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

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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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