Sunday, January 27, 2013

January 12th 2013 - Ronald J. Keel Fellowcraft Club - Masonic Movie Night

Sometimes it is nice to just relax with Brothers and friends and enjoy a good movie. On January 12th the R.J.K held a Masonic movie night and watched "The Crossing". This A and E movie covers Bro. George Washington's crossing the Delaware to take the fight to the Hessians at Trenton. I really liked this film as it show the epic men of history that fought for our freedom in a very human light. They were men just like us filled with doubts, ambition and fear. It is an older made for TV movie but over all it was very well done. It stars Jeff Daniels as George Washington, which I thought he did very well. If you have not seen it I would get a copy. It is only about $15 on amazon and well worth it.

Enjoy the movie!

W:. Dan Di Natale

January 9, 2013 - Return of the Ronald J. Keel Fellowcraft Club


Harmonie is privileged in that we operate year round. No dark period for us only a few weeks around the winter holidays and then back into the quarry. The R.J.K Fellowcraft Club has been meeting for the last 8 years and has been wonderfully successful. The R.J.K is responsible for the lighter side of our Masonic activities from fellowship outings and fundraisers the R.J.K has it covered. It even caters to the hungry minds when the Lodge is not operating offer wonderful Masonic education in a less formal atmosphere.  

On January 9, 2013 the club held is annual election of officers. It was the most contested election we have ever had, which is wonderful. The Brothers selected the men that they felt would best lead them in the coming year. After the vote was held the Brothers selected:

President: Brother Donald Monheim
Vice-President: Brother Zachary Burgess
Secretary: Brother Joshua Keim (Re-elected for a fourth term)
Treasurer: Brother Nonso Ilogu

What a wonderful group of men group of men to lead the 2013 fellowcraft season. We have a lot of events planed and many more coming. make sure to keep up with events at the Fellowcraft website

Hope to see you there,

W:. Dan Di Natale

2nd Degree Tracing Board Lecture - November 28th 2012

Dear Brothers,

I am still catching up on the Lodges happenings. Good news, I am almost caught up in reporting. On November 14, 2012 Harmoanie Lodge passed seven Brothers to the Degree of Fellowcraft. It was an impressive Degree executed near flawlessly by Bro. Michael Peter Guzack our Junior Warden. This was his first run in the East and I have to say I was very proud of his work.

As part of the proficiency work at Harmonie candidates to the Craft must attend Tracing Board lectures.   It is here that the novice to the Craft is imparted deeper esoteric knowledge and understanding about our beautiful work. On November 28, 2012 Bro. Guzack lead the Lodge in open discussion on the 2nd Degree Tracing Board. Bro. Guzack made the choice to use the Gregory Steward 2nd Degree Tracing Board to drawn his lessons from. This board, in my opinion, in one of the deepest and most complicated boards. It pulls symbols from alchemy, kabbalah and many other deep esoteric philosophies and practices. It inspired much lively discussion.

If you have never attended a Tracing Board lecture, please come. It is a wonderful Masonic tradition that fell to the wayside in the US. In recent years it has become one of the most important focal points in Harmonie Lodge's return to true Craft Masonry.

Around the quarry,

W:. Daniel J. Di Natale

Sunday, January 13, 2013

November 10th - Western New York Lodge or Research - Bro. Joshua Keim Speaks on the "Lewis"

The "Lewis" something European Masons know about but we American Masons have limited exposure to. Bro. Joshua Keim brought his work on the subject to the Western New York Lodge of Research to enlighten us on this neglected topic. It was an Bro. Keim's first educational program and as member of the audience I was very impressed. Bro. Keim lectured on not only the operative nature of the Lewis but the ritual origin of it in Masonry. The practice of making the son of a Mason a member was something I knew about but methods used were not something I had ever heard of until Bro. Keim spoke on it. Bro. Keim went deep into Egyptian Rite and French Rite Freemasonry and how deeply important the Lewis was to their practice.

I would advise talking to Brother Keim about his work. It was wonderfully put together and engaging. I have been a more then a few Discussion groups this topic brought on some wonderful conversation. 

W:. Daniel J. Di Natale

November 26th - Ancient Landmarks Lodge No. 358 American Table Lodge


My sincerest apologies for not keeping on the Lodge happenings. With the holidays and flu epidemic it has been very hard to keep things up. Thankfully, I am well again and though I enjoy the holidays I am  happy to see them over.

On November 26th, Brothers Monheim, Chapin and I had the pleasure of sharing Ancient Landmarks Lodge's American Table Lodge. It was a wonderful time, wonderful food and stellar fellowship. The toasts went long into the evening. I was again given the honor to speak to the Brethren about our rich Buffalo Masonic heritage. It was an an absolute pleasure to share this evening with Landmarks. I look forward to their upcoming Burn's Supper and Kipling Night.

W:. Daniel J. Di Natale