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.
Welcome back from the summer months! I would like to thank those of you who took the extra time to participate
in a few of the events we have been involved with over the
summertime and in continuing to keep the Lodge functioning at a high level. When they say that the Lodge
“goes dark” in the summertime, it truly never means that there is not something has to be done! As we now look to head down the home stretch for 2017, we still have some important work that needs to be accomplished. We start off September with voting on a couple of new
dual memberships, which is always a valuable commodity to be added to the Lodge. We will also continue working together with Azure Masada Lodge with
the passing of our candidates with the Fellowcraft Degree this month. As stated in previous e-mail communications, we will also be discussing the possibility of raising the dues during the 1st meeting of the month, with the 2018 dues notices going
out immediately afterwards. We have done very well this year to strengthen the Lodge for not only this year, but also years into the future. Stay active Brothers and keep the energy flowing.