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 our new masonic year together, I would first like to say thank you and congratulations to all of the officers and brethren on our 98th installation. With the New Year upon us, and with our new roles for 2018 let us remember the words “…yet no eminence of station should make us forget that we are brethren.” Those words should ring strongly in our ears, for regardless of age or station, we are first and foremost brethren, and the greatness of our fraternity does not lie within any one brother, but lies in us together as Masons. I thank you all for the honor of electing me as the Worshipful Master for 2018. With each new year and new position we have the chance to become part of our rich history as freemasons. We have an eventful journey ahead of us, and I know that together as a lodge with the support of each and every brother, we can accomplish our greatest goals.
In the coming year, we have laid out many goals and events. We will continue our fundraising efforts with a variety of events for both Masons and friends and family alike. We will spread more masonic light with speakers and lectures for the brethren. I look forward to working with the officers and welcome all ideas and efforts from the brethren. For our goals to come to fruition I ask for only but one thing in return, for the brethren’s support of one another. By so doing we will have a very active and fruitful year. I thank you again for the opportunity to serve as the Worshipful Master and I leave you with these words from Theodore Roosevelt as the foundation for 2018:
“Great thoughts speak only to the mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”
Daniel P. Schittone
Theodore Roosevelt Lodge #219:
"The Story of Us"
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As the New Year begins, I cannot help but be reminded of the Cornerstone. With the officers being installed to their proper stations and places, new roles and responsibilities will claim our efforts for 2018.
For the month of January we are laying our new foundation for the months to come. As Freemasons we are taught that when building a Masonic Edifice, the first stone is laid in the northeast corner. Just a few years ago we discovered video footage of the cornerstone laying ceremony for our own lodge! This ceremony has been practiced for generations of freemasons and it holds a particular symbolism, which is befitting of beginning our new year together.