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Community Giving with Amazon Smile

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When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates to Ocean City Lodge No 171 F & A M Charitable Foundation! Find great holiday gifts and support your favorite cause at the same time.  #StartWithaSmile

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Foster Karney Foundation Donates to CASA

John Quinn (left) with Marty Quinn and Angie Walters, executive director of CASA of Atlantic and Cape May counties.
John Quinn (left) with Marty Quinn and Angie Walters, executive director of CASA of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

The Ocean City Masonic Club is proud to announce the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cape May and Atlantic counties as a recipient of a five thousand dollar grant from the Foster-Karney Foundation.

John Quinn, of the Ocean City Masonic Lodge joined the Foster Karney Trust Foundation in presenting a $5,000 check to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cape May and Atlantic counties.

CASA provides court advocates who work to ensure children living in foster care receive necessary resources and services, and that the children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

The Ocean City Masonic Club was constituted in February 1958, with the mission to promote social activities among Masons in Ocean City and surrounding areas. The Masonic Club is administrator of the Foster-Karney Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to community organizations in Cape May and Atlantic Counties.

Ocean City Gazette – Lodge member, trust fund donate to CASA

Master Mason Degree

At our November 19, 2015 Emergent Communication, four brothers were raised to the degree of Master Mason.  Congratulations to Brothers Love, Silverman, Doran, and Graham, and welcome to Ocean City Lodge #171!

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Freemasonry: The World’s First Global Social Network

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Bro. Richard Berman, the Grand Lodge of England 2016 Prestonian Lecturer, will chair a session titled “Freemasonry: The World’s First Global Social Network” at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta Friday, January 8, 2016.

Additionally, the New Jersey Lodge of Masonic Research and Education No. 1786 will host the United Grand Lodge of England’s Prestonian Lecturer for 2016 on Thursday, January 14, 2016.
Bro. Richard Berman will present “Foundations: New Light on the Formation and Early Years of the Grand Lodge of England.”  Location, dining fee, and other details to come shortly.

From the AHA Session Abstract:

In the 1700s, Masonic lodges and freemasons could be found from the East Indies to the West Indies to the Indian Country of the North American frontier, all across Europe, and throughout the farthest flung colonial possessions of the British, French, and Dutch empires. By the end of the century it had become an important organizing tool and intellectual force in the African Atlantic diaspora as well. Fremasonry was an emergent, self-created social movement of the 18th century Englightenment which boasted its own faux history, republican ideology, international diplomacy, meta-economy, and extensive organizational structures. Within a few decades of the formation of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 there were Masonic lodges and grand lodges throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, India and in some parts of Africa. Ideologically and socially, freemasonry connected men across political, ethnic, racial, religions and class borders. It served as a vital fraternal link in the lives of Atlantic seafarers, soldiers, planters and craftsmen and formed a vast network of overlapping networks which greatly impacted social and commercial relations both within and between far flung communities in every corner of the global in which European culture had penetrated.

This panel will seek to explore the role of freemasonry as an international phenomenon, elucidating the nature and implications of the overlapping social, commercial and intellectual networks created by freemasons, white and Black, on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Magpie Mind

American Historical Association

 

Washington Masonic Memorial Named a National Landmark

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The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria has been designated one of four new national historic landmarks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis announced Tuesday.

The neoclassical tower, built on a hill overlooking Old Town Alexandria, is “among the most architecturally significant projects to honor George Washington and one of the boldest private efforts to memorialize him,” the Park Service said in an announcement.

The memorial, a well-known Alexandria landmark, was built to honor Washington, a charter member of the Alexandria Freemasons lodge. The structure was built between 1922 and 1970 on a site once nominated by Thomas Jefferson as a possible location for the nation’s capital, according to the memorial’s Web site. The exterior was completed in 1932, and the interior was finished in 1970.

Washington Post – Alexandria’s Washington Masonic Memorial named a national landmark

 

This Day in History – Washington becomes Master Mason

On this day in 1753, George Washington became a Master Mason, the highest rank in Freemasonry. His promotion occurred at the masonic lodge in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was 21 at the time, awaiting his first military commission.

Derived from practices and rituals in the medieval guild system, freemasonry gained popularity in the 18th century, especially in Britain. British Masons organized their first North American chapter in 1731 in Pennsylvania. Members are required to express their belief in a supreme being and in the immortality of the soul. Masons are also expected to obey civil laws, hold to high moral standards and contribute to charities.

SOURCE: U.S. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

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Masonic Charity Foundation Scholarships for 2015

Applications are being accepted for the following scholarships offered by the Masonic Charity Foundation of New Jersey and Grand Lodge of New Jersey.  Each has its own eligibility requirements.

To review or download the application for each, click on the appropriate link. It should be noted that all scholarships do not require Masonic affiliation.

  • Chairman of the Board Scholarship ($10,000)
    In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1800.
  • Culver DeMolay Scholarship ($4,000)
    In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1500.
  • Patterson Engineering Scholarship ($16,000)
    *In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “C+” or 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1250. The scholarship committee will place special emphasis on teacher recommendations and the student’s statement of educational goals and financial need.
    Note: The Patterson Scholarship funds students pursuing undergraduate engineering degrees only. At the committee’s discretion, the scholarship may be awarded to students who do not have a Masonic affiliation. The Patterson Scholarship is offered to New Jersey High School Seniors only.
  • William Mayer Memorial Scholarship ($4,000)
    Scholarships are available to high school seniors graduating in the Spring of 2014 and plan to continue their studies by enrolling in the Fall of 2014 in a 2 year institution of higher learning (which must be fully accredited and offer a bona fide course of study and instruction) and is the child, step-child, grandchild or step-grandchild of living or deceased Master Masons in good standing in a Masonic Lodge of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. Students applying to four-year Under-graduate College or University are not eligible for this scholarship In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “C” or 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school.
  • William Mayer Memorial Scholarship ($4,000)
    Applicant must be a legal resident in the State of New Jersey, have completed a course of study in an accredited institution of higher learning and have been accepted by an institution of higher learning for the purpose of Post-Graduate Study. Recipients are required to maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 grading system, earning at least 12 credits per semester or the scholarship will be forfeited.
  • Serewitch DeMolay Scholarship ($20,000)
    *In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “C+” or 2.2 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1300. The scholarship committee will place special emphasis on teacher recommendations and the student’s statement of educational goals and financial need. Applicants who demonstrate participation in some type of organized swimming program (including but not limited to a competitive team, a swimming activity, or swimming instruction) are preferred.
  • Lillian M. and Frank M. Taylor Scholarship ($4,000)
    In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1500.
    *Note: The Taylor Scholarships contain an additional requirement of thirty (30) hours of volunteer service to be completed at the Masonic Home of NJ each summer prior to the start of the Fall Term.
  • Asbury Jordan Lodge Scholarship ($4,000)
    In Honor of Christian Mogensen and John D. Post
    In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1400.

Only complete applications postmarked or received before February 15, 2015 will be considered.

Masonic Club Announces Grant to Community FoodBank of New Jersey

Community FoodBank of New Jersey

The Ocean City Masonic Club is proud to announce the Community FoodBank of New Jersey as a recipient of a one thousand dollar grant from the Foster-Karney Foundation.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey will apply the funds to their Community Assistance Pantry for the purchase of food for families in need throughout the local area. Pictured are Evelyn Benton, Executive Director, Southern Branch, Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Steven Friedrich, President of the Ocean City Masonic Club.

The mission of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions.

The Ocean City Masonic Club was constituted in February 1958, with the mission to promote social activities among Masons in Ocean City and surrounding areas. The Masonic Club is administrator of the Foster-Karney Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to community organizations in Cape May and Atlantic Counties.

 

 

Thank you for the Declaration of Independence

“Gentlemen, Altho it is not possible to forsee the consequences of human actions, yet it is nevertheless a duty we owe ourselves and posterity in all our public councils to decide in the best manner we are able and to trust the event to That Being who governs both causes and events, so as to bring about his own determinations.

Impressed with this sentiment, and at the same time fully convinced that our affairs will take a more favorable turn, The Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve all connection between Great Britain and the American Colonies, and to declare them free and independent States as you will perceive by the enclosed Declaration, which I am directed to transmit to you.”

John Hancock – Cover letter to the Declaration of Independence
Philadelphia, July 6, 1776

Read more at Freemason Information – Thank you for the Declaration of Independence

John Hancock's defiance: July 4th 1776

Lodge 171 Featured in Ocean City Magazine

Ocean City Magazine featured Ocean City Lodge No. 171 in their June issue with an  interview with our WM Rick Becker, discussion about the Foster Karney Foundation scholarships, and photos of JW Gerald LaHay, and SW Steven Friedrich.

Many thanks to Ocean City Magazine, author Bill Godfrey, and photographer Erin McCusker.

The June issue of Ocean City Magazine can be found at locations around Ocean City, by subscription, or  online.

 

George Washington’s Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day

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During the Continental Army’s 1779-1780 winter encampment  in Morristown, New Jersey, well known Master Mason General George Washington granted a single holiday to his troops – Saint Patrick’s Day.

So in an effort to give his men a badly needed break, to recognize the heritage of many of his soldiers and to express solidarity with the “brave and generous” people of Ireland, Washington issued general orders on March 16, 1780, proclaiming St. Patrick’s Day a holiday for his troops. It was the first day of rest for the Continental Army in more than a year. “The General directs that all fatigue and working parties cease for to-morrow the SEVENTEENTH instant,” read the orders, “a day held in particular regard by the people of [Ireland].”

History Channel – George Washington’s Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day

George Washington – Master Mason

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Washington as a Freemason” – Library of Congress

On August 4, 1753, George Washington became a Master Mason, the highest rank in the Fraternity of Freemasonry, in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. The twenty-one-year-old young man would soon hold his first military commission.

For George Washington, joining the Masons was a rite of passage and an expression of civic responsibility. Members were required to express their belief in a Supreme Being and in the immortality of the soul. Masons were also were expected to obey civil laws, hold a high moral standard, and practice acts of charity.

Masonic Charity Foundation Scholarships for 2014

The following scholarships are available for 2014:

Applications are being accepted for the following scholarships offered by the Masonic Charity Foundation of New Jersey and Grand Lodge of New Jersey.  Each has its own eligibility requirements.

To review or download the application for each, click on the appropriate link. It should be noted that all scholarships do not require Masonic affiliation.

  • Chairman of the Board Scholarships ($10,000)
    In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1800.
  • Joseph N. Culver DeMolay Scholarship ($4,000)
    In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1500.
  • James Patterson Engineering Scholarship ($16,000)
    *In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “C+” or 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1250. The scholarship committee will place special emphasis on teacher recommendations and the student’s statement of educational goals and financial need.
    Note: The Patterson Scholarship funds students pursuing undergraduate engineering degrees only. At the committee’s discretion, the scholarship may be awarded to students who do not have a Masonic affiliation. The Patterson Scholarship is offered to New Jersey High School Seniors only.
  • William Mayer Memorial 2 Year Scholarship ($4,000)
    Scholarships are available to high school seniors graduating in the Spring of 2014 and plan to continue their studies by enrolling in the Fall of 2014 in a 2 year institution of higher learning (which must be fully accredited and offer a bona fide course of study and instruction) and is the child, step-child, grandchild or step-grandchild of living or deceased Master Masons in good standing in a Masonic Lodge of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. Students applying to four-year Under-graduate College or University are not eligible for this scholarship In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “C” or 2.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school.
  • William Mayer Memorial Graduate Scholarship ($4,000)
    Applicant must be a legal resident in the State of New Jersey, have completed a course of study in an accredited institution of higher learning and have been accepted by an institution of higher learning for the purpose of Post-Graduate Study. Recipients are required to maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 grading system, earning at least 12 credits per semester or the scholarship will be forfeited.
  • Serewitch Family DeMolay Scholarship ($20,000)
    *In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “C+” or 2.2 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1300. The scholarship committee will place special emphasis on teacher recommendations and the student’s statement of educational goals and financial need. Applicants who demonstrate participation in some type of organized swimming program (including but not limited to a competitive team, a swimming activity, or swimming instruction) are preferred.
  • Lillian M. and Frank M. Taylor Scholarship ($4,000)
    In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1500.
    *Note: The Taylor Scholarships contain an additional requirement of thirty (30) hours of volunteer service to be completed at the Masonic Home of NJ each summer prior to the start of the Fall Term.
  • Asbury Jordan Lodge Scholarship ($4,000)
    In Honor of Christian Mogensen and John D. Post
    In order for an applicant to qualify for consideration, the student must have maintained a grade average of “B” or 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 over the last two completed years of high school and have scored a minimum combined SAT score of 1400.

Only complete applications postmarked or received before February 15, 2014 will be considered.

CBS This Morning – Inside the secret world of the Freemasons

CBS Sunday Morning broadcast a segment by Mo Rocca on Freemasonry which featured the Grand Lodge of New York and the House of the Temple.

From The Square and Compasses are among the traditional tools of stonemasons. They also form the symbol of a group that has been misunderstood and even maligned for many centuries.

article – Inside the secret world of the Freemasons – CBS News

video – Inside the secret world of the Freemasons – CBS News

CNBC – Freemasons see young blood as key to survival

It’s out with the old at the Freemasons as the international society looks to boost the numbers of young people joining its ranks as it works to survive in the modern world.

Founded in the 19th century in Europe before being exported to the U.S. and worldwide, freemasonry is also known as “the craft,” in homage to its roots in stonemasonry.

It portrays itself as a “fraternal society” where its members support one another, providing a space for like-minded people to socialize at “lodges” and carry out charitable works, while enabling its six million members worldwide to improve themselves on a moral level.

Famous Freemasons have included presidents and prime ministers, from Winston Churchill in the U.K. and George Washington in the U.S. and famous businessmen such as Henry Ford and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Mozart and Buzz Aldrin were also members.

via Freemasons see young blood as key to survival.