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.
As we enter into our first month of the New Year, I would like to take a quick moment to thank you again for electing me as the Worshipful Master and wish all of you Brethren a wonderful and prosperous year.
As most of you know, I tend to be a very organized and
detailed-oriented individual...and that will not change as your Worshipful Master. We have already been able to
schedule five fundraisers in advance as well as provide most of our scheduling for our degree nights.
As I have stated previously, fundraising and community
awareness are big areas that I feel we should focus
on and improve upon this year. We have long been an excellent Lodge when it comes to camaraderie amongst
all Masons and our ritual has always been very
proficient; however, being that we are a small, quaint Lodge that does not have alarge accumulation of wealth, it is important that we remember to focus our time and energy on supporting programs that will allow us to continue our operations well into the future. I am
requesting that all of the Brethren please come out this year and supportthe Lodge and together we will continue to remain prosperous long into the future.