Masonic Moments, Vol. 2, Issue 8, September 2020

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August 29, 2020 at 8:15 am | Masonic Moments

Master’s Message – September 2020

Master’s Message

My Brother,

The active members of Lafayette Lodge, your Lodge are hard at work. Our mission as elected and appointed officers of the Lodge is to deliver to you the best Masonic experience possible. As we emerge from the Covid19 Pandemic (yes we are emerging, and yes it will one day be over) we find some membership tentative about attending Lodge, and other a bit more willing to come out. Our Lodge is in good shape. With the size of our building, and meeting rooms we have the main rooms well ventilated, with adequate air exchange apparatus. The environment we have mitigates a tight, high density situation whereby germs can be spread easily. We are cleaning before and after every meeting, Our front entrances have been completely rebuilt, which is significant. No longer are people tripping both up and down the stairs. As your health and safety are of paramount concern, we are operating as safely as we can within the CDC and State guidelines.

Lafayette Lodge has 3 scheduled outside events coming up. On September 5th we will have a family fun shoot at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Pennsylvania. This is a safe, fun, outdoor event at a clean well run venue. We have attended these in the past several years, they are great team building events. We would love to have you attend. Call Ray for details.

In October the membership of Lafayette will be making wine. Again this team building event is fun, wholesome, family oriented, and we get a fairly high volume of wine to use at table lodges, and other events when it is ready.

Finally, as we seem to have a number of fishermen in the membership. We have a Striper fishing trip scheduled for November 15th on the MiJo in Atlantic Highlands. I know it will probably be cold, but big fish are way better than small fish. More details are coming.

Lafayette Lodge has a one day class to raise a bunch of new members. As this has grown to include 23 other lodges, we have moved the outside venue to the Fellowship Center in Burlington. We have approximately 70 Master Masons coming through this class. We have been rehearsing all of the parts for months and are excited to be hosting this historic event.

Our regular meeting will be on Patriots Day September 11 in Lafayette. The date is significant, we will have a 911 speaker my friend RW Mike Carducci DDGM 17 who was there, and stayed there throughout the terrorist attack and beyond. He is humble, well spoken. He has not spoken on this before. I expect a riveting talk.

I hope you are doing well, and being safe. I look forward to seeing everyone again, and hopefully, will see you in September.

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

August 29, 2020 at 8:00 am | Masonic Light

Masonic Moments, Vol. 2, Issue 7, July/August 2020

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July 9, 2020 at 9:35 am | Masonic Moments

Master’s Message – July/August 2020

Master’s Message

My Brother,

One of the greatest features of Freemasonry is the opportunity to share ideas. In our lodges we meet all sorts of men, with greatly varied opinions, ideas, and beliefs. No one man can ever know what obstacles another man has overcome to get him where he is today. Just as no man can really learn from another’s mistakes, neither can that man appreciate the life lessons learned, the sacrifices made, the loves lost, or the risks taken to become the man that is.

In writing these messages I sometimes find it difficult to stay on topic. In my four previous drafts I found the difficulties in the world today leading me off center. So, I will discuss Masonic risk. As stated above, risk is taken every day by every person, man, woman or child. Getting out of bed in the morning, leaving the house, staying in the house, driving your car, walking your dog, going into the store, going to school or work all have some degree of risk.

When I was a kid in the 60s and 70s my friends’ mother was what I thought peculiar, she never left the house. She was a British lady, who had survived the second world war in England. At the time, there was a satellite called Skylab. If you were alive during this time, the Skylab became inoperable, and was losing its orbit. Being launched in 73, for 6 years the news reported it was falling out of the sky, and no one could predict where, or when it would hit the earth. This lady had lived through bombs being attached to parachutes and dropped on her neighborhood as a child. She had watched them slowly fall and swing back and forth, catch the wind and change direction as they slowly fell, and it scared her to death. So, with Skylab falling she stayed in the basement. This was how she managed the risk.

I mention this as we have had some life altering things happen these past 4 months. To some there is no safe place, to others taking precautions there are. Both are what their beliefs are, and both are correct. As Freemasons in New Jersey, little has changed. Yes, we are being more careful, and yes, we are observing recommendations of the government. We are still a safe place to go, we are open, and doing business. We are meeting, and conversing, and moving forward. We are managing the risk. With this please do not let yourself be crippled with anxiety of the unknown. Freemasons have an important role to play in determining good from evil, maintaining the morality of humankind. Please take all of the precautions you need, come out and live a little. One day this will all be over, and like the Skylab, we do not know when, however in the interim is seems that a life on hold, is boring, uneventful and not all that fun. Your Lodge is safe, your membership is considerate, we look forward.

Mike Holt,
Worshipful Master

July 9, 2020 at 9:15 am | Masonic Light

Masonic Moments, Vol. 2, Issue 6, June 2020

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May 28, 2020 at 9:15 am | Masonic Moments

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