In July 2020 the Brothers of Blazing Star Lodge #694 F. & A. M. held a food, supply, and fund drive to help FISH of East Aurora and The Rural Outreach Center. The generosity of the community blossomed into a truckload of food for FISH and supplies for The ROC. While the Brothers did contribute to each the bulk of the donations came from the people of East Aurora and surrounding areas.
We received letters of appreciation from both and we wanted to share the handwritten portion of the letters of gratitude from each.
We plan on making the food and supply drives more often however, both can use everyone’s help all year. Please consider donating to FISH of East Aurora or The Rural Outreach Center anytime you have the means. Through your donations, they are able to help support families (your neighbors) in need. Sometimes we have to accept help and other times we are able to help yet we are always together.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – The Brothers of Blazing Star Lodge #694 F&AM held a special meeting to nominate, elect, and install the officers for the 2020 – 2021 Masonic year. You will notice that all are wearing simple white aprons. Due to Covid-19, we are refraining from using “shared” aprons. However, this is in fact the true fashion of a Master Mason. One is not “higher” or “lower” in importance. Nobody is more important than the next. We have our stations and places in the Lodge and these offices are to ensure the Lodge works and progresses with purpose, honor, and love. Fellowship was abundant after the meeting. A genuine feeling of Brotherhood prevailed in the parking lot with none eager to leave.
W:. Glenn S. Capron is taking the Master’s chair one more year. He begged us not to elect him again so we did the Brotherly thing and elected him. You can read W:. Caprons bio and see his line of officers in the Master’s Corner of the website. W:. Capron has promised a full Trestle Board of Masonic education, as much Fellowship as possible with current Covid-19 guidelines, and a year devoted to the members of Blazing Star Lodge and Freemasonry.
We have some candidates waiting to take their first (and second) step into Freemasonry and we will initiate (and pass) them as soon as we receive guidelines from The Grand Lodge of New York. We cannot wait to welcome our new Brothers but we want to be as safe as possible. If you are interested in becoming a Freemason please do not hesitate to “knock on our door” to learn more.
There’s mony a badge that’s unco braw, Wi’ ribbon, lace and tape on, Let Kings and Princes wear them a’, Gie Me the Master’s apron! The honest Craftsmas’s apron, The jolly Freemason’s apron, Bide he at home, or road afar, Before his touch fa’s bolt an’ bar, The gates of fortune fly ajar, ‘Gin he wears the apron! For wealth an’ honor, pride an’ power Are crumbling stone to base on; Fraternity should rule the hour And ilka worthy Mason! Each Free Accepted Mason, Each Ancient Crafted Mason. Then brithers let a halesome song Arise your friendly ranks along, Gudewives and bairns blithely sing Ti’ the ancient badge wi’ the apron string That is warn by the Master Mason.
Saturday, July 11, 2020, the Brothers of Blazing Star Lodge in East Aurora, New York held a food, supply, and fund drive to support local charities. All of the food collected went to FISH of East Aurora, all of the household/personal supplies collected went to The Rural Outreach Center, and all funds collected were split evenly between both. By the generosity of our community and our Brothers, we are happy to provide a large donation of food to FISH of East Aurora. While the donations of supplies for the ROC were not as impressive we are still happy to provide some much-needed items.
Special thanks to the Brothers who helped make this a success, to those who donated food, supplies, and/or money, and a VERY special thanks to our neighbors who made this drive a success. The generosity of our community is impressive. You all should be very proud of your contributions and know that it goes directly to those in need. Also, through the generosity of Pepperidge Farm and Welch’s, Brother of the Bread was able to donate several cases of Welch’s jelly and Pepperidge Farm bread to the drive.
The drive was not only a successful food, supply, and fundraising day, it also proved successful in being a part of the East Aurora community. We are all good neighbors in this unique town we call home. It is especially satisfying to know how much the community comes together to help in any way possible. Blazing Star Lodge can trace its history to 1817 when a group of local men wanted to make a positive impact in their community and the world. The meetings were held in a rented room in an area that was known as the “Kilsey Block”. The building which now stands on Main Street was built in 1907 and is now designated a historic landmark. Our roots in East Aurora run deep and we are dedicated to this community.
It was also a success by bringing our Brothers together after a long break due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are a tight-knit group that is always eager to meet, talk, joke around, and help each other anytime. We are made up of men of all professions; farmers, lawyers, educators, mechanics, machinists, engineers, electricians, jewelers, and many more but we are always equal. Sometimes a Brother drifts away from the Lodge for a variety of reasons but because they join us during these functions they can feel comfortable coming back to Lodge as if they never left.
Brothers are always welcome at Blazing Star Lodge and we are always willing to talk to new men who want to make a positive impact on their lives, families, communities, and the world. When you are ready to change the world, come talk to us or knock on our virtual door and contact us for more information.