Thursday, June 29, 2006

St. John's Day

The Grand Lodge of New York celebrated St. John's Day on Saturday, June 24th at the Masonic Care Community in Utica, NY. This is quite the place, sporting a state of the art medical research facility, an independant retirement community (Acacia Village), short & long term care as well as residential adult care facilities. It was hot & sunny as the District Deputy Grand Masters, Grand Lodge Staff Officers, Assistant Grand Lecturers marched with the Grand Master, the M.'.W.'. Neal I. Bidnick, and his elected and appointed line. Receiving appointments from the Onondaga District were V.'.W.'. Kevin Parker & R.'.W.'. Richard Gilbert, Assistant Grand Lecturers, R.'.W.'. Lawrence Egnaczyk, Grand Sword Bearer and myself, District Deputy Grand Master. M.'.W.'. Bidnick gave his message outlining his plans for the ensuing year. Of great interest is the Masonic Compact which will be posted here in the near future. Pictured is R.'.W.'. Lawrence Egnaczyk, myself and the Mid-State District Officers.