Our Lodge is named after President Roosevelt who was born on October 27, 1858 & died January 6, 1919. He was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century.
He was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in 1901, EA, FC, MM, in Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay, NY in 1901. Somewhat active, and very supportive of Freemasonry.
Theodore Roosevelt, said in 1902, “One of the things that attracted me so greatly to Masonry . . . was that it really did live up to what we, as a government, are pledged to — of treating each man on his merits as a Man”.
From Roosevelt’s obituary in the New York Times, January 1919: Colonel Roosevelt was a member of the local lodge of Masons, and never failed to keep up his interest in it. He had made a habit for many years of visiting Masonic lodges wherever he went, as a member of the Oyster Bay lodge, and, returning, to tell his brother Masons here of his visits.
Ninety Years ago a small body of Master Masons coming from various lodges, many from Americus Lodge in Woodbridge and Raritan Lodge in Perth Amboy, became weary of traveling to and from Lodge by slow and inconvenient methods of travel, and decided to do something about it. Having the evergreen sprig of faith in their hearts, they thought it only proper and fitting that a Lodge of Masons should be organized in Carteret New Jersey. It was the consensus of opinion that a properly formed body of Master Masons, working under a charter from the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the State of New Jersey, could accomplish much for Free Masonry in the Borough and that a closer contact and fellowship could prevail. Once the news had spread it was not long before thirty-three Sojourning Masons of the Borough got busy making plans for the formation of a new lodge.
with the 300-year anniversary of The First Meeting of The Grand Lodge of England(1717-2017), I wanted to take this opportunity to speak to you about a term that has become synonymous with our Craft, the most honorable and ancient of all fraternal organizations; Tradition. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “Tradition” as: “an inherited, established or customary pattern of thought, action or behavior (such as a religious practice or a social custom).”Those of us that have been involved in The Craft for even a short number of years can easily attest to the fact that Freemasonry is deep-rooted in many, long-standing traditions. Some of these traditions are meant to serve us from time immemorial up through the end of time and some are always in need a of a little tweaking here andthere. With the ever-changing nature of society, it is important for our Great Brotherhood to understand if and when we should consider adjusting our traditions for the survival of The Craft as a whole and which traditions are better off being left alone.
The month of May promises to be a very exciting time for the future growth of our Lodge. On the 8th, we will endeavor to raise our four (4) fine candidates that
we have spent a great deal of time mentoring from their humble beginnings at the start of this Masonic
year. It is a credit to all of the Lodge that we have been able to take them this far on their journey in such a short
amount of time and the future looks bright with them all possibly being added to our roster as Master Masons
by month’s end. We are also looking at having our largest fundraiser to date this year on the 13th, the Toga Party, which will include all of the fixings; namely DJ, buffet and games & prizes. Again, I am calling on all of our Lodge members to help make this event a very
successful one in which we can propel not only our finances, but also our community involvement. Please try to participate and help out your Lodge.
Finally Brothers, please come by the Lodge on Sunday the 28th for our Memorial Day festivities. We will once
again march in the town’s parade and have our barbecue afterwards. Keep the good times rolling Brothers!