Mariners Lodge #150 Barnegat, NJ

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

You've passed to Fellowcraft. So now what? What was this degree about? What should your takeaway be?

Join us this Monday evening for our regular meeting. Our officers will be sitting in Advanced Chairs and we will also have an enlightening presentation on the Fellowcraft Degree. We hope to see you all there.


Dinner will be served at 6:30 before our regular meeting.


Breakfast With The Easter Bunny

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

It's time to spring into Easter! Bounce on over to Mariners Lodge for Breakfast With The Easter Bunny, hosted by Jersey Shore DeMolay. Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast and visit with the one and only Easter Bunny.

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A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill


Seven Score and twelve years ago the bloodiest war in American history, the American Civil War, ended. During the struggle that nearly tore our country apart, there were many occasions when Freemasons on both sides of the lines remembered their obligations toward each other and, despite their political differences, they risked life, limb and treasure to aid and relieve a brother in need. A remembrance of that time follows:

“My father had been a soldier in the Union Army.
He was made a Mason in a military Lodge. Taken
prisoner at Arkansas Post, he was carried up the
Mississippi River to Rock Island, Illinois. My father
became desperately ill, and made himself known
as a Mason to an officer of the camp. The officer
took him to his own home and nursed him back
to life. When the war ended, he loaned Father
money to pay his way back to his Texas home,
and gave him a pearl-handled pistol to protect
himself. This experience of my father, when
I learned about it, had a very great influence
upon my life; the fact that such a fraternity of
men could exist, mitigating the harshness of war,
and remain unbroken when states and churches
were torn in two, became a wonder; and it is not
strange that I tried for years to repay my debt to
- Joseph Fort Newton, D.D. in River of Years

Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug Harper,WM 2017



Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

Our Annual Saint Patrick's Dinner was a rousing success. Our thanks to everyone who came out, helped out, and spend the night with us.

If you'd like to see some of the great pictures from the night, click on the image below.


Comedy Night

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

The brothers of the 20th Masonic District invite you to an evening of laughter and fun. A Night of Comedy will be held next Saturday, March 25th from 8-11pm at Sea Oaks Country Club. Tickets are only $45, and include entrance into the show and a 3 hour open bar. Dinner service is available at Sea Oaks prior to the event. Please contact them for a reservation.

Space is limited so hurry to contact WB Todd Murray to purchase your tickets.


Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner 2017

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

Irish eyes are smiling! That wonderous that time of year is upon us again!

On Saturday, March 18th, 2017 join the Brothers of Mariners Lodge as we celebrate all things Irish with our our annual Saint Patrick's Day Dinner.

Enjoy LIVE Bag Pipers, our famous corned beef & cabbage dinner, beer, wine, and some great fun! Come out and be a part of the festivities.

Doors open at 6:00PM.
Tickets are $25


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A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

Spring is just around the corner. In a few weeks the world will waken anew, the flowers will bloom, and life will spring forth. As the season turns and we exit our winter burrows, it’s the perfect time of year to awaken our Masonic selves. If the mortar of your Masonic self has become worn, or the stones are loose, or have rough edges, this is the perfect time to pick up your gavel, square, and trowel, and reshape and reset those stones, and, if you want your work to be Square, don’t cut corners.
If you are a regular attendee of Lodge we look forward to seeing you during the coming months. If you haven’t been to Lodge for a while, why not come out and see what’s happening at Mariners? You might see a friend you haven’t seen for a while. If you would like to attend Lodge and and cannot get there yourself, please call me directly. I will arrange to have you driven both ways.
For those looking for new ways to help the Lodge and the brethren, RW Brother John Kaiser is assembling a list of skills and talents (even hobbies) each of us might be willing to use to help a brother in need. this is intended to be a directory of things we can do to help each other, not a for-profit business listing. If you have a skill you are willing to list, please contact RW Brother Kaiser directly at:
“Man has always sought the Fountain of Youth, and has never found it. Those who work with young people, however, know that to stay young is nothing more than thinking young, being part of what is going on now, and staying close to the aspirations and enthusiasms of the young.”
- Brother Henry Clausen
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug HarperWM 2017

From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

As men we are hewn from the same quarry and begin our lives in a rough-hewn state. Our initial step in perfecting our personal ashlar begins when we give three knocks on the outer door of the Lodge with our own hand.
This month we celebrate the birthdays of two of the great leaders of our country - Brother George Washington, to whom we are indebted for the creation of our great country and Abraham Lincoln, to whom we owe the continued unity of the country and the equality of all its citizens. Each of these men spent their lives shaping their own ashlar and the ashlars of those around them.
As we progress through our degrees and participate in the craft we should strive to emulate these men, and as Masons, continually strive to remove our rough and imperfect edges and become a more perfect ashlar in our profane lives and as brothers of the craft.
“Freemasoonry has endured not because of its antiquity, its influence, or its social standing, but because there have been so many who have lived it. The effectiveness of Masonic teachings will always be the measure by which the outside world judges Freemasonry; the proof of Freemasonry is in our deeds and it is in our deeds that Freemasonry is made known to non-Masons. The only way the Craft can be judged is by its product. The prestige of Freemasonry lies squarely on the shoulders of each of us.”
- Brother G. Wilbur Best
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug Harper,WM 2017

Master Masons Night

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill


Our Sister Chapter, Bethlehem #40 O.E.S.N.J, is holding their annual Master Mason's Night on Friday, February 3, 2017. There will be a hearty dinner served at 6:30pm with the meeting and a salute to the bretheren at 7:30pm. For more information visit


A Message From The East

Posted by Bro. Shean McDill

From the east
I would like to thank you for trusting me with the care of the Lodge for the coming year. I would also like to thank the officers and committees who are serving for the year. As we once again begin the cycle of life the days become longer and each day more light shines upon us. Let us use this light wisely and productively. We have much work planned for the year. The designs upon the trestleboard include degrees as needed, most likely monthly. When we are not making masons I plan to have programs that are educational and, I hope, interesting. The intended program will be published in the trestleboard each month and I hope to see you all frequently. Last summer I had the opportunity to meet with the Mayor of Barnegat, and Mariners Lodge is recognized as the largest charitable institution in the town. Over the last several years Mariners Lodge has been actively contributing to help those in need in the area. We have an active donation program to the Barnegat Food Bank and we run a Christmas gift program that has increased each year since its inception. We have also established a discretionary fund for the Master to donate to a needy family. I hope we can all continue to support these worthy programs.
“I ask of each Mason, of each member, of each brother, that he shall remember ever that there is upon him a peculiar obligation to show himself in every respect a good citizen;for after all, the way he can best do his duty by the ancient order to which he belongs is by reflecting credit upon that order by the way in which he performs his duty as a citizen of the United States.”
- Brother Theodore Roosevelt
Fraternally and Sincerely,
Doug Harper, WM 2017