with preexisting conditions and of advanced age.

Freemasonry continues to be an important part of all of our lives, and many of us have enjoyed being able to meet over the past few after restrictions were lifted, but Freemasonry is not more important than any single life. Yes, there are repeat sentiments from my February message, but it bears repeating. Holding and attending Masonic events increases the risks of contracting COVID-19 among the vaccinated and unvaccinated. As we progress through the rest of the 2021 Masonic year, I strongly encourage anyone who is uncomfortable attending events in person to stay home and stay safe. Lafayette Lodge has endured uninterrupted since 1854, your Lodge will still be here when the threat of COVID-19 passes.

Please put the health and safety of yourself and your family at the forefront. Balance the risks of attending events, and do not take unnecessary risks. Look out for the well-being of our Brethren. As Masons,it is our obligation to look out for our Brethren, to collectively aid and assist our Brethren (and their families) in need. This duty is imparted to us through multiple degrees, lectures, and Masonic lessons.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the Secretary’s Desk

A reminder that some Brothers still owe 2021 Dues, please have the courtesy of notifying the Secretary of any issues of why they have not been paid. We are willing to work with you on getting these issues resolved.

Every month I receive a number of return letters due to Brothers traveling or moving. Please notify the Secretary if you are going to be away and especially if you have moved. An email is sufficient.

Fraternally yours,

RW Raymond Siecinski,
Secretary

August 22, 2021 at 8:25 am | Masonic Light


Master’s Message & From the Secretary’s Desk – July/August 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

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.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the Secretary’s Desk

A reminder that some Brothers still owe 2021 Dues, please have the courtesy of notifying the Secretary of any issues of why they have not been paid. We are willing to work with you on getting these issues resolved.

Every month I receive a number of return letters due to Brothers traveling or moving. Please notify the Secretary if you are going to be away and especially if you have moved. An email is sufficient.

Fraternally yours,

RW Raymond Siecinski,
Secretary

July 7, 2021 at 9:20 am | Masonic Light


Scholarship Night – June 11, 2021


Each year, Lafayette Lodge awards scholarships to students from local high schools who are pursuing higher education. Scholarships are awarded from two Lafayette scholarship funds, the Raritan-Americus Scholarship and the Edward A. Cantor Scholarship. Raritan-Americus scholarships are awarded to students pursuing traditional degree programs, and Cantor Scholarships are presented to students pursuing higher education through vocational programs. This year, we had the honor of presenting six scholarships, four recipients of the Raritan-Americus Scholarship and two recipients of the Cantor Scholarship.

Lafayette Lodge wishes the recipients the best of luck in the pursuit of their education goals.

June 12, 2021 at 8:28 am | Lafayette Events


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