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.
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Theodore Roosevelt Lodge # 219 F. & A. M.
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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.
I would like to thank our Worshipful
Master for 2016, Gabriel Aguirre,
for all that he has done this year for the
Lodge. The hard work, dedication and
overall fortitude that it takes to be a
great Worshipful Master of the Lodge is
no easy task and I can tell you that as
WB Aguirre’s right-hand man this year
that he has worked tirelessly to
continuously make improvements to the
Lodge, which is something that I plan
on accomplishing as well in my year
(2017). I personally appreciate all of his
guidance towards helping me become a
better officer and future Worshipful
Master of this great Lodge and I hope
you will all take a moment to thank WB
Aguirre as well in your travels. On
Saturday, December 10th, 2016, we
are having our Annual Installation of
Officers. This is an Open Installation
and may be attended by the public as
well as family members and friends of
the Lodge. I look forward to seeing you
all there. Also, the “Wreaths Across
America” ceremony for our District will
be on Saturday, December 17th, 2016 @
9am in Rahway Cemetery. Please come
out and support this great cause.
Have a Safe & Happy New Year Brethren!
Ronald P. Pusillo Jr.,JW
(Incoming Worshipful Master, 2017)
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