Month: August 2018

Raised to the Lodge on High – Rick Farraj

On February 2nd 2018, at 4:18pm, the World lost a great man.  RW Rick Farraj was raised to the lodge on high.

Freemasonry lost a great brother, and we lost a great friend.

Though our sadness will consume us for a time it is important to remember. It is not our plan that we follow.

Brother Rick was held in such great esteem to all that knew him.

He was a great man. He was a great father. He was a great brother. He was a great friend.

He will be truly miss by all that he has ever been in contact with.

Posted by Mikkel Finsen

Polar Plunge 2018

2/24, was a true masonic experience as a few brave souls from Fulton Friendship ventured to Seaside Heights to participate in the NJ Polar Plunge. Freemason is about brotherhood, love and charity – and we certainly succeeded in all three along side 7000+ other crazy souls.

Certain cannot be unseen, but we did it in the true spirit of charity, raising $22K+ for Special Olympics New Jersey.

It was humbling and emotional to sing the national anthem on the beach, with thousands of awesome people willing to give these moments to a noble cause.

It was breathtaking, literally, as you plunged into 41F cold waters, and submerged yourself into the Atlantic.

Thanks to all the great freemasons who participated and made this a fantastic day. So much love was shared.

– Michael O’HerienJohn Fremgen and Mikkel Finsen raised the bar for Fulton Friendship lodge, in full support of our lovely ladies.

Posted by Mikkel Finsen

Father’s Day

We celebrate fathers around the Globe, living and past fathers.  It’s an excellent opportunity to acknowledge our fathers and the time they invest to be mentors and role models for their kids.

Our founding fathers were proud fathers, and part of the core values of being a Mason is to be a strong mentor for fellow men, but importantly being a mentor for our kids.  They need to see and be shown the values of being a good person.

I share this video from Igniter Media, as it really summarizes why we love our fathers.

Posted by Mikkel Finsen

Raised to the Lodge on High – Carl Weill

Our beloved DWA Brother, Carl Weil, was raised to the Lodge on High, on May 24 2016 at approximately 2pm.   He passed away unexpectedly at a cardiac rehabilitation center, while recovering from recent open heart surgery.

Carl was an esteemed member of not just FultonFriendship Lodge #102, but also other local Masonic organizations.

He was initiated as an Entered Apprentice on 13 November 1957, passed to Fellow Craft on 11 December 1957, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on 15 January 1958.

Carl was very active in Freemasonry, and always exemplified its highest ideals.  His kindness, simplicity, and humor were appreciated by all.

He served as Tyler at Fulton Friendship Lodge #102 for nine consecutive years.  A special plague with his name was installed a few years ago, to show our appreciation for his service, which hangs outside the lodge door, with his picture.

Additionally, he was the Lodge historian for several years. and could recall everyone who had been a member, and a great deal of detail about them.  In many ways, he kept the memory of so many departed brethren alive.

It is in this spirit of honoring his legacy, and to honor his wish, there will be a Masonic funeral being held at Pascack Reformed Church, 65 Pascack Road, Park Ridge on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 4pm.  He will be interred at the Church’s cemetery, for which cared for, for many years, and for which Fulton Friendship Lodge #102 supported restoration efforts.

Fulton Friendship Lodge #102 will host a memorial gathering at our Lodge directly following the Church services,  to celebrate the life of a great man and Mason.

Posted by Mikkel Finsen

Our Officers 2016

In early December 2015, the Fulton Friendship Lodge of the 3rd district (in New Jersey) had the officer installation.  Like so many previous installations, this was an amazing evening where we installed s strong line of officer.

We are proud to inform you (our readers and fellow brothers) that WM Karl Mock was re-installed as Worshipful Master for our great lodge.  His leadership and direction in 2015 saw many new improvements to our wonderful building, and the biggest visible result is the new bar.

Please join us in congratulation WM Karl Mock and wish him the best of success in 2016.

2016 Officers

Posted by Mikkel Finsen

What happened to the 56 men?

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men where they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t fight just the British.

We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t. So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: freedom is never free!

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember, freedom is never free!

Posted by Mikkel Finsen

2016 is upon us

As the World transitioned from 2015 to 2016, we wish you all a very Happy New Year.

It is important to reflect on the year that passed, and learn from challenges (negative and positive) to become a better person.  Not only individually, but also towards our fellow citizens, family and brothers.

Seeing and reading the terrible events that are unfolding, where people take up arms against each other, is not accepted, and we should strive towards closer bonds and communications.  It is amazing how issues can be resolved with open communications, but both parties most of course be willing to listen and change.  Without this willingness, debates become obstacles and we cannot solve our differences with hostilities.

Again, Happy New Year!

Posted by Mikkel Finsen

Opening the best bar in 3rd district

Worshipful Master Karl Mock serves a cold pint of beer to Master of Ceremony Mikkel Finsen.

The bar was built by fellow brothers, who did an amazing job – special thanks to Rick Farraj, Carlos Fonseca, Robert Korenda, Jason Machinga and Karl Mock.  These awesome brothers have built something very special for the Fulton Friendship Lodge.

This will be a place where we will strengthen our bonds as brothers, welcome brothers from afar and be a focal point for lodge activities … and show new candidates that we mean business.

Prices will be shared in the bar, but we offer the best liquors, selecting of beers and of course cigars.

The bar is equipped with AC, smoke-eater, TVs and plenty of seating.

Stop by to sample our selection and see our bar.

Posted by Mikkel Finsen