My Brother,

“As the sun sets in the West to close the day,” the sun also has begun to set as we conclude the 2018 Masonic year. The Brethren of Sunrise Lodge, especially you, have made this a very exciting, eventful, and successful year in which we harvested the greatest crop of like-minded men whose desires were to improve and expand the Craft.

We have enjoyed Initiating, Passing and Raising new Brethren, nurtured existing relationships, and celebrated many festivities together from our first annual Beefsteak Dinner in the Spring, to our annual Hawaiian Night at the opening of Summer, and to our Joint Oktoberfest in the Fall with Harmony Lodge No. 18.

As Masons, we have sworn to “spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection—that cement which unites us in one sacred band, or society of friends and brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist.” And you have done just that.

The Brethren of Sunrise Lodge No. 288 had heeded the Trestle Board message From the West last November beyond any expectations: Inclusion.

We can rest our collective heads every night knowing we have taken that message and included ourselves and others. And as we always say, “it’s what we do.”

It’s what you’ve done. I implore you to continue to do just that as we await the dawn of the 2019 Masonic year.

We congratulate Brother Kevin Rutzler upon his nomination to the Oriental Chair, and (if elected) will serve us well with “Wisdom, Strength, and Beauty.”

I hope I have served you well and look forward to the future together in the “ties of union and friendship.”

Remember those less fortunate as we appreciate a blessed and safe holiday season.

Fraternally Yours,

WM John G. Koratzanis, Jr.


Monday evenings, summer included - unless in case of holiday, continue as practice nights for officers and candidates. All Brethren are welcome.

January 2nd - First meeting for the new Worshipful Master and Officers Dinner and Fellowship - 6:30 pm/Meeting 7:30 pm

January 16th - Rusty Mason Evening. Brush up on your Lodge etiquette Dinner and Fellowship - 6:30 pm/Meeting 7:30 pm


Installation of Officers Tuckerton Lodge No. 4 - 112 Church Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087- December 11 - 6 pm

Roast of the Past Masters Friday, January 11th - 6 pm - Sea Oaks Country Club, 99 Golf View Dr, Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08087

Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside Heights, NJ - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Breakfast at Sunrise Lodge starting 7:30 am


6th Annual Sweetheart Dance - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - Parkertown Firehouse - 830 Railroad Ave., Parkertown, NJ 08087 - 7 pm


Please check your dues card as we still have many Brothers who have not paid for this year. 2018 Dues are due now! 2019 Dues by December 31st


Contact the Secretary for details

Degrees, Examinations & Petitions

Awaiting Entered Apprentice Degree

David Alan Coe, Jr.

Awaiting Fellow Craft Degree

Allen E. Barlett

Brandon Scott Kopenhafer

Steven P. Pribula

John Zack, Jr.

Awaiting Master Mason Degree

William Jon Biedeback

Jeffery C. McElwee

Awaiting Entered Apprentice Exam

Allen E. Barlett

Awaiting Fellow Craft Exam

Awaiting Master Mason Exam

Jesse Urban

Edwin C. Brooks

Morris Ligoski

Steven Vitable

Kenneth Gross



Christopher Shapley

Ballot for Membership

Sunrise Officers 2019

Kevin M. Rutzler | Worshipful Master

Bro. Earl Campos | Senior Warden

Bro. Robert Rohan | Junior Warden

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

W.B. Theodore Karagias PM | Secretary

Bro. Deano Crewe | Chaplain

D.W.A. Bro. Dieter Franiok | Senior Deacon

Bro. Eduard Lerman | Junior Deacon

Bro. John Lippincott, Sr. | Senior Master of Ceremonies

Bro. John Lippincott, Jr. | Junior Master of Ceremonies

Bro. Daniel Fusco. | Senior Steward

Bro. Kevin Wood | Junior Steward

W.B. John G. Koratzanis, Jr. | Marshal

Bradley W. Steinhauer | Organist

W.B. Todd Murray | Historian

R.W. Jon E. Hess, Sr. | Tiler

Committees for 2017


RW Michael L. Tucker, DDGM Emeritus

Bro. Jerome Gertner

RW Vincent Etzel DDGM


RW Joseph McCann PGC

RW Neal Bottomley

RW Robert T. Bell, Jr. SGD


MW Dieter B. Hees - Grand Master 2017/18

DWA Bro. Christopher Heale


RW Michael L. Tucker DDGM Emeritus

RW Vincent E. Etzel DDGM

WB Denis W. Johnson, Sr.


RW Michael L. Tucker DDGM Emeritus

RW Roy J. Becker-Rowley DRI

WB John G. Koratzanis, Jr.


WB John G. Koratzanis, Jr. - 3 years

WB Roy J. Rowley - 2 years

WB Todd Murray - 1 years

20th Masonic District Association

Meetings prior to DLI -

Months to be announced


MW William H. Bernman PGM

RW Joseph Herx PDRI

RW Alfred Sherman PDRI

RW 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, DDGM Emeritus***

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 - Past Aide to the GM

2001 A. Wayne Klokis ***

2002 John A Tilton

2004 MW Dieter B. Hees - Grand Master 2017/2018

2005 John J. Keating

2006 RW Joseph C. McCann 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. PSGD

2009 Richard Gendreau ***

2010 David N. Olsen

2011 RW Neal E. Bottomley PGC

2011-12 John J. Dester III *

2012 RW Vincent E. Etzel DDGM

2012 RW Joseph S. Schwartz, Jr. Past Secretary to the PGM *

2013 RW Denis W. Johnson, Sr. PJGS

2014-15 RW Jon E. Hess, Sr. PDRI

2016 Todd Murray

2017 RW Roy J. Rowley DRI

2018 John G. Koratzanis, Jr.

2019 Kevin M. Rutzler

Most Worshipful, 20th DDGM, 20th DRI

Grand Master of Masons NJ

Most Worshipful Roger B. Quintana

100 Barrack St. Trenton, NJ 08608-2005

20th Disrict Deputy Grand Master

Right Worshipful Vincent E. Etzel

20th District Ritual Instructor

Right Worshipful Roy Rowley

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

Tuckerton Lodge #4

2nd and 4th Tuesdays

WB Christopher Fatovich

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 Kevin M. Rutzler.

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