My Brother,

How do you face challenges?

This has been an exciting and busy year for Sunrise Lodge. We have conferred the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason Degrees, enjoyed fellowship every Monday evening, Beefsteak Dinners, Hawaiian Night, Receptions, and just this last weekend, our first Joint Oktoberfest with Harmony Lodge No. 18.

None of these events, degrees or otherwise, had not been without their challenges. Although we are one as a Fraternity, we must recognize the limits of the individual that helps to “spread the cement which unites the building into one common mass.” There are many individuals who help us build our own temples, whether it be our personal, professional or Masonic edifices. The more intricacies involved, the more chance for challenges to arise.

I, for one, have always met challenges with determination and excitement. Unfortunately, it is with an intense amount of stress as well. I’m not sure why. Could be my nature, could be nurture. Either way, when facing a challenge, whether new or old, I allowed the stress to darken the Light which I sought. Until recently.

I had forgotten, as I had stated in a previous Message from the East, that we are never alone in Freemasonry. My Brothers were all too eager to step in and help create the success we all desired. Because of this, I recalled the passage of Scripture cited in the Entered Apprentice Degree—

“In STRENGTH shall this, Mine house, be ESTABLISHED.”

I pushed aside the stress and knew that all will unfold the way it was supposed to. Success will be achieved. Perfection might not be what we imagine, but what we see in the end. And as we hear in the Master Mason Degree—

“What I purpose, that I accomplish.”

What is stress in the face of FAITH and HOPE? Realize that challenges are not to be stressed. Challenges are nothing more than small obstacles that we must overcome. And through FAITH and HOPE, there is no challenge so great that you cannot conquer. As the old saying goes, “if success were easy, everyone would do it.”

Fraternally Yours,

WM John G. Koratzanis, Jr.


Monday evenings, summer included - unless in case of holiday, continue as practice nights for officers and candidates. All Brethren are welcome.

November - Nominations for Elected 2019 Officers are Open


Worshipful Master - Kevin Rutzler

Senior Warden - Earl Campos

Junior Warden - Robert Rohan

Treasurer - Denis Johnson, Sr. PJGD

Secretary - Theodore Karagias, PM

Proxy to Grand Lodge - DWB Dieter Franiok

Sunrise Trustee 3 Years - WB John Koratzanis, Jr.

November 21st - Business meeting Nominations for 2019 Officers to be closed Dinner - 6:30pm/Business 7:30 pm

December 5th - ELECTIONS and QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE INCOMING WORSHIPFUL MASTER - Past Masters Welcome - Dinner - 6:30pm/Business 7:30 pm

December 7th - Installation of the 2019 Worshipful Master and Officers Cocktail Hour - 5:00 pm/Installation 7:30 pm


Masonic Funeral for RW Robert Fuhrmann, PGC Friday, November 16, 2018 - D'elia Funeral Home - Route 70 & Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701 - 8 pm

Installation of Officers Harmony Lodge No. 18 - 110 Rte 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755 - December 8 - 1 pm

Installation of Officers Sextant Lodge No. 286 - New Address TBA - December 8 - 4 pm

Installation of Officers Mariners Lodge No. 150 - 692 East Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005 - December 9 - 1 pm

Installation of Officers Tuckerton Lodge No. 4 - 112 Church Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087 - - December 11 - 6 pm


Please check your dues card as we still have many Brothers who have not paid for this year. 2018 Dues are due now! 2019 Dues by December 31st


Contact the Secretary for details

Degrees, Examinations & Petitions

Awaiting Entered Apprentice Degree

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree

Allen E. Barlett

Brandon Scott Kopenhafer

Steven P. Pribula

John Zack, Jr.

Awaiting Master Mason Degree

William Jon Biedeback

Jeffery C. McElwee

Awaiting Entered Apprentice Exam

Allen E. Barlett

Awaiting Fellow Craft Exam

Jesse Urban

Awaiting Master Mason Exam

Edwin C. Brooks

Morris Ligoski

Steven Vitable

Kenneth Gross


David Alan Coe, Jr.


Ballot for Membership

Sunrise Officers 2018

John G. Koratzanis, Jr. | Worshipful Master

Bro. Kevin Rutzler | Senior Warden

Bro. Earl W. Campos | Junior Warden

R.W. Denis W. Johnson, Sr. JGD | Treasurer

W.B. Theodore Karagias PM | Secretary

Bro. Jack Steinhauer | Chaplain

R.W. Neal E. Bottomley | Senior Deacon

Bro. Robert Rohan | Junior Deacon

Bro. Paul Dobrolovich | Senior Master of Ceremonies

Bro. Anthony Bartolini | Junior Master of Ceremonies

Bro. John Lippincott, Jr. | Senior Steward

Bro. John Lippincott, Sr. | Junior Steward

Bro. William Porter | Marshal

Bradley W. Steinhauer | Organist

D.W.B. John F. Curran | Historian

W.B. Todd "MOOSE" Murray | Tyler

Committees for 2017


RW Michael L. Tucker, DDGM Emeritus

Bro. Jerome Gertner

RW Vincent Etzel DDGM


RW Joseph McCann PGC

RW Neal Bottomley

RW Robert T. Bell, Jr. SGD


MW Dieter B. Hees - Grand Master 2017/18

DWA Bro. Christopher Heale


RW Michael L. Tucker DDGM Emeritus

RW Vincent E. Etzel DDGM

WB Dennis W. Johnson


RW Michael L. Tucker DDGM Emeritus

RW Roy J. Becker-Rowley DRI

WM John G. Koratzanis, Jr.


RW Roy J. Rowley - 3 years

WB Todd Murray - 2 years

WB Jon Hess, Sr. - 1 years

20th Masonic District Association

Meetings prior to DLI -

Months to be announced


MW William H. Bernman PGM

RW Joseph Herx PDRI

RW Alfred Sherman PDRI

RW Robert J. Stewart PDDGM

Living Past Masters

1968 James L. Sprague

1970 Lawrence McGavin

1971 Dennis O. Staer

1977 William Asay

1978 RW Joseph Dias PGC

1978 William C. Wisse

1980 Bruce Cripps, Sr. ***

1981, 90, 93 WB Raymond T. Rowley *

1982 Mark B. Lewis ***

1983 Douglas Bartell

1987-88 RW Robert Fuhrmann, PGC

1989-1996 Theodore N. Karagias

1991 RW Michael L. Tucker, DDGM Emeritus***

1993 Francis Carlevale, Jr.

1995 RW Michael V. Caputo, PDDGM, PGO

1997 RW Arthur Bouder, Jr. PGC *

1997 Joseph Diaz PGC ***

1997 Ronald W. Holt

1998 Daniel H. Langhirt

1998 RW Earl W. Etzel, Jr. JGS *

1999 George W. Paffendorf, Jr. *

1999 Harry L. Anderson *

2000-01 RW E. James Gertsen - Past Aide to the GM

2001 A. Wayne Klokis ***

2002 John A Tilton

2004 MW Dieter B. Hees - Grand Master 2017/2018

2005 John J. Keating

2006 RW Joseph C. McCann PGC

2006 RW J. Philip Divinagracia PDDGM *

2007 Vincent E. Etzel DDGM

2007 Morris D. Sussman ***

2008 Richard T. Crosby

2008 Mitchel A. Gertner ***

2009 RW Robert T. Bell, Jr. PSGD

2009 Richard Gendreau ***

2010 David N. Olsen

2011 RW Neal E. Bottomley PGC

2011-12 John J. Dester III *

2012 RW Vincent E. Etzel DDGM

2012 RW Joseph S. Schwartz, Jr. Past Secretary to the PGM *

2013 RW Dennis W. Johnson, Sr. PJGS

2014-15 RW Jon E. Hess, Sr. PDRI

2016 Todd Murray

2017 RW Roy J. Rowley DRI

2018 John G. Koratzanis, Jr.

Most Worshipful, 20th DDGM, 20th DRI

Grand Master of Masons NJ

Most Worshipful Roger B. Quintana

100 Barrack St. Trenton, NJ 08608-2005

20th Disrict Deputy Grand Master

Right Worshipful Vincent E. Etzel

20th District Ritual Instructor

Right Worshipful Roy Rowley

Charity, Blood Bank and Learning Center

20th Masonic District Charity Foundation

Right Worshipful Jefferson R. Driscoll, PGC

(609) 296-0615

20th Masonic District Blood Bank

Worshipful Brother Robert Caffyn, PM

(609) 296-0615

(609) 290-7566

Northfield Learning Center

200 New Road Northfield, NJ 08225

Right Worshipful Joseph T. Mezzina, PAGM

Meeting Nights & Worshipful Masters of the 20th Masonic District

Tuckerton Lodge #4

2nd and 4th Tuesdays

WB Christopher Fatovich

Harmony Lodge #18

1st and 3rd Tuesdays

WB John Lord

Mariners Lodge #150

2nd and 4th Mondays

WB Peter Rahtjen

Sextant Lodge #286

1st and 3rd Tuesdays

WB Robert Kircher

Sunrise Lodge #288

1st and 3rd Wednesdays

WB John G. Koratzanis, Jr.

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