W:. Fred Kraser received his 70th Year Apron from M:.W:. Jeffrey M. Williamson on October 14, 2017 at Wappingers Lodge #671. The event was witnessed by approximately 80 brothers, family members and friends. Both the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master, R:.W:. William Sardone and the officers of their lines were in attendance.
Master Ian MacGregor and Brothers from Shekomeko and Mount Kisco Lodges to which Worship Fred belongs were in attendance, along with Arthur H. Pritchard Jr., Dutchess District Deputy Grand Master, R:. W:.Clinton E. Allen, Grand Staff Officer, Richard Hawthorne, Assistant Grand Lecturer, W:. William Settembrino, Wappingers Lodge #671 and several family members.
R:. W:. John Anderson, his wife and others provided a luncheon, which was enjoyed by all.
2017 Grand Lecturer’s Convention
(Combined Columbia, Dutchess
Monumental Lodge No 374
6 North Rd
April 18, 2017
Dinner 6:00pm – meeting to follow
Dessert, Coffee, Tea
Reservations required for dinner by April 11
March 26, 2017 was a very special day for Jack Marcotte of Troop 42. Jack was awarded the honor of Eagle Scout at St Sylvia’s Church in Tivoli, NY. There to present an award of recognition, were three members of Red Hook’s Hendrick Hudson Lodge #875. From left to right are Past Master W\Ford Franklin, Honoree Jack Marcotte, Senior Warden Chester Damon and Secretary James Fluegel. Congratulations Jack on a job well done. Troop 42 is a very active Boy Scout Troop, and have had 11 members of their troop reach this highest honor in the past 12 months. Young men making themselves better through Scouting. The future looks bright.
Columbia, Dutchess and Greene-Ulster
The 80th Communion Breakfast
Open to family and friends
Sunday April 23rd, 2017
Service at 7:30, Breakfast to follow
St Paul’s Lutheran Church
371 Wurtemburg Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Off NY RT 9G, Rhinebeck, NY 12571
Pastor Mark Isaac will conduct the Service
Boy Scout James A. Cowperthwaite, Troop 42, was made an Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor, January 15, 2017. At the ceremony he was also the recipient of the Masonic Eagle Scout Award, which was presented by R:W:. Arthur H. Pritchard Jr. District Deputy Grand Master, representing Most Worshipful Jeffrey M. Williamson, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York. As the award was presented to James in Red Hook, New York, the ceremony was also attended by Brothers James Fluegel, Secretary, and Chester Damon, Senior Warden of Hendrick Hudson Lodge, #875. Through Brother Fluegel’s efforts, the Lodge maintains a cordial relationship with Scout Troop 42.
R:.W:. Charles P Uhle was installed as Master of Wappingers Lodge #671 for the 2016-17 year. Along with several Past Masters, Brothers, family members and friends, the public ceremony was attended by Grand Lodge Officers R:.W:. Richard S. Morley, Senior Grand Warden and R:W:. Nicholas J. Paolicelli, Junior Grand Warden, R:.W:. Arthur H Pritchard Jr., District Deputy Grand Master, R:.W:. Clinton E. Allen Jr., Grand Stewart, R:.W:. Richard Hawthorne, Assistant Grand Lecturer, and R:.W:. Robert L Hogan Jr., North Star District Chairman.
Using Grand Lodge guidance, the District Deputies, and members of the Past Grand Lodge Officers in Columbia, Dutchess, and Greene-Ulster Districts have scheduled a meeting to continue progress in the development of the district consolidation process, which began in 2015 with discussions among the then District Deputies and others of Columbia, Dutchess, and Greene-Ulster.
In doing so, they are fulfilling a primary responsibility assigned to active and past Grand Lodge Officers, namely development of district leaders. Sustained dialogue has resulted in the need to organize and begin work required for the efficient, and successful transition from the current three-district organization to a consolidated form should the Brethren in the Lodges of these districts agree to consolidate.
The meeting is open to all Brothers in the three districts, who are invited to pose the questions they need answers for in order to make their decisions about the future organization of districts.
The agenda will include progress reports since the last meeting, the consideration and hopefully adoption of a transition plan committee structure with volunteers for each to identify tasks and begin work. W:.R:. Tim Smith, of the “Old 17th” , a recently consolidated district will be on hand to describe the experience he and his Brother completed as they facilitated the consolidate process.
Currently, the meeting procedure will follow an organization of two groups: (1) Present and past Grand Lodge Officers, and (2) other Brothers who wish to follow the process and pose questions. Members of Group I will describe process in each District, including the “Old 17th” and will entertain the transition plan draft currently being circulated then consider and possible adopt the committees identified in the plan. During the process description, members of Group II will observe. After progress considerations, members of Group I will become the observers as members of Group II pose questions and offer opinions and suggestions.
As a Brother-Bring-A-Friend Event across the Dutchess District, the Master and Brothers of Hendrick Hudson Lodge #875 have volunteered to host a Masonic Table Lodge on January 25th at the Hendrick Hudson Temple, beginning at 6:30 pm. A beef stew dinner will be shared by participants.
The Table Lodge is a special ceremony. complete with a ritual, which incorporates terminology of centuries ago. It includes toasts, Masonic songs, and a good Masonic speaker. We emphasize “good Masonic speaker,” because no other will do. There is no room for off-color jokes, political or religious propaganda, magicians, or vaudeville artists. The Table Lodge should be a completely separate meeting of the Lodge and not combined with anything, such as Installation of Officers or Degree Work
The ceremonies of conducting a Table Lodge may be traced over two centuries in English Masonry and detailed records exist of their even earlier observances in France. The ancient customs of proposing and drinking toast by our Scottish brethren is recorded during the reign of King James the First of Scotland in 1430.
The traditional Masonic way to create warmth is to call the lodge “from labor to refreshment” in order for the Brethren to hold a table lodge. Good fellowship and brotherly love will follow, and in those lodges where there is good fellowship.