Masonic Moments, Vol. 3, Issue 6, June 2021


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May 24, 2021 at 7:41 am | Masonic Light, Masonic Moments


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


Master’s Message

My Brother,

After the tumultuousness of the past year, we are looking to return to a sense of normalcy, or a “new normal” as the case may be. 2020 saw a pandemic, social outrage and uprising, and a paradigm shift in regard to the “honoring” of various military leaders of the past.

On June 19, 2020, a memorial of Brother Albert Pike was defaced, toppled, and set ablaze during a protest in Washington D.C. The memorial was torn down by protesters with rope and chains. The National Park Service removed the statue, while the pedestal, covered with graffiti, remains in place. The date this occurred, June 19, is a significant date, also known as Juneteenth, is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.

This memorial of Brother Pike was targeted because of Pike’s leadership of Confederate forces during the Civil War. Brother Pike served as a Brigadier General and was generally unsuccessful in his campaigns during the war. Brother Pike tendered his resignation and fled. Brother Pike was later arrested on charges of insubordination and treason but was pardoned by President Andrew Jackson in 1866.

So, why is there a memorial of a Brigadier General of the Confederate States Army in Washington D.C.? Brother Pike was also a poet, orator, lawyer, and prominent Freemason. In 1859, Brother Pike was elected Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite (Southern Jurisdiction) and served in this role until his death in 1891. During his tenure as Sovereign Grand Commander, Brother Pike devoted much of his efforts to developing and explaining the symbolism of our Masonic rituals. Brother Pikes seminal work, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite explores the esoteric philosophy of the Scottish Rite degrees.

The Albert Pike Memorial was dedicated in 1901 during a public ceremony. The memorial was privately funded by the Scottish Rite, and its installation in Judiciary Square was approved by Congress in 1989 since the memorial depicted Brother Pike as a civilian, not a soldier. In 1978, the memorial was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Brother Pike is, without doubt, a controversial individual. This message is not in support of Brother Pike, but is intended to be a neutral attempt to shed light on the history of the man, the memorial, and some of his contributions to Freemasonry.

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

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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

May 24, 2021 at 7:38 am | Masonic Light


A Night of Comedy – Friday, July 16


Lafayette Lodge will be hosting A Night of Comedy on July 16, 2021. Doors open at 6:00pm, dinner at 6:30pm, and comedy show to begin at 8:00pm. See the flyer below for more information. Reservations are required, please contact the Senior Warden to reserve your spot!

Headline Comedian: Brad Trackman is a national touring comedian who has been featured as a stand up on CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Star Search with Arsenio Hall, AXS tv’s Gotham Comedy Live, MTV’s The Buried Life, New Joke City with Robert Klein, NBC’s Later, NBC’s Friday Night, TBN’s Huckabee and numerous appearances on Comedy Central. Trackman also had his own commercial campaign on Spike TV where he played the fictitious Presidential Candidate Biff Wolanski. Brad started his career in NYC and was a regular at The Comedy Cellar, Gotham, The Comic Strip Live, Carolines on Broadway and Stand Up NY. Also a regular in Atlantic City at the Borgota casino and Las Vegas at Brad Garrett’s comedy club in the MGM casino.

Dave Temple is the Spotlight stealing comic that has clubs managers and college bookers across the country asking, “Where did you find this guy?!” Originally from Philadelphia, Dave began stand-up comedy as a challenge amongst friends. Always known to be a gravitating force in social settings, he and 7 of his friends decided to put their entertaining skills to test. They were to meet at a local open-mic. However, only one of his buddies showed and as the saying goes “the rest is history.”

Ashley Gutermuth is a New Jersey-based stand-up comedian. She has appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jimmy Fallon where she was chosen by Jerry Seinfeld to win the ‘Seinfeld Challenge.’ In 2021, Ashley won the headliner category of the US Comedy Contest. Her high-energy, positive style of comedy is irresistible. Ashley’s comedy is focused on her unusual relationships and observations about life. Ashley has performed in the New York Underground Comedy Festival and in June 2020, won Blue City Comedy’s Comic of the Month competition, based in Boise, Idaho.

May 17, 2021 at 2:38 pm | Announcements, Lafayette Events


Masonic Moments, Vol. 3, Issue 5, May 2021


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April 26, 2021 at 9:15 am | Masonic Moments


Master’s Message & From the West – May 2021


Master’s Message

My Brother,

In August 2020, a One Day Class, championed by RW Michael Holt and RW Ray Siecinski, was held at the Fellowship Center in Burlington. At this One Day Class, more than 80 candidates from across the state were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, including three members of our lodge.

One drawback to the speed and efficiency of a One Day Class is that smaller, yet important, lessons sometimes get lost or overlooked. For example, informal lessons on lodge protocol, etiquette, and decorum are not discussed. Meanwhile, through the traditional degree process, these are frequently discussed informally between the candidate and their mentor. Protocol is a code of conduct or behavior prescribed for the Fraternity as a whole. Etiquette is a set of norms and conventions governing conduct or behavior among lodge members. Decorum is the politeness or appropriateness of social behavior, speech, and dress.

Proper protocol, etiquette, and decorum in a lodge is often based on old-fashioned standards of behavior which may not be obvious to our newer members (or forgotten among our seasoned Brethren). As such, RW Siecinski made a formal presentation at our Regular Communication in April on lodge protocol, etiquette, and decorum as an instructional tool for our new members and a refresher for all of us.

Observing proper protocol, etiquette, and decorum helps us to be thoughtful about our conduct, to get along with others, and promotes respect within the Fraternity.

“A gentleman is not defined by the content of his wallet or the cut of his suit. He is defined by his manners and the content of his character.” – Anonymous

Fraternally,

Bryan S. Passione,
Worshipful Master

From the West

The Senior Deacon, in the Fellowcraft degree, gives a considerable description of the two great Pillars that stood on the porch of King Solomon’s Temple, using some words that most of us can’t pronounce. Aside from containing the roles and records what purpose did these column serve?

If they served no useful purpose, and were largely ornamental, couldn’t they be symbolic of some Freemasons we have today? And we have a few who are not even ornamental, such as myself and some others I might name.

If the Pillars were repositories, as has been suggested, no way was provided for getting to and making use of the information they contained. That sounds ridiculous; but don’t we often ignore or refuse to make use of information we know to exist?

Our Speculative temple needs something more than ornamental pillars. We need practical pillars as well. Something that has a reason for being. Just like the pillars we have Brothers’ who are there and do nothing for the temple while others who support it.

Which one are you?

Fraternally,

Michael S. Romano,
Senior Warden

April 26, 2021 at 9:00 am | Masonic Light


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