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 November upon us, the final stages of the transition are in full effect and we can look upon our yearly accomplishments with great pride. With our recently held Joint Master Mason Degree, consisting of one (1) candidate from three (3) different lodges within the 10th Masonic District, we not only raised our own 5th candidate of the year from start to finish, but we also played a significant role in helping our fellow Brothers out. Likewise, our fundraisers have continued to move us into a more stable financial situation as well as provide an enjoyable outlet for both the general public and Freemasons alike. However my Brothers, we must get more participation from our membership if we are going to sustain this success well into the future. Now more than ever we need to come together as a Lodge and do everything we can to ensure we are running efficiently and not relying on only a small segment of our roster to complete 100% of the tasks required to continue as not only a viable, but successful Lodge. I know that we have very high-character individuals that can make this happen, so I am calling on all of you to reach out to your fellow Brothers and help us continue to rise.
Brethren, as spoken about in my Master’s Message in the previous section, we have been very productive as a Lodge this year and there is a lot to be proud of. There are many components that must be satisfied when having a productive, efficient and healthy Lodge & a majority of those components are satisfied with great membership participation. Unfortunately, as is the case with many Lodges that I have been in contact with, the percentage of membership participation is not very high. The unfortunate result of such low membership participation hurts the Lodge in many significant ways including: low morale, burnout of productive members, insufficient funding and a negative influence on both new members as well as potential petitioners. As your Worshipful Master this year, I have personally seen the pitfalls of having low participation and how certain projects that would benefit the Lodge significantly have had to be either delayed or cancelled because of these occurrences.