Resolution J1779-2013

Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Round Hill Masonic Lodge No. 533, Free and Accepted Masons



  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Round
Hill Masonic Lodge No. 533, Free  and  Accepted  Masons,  Endicott,  New
York, to be celebrated June 15, 2013

WHEREAS,  It  is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those fraternal organizations  of  high  purpose  and  worthy
accomplishment whose endeavors have faithfully served the welfare of the
citizens of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  the  150th  Anniversary of the Round Hill Masonic Lodge No.  533,
Free and Accepted Masons, Endicott, New York, to be celebrated June  15,
2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Resonant  with a constancy of theme, the 150-year history of
Round Hill Masonic Lodge No. 533, Free and Accepted Masons (F. and A.M.)
records the orchestration of a patrimony of unparalleled  excellence  in
commitment to the principles and ideals of Freemasonry; and
  WHEREAS,  The Free and Accepted Masons are the oldest fraternal organ-
ization in the world dating back some 3,000 years; Freemasonry in  Endi-
cott  has  been  successful for 150 years because throughout its distin-
guished history, it has continuously  been  a  great  influence  in  the
community by providing leadership, a principled way of life deeply root-
ed  in  a  system  of values, social benevolence, emphasis on individual
excellence and serving as a stabilizing force in the community; and
  WHEREAS, On the 28th day of January, 1863, a dispensation was  granted
to  14  masons  to  hold  Masonic meetings Under Dispensation; they were
members of Maine Masonic Lodge No. 399, Binghamton Masonic Lodge No. 177
and Otseningo Masonic Lodge No. 435; and
  WHEREAS, Brother Solomon  Lashier  was  appointed  Worshipful  Master,
Brother  Chauncey  W.  Shipman, Senior Warden and Brother Frank Fanning,
Junior Warden of the Lodge named for the Round  Hill  in  Endicott,  New
York; and
  WHEREAS,  All  this occurred during the Civil War in the year when the
battles of Stone River,  Chancellorville,  Gettysburg,  Chickamauga  and
Chattanooga  were  fought;  February  3,  1863, marked the first regular
Communication of the Lodge Under Dispensation; in attendance were  seven
members and three visitors; and
  WHEREAS,  On February 18th, the first two candidates ever to receive a
degree in Round Hill Lodge were duly initiated Entered Apprentices; and
  WHEREAS, On the evening of June 19, 1863, Round Hill Lodge was consec-
rated by Most Worshipful Clinton F. Page, Grand Master of Masons in  the
State  of  New York; it became Round Hill Masonic Lodge No. 533, F. & A.
M. under Solomon Lashier, Master, Frank Fanning, Senior Warden, and Lasa
Keeler, Junior Warden; and
  WHEREAS, The early Brothers held their regular Lodge meetings  in  the
old  Elvin  Theater Building which was demolished long ago; it continued
to be their meeting place until 1907, at which time the Lodge  moved  to
the  Commercial  Block,  the  building  which  still stands in the Union
District of Endicott; and
  WHEREAS, On January 11, 1915, a motion was passed that the Lydia Chase
property be purchased to serve as the Temple and home for the Lodge; and
  WHEREAS, In June 1917, 54 years after the Lodge was  consecrated,  the
present  Masonic  Temple  was dedicated with appropriate ceremonies; for
many years the Lodge continued to grow and  prosper,  and  the  greatest
membership was over 1,200 during 1960s - 1970s; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1953, Round Hill Lodge No. 533 recommended the petitions
for Dispensations to establish a daylight Lodge in Endicott,  New  York,

and  a  regular  Lodge  in Vestal, New York; these became Unity-Daylight
Masonic Lodge No. 1146 and Vestal Masonic Lodge No. 1144; and
  WHEREAS,  A Special Communication was called on December 31, 1917, for
the purpose of conferring all Three Degrees upon  Mr.  E.J.  Raitt;  the
Grand  Master, Most Worshipful Thomas Penny, gave a Special Dispensation
because Mr. Raitt was about to enter the Armed Forces in World War I; he
had the distinction of being the first member of the  Lodge  to  receive
the Three Degrees in one day; and
  WHEREAS, On April 27, 1959, a resolution was presented from a steering
committee  of  11  Master  Masons,  that a Chapter of DeMolay be formed;
after much thought and labor, the Chapter was formed and on February 27,
1960, 63 boys were initiated into Round Hill Chapter, Order of  DeMolay;
  WHEREAS,  In 1963, the Lodge celebrated its 100th Anniversary; on June
14th, the Optimist Club held a parade through the Village with a Masonic
float and three Cadillacs filled with Lodge and DeMolay Officers; and
  WHEREAS, Beginning in 1991, the Lodge instituted a  continuing  tradi-
tion  of inviting all widows, who are in the area, to a Sunday Afternoon
Dinner; the guests are presented with  a  rose  in  remembrance  of  the
departed Brother; and
  WHEREAS,  Most  recently,  the Round Hill Masonic Lodge No. 533 was an
integral part of helping its community recover from the two  devastating
floods that hit the region; and
  WHEREAS,  Organizations of singular distinction such as the Round Hill
Masonic Lodge No. 533, F. and A.M. provide a  model  for  enhancing  the
quality of life in the community and, as such, merit the grateful praise
of the community of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the custom of this Legislative Body that when insti-
tutions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative Body pause in its deliberations and
most joyously commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Round Hill Mason-
ic Lodge No. 533, F. and A.M., Endicott, New York, to be  celebrated  on
June 15, 2013; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Round Hill Masonic Lodge No. 533, F. and A.M.


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