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  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At its monthly meeting in May, Norfolk Lodge, the District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth district, friends and familiy honored Bro. Frederick Lincoln Sewall and Wor. Lawrence Lee Trecartin for their service to Freemasonry.  Between the two men they have dedicated 100 years of service, and they were both raised to the degree of Master Mason in 1965. Both of these Brothers have been extremely active since they joined the Fraternity; both in Norfolk Lodge as well in other Masonic bodies.


    Norfolk Lodge would like to congratulate these brothers on reaching this milestone and on their many achievements.  We wish them many more years of active membership in the Fraternity.  


  • Monday, April 27, 2015 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the April school vacation week, the Aleppo Shrine hosted their annual Circus.  R.W. David Newcomb was in attendance as part of the Shrine Clown Unit.  R.W. Newcomb has been an Aleppo Temple Shrine Clown for more then 25 years.  


    The Aleppo Shrine Clowns are a voluntary group who work and perform to bring laughter, happiness and peace to young and old alike. They bring momentary relief from the stress, pain and uncertainty of the world today. The Aleppo Shrine Clowns perform in parades, private business and fundraising events to raise money for the operation of their Hospitals. They also spend time at the Shriners hospitals for Children in Boston entertaining children who have fallen victim to tragic accidents, as well as performing at The Shrine Circus in Wilmington every April. 

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 8:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On March 28, 2015, Brothers from Norfolk Lodge participated in the degree work for Scottish Rite One-Day class.  Congratulations and welcome to Bro. Pablo G. Coste who received his Scottish Rite degrees on Saturday.  Illustrious Scott Inglis, 33°, presided over his last one day class as his term as Commander-in-Chief of Massachusetts Consistory will come to an end on May 9th 2015.  


    Illustrious Carl Gordon, 33°, Past Commander-in-Chief, was presented a special citation signed by the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, for having been an active member in the Valley of Boston for over 50 years.  This is similar to a 50-year Veterans Medal in Blue Lodge.  


    Brother David Sewall, 32°, was appointed as Master of Ceremonies of Massachusetts Consistory.  He was appointed as an Assistant Master of Ceremonies in 2001 and has been active in Massachusetts Consistory in that role for 14 years.  This puts Bro. Sewall on track to be eligible to be elected Commander-in-Chief in 2021.




  • Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the March Quarterly of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Norfolk Lodge received the Grand Master's Award.  Wor. A. Theodore McIntosh accepted the award on behalf of the officers and members of Norfolk Lodge from Most Worshipful Harvey J. Waugh.  


    The Grand Master's Award is given to Lodge's who complete a number of different activities which promote engagement, fraternalism, and activities in the Lodge.  Wor. McIntosh and the officers last year launched an ambitious plan to increase activity and engagement of the members of the Lodge.   


    Norfolk Lodge was an active participant in District and Grand Lodge events, including Grand Lodge Communications, visits of the District Deputy, and donated to Grand Lodge charities; the officers visited the Masonic Home in Charlton.  The officers also developed plans to increase Masonic Awareness in the community as well as plans recruit and retain members.


    Congratulations to all of the officers for a great year, and keep up the good work.

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is an annual tradition.  Norfolk Lodge and Norumbega Fraternity Lodge held their joint Table Lodge the evening of Monday, March 8th, 2015, at the Newtonville Masonic Apartments.  The two lodges opened separately, Norumbega Fraternity Lodge presided over by Wor. Jay Gibson, and Norfolk Lodge by Worshipful Michael Centola.  After conducting routine business, the two lodges joined together to receive the District Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Masonic District of Massachusetts, R.W. Joseph Goldstein.  After R.W. Goldstein's remarks and some presentations and announcements, a recess was called and the Table Lodge was opened in the banquet hall.


    The traditional toasts were given by the Masters and Wardens of the two lodges.  Five candidates were in attendance to experience this unique and enjoyable tradition for the first time; two Entered Apprentices from Norfolk Lodge, and three Fellowcrafts from Norumbega Fraternity Lodge.  As part of the tradition, volunteers from Garden City Lodge and Waltham Triad Lodge served the meal and greatly contributed to the warm and friendly atmosphere.


    It was an evening filled with good food, fellowship, and tradition.

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Monday at Norfolk Lodge's Annual Table Lodge, Brother Ari Marcus was presented with the Master Mason Rookie Award.  R.W. Goldstein the District Deputy Grand Master presented the award to Brother Marcus on behalf of the Grand Master.  


    This award is given to new Masons who become actively involved in the activities of Masonry. It is the goal of this award to get newly raised members involved in the lodge and give them a well rounded exposure to the different things that this fraternity does, from charity work, to the visits of the District Deputy Grand Master, to helping to support a lodge function.


    Brother Marcus not only completed the list of requirements, but he also went above and beyond what was required of him to obtain this award.  In less then a year from his raising Brother Marcus has been a very active brother; he has volunteered at numerous Lodge activities, mentored new candidates, and is currently the Senior Steward of the Lodge.    


    Norfolk Lodge congratulates Bro. Marcus on receiving this well deserved award.  

  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 3:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This Monday at the Feast of St. John Bro. Donald Hector LaLiberte of Norfolk Lodge was installed Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts for 2015. The Deputy Grand Master is the second highest ranking officer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.


    A reception to honor the new Deputy Grand Master was held on January 17, 2015 at the Needham Masonic Apartments.


    Brother LaLiberte has been actively involved in Freemasonry since he was raised in 2005. He served as Worshipful Master of Norfolk Lodge from 2011 to 2013. He has also been involved on a number of Grand Lodge Committees, including the Audit and Business Process Improvement Committees, as well as a past Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge.

    Active in several Masonic organizations beyond Norfolk Lodge, Bro. LaLiberte is a 32° Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, where he serves as First Lieutenant for Mount Olivet Chapter of Rose Croix. He is a member Saint Paul’s Royal Arch Chapter in Boston, the Aleppo Shrine Temple in Wilmington.


    For more information please see the Grand Lodge Website:  http://www.massfreemasonry.org/index.tpl?&ng_view=134


    R.W. Donald H. LaLiberte

  • Thursday, December 25, 2014 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    At its December meeting Norfolk Lodge AF&AM wrapped up its first annual Toys for Tots Drive. The Lodge collected more then 165 toys for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.  Norfolk Lodge would like to thank all of the people in the community who donated toys and helped make event such a success 


    Norfolk Lodge A.F&A.M would also like to extend its sincere thanks and appreciation to those in Needham who contributed to our first annual Toys for Tots drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Reserve Toys for Tots Program. A special Thank You to the Charles River YMCA and Brothers Pizza for their help in hosting collection boxes in their locations.  


    We look forward to growing this initiative over the coming years.

  • Wednesday, December 24, 2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the passing of the holiday season, Norfolk Lodge has completed its annual Christmas tree sale, a Needham tradition for over 30 years.  This is Norfolk Lodge's biggest fundraiser of the year, and the proceeds go to support the lodge's Charities Fund.  This fund is used to support numerous organizations in the Needham community such as the Needham Community Council and the Charles River YMCA.

    The lodge also donated trees from its sale to the Needham Community Council, and donated a tree to the Needham Women's Club Festival of Trees, a new addition to their Holiday House Tour.

    Norfolk Lodge thanks all those who purchased trees and supported the Charities Fund.


    Needham Times / WickedLocal





  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At its monthly meeting in November Norfolk Lodge honored the members of the Lodge who have helped to defend the country in the Armed Forces.  It was a good turnout at the meeting with around thirty brothers attending the meeting.  Wor. Centola presented each of the men with a small token of appreciation from the officers and the Lodge.


    After honoring the veterans a guest speaker, R.W. Graham Marsdone spoke to the Lodge on the history of Veterans Day starting from when it President Wilson declared November 11th Armistice Day in order to commemorate the ending of the First World War. 


    At the meeting Wor. A. Theodore McIntosh received his Past Masters Jewel.  Wor. Armstrong presented Wor. McIntosh with the jewel on behalf of the brothers of the Lodge.  This was a unique circumstance because the Lodge was able to award Wor. McIntosh the jewel that his Grandfather wore when he was Master of Norfolk Lodge back in the early part of the 20th Century. 


    After the official business of the Lodge ended the brothers of the Lodge enjoyed a nice Turkey Diner and collation where good food and fellowship was shared by all.  

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