The 2012 New Jersey Statewide Voorhis A.M.D. In-Gathering was hosted by Alexandria Council No. 478 at Madison Lodge No. 93 in Madison, NJ on Saturday July 28, 2012. Our guests of honor this year were M.W. Glenn R. Trautmann, Grand Master of Masons of the State of NJ, M.V. Joe R. Manning Jr. Sovereign Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America and R.V. Matthew D. Dupee, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of A.M.D.
Around 90 Allied Masonic Degrees members from NJ, PA, NY, VA, and DC gathered in Madison, NJ for a day full of enlightenment and fellowship. The day started early at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and registration, then Sovereign Master Henry G. Abel opened Alexandria Council No. 478 and the Statewide AMD In-gathering at 9:30 a.m. S.M. Abel recognized all sitting and past Sovereign Masters, and the visiting brethren. I am very pleased to report that all 12 New Jersey A.M.D. Councils were represented at the in-gathering. V:. Abel then presented the gavel to RVB. Mohamad A. Yatim, Grand Superintendent of New Jersey who received and recognized the representatives of appendant bodies, members of the Allied Masonic Degrees, who were present that morning. Afterwards, the S.G.M., MVB. Joe R. Manning Jr. was received officially into the council along with the following Grand Council Officers:
R:.V:. Matthew Dupee, Deputy Grand Master of the GC of the Allied Masonic Degrees of the U.S.A.
M:.V:. Thurman C. Pace Jr. Past Sovereign Grand Master
M:.V:. Douglas L. Jordan, Past Sovereign Grand Master
R:.V:. Paul Newhall, Grand Marshal
R:.V:. Charles S. Canning, Grand Superintendent of Pennsylvania
R:.V:. Paul M. Ferreira, Past Grand Superintendent of NJ
R:.V:. Charles Wagner, Past Grand Superintendent of VA
Finally, RVB. Yatim received officially into the council M.W. Glenn R. Trautmann, Grand Master of Masons of the State of NJ who was accompanied by Past Grand Masters and sitting Grand Lodge Officers, who are also members of the Allied Masonic Degrees. M.W. Trautmann is a Past Sovereign Master of Harold V.B. Council No. 260.
The morning program included 3 very interesting presentations by:
-Brother Frank Conway of J. Howard Haring Council No. 116, entitled “The Origin of Blue Lodge Protocol in the Medieval Construction Site"
- Brother Michael A. Chaplin of Stuyvesant Council No. 525 on "Walking the Talk: Applied Masonic Exegesis"
- Brother Michael S. Neuberger of Da Vinci Council No. 477 on "The Blazing Star"
The work was then called from labor to refreshment at Noon time and the brethren enjoyed a delicious lunch together.
At 1:00 p.m., the council resumed its work with the members of Alexandria Council No. 478, the host council, exemplifying the Grand Tilers of Solomon in full costume and from memory. It is worth noting that these brethren have practiced this degree since January 2012 and the execution was flawless and highly appreciated by all the brethren who attended. The degree was followed by one final lecture by Bro. John Lawler of Alexandria Council No. 478 entitled "Solomon's Temple or Tammuz Av Elul”.
M:.V:. Joe R. Manning Jr. and M.W. Glenn R. Trautmann then presented each of the brethren a Grand Tiler of Solomon lapel pin and a certificate of attendance. Certificates and gifts were then presented to the Grand Council officers and to members of Alexandria Council No. 478 by RVB. Mohamad Yatim and V:. Henry G. Abel. M:.V:. Manning, M:.W:. Trautmann, and R:.V:. Dupee were then all made honorary members of Alexandria Council No. 478.
After a few words from the floor and from our distinguished guests, Alexandria Council No. 478 and the NJ Statewide A.M.D. In-gathering was duly closed at 3:00 p.m. The final gavel rap was sounded jointly by M.W. Trautmann and M:.V:. Manning. The brethren then all retired to the collation room to cut the cakes and enjoy the various desserts and more fellowship.
Next year’s New Jersey Statewide A.M.D. In-gathering has been scheduled for Saturday July 20, 2013. Our guest of honor will be RVB. Matthew D. Dupee, who if elected, will be serving as our Most Venerable Sovereign Grand Master at that time.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
RVB. Mohamad A. Yatim, KGCRORBE
Grand Superintendent of New Jersey