Even Better -- Not Just a Man. A Mason.
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- Altar or Alter!?
Please join us this Tuesday for a fantastic lecture by WB Bob Sullivan! Hope to see you there!
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- Entered Apprentice Degree, March 6, 2018!
Congratulations to Brothers Barden, Bilbow, Crouch and Wickstead on being initiated into our great Fraternity this evening! We look forward to joining you on your Masonic journey! Congratulations to the Officers of the Lodge who held a fantastic degree and thank you for the Brothers who traveled out to join us!Continue reading →
- Come Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Iris Assembly!
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- Come out to Olive Branch Lodge on Tuesday, February 13th!
On behalf of WM John Perri:
Not only is it RUSTY Brothers night, but we also have our own Worshipful Brother Ralph G. De Palma III at our Lodge on Tuesday, February 13th as our speaker to give us a presentation on the overview of Freemasonry and its effects on the American Revolution. Please come out and join us!
- Come out to Olive Branch Lodge on Tuesday, January 23rd!
We have a very special guest coming to our Lodge on Tuesday, January 23rd.
Brother Howard Kanowitz will be joining us as our speaker for the evening.
Please join us for an excellent time!
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- Come out to Olive Branch Lodge on Tuesday, January 9th!
Have you ever wondered if there are any ties between the Knights Templar and Freemasonry? Please come and see what Brother Jeff Levine has found on the subject!
Immediately to follow: an impressive presentation on Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, the patron saint of the Knights Templar presented by Brother Kevin Cotter.
See you at Olive Branch Lodge #16 on Tuesday, January 9th!
Dinner at 6:30pm and the Gavel will sound at promptly at 7:30pm.
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- Come out at support Rainbow Girls Iris Assembly #31! Continue reading →
Please find flyers for the Rainbow Girls Blood Drive (Jan 14th) and Spaghetti Dinner (Feb 10th) at Olive Branch Lodge. If you can attend, please come out to support the IRIS Assembly as they come out to support us.
- Greetings from the East! March 2, 2018
To become a Mason in the ancient world, you had to go through three different stages of education: Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and then Master Mason. Becoming a Mason afforded the individual significant advantages not easily acquired in the ancient world. Becoming a Master Mason meant the opportunity to gain wealth and status as a common man that was all but impossible without that education.
Our ancient Brethren recognized that the knowledge that was afforded to an Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft and Master Mason was so valuable that it needed to be guarded. To protect that knowledge, they wove into their process not just lessons of skill, but also lessons of morality to insure that only men of good character would hold their precious secrets.Continue reading →
- Greetings from the East! January 25, 2018
The goal of Masonry is to take good men and make them better. This sounds like a “bumper sticker” but it is true.
The fraternity of Freemasonry, when actively pursued, does produce better men. With an investment of time to learn the foundations of Freemasonry from learned Brothers, to meet and be with other like-minded men, to actively support worthy causes within our communities and to reflect on our obligations will in most every instance result in a man who is more attuned to those around him… his spouse, his children, his neighbor.
Such improvement is not achieved simply by receiving the degrees and paying dues. The value of Masonry is realized through continued and regular interaction of Masons, who true to their obligations, challenge and support each other to realize the potential in one another. To those Brothers and Past Masters who have challenged and taught me either directly or indirectly to meet my responsibilities to the Craft, I thank you.
Your example by action and willingness to judge with candor has helped to mold the man and Mason I am today.
Our challenge is to continue to promote our Fraternity through our daily interactions with those around us. We must continue to grow as men worthy of emulation.
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- Greetings from the East! December 26, 2017
It is truly an honor for me to have been elected as your Worshipful Master for 2018, and I pledge to do my very best to carry on the great tradition of leadership that has been so faithfully maintained by all of the great men who have had this privilege before me. I am humbled to be able to count myself among the esteemed Masters of this Lodge and I am looking forward to an outstanding year!
I would like to express my gratitude to all of the Brothers who have served so faithfully as Officers during 2017, and who will be serving as Lodge Officers this year. It is wonderful to have such a dedicated group of Brothers, who all have such passion for the craft, and such commitment to helping our Lodge be the best that we can be.
We have much to do and I look forward to the continued support of not only the brothers who have always been there when needed, but more importantly seeing the newer members get involved and learn what it is that attracts us to this fraternity and the voyage we have embarked upon.
I will be seeking this year to continue to have Masonic Education be one of our primary areas of concentration, so that we may have many opportunities to learn and reflect upon the lessons that Masonry teaches us in our pursuit of becoming better men.
In closing, I hope everyone has had a safe and happy holiday season; a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and Happy New Year’s, and I look forward to seeing all of you, and serving all of you in 2018!
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Most Worshipful Dieter B. Hees
Grand Master of Masons of the State of New Jersey