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INSTALLATION OF THE OFFICERS FOR 2018 AT PHILADELPHIA LODGE 916.

PHILADELPHIA LODGE’S ANNUAL BBQ

GRAND LODGE BREAKFAST

237th Annual 2018 Communication
Breakfast and Dinner Reservations
Deadline is the 15th of April 2018

Forms may be obtained from the Grand Lodge website: click on
Grand Lodge 2018 communication

Mail checks to:
GRAND LODGE OF FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
71 West 23rd Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10010-4149

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Seating is LIMITED All reservations for Breakfast and Dinner Must be paid in advance.

Grand Lodge Session is limited to Grand Lodge Officers, and Permanent Members, Grand Lodge Committee Members, and Lodge Masters, or their Lawfully Elected Proxies and INVITED Masons from other jurisdiction.

FROM A POST BY ‎William Lewis Leet‎ to Niagara Orleans District F&AM

William Lewis Leet to Niagara Orleans District F&AM

THE OLD FREEMASON
By: Blake Bowden
“I met a dear old man today
Who wore a Masonic pin
It was old and faded like the man,
It’s edges worn and thin.

I approached the park bench where he sat,
To give the old brother his due
I said “I see you’ve traveled East”,
He said, “I have, have you?”

I said, I have and in my day
Before the all seeing sun
I played in the rubble
With Jubala, Jubelo, and Jubalum.

He said don’t laugh at the work my son
It’s good and sweet and true…..
And if you’ve traveled as you said
You should give these things their due.

The word, the sign, the token,
The sweet Masonic prayer.
The vow that you have taken
You have climbed the inner stair.

The wages of a Mason are never paid in gold
But the gain comes from contentment
When you’re weak and growing old.

You see, I’ve carried my obligations
For almost 50 years
It has helped me through the hardships
And the failures full of tears…

Now I’m losing my mind and body
Death is near, but I don’t despair
I’ve lived my life upon the level
And I’m dying on the square.

Sometimes the greatest lessons
Are those that are learned anew
And the old man in the park today
Has changed my point of view.

To all my Masonic brothers
The only secret is to care
May you live upon the level
And part upon the square.”

GRAND MASTER’S SPRING MESSAGE

“REGGIE” SCHWEITZER–PORTRAIT OF A LIFE WELL-LIVED

Obituary of Reginald Schweitzer Sr.
Reginald J. Schweitzer Sr., passed away on Wednesday April 4th. What can we say about such a wonderful Husband, Papa and Friend to all?

Reg was born on July 14, 1949 in Watertown, NY to Harry and Wilma (Gardner) Schweitzer. He graduated from General Brown High School in 1967 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force. After his return, he married Diane Spencer on April 5, 1969 at Dexter United Methodist Church.

Reg was an innovative, creative and hardworking entrepreneur who wore many hats. Mostly he was a crop farmer and truck driver, but also operated several businesses through the years. From hay brokerage business, shipping hay to the likes of Meadowland’s Horse track and Ringling Brothers Circus, to local storage trailer business- his dedication resulted in great success. He and Diane ran Case Road Farm and Garden for many years, and Reg based his passions around farming and being outdoors. He was a bus driver for Lyme Central School for 19 years where he looked forward to his daily interaction with the children and families on his route.

Reg befriended everyone he met and took great interest in people from all walks of life and everything in it; his family, his friends, his farm, and his community. Very humble and giving, he touched the hearts of so many. He was a mentor to a generation of kids, helping shape them to become better people. He led by example showing that dedication and hard work do pay off, all the while; pulling pranks and joke with people.

Reg had old fashioned values and could be best described as a true “throwback”. He was an avid antique tractor collector who restored many and took great pride in showing them off. He could often be found in his garage puttering and working on many projects. When he wasn’t driving his beloved Mack truck, he preferred bicycles, or horse & buggy over anything modern.

Reg worshipped his children and grandchildren and was happiest when they were huddled around him. He was dedicated to the Chaumont Masonic Lodge #172 and was a life member of the Stone Mills Agricultural Society.

Reg is survived by his wife Diane; his three children Daidre (Bryan) Fanis of Charlotte, NC, Terra (Chris) Parillo of Fort Mill, SC and Reginald (Hartley) Schweitzer Jr. of Chaumont, NY; his six grandchildren Kyle, Nicholas, Brady, Riley, Audrey, and Jane. Also surviving are his siblings’ Ron (Judy), Wayne, Sharon (Dalon) and Steve. He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Wilma Schweitzer and brother Craig.

A Memorial Gathering and calling hours will be Saturday April 14th from 1:00- 4:00 pm with a Masonic Ceremony at 1:00 pm at the Chaumont Masonic Hall Rte 12E in Chaumont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lyme Central School to benefit the Greenhouse Project PO Box 219, Chaumont, NY 13622 or Dexter United Methodist Church 210 W. Kirby St. Dexter, NY 13634. Online condolences may be made atdexterfuneralhome.com. Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter is in charge of arrangements.

Masonry loses a great Mason– VW Reginald Schweitzer

“Reggie” died in a tragic accident while working on his dump trump. He was a member of Chaumont Lodge and served as AGL for Jefferson District. He was a frequent visitor to other lodges around the north country and was always available to help out on degree work whenever asked. His smile would light up a room. He was an incredible man and he will be missed by all.

THIRD DEGREE FOR BROTHERS FROM ALEXANDRIA AND QUEEN OF SHEBA

New Master Masons, Jeff Hilleck, Charles Roberts of Alexandria #297 and Tim Greene of Queen of Sheba were Raised  in Alex Bay. The degree was preceded by a Scout Night where 2 new Eagle Scouts were presented with NY Grand Lodge Scouting Awards. Congratulations to all! 

BETHANY ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST

PHILADELPHIA LODGE 916 RAISES 4 MASTER MASONS

Congratulations to Damyain VC George, Dave Pechey, Jason Menard, Matthew Wallace Currier & Matthew Crunk on becoming Master Mason’s on 2/3/2018 at Philadelphia Lodge #916. Thanks to all brothers for your assistance. Many thanks to all the families and guest who joined us for dinner after the degree work.

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