My Brother,

In the Ancient Mysteries of Freemasonry, we discover that the East was regarded as the most sacred part of a Lodge hall. As the cardinal point of the rising sun, it was and is still considered symbolic of Light. There were two main segments that held the East in high regard in Ancient times – the “sun-worshipers,” and those of more “enlightened religious intelligence.” Therefore, we find that the East is the seat of the highest office in a Masonic Lodge.

Since the start of my Masonic career, I look to the sunrise much differently. It reminds me of my constant search for enlightenment, and how much this Brotherhood has impacted that search in a positive way. Unlike a cloudy day, where we are at the mercy of the weather, or night, where we are at the mercy of the earth’s rotation, we have the ability to search and discover all the light that you care to embrace.

Therefore, I encourage everyone to participate in a Lodge meeting or a Lodge function to see an old friend, to spread light and to receive light from each other.

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley


The letters found in the word GOD, are also the initials of three Hebrew words with Masonic significance:

G — Gomez— Beauty

O — Oz— Strength

D — Dabar— Wisdom

A Lodge Room in Two Countries

At one time, Golden Rule Lodge No. 5 of Standstead, Quebec, occupied a Lodge room bisected by the international boundary. It had entrances from the Canadian and Vermont sides, and the membership was just as international as the site.


For the office of Worshipful Master — John G. Koratzanis Jr.

For the office of Senior Warden — Kevin Rutzler

For the office of Junior Warden — Earl Campos

For the office of Treasurer — R.W. Denis W. Johnson, Jr.

For the office of Secretary — W.B. Theodore N. Karagias

For the authority of Proxy to Grand Lodge — R.W. Neal Bottomley


Monday evenings continue as practice nights for officers and candidates. All Brethren are welcome.

November 1st - Regular Business - 7:30 pm

November 15th - ELECTION OF SUNRISE No. 288 OFFICERS for the 2018 Year - 7:30 pm

December 6th - Regular Meeting/Qualifications for incoming Worshipful Master - 7:30 pm

FRIDAY December 15th - INSTALLATION OF 2018 OFFICERS - 6 pm


January 3rd - 1st Regular Meeting of the Year - 7:30

January 17th - Rusty Mason Night - Always a fun time - 7:30

February 7th - Entered Apprentice Degree - DRESS: FORMAL - 7:30 pm



December 9th - Harmony Lodge Installation of Officers - Toms River, NJ - 12 noon

December 12th - Tuckerton Lodge Installation of Officers - Tuckerton, NJ - 6 pm

December 16th - Sextant Lodge Installation of Officers - Beach Haven, NJ - 1 pm

December 17th - Mariners Lodge Installation of Officers - Barnegat, NJ - 1 pm


Please check your dues card as we still have many Brothers who have not paid for this year. 2018 Dues are due now!

Degrees, Examinations & Petitions

Awaiting Entered Apprentice Degree

Roger Albert Shapely

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree

Brandon Scott Kopenhafer

Steven P. Pribula

John Zack Jr.

Edwin C. Brooks Jr.

Morris Ligoski

Awaiting Master Mason Degree

Deano Crewe

William Jon Biedeback

William Lewis Herman

William Jose LaCouture

Brad J. Santella-Figueias

Jeffery C. McElwee

Alan J. Orphanodakis

Awaiting Entered Apprentice Exam

Awaiting Fellow Craft Exam

Awaiting Master Mason Exam

Steven Vitable

Kenneth Gross

Patrick Adam O'Connor


Roger Albert Shapley

William Lacouture


Ballot for Membership

Roger Albert Shapely

Sunrise Officers 2017

Roy J. Becker-Rowley (Laura) | Worshipful Master

John G. Koratzanis Jr. (Joy) | Senior Warden

Kevin Rutzler | Junior Warden

RW Denis W. Johnson, JGD | Treasurer

Theodore Karagias PM | Secretary

Sydney Stroman | Chaplain

Earl Campos | Senior Deacon/Proxy to Grand Lodge

RW James Gertsen | Junior Deacon

Adam J. Hess | Senior MC

John S. Lippincott | Junior MC

Robert Rohan | Senior Steward

John Lippincott Jr. | Junior Steward

John G. Steinhauer | Marshal

Bradley W. Steinhauer | Organist

John F. Curran | Historian

Daniel E. Terry | Tyler

Committees for 2015


RW Michael L. Tucker, PDDGM Emeritus

Bro. Jerome Gertner

RW Vincent Etzel DDGM


RW Joseph McCann PGC

WB Rich Crosby PM

RW Robert T. Bell, Jr. SGD


MW Dieter B. Hees - Grand Master

DB Christopher Heale


RW Michael L. Tucker PDDGM Emeritus

RW Vincent E. Etzel DDGM

WB Dennis W. Johnson


RW Michael L. Tucker PDDGM Emeritus

WM Roy J. Becker-Rowley

Bro. John G. Koratzanis, Jr.


WB Todd Murray - 3 years

WB Jon Hess, Sr. - 2 years

RW E. James Gertsen - Aide to the GM - 1 year

20th Masonic District Association

Meetings prior to DLI -

Months to be announced


MW William H. Bernman PGM

RW Joseph Herx PDRI

Alfred Sherman PDRI

Robert J. Stewart PDDGM

Living Past Masters

1968 James L. Sprague

1970 Lawrence McGavin

1971 Dennis O. Staer

1977 William Asay

1978 RW Joseph Dias PGC

1978 William C. Wisse

1980 Bruce Cripps Sr. ***

1981, 90, 93 WB Raymond T. Rowley *

1982 Mark B. Lewis ***

1983 Douglas Bartell

1987-88 RW Robert Fuhrmann, PGC

1989-1996 Theodore N. Karagias

1991 RW Michael L. Tucker, PDDGM ***

1993 Francis Carlevale, Jr.

1995 RW Michael V. Caputo, PDDGM, PGO

1997 RW Arthur Bouder, Jr. PGC *

1997 Joseph Diaz PGC ***

1997 Ronald W. Holt

1998 Daniel H. Langhirt

1998 RW Earl W. Etzel, Jr. JGS *

1999 George W. Paffendorf, Jr. *

1999 Harry L. Anderson *

2000-01 RW E. James Gertsen - Aide to the GM

2001 A. Wayne Klokis ***

2002 John A Tilton

2004 MW Dieter B. Hees - Grand Master

2005 John J. Keating

2006 RW Joseph C. McMann PGC

2006 RW J. Philip Divinagracia PDDGM

2007 Vincent E. Etzel DDGM

2007 Morris D. Sussman ***

2008 Richard T. Crosby

2008 Mitchel A. Gertner ***

2009 RW Robert T. Bell, Jr. SGD

2009 Richard Gendreau ***

2010 David N. Olsen

2011 RW Neal E. Bottomley GC

2011-12 John J. Dester III *

2012 RW Joseph S. Schwartz Jr. Secretary to the GM

2013 Dennis W. Johnson

2014-15 RW Jon Hess, Sr. DRI

2016 Todd Murray

2017 Roy J. Becker-Rowley

Most Worshipful, 20th DDGM, 20th DRI

Grand Master of Masons NJ

Most Worshipful Walter R. Kaulfers

100 Barrack St. Trenton, NJ 08608-2005

20th Disrict Deputy Grand Master

Right Worshipful Vincent E. Etzel

20th District Ritual Instructor

Right Worshipful Jon E. Hess Sr.

Charity, Blood Bank and Learning Center

20th Masonic District Charity Foundation

Right Worshipful Jefferson R. Driscoll, PGC

(609) 296-0615

20th Masonic District Blood Bank

Worshipful Brother Robert Caffyn, PM

(609) 296-0615

(609) 290-7566

Northfield Learning Center

200 New Road Northfield, NJ 08225

Right Worshipful Joseph T. Mezzina, PAGM

Meeting Nights & Worshipful Masters of the 20th Masonic District

Harmony Lodge #18

1st and 3rd Tuesdays

WB Carl Del Conte

Mariners Lodge #150

2nd and 4th Mondays

WB Doug Harper

Sextant Lodge #286

1st and 3rd Tuesdays

WB Scott Banks

Sunrise Lodge #288

1st and 3rd Wednesdays

WB Roy Rowley

Tuckerton Lodge #4

2nd and 4th Tuesdays

WB Arnaldo Cruz

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