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Aid to Ukraine

Dear Brethren and Friends, We at the Grand Lodge of New York are trying to do our part towards answering the call of the distressed in providing a source of much-needed help to those adversely affected by these unprovoked acts of violence and war against the good citizens of Ukraine. These unprecedented assaults and aggression […]

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Send a Kid to Camp

Dear Brother, As we know, Camp Turk at Round Lake is a premier summer camp and one of the crown jewels of New York State Freemasonry. The past two camping seasons have been very difficult as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 season was canceled entirely, and last season Camp Turk operated with […]

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Address of Richard J. Kessler, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York

{Presented at the 239th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York on Saturday, October 23, 2021} To all of my Brothers, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for your trust, support and confidence. The Grand Lodge of New York is at a crossroads. […]

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Summer Message

My Brothers, Summer is in full swing, zoom has faded, picnics and BBQs are here. Something else that is also here? Lodges meeting and having degrees through the summer. I have the pleasure of acknowledging dispensations EVERY WEEK for lodges to continue with their forward movement during the summer. In speaking with R. ̇.W. ̇. […]

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Independence Day

The meaning of Independence Day has not changed. But this year it has taken on an additional view for those of us in the United States. I am obviously referencing our Independence from the pandemic that enveloped our country but is still raging in other parts of the globe. While we plan to watch the […]

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George Washington’s Inauguration

My Brothers, All of us continue to hang on to every new announcement regarding social distancing, etc. I am pleased to see that health guidelines are moving in the right direction. While we continue to observe Covid Protocols I am also seeing numerous lodges meeting again and conferring initiations. Lots of initiations. Today we celebrate […]

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Easter-Passover Message

Dear Brethren, Passover has begun. Easter will soon follow. Spring is officially upon us. It is a time when we wish our Jewish brethren and their families a “Zissen Pesach” and a Blessed Easter for all our Christian brethren and their families. It is a time when we would “normally” gather as friends and families […]

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President’s Day Message

My Brothers, Snow seems to be the gift that keeps on giving As I listen to what is happening in the “field” and I am happy that you continue keep on giving. As a result of adapting to the Governor’s color-coding of zones for Lodge attendance, I am seeing Lodges once again safely conducting degrees […]

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New Year’s Message

Brethren, Well, this may be the last time you hear from me this year! 2021 is upon us. 2020 certainly provided its challenges. Challenges that will linger into the New Year, but at least there is a path to “normalcy”. This has been a year of being kept apart, which has actually brought us closer […]

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2020 Holidays Message

This is the Holiday Season. Our Jewish brothers celebrated Chanukah, and others will be enjoying Christmas, Kwanzaa, and of course, the New Year. While we adapt to “socially distant” celebrations during the coming weeks, there are those whose needs far outweigh wearing masks. Let me cut right to the heart of this. Your Grand Lecturer […]

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