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Brian Ziegler

Spaghetti Dinner Hamilton Lodge #120


I will be attending the spaghetti dinner at Hamilton Lodge #120 this Saturday, April 25th at 5:30. I am inviting all that wish to attend to join me and my wife in supporting Hamilton Lodge. Let me know if you are planning on attending so I can give them a heads up.

Brian Ziegler

Washington Chapter # 29 Royal Arch Masons

Washington Chapter No. 29 Royal Arch Mason’s next regular communication will be Tuesday April 14, 2015.  The business of the meeting will be reading of one (1) petition and our guest will be R.·.E.·. Robert Rogers, AGL of the Eighth Capitular District. He will be observing and assisting us in our floor and sword work as it will be one of the keys to our recertification this year.  There will be a light meal at 6:30 PM with a meeting to follow.
Our  May 12, 2015 Communication will be the Official Visit of R.·.E.·. Stephen Shearer, DDGHP of the Eight Capitular District.
With Fervency and Zeal,

DDGM-The Word

I bring you warm Fraternal greetings from the Most Worshipful William J. Thomas, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York. I thank all who attended the Town Hall Meeting on April 19th at Homer Lodge with our Deputy Grand Master, the RW Jeffrey M. Williamson. It was very well attended along with our Brothers from the Cayuga-Tompkins District. It was a very informative and well presented meeting. I think it was an eye opener for many as discussions were had over the District reorganization process. I hope everybody took something away from this meeting and has a better understanding of the difficult tasks and decisions Grand Lodge has as we move into the future.
As some receive this edition of the Word, myself, RW Clinton Brooks, and several Masters will be in New York for the Annual Grand Lodge Convention. Thank you to the Lodges of this District who made the commitment to be present. I look forward to communicating the happenings at Grand Lodge back to the District.
Congratulations to Tri-Valley Lodge for a successful Entered Apprentice degree on April 11th.
May will be a very busy month for everyone. Many Lodges are holding awards programs and surviving spouses and ladies appreciation dinners. If your Lodge is not doing these programs, you should be. Election of officers and installations are fast approaching. Please contact me and RW Brooks in a timely manner of the dates of your installations. We will be glad to assist. We hope that all newly elected Masters will attend the Investiture Service at Hamilton Lodge on May 28th. The AGL’s will be looking for help with the evenings ceremonies. Please accept the offer if asked.
I am in the process of designing a new District Trestleboard. It will be in a booklet style. I am asking that all new Masters submit to me in a timely manner a copy of their respective Lodges trestleboard for the upcoming Masonic year. These trestleboards will be included in the District Trestleboard. I am also requesting a picture of the newly installed Lodge officers. These pictures will be included on the Trestleboard. When submitting this information, please include all updated phone #’s and e-mails. We will also be posting the trestleboard on the web-site. Thank you for your assistance.
RW Brooks and I cordially invite all Brothers and Families of the Cortland-Madison District to accompany us at St. Johns Day this year in June. For those who have never been, we encourage it. For those who have attended, come on out and reunite with Brothers you have not seen in many years. Take the opportunity to tour OUR campus in Utica and the many great buildings there. Take the opportunity to visit residents in the Masonic Home. Check out the Library and Medical Research Lab. We would love to hear you make some noise as we march by in the parade. More info to come.
Please remember our men and women serving in the Armed Forces, as well as law enforcement officers who are facing many new challenges as they protect and serve us, in your prayers.
Brian Ziegler

Official Visit Hamilton Lodge #120


Travelling Gavel Update

Brothers – The Traveling Gavel is at Marathon Lodge. Our next meeting is Monday, March 16th starting at 7:30 PM.

George J. Walter
Secretary – Marathon Lodge # 438

April 2015 DDGM Article for the WORD

Greetings Brethren,
I send each of you warm Fraternal greetings from the Most Worshipful William J. Thomas, Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York.
I apologize for my missed article last month. It was submitted, but apparently too late. I know what you are thinking. I have been running around the District all year encouraging each Lodge to contribute articles to the Word, and the District Deputy Grand Master doesn’t even put one in. At the beginning of the year, myself and RW Clinton Brooks informed each Master that we would take them out to dinner if they did not miss an article for the year. As of this date, the following Lodges are still in the running. DeRuyter #692, Cortland # 470, Otselic-Valley # 659, and Cortland-Madison Masonic War Veterans Post # 44. Congratulations and keep it going.
  Though a little belated, I must inform you of the passing of two Brothers of our District.Brother Daniel Miller of Cortlandville Lodge who was raised on 3/29/2003, and Brother Charles Mosely of DeRuyter Lodge who was raised on 1/23/1964 and a DSA recipient. I ask that you take a moment of silence for these Brothers.
I am very happy to see the degree work taking place in our District. It also refreshing to see newer Brothers taking an active part in these degrees. The following Lodges have degrees coming up. DeRuyter, Homer, Cortland, Otselic Valley, and YES, Tri-Valley. Please offer your assistance when called upon if it is within the length of your cabletow.
It was brought up at a TEAM meeting this summer that many Brothers would like to look in to the possibility of creating a District web site. I am proud to announce the unveiling of our new District Web Site. We are up and running. Please be patient as we work some of the glitches out. . The web site will enable us to communicate more effectively and efficiently. It will also keep us updated on the happenings of the District. A big thank you to VW Scott Cary for his many hours of time in getting the site organized. More to follow in the upcoming weeks.
Thank you to those who assisted with the Safety ID Event at the Marathon Maple Festival. It is nice to see Brothers coming together as a TEAM for a common cause.
Please mark this date in your calendar. Sunday, April 19th 1:00 PM at Homer Lodge. This a combined venture with the Cayuga Tompkins District. The RW Jeff Williamson, Deputy Grand Master, will be holding a Town Hall Meeting. I encourage all to attend. There is a lot of information being discussed about the near future of our Fraternity and some hard decisions that Grand Lodge must make to begin the process of streamlining our jurisdiction into a more efficient entity. YOUR input and ideas are important to our Deputy Grand Master. He wants to hear from the Districts. He wants to know our concerns. Attend if you can. You will be glad you did.
Grand Lodge is right around the corner. I hope you share my excitement. We have a couple Brothers going this year that have not been to Grand Lodge before. Should be fun. I am still waiting to hear from two Masters whether they are attending or if a proxy is going in their stead. All other Lodges are represented. Awesome!
RW Brooks and I are working on our trestleboards for next year. I hope that Master elects and incoming Wardens are starting the planning process for the new Masonic year that will be fast approaching. By order of the Grand Master, next years Official Visits will be completed by December. This will be a change for our District. I will be contacting the Lodges in the very near future with my Official Visit schedule for next year. I will do my best to accommodate each Lodge with a date that works for them.
Keep our men and women in uniform in your thoughts and prayers!
See you around the District,
Brian Ziegler



Brothers, Our website is slowly coming together. We will be able to operate more efficiently as a District. Communication amongst the Lodges will be easier. The Grapevine will operate right here off the website. We are working to get e-mail list updated and entered. Please be sure to register so we can get e-mail saved. A big thank you to our Webmaster Scott Cary for his many hours of work getting the site organized.

Brian Ziegler