As part of the year-long Bicentennial celebration of East Aurora, New York, on March 1, 2019, a time capsule was assembled and sealed to be opened March 1, 2069 – 50 years from now. The Brothers of Blazing Star Lodge included the following letter and some other specifics for our Brothers 50 years from now. This year is our Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary of our current charter) and we are planning for a celebration on June 15 which is open to the public (Details are coming soon). When the time capsule is opened our Lodge will be celebrating 200 years of Freemasonry.
Brothers of Blazing Star Lodge #694 Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York.
Good afternoon Brothers,
Today is March 1, 2019, this year is the 200th anniversary of East Aurora, New York and this year also marks the 150th (sesquicentennial) Anniversary of Blazing Star Lodge #694. We are busy planning our 150th celebration scheduled for June 15, 2019. Bro. Wochensky already taking an active role by being the chairman of that committee. You should be planning your 200th by now too. My name is Todd M. Paterek I am 46 years old and if all goes well I am reading this to you in Lodge at 96 years old. I am currently filling some very big shoes as Chaplin as Bro. Janeczko recovers from some health issues. If I am not here, I already put down my heavy earthly working tools and joined our Brethren in that Celestial Lodge above. Hopefully one of my sons is reading this to you in my stead. Our Worshipful Master is Bro. Capron. W:. Capron is very passionate about Masonry and is working hard for our Lodge. He truly is an exceptional Mason and should be remembered. Bro. Rhodes is our Senior Warden, a man who has devoted his life to the betterment of everyone else’s life. Sitting in the Junior Warden chair this year (again) is W:. Andruczyk, a man who is helping the community, The Craft and this Lodge each day. Senior Deacon is Bro. Ginter. He is way too busy for his own good but continues to play an active role. Junior Deacon is Bro. Layman. He is a fine and honorable man who is growing in the Craft. Our Secretary is W:. Breth. He never stops and is probably still the Secretary or is the Secretary of the Celestial Lodge above. Our Treasurer is Bro. Thomason. He is our Knight Templar and wears the armor well. W:. Barber is currently the Marshal. He knows every line and every movement to every position and ritual, for everything there is in Freemasonry. We have Bro. Egressy sitting in the Senior Master of Ceremonies chair. He started Brothers of the Bread to help supply food pantries in the area. So far it has spread from just him to several Lodges helping from Niagara Falls to Syracuse and soon to be Statewide. W:.Markuse, DSA is a Trustee and heads up our Fellowcraft club. He is always organizing a delicious fundraising dinner. Bro. Evans, DSA is truly dedicated to this Lodge personally paying for and attending to many of the repairs in the Lodge. W:. Mann has finally taken a roll on the sidelines after MANY years of dedicated service. Bro. Snyder recently affiliated with Blazing Star and is a welcome addition especially with his ritual expertise. When W:. Breth was Master he started a quick history of the world for each year from our Chartered year of 1869. I will take the honor of doing the same for 2018-2019: Dues are $150 per year. The average cost of a home in NY is $382,000. The average cost of a new car is $34,000. The average cost for a dozen eggs is $2.96 and milk is ~$2.00 a gallon while gas is $2.48. The average salary is $44,564 and a haircut will cost $20. Donald Trump is the President of the US. I am using a Dell 5530 Precision Laptop with an i9 processor, 32GB or Ram, 2GB nVidia graphics card, and a 1TB solid state hard drive. This is the BEST laptop I could purchase at this time. You can get other desktops that have more graphical processing power but the i9 CPU is the best out right now. The iPhone XS and Samsung Galaxy S10 are the best mobile phones available. Currently, there are estimated to be about 1,035,000 Mason in the United States we hope that number grows and are working to attract new, worthy, and deserving men to join our Lodge. We currently have about 100 members with about 10-15 active members. This year we Raised two new Brothers (Bro. Wochensky and Bro. Neff) to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason and just this past Tuesday, Initiated Brother Cius in his Entered Apprentice Degree. We also have about eight men expressing some interest. I included a copy of our 2018-2019 Roster and By-laws, a letter from W:. Capron at the beginning of the 2018-2019 Masonic year. I also included a dues summons because I had it laying around, and a petition. We wish you well Brothers. It is our sincerest wish that the building is in good repair, updated a bit but still holding and practicing the time-honored traditions of Freemasonry. Always remember that you are Sublime – Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe. Go inspire Brothers!
Brothers, At our last communication on February 26, 2019, we put on a First Degree and welcomed Bro. Cius into masonry as an Entered Apprentice. We conducted some business and read quite a bit into Lodge. Also, I want every Brother to re-read the Obligation that they took at the altar of Freemasonry, understand it and work to better support it. As our Past Grand Master Jeffery Williamson said; “Masonry it’s a way of life”.
I received a call from Bro. Andy that he has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. His doctor has a very positive outlook for treatment and remission. Let us all keep him in our thoughts and prayers. He said due to chemo and radiation he won’t be able to be around Lodge or the public in general for four to six months. He has some arrangements for the Brothers of the Bread, but if you have some free time and can step in I am sure he would be glad to pass on information to help out. Please contact us if you can help.
Our next communication is on March 12, 2019. We do not have an official program for the evening however, I asked W: Barber to take us on a walk about the Lodge. This will be a good education for our newest Brother, Bro. Cius and a welcome refresher for all. Bro. Paterek has a letter to our future Brethren he will read that was sealed in the East Aurora Time Capsule to be opened in 2069 (our bicentennial and the town’s Semiquincentennial). I think this should be a good meeting for all. Afterward, fellowship downstairs as time allows.
Fraternally and respectfully,
ob·li·ga·tion Dictionary result for obligation noun an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment. synonyms: duty, commitment, responsibility, moral imperative; Function, task, job, chore, assignment, commission, business, burden, charge, onus, liability, accountability, requirement, debt, engagement; Merriam-Webster: Definition of obligation. 1: the action of obligating oneself to a course of action (as by a promise or vow)
It is the founding tenant of Masonry. Everyone in a Masonic Lodge took the same Obligation. They committed to themselves and their Brothers that they would live and practice a Masonic lifestyle. They knelt at the altar, in the center of the Lodge, recited the Obligation, they then kissed the Holy Bible as a testament of their sincerity of living this Obligation.
A man’s word is his bond. If his word is worthless, so is that man.
Our past Grand Master Jeffery Williamson said it best “Masonry it’s a way of life”.
The Grand Lecturer said being a Mason is not easy. It is easier to not be one. Everyone needs to reread and study the Obligation they took and be prepared to follow in its ways or not be Masons. Masonry is not a part-time job it is a full-time commitment. We all understand that life happens and family is still before Masonry and we all have other commitments. However, we all made a commitment to each other, to this Lodge and to this Fraternity.
Two meetings a month, 18 meetings a year do not make you a Mason. Most of us do not even make that commitment and 90% do not make anything. What kind of Mason is that? A card in your wallet does not make you a Mason. Look inside yourself, reflect and ask yourself these questions: Am I a Mason? Why did I become a Mason? Can I be a Mason? Do I really want to be a Mason?
Many men have joined Masonry and achieved membership in other organizations. Your Blue Lodge isn’t just a stepping stone in your Masonic career, it is the cornerstone, you’re supporting foundation to build on and you should support it.
Allow me to read another definition: sub·lime of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.
It is not the Degree itself that is sublime it is you, The Master Mason that is sublime. Each of you should inspire admiration and awe. Other men should want to be like you. Masonry is not an entitlement it is a privilege it should not be given easily or taken lightly.
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