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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Successful 1st Degree


I am pleased to say we did a pretty well done 1st degree last night and I am very happy with all that participated from the start and at the last minute fill in.

Our new Brother, Bro. John Umina was initiated last night and a big congratulations to him.

Several members of our own and sister lodge filled in (some 10 minutes prior to start) to make the degree work and they did and awesome job. Challenges are meant to be overcome.

To add to it all, we discovered lake Potunk beginning to form in the collation room towards the end of the degree and W:. Dan jumped in and grabbed the shop vac and suctioned up all the flood waters while most of us were in tuxes and too pretty to assist. So big thank you to W:. Dan for stepping up with the vac and stepping in for the Q &As last minute.

Bro. Keith talked the apron presentation and did well for the first time out of the gate. Great work!

At our next communication we’ll present the Lecture of Reasons (whys and wherefores) for the benefit of our new EA. I will ask for 2 brothers to volunteer to learn and recite this at the May 6th Communication. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me asap.

Finally our Lodge elections are next month and there is a lot to do between now and then. After elections in May and Installations in June, we’ll have one more meeting before going dark for the summer. The Lodge really needs all members to step up and step in where needed to get through these difficult times. We’ll be looking to start doing fundraisers very soon so let’s get some ideas on the table and start planning as best we can.


V:.W:. Bill Arnold


Potunk Lodge #1071

The Light at the end of a tunnel


Its been a lot of work and sometimes actually fun to have another round in the east. However the end of another Masonic season is almost upon us. June will be here before we know it. As my time as Master comes to a close and a new Master is elected and installed in my place, it is all of our duty to make sure that the Lodge is left better than we left it.

There has been a lot to discuss as of late in our Lodge and many changes both in our Lodge and out of it. I wanted to thank all the officers of Potunk Lodge that took the time and energy to keep things going and help keep the Lodge clean and open despite nobody using it between meetings. We must not slack off now as the end of season will see more changes and the Lodge being rented for occasions and parties again soon.

Our upcoming Lodge elections, just over a month away at the time of this writing. There is a lot to contemplate and the new Master elect will have quite a bit to do. We must support and assist whomever occupies the East with all our fervency and zeal.

June will have us installing the Master Elect and his Officers, most likely in a tiled installation, not by choice but by mandate. Then hopefully we’ll have our strawberry night on the last meeting in June and with luck maybe we can have our families join us to enjoy the festivities.

So please do not give up just yet brothers, there is light at the end of the tunnel and a new beginning or journey for some.

I hope all are healthy, wealthy and wise and I see more and more brothers come out to Lodge to enjoy fellowship and human contact or interaction at least in the coming months.



V:.W:. Bill Arnold

Worshipful Master

Potunk Lodge #1071

From the East

Thank you for taking the time to express your interest in Freemasonry and investigate the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world.  Connetquot Lodge #838 Free & Accepted Masons is located at 85 North Main Street in Sayville.  As the current Worshipful Master (leader) of the Lodge, it is my duty to ensure its smooth and efficient operation and to welcome those who may be interested in joining our august Brotherhood.

The past year has been a difficult one as we have all been forced to comply with safeguards and restrictions that impacted both our daily lives and our ability to congregate socially.  Although the Brothers of Connetquot have continued to work individually on our Masonic improvement, most official Lodge activities were halted throughout the pandemic.  Now, as we begin to re-open our Lodges and resume Masonic activity, we hope that you will continue your investigation into our noble Craft.  We at Connetquot are excited to return to our regular Lodge & Fellowship meetings and restart our charitable endeavors.

Regular Lodge meetings, or “Stated Communications”, begin at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.  These meetings are open to all Masons.  Our Fellowship Club meets on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month for casual social activities.  These meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are open to anyone who would like to stop down, meet the Brethren, and learn about Masonry and the process for joining.  We encourage you to drop by and meet everyone!

Please remember that current protocols require face coverings and practicing social distancing while inside the Lodge.