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In Memoriam, Brother Rick Meuser

Frederick James Meuser
November 21,1957 – December 18, 2022

It was with great sadness the Brothers of Jephtha Lodge learned Brother Frederick James Meuser suddenly put down his Working Tools this past December. He was a loyal Brother and a good man who is fondly remembered for the many times he brought ice cream to the Lodge from his wife’s shop, Herrell’s Ice Cream, on Girard Street in Huntington Village. They closed in June 2021 as they made plans for their retirement.

Rick, as he was fondly known, was an attorney in the music business and he and Br Ron Seifried often ran into each other on the LIRR as they headed into New York City. Ron was always happy to see him as they engaged in animated conversation, never having a negative word to say about anyone.

Rick was also a very accomplished guitarist and played with the White Fire Band at many of the big clubs on Long Island, a band he began in high school. One of his devoted followers on Facebook remembering Rick said, “Rick and White Fire were electric.” Rick has his own discography, and another album was being produced at the time of his passing.

Br Rich Harris describes Rick as “a really good man, faithful to his family, church and Masonry. He was always upbeat, positive and complimentary, and always asked about my family. He loved his motorcycle and often drove it to church in good weather.”

Rick and his wife, Cathy, were active members in St Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Huntington Station. They had been married for 35 years, raised two daughters, and were expecting their first grandchild this spring.

As is common practice among Masons, the altar in the Lodge Room will be draped in black for thirty days as we mourn our Brother.

Rest in Peace dear Brother, you will be missed.

Fraternally yours,
Richard Gentile, Editor

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TRUTH TRIANGLE No. 31 – January, 2023


On Saturday, December 3rd, the ladies of Truth Triangle held their semi-annual Public Installation of Officers at Jephtha Lodge. In a tearful and beautiful ceremony, after presenting a significant donation to Island Harvest from her term fundraising, Beloved Queen Lilyonna retired her crown after 18 months of service. Her grace, poise, and desire to succeed helped the chapter to grow and prosper under her leadership.

Following the retiring ceremony, several Suffolk District Alumni took the floor to perform the Founders Day Degree, as is traditional during the meeting closest to the birthday of our founder, Rose E. Scherer. The members of Truth Triangle were then installed into their new offices, in which they will serve for the next six months, and our chapter Supervisors were presented.

With the cooperation of an escort team consisting of Truth members, Rosebuds, and Rainbow sisters, Beloved Queen Sophia was installed as the 186th Beloved Queen of Truth Triangle. Sophia has been dreaming of this moment since her youth, as her mother, Janet, is a Past Beloved Queen and Past Junior Advisor of Suffolk District. Additionally, during this term Sophia is looking forward to helping her “home” Triangle, Meridian #71, rebuild in their new home at Riverhead Lodge. She also serves our New York DeMolay Brothers as a member of the Sweetheart Leadership Committee.

Sophia was surrounded by family and friends as she took her oaths and received the crown, including members of several of our Masonic fraternities. In attendance were Jephtha Lodge Master W Mike Crispino, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of New York RW Tim TenClay, Senior Warden Bill Fenty III, and District Deputy Grand Matron Renay Fetcher.

Beloved Queen Sophia has chosen as her term charity, ALS Ride for Life. This charity has great significance to her family, and she hopes to raise considerable funds to support their efforts during her term. The chapter will also be fundraising to help our members attend the next Biennial State Convention to be held in October of 2023.

Thank you to those Brothers who were able to attend to represent Jephtha Lodge in support of our ladies, and to all of the Brothers and Sisters of our Masonic family who work to help our ladies along the path to “A Finer American Womanhood.” We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events!

Respectfully submitted,
Deborah Schulbaum
Junior Deputy, Truth Triangle No. 31

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