Welcome to the Onondaga District Masonic Web Site. There are 60 Districts comprising The Grand Lodge of New York. The Onondaga District has 14 Lodges and over 1,500 members with more joining all the time.
Masonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world counting among it's past and current members presidents, entertainers, writers, philosophers, astronauts and scholars. Masonry's core beliefs are truth, charity, love of country and Brotherly love. With the help of our Brothers we take good men and make them better by building on these core beliefs. Freemasons live these principles on a daily basis and strive to show others through our actions what a group of people united by common beliefs can achieve.
Freemasonry does not discriminate against any race, religion or creed - we all live as Brothers bound by the love we share for each other as equals. If you wish to explore joining Freemasonry please contact us at the website and we will put you in touch with a Lodge so you can meet with several Brothers, ask questions and decide if Freemasonry is right for you.
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R∴W∴Edward J. Sinay Jr.
District Deputy Grand Master
Onondaga District 2014 - 2016
On April 11th, beginning at 11:30am, Fayetteville – Central City Lodge No. 305 will host The Pennsylvania 6th Masonic District Degree Team from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. 16 Brothers from Pennsylvania’s 6th District will be exemplifying the Pennsylvania EA and MM Degrees in the Fayetteville Masonic Center’s lodge room.
This event will afford our Central New York Brothers the opportunity to view another jurisdiction's degrees right here at home and we’d love to pack the lodge room. There is no charge for the event, but we are asking that any member or lodge who is interested or able to donate towards offsetting some of the cost involved to please do so on the day of the event.… Read More
On March 1st Members from Konosioni Lodge No: 950 and Fayetteville-Central City Lodge No. 305 participated in the St. Baldricks event hosted by Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse, NY. There were 17 members from Konosioni and 7 members from Fayetteville- Central City who participated in the event. Between the two lodges, approximately $14,000 was raised to benefit the St. Baldricks Foundation and its mission to support research into cures for childhood cancer! The event raised approximately $450,000.00 total from all the participants. It is truly inspiring to see the… Read More
Brethren, the Masonic Brotherhood Fund is in need of your help! As of the end of February 2015, the participation rate for the 2014-2015 campaign in the Onondaga District stood at just 23%! Although economic times have been challenging, we all know that we have the capacity to improve our participation rate far beyond 23%. So I’m challenging every Brother and Lodge Chairman to make a final concerted effort between now and the end of May to increase the participation level in each Lodge to 50% or more. I also ask all of those Brethren that have not yet taken the opportunity to donate to please do so as soon as possible. All that it takes is one person to “start the ball rolling”–… Read More
Onondaga District Post #17 will have their next meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Masonic Memorial Center. The MMC is located at 648 Centerville Place, North Syracuse, NY. Dress for the meeting is Class “B” Uniform or Jacket and Tie. There will be refreshments served after the meeting. Please note that the Post meetings nights have changed. This change was proposed at the December meeting and voted on and passed at the January meeting. The Adjutant has stickers to be placed into you copies of Post 17 By-laws.
The May 6th meeting will be a summoned meeting to elect the Post Officers for… Read More
Brethren, Greetings and Salutations! Spring is finally here! Time to put the snow blower away and get the golf clubs out.
I want to thank everyone for the fantastic turnout we had for the March 12th Tri-Meeting between Memorial, Nortrip and Tully Lodges. I especially want to thank VW Bill Toth for his inspirational talk. It was great to build the Fellowship between our Lodges.
On March 26th, we conducted our second Entered Apprentice Degree for the Masonic Year. We Initiated five new Brothers into our Craft. I would particularly like to thank our newest Officers that participated in conducting their First Entered Apprentice Degree.
On Thursday, April 9th, it will be Move Up Night… Read More
BULLHEAD DINNERS ARE BACK! (maybe) I recently spoke with the fisherman in Canada who I used to buy fish from and he is still in business and said that he may be able to supply us with bullheads! He will call me back in April with more details. Tentatively, I would like to have three dinners on consecutive Friday nights on May 8, 15, & 22. Further details will be available in my May Word Article.
On March 13 we were finally able to have a meeting; it was great to be back with the brothers of my lodge after what seemed a long hard winter recess. Even though it was just a business meeting, it is always special to me to be in Lodge with my brothers from Fort Brewerton.
On March 27 we conducted a practice… Read More
Greetings Brothers! Spring is here and Easter is not far away, it’s time to put those winter doldrums behind us and become part of, and enjoy, the annual re-awakening! We are looking forward to the return of our “snow birds” to say the least. They are a vital part of our lodge and we sure miss them. To that point, I am saddened to say that we had to postpone the 3rd Degree we had originally scheduled for March 7th because of the several roles and/or stations we could not fill when our numbers are reduced in the winter. We look forward to rescheduling as soon as possible once our snow birds begin coming home to roost for a while!
Although we were disappointed, I think there is a lesson… Read More
I would like to announce the results of some of our most current events. Our recent Blood Drive held on Friday 2/27 had donated 18 pints of blood. So far, the drives that we have helped with, have donated more blood each time for The American Red Cross. Next time we are hoping to break the 20 pint mark. Thank you to; Brothers Carl Bliss, Garry Campbell, and Azan Hosein for helping and/or donating blood at this event. St. Baldricks: the event held, Sunday 3/1 was an awesome event!!! Last year Team K-950 raised… Read More
Greetings My Brothers,
Spring is finally here and it’s about time! After this long and drawn out winter, our lodge is gearing up for a very busy upcoming schedule. Two important events are happening right at the beginning of the month. On April 7th, we will hold our 3rd Degree for our five Fellowcrafts. All of the positions are being filled by lodge members and as such, this degree will qualify us for the Meacham Award for the first time in our Lodge’s history. I am very proud and thankful for everyone’s dedication and hard work over this year in order to get us this award. Dinner will be at 6:30pm with the Degree conferral… Read More
It is my sad duty to announce the passing of Past Master Nathan S. Nevins, on February 17. He hadn't been currently in touch, so we found out about his passing sometime in March. I ask you to keep the Nevins family in your prayers.
Due to several factors, we did not have the Summoned Communication on March 4th, as planned, so we will try to have a Summoned Communication on April 1. You should have the details soon, if you haven't already received them. We will also discuss plans for the Grand Lodge Communication, as we will try to avoid meeting on the 15th.
Please consider contributing to the Brotherhood Fund, if you haven't… Read More
Greetings My Brothers,
Let me first begin by wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!
The month of December was a busy time for our Brothers. On December 2nd, we conducted our First Degree with our Brother Junior Warden, Mark Appleby sitting in the East. All of the Degree positions were filled with Lodge Brothers and it was a truly exceptional degree presentation. Welcomed two new Entered Apprentices to our Great Fraternity. As an added bonus, three additional petitions were presented. This means we will be conducting our second 1st Degree at the first… Read More
Happy New Year to all! January begins a new dynamic year full of masonic adventures. A special thank you goes out to W\ Mark LaFountain and his lovely wife Sharon for hosting the annual Christmas party in December. An exceptional event as always. I would also like to thank all the donors that gave blood at the December District Blood Drive. Our first meeting on January 8th will be a normal business meeting with a short talk program. The awards committee has selected our Mason of the Year and the announcement will be made on Saturday January 17th. A potluck dinner will be held at 6:30 pm followed by the ceremony at 7:30pm at the Lodge, so please attend… Read More
Let me start by wishing all of you a happy and prosperous New Year, and I also hope you had a very merry and blessed Christmas.
Back on December 1st Jordan Lodge #386 had a joint meeting with Morning Star # 524 at their lodge in Marcellus. The purpose of the joint meeting was to hold a second degree ceremony for both lodges. Brothers Rick Burke and Brad Fetes from Jordan Lodge were passed to the degree of Fellowcraft and are now back on course to becoming Master Masons. It was a great evening of fellowship and cooperation which attests to the strong bond we have and enjoy as members of our great fraternity! Brothers from both lodges participated in the opening/closing as well as the degree… Read More
W. Al Tefoe, Brother Scott Magill, and WM David Childress of Fort Brewerton Lodge #256 help with the unloading and distribution of the many boxes of oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines on December 4, 2014. The citrus was first transferred from the semi-truck to Brother Scott’s pickup truck, then sorted and distributed. It was a cold day with the wind blowing and snow in the air! Pictured is WM Dave in the back of Scott’s pickup truck with the boxes ready for distribution.
Dec. 3, 2014 at the Cicero, Buffalo Wild Wings, Fort Brewerton Lodge held a combination, fundraiser, public relation, and recruitment event. Brother Scott Magill, Brother Adam Strizak, and WM David Childress were at the event representing the lodge and Free Masonry. The fundraiser was a huge success! We were welcomed and helped by a very friendly staff at BWW. Earned a decent amount of money, quite a few people wanted to know about Free Masonry, and we gave out several pamphlets and application for membership. Pictured above from left to right… Read More
Brothers it’s the beginning of another New Year. It’s a time when we all reflect and think... What would I like to change? Maybe it’s to exercise, lose weight or spend more time with your family. Whatever your resolution is, I wish you success. Persistence is the key. When you slide back into those habits you were trying to change, don’t linger on your mistakes. Just start anew. That’s what we are about...Making Good Men Better.
I want to thank everyone for the fantastic turnout we had for the Official Visit with DDGM RW Ed Sinay Jr. and the Official Family.
We also appreciate all of the donations for the North Syracuse Food Bank.
January 8th,… Read More
I sincerely & fraternally hope your Holiday Season was filled with happiness and time well spent with your families, time for fun, along with some relaxation. On behalf of all of our Brothers at Konosioni Lodge No. 950, we would like to wish all Brothers and Masonic Families a very Healthy, Happy, and prosperous New Year!!
I would like to take this time to acknowledge Brother Edward Stone of our Lodge. He has been nationally recognized as a Pearl Harbor Survivor. He was also recently seen on T.V. and had an article written about him by R:.W:. William Vassily. This article appeared in “The Empire State Mason” magazine. It is a great honor to have him as a member of our… Read More
I have some difficult news to share with you. We have been informed by the Fayetteville Masonic Club that our Annual Rent will be increasing. While we can currently sustain the increase, we would have to increase our Annual Dues on our non-Life Members unduly in order to maintain our residence in Fayetteville. Life Members from pre-consolidation of Philo and Mount Sinai Lodges cannot have their dues increased except voluntarily. While we have tried to remediate some of the financial concerns coming, I don't find it proper to burden the regular members excessively. We have some hard choices to make, My Brothers, and they are necessary. I apologize to you, My Brothers, for stating… Read More
Skaneateles Lodge No. 522 will be sponsoring a community blood drive on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Skaneateles Fire House (77 W. Genesee Street in Skaneateles). Appointments can be made for the time between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by contacting the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org
The holiday season is one of the times during the year when there is a substantial increase in the need for blood; we hope many will still be in the spirit of giving!
W.’.Bill Schuetz and R.’.W.’.Bill Vassily presented Bro. Raymond Miller his 50 Year award, pin and Apron
5yrs: Brian Magee, Rainer Grimme 10yrs: Geoff Linehan, George Smith 35yrs. W.’.Ben Lees, John Butler, Robert Paxton 45yrs. Eugene Bousselot and Jorge Romeu 50yrs. Raymond Miller with W.’.Bill Schuetz… Read More
Brethren, I bring you Fraternal Greetings from the MW William J Thomas, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York.
The District Town Hall Meeting that was held in March was well attended and well received. A lot of insight as to the future of Masonry and our Grand Lodge programs was shared and looks promising. Thank you to The DGM RW Jeffrey M Williamson for providing this opportunity.
March 28th, we hosted a Mason night at the Syracuse Crunch, with a Safety Id program… Read More
I would like to thank you all for the congratulatory handshakes and the vote of confidence in me becoming the new Onon. District Grand lodge Staff Officer, (Sword Bearer), I can assure you that W.: Mike Cassavaw, W.: Jack Dombrowski and myself will continue the quality of Masonic education that has been established in the past, being on the education committee team for the last 2 years with our newly installed DDGM, RW Ed Sinay Jr. has given me the experience to conduct these courses.
Congratulations… Read More
Brethren we would like to start off by thanking you for the great turnout for the Grand Lecturer’s Convention, and would like to thank the brothers who took part in exemplifying our ritual; as well as the brothers from Memorial Lodge for hosting. We had 106 brothers come out for the Convention which was very educational for all, especially our young brothers and made this year’s convention a huge success. Konosioni Lodge took home the attendance, most improved, Potts Award and the Travelling Gavel followed… Read More