November 21st 2019

Fraternal Greetings reader,

Suffolk District Newsletter. Vol.3 Issue 9

At current there are 623 subscribers to the newsletter.

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 Just a reminder...Here you will find info about upcoming events, articles of interest and other items every Mason in the district should know. The newsletter will be published monthly to subscribers. The newsletter will be distributed on the first of every month.

Deadline for submission of events or articles will be the 25th of the month before release.

Also as a reminder members of Suffolk Lodges are encouraged to register, login and post their own Lodge's events, happenings and articles of interest to spread the word about what the Lodges in the District are doing. 

Missing some back issue of the Suffolk Masonic District Newsletter? The District Newsletter Archive is now active and you and peruse back issue at your leisure. Click Here to go to the Archive.

Note from the Editor:

Greetings Brothers of the Suffolk Masonic District. Although it is Mid September and many of you have come to expect this newsletter to arrive in your inbox on the 1st of the month, my apologies. I have been traveling on business to the far flung corners of the planet of late and was not able to complete the tasks to get the newsletter out on time. For those who read this and have also signed up to be on the District BAND, you have been able to get the word out about any events and notices on your own, which is what it's all about anyway. 

So please note that I am sending this out late but nonetheless full of info for upcoming events and announcements.

Please continue adding your Lodge events to the BAND (see below on how to join the BAND) and lets get traveling, interacting and supporting each other and our Lodges!

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Dates and times of events as of Sept-Oct 2019

For more information on the below events click on the "More information" link below the event, if more information is available or Click the link above to go the Suffolk District Web Calendar.

 

Don't see your Lodge's event here? Join the BAND and load the app and add your Lodge events there and they will be sync'd with the district web calendar. These will be included as events/fundraisers included in the next newsletter. Got questions? Contact the Webmasters to find out how. See below for BAND details.

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DDGM Visits and more...

For a complete list of Official Visits of the DDGM and Staff Officer for the 2019-2020 season, check the calendar or click here for the DDGM's Official Visits Page.

See below to add yourself to the Suffolk District BAND mobile app. You'll be glad you did.

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Star of the East special event to support John Loper.

 Please see the flyer for more info

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2019 RFMS Golf Outing

2019 RFMS Golf Outing

2019 RFMS Golf Outing IN MEMORY OF: Arthur C. Rumph Robert H.B. Rumph Raymond V. Rumph Bruce C. Rumph This year Potunk Lodge #1071 Free and Accepted Masons of Westhampton, NY is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Rumph Family Memorial Golf Outing (RFM). The RFM outing is a primary source of funding for the charitable works of the Lodge …

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GM Family Day at West Point 2019

GM Family Day at West Point 2019

GM Family Day at West Point 2019 ARMY vs. MORGAN STATE BEARSTickets: $40.00 (per person) Parking: $20.00 (per car) Do not WAIT! Get your order in EARLY!! (TICKETS GO FAST) “We will be Tailgating”(NEW AREA) PARKING AREA “K-LOT” Gate Change! Washington Gate, See new Map. Arrive early for good parking spot. Maps will be provided with tickets. (Bring your own …

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An Evening with Psychic Medium Jeffrey Wands

An Evening with Psychic Medium Jeffrey Wands

Always an interesting evening with Mr. Wands (He's a Mason!), a renowned Psychic Medium. Light refreshments will be served. 50/50 Raffle by Connetquot Lodge Chinese Raffles by OES Purchase tickets online at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4306349 or at: www.Connetquot838.org (Terry Maccarrone added)

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Registration for Road to the East

Registration for Road to the East

Course on Lodge structure and management Brothers...our year is about to get active! Please help me spread the word and increase involvement. This course is open to ALL Master Mason's!! Dates are Riverhead: 10/19,26,11/2,9 Connetquot  10/9,17,23,29. Please call me with any questions. You can see the RSVP status of this event in BAND. Not a member of the Suffolk District …

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Oktoberfest at Jephtha Lodge

All you can drink soft drinks/wine/tap beer $50 per person includes dinner from Jephtha's own wonderful kitchen staff!

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Alcyone Lodge No.695 Whiskey & Cigar Night

You can see the RSVP status of this event in BAND. (Walter added)

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Smithtown Lodge Hosts 1st Cornhole Challenge

Smithtown Lodge Hosts 1st Cornhole Challenge

Smithtown Lodge #1127 issues a challenge to the Lodges of the District and threw down the gauntlet or beanbag as it were. Many Lodges answer the challenge and only one emerged as the victor in this epic cornhole battle! Congrats to Riverhead Lodge! http://suffolkmasons.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/BandVideo.mp4

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The Return of the Suffolk District Traveling Gavel

Old Town strikes first with Gavel Grab

Last night brothers from Old Town Lodge and Riverhead Lodge traveled to Connetquot Lodge to steal the “gavel”. Unfortunately the gavel is being refinished but it will be heading out to Old Town. A great time was had by all.   Post and photo credit: Bro. Pete Stokke Jr.   For more info and current location of the Suffolk District …

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from the AGLs

GLofNY launching new Speakers Bureau website

GLofNY launching new Speakers Bureau website

Currently the Grand lodge of New York in developing a Speakers Bureau designed to make it easy to provide quality Masonic Education at lodge meetings throughout the State of New York. This tool allows Lodges to search for Masonic speakers by name, topic, or geographic area. You have been identified as an accomplished speaker that has enriched the masonic experience …

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Suffolk AGL School of Instruction - West

Suffolk AGL School of Instruction - West

The Suffolk AGL School of instruction will be held at Babylon Lodge no. 793 at 7 PM sharp. Agenda: open and close of the 1st degree of Masonry. You can see the RSVP status of this event in BAND.

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Suffolk AGL School of Instruction- East

Suffolk AGL School of Instruction- East

The East School of Instruction will be held at Potunk Lodge No. 1071 in Westhampton at 7PM sharp. Agenda:Open and Close of the 1st degree of Masonry You can see the RSVP status of this event in BAND.

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More Info...

Join the BAND of Brothers

All Lodges in the District depend of each other for fundraisers and their own activities. To better promote and share these events a BAND site has been created.  If you are a member of a Lodge in the Suffolk Masonic District, you can join BAND on your mobile and have up to date info on events and happenings. Its easy and will be the only way to add events to the District Calendar going forward. The BAND events calendar and the suiffolkmasons.com calendar are sync'd once a day. Plus you can add posts, set "to do" lists, set attendance and RSVP s for your events, plus more.

So what events can be published? Simple!

• Fundraisers at your Lodge 

• Lodge events that are open to the District and/or public. (i.e. public installations, apron presentations, etc.)

• Conferral of Degree dates. (its important that degree dates are published as brothers should be afforded the opportunity to come and support the Lodge and the new brothers)

• Special Communications (if of interest to the District)

• Official Visits of the DDGM and Staff Officer (these will normally be posted by the admins as soon as they are known).

So what should not be published on the BAND or District Calendar? Easy!

• Stated Lodge Communications (these times and dates are posted on each Lodge's page on suffolkmasons.com)

• Degree rehearsals (these should be conveyed to the AGLs however)

If your Lodge wishes to start a BAND for the Lodge, it's even easier as  you can one click post on other BANDS the kinds of events and posts you would like to get out to the District. 

So how to you get started? Simple aim your phone (with a QR reader) at the code below and you will be taken to the Google Play for Android or the iPhone App Store for Apple and download the BAND App. After verification of your email or phone #, you will be added to the Suffolk Masonic District BAND. No QR reader on your phone? No problem, you can use the link HERE as well. 

Although you can access BAND via a PC or Desktop it is really designed best for mobile. 

If you'd like to join BAND but now sure how from above you can contact me (Bill Arnold) via text and I can send the invite directly to your mobile smartphone. My cell is 631-786-2313. 

Use the QR code below to add yourself to the Suffolk District BAND app. You will need to verify your email or phone# and once done you can logon with either or your Facebook or Google+ account. 

*NOTE when joining please use your real name (it's a closed/Secret BAND) so no one can see it but members and please add your Lodge name and number to your account profile. 

 

Continue to Be Social...

We will continue to maintain the FB presence for general use and event promotion. So please join the Suffolk District FB group below if your a FB user.