Monday, July 28, 2014

German Table Lodge - July 23, 2014 - Welcoming the Right Worshipful Jeffrey M. Williamson, Deputy Grand Master and the Grand Line


Brothers,
Every year when I report on the German Table Lodge I say "It was the best one yet." It is hard to believe but each year we really do get better and this year is no exception. The bar has been raised and history has been made. Thank you Worshipful Joshua Keim and Worshipful Fredrick G. Clark II. Our Master and Senior Warden built the right team of professionals to give us a meal and event that was simply over the top. 

Special thanks need to go to Brother J.J Alfieri and his cook "Red" from Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar. They built the menu, took care of all the cooking, and paired the top shelf German beer with the meal. They did an amazing job, both at the bar and with the meal. This was some of the best German food we have had at a Table Lodge and with a modern take on old German classics was really something special. The fan favorite this year was shockingly the pickled eggs, limburger, and liverwurst plate before dinner. Once you try them you will understand. It might not smell good but I assure you all are delicious.


This year's Table Lodge was special for a lot of reasons. We welcomed the largest gathering we have ever had, around 65 Brothers and friends gathered around the table. In attendance we had Right Worshipful Jeffrey M. Williamson, Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Richard Kessler, Grand Lecturer, Right Worshipful James Kintzel, Deputy Grand Marshall, Right Worshipful Christopher Hough, Junior Grand Deacon, Right Worshipful Michael E. Storck, District Deputy Grand Master - First Erie District, and Right Worshipful Robert Drzewucki, Grand Sword Bearer. Along with many Masters of Lodges some from as far as Canada. None had travel so far as our Brewmaster for the evening Brother Eric Jacisin. Brother "Jace" move back home to Wisconsin a few years back and has not been to his Mother Lodge since then. It was wonderful to have him home and leading the table with many toasts.


With the Deputy Grand Master in attendance the Lodge felt it right to show our appreciation for all of Right Worshipful Willaimson's dedication and efforts for the Masonic fraternity. Few will ever be able to show such a Masonic record of achievement as he has. He is an inspiration for young Masons everywhere. To honor him the Lodge commissioned a oak gavel commemorate his visit. With the Harmonie Lodge Coat of Arms on one side and our word of commemoration on the other. After Worshipful Keim presented the gift the Deputy Grand Master gave a wonderful speak about the history of the old German Lodges of Buffalo and how proud he is to see their legacy continued in the last of the "three sisters" - Harmonie Lodge.


Really making this night something even more special it was the 84th birthday of Worshipful Milton Keim, D.S.A. This year is also his 60th year of service to the Masonic Fraternity. The Lodge sang him happy birthday in German and toasted to his good health and dedication to Harmonie Lodge. Few in our history can say they have given so much and work so hard for the Lodge. He is an inspiration and a solid role model, not just for Masons but men everywhere. He too gave an impressive speech abut where the Lodge has been and where we are now. Much has change in is years of service and his perspective on history as well as our future encourage all young Masons to reach for more.


We took 583 pictures. I am editing them as we speak and I hope to have the best up on the site in the coming weeks. Until then please enjoy these choice shots of the event. If you missed it, I am so sorry and I hope to see you next year!


Very Worshipful Bro. Daniel J. Di Natale






LIVERWURST! 

Pickled Eggs

Wor. Keim gives the Harmonie Lodge Gavel to Right Wor. Williamson 

Very Wor. Daniel J. Di Natale and Right Wor. Richard J. Kessler

Wor. Keim photobombs Right Worshipful Storck

Proof Bro. Budowski got to seat at the table this year

Wor. Milton Keim, D.S.A Addresses the Table Lodge - Happy Birthday! 

Wor. Zack Munger of Living Stone Lodge No. 255

Right Wor. Storck and Right Wor. Williamson at the Head Table

Very Wor. Daniel J. Di Natale, Right Worshipful Richard J. Kessler, Right Wor. Micheal E. Storck, and Right Wor. Jeffery Williamson 

The Food! 

The Brothers Gathering Before the Feast 
The Gavel Coat of Arms

The Inscribed Side 

German Table Lodge 2014 Logo

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Erie Masonic Districts Lancaster, New York Independence Day Parade

Bro. Monheim and Right Worshipful Peters leading the Charge 

Pur Very Own Ward A. Peterson The Legend Lives On 

The Right Worshipful D.D.G.M and His Lady

Wor. Keim and His Son

The Harmonie Masonmobile

The Monarch! Right Worshipful Chapman in the Grotto Car

Very Worshipful Di Natale Holding the Banner

Very Worshipful Di Natale and Lady Gallo

The Brothers at the Head of the Line
There could have been no more perfect day for a parade. The weather was just wonderful and with all the heavy rain the last few weeks it was a welcomed change and right on the Fourth of July. It has been a long time since the Lodges of the Erie Districts got together to march for the Fourth. Bro. Jon Korta and Bro. Don Monheim felt that this was something that needed to change. I thank them for their efforts because they are 100% right. I think we have a new tradition.

This was an amazing afternoon out. The Village of Lancaster has held a Fourth of July Parade since conceivable memory. Last few years they have been get smaller but with the perfect weather and larger Carnival on Central the whole Town was out. Easily some 5,000 plus lining the ways up Court to Central Ave. The crowd was wonderful and responded well the the group of some 20 Masons and their families. This event was opened to all in the Masonic family, with the State Sweet Heart, D.D.G.M, A.G.L, and Grand Sword Bearer all marching with the Lodges in attendance.

There were a lot of issues to get this off the ground. The first parade we were going to march in got canceled and the shirt company canceled our at the lat second.  The quick thinking of Bro. Monheim and Bro. Korta saved this event and got a wonderful shirt. The shirts are being sold as a fundraiser for the Livingston Library and we have more available. If you are interested follow the link and purchase one! http://fellowcraftclub.org/members/erie-districts-tee-shirt/
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See you next year!  Bro. Dan Di Natale

Erie Masonic Districts Officers Apron Presentation - June 27, 2014

The Brothers of Harmonie Show Their Support

The Right Worshipful Jeffery Williamson, Deputy Grand Master, with Both Erie District Teams

Very Worshipful Daniel J. Di Natale and Lady Gallo 

Right Worshipful Storck and Very Worshipful Di Natale in a Selfie

Its the Selfie 

Life in the Erie Districts has been changing. Changing so much to the better. The support, involvement, and communication between Lodges is at its highest in years. Many of our veteran members have stated that things are starting to feel like they did in the old days. A feat considering that the Erie District were three, with 49 Lodges, and held some 10,000 Brothers in the heydays. Not that quantity is the goal but from what I can gather the quality was their too.

This apron presentation was a wonderful statement of how we in the Erie Districts take our Masonry. We welcomed 145 Brothers, their ladies, family, and guest to the Millennium Hotel. The attendance was at its highest in years and the enthusiasm was impressive. As a recipient in this ceremony, I cannot say thank you enough. The Masonic Purple Association of Erie County did an amazing job making all those being honored this evening feel so special. I know with the support felt at this event that the next two years of service will be a wonderful and special time!

Congratulations to:
R∴W∴ Michael E. Storck - D.D.G.M 1st Erie District
R∴W∴ Hohn B. Haslam. Sr. - D.D.G.M 2nd Erie District
R∴W∴ Gary Galbreath - Grand Steward
R∴W∴ Robert Drzewucki - Grand Sword Bearer
R∴W∴ Frank C. Rice II - Trustee, Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library
V∴W∴ Daniel J. Di Natale - A.G.L 1st Erie District
V∴W∴ Joel T. Burkley - A.G.L 2nd Erie District
V∴W∴ Gerald T. Coleman - Moderator Erie County School of Instruction

Thank You! Bro. Daniel J. Di Natale

There was dancing. Worshipful Keim has Moves. A Warning to All. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saint John's Day - June 21, 2014 -

Very Wor. Daniel J. Di Natale Presents $1,000 to Right Wor. Griff Jones and Mrs. Victoria Cataldo of the Masonic Care Community of New York 

Right Wor. Storck, Right Wor. Haslem, and Right Wor. Drewsuki Right Before Being Commissioned by the Grand Master

Very Worshipful Daniel J. Di Natale is Received by the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master,  and Grand Lecturer 

Your First Erie Masonic District Team - Right Wor. Michael E. Storck - D.D.G.M - Very Wor. Daniel J. Di Natale - A.G.L - Right Wor. Gary Galbreath - Gard Steward 

The Colors

The Grand Standard 
Saint John's Day is a special day for Masons all over the world. It is a time for all in the Craft to gather and celebrate all that it is to be a Freemason. In New York we are so luck to have the Masonic Care Community in Utica. This amazing campus is home to many of the Grand Lodge of New York's charitable efforts. The Masonic Home, the Masonic Medical Research Lab,  the physical collection of the Livingston Library , the famous Tompkins Chapel,  and the historic Knight Templar Building. If you have not taken the time to visit your Masonic Care Community you are shorting yourself - take a look at all you are missing http://www.masonichomeny.org.

This Saint John's Day was historic for a few reasons. First, our Grand Master , the Most Worshipful William J. Thomas, went out of his way to build an event that was much more family centered then in past Saint John's days. Events were held for people of all ages, with a special section for the Might Run coming up in September. Second, this was on of the few times in recent memory that Assistant Grand Lecturer were not only invited but obligated by the Grand Lecturer and received by the Grand Master. This was a very big deal as our very own Very Wor. Daniel J. Di Natale has been appointed as A.G.L of First Erie. All appointed and elected officers from the Eire Districts were there and it was just wonderful. As always the hospitality rooms were amazing and the fellowship epic. If you missed it next year do yourself the favor and go. It is worth every minute and it is your right as a Mason to travel. So get to it!

At St. John's Day Very Wor. Di Natale was able to deliver the $1000.00 check for the Masonic Care Community The R.J.K.F.C raised at the Bar Takeover. After speaking with Right Wor.  Jones, the Care Community needs more service from all of us. They have a wish list of needs. They think our efforts would be best spent in helping them get something off that list. I know we are all up for the challenge! Lets help our Masonic Care Community!

The Grand Line in the East

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June 14. 2014 - Fort Degree, 200 Years of Unity and 202 Years of Freemasonry in Buffalo, New York

The 1812 Buffalo Militia Degree Team

Wor. Frederick G. Clark , S.W - Ver. Wor. Daniel J. Di Natale, Master - Wor. Nathan Shoff, J.W. 

The Past Masters and Master of Harmonie Lodge No. 699

Bro. Hornberger and Bro. McMullen, Proud sons of Buffalo! 

The Militia march out of the Fort

Old Fort Erie

Our Host - Bro. Sam Stark

The end of the War of 1812 marks a special place in the hearts for all the people of Buffalo and Fort Erie. It marks the end of a frontier war the claimed cities and many sons and fathers who went off to fight on both sides of the border.  It also marks a start to a time of healing that would lead to two countries becoming very close. The U.S.A and Canada share the longest undefended boarders between countries in history. It also marks the foundation of Freemasonry in Buffalo, New York.

The settlers of the city brought Freemasonry with them as soon as their were more than a few log cabins that would one day for the center of New Amsterdam - now Buffalo. Formal meetings can be traced to the Village of Clarence well before the 1800s. A Lodge would seek formal organization until the earlier in the 1800s. Due to issues getting the funds required to the Grand Lodge in New York, a Lodge in the City of Buffalo would not form until 1812. Most Worshipful Dewitt Clinton in honor of the Brothers that lost everything in the burning of Buffalo by the English gave a full charter to Western Star Lodge No. 239. The Lodge was unable to meet until 1814, after the war,  as many of the men that made up the Lodge were off fighting in local militia units.

In commemoration of this historic event for Freemasonry and our two countries, the Brothers of our Sister Lodge, Palmer Lodge No. 372 - Fort Erie, Canada - invited us to exemplify the 1st Degree of Masonry for them. To add to this very special occasion the Brothers of Harmonie dressed as the Buffalo Militia that were operating in the area during the war. In fact, the last time there were this many Masons from Buffalo in the Fort they were burning it down! This visit ended a little better for both sides.

This was an absolute honor for both Lodges. To our knowledge we are the only Lodge's on either sides of the border that have done anything to commemorate the ending of the war and the unity felt on both side of our boarder towns. After doing this the Brothers on both sides agree that  Degree team modeled after the War of 1812 would be a wonderful idea to share the proud history on both sides and a remembrance of those that gave it all.

Thank you so much to Wor. Sir Clark Stickland and all the Brothers of Palmer for organizing this event and making us part of history.

In commemoration the Harmonie Lodge is selling a medal. The proceeds of the sale will be donated the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Library and Museum. Price is $10 a medal, plus $3 shipping. Please contact Very Worshipful Daniel J. Di Natale at harmonielodge699@gmail.com to order.

Fort Degree Medal

145th of Harmonie Lodge Officers - June 11, 2014

2014-15 Officer Line - Master - W∴ Joshua Keim, Master

Past Master's Apron gifted by the Members and Friends of Harmonie Lodge No. 699 to Very Wor. Daniel J. Di Natale

Inside Apron Details 


Just amazing! That is the only thing that can be said about this evening. The Lodge welcomed over 60 Brothers, their ladies, and their families. This was the first open Installation of Officers Harmonie has had in close to ten years.  It was wonderful to see the Festive Board Table filled with so many wonderful people. The Lodge welcomed R∴W∴ Christopher Hough, Junior Grand Deacon, Grand Lodge of the State of New York and our District Deputy Grand Master, R∴W∴ Michael Storck. The Brothers gifted a beautiful Past Master's Apron to Very Worshipful Daniel J. Di Natale, our most junior Past Master. Special thanks need to be given to Wor. Clark for organizing this very special gift.  

This even was so very special for so many reasons. Wor. Joshua Keim had the honor of being Raised,  Invested, and Installed by his Grandfather, Wor. Milton Keim 1963, D.S.A.. It has been almost 40 years since Wor. Keim, D.S.A has been in the East, to have been able to do all this for Wor. Joshua Keim is more than most Masons could hope for in a lifetime. Wor. Keim's family was in strong attendance and his father took many wonderful photos that are still being edited. We hope to have those up for those that missed the nights event soon on the website harmonie699.org. 

Congratulations to Wor. Joshua Keim, Master of Harmonie Lodge. The Lodge knows he will do wonderful things with his time in the East. 

2014-15 Officers of Harmonie Lodge No. 699 
Master - W∴ Joshua Keim

Senior Warden - W∴ Fredrick G. Clark II

Junior Warden - Bro. Benjamin J. Kaminski 

Secretary - Bro. John Budowski 2012 - 2015

Treasurer - Bro. Christopher L. Samul 2012 - 2015

Senior Deacon - Bro. Donald Monheim

Junior Deacon - Bro. Barry McLaughlin

Senior Master of Ceremony - Bro. Daniel Augustnek

Junior Master of Ceremony - Bro. Anthony Marchiloi 

Senior Stewards - Bro. Nicholas Hornberger

Junior Stewards - Bro. Brad Wagner

Marshal - Bro. Dennis McMullen

Chaplain - Bro. William Chapin II - 2012 - 2015 - Trustee - 2013-2016

Musical Director - Bro. Nonso Ilogu

Tiler - Bro. Peter Schank

2014-17 Trustee - W∴ Gerard E. Schultz Jr. - Master 1999, 2003, 2007

2014-15 Trustee - V∴W∴Daniel J. Di Natale - Master 2013, 2014

Installing Team 
Installing Master - V∴W∴Daniel J. Di Natale - Assistant Grand Lecturer First Erie Masonic District - Master 2013, 2014

Installing Chaplin- R∴W∴Michael E. Storck. - District Deputy Grand Master of the First Erie Masonic District

Installing Marshall - W∴ Gerard E. Schultz Jr. - Master 1999, 2003, 2007

Obligation to Master - W∴ Milton Keim - Distinguished Service Award, Master - 1963