My Brother,

As the New Year approaches, it reminds me that this year is quickly coming to a close. It seems as if it was just a short time ago that I assumed the Oriental Chair and presided over one of the greatest Lodges in our Fraternity. It was an ambitious year and I am proud of the goals we met together and look forward to playing a part in achieving our long-term goals.

As I reflect on the past year, one thing that stands out above all is what a tremendous amount of support and guidance I received from the Past Masters; thank you. I will be sure to pass it forward. In the end, I only hope that the Brethren feel I represented our Loge and the Fraternity as a whole, with the respect and integrity it deserved.

I would like to thank the Officers for their support and dedication to our Lodge. You were always there for the Brethren and gave so much of yourselves so that the Lodge may prosper. All of you are a great reflection of what a Mason should be.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Brother John Koratzanis as he rises to the East (if elected :). I wish you the best of luck and know that the Lodge will be in great hands under your care.

One last note — there are so many worthy Brethren I would like to thank but I'm limited. So, I would like to thank my Dad (Raymond Rowley) for all of his guidance, and RW Michael L. Tucker, DDGM Emeritus for being such a great mentor to me and many others.

Please remember all of those in need during this Holiday Season.

God Bless!

Fraternally Yours,
WM Roy J. Rowley



As the nominated Worshipful Master for 2018, the Brethren asked what my intentions are for the Craft over the ensuing Masonic year. It is simple;


We each possess the desire for inclusion, and we seek to fulfill that desire through the Light of Masonry. And the desire for inclusion is innate. We all desire significance, to obtain that sense of importance and worth. We desire love and connection, association, unification, and inclusion.

As Masons, these commonalities have united us in the bonds of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Let us strengthen those bonds by including all our Brethren. From a Brother that remains attentive, to a Brother whose Cable Tow is diminished. Expand yourselves within our Lodge.

Include yourself and others throughout our Masonic journey. I look forward to being included in your lives over the next year, and the many more thereafter.

Fraternally Yours,
SW John G. Koratzanis


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 — Bro. Robert Rohan


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

December 2nd - Feast of Saints John - $55 per person

December 6th - Regular Meeting/Election and Qualification for the incoming Worshipful Master - 7:30 pm

FRIDAY December 15th - INSTALLATION OF 2018 OFFICERS - 5 pm Open Regular Meeting — Close Lodge of Sorrows


December 31st Deadline for Spring 2018 issue of the Freemason

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

January 12th - "Roasting of the outgoing Masters" at Sea Oaks Gold Club - $25 per person

January 15th DLI at Harmony Temple - 7:30 pm

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

January 20th - NJ Devils vs. Philly Flyers - 1 pm - ***see Secretary for details***

January 27th - Grand Lodge of NJ Winter Seminar - 8:30 am Trenton NJ

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


March 7th - Fellow Craft Degree - DRESS: FORMAL - 7:30 pm

March 21st - Personal Visit of Grand Master Dieter B. Hees at Harmony Temple - 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

July 7th-13th A Cuban Adventure - 2018-2019 Grand Master Roger Quintana Trip to Cuba


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

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree

Brandon Scott Kopenhafer

Steven P. Pribula

John Zack Jr.

Awaiting Master Mason Degree

William Jon Biedeback

Jeffery C. McElwee

Awaiting Entered Apprentice Exam

Awaiting Fellow Craft Exam

Awaiting Master Mason Exam

Deano Crewe

Roger Albert Shapley

Edwin C. Brooks

Morris Ligoski

Brad J Stantella-Fiqueria

Steven Vitable

Kenneth Gross

William I. Herman

William LaCouture



Ballot for Membership

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 2017


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

2018 John G. Koratzanis

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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