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.
We have now completed the 1st quarter of our Masonic year and perhaps our busiest and most productive month to date.
One of March’s events included the 10th
District Masonic Grand Reception where our newest Right Worshipful Brother, Chester Bohanek,
Jr. was honored.
We have also continued to mentor our four (4) new candidates from this year and pass them onto the Fellowcraft Degree. While performing these dutiful endeavors, we have also set in motion the work to be accomplished for our next two (2) fundraisers and a community outreach event with our Scholastic Night, scheduled for June 12th. We have handled our business this year with great efficiency and our level of production is starting to grow. I appreciate all of your hard work and it is nice to see the fruits of our labor starting to show.
Keep up the fine work my Brothers and I look forward to spending some good times with you at this year’s Grand Lodge Annual Communication @ Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel from April 18th to 20th. Don’t forget to reserve your rooms ASAP!