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District Deputy Grand Master

DDGM Newsletter – April 2016

Now is the time of year when we can see some light at the end of the tunnel for this Masonic Tear. Degree work is coming to an end and hopefully Senior Wardens who are expecting to advance to Masters of their Lodges are working with their Masters on putting together a Trestle-Board for the coming Year. How time flies. The new District Deputy, District Staff Officer and AGL have begun Training and getting advice for their upcoming Terms of Office. Preparation is the KEY action that all incoming Officers have to address in order to have a successful year.

There are two areas of preparation that I feel is lacking in the District. When Installation of Officers takes place in June, each Elected Officer and Appointee are charged with not only the responsibility of the position they have been elected or appointed to, but they are also advised that they are expected to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the next senior position. How many of you are prepared for THAT? How many of you are prepared to just fulfill the duties of the position you agree to take? The first meeting in September is too late!!

The purpose of Stewarts and Masters of Ceremony is to gently prepare Brothers to learn smaller portion of the Ritual and look froward to the next higher position and next larger portion of work without the benefit of a “crib sheet”. No open books or crib sheets, except the Monitor, belong in the Lodge Room during a Meeting. Memorization is tough. I know it and I have to work at it myself. I make mistakes and I try to correct them and sometimes I win and sometimes I lose, but I keep trying. I see some throughout the District that try and win also. Maybe not all the way but they keep trying. There are others who only try part way and THAT has to change.

If YOU have trouble learning and need help, ASK for it. If you know a Brother who needs help, OFFER it. We all became Masons for various reasons. We might have admired someone who was a Mason. Someone in the family, (Father, Uncle, Brother. etc.) may have been a Mason and you wanted to follow in their footsteps, Whatever the reason, you chose Masonry and ALL that goes with it. Memorization and good Ritual Work are critical parts. You probably cried when you were a little kid when the alphabet, numbers, spelling, arithmetic where drummed into you and you said “I can’t”. Well, you are all grown up now, and I say you CAN.

I am not a Ritualist and I don’t pretend to be. However, if you need help in learning a part or parts, I may be able to help. Your Lodge or mine. Coffee and a donut, and my time is yours. Time is running short to make your contribution to the Brotherhood Fund and/or to our Masonic Home in Utica. Do it.

John P. Krest

District Deputy Grand Master

Wayne District

DDGM Newsletter – March 2016

My sincere thanks to all those Brothers and wives who participated in the Have-A-Heart event at Eastview Mall. We had a great turnout and some fun times. I hope that the District will continue to be an active participant in the years ahead. Good work for a worthy cause.

Over a period of years as a Master of Palmyra Lodge 248, Drumlin Square Lodge 1180 and also as your District Deputy, I have ended just about all my newsletters with a request for monetary support for the Brotherhood Fund and especially our Masonic Home in Utica. This month, I’m reversing the order of things and my request for your support for these worth causes is right up here in the beginning of this article. The reason being that here is another worthy cause that also requires us ALL to be participants. I realize that we are asked to give, give and give to so many causes that it becomes a real live pain in the behind to hear a request for money every time we look around. And between requests in the mail and telephone calls at all hours of the day from organizations that we not only never heard of before, but have no idea where the money really goes to, it makes it difficult to respond to ONE MORE request for money.

As a Mason and a Brother, you must have heard about, seen with your own eyes or just maybe read about where our Brotherhood Fund monies go and what the Jewel we have in Utica is all about. What are you waiting for? We no longer just support our distressed worthy Brothers, their widows and orphans, but we recognize that our knowledge, abilities and generosity benefit all. So open your wallet, write a check and with as much as your heart and means allow. GIVE.

John P Krest

District Deputy Grand Master

Wayne District

DDGM Newsletter – February 2016

Wayne District

February 2016

At the time of writing this article, the first snow of Winter is rapidly disappearing from the lawn and I wonder what will be ahead on these first days of February. That is one of the several disadvantages of writing a article a month before it is to be published. None of us can see into the future and we can only be hopeful, that what we know should happen and what we think will happen will in fact become a reality. In fact, it will really be our good fortune to be around to see it happen.
The Deputy Grand Master, R:.W:. Jeffrey M. Williamson will have presented the Valley of Rochester Scottish Rite Symbolic Lodge Awards to those Brothers nominated by their Lodges in recognition of their work in the Quarries time and time again, to handle those tasks that always need to be done but that are taken for granted. Painting, Taking care of the Trash, Setting up and Tearing down, cutting the Grass and so on, without complaint. They are the “I can do it” Brothers that never let us down. Congratulations to you all.

The End of Year (2015) Reports were to have been submitted by the 1st of February and a copy submitted to the District Deputy. A reminder to all District Masters and Secretaries that a copy of this report by the District Deputy is necessary to have on hand at Grand Lodge to resolve any discrepancies in record keeping in New York. Many such discrepancies occur every year. I would also remind all District Lodges that Per Capita must be paid by March or sooner. I urge every Treasurer to track the receipt of their Per Capita check and give the District Deputy a copy of that also. “I know I sent it in” doesn’t mean a hill of beans to anyone when your Lodge’s name is read in Grand Lodge as being delinquent. Your new District Deputy does not need his first official duties to be the resolution of what should already have been taken care of.

There are at least 2 days in February that are of great importance. February 8th is Wayne District’s “Have A Heart Day” at Eastview Mall and I hope to see many of you there. We will be participating in this important event to raise funds for the Rochester Ronald MacDonald House. More families in Wayne District have been supported through difficult times by this Organization. The other date is February 14th and don’t forget your Significant Other under penalty of whatever, Forever.

The Brotherhood Fund is off track for the year and needs your support. Don”t forget the Masonic Care community.

R:.W:. John P. Krest

District Deputy Grand Master, Wayne District

DDGM Newsletter – January 2016

Wayne District
District Deputy Grand Master’s
January 2016

The Selection Process for District Deputy and Staff Officer for 2016-2018 is in the final Stages and required District Official Visits are complete. Not a bad way to come to the end of 2015. The Masonic Year 2015-2016 still has a way to go and I encourage you to continue the great work you have all accomplished these past months, Ritual Work has really improved and so has the upkeep on the facilities during the year. The Brotherhood Fund Drive has had a slow start but is coming along a little better than last year. We have seen the largest turnout for the Grand Lecturer’s Convention in quite some time and our Monthly Master and Warden Meetings are moving in the right direction. Your continued support of each other and enthusiasm for the Craft has been like a needed “shot in the arm” for the District and Masonry. YOU are the GREATEST!!!!

With 2015 behind us, we now have to look ahead. End of Year Reports need to be filed. Per Capita Tax to Grand Lodge needs to be submitted. Degree Work has to be completed. Consider the upcoming Grand Lodge Communication in May and discuss Consolidation and Minimum Age requirements so that your Representative can vote according to your wishes. Who will be your Representative? Will you send the Master or a Proxy? Will your Lodge be represented or Not. You know it should. Don’t forget “Have a Heart” for the Ronald McDonald House in February at Eastview. Much to do my Brothers and time really does fly by. If you are asked to help, jump right in. If no one asks, YOU jump in and ask “What can I do?” Your Master has set work upon the Trestle Board to be done. He needs YOU to help in getting the work done.

Our Masonic Home and Brotherhood Fund need Your support!

R:.W:. John P Krest
District Deputy Grand Master

DDGM Newsletter – December 2015

Wayne District
District Deputy Grand Master’s
December Newsletter

The end of 2015 is only a few weeks away. This will be a busy busy month with Annual Meetings, New Dues Cards, End of Year Reports, Review of Trestle Boards, Scheduling or Re-Scheduling of Degree Work and making Adjustments of Trestle Boards for the next phase of the Masonic Year. Definitely a busy time.

Newark, Palmyra and Marion Lodges were visited in November and received the Grand Master’s Message along with the District News. All was in order and the courtesies received were appreciated. In addition, the Annual Grand Lecturer’s Convention was well attended. Degree work for the Entered Apprentice was exemplified and discussed and every one present learned something that will help a new Mason be introduced to the Fraternity in a meaningful way. Thanks to Marion Lodge for hosting the event.

As we observe this Holiday Season, let us be thankful for our many blessings and think of those who may be in need or in peril. In the midst of Holiday Songs and Joyful Spirits and Gifts, let us not forget that Babe in the manger for whom the day is named.

The last Official Visit in the District will probably have been held before you read this newsletter, It is scheduled for 1 December in Sodus. In case you are not aware of how I chose to close my Newsletter, Here It Comes!!! SUPPORT THE BROTHERHOOD FUND AND THE MASONIC CARE COMMUNITY.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely & Fraternally
John P Krest

DDGM Newsletter – November 2015

November Article

The cobwebs of Summer have been brushed away and September and October have seen the reopening of all our Quarries and we have all returned to our Labors. Our tasks are upon the Trestle-Boards and it appears we have much to do. We are looking for new members; We are investigating Petitioners; We are Balloting and preparing for the Degree Work ahead. We are overwhelmed with all that we have to do! Am I describing YOUR Lodge? I hope so!!

It would really be wonderful if we could channel all our efforts into what I just described in the above paragraph. We all know that the business of operating a Lodge entails soooo____ much more. Paying the Bills; Upkeep of the Building; Raising Funds; Addressing all those challenges we all face each day, week and month just to keep the doors open. It ain’t easy.

Remember your obligations to your God, your Country, your Neighbor, your Family and Yourself and Always remember that you are a Member of the Greatest Fraternity in the World, and act accordingly. NO ONE could expect you to do or be more.

Official Visits in October were at NorthRose-Wolcott, Savannah, Wayne and Pultneyville. This month Newark will be on the 2nd, followed by Drumlin Square in Palmyra on the 4th and ending in Marion Lodge on the 10th. All meetings will begin at 7:30 PM. Contact your Master and/or Secretary for details.

May you and and your families all enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving Dinner. Remember those brave Pilgrims who came before us, asking the Lord’s Blessing on their 1st harvest and sharing with their Native friends. Remember all those blessings we now enjoy, and think of those less fortunate. In closing I ask your support for the Brotherhood Fund and the Masonic Care Community.

John Paul Krest
District Deputy Grand Master
Wayne District
1944 Maple Ave
Palmyra NY 14522

DDGM Newsletter – June 2015

This month marks both the Ending and beginning of another Masonic Year. Elections have been held and Installation of Officers will be conducted . “Worshipful Master” will be a new title and new responsibility for a few and a continuing responsibility for others. The work in the Quarries goes on!

My thanks to all the Officers of all the Lodges within the District for the efforts you have made to not only keep your Lodge active but growing. My thanks also to all the Brethren for their individual talents of cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, painting, setting up tables and on and on that keep our Lodges the welcoming home away from home.

My special thanks goes out to all of you for the help you have given me these past twelve months. The year started out pretty rough with some health issues that sometimes almost didn’t allow me to finish a Official Visit with any dignity. This year is ending up with a much better outlook and a whole lot of knowledge gained by listening and learning from all of you.

Keep in mind the Ronald McDonald Golf tournament and the OSY Golf Tournament this Summer and become a participant. Don’t forget the Masonic ID Program at the NY State Fair. Contact your Secretary and Master for details. The Brotherhood Fund and the Masonic Care Community need you DOLLARS. Have a great Summer!!!

John P. Krest
District Deputy Grand Master
Wayne District

DDGM Newsletter – May 2015

District and Lodge Officers will be starting off the Masonic New Year at The Convention of Grand Lodge in New York City. Lodge Committees will be seeking Candidates for Elective Offices for the 2015-2016 Masonic Year. Elections will be held and new faces and some old faces will be preparing for their Installation in June. Out with the old and in with the new! Many of us will be breathing a sigh of relief and many of us will be wondering if we are up to the coming year ahead. I thank those of you who are leaving and congratulate and offer my help and the help of the entire Wayne District Staff to all who have stepped up to do this worthwhile labor. “Labor in the Quarries” as our Grand Master likes to say.

While our labors this coming year must be directed towards increasing our membership and keeping those Brothers we currently have, we must also remember all those small and notso- small obligations we have. Masonic Education via the Courses provided by our District Staff Officer; Masonic Education within the Lodge and Individual Masonic Education via the Livingston Library Reading Program. Supporting our Facilities in Utica, Cam,p Turk and the Brotherhood Fund. Reaching out to our Brothers who are ill or need a ride to Lodge and perhaps to an appointment. Reaching out to make the Community at Large know of our existence and purpose, Support our Youth via Scouting, Little League, Safety ID, volunteering our help to Community Projects or Scholarships. The list is almost endless. We have a lot on our plates.

Above all, my Brothers, we must support each other! While the Master of each Lodge wears the Hat of Authority within the Lodge, he cannot successfully manage the Lodge without the full support of the Members. The Master was elected to manage and care for the Lodge by the Membership of the Lodge and it is the responsibility of the membership to help him succeed. The Grand Master’s concept of “Team” is true as it applies to our Lodges. The Secretary and Treasurer work as a team to care for the administration and financial business of the Lodge. The Wardens care for the Programs of the Lodge and stand ready to assist the Master. The Deacons stand ready to answer alarms, protect from intruders and welcome guests. Masters of Ceremony and the Marshall prepare Candidates and assist in Ritual. Let’s not forget the Sentinel who keeps us all under his protection. A bunch of little teams that work together in Support of the Team Leader. Let’s all work together as teams to support what we love.


Your support is need by the Brotherhood Fund and the Masonic Care community.

John P. Krest
District Deputy Grand Master
Wayne District

DDGM Newsletter – April 2015

As we begin to prepare for Elections in May and the Installation of our Officers and Appointees for 2015-2016, let us all look back to where we began in September of 2014. I hope

that all of us have become more knowledgeable in the Craft. I hope that regardless of what Station or Place we have held in the Lodge, we have done the best job possible to fulfill the obligation we each took during our Installation and that we are ready to take on the responsibilities and duties that lay ahead.

In a few weeks, Grand Lodge will convene and some of us will be attending for the 1sttime and others will have been there and done that in the past. It will be an enjoyable and
educational experience for all who attend. I hope that each Lodge in Wayne District cansupport their current Master or a Proxy to attend.

On a more serious note concerning Wayne District, I ask each and every Lodge to look
hard and truthfully at their ability to function as a Masonic Lodge. This may be the hardest task
you ever will face as a Masonic Body or as a Mason. Can you continue as you are? Is it time toMerge with another Lodge? Is it time to affiliate with another Lodge and turn in your Charter?
Can you continue to exist as a separate entity? My Brothers, these are the hardest questions Ihave asked anyone to consider and they are the hardest questions you have to ask yourselves
and your Lodges, Our Grand Master likes to refer to our “labors in the Quarries”. These“labors”, my Brothers are your most important responsibilities.

Your District Staff is willing to help you in any way we can. If you need help to do Degree Work, ask for it. Do you need to plan a Information Night Meeting to attract potential Candidates, ask for it. Does your Secretary need help with MORI or do you need help with a Budget, ask. There was a time when you knocked on a door and it was opened. That door is wide open, my Brothers, KNOCK!

Support your local Charity and also your Masonic Charities.

John P. Krest
District Deputy Grand Master
Wayne District

DDGM Newsletter – March 2015

“Are we there yet?”, “Art we there yet?”, “ARE WE THERE YET?”. Who hasn’t heard these familiar and grating words in our travels? We had been on our way for some time and those anxious voices seemed to have no let-up as we continued to get to our destination. My message this month is directed to the Elected Officers of our District. These are the words that should be on your minds as you are approaching the last few months of your current Stations within your Lodge. Are you satisfied with the Work you have done? Have you done your very best to support each other? Have you improved upon the Masonic Knowledge of the Craft within the Lodge? Are you more knowledgeable yourself? Have you made a significant contribution of time to make repairs or improvements to your equipment or building? Have you made a significant monetary contribution to Masonic and Community Charities? Are you supporting those Brothers in the Chairs ahead of yours? Are you assisting those Brothers in those Chairs behind yours? Are you READY to STEP UP? Are you happy with the progress YOUR Lodge is making? Are each of you assisting your newly raised Brothers in their efforts to gain more Light as they sit in Lodge? Can you improve your Lodge Programs? As Leaders of your Lodge, how many Leaders of the Lodges within Your District have you sat with in either Lodge or Masters and Wardens? Are you aware of a Lodge in trouble? What have you done to HELP? I ask these questions because I want each of US to look within ourselves and ask what we have to do to insure not only the Survival of our Fraternity, but to enable it to GROW! Many of our Lodges are top-heavy with older Brothers and older ideas. You are the Leaders of Your Lodge. Those who are following You are looking to You to LEAD! YOU are the FUTURE of Free-Masonry not only in Your Lodge but in the District and within the State and YOU have to LEAD! We are NOT “there yet”. Getting there starts with YOU…

Grand Master Lapel Pins are still available for a donation to Camp Turk. My Thanks are available for your donation to the Brotherhood Fund. I ask that you remember the Masonic Care Community. If there is interest to a guided tour of the Masonic Care Community, contact me. We would need approximate 30 to 35 persons to arrange a no-cost trip. This would be open to not only Brothers but also Couples.

John P. Krest
District Deputy Grand Master
Wayne District

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