From The East – Old Timers’ Night


At our last communication, the officers for the upcoming year 2018-2019 of Blazing Star Lodge were installed.  It was a nice ceremony with a few friends in attendance. The new Erie DDGM was also in attendance. We had cake and fellowship afterward, all in all, a successful evening.


Our next communication is the last one for the current term. It is our old timers night. This year it will be held at the East Aurora Fireman’s Field just off Pine Street in the village. It is also awards night with many long-time Masons being honored.  The dress is casual there will be a small business meeting with a cookout to follow. Come on out and reacquaint yourself with your brothers and meet the new ones.

Fraternally and respectfully,

W:. Capron

11/14 Communication R:.W:. Bradley’s Washington Presentation


What makes Masonry the best time-honored and most respected fraternal organization today as in the past? Our ritual and fundamental beliefs as men and Masons.

The Grand Lecturers Convention was held last night at Western Star Lodge in Lackawanna. R:.W:. Kessler put on an excellent presentation pertaining to the opening and closing of a lodge on either the first or second degree. When Lodges start using the North Star program it takes longer for Brothers to pass thru degrees as they need to prove proficiency. The idea behind the different openings/closings is to have our Entered Apprentices and Fellow Craft present for opening and closing rituals to engage them early on in their Masonic journey. Engaging them early and keeping them involved is one way to help our membership retention. This is a look into the future of Masonry. If nothing ever changes it usually just fades away.

The M:.W:. Gilbert spoke and said “It’s ok to visit the past once in a while, but you can’t live there. If you don’t look to the future and adapt you won’t succeed”. Masonry needs to evolve and adapt with the changing times.

The opening on the first or second degree is completely at the Master’s discretion. There are minor ritual changes. So officers be forewarned it may be a good idea to look it over, not saying we are going to do it at the same time not saying we will not.

Our next communication will consist of finance committee reports, which will move right along into our program of the night the R:.W:. Keuther giving us a Washington presentation. He will be in period dress as he puts on his program. I am sure it will be very informative and educational. R:.W:. Keuther is a very energetic and engaging speaker. For anyone who has not heard him speak before I would highly recommend being there, and for those who have you already know it will be a good time.

I am looking forward to an educational enjoyable evening. I hope to see as many as possible there. Recommit and become more involved. Our long-term Masons have so much knowledge and teaching they can offer to the next generation of Masons. We are not just Masons while we are at a communication or a function, or for an hour or a day, we are Masons for life.

W:. G.S. Capron

From The East – October 24th Communication


If you missed our last communication then you also missed the opportunity to help raise and welcome two new Brothers into the craft. It was a good night. We had Brothers from Mount Vernon Lodge assist. We also handed out two more petitions for affiliation which has the possibility of bringing new Brothers from other Lodges into this fine institution of ours.

The dues committee did meet this past Tuesday 10/17 – more to come from that in the near future.

The next communication will have a ballot on f petitions. Three new and one affiliation. The guest speaker had a confusion on dates so he may or may not be there. If you have never heard or seen R:.W:. Kuther present it is a good experience. Even if he can’t make it, he will be rescheduled, the Lodge always had room for you, my Brothers. We all “solemnly and sincerely Promised and swore to our obligations”. Masonry isn’t just a thing, it is our way of life. Become recommitted and involve your self in your Lodge. Make new friends and reacquaint with old ones.

Respectfully and Fraternally,

W:. Capron