OSY District and
Masonic Times - December 2013
October was very
busy in the Ontario-Seneca Yates District.
Our Grand Lecturer’s
Convention took place at Milo Lodge #108 in Penn Yan on
October 17th. Our Grand Lecturer, R.∙. W.∙.
Brother Robert Strang, presided over the Convention with
close to 50 Brothers in attendance. John Hodge Lodge #815
earned the Potts Award and Geneva Lodge #965 received their
Potts Award earned at last year’s convention. It was an
evening full of both instruction and good fellowship that
was enjoyed by all.
Our district apron
presentation took place on October 26th at the
Sons of Italy in Geneva. Guest speaker M.∙. W.∙. Brother
Bruce Widger, Past Grand Master and honorary member of every
lodge in the OSY District, gave an inspirational address on
Pride in Masonry. He also spoke about the establishment of
the Dedicated Service Award and the qualities it recognizes
prior to presenting the Dedicated Service Award apron to W.
Brother Charles Rouse Jr. of Ark Lodge #33. The E. Platt
Soper award was presented to R.∙. W.∙. Brother Fredrick
Newton of Pocahontas Lodge #211 in recognition of his many
long years of commitment and dedication to the district. It
was certainly an honor and a privilege to make the
presentation on behalf of the district. Thank you so much
for all you do for the craft R.∙. W.∙. Brother Newton. R.∙.
W.∙. Brother James Tyrrell of John Hodge Lodge #815 received
his Grand Chaplain’s apron and spoke about how much the
craft means to him.
As fall turns to
winter and the Holiday Season approaches, our schedules all
get a little busier. The days all seem a little shorter.
The to do lists all seem a little longer. We wonder how we
will be able to do it all. Please remember to find the time
to enjoy the peace and joy of the season with those you
love. May the Great Architect of the Universe continue to
bless you and your family this Holiday Season, and always.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!
Official Visit @ John Hodge Lodge #815 in Naples @ 7:30pm
Official Visit @ Seneca Lake Lodge #308 in Dresden @ 7:30pm
Official Visit @ Dundee Lodge #123 in Dundee @ 7:00pm
Official Visit @ Garoga-Sincerity Lodge #200 in Phelps @
Association Meeting - Saturday November 9th
These are the minutes of the Ontario-Seneca-Yates
District Ass'n Please ensure these minutes are read in open
The OSY District Ass'n Met at Canandaigua Lodge in
Shortsville at 9AM on Nov 9th after a filling breakfast at
Grandpa's Ice Cream stand. There were 21 brothers present
from 11 lodges. Missing were representatives from Seneca 113
and Dundee 123.
Sickness and distress: Greg Seaborn reported on Bruce Huie's
condition; he is in good spirits and still taking
treatments. Ralph Van Husen is home and still doing rehab.
Joe Nye of Canandaigua Lodge has congestive heart failure
but is doing better. Guy Hardy of Eagle Lodge CEL at the
beginning of the month. Farmerville-Union's Doug Van der
Scoten (Please excuse any spelling errors) is slowing down
at 94. Our AGL RW Fred Newton was congratulated on his 65th
Special guest Have-A-Heart Campaign head RW George
Foehner discussed Ronald McDonald House and the Have-a-Heart
campaign. Since 1988 the Have-a-Heart campaign has donated
$350,000. It is a home away from home for families of
children in Rochester hospitals. There are two Ronald
McDonald houses in Rochester. At Eastview Mall volunteers
man a table near the food court with information on R. McD.
house and accept donations. The campaign runs from Feb 1
till Feb 16. The OSY district has committed to Feb 7th and
8th from noon to 9 PM with 3 hour shifts. Volunteers will be
needed. There will be training sessions.
Bills: Kompuders.com $589.95for transfer of domain, and web
page redesign through next Sept. Motion was made 2nded and
passed to pay the bill. The annual cost will be $250 plus
hourly for info posting. there was a discussion about how to
fund it and A motion was made 2nded and passed to assess
each Lodge $1 per member per year.
DDGM report: Grand Lecturers Convention was Oct 17 in Milo
Lodge in Penn Yan with 50 brothers present. Geneva Lodge
received the Potts' Award from Last years convention and
John Hodge Lodge qualified for the Potts' Award at next
years convention. The award is no longer given out at Grand
Lodge but is presented at the next years GL convention. The
Henry Meacham Award is given now at Grand Lodge for any
Lodge that can do all three degrees including Q&A and
historical Lectures with only members of their own Lodge.
The District Apron Presentation was held at the Sons of
Italy in Geneva on Oct 26. Most Worshipful Bruce Widger was
the speaker. The E. Platt Soper Award for service to the
district was presented to RW Fred Newton, currently one of
The DDGMs official visits are posted on the website
osydistrict.org as are many other important events for the
district. Each Dodge also has a calendar on the their lodge
page and can post a newsletter. Please visit the webpage.
Staff Officers Report: Child ID at Naples Elementary School
Nov 158:30 am
AGL report: Degrees to be held: Nov 18 1st degree at John
Hodge Lodge in Naples also a 2nd degree at Canandaigua Lodge
the same night. Nov 20 1st Degree at Ark Lodge at the Phelps
Masonic temple. 2nd Degree at Pocahontas Lodge on Nov 12.
1st Degree at Farmerville Union lodge in Interlaken on Dec
3rd Dinner 6pm. Remember the Edict Degrees are still in
force. Please notify the AGLs of any additions or changes.
Brotherhood fund: no report from Grand Lodge
War Veterans Post: Dates and locations of the meetings are
posted on the Website. We are exploring trips for the
Website: USE THE WEBSITE. Mark Lowe is willing to help
anyone with lodge calendars.
Dec 12 Lodge service awards at Milnor Lodge
Dec 14 Canandaigua Lodge Breakfast with Santa 8-11
Dec 16 Canandaigua Lodge 3rd degree at Phelps Masonic Temple
Jan 29 Table Lodge at Farmerville-Union Lodge in Interlaken,
speaker will be the Grand Lecturer RW Bob Strang.
May 17 Spring Thing Fund Raiser by the Widows Sons
Motorcycle Group with motorcycle run at the Webster
Next meeting: Jan 11th at 9AM at Garoga-Sincerity Lodge in
Phelps with breakfast at the Blue Ribbon at 8am for those
Masonic Times - November 2013
Fall is here and the hillsides have come
alive with color. We are once again reminded of the beauty
that is all around us and the bounty that our beautiful
Finger Lakes provide. Fall has started with a very busy
schedule around the district and I thank you all for your
support and participation in the many events and programs
Among the many things on the trestle
board, Ark Lodge #33 presented a DeWitt Clinton Award to Mr.
Charles Bauder of Geneva for his many years of service to
the community. On October 2nd more than 70
brothers, their families and members of the community
gathered at the Geneva Country Club for the presentation.
The DeWitt Clinton Award recognizes
distinguished or outstanding community service by a
non-Masonic organization or individual whose actions
exemplify a shared concern for the well-being of Mankind and
a belief in the worldwide brotherhood of Man.
Mr. Bauder has served as President of the
Board of Directors of the Downtown Geneva Business
Development District, Chairman of the Board of Directors of
the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board
of Directors of the Geneva Chapter of the American Red
Cross, President of the Board of Trustees of the Geneva Free
Library, and President of the Board of Trustees of the
Geneva Historical Society, to list just some of the many
ways he has served his community. His has truly been a life
of service and an example to others.
As part of the evening’s presentation,
R.W. James H. Rice, Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of
the State of New York gave an interesting and informative
talk on M. W. DeWitt Clinton, Grand Master of Masons in the
State of New York 1806 – 1819. DeWitt Clinton’s life was
certainly one of service as he served as Mayor of New York
City, Governor of New York State, member of the House of
Representatives and as our Grand Master.
November 4th – DDGM Official
Visit @ Canandaigua Lodge # 294
November 9th – OSY Association
Meeting @ Canandaigua Lodge 9:00am. Breakfast prior at
Grandpa’s at 8:00am First
Session of the Road to the East will follow the meeting.
November 12th – DDGM Official
Visit @ Eagle Lodge #619 7:30pm
November 14th – DDGM Official
Visit @ Geneva Lodge #965 7:30pm
November 19th – DDGM Official
Visit @ Farmerville-Union Lodge #183
November 26th – DDGM Official
Visit @ Pocahontas Lodge #211 7:30pm
Masonic Times - October 2013
Fall is here, and with it the beauty that
surrounds us in the spectacular Finger Lakes. Our summer
period of refreshment has been enjoyed and we have eagerly
returned to our labor. Our lodges are humming with activity
as we pick up our working tools and commence a fresh Masonic
We have many lodge and district events
taking place in October and I would earnestly seek the
participation of as many brothers as possible. I would
especially request that we make an effort to include and
involve our newly raised brothers in events throughout the
district. We have done a tremendous job of bringing new
brothers to the craft in the past several years. We need to
make certain that we continue this work by making them feel
a part of our lodges and our district. Let’s resolve to make
an effort to take them on a visit to other lodges in the
district and proudly introduce them as newly raised
brothers. Let’s resolve to make sure they know when and
where district events are happening and personally invite
them to attend. Let’s resolve to remember that their, and
our, Masonic education is a lifelong journey.
Listed below are many events happening
around the district which are excellent opportunities for
Masonic Education and fellowship. Please make an effort to
invite and include as many brothers as possible, especially
our newly raised brothers.
October 2nd – Ark Lodge #33 in
Geneva, will present a DeWitt Clinton Award to Mr. Charles
Bauder. The DeWitt Clinton Award is given to a non-mason for
exceptional voluntary service to their community.
The event will take place at the Geneva Country Club with a
social hour at 6:00 pm with dinner at 7:00 pm and the
presentation to follow dinner. Cost for the dinner is $30
per person. Reservations to W. Tom Abraham at 585-526-5308.
October 9th – Official Visit
of DDGM at Seneca Lodge #113 in Seneca Falls, NY @ 7:30 pm
October 10th – Official Visit
of DDGM at Milnor Lodge #139 in Shortsville, NY @ 7:30 pm
October 16th – Official Visit
of DDGM at Milo Lodge #108 in Penn Yan, NY @ 7:30 pm
October 17th – Grand
Lecturer’s Convention at Milo Lodge #108 in Penn Yan, NY.
Dinner at 6:30 with the convention at 7:30 pm. This is a
terrific chance for our newly raised brothers to learn more
about our beautiful ritual in a setting which allows for
questions and discussion.
October 26th – OSY District
Apron Presentation. To be held at the Sons of Italy in
Geneva, NY with a social hour at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00
pm. Cost of the dinner is $20 with reservations to the
DDGM at 315-548-2359 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Our guest and speaker for the
evening will be M.W. Brother Bruce Widger, P.G.M. Aprons
will be presented to our new Grand Chaplain R.W. Brother
James E. Tyrrell of John Hodge Lodge #815 in Naples and our
recent recipient of the Dedicated Service Award, W. Brother
Charles Rouse Jr. of Ark Lodge #33 in Geneva. The R.W. E.
Platt Soper Award for service to the district will also be
OSY District Assn. meeting of Sept 7, 2013
these are the minutes of the OSY District Assn. meeting of
Sept 7, 2013. Please ensure that they are read in open
First I need to apologize for the lateness of these minutes,
I got sidetracked and just forgot to send them.
The Assoc. met on Sept 7th at 8am at Pocahontas Lodge
after a breakfast at Penny's Place. There were present, 13
brothers from 8 lodges. Missing were brothers from Garoga-Sincerity,
Milo, Dundee, Seneca Lake , and John Hodge Lodges.
Sickness and Distress: John Foster of Pocahontas #211 CEL
9/1/13 at 90 years.
Bruce Huie had a biopsy, his cancer may be back. Vince Onley
of Milnor #139 CEL, he was 89.
Treasurers report: $2400in the bank, time for annual dues.
Notices will be sent soon.
DDGM report: Thanked 7 brothers for working Child ID at the
State Fair. He Asked that the district rededicated itself to
continue Masonic Education of new brothers.
The website seems to be stalled; access is restricted. A
motion was made, 2nded and passed to have the website
committee meet with john Hubbard's website man and send a
letter to Ken Hall.
OSY Charities Golf Tourney. There were adequate door prises
which were appreciated but no one new they were coming till
the day of the match. It netted over $4000. Next years
tournament will be at the same place, Big Oaks. Ron Galens
stepped down as chairman, Greg Seaborn is the new chairman.
The Brotherhood fund is having poor communications from
Grand Lodge. Jonathon Van Delinder is the new District
Veterans Post will meet Oct 28th, the 4th Monday, at John
Hodge Lodge in Naples at 7:30 pm.
Please notify the AGLs about any degree work so they can
offer help and let other Lodges know about them.
DDGM Official visits; OCT 9, Seneca 113, Oct 10, Milnor, Oct
Next meeting will be Nov. 9th at Canandaigua Lodge in
Shortsville at 9AM, with breakfast at 8AM at Grandpa's Ice
cream stand( formerly the Steak Out on Rt. 21 and Rt. 96.
After the meeting there will be a Road to the east for all
Wardens. Also that day the Washington bible will be on
display at the State Fair grounds in Syracuse. There will be
transportation available to the fair and back at the Lodge.
Dates: Oct 8th First Degree, Pocahontas Lodge #211. We need
help and bodies Oct 15th First Degree at Farmerville-Union,
dinner 6:30 Degree 7:30. They would like to help and bodies
Oct 17th Grand Lecturers Convention at Milo Lodge at 7:30,
Dinner at 6:30, make reservations with the AGLs.
Oct 26th Sat. evening, District Apron Presentation, Sons of
Italy, Prospect street in Geneva, 6PM cocktails, 7PM Dinner,
reservations to the DDGM Jan 29, District Table Lodge,
Farmerville-Union Lodge, 6:30pm.