Happy Independence Day 2022!

American Independence Day is an important event for all Americans; however, it is especially important to Freemasons. It’s of no real surprise that many of the founders of this great nation were in fact members of the Craft. We all hear the listing of famous Masons and more often than not the founding fathers top the list.

So, what would make this day so special to Freemasons in particular? Well for those that know their history and history of the Craft, a deeper look into this nation’s founding documents should look almost as familiar as the ritual we use, and the structure and practices Freemasons employ still today.

Five of the men on the committee to draft the Declaration of Independence were believed to be Freemasons and of those who signed the Declaration, the majority were Freemasons.

This shows that one of the most influential voices shaping the new United States nation was a Masonic voice. (Masonicfind.com)

All of these Freemasons who were a part of the founding would have been intimately acquainted with Anderson’s Constitutions. M:.W:. Bro. Benjamin Franklin published an edition of the Constitution even before he joined the Fraternity ~1738. If you read through Anderson’s Constitutions (The Constitutions of the Free-Masons, containing the history, charges, regulations, etc. of that Most Ancient and Right Worshipful Fraternity). The full title was of course a mouth full. 

Still to this day most of what was contained in Anderson’s 1723 and 1738 editions of the Constitutions is relevant and in use today. But enough of the history lesson, why is it so special today as it was in 1776?

Well, we all discuss the sacrifices of those that came before us and their fortitude and bravery. Unlike any other time in US history these men and Brothers, literally put their lives and fortunes on the line to create something beautiful and not seen before on this earth. Had they been captured by the British, well MWBro Frankin said it best; “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately”.

The fact that the nation’s capital city, most notably, the capital building itself, had its cornerstone laid in Masonic Tradition and by WBro Washinton himself is a testament to the amount of influence that Freemasonry had at that time. 

Fast forward to current times and many would say our numbers are dwindling, etc. with much hand wringing. I would suggest that the contraction is normal and possibly beneficial. Not so beneficial to those who have to maintain multi-million-dollar properties I’d venture. But here we are in this time of division and polarization in almost all aspects of public life. I’d also suggest that now is the time that Freemasonry is needed in this country. We need to know how to agree to disagree with civility. Understand each other and become one nation under God, which was our promise.  Of course, there will always be some disagreement, but a compromise was always our strong suit as a people.

So this 4th of July attend your local parades or gatherings and wear your Masonic emblems, shirts, rings hats, or whatever. Have your elevator speech about Fremasnry ready and talk to people. Not necessarily with the goal of prospective members, but that they may know we are here and that we espouse those virtues we talk about a lot. Who can best work and best agree?

 

New feature added! Promoter!

Some may have noticed emails send to you from the Suffolk Masonic District Website in recent weeks. In addition, or as a companion to the new ticketing system, we have added a new software suite called Promoter. Promoter has a hook into the suffolkmasons.com events calendar and will setup and deploy event announcements, reminders, ticket sales and almost any kind of email about ongoing or upcoming events.

This service is provided by LIPMA. When creating an event, especially a ticketed event, you can request that a Promoter email campaign be setup for your event. The campaign consists of 4-6 emails sent on a schedule. the 1st will be either an event announcement or a ticket sales announcement. As ticket sales progress additional emails will be sent as event reminders and updates to your event. This feature help promote as the names suggests as well as drive ticket sales for your Lodge or group event. All you need to do is send an email to the webmaster@suffolkmasons.com with the details of your event and that you are requesting a campaign be mounted for the event.

Some advice when it comes to promoting an event. Please post your event as soon as you can. the more time on the site to promote the better. Also make sure you add a flyer or some graphics to the event to make it eye catching to anyone looking. price your tickets, accordingly, always keeping the ticket fees and CC/Debit card fees that will be attached in mind.

We hope you will take advantage of this service and increase your event attendance and fundraising for your Lodge or concordant body.

If you would like to know what Promoter can do can click here -> Promoter | The Events Calendar

 

Brothers submit your posts

The Suffolk Masonic District Website has been updated so now Brothers can submit their own posts. We want user supplied content for the site and there is always something happening at Lodges and concordant bodies in an around the district that all should know about. Share your Masonic related stories and pictures.

  • Login or register for an account
  • Mouse over the Account menu
  • select User Submitted Posts

You will be taken to a page to submit your post.

  • Create a title for your post
  • select a category (right now there is only one)
  • Add tags (if you want)
  • type out your post
  • add media (images, etc.) to your post if you like
  • Add a featured image
  • Click submit

All post will be moderated by the webmasters before publication.

Posts will be included in the monthly newsletter if submitted by the 25th of the month for the next month’s newsletter.

The page is still in testing and not completed as we’re working on the look and feel, however it is operational so feel free.

Amityville Lodge No. 977 turns 100

Brothers,

It is always a special day when a Lodge hits a milestone like 100 years or more. Amityville Lodge No. 977 has made that milestone.

LIPMA Annual Meeting and District Investiture

Brothers,

The Annual LIPMA meeting and Suffolk District Investiture are right around the corner. The last 3 years have certainly been challenging and sometimes a bit frustrating. But we, through the hard work and dedication of many, persevered and in some ways even flourished.

As we wind up another Masonic season and the newly elected Masters of the Suffolk Masonic District gather to be invested with the secrets of the Chair, we look forward to what new leadership will bring to the table and build up the foundations of what has come before.

The investiture schedule and details can be found on the events page here -> LIPMA Annual Meeting/District Investiture – Suffolk Masonic District (suffolkmasons.com)

Dinner tickets are on sale now.

The Masters-elect attending will be guests of the LIPMA but should RSVP your attendance to the President of the LIPMA – V:.W:. William Arnold  – billarnold@optonline.net

Please see the event page for further detail. All those not on the investing team arrival time is 3 PM Sharp (LIPMA opens their business meeting)

Members of the Investing team should arrive before 2 PM for the rehearsal.

Dinner will be 6:30 PM for all those with paid ticket.

All Masters -elect should also (either through their Lodge or individually) submit their application to join the LIPMA and their dues, this can be done here -> https://lipma.org/join-lipma/

You can pay online or print the app and mail or bring with you with a check for the dues.

Your application will be read and if accepted a lifetime membership.

2022 Suffolk District Golf Outing scheduled!

This is a very popular event and will fill up fast. Don’t wait get your ticket to golf now.

Click here to get your ticket (golfers and if you would like to just attend the dinner after the golf)

 Suffolk District Golf Outing 2022 – Suffolk Masonic District (suffolkmasons.com)

Don’t forget to ask your friends, family and local business to take out sponsorships and tee signs for the event!

 

2022 Master’s Chair Course

The GLSO has invited any Master Mason to attend this once-a-year course, normally only given to the Masters-elect of the Suffolk District. Please note no walk-ins will be allowed, you MUST RSVP with the GLSO to attend.

You can RSVP on the event page here -> The Masters Chair Course – Suffolk Masonic District (suffolkmasons.com)

Or by emailing the GLSO at glso@suffolkmasons.com

Smithtown Lodge EA degree

By: W:. William Mountzouros – Smithtown Lodge 1127

Congratulations to Smithtown lodge’s newest EA!

 

Frank M. Totten Essay Contest Winner at Star of the East

By: W:. Joe Lombardo (on BAND)

Congratulations to Julianna Lester, daughter of W:. Brian and Becky Lester of Star of the East Lodge. She came in 6th in the State in the Frank Totton Essay Contest presented by the Grand Masonic Lodge of the State of New York. Thank you Bro. Kevin Bartels for presenting her award and to RW:. Ed Bartels, Kathy Bartels, RW:. Robert Licata and RW:. Jeff Santorello for being in attendance.

Grand Lecturer’s Convention in Suffolk Masonic District

The R:.W:. Richard Friedman, the Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, visited the Suffolk Masonic District this past Saturday, March 26th, 2022.

The Convention was held at Riverhead Lodge and hosted by Peconic Lodge No. 349.

The convention kicked off at 2 PM led by our DDGM, R:.W:. Jeff Santorello. The Grand Lecturer made some opening comments and we launched directly into the first part of the 1st degree.

The Convention was very well attended and it seemed that the Brothers in attendance learned quite a bit from the Grand Lecturer’s instruction during the exemplification of the 1st degree.

All participants in the exemplification did a fantastic job. Prior to the close of the GL Convention, the Grand Lecturer distributed some overdue Potts Awards for 2 lodges from past GL Conventions. Afterward, attendance was taken and Riverhead Lodge won the attendance award with 14 members in attendance.

The Convention closed and the Grand Lecturer and the DDGM thanked all for their attendance and filling the Lodge room with Brothers eager to learn and/or improve their ritual.

Following the GL Convention the District MAGLA competition was held. This year 3 Brothers who had not yet attained the rank of WM and 2 that had competed in 2 categories.

The ritual was excellent by all but a winner had to be chosen by the judges to represent Suffolk District at the Metro regional MAGLA and hopefully are the jurisdictional Ritual excellence competition.

The winners of this years District MAGLA:

W:. Joseph Lombardo – Star of the East Lodge No. 843 in the W:. and above category

Bro. Michael Stegmeier  – Connetquot Lodge No. 838 in the not W:. category

We wish them both best of luck and we know they will represent the District well in the Metro regionals at Grand Lodge.

After the competition all enjoyed a delicious meal arranged by Peconic Lodge no. 349. All seemed to enjoy the day and the festivities after.

Finally a hearty thank you should be extended to the District AGLs:

V:.W:. Bill De Benedetto

V:.W:. Bruce A.T. Siska

V:.W:. Gill Kruse

They worked long and hard on assuring all gained in Masonic knowledge and enjoyed the GL Convention.