Lafayette Lodge No.47

“Making good men better.”

Meeting Call – December 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on December 5, 2016

Lafayette Lodge #47 F&AM
Stated Meeting Call
For you and all Masonic guests that will be held on:
Wednesday December 7, 2016
For the transaction of such business as will come before the lodge.
Applications to be ballot: (2) – See secretary for info
Applications to read: None
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Open Lodge: 7:15 pm
Program: Cumberland HS Chorus
Close Lodge: 9:00 pm
Collation to follow

Attest:
W∴Stephen Acello, Worshipful Master
W∴ Mark Eddleston, Secretary

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Master’s Message – December 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on December 5, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving my Brothers!

Each year the holidays sneak up on me and this year is no exception. We had a really exciting month at Lafayette, starting with a surprise at the November stated communication resulting in an impromptu Membership night that turned out to be warm and fun. I hope that the brethren assembled enjoyed it as much as I did. By the way, those little slips of paper may show up again in a future meeting.

In November we visited Morning Star Lodge, with a strong showing for Lafayette, and although I wasn’t able to make it we also made a great showing at Mount Mariah Lodge. We hosted the District Deputy’s organizational meeting, and once again Brother Jr Deacon made his famous Burritos (thank you Brother Kevin!) We also had a wonderful Pancake breakfast, at one point there were so many people that some extra guest cooks jumped in to help. And topping the charts in November, we had a record number of brothers at the Grand Lodge Fall Festival a total of 34 people from Lafayette attended! I was so proud to have Past Grand Masters come to me and say that they were very impressed at how many Lafayette members attended. I thank you warmly for such an outpouring of brotherhood.

We’re fortunate to congratulate Brother Ray Pedro on his recent nuptials! And we thank him for his beautiful decoration of the lodge for the upcoming holiday season.
We look forward to a pretty busy December as well. We’re having the Cumberland High School Clef singers and perhaps that Jolly Old Man dressed in red may visit on December 7th. There will be an additional surprise at that meeting, so be sure to come out to see what the Master has in store for the holidays.

On the 10th we’re having our traditional Saints John night, hosted by our Northern District Deputy, RW Robert Palazzo. I know he could use some help so let’s step up and see what we can do to support him.
On December 15th, we’re having the Entered Apprentice degree and I know we will continue to do a superb job on it. Every time I hear the lodge do degree work, I’m more and more impressed as we continue to raise the bar. We do such a good job because we don’t just learn the words. We speak them from the heart. And when we speak the words from the heart, we just can’t go wrong. I feel that’s the key to why we connect so well.

The holidays are a time for connecting with family. You, my brothers, are my family and I feel very connected with each of you. I hope you feel the same way. But if you don’t, don’t be silent. If you don’t feel connected, please do reach out to me or to another brother in confidence. We are here to help each other.

In closing, as we prepare for, celebrate, and then recover from the holidays, please keep in your thoughts and prayers those who cannot be with us – those who are serving their country and preserving that which we hold dear; those whose vocations and obligations call; those who have laid down their working tools. Be thankful for the most valuable gift we could ever have – each other.

Happy Holidays my Brothers!
Steve

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Meeting Call – November 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on October 26, 2016

Lafayette Lodge #47 F&AM
Stated Meeting Call
For you and all Masonic guests that will be held on:
Wednesday November 2, 2016
For the transaction of such business as will come before the lodge.
Applications to be read: (2)
Applications to Ballot: None

Dinner: 6:30 pm
Open Lodge: 7:15 pm
Program: Reverend Roger Williams
Close Lodge: 9:00 pm
Collation to follow

Attest:
W∴ Stephen Acello, Worshipful Master
W∴ Mark Eddleston, Secretary

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Master’s Message – November 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on October 26, 2016

Greetings my Brothers!

I can’t express how excited I am to greet you on the level! We have so many things to look forward to this year. Mainly I’m looking forward to more opportunities to spend time with you in our warm and welcoming lodge.

This month we had our Annual meeting and installation, which was very well attended despite the torrential rain. Everything went off without a hitch and I thank all who helped make it easy for me to connect with everyone. A special thanks to the Prologue team; the guests all thought that they were awe inspiring. Also to the Installation team, headed up by our District Deputy Right Worshipful Robert Palazzo. We’re looking forward to having him back soon, as he’s agreed to host our Saints John night in December! I’m sure that he’ll be looking for some help so let’s all support him.

This month we had our Temple Annual and our Brother Sr. Deacon was elected Temple President. I am so
glad for the experience of being Temple President but I’m even happier to know that the Temple is in the good and capable hands of someone who shares our vision to have a well maintained lodge where our brothers and future generations of brothers will be able to meet in peace and harmony to practice
our craft.

November is the first of our programs themed around the seven Liberal Arts and Sciences. It’s our Thanksgiving Feast and the discipline is Rhetoric. And who better exemplifies that topic than Rev. Roger Williams, who will be joining us to talk about our beginnings as a destiny of belief
named Providence. I can’t think of a better time to bring a friend for dinner and a program. We’ll also be joined by some new friends who have petitioned the lodge and would like to get to know us.

This month’s Pancake Breakfast is on the morning of the 19th, and the Fall Festival is that evening. The Pancake Breakfasts are an important part of the Temple and provide both fundraising and a magnificent opportunity to showcase what we’re all about. Please mark your calendars to join me
for a delicious breakfast.

And so my brothers, as we embark on this new year, I am filled with hope and confidence. I wish the best of good fortune to the new line of officers. We have a good plan, and a great team. Every lodge member is part of that team. Each one of us plays an important part in the growing strength of
Lafayette and we need and want you to take advantage of the benefits of being a brother here. I encourage you join us in our craft. Still wondering about coming to Lodge? I’m sure there’ll be some sort of surprise in the program. You’ll just have to come and see what it is.

Yours in brotherhood, Steve

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Meeting Call – June 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on May 31, 2016

Lafayette Lodge #47 F&AM
Stated Meeting Call
For you and all Masonic guests that will be held on:
Wednesday June 1, 2016
For the transaction of such business as will come before the lodge.

Applications to be read: None
Applications to Ballot: None
Dinner: To follow meeting
Open Lodge: 6:00 pm
Program: None
Close Lodge: 6:45 pm
Collation to follow

Attest:
W. Ted Hague, Worshipful Master
W. Mark Eddleston, Secretary

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Master’s Message – June 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on May 31, 2016

Good afternoon, Brethren

I just returned from the Grand Lodge Annual Communication and it was easily the best annual meeting that I have attended. The new Grand Master’s remarks were inspiring and the current line of Grand Lodge officers, many of which I now know personally, are also a very impressive group. I should also add that there are now several Lafayette Lodge brothers that are part of Grand Lodge which is definitely a compliment to our lodge.

Its been a good few weeks at the lodge as Spring slowly, but surely, becomes Summer. In April, about 10 Lafayette brothers visited Paul Revere lodge, my mother lodge, where we were all very warmly received with a delicious meal, good fellowship and even some nice “parting gifts”. By all accounts it was a very good night.

And now as we proceed into June our attention turns to Summer and the cookouts that accompany Summer nights on a pretty regular basis. As has been our custom, our June 3rd meeting will open at 6:00 PM and should close well before 7:00 PM at which time the officers will change from their tuxedos to their BBQ clothes and we will all move to the grilling area. I wholeheartedly invite all of you to attend this annual event with one minor stipulation. We are asking all attendees to please bring some kind of simple cook-out food to the event. It could just be potato chips or potato salad or beans or dessert…really anything will do. Hope to see you there!

Thank you
WM Ted

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Meeting Call – April 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on April 4, 2016

Lafayette Lodge #47 F&AM
Stated Meeting Call For you and all Masonic guests that will be held on:
Wednesday April 6, 2016
For the transaction of such business as will come before the lodge.

Applications to be read: None
Applications to Ballot: 1

Dinner: 6:30 pm
Open Lodge: 7:15 pm
Program: By Brother Michael Northrup entitled “The History of the Ancient Charges of Freemasonry”
Close Lodge: 9:00 pm
Collation to follow

Attest:
W. Ted Hague, Worshipful Master
W. Mark Eddleston, Secretary

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Master’s Message – April 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on April 4, 2016

Brethren,

Can you believe it’s almost April already. I remember in high school at one of the opening day assemblies the principal observed that time goes quicker the older we get. He was right, I realized it then and I was only 15! So, again, I would encourage each of you to really make an effort to appreciate all the good things that are going on around us every single day. In our case, we have the enormous advantage of being members of Freemasonry which allows us, on a very regular basis, to interact with other like minded people. You know the old phrase, which is true despite its age, we each get out of Freemasonry what we put into it so, especially for those who have not been to a meeting lately I would encourage you to join
us this April. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

And, if it’s April, then it is almost always the District Deputy Grand Master’s visitation and this April is no exception. In honor of his visitation we are planning a sumptuous Roast Leg of Lamb dinner prepared by our Junior Warden John Frampton. We have also scheduled a program by Worshipful Michael
Northrup to discuss the ancient charges of Freemasonry so it should be a great night…please join us!

Thank you
WM Ted

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Meeting Call – February 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on January 25, 2016

Lafayette Lodge #47 F&AM
Stated Meeting Call
For you and all Masonic guests that will be held on:
Wednesday February 3, 2016
For the transaction of such business as will come before the lodge.

Applications to be read: None
Applications to Ballot: None

Dinner: 6:30 pm
Open Lodge: 7:15 pm
Program: Ladies Target Shooting
Close Lodge: 9:00 pm
Collation to follow

Attest:
W. Ted Hague, Worshipful Master
W.  Mark Eddleston, Secretary

 

 

 

 

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Master’s Message – February 2016

Posted by Brian Cayer on January 25, 2016

Brethren,

As most of you know my wife, Paige, died on December 17, 2015 after a very short illness and on January 10, 2016 we had a Celebration of Life service led by Reverend Michael Scarlett at the lodge. By all accounts,
it was a very good day and we did celebrate who Paige was in fine fashion. Personally, I
will be forever grateful to all the brothers who pitched so that everything went well. We had well over 100 guests at the event and from the ease and fluidity in which chairs and table were put out to accommodate the overflow to the brothers who served the luncheon to the brothers who manned the wine table to the
brothers who set up the slide show etc, etc, etc. was so inspiring an effort and, as I said, something I will be forever grateful for….THANK YOU!
We traditionally regard our February meeting as something for the ladies so this month’s program is entitled “Ladies Clay Target Competitive Shooting” and will be presented by the 2007 Lady Clay Target Champion of America and the 2011 Ladies Doubles Champion, Evelyn Kazen who will be accompanied
by her husband Carl Kazen who has also won many national Clay Target competitions. We will also be having the drawing for our Big Raffle so it should be an exciting evening Hope to see you there!

WM Ted

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