Erie County Masonic History Project

Betsy Ross Levant Order Chapter 695, O.E.S Official Visit April 6, 2017


BRL had it’s official visit last night on April 6th and like all things BRl they pushed the envelope and celebrated OES in a different way. The Matron and Patron started the night with a Table Chapter, similar to their Masonic Counterparts and had the Chapter doing ritual from the late 1800s and wearing jewels from the 1920s. Celebrating and exploring the whole depth of OES Ritual history.

Dinner was served by candlelight in the round (or in our case a square). Members wear black and white as was the custom back in the late 1800s when OES was founded. There was a cookie ceremony where each point of the star was eaten in honor of one of our heroines.

In the old days, meetings ran around two hours, so there was an intermission in the middle so women could attend to their children. We had an intermission where we were to cross the room and share 1 fact that we knew about Eastern Star and then we could socialize.

The jewels that the Chapter wore that night were from the 1920s, older that most of their members. But how appropriate to be able to wear them on a night where the Chapter celebrated its roots.

WM Stephine Strock and WP Micheal E. Strock are to be commended for their efforts to not only explore Masonic history but to preserve and share it with the larger community.

One thing is for sure this is no longer your Grandma’s OES! Get out there and see all the wonderful work from our Brothers and Sisters.

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Harmonie Lodge No. 699 3rd Degree


Held on April 8th at the Sweet Home Temple Harmonie Lodge conferred the 3rd Degree of Masonry on three Brothers. Making this a very special night two Brothers were Lewis and raised by their fathers. One, in fact, was the first Brother under 21 raised in First Erie. The Lodge welcomed a large group of Candian Brothers that showed up as a surprise to witness the work. Very good work from Harmonie! We are expecting amazing things from these new Maser Masons!

Western Star #1185 DSA medal presentation and March 2017 School of Instruction Traveling Gavel


March 23, 2017 Western Star Masonic Center Lackawanna, NY. W:. Richard Learch, Dedicated Service Award Recipient received his DSA medal. Presented by M:. W:. Jeffrey M. Williamson, Grand Master of Masons State of New York, W:. Andrew Drouin, Master Western Star #1185 and R:. W:. Robert Drzewucki, District Deputy Grand Master, Second Erie District.

Monday March 27, 2017 Western Star Masonic Center Lackawanna, NY. W:. Andrew Drouin, Master Western Star #1185 receives the Erie County School of Instruction traveling gavel from V:. W:. Gerald Coleman, Moderator School of Instruction. The Brothers of Western Star #1185 led all Erie Districts’ Lodges in attendance for the month of March 2017. The next opportunity for a lodge to gain the gavel is Monday April 24, 2017 7:00 pm at the Western Star Masonic Center.


R:. W:. Robert Drzewucki
District Deputy Grand Master ’16-’18
Second Erie District

2017 Investiture Service

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