Master’s Message






Brethren, I hope you all had a safe, happy and truly family-oriented holiday season! January marks the start of a new year, new beginnings and hopefully a turning point for the entire world regarding COVID-19. Recently I was thinking about everything I would like to accomplish during my time in the East. I will do as much as I can within the time I have and lay the foundational blocks for the next master. As you are all aware, for now NJ State restrictions limit us from having more than 10 people in the lodge at any one time. Collation and open discussion are now strained, so that begs the question, how best to use our time to our advantage? Fundraising is a big part of what we do to help promote all the worthwhile causes we as masons, support. Creative ways of conducting our fund-raising events that achieve our goals will need to promote.

The Finance Committee composed of elected Trustee’s and member advisors have interviewed various investment houses and Financial Advisors to rank and compare services they offer. These interviews have been completed and recommendations from the Trustees have been communicated to you all. We believe that a solid return of 7% – 9% on average is achievable for the long term. This approach should ensure the viability of Mt. Zion for years to come.

It is my hope that as winter wains and spring is in motion and more people are vaccinated that the gathering restrictions are eased to allow for more normalized meetings to occur. Re-engagement for all of us by this time will be needed more than ever! So, if things begin to align, come back to lodge to see your brothers and re-establish masonic bonds.

Fraternally Yours,

JR Almerino

Worshipful Master 2021



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