My Brother,

Do you understand the difference between Membership and Fraternalism?

This question dawned on me not too long ago when I overheard a friend talking about another Fraternal Order.

“I am a member,” he said.

Curious, I pressed on. In simplest terms, he told me that he was a Member, pays his dues and every so often, reads the group newsletter. I asked him why he did not participate, and he told me he did not get much out of it.

Merriam-Webster states that Membership is “the state or status of being a member and the relation between an element of a set or class and the set or class.”

Membership is also many people belonging to a faction or group in which the individual reaps the personal benefit. You pay fees and/or dues to be accepted into and obtain an individual reward in the form of assistance or money. The American Automobile Association is a good example of Membership. And yes, I am a member of that as well.

Fraternalism has the same foundation, but propels us towards an entirely different definition. Fraternalism is defined as “of or befitting a brother or brothers, and of or being a society of men associated in brotherly union, as for MUTUAL AID or BENEFIT.”

The wages we receive as Master Masons are the opportunities to assemble with one another, to hear and see our beautiful ceremonies and to receive Light through sharing thoughts and ideas. These wages are not to be taken lightly. For those with open hearts and minds, each degree, each passage of our ritual and each personal connection we work towards lead us closer to that “world of Light, Life, and Love.”

Our reward for membership in our great Fraternity grants us Brotherhood and friendship; opportunities we might never have had elsewhere! And these benefits far surpass any other financial gain or profit we might receive through any other membership or career.

In closing, I ask you to strip away all the vices and superfluities, look into your hearts and ask the question, am I a member, or am I part of a Fraternity?

Fraternally Yours,
WM John G. Koratzanis Jr.


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

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

February 21st - Regular Meeting

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


January 11th, 2018 Masters and Wardens Meeting - Mariners Lodge, Barnegat, NJ - 7:30 pm

January 12th, 2018 Roast of the Outgoing Masters - Sea Oaks Country Club, Little Egg Harbor, NJ - 7:30 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

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 2018

John G. Koratzanis, Jr. (Joy) | Worshipful Master

Bro. Kevin Rutzler | Senior Warden

Bro. Earl W. Campos | Junior Warden

R.W. Denis W. Johnson, Sr. JGD | Treasurer

W.B. Theodore Karagias PM | Secretary

Bro. Jack Steinhauer | Chaplain

R.W. Neal E. Bottomley | Senior Deacon

Bro. Robert Rohan | Junior Deacon

Bro. Paul Dobrolovich | Senior Master of Ceremonies

Bro. Anthony Bartolini | Junior Master of Ceremonies

Bro. John Lippincott, Jr. | Senior Steward

Bro. John Lippincott, Sr. | Junior Steward

Bro. William Porter | Marshal

Bradley W. Steinhauer | Organist

D.W.B. John F. Curran | Historian

W.B. Todd "MOOSE" Murray | 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

DWA Bro. Christopher Heale


RW Michael L. Tucker PDDGM Emeritus

RW Vincent E. Etzel DDGM

WB Dennis W. Johnson


RW Michael L. Tucker PDDGM Emeritus

WB Roy J. Becker-Rowley

WM John G. Koratzanis, Jr.


WB Roy J. Rowley - 3 years

WB Todd Murray - 2 years

WB Jon Hess, Sr. - 1 years

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, Jr.

Most Worshipful, 20th DDGM, 20th DRI

Grand Master of Masons NJ

Most Worshipful Dieter B. Hees

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 John Lord

Mariners Lodge #150

2nd and 4th Mondays

WB Peter Rahtjen

Sextant Lodge #286

1st and 3rd Tuesdays

WB Robert Kircher

Sunrise Lodge #288

1st and 3rd Wednesdays

WB John G. Koratzanis, Jr.

Tuckerton Lodge #4

2nd and 4th Tuesdays

WB Christopher Fatovich

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