Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fortune Lodge 788 Visit - Wed Apr 27, 2016

It was an exciting night for the Brethren of Harmonie Lodge as 14 members of Fortune Lodge 788 came all the way in from North Collins to pick up the traveling gavel - and boy did they pick a night.
The Brethren of Harmonie were running some of their newly raised brothers through an education program, including the 3'rd degree historical lecture and question and answers.  There was also a lodge walk around and masonic etiquette lesson.

We were very exited to welcome our Brothers from Fortune and look forward to visiting them in turn.  Remember - they meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.  It was a tradition of Concordia Lodge to grab the gavel back every time it traveled away.  Lets renew this tradition.

Members of Fortune Lodge 788 taking the Traveling Gavel.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

3rd Degree of Masonry - Apr 16, 2016

This past Saturday, the Brethren of Harmonie Lodge 699 had the pleasure and honor of putting on a 3rd Degree for 5 worthy brothers. Of particular interest is the familial connection for some of the newly raised master masons who were raised with the assistance of fathers or grandfathers.

Members of Harmonie 699 and the newly raised Master Masons

Bro. Boyer raised with assistance of his Grandfather.
Bro Clark raised with assistance of his father.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Master's Work Presentation - 4/14/2016

A Harmonie Lodge tradition is to not only have our candidates demonstrate suitable proficiency in their labors, but to also present a Master's Work - which is a personal work in an area that interests the candidate that pertains to The Craft and their lives - some Fellowcrafts work predominately with their hands, some with their minds - but all with their hearts.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Wine with Neil - Sun Apr 3, 2016

The Lodge welcomed about 10 brothers and their partners to another "Wine with Neil" - at The Wine Room, owned and operated by Brother Neil Kratzer.

A good time was had by all - This was not your average wine tasting.  Bro. Neil went over the different types of wines in flights and helped attendees discern their personal tastes - what to pair wines with and how to find others that they might enjoy.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Niagara Distillery Tour - RJK Fellowcraft Club year end event - Mar 23, 2016

March 23rd - the Brethren of Harmonie 699 held their end of year event for the Ronald J Keel Fellowcraft club at the Niagara Distilling Company.  There they had a great night of Fellowcraft and education from Brother Eric Heuser on the distilling process, how 1812 Vodka and Gin are made and what is in the pipeline for the Niagara Distilling Company.  Also accompanying the brothers is the Traveling Gavel of Erie District.

Brother Eric Heuser explaining the distilling process to the brethren.

The Brothers of Harmonie 699 and the traveling gavel.
The Traveling Gavel with 1812 Vodka and 1812 Gin

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Grand Master's Visitation and 2nd Degree - January 27, 2016

Our Price Hall Brethren from Ionic Lodge No. 88, P.H.A
The Grand Master - Deputy Grand Master and Officers

Wor. Oswaldo Mestre Jr Presents Wor. Joshua Keim a Gavel

Our Fellowcrafts with our Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master

In lieu of a typical Ronald J Keel Fellowcraft meeting on Wed Jan 27th – Harmonie 699 held a very Special Communication unlike any other in it’s 146 year history. On this day, Harmonie Lodge presented a 2nd Degree for 6 worthy Entered Apprentices in front of Right Wor. Jeffrey M. Williamson and Most Wor. William J. Thomas, Grand Master. We also welcomed our Brothers from Ionic Lodge No. 88 , P.H.A. The evening opened with a wonderful dinner prepared by Harmonie’s Bro. J.J Alfieri and service provided by our local DeMolay Chapter, Ridge Council. Wor. Oswaldo Mestre Jr. and our Brethren at Ironic Lodge No. 88 presented Wor. Joshua Keim and the Brothers of Harmonie Lodge No. 699 a gavel in commemoration of the evening. A wonderful surprise and a very special gift indeed. We also welcomed a delegation from our Sister Lodge in Fort Erie, Palmer Lodge No. 372.

After dinner Harmonie conferred the 2nd Degree with a full Lodge Room with some 125 Masons from across the State in attendance. Following the Degree Most Wor. William J Thomas and Right Wor. Jeffrey Williamson presented awards to Right Wor. Gary Sadowski and Bro. Ken Stuczynski recognizing their hard work and dedication to the Craft. it was a historic night with far too many guests to list. The Lodge's thanks go out to all that helped make this night so special. More pictures can be found on our Facebook group and page.

Monday, December 7, 2015

November 24, 2015 - Masonic Ritual History By Very Wor. Daniel J. Di Natale

On Nov 25th at Harmonie's annual "Day before Thanksgiving" communication  Very Or. Daniel DiNatale once again gave his presentation of Freemasonry in New York State for the benefit of the new brethren and some of the older who may have missed the original presentation. This program was originally used a part of the Masonic Development Course done by Harmonie a few years back. If you are interested there are three sections one for each of the Catechisms for the Degrees. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 11th - Veterans Day Service

November 11’th. Originally Armistice Day – and still considered Remembrance Day marks the end of hostilities of WW1 going into effect at the 11’th hour of the 11’th day of the 11’th month of 1918. Renamed “Veterans day” in 1954 to honor all the service personnel of the US Armed Forces. Harmonie had a special program to remember all veterans, as well as honor those who served who are brothers of Harmonie. Veterans in attendance were Worshipful Milton Keim, DSA and Bro. Vincent Zaleski who were escorted to the east for Grand Honors. Along with a prayer for our Veterans – past and present - W:. Joshua Keim then preformed a reading of John McCrae’s “Flanders Field”

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved: and now we lie In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe To you, from failing hands, we throw The torch: be yours to hold it high If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Concordant Boby Series - Lifting the Vale: The Grotto

The Prophets and the Master 

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Harmonie Lodge No. 699 O.M. held another in a series of well-attended Concordant Body Nights.  This time around, the members of Harmonie invited the Veiled Prophets of Zulekia Grotto No. 10 to discuss the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm. 

This was a special night for many of our Harmonie members, as many of our Brothers are very active in the Grotto.  Additionally, our Fellowcraft Club the RJKFC has teamed up with Zulekia Grotto on more than one occasion to march in several local parades, including the Buffalo Saint Patrick’s day Parade and the Lancaster 4th of July Parade.  Honestly, you could not ask for a better group to go parading with!

As Brothers gathered for the evening’s event, you could feel the excitement in the air.  It was a night filled with good cheer and fellowship.  Many Brothers wore their Black Fezzes adorned with a Mokanna head and red tassels, which is how members of the Grotto are distinguished.
Brother Prophet Bob Chapman took to the podium to enhance our knowledge of the Enchanted Realm.  He presided over the presentation masterfully.  The presentation was done in a special answer and question format, which was purposefully designed to give Brothers a better understanding of everything Grotto. 

Brother Prophet Chapman took questions from other Prophets stationed in the audience.  In this way, Brother Prophet Chapman was able to provided insightful information on the history of the organization and its intended purpose.  He explained that the Grotto was formed in 1889 as the "Fairchild Deviltry Committee" and the it grew out of informal meetings by members of the Hamilton Lodge #120 in Hamilton, New York, who wished to seek "relaxation from the sterner duties of life by holding occasional informal meetings for fun and good fellowship" and play practical jokes on each other.  Moreover, he informed those in attendance that the Grotto encourages renewed interest in the Blue Lodges, though it makes no claim to be a part of Symbolic Craft Masonry.  He concluded by informing all that it is a social organization for Master Masons, and as such, all Master Masons are welcome to join. 

After the informational presentation concluded, everyone in attendance enjoyed a taste of that famous Grotto good fellowship.  It is always a great night when you hear nothing but laughter and see smiles on every face you pass. 

If you are interested in learning more about Zulejia Grotto No. 10, please feel free to contact me .

I look forward to seeing you all at our next regular communication.

- Brother Prophet Jon Korta

Monday, October 5, 2015

Harmonie Lodge Ladies and Brothers Brunch - September 27, 2015

The Harmoine Family 

The Keims 

Bro. Gary Neureuter
On September 27’th – Thanks to the hard work of  Wor.  Joshua Keim, Bro. Donald Mondheim and Bro. John Korta, under the excellent guidance and tutelage of Wor.  Gary Schults, DSA – Harmonie Lodge pulled off a wonderful Ladies and Old Timers Brunch at Michael’s Banquet Hall.    Along with the usual warm Harmonie Fellowship and fantastic spread -  Bro. Gary Neureuter was awarded with a 55 Years of Masonic Service certificate.  This is definitely an event to not be missed next year.

Monday, September 28, 2015

September Communications Coverage

It’s been a great month for presentations at Harmonie Lodge this month.  On September 10th – A.G.L , Very Wor. Daniel DiNatale presented a wonderfully colorful history of Harmonie herself.  Most of the presentation was based on our public history found on the Harmonie Website at: But he also filled in with stories and histories based on his tours of Forest Lawn Cemetery, local buildings and personal anecdotes and remembrances of past members and masters.  On September 24th we were treated to a wonderful lecture from our Master, Wor. Joshua Keim, on the symbolism of the Lewis – and in particular what it means to him having a grandfather in the craft who is a DSA member of Harmonie – and what it means having his own Lewis now.  This is a lecture he also presented at the Lodge of Research. 

Bro. Jonny Newman 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

August 27th - D.D.G.M's Official Visitation and D.S.A Presentation

Harmonie Lodge and the First Erie Leadership Team with Wor. Shultz, D.S.A

The Award

Very Wor. Di Natale Presents the Potts to Wor. Keim and Harmonie Lodge

Wednesday August 27th saw the first official visitation of the of the DDGM Right Wor. Michael Storck - representing Most Wor. William J Thomas - and his District Team to Harmonie Lodge No. 699 O.M. The Erie District Team consists of Wor. Walter Cook, Wor. John W. Koller, Bro. Chris Siegel, Wor. Harry Angus “Gus” Campbell, Right Wor. Gary Galbreath, and Very Wor. Daniel Di Natale – each bringing their greetings and messages to the brethren of Harmonie Lodge. 

Wor. Gus Campbell spoke about the important of the Brotherhood Fund, and how important it is to us as Masons, and admonished to not set our Brothers aside when the time comes. Bro. Chris Siegel spoke to the Brethren about the Masonic Youth organizations such as DeMolay, Triangles and Order of the Rainbow – letting the brethren know about their good works and the importance of directing youths and welcoming them into our Masonic family. Wor. John Koller talked about “The Council” and their plans to increase Masonic intercourse between the lodges and increase the cooperation and brotherhood between First and Second Erie Districts by sharing events, collaborating and helping each other to grow and succeed. Wor. Walter Cook gave an excellent presentation about the Livingston Library and their plans to digitize collections and make them more widely accessible as well as updating the Masonic Reading Program making it more accessible as well. The Livingston Library is looking for senior masons willing to be interviews and share their stories so we don’t lose bits and pieces of our history and traditions. Right Wor. Daniel Peters talked to the Brethren about the masonic Care Community, which is one of the jewels of the Grand Lodge of New York. Very Wor. Daniel Di Natale spoke about the Northstar Project, the Ritual Renaissance program – of which Bro. Dennis McMullen is the Harmonie Coordinator, School of Instruction and the Grand Lecturer’s Convention which is Oct 26th. He also presented Wor. Joshua Keim and Harmonie Lodge with the Howard W. Potts award. Right Wor. Gary M. Galbreath spoke further about our Masonic Education – touching on the School of Instruction as well as the Lodge of Research. He admonishes us to keep all members relevant – both the new and especially the older members, their wisdom and experience is invaluable to a lodge.

Right Wor. Michael Storck conveyed the messages from Most Wor. William J Thomas. On top of a wonderful evening of presentations and fellowship –The  Grand Lodge of the State of New York presented Wor. Gerard Schultz the Distinguished Service Award. Bro. William Genrich spoke about Wor. Gerard Schultz – how he invited and inspired him to join the craft and their long history together in Masonry.

All in all an wonderful evading for the Craft and Harmonie Lodge!
Bro. Johnny Newman