St. Lawrence County, NY
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Camp Turk is focus of Grand Line in 2015 

(NOTE: "As you know, our Youth Camp is a focus for our work this year. Online Registrations are now open, and they already have a large number of registrations. The Trustees and Camp Turk committee are available for Lodge or District programs. Contact Mollie to arrange something" - Bill Thomas, Grand Master)

It's that time of year again to get out and help to fill Camp Turk.  At your monthly meetings, make sure you are mentioning the camp.  If there is an event that you could speak at make sure you do so.  If there is any written publications, email lists, websites or other places you can share this information in your area, please do so. 

Registration for the 2015 Camp Turk season opened up on January 13th (one week ago) and we already have 122 campers registered.  This year campers will have the option to attend one, two or three weeks.  Campers are now allowed to choose which week(s) they attend.  The cost for camp is $500.00 per week. 

If you are interested in registering (or know a family member or friend that is interested) you will need to visit our website at  Remember, camp is open to ALL children 8 to 16 years of age. 

Camp Turk offers a scholarship program for families in need of financial assistance.  Please contact us at the below # or email to receive a 2015 Scholarship Application for Camp Turk.  The deadline to apply is May 1st. 

If you have any questions, contact Mollie Denslow at 315-392-2081 or email us at  Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm.

The Educational Assistance Program, 
The Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted
   Masons of the State of New York
71 West 23rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10010-4149


Alex Hammond of Waddington recently received a scholarship from the Grand Lodge and Trustees of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York and is shown accepting the scholarship from Jeffery M. Williamson, Deputy Grand Master on the right ; and William J. Thomas, Grand Master on the left.  In the New York Masonic Education Assistance Program, qualifying children, grandchildren and widows of Masons are eligible to receive assistance.  This year, the Grand Lodge and Trustees provided 586 scholarships, amounting to nearly one half million dollars, to worthy students.  Grants totaling more than 10 million dollars have been awarded to more than 10,000 students since the program began eighteen years ago.

Eli Tracy a member of Wildwood Masonic Lodge, Edwards,N.Y. recently presented a check in the amount of $300- for the Edwards Food Pantry. Receiving the check is Charlotte Dean. This donation is from the St. Lawrence Masonic Charities who are proud to donate to this worthy cause.

Dave Heidenreich, a member of High Falls Masonic Lodge in Colton, N.Y. recently presented a check in the amount of $300- to the Colton Food Pantry. Receiving the check is Ally Korony, Director of CPP Neighborhood Centers. St. Lawrence Masonic Charities is proud to present this check for all the work the Neighborhood Centers do for families in need, especially at this time of year.

St. Lawrence Masonic Charities recently donated $300 to the Massena Salvation Army.  Masonic Charities is comprised of the 12 Masonic Lodges throughout St. Lawrence County, with the mission of donating to local worthy charitable causes.   The funding comes from their annual fruit sales, citrus in winter and apples in the fall.  Several Masons also donate their time to bell-ringing for the Salvation Army during the holidays.
Shown is St. Lawrence Masonic Charities Treasurer Howard Busch presenting a check to Captain Russell Crowsen and Captain Cynthia Crowsen.
Waddington Safety ID  Event

Waddington Masonic Lodge No 393  held a Safety Identification Event at Madrid-Waddington Central Schools.  Participating students received a packet containing a CD with their photos, fingerprints, and personal information to be kept by their family.  This information can be given to authorities to quickly aid in the safe recovery should the student would become lost or missing. St. Lawrence County Masons have been providing this service free of charge for over 20 years.  Several events are scheduled throughout the summer.  For more information, visit their website at

Shown: Front (left to right): Worshipful Master Brent Taylor, Senior Warden  Phil Spadaccini 2nd Row: Students Alex and Briana Hammond and Right Worshipful Joe Rutherford.  Missing from thephoto is Worshipful Bill Shoen. 

RW Tom Jenison congratulates his son on participating in his first communication, which was a 3rd Degree, in Massena on January 8th.

Three new Brothers were raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Massena on January 8th.  Brothers from all six 2nd St. Lawrence District Lodges participated.

2nd St. Lawrence Safety ID at Brasher Falls Central School netted 41 IDs completed. Great job, Crew!  Front to back: Howard Busch, Monique Colbert, Clark Johnstone, Bob Mulvaughn David Colbert, Errol McLean (standing)

Last Men Standing:  The Safety ID Crew was the last group to leave the Massena Easter Egg Hunt.  The 2nd St. Lawrence District performed 47 IDs that day, and were busy straight through the event. Seated, left to right: Brother Raymond Cutway of Massena Lodge, Brother Bob Mulvaugh, Massena, RW Randall G. Ball, Waddington Lodge, VW Clark Johnstone, Massena.  Standing. (l to R): RW Howard Busch, What Cheer Lodge, RW George Caswell, St. Lawrence Lodge

Here is a pic of R:.W:. Neil Nicol while visiting the George Washington Nation Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia (just outside Washington, DC) on a recent trip.
RW Tom Jenison, W Randy Stout, RW Joe Rutherford, RW Neil Nicol and W Brent Taylor standing outside of Grand Lodge entrance before the start of the 231st Annual Communication

RW Neil Nicol accepting the Howard Potts award for Depeyster #573. Neil is also a member of Depeyster
GOUVERNEUR,NY - Gouverneur Lodge # 217 held their service year awards on April 17th. From left to right are: RW. Neil Nicol DDGM 1st St. Lawrence District, RW. Bruce Gleason, 55-year member, W. William Scozzafava-65 year member, RW. John deMeurers-30 member, and Worshipful Master Mark Doucet


Waddington Lodge Visits Friendly Lodge in Iroquois, Ontario, Canada

Custom Masonic Guitar Proceeds Donated
Waddington Masonic Lodge Receives Donation of $3500 towards the Masonic Brotherhood Fund from David Nichols, owner of Custom Pearl Inlay. Recently, Past Master of Waddington Masonic Lodge, David Nichols built a custom guitar inlayed with Masonic Fraternal Insignias. 2 days after completing the project the guitar was bought by Brother John Buchanan of Fort Covington Lodge. Brother Nichols subsequently donated the proceeds of the sale to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund on behalf of Waddington Masonic Lodge. 

David has been doing custom Inlay and instrument building for over 50 years. He also offers training classes on custom guitar building and mother of pearl inlay processes. For more information on Custom Pearl Inlay visit their website at Pictured in photo receiving donation are Worshipful Master Brent Taylor holding the custom built guitar, RW Randall Ball, Lodge Brotherhood Fund Chairman and Past Master David Nichols.

Masonic Development Course
January 14, 2012
MDC Course Instructors
(L to R): RW Joe Rutherford, RW Neil Nicol, RW Ed Snow, RW Randy Ball, W Mark Doucet, RW Terry Covey
Missing form photo is  is RW Tom Jenison
MDC Class of 2012
The course covered the origin and purpose of Freemasonry, famous Freemasons, the transition from Operative to Speculative Masonry, and much more.  The course is highly recommended if you plan on becoming Master of a Lodge.  It is only offered every 2 years, alternating with the Road to the East program.

Waddington Masonic Lodge supported the Waddington Family Resource Center by donating food supplies and assistance in preparing Christmas Dinner Boxes for area residents. Waddington Masonic Lodge has supported this annual holiday event for over 8 years.  Pictured are, back row- George Sehring, Paula Sehring, Phil Spadaccini, and Arlene Martin. Front row- Pat Ball, Edna Raleigh, Edie Streeter, and Elaine Patraw. Missing from photo William Shoen.

The New York State Senate recently commemorated Massena Masonic Lodge 513 on their150th Anniversary.  Richard Ashlaw, Constituent Representative for Senator Joseph Griffo, presented a copy of  Senate Resolution Number 963, to the Lodge at their December meeting.  Shown are (Front row, L to R): RW Thomas Jenison, District Deputy Grand Master, Bro. James Boyce, Richard Ashlaw, W. John Schneider, Master of Massena Lodge, W. Clark Johnstone, Bro.. Robert Mulvaugh, Bro. Jeffrey Marrin, RW Mourad Tarpinian; back row: W Randy Stout, Bro. Dewitt Forbes, Bro. Bernard Pitts, DSA, Bro. Everett Hampton, Bro. Terry DuBray, Bro. Morris Putnam, and W. R.Stuart McConkey, of Cornwall, Ont.

Bro. Sherm Ayers receiving birthday greetings (at age 104 and 74 years a Master Mason) from High Falls Lodge, Colton, N.Y. December 14, 2011.  He is doing well and enjoyed receiving the many cards from Masonic Lodges and fellow brothers


Massena Lodge Raises 4 - September 27th, Massena Lodge held a 3rd Degree, raising 4 new Master Masons.  Pictured l to r: RW Tom Jenison, District Deputy Grand Master,Jeff Marrin, newly raised Brothers Scott Lanning, Allen Fukes, Mario Colon (kneeling), and Geordan Caswell (St. Lawrence Lodge 111).
@nd Row: Jim Boyce, Danny Farnsworth, Randy Stout, Clark Johnstone, Jim Baleno. John Schneider, and RW Joe Rotherford, Staff Officer
Back Row: Everett Hampton, Dewitt Forbes, Ray Cutway, Bob Mulvaugh, Terry DuBray, and Morris Putnam
Miller and Tarpinian Nominated by Scottish Rite

Dear Scottish Rite Brethren,

The Valley of Norwood is honored and extends its congratulations to the following brothers for their nominations of achievement:

RW Bro. Richard W. Miller was nominated to receive the Meritorious Service Award (red hat) at this years Council of Deliberation meeting held in Syracuse this past July. He was to receive this honor at the 2012 COD meeting.

RW Bro. Mourad Tarpinian was nominated to receive the 33rd degree (white hat) at this years Supreme Council meeting in Chicago this past August. He will be Coronet-ed in August 2012 in Cleavland.

Bro. Robert Tyrell and Bro. Richard Powell of the Valley of Syracuse as well as Bro. Dan Parks of Utica were Coroneted 33rd degree masons this year in Chicago.

The Valley of Norwood received recognition at COD for being one of only a few valley's in the entire Northern Jurisdiction with positive membership growth. Congratulations to those new brothers brothers who joined our ranks and to those who help bring them in. We were also fortunate not to lose many brothers due to death and demits.

Ill..Robert W. Crump 33rd
Secretary- Valley of Norwood

On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, What Cheer Lodge no. 689, Free and Accepted Masons, located in Norwood, N.Y., had their annual awards presentations. 

From left to right:  bottom row  R.W. Joe Rutherford (staff officer 2nd S.L. District), Carl Goodrich (50 years), Harold Emlaw (55 years), Lloyd King (55 years), R.W. Thomas L. Jenison ( DDGM 2nd S.L. District)
 top row..James Clough (45 years), Marshall Smith (20 years), James Bishop (40 years), W.M. Frank Colbert.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Massena Lodge 513, Free and Accepted Masons,  had their annual awards presentations. 

From left to right:  bottom row  W. Bro. John Schneider, Master, Massena Lodge;  Bro. James Truax, (50 Years); Bro. Bob Squires (60 years); Bro. Horace Smith (60 Years); W. Bro. Harry Clopman (60 Years); (back row:) Bro. Everett Hampton (45 years); Bro. Phil McDonald (40 Years); Bro. Danny Farnsworth, 25 years), RW Thomas Jenison, District Depuy Grand Master, 2nd St. Lawrence District

Lois Shoen, Bill Shoen, Sharon Northrop, Gordon Spearance, Dave Northrop, Sandy Brothers, Bob Squires- President of the Massena Shrine Club, Harold brothers- President of the “Ups and Downs” Parade Unit, Ray Stafford, Dr. Robert Drummond-Chairman of the Board of Governors- Montreal Shrine Hospital For Children, Jim Boyce, Sophie Armstrong, Royal Nelson, Joan Nelson, Gino Berrita- Director, Montreal Shrine Hospital For Children
The Massena Shrine Club’s “Ups and Downs” Parade Unit and their Ladies traveled to the Montreal Shriner’s Hospital for Children on September 14, 2011 to present Dr. Robert Drummond, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Montreal Shriner’s Hospital for Children, with a check for $10,000. The money was raised by the “Ups and Downs” Parade Unit by participating in parades throughout the summer, through can pull tabs saved by elementary schools, by being the beneficiary of the NYS Correction Officer’s Union Donations and also through donations provided by the Massena Motor Cycle Club and the Ogdensburg Motor Cycle Clubs. This donation was earmarked for research to benefit the children

At a recent Masonic Awards evening at Amber Lodge 395 Free and Accepted Masons located in Parishville, N.Y.,  NYS Grand Lodge pins and certificates were presented for 50 and 55 year memberships. 1st row left to right:  B. Eugene Groebler (55 years), B. Edward Warren (50 years), B. Waldo Lyman (50 years) and R.W. Dean Wilson (50 years)
Back row from left to right:  R.W. Thomas L. Jenison, DDGM 2nd St. Lawrence District; W.M. Steve Bond, Master of Amber Lodge 395 and R.W. Joe Rutherford, Staff Officer 2nd S.L. District

Waddington Masonic Lodge held it's annual Ladies Night and Awards Banquet. Brothers James Pipher, Lester Martin and Gordie Spearance received their 50 year certificates and pins along with a special 50 year Apron presented by District Deputy Thomas Jenison. Pictured l-r are Worshipful Master Brent Taylor, R.W. Thomas Jenison District Deputy Grand Master of the 2nd St. Lawrence District, Worshipful James Pipher, Worshipful Lester Martin , Brother Gordie Spearance and R.W. Joe Rutherford Grand Lodge Staff Officer of the 2nd St. Lawrence District Click here for more photos
he 1st Annual Megan Hogan Blood Drive at the Lawrenceville Vol. Fire Dept.
July 30th, 2011

RW Tom Jenison gives the Annual St. Patrick's Day Toast at St. Lawrence Lodge 111.  Afterward, a Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner was served, followed by an Entered Apprentice Degree for three candidates. Brothers from What Cheer and Massena Lodge were in attendance.

NEWLY RAISED MASTER MASONS. On March 16th Waddington and High Falls Masonic Lodges welcomed 5 new brothers to the Masonic Fraternity at a 3rd degree held at Waddington Masonic Lodge with 40 brothers in attendance from around the 2nd St. Lawrence Distrcit as well as brothers from Temple Masonic Lodge in Ottawa Ontario. Front Row- Newly raised brothers Benny Fairchild, Darren Corrigeou,Jesse Uppstrom,Shannon MacDonald and Jon Ball. RW Randall Ball, AGL 2nd St, Lawrence District. Back row- RW C. Joseph Rutherford, Grand Lodge Staff Officer 2nd St. Lawrence District, RW Thomas Jenison, District Deputy Grand Master 2nd St. Lawrence District and W. William Shoen, Master Waddington Lodge. Missing from photo- RW David Davis, Master High Falls Lodge Colton
Photo: May 2, 2011 at Ground Zero, Manhattan, NYC
L to R: Bill (Liverpool), Stephen Tharaldsen, John Schneider, Tom Jenison, Joe Rutherford, Brent Taylor, Neil Nicol

Newly raised Masonic brother Larry Kelsey and  W. Master Stephen Tharaldsen of Gouverneur Lodge 217, F&A.M. ...Bro. Kelsey received his 3rd degree in Gouverneur on January 4, 2011.

Bro. Robert Poor, a 50 year member of St. Lawrence Lodge 111, Canton,NY. recently received a special Grand Lodge 50 year apron in appreciation for his work in Masonry over the years. With him, from l-r are: R.W. Joe Rutherford, Bro. Poor, R.W. Thomas L. Jenison and W. Master Ken Hebb of St. Lawrence Lodge 111
2011 Road to the East Class
Front Row: Don Finen, Robert Dalton, Ted Ritzko, Phil Spadaccini, Patrick Frary, Tony Caracciolo, James Baleno, Jeffrey Marrin
Back Row: Raymond Cutway, Matthew Cressey, Grag Tracy, Andrew Ellis, Robert Saidel, John LaShomb, Jr.
Missing from photo are Dewitt Forbes and James Barney

The Waddington Masonic Lodge and Fulton Chapter Order of the Eastern Stars joined together to assist the Waddington Family Resource Center in preparing their annual Christmas food baskets for families in the Waddington area. Pictured are Front row- Randy Ball,Edna Raleigh,Edie Streeter,Lee Rutherford,Arlene Martin. Back row- George Searles,Butch Rutherford,Fr. Craig Hacker,Phil Spadaccini,and Mrs. Searles.

Sherman Ayers Celebrates Two Distinguished Milestones
On December 20th area Masons visited with Brother Sherman Ayers of High Falls Lodge 428 to celebrate his recent birthday and Masonic Anniversary. Sherman celebrated his 102nd birthday December 14th and also is celebrating his 73rd year as a member of the Masonic Fraternity. Joining Sherman L-R,  RW Randall Ball AGL of 2nd St. Lawrence District, RW David Davis Worshipful Master High Falls Lodge #428, W David Heidenreich Past Master High Falls Lodge #428, RW C. Joseph Rutherford Grand Sword Bearer 2nd St. Lawrence District and RW Thomas Jenison DDGM 2nd St. Lawrence District
Masons Spread Holiday Fraternal Greatings at Maplewood Campus
On December 20th members of the 2nd St. Lawrence Masonic District visited with Brother Malcolm (Mac) Bates. Brother Bates is a 62 year member of Chaumont Lodge #172, Chaumont NY and currently resides at Maplewood Assisted Living Nursing Home on Outer State St., Canton, in Room 124. If in the area please take a minute to drop in and visit. Visiting with Brother Malcolm:L L-R  are RW David Davis, RW Randall Ball, RW C. Joseph Rutherford,, and RW Thomas Jenison.

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