Mariners Lodge #150 Barnegat, NJ

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Gold Collar Degree
♦ Saint Patrick's Day Dinner


A Message from the East

Posted by Bro. Steve M.

Greetings Brothers,
Many past masters told me , prior to December, how fast my year would go by. As I am writing this message, it’s almost March, and I don’t know where February went. It’s been busy to say the least. Two of my favorite symbols of our craft are the Beehive and the Hourglass. It’s very easy these days to get caught up in our busy lives. I, for one, use these symbols to stay focused, and remember we are made to be active and social creatures. Don’t become another drone in the hive while those little particles slide through their little container.

I had the opportunity this month to visit with a long time mason (raised in 1955). We had a quick chat, but what I really took from our visit was the immense pride that he has of being a Mason. He proceeded to pull out a folder full of everything masonic of his through the years - papers, certificates, etc. I have much love and pride in our institution, and to see that we are following in the footsteps of some fantastic men is a good feeling. On another note, that visit also brought some sincere happiness to his daughter, who is caring for him. To see that a quick visit can really mean so much to a family is a true lesson. I really encourage all of you to keep in touch with our brothers, and if you haven’t seen anyone for a while, check in with them. I know you will get a good feeling in your heart to make someone happy!

There are two big events in March, the first being the Reception for this year’s 20th District Grand Officers, including our own Robert Shields, on March 8th at Sea Oaks. For information or tickets see me or WB Harper. Also, we have our big St. Patrick’s Dinner on March 10th at the Lodge. For information or tickets see me or SW Mitchell.

This month’s “Freemasons in History” Davy Crockett:
“The King of the Wild Frontier” was a folk hero and a politician, but also a freemason. It was while he was serving in Washington that he became a Mason, and when he left to explore Texas he gave his masonic apron to the Weakly Lodge in Tennessee, where it still remains. His idea was to settle in Texas and move his family there, but sadly, that never happened. While he was there was a surprise attack by Mexican soldiers and so the Battle of the Alamo began. When the battle was over, and the Mexicans had taken the fort, Crockett was discovered among the dead. On March 6, 1775, Prince Hall and fourteen other free Negroes of Boston were made Master Masons in an Army lodge attached to one of General Gage’s regiments.

Sincerely and fraternally,
WM Peter Rahtjen


Saint Patty’s Day Dinner

Posted by Bro. Steve M.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner

March 10th, 2018

Dinner Price: 20 Dollars when buying tickets.

Please note: Ticket sales end on the 9th. Admission Price the day-of is $25.
Please buy your tickets in advance!


Master Mason – Gold Collar Degree

Posted by Bro. Steve M.

Master Mason Degree - Gold Collar Second Section
March 12, 2018.

Early Opening (Officers Required)
6:00 PM

First Section - Dinner.
6:30 PM
Those not wishing to participate in the Degree may eat dinner.
Those who wish to participate need to eat ahead of time or in between 1st and 2nd section.

Second Section
7:30 PM

Be There AND be Square


Message From the East

Posted by Bro. Steve M.


Greetings Brethren,

I am not sure about you, but I am hoping that in a few days, the groundhog comes out and sees no shadow, because I am ready for an early spring.

2018 finds us in some amazing times. With so much happening in the world, it’s often hard to stay focused on the direction which is best for you. I personally find that to be true occasionally. You can look at social media and your thoughts may be swayed in one direction, and then watch the evening news and your thoughts can be moved in another direction altogether. We can all get caught up in the heat of the moment. The way I continue to try to counter that is to remind myself of the lessons we learn in the Lodge, and what it truly takes to be a Mason. Be kind to all people. Examine the facts, examine history, and think for yourself; don’t let anyone think for you. One of my favorite quotes comes from Mahatma Gandhi: "You must be the change you want to see in the world.” I find this very valuable and use it when I need to focus.

February is a busy month at Mariners Lodge; we have some fun events coming up where I hope to see you. February 10th we have the Grand Lodge Valentines dance at the Parkertown Firehouse. February 24th at 7 PM we will be holding a ballroom dance lesson event at Mariners which was a great time when we did it before. There are limited spots left; contact me for information.

This month’s edition of notable Freemasons take a look at the sports world. I’m sure most basketball fans know that Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal is a Prince Hall Mason, but did you know former Chicago Bulls Champion Scottie Pippen is as well? Also, Denver Broncos legend John Elway is a perpetual lifetime member of South Denver Lodge No. 93.

Sincerely and fraternally,
WM Peter Rahtjen


Fellowcraft Degree

Posted by Bro. Steve M.

Our Initiated Brethren are going to be Passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft!


Entered Apprentice Degree

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Come join us for our rescheduled Entered Apprentice Degree and support our soon-to-be Brother!


A Message From the East

Posted by Bro. Steve M.


Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year brethren! I hope you are all enjoying the holidays with family, brothers, and friends. I am both honored and excited to have been elected as Worshipful Master of Mariners Lodge. I am looking forward to working with you all, serving Freemasonry, and making good men better men.
I’d like take this opportunity to again congratulate WB Doug Harper for a fantastic year in the East. I truly enjoyed working with Doug, and I am looking forward to his help and wisdom as we progress through the 2018 masonic year. We will be holding some fun events this year, including the popular St. Patrick’s Day dinner, Ashes in the Alley, and Pirate’s Day, just to name a few. I also hope to try some fun new events, so stay tuned.
When I started to learn about our fraternity, before I petitioned for membership, I hoped that Masonry was something that not only I could enjoy, but my family as well, so I plan to put together some activities that are family friendly too; I hope to see you all there.

We have an upcoming event run by the 20th Masonic District, which will be a roast of the outcoming Masters, and should be a blast!

January 12th will be the roast, and it’s open to Masons and their significant others. See me for tickets.

Finally brothers, while I would love to see you all on the sidelines at meetings, I encourage you to be a Mason every day, call and check in on a brother you haven’t seen in a while, do something good for one reason - that it feels good in your heart.

Notable Freemasons: Henry Ford
Ford revolutionized mass production of cars with the Model T, giving his name to the process, known as “Fordism”. Fordism was about more than making cars quickly, it was also about giving workers rights and wages that they never had before. With his $5 workday, he improved conditions radically and forced competitors to do the same.

Fraternally and Sincerely,
WM Peter Rahtjen


Breakfast with Santa

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Get up and get your holiday grub on! Join us for our Annual Breakfast With Santa.


A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

My term as Master is half over and I want to thank everyone for their support so far this year. We have accomplished many things and will continue to do so for the remainder of the year.
As the sun in the sky at meridian reaches its zenith for the year remember that we do not go “dark”. As Freemasons we never go dark. Although we may not see each other for several weeks, the light each of us emits will always reach the rest of the brotherhood. Think of the summer break as going on an extended refreshment. We are still a lodge and we continue to do the work we perform outside of the lodge room including charity, fun, and brotherhood.
Please continue to support our ongoing food drive for those who are less fortunate than we are. You may contact me or WB Jeffrey Rawley if you have donations to make. We will also have several social events over the summer break included in the Trestleboard & Dates for Your Calendar sections of this trestleboard. I hope to see you all there.
Freemasonry is an attempt to organize harmony, and therefore it is essential that all its arrangements for the promotion of concord should be of the most perfect character and most delicately adjusted. Whatever tends in the least degree to produce disagreement and discord, to cause a jarring and clashing among the elements composing the society, or any of its branches, must have a tendency to defeat the purposes of the institution, must in itself be destructive of the spirit of Masonry, and must be something foreign to that spirit, something not to be cultivated, but to be avoided by Masons
- The Masonic Monthly, February 1867.
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug Harper,WM 2017