Updates and news from around the District

It’s been a rough month with all that has been happening and trying to keep up. But this in the grand scheme of things is a good problem to have.

The 2018 Grand Lecturer’s Convention

This past Saturday, March 24th, 2018 near 100 Brothers from around the District gathered at Riverhead Lodge #645 for the annual Suffolk District Grand Lecturer’s Convention. R:.W:. Richard Kessler, Grand Lecturer of the State of NY presiding. For those brothers that could not make the convention, it was lively and many new items about ritual discussed and demonstrated. The brothers in attendance spoke up and asked many good questions about these changes to our ritual. The fact is they are not really changes, but expansion more or less. I am sure in the coming months you will hear a lot more about this from the AGLs and the Grand Lecturer. As many think its important and constructive to not only discuss these “expansion” but to discuss the whys and wherefores, so to speak.

As we head into Grand Lodge Communication in just over a month, followed by investiture and installation season, now is a good time to stretch your brothers Masonic Ritual legs and see if these changes will suit your brothers and your Lodge and help with involvement and retention of new Brothers to the Craft.

In addition the R:.W:. Kessler also presented the Potts Award and Meacham Awards to those Lodges meeting the requirements.

Of course no GL Convention would be complete without being followed by a wonderful meal and that is what was delivered by the Brothers of Riverhead Lodge #645.

The Suffolk District Traveling Gavel

Being a traveling man myself and having been out of the country the week before last, it seems I missed some Gavel travel or at least was to sleepy to update the location. Having said that its my pleasure to announce that Star of the East Lodge #843 is currently in possession of the Suffolk District Traveling Gavel. The leaderboard and gavel locator have also been updated on this site.

So here is what I missed and will offer the correction:

Babylon Lodge #793 to Connetquot Lodge #838 to Riverhead Lodge #645 to Star of the East #843.

Star of the East Lodge #843 meets 7:30 P.M. on 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month in Amagansett, for any Lodge interested in acquiring the Gavel before the District Dinner in Riverhead.

Social Media and Masonic Posts

Brothers I am delighted to write up all these items and put out some kind of monthly or regular posts for the District with the approval and guidance of the DDGM. However I never wished to be a one man band. I follow a lot of the brothers and Lodge’s Social Media postings and I would earnestly solicit the Brothers of the District to submit posts for the Suffolkmasons.com site. So if you would like to submit a post I only ask that you sign up (register) as a user so that I may properly attribute the post to the author. You can register on the login page of go here -> Register.

Once you register you can either send your post to the webmaster or even better click the submit posts, under the My Account menu. Adding a picture or two is always recommended as well.

Finally Upcoming Events

There are a number of upcoming events in the District and Jurisdiction. Please check the District Calendar often to keep abreast of the the Lodge and District Events. It behooves all of us to support the Lodge fundraiser we can with our time, talent and treasure.

If your Lodge is having an event and it’s not on the calendar, please let us know ASAP or register and become the Lodge liaison and you can add your Lodge’s items to the District calendar yourself. If just sending info please include, date, start and end time, place with address, cost per person (if applicable) and a flyer in word, PDF or jpg format to post. If you would like it included in the Monthly newsletter please send it prior to or by the 25th of the Month before.

St. John’s Day weekend in Utica is just around the corner and will be here before you know it. Lots of events to be posted during the summer months so please check back often.