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R∴W∴ William H. Toth II
District Deputy Grand Master
Onondaga District 2016 - 2018
Hello Brothers! The new Masonic year is upon us and I hope everyone is looking forward to it as much as I am! Let me start by highlighting a couple of things that have already taken place. On August 17th we hosted the bi-weekly fly-in pancake breakfast at Whitford’s airport and while, once again, the weather did not cooperate with us, we were able to turn a profit and enjoy some great fun and fellowship. Many thanks to all the brothers, their spouses and families, whose efforts made this event a success and a special thanks to W Bro Steve Baird who organized it. I should also give a shout out to the many brothers from other lodges who supported us on a shaky weather day.
August 29th was Jordan… Read More
Greetings my brothers, we had a great first month in September.
I would like to thank all of the brothers who came out and supported our table lodge/brother bring a friend event this year. The slide show of pictures of all of our Brothers over the years was a great hit.
Thanks to all the brothers who supported our fund raiser for the Scottish Rite Kick-Off dinner; with the help of some very dedicated brothers we were able to prepare and serve 40 dinners.
Our second meeting in September was Ritual Jeopardy. We had a great time and increased our knowledge about our Fraternity.
Looking forward to October, don’t forget the Grand Lecturer’s Convention at Memorial Lodge on October 3rd.… Read More
2014-2015 Onondaga District Masonic Brotherhood Kickoff Dinner
Dear Brethren, please come and bring your spouse or guest to help start this year’s Masonic Brotherhood Campaign!
October 4, 2014
Fayetteville Lodge, F&AM
116 East Genesee Street
Fayetteville, NY 13066
Social Hour: 5:00 PM Dinner: 6:00 PM
I hope this holiday season finds you all well and happy. I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year.
Our Official Visit will take place on the 15th. We will go out for refreshments after. I hope you will attend.
May the Great Architect of the Universe guide and protect you and yours from all danger, and toward all blessings.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
W. David Golding
Greetings My Brothers,
What a busy September we have had at the Lodge! We opened the Lodge for the Masonic year on September 2nd for Causal Night. The main work on the trestleboard was working on the opening and closing ritual for all of our new Line Officers. We should all be proud of the caliber of ritual performed by our Brothers who have spent such little time in their respective chairs!
On September 16th we had our Official Visit from the RW Edward Sinay Jr. and the District Official Family. The presentation was thorough and thought provoking and it was a great evening… Read More
It was great to see over 20 of our Brothers attending our first meeting on Thursday, September 4th. It was also equally exciting to put this year in motion with our Brothers working together to plan the many events that we have scheduled for the 2014-15 Masonic year.
On Saturday, September 20th, We held our Annual Brotherhood Retreat at Brother John Kindon’s property. We had approximately 35 Brothers in attendance for this overnight Retreat. This has turned into an event that our Brethren at Konosioni No 950 not only look forward to, but travel from afar to be a part of. It is a great time shared by our Lodge… Read More
Brethren; Fort Brewerton Lodge #256 Embroidered t-Shirts have arrived, cost is $10 each. They come in blue and green. Ideally each brother could purchase one of each color so that we can coordinate when we go to events as a lodge. Additionally, we had some fishing spoon lures made with the Masonic Symbol on them. The cost for each is $5. Contact the Worshipful Master to purchase either of them.
The Master and his family, along with Brother Adam from our lodge attended Grand Master’s Day @ Syracuse Chiefs ballpark on Aug 31. We saw a great baseball game, and enjoyed fellowship with our brother Masons and their families from around the area. Sept. 1: Fort Brewerton’s day… Read More
Please come support Konosioni Lodge #950's Blood Drive. This Blood Drive will be held at W.'. Miori's Martial Arts Studio @ 7785 Frontage Drive, Cicero, NY 13039 on this Saturday Sept. 27th between the hours of 1:30pm and 5:30pm . Please see the flyer below if you are interested in signing up.
Information about the program: This will be a tiled meeting. The purpose is to return each of us to that spirit which stirred us all when we first took our Degrees. It was a strangely beautiful experience into which we as candidates entered, and we should not lose the value of that experience. We would not lose it, no matter how long… Read More
I would like to announce the return of Brother Harold Weisberg, who dimitted from our Lodge a number of years ago. Welcome back, Brother Harold!
We will have a Regular Communication on the 3rd, and a Social Meeting on the 17th - casual dress for both.
May you have a blessed and happy New Year, My Brothers.
Onondaga District Masonic Brotherhood Kickoff Dinner
Brothers, please save the date of October 4, 2014 for you and your spouse or guest to attend the Onondaga District Masonic Brotherhood Kickoff Dinner at the Fayetteville Masonic Lodge, 116 East Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY. Social hour with refreshments will begin at 5:00 PM with dinner following at 6:00 PM. RW Dennis Breheny will be the guest speaker of the evening. Dinner arrangements are underway, so look for an update in the October Word article for more details.
Onondaga District Brotherhood Fund Chairman
Greetings My Brothers,
To say that the summer months have blitzed by word be a tremendous understatement! Clear skies, warm weather, and fraternal fellowship really make the days soar by…. But that is not to say that we haven’t been extremely hard at work at FCC #305. This summer has seen a tremendous amount done; both structurally and organizationally. Our new officers and newly appointed trustees have buckled in and really went to work for the benefit of our lodge building and our lodge as a whole.
Our lodge’s entryway renovation project has all but completed with only a few minor touch-ups to be addressed. I implore all of our brothers to stop by and take a look at the transformation; it is an impressive… Read More
Fort Brewerton Lodge gives away four Scholarships to College Bound Students.
Fort Brewerton Lodge members David Childress and Linwood Dennison attended the annual Scholarship Awards Recognition Ceremony as part of the Fort Brewerton/Greater Oneida Lake Chamber of Commerce held at Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square, NY, on Wednesday evening August 6, 2014. Fort Brewerton Lodge had donated money for four scholarships that went to Paul V. Moore High School graduates who will be attending college in the fall. The lodge members sat with their award receiving students and enjoyed ice cream sundaes and soft drinks provided by the Chamber of Commerce. Each student spoke briefly… Read More
Greetings my Brothers,
With summer nearing its end, I hope that each of you were able to take advantage of the nice weather and all of the activities that we enjoy with the season.
As one season ends, another begins: our Masonic Calendar is upon us once again. There are several important dates to note before we meet in the lodge room. August 24th is our day at the NYS Fair for the Child ID program. As of today, we should have a very nice showing of brothers and their families to help out. Thank You. Secondly, the Grand Master will be holding his Family Day at the Syracuse Chiefs game on August 31st. All are invited and encouraged to attend.
I have been fine tuning the Trestleboard for the year, and… Read More
Greetings from the East my brothers and welcome to the beginning of our New Masonic Year. My officers and I are committed to make this Masonic year fun, interesting and educational.
This year’s theme for the year is ‘More Masonry in Men”. We have designed many programs around this theme and encourage our brothers to come back to lodge and participate in our many activities. My officer’s and I have tried to create a Trestleboard that is both educational and interesting.
Our year starts with our Table Lodge/Brother Bring-A-Friend on September 11th and we will be doing something a little different. We will be having… Read More
Wow! What a year we are having. Oh...that’s right we are just getting started. Over the Summer we have planned what we hope will be record breaking events in our Lodge. We also hope to achieve things that we have been building upon over the last few years. Throughout the Summer, it was great to meet some of the Brothers at various events, many of our Officers also met to talk about details regarding our Trestle-board, which made it possible to finalize this years Masonic events.
In July our Brother Secretary Carl Bliss had his 65th Birthday bash. It was awesome to see that we had enough of our Brothers attending where we could have opened Lodge… Read More
Dear Brethren; I would first like to thank you for the honor and privilege that you have bestowed upon me through my election to Master of the Lodge. I will do my best to fulfill my duties as Master and promote Free Masonry. I would also like to thank all of my officers of the lodge for taking their chairs. Great thanks and appreciation also goes out to Kim for his many years of leadership as Master of the Lodge.
Although the Lodge has been dark during the summer, the brothers have been active in some fun events over the summer. Our last Masonic year ended with our annual picnic at brother Herb’s party barn in June, a great time was had by all who attended. Thank you brother Herb… Read More
It is an honor and privilege to be able to say “Greetings Brothers” for the first time as Master of Jordan Lodge #386. Of course it would not have been the first time if I had submitted an article on time for the June issue of The Word. An oversight for which I apologize. While I feel some “angst” as I contemplate the coming year I take heart in the fact that I will be among some real veterans who are willing to share their wisdom and insights and I plan to take full advantage of that!
First and foremost for those who were not able to be at the election/installation let me introduce the officers for the 2014-2015 year:
Master – Bro John Pinckney
Senior Warden – Bro Todd Platten… Read More
There is a Blood Drive 9/6 from 8am to 1pm in Marcellus.
Reservations are being requested.
W.: Larry Spencer
Brethren and families,
Masons and their families in Upstate New York, and surrounding areas, have a wonderful opportunity this summer to host The Grand Master’s Masonic Family Day at the Ball Park. This special event will be held at NBT Bank Stadium 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse, N.Y. 13208 on Sunday August 31, 2014. The Syracuse Chiefs will be playing The Buffalo Bisons.
The M\W\William J. Thomas, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York and The Grand Line will be present for all the festivities. We will start tailgating in the parking lot at 3:00pm. Game time will start at 6:30pm. Please bring your own food… Read More
I hope that by now everyone has recovered from our very long winter, and this article finds you well.
At our first meeting in May, W Toby Shelley gave the Grand Lodge annual report, and we elected officers for the ensuing year. I was (and still am) both honored and humbled to be selected as your next Master of the Lodge. Our Wardens for the ensuing year will be Bro. Mark Kulik as JW and Bro. Ernie Maffei as SW. RW Earl Tuttle will remain as Lodge Secretary, and Bro. Chuck Chernoff will take over the Treasurer’s duties from W Lew Reid, DSA. I would like to thank W Reid for his many years of service as our Lodge Treasurer. On June 4th the evening will be dedicated to the installation… Read More
Brethren, I bring you Fraternal Greetings from the MW William J Thomas, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York. The Masonic year is in full swing. Your Lodges are busy with Blood Drives, Meetings and the first of the Official Visits. Our Safety ID program at the New York State Fair was well attended and received. On one of the days during the middle of the week, we broke a new daily record with over 300 IDs for the day. Overall we did well over 3100. You’ll have to… Read More
I would like to thank you all for the congratulatory handshakes and the vote of confidence in me becoming the new Onon. District Grand lodge Staff Officer, (Sword Bearer), I can assure you that W.: Mike Cassavaw, W.: Jack Dombrowski and myself will continue the quality of Masonic education that has been established in the past, being on the education committee team for the last 2 years with our newly installed DDGM, RW Ed Sinay Jr. has given me the experience to conduct these courses.
Congratulations… Read More
As the summer comes to an end it is time to begin again our Labors in the Quarries of Freemasonry. I want to start by reiterating that as your District AGL's we are here to assist your lodges both learn and exemplify our wonderful Ritual correctly, all you need to do is let us know how we can best assist you. We are both looking forward to rolling our shirt sleeves up and assisting you however we can. Our Brothers from the Onondaga District have long been regarded as some of the better ritualists… Read More