The 151st annual installation of officers took place Dunkirk-Irondequoit Lodge No. 301 Lodge hall at 58 W. Main St. Fredonia (Grange Building) on June 10, prior to the summer break.
Mark Odell was installed as Master of the Lodge for the ensuing year. In his position as master, Odell is the presiding officer and head of the lodge. The title of "master," instead of "president," reflects the Masonic tradition of using ceremonies and titles from the stonemasons of the Middle Ages. When the great cathedrals of Europe were being built, the mason in charge of a building site was referred to as a "master of the work."
Other executive officers installed during the ceremony were Charles Loveland, senior warden and John Runkle, junior warden.
Newly installed officers for Dunkirk-Irondequoit Lodge are pictured left to right. Back row: James Elias, trustee; Robert Trzaska, senior deacon; Charles Baker, tiler; Richard Sam, secretary; James Odell, treasurer, James Pawlowski, chaplain and Walter Hamlin, trustee. Front: James Stoll, visiting installing marshal; John Runkle, junior warden; Mark Odell, master, Charles Loveland, senior warden. (Missing from the photo are Moti Sharma, trustee and David Fryer, junior deacon.)
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Today, there are more than 2 million Freemasons in North America alone.
In addition to the Freemason well-known history of 'making good men better,' charity is an important tenet of the Masonic fraternity and the more than 70,000 Freemasons in New York and throughout the U.S. provide approximately $800 million in charitable giving annually.
Odell stated that he is looking forward to leading one of the more than 800 local Lodges in New York. The organization has a rich tradition spanning over 230 years in New York state.
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For local information, contact James Odell at 595-2388.