Erie County Fair Masonic ID Program (CHIP)

Brethren :

Please see the note below from Ken regarding helping out at the Erie County Fair supporting the Masonic ID program.

I am asking for your support on Tuesday, August 12th for Blazing Star Lodge. There are two shifts, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and 2:30 pm until closing. If you can only make a partial shift, that’s okay too.  All help is appreciated Spouses and girlfriends are also welcome to participate. Please let me know as soon as possible if you can support your lodge for this important Masonic program. You will be provided free entry into the fair. If you have any questions, just give me a call.CHIP

Thank you
Wor John


Good morning,
We are now 19 days away from the opening of this year Erie County Fair. To date I have received word from some of our Lodges. Some have locked in dates that they will cover during the Fair: Living Stone will help cover the 10th and the 17th, Charles W. Cusman Lodge will assist with the 10th, Washington Lodge has picked the 9th, and West Seneca Lodge has the 13th. Let me know if your Lodge has a date in mind (weekdays are greatly appreciated).
Thank you for your response to date.
There are still a lot of days and time slots waiting to be filled. Please continue canvas your Lodge and get as many volunteers as possible so that we can maintain the success rate that we have experienced in the past.
You do not have to be computer savvy to work at the site. We need individuals to work the laminating machine, check people in, crowd control, greeters, and many other functions.
Remember we are trying to fill two basic time slots each day, one from about 10:00am through 3:00pm and the other from 2:30pm till close. The volunteers are welcome for any day and multiple days are encouraged. They don’t have to be with just their own Lodge. We like to increase the camaraderie among all Brothers whenever possible.
Spouses, significant others, and friends are welcome. We will work with you to cover admission and parking where possible. Get me lists of your volunteers their date(s), contact information as soon as you are able.


Thank you from Wor John Markuse

Wor John Markuse
Wor John Markuse


I would like to thank those who were able to attend Old Timers Night and for making my first meeting as Worshipful Master a very enjoyable one.  We had all officer’s and Trustee’s in attendance except for just three.  We also had nine Past Masters from Blazing Star in attendance; Wor’s Vernon Frost (1976), Denis Funseth (1977), Dick Mann (1979), George Sleeper (1980), Russ Knox (1984), Bob Kimpton (1995), Dave Cammarano (2007-2009), Russ Barber (2010), and Dave Breth (2011-2013).  Big thanks also to Bro John Evans for once again turning his barn into a lodge room for the evening.  I believe the overall attendance was close to 60.  There were plenty of laughs and fellowship throughout the evening.

 While the lodge is dark during the summer months, we still have many things going on. The Fellowcraft Club still meets the 3rd Saturday of each month.  There are a couple of fundraisers that the Fellowcraft Club participates in. The Reunion Day weekend in late July, and the Car Show in late August.  Emails with more details will be coming as the dates get closer.  The East Aurora Little League baseball season is going on.  Blazing Star has sponsored a team in this league for the last several years.  If anyone is interested in attending any of the games, let me know and I will try to get a schedule posted.  I hope that I will see many of you over the summer.

In closing, I would like to wish you and your families a very safe and fun summer.

Take care
Wor John Markuse