Our Masonic Year in Review - From the South

From Senior Warden, Michael Leonard:
As the 2018-2019 Masonic year is at it’s end, I look back with nothing but great memories. We began our Masonic year on a high note. with the conferral of a Third Degree. Oddly enough, we also finished our Masonic year on the same note. Read on for further!

The Masonic year began as all do in September, and as Junior Warden, I was sure nobody wanted to try my cooking for their first time back in the Masonic Temple for the year. With that thought in my head, I and the Officers agreed to have our meetings catered by Lauren Veiga. Lauren, along with her husband Will, and her sister Katie, provided us with absolutely outstanding meals prior to every meeting, and then some. Lauren and Will’s daughter, Arya, was also a big help in the kitchen! Some of our meals throughout the year included roast beef, prime rib, lemon pepper chicken, lasagna, and of course taco night. We are incredibly thankful to Lauren and crew for all of their help throughout the year.

Our first meetings were raising three Brothers to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. Adam Cybulski, Ben Goitz, and Charles Vaas were all raised in the beginning of the year and participated fervently throughout the year. As can be seen on our Officer Line page, these Brothers have been great additions to our Lodge and the Craft at large.

Throughout the year we had many great programs put on by our immediate Past Master, W:. Joel Pierre-Louis. These programs spanned many different topics from hearing about various Masonic endeavors, including the Masonic Medical Research Institute and the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library. We also had a question and answer session with our District Staff Officer, a lecture about DeMolay and it’s origins and relations to Freemasonry, and a fantastic discussion evening led by Brother Samuel Friedman, author of “Milennial Apprentices.”

With all of that going on, we still put on all three degrees. Our newest Brothers, Michael Shear, Jason Wright, and Michael Whittaker have been active and involved friends and Brothers. We’re happy to count these men among our ranks. We had what is fast becoming a Masters tradition, holding a “Day of Masonry” in which we have a Master Mason Degree in the morning, and our storied Table Lodge in the evening. Both events were well attended, and were a great time. Our Secretary, Brother Ed Lass, debuted a song for Masters Lodge.

The year concluded with our Installation of Officers on June 10th. W:. James E Best, III was installed as Master of Masters Lodge #5. W:. James has plans for yet another great Masonic year, and on behalf of him and all of the Officers, we look forward to sharing time with all of our Brothers. Not strictly our Brothers of Masters, but Brothers, “wherever dispersed.” Masters Lodge will always welcome Brothers of other Lodges, travelling Brothers, and those interested in our Craft to break bread and share time with us. Freemasonry is a journey, and one that is not taken alone.

Please see below for a small peek into our Masonic year in photos.

The Albany Masonic Temple on a beautiful day. It’s in this building we make men Masons, and we make memories.

The Albany Masonic Temple on a beautiful day. It’s in this building we make men Masons, and we make memories.

Brother Ed Lass, Secretary, displays one of Master’s most prized possessions - a Ritual book belonging to none other than John Boyd Thacher.

Brother Ed Lass, Secretary, displays one of Master’s most prized possessions - a Ritual book belonging to none other than John Boyd Thacher.

The main Lodge room, The Ten Eyck Room, set up in a different way for the discussion, “What is Justice,” led by Brother Friedman.

The main Lodge room, The Ten Eyck Room, set up in a different way for the discussion, “What is Justice,” led by Brother Friedman.

From our, “Day of Masonry,” with our three newly raised Master Masons.

From our, “Day of Masonry,” with our three newly raised Master Masons.

The evening of the, “Day of Masonry,” at the Masters Lodge Table Lodge.

The evening of the, “Day of Masonry,” at the Masters Lodge Table Lodge.

Masters Lodge #5’s Officer Line for the 2019-2020 Masonic year.

Masters Lodge #5’s Officer Line for the 2019-2020 Masonic year.