DECEMBER 2017

My Brother,

As the New Year approaches, it reminds me that this year is quickly coming to a close. It seems as if it was just a short time ago that I assumed the Oriental Chair and presided over one of the greatest Lodges in our Fraternity. It was an ambitious year and I am proud of the goals we met together and look forward to playing a part in achieving our long-term goals.

As I reflect on the past year, one thing that stands out above all is what a tremendous amount of support and guidance I received from the Past Masters; thank you. I will be sure to pass it forward. In the end, I only hope that the Brethren feel I represented our Loge and the Fraternity as a whole, with the respect and integrity it deserved.

I would like to thank the Officers for their support and dedication to our Lodge. You were always there for the Brethren and gave so much of yourselves so that the Lodge may prosper. All of you are a great reflection of what a Mason should be.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Brother John Koratzanis as he rises to the East (if elected :). I wish you the best of luck and know that the Lodge will be in great hands under your care.

One last note — there are so many worthy Brethren I would like to thank but I'm limited. So, I would like to thank my Dad (Raymond Rowley) for all of his guidance, and RW Michael L. Tucker, DDGM Emeritus for being such a great mentor to me and many others.

Please remember all of those in need during this Holiday Season.

God Bless!

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


NOVEMBER 2017

"WHY IN THE EAST?"

My Brother,

In the Ancient Mysteries of Freemasonry, we discover that the East was regarded as the most sacred part of a Lodge hall. As the cardinal point of the rising sun, it was and is still considered symbolic of Light. There were two main segments that held the East in high regard in Ancient times – the “sun-worshipers,” and those of more “enlightened religious intelligence.” Therefore, we find that the East is the seat of the highest office in a Masonic Lodge.

Since the start of my Masonic career, I look to the sunrise much differently. It reminds me of my constant search for enlightenment, and how much this Brotherhood has impacted that search in a positive way. Unlike a cloudy day, where we are at the mercy of the weather, or night, where we are at the mercy of the earth’s rotation, we have the ability to search and discover all the light that you care to embrace.

Therefore, I encourage everyone to participate in a Lodge meeting or a Lodge function to see an old friend, to spread light and to receive light from each other.

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


DID YOU KNOW?

The letters found in the word GOD, are also the initials of three Hebrew words with Masonic significance:

G — Gomez— Beauty

O — Oz— Strength

D — Dabar— Wisdom


A Lodge Room in Two Countries

At one time, Golden Rule Lodge No. 5 of Standstead, Quebec, occupied a Lodge room bisected by the international boundary. It had entrances from the Canadian and Vermont sides, and the membership was just as international as the site.


OCTOBER 2017

"LIGHT"

My Brother,

"The Great Creator having been pleased to remover our brother from the cares and troubles of this transitory existence, thus severing another link from the fraternal chain that binds us together."

Our Fraternal Brotherhood has been at the forefront of my mind as of late... for no matter what direction the political winds may blow or what disaster may strike next, we find that the special bond of unity and Brotherhood we experience within our Fraternity can only be severed when a Mason is summoned to the Lodge on High

From Lodge to Lodge, from District to District, from state to state and from country to country, the strength and universality of our Brotherhood is always on display, not by simple words or gestures, but by our actions. For the good men of this Brotherhood continue to show leadership and compassion by giving of their time and efforts for anyone that is in need, especially a Brother Mason. What is more important, is that we as Masons do not look for recognition or praise in any fom, we just want to be able to extend our cable tow for as long as it may stretch - for the betterment of those in need.

Brother George Washington said, "Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair."

Such a short and direct quote... but so true. It is what makes me proud to be a Mason because that is what we do. Whether it is within our community, in Lodge, or another state, the good men of this Fraternity continue to set the example with good dees and random acts of kindness.

Finally Brethren, let us remember that our Masonic Brotherhood has the ability to unite all beliefs, religion and races by setting the standard for all mankind.

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


SEPTEMBER 2017

My Brother,

As our Lodge prepares to bring our next few Candidates from darkness “to see the light by which Master Masons work” – I am reminded by our ritual, that the Candidate will be presented with all of the light that Masonry has to offer.

But what is this “Light” in Masonry that we speak of?

Masonic Light, presumably, is presented as being knowledge, Truth or Wisdom. However, that knowledge and Wisdom in regards to Speculative Masonry has a more hidden meaning which opens the door to wide range of awareness – when sought after.

Light in Masonry has a far more important and mysterious meaning to our membership than we sometimes perceive. The symbolism of Light is one of the first lessons presented to a new candidate – and continues to be an important source of knowledge for all of us.

Our Masonic source of Light is and has always been God. The Bible is our rule and guide to follow for enlightenment. As it is written, Masons are the “sons of light” while all others seemingly walk in darkness.

Be proud, Brethren, that we meet at Lodge with the written word of God, the True Masonic Light, displayed for us all to derive knowledge and wisdom. Indeed, we do make good men better.

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


MAY 2017

My Brother,

Spring is upon us... the warm sunshine mixed with the sprinkle of rain is awakening all walks of life from the hibernation of winter. The flowers are blooming and the grass is green, which reminds me of the evergreen and its relationship to our Masonic ritual.

Remember: "This evergreen is an emblem of our faith in the immortality of the soul. By it we are reminded that we have an immortal part within us which will survive our earthly dissolution and which will never, never, never die..."

So, as you continue to plan the Trestle Borad of your life this Spring - I hope your faith in God and our Fraternity is renewed - for you are a part of the best Fraternity on the Earth. Stand tall and be proud, my Brother. We are Masons.

Hope to see you at the lodge!

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


APRIL 2017

My Brother,

In the Entered Apprentice Examination, we ask the candidate, “As an Entered Apprentice Mason, whence came you?” The answer, “From the Lodge of the Holy Saints John at Jerusalem.”

Who are the two Saints that we speak of?

The first is St. John the Baptist. By all accounts an ordinary man who was described as humble with, above all else, an unbelievable commitment in his obligations to God.

Second, is St John the Evangelist, who became the patron saint of Freemasonry. The Gospel of St. John is the most Masonic for the main theme is LIGHT.

We as Masons celebrate these two men at the feast of St. John which is historically noted below:

“In Christianity, the symbols of the celestial feasts of Janus became assimilated into the two feasts of the two St. Johns. These feasts are always held at the same time, at or near the winter and summer solstices. In the traditional Roman calendar, these feast dates of December twenty-seventh and June twenty-fourth, were celebrated as the dates of the respective solstices. In fact, the solstices occur a few days earlier, which respects the astronomical facts that the sun’s ascent and descent have begun by the feast dates. The summer solstice marks the start of the descending one-half of the calendar year, while the winter solstice marks the beginning of the ascending half, of the suns path on the plane of the ecliptic thru twelve constellations. Thus, there are two phases of the suns movement, an ascending one and a descending one. What motion that has once attained its maximum, can only diminish in strength to its minimum. Thus, it is said of St. John the Baptist, whose birth day feast day is the summer solstice, “He must increase, but I must decrease”, since he was 6 months older in the womb than the infant Jesus.”

History informs us that both men have dedicated their lives to being humble and giving, as having love for their fellow man, and love for their God.

Let us, as Masons, re-dedicate ourselves and follow the principals of Freemasonry that are spoken of so often within the halls of our Lodge. Let us remember the fine examples that the St. Johns’ have left for us to follow. Let us continue to make “Good Men Better.”

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


MARCH 2017

My Brother,

Where were you first prepared to be made a mason?

I believe we all know the answer to that question, and, the answer was honorably put on display recently by our Most Worshipful Grand Master, Walter R. Kaulfers.

The sitting Worshipful Master at Durand Lodge No. 179 of F&AM had recently lost his teenage son. This young man was full of life and had made it known that he wanted to become a Mason (he was active the the DeMolay). So MW Kaulfers opened his heart and with amazing gesture, arrived with his supporting Grand Staff at Durand Lodge and post-humously made the sitting Masters' son a Mason. It was incredibly moving, as all of us present could feel the power of our Masonic link within our hearts.

So let us follow the great example and commitment of the Most Worshipful.

Let us stretch forth our hand to support a fallen Brother, whether or not he be a Mason.

Let us visit the sick and remember them in our prayers.

Let us not forget the elderly that loneliness may be unknown to them.

Let us be charitable to those in need.

If we do all this, my Brother, we will be true Masons and therefore be deserving of the favors of Freemasonry has bestowed upon us.

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


FEBRUARY 2017

My Brother,

As Masons we learned in the Entered Apprentice Degree that the Symbolic Supports of a Lodge are Wisdom, Strength and Beauty. Without these supports a Lodge may stand but you can be sure that it will eventually fall.

The WISDOM of the Past Masters and members, not just the Worshipful Master, is essential in the government of a Lodge.

The STRENGTH of all the brethren is necessary if we want our Lodge to continue to flourish. The BEAUTY of a Lodge is the fruit of the labor of those who give of themselves.

Remember then, my Brethren, should we expect our Lodge to be adorned with beauty and to continue to flourish for future generations - we all must continue to give of ourselves. And thus, the fruit of your labors will continue to secure a place for future generations to experience the WISDOM, STRENGTH and BEAUTY of Masonry.

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


JANUARY 2017

My Brother,

Meeting an old friend is always enjoyable. It is one of the bonuses in life, for it enables you both to recapture and re-live earlier moments that might otherwise have remained buried in your past.

To be a brother is to be a friend. In being a friend one must be as tolerant to others as to himself, thus the self is made larger and stronger. A good friend is one who will lend as though giving and repay more than is lent.

Finally, cherish your friends… they make up a man’s wealth more surely that gold… for a man without a friend is like Lodge without a Mason.

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


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