Freemasons of the Central Leatherstocking Masonic District, located in the Leatherstocking Region of upstate New York. The district is composed of Constituent Lodges of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of New York. This is www.LeatherStockingMasons.org/ and now the official site. If you would like an account to collaborate here and submit articles for your lodge, please contact Bruce Van Buren.
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The Central Leatherstocking Masonic District uses a Google Group for its' internal, district-wide communications for announcing events. This list is moderated, and can be joined by invitation only. If you are a member of the LS District, or another interested Mason, you can contact the Group Owner and submit your request to join.
See the forum on this site for discussion.
To log in to the Central Leatherstocking Masonic District group, click here.
2019 DDGM Official Visits
^See the calendar for times and additional information.
10/1/19 – Cobleskill
10/3/19 – Delaware River
10/9/19 – Farmers
10/14/19 - Schenevus Valley
10/15/19 – Grand Lecturer's Convention at Cobleskill
10/21/19 – Oneonta
11/11/19 – Cherry Valley
11/12/19 - Schoharie Valley
11/18/19 – Laurens
Past Official Visits
2018 Official Visits
2016 Official Visits
Contact R:.W:. Randy R. Rathka, GS, to schedule:
- Masonic Development Course (MDC) - All
- Road to the East - Officers
- The Master’s Chair – Incoming and current Masters
Road to the East Course
Any Master Mason may participate! Wardens need to take this course.
The “Road To The East” is a Prospective Master’s Training Seminar. Designed for both First-time and Past Masters who are destined for the East.
All Prospective Masters are encouraged to complete the “Road To The East” Lodge Officer Training Program. The majority of the materials for the program are contained within “The Twenty-four Inch Gauge”. Read the “Table of Contents” and Session Overviews for information on Training and Course Materials. Other reference materials are the “Masonic Law of New York” (Constitutions 1991), “The Standard Work and Lectures” (Ritual Book), and the “The Monitor” (Book Six 1993), copies of which are available in each Lodge, or may be ordered from Lodge Supplies.
If members want a 24 in gauge , they should visit the grand lodge site and order their own. Otherwise, they can bring their lodge copy; 2006 copyright and newer only.
The District Association will pay for any Junior or Senior Warden who completes the program.
See the calendar for current dates.
|Feb 8||11:00 am||R:.W:. Bro. David Menegon, Senior Grand Deacon, lecture on Freemasonry - the Cornerstone of Civility||St. Patrick's Lodge #4, Johnstown, NY|
|Feb 22||12:00 pm||Regional Ritual Competition at Cobleskill Lodge #394|
|May 28||5:30 pm||Ceremony of Investiture at Bump Tavern|
|Aug 1||8:00 am||District Golf Tournament at Colonial Ridge in Laurens|
Officially known as the Otsego-Schoharie Masonic District Association it is referred to as the District Association. It also has the following aliases Central Leatherstocking Masonic District Association, Otsego-Schoharie Masters and Wardens Association and Central Leatherstocking Masters and Wardens Association.
The purpose is to provide a common vehicle for the exchange, dissemination, and implementation of ideas beneficial to the several lodges within the Central Leatherstocking Masonic District, to provide each lodge within the district a voice in making those decisions, to develop inter-lodge relationships, to foster leadership development, to support the District Deputy Grand Master in carrying out his responsibilities and endeavors, to purchase the aprons for the incoming District Deputy, Staff Officer, and Assistant Grand Lecturers if their respective lodges cannot afford them, to act as an informational repository for masonic artifacts and to adhere to the precepts of the Grand Lodge Of Free And Accepted Masons in the State Of New York.
For District Association Officers see LSMD Leadership
District Association Meetings
The fraternity works best when the brethren are
engaged and informed.
Town Hall Meeting
Meet the Candidates
All surrounding districts, you are cordially invited to meet...
Brothers who have announced their intention to run for a Grand Line elected position.
For us, an opportunity to meet these brothers, learn of where their travels have
taken them, and where they may lead us in the future.
Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Senior and Junior Wardens,
Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer (schedules permitting)
When: February 29, 2020
Times: 8:00 AM, Coffee & Donuts
9:00 AM, Town Hall convenes
12:00 PM, Lunch (free-will offering)
1:00PM, Comments, Wrap-ups
Location: Vestal Masonic Center
108 Lincoln Dr., Vestal, NY 13850
RSVP to RW Scott Kinne by Monday, February 24. scott.kinne at gmail.com 607-760-9234
(It'd be helpful for lodges can coordinate their RSVPs and each make one call to me – if not, individual calls are OK)
His funeral will be December 30 2019 at Tillapaugh Funeral Home
Calling hours are 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. A Masonic Service will start at 1:00 PM
Williams "Bill" A. Rathbun, IV, 59, passed away Thursday morning, Dec. 26, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, surrounded by his family.
Bill was born on Oct. 26, 1960, in Cooperstown, the son of Williams A. Rathbun III and Virginia (Marr) Rathbun of Springfield. He was raised in the Springfield area and graduated from the former Springfield High School in the Class of 1980.
Following high school, Bill worked as a general contractor and undertook many projects of varying types for many local families.
In the spring of 1996, Bill joined the teaching staff at Milford BOCES, teaching students career skills in the manual trades. He first taught "Career Pathways" in special education which consisted of various career choices especially suited to his students desires and talents. A few years later he was asked to teach Welding and Auto Tech, which he did for more than ten years. Most recently and for the balance of his 23 plus years at BOCES, he taught Natural Resource Occupation, which involved such topics as logging and heavy equipment operation. Bill loved his students and his job. He often said he was born to teach at BOCES.
When not at BOCES, Bill put in long hours assisting his wife, Anna at "Finders Keepers," her antique and second-hand store on Main Street in Richfield Springs.
Bills hobbies mirrored his work. He loved going "antiquing" and working on and fixing just about anything that ran, clocks, watches, phonographs, gas and electric motors and antique "one-lung" engines. He was known for his ability to fix just about anything and was always willing to stop what he was doing to help others in need. He was community minded.
He was a former member of the East Springfield Fire Department, which he joined following in his dad's footsteps. He was also a member of the former Masonic Lodge No. 482 in Richfield Springs and when that Lodge closed, transferred to Winfield Masonic Lodge No. 581 in West Winfield, where he remained a member.
Bill is survived by his wife, Anna (Fort) Rathbun of the Town of Springfield; son, Williams "Alden" A. Rathbun V, also of Springfield; mother, Virginia Rathbun, now of Rotterdam; sister, Priscillia Burgess (Robert) of Rotterdam; niece, Lily Burgess; brother-in-law, William Fort and his children, James and Rachael of the Milford area; brother-in-law, Steven Yager (Cheryl) and family; and his "sister-in-law," Diane Mondore (Jerry) of Colorado and their family.
He was predeceased by his father, Williams A. Rathbun III, in 2000.
The family will be present to receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday Dec. 30, at Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.
Funeral services will follow the visitation at 1 p.m., officiated by Ronald Fralick, Pastor of the Cherry Valley Presbyterian Church.
Burial will occur in Springfield Cemetery in the spring.
Saturday August 4,the annual Masters and Wardens Golf Tournament was held at Colonial Ridge Golf Course. The threat of rain never materialized and a fun day was had by all.
Here are the results
|!st place||Team Awesome Team ( Laurens )||60|
|2nd place||CV Electricians ( Cherry Valley )||64|
|3rd place||CV Drivers “ “||66|
|4th place||Laurens 2||68|
|5th place||Oneonta All Stars||70|
|6th place||CV Putters||70|
|7th place||CV Big A’s||71|
|8th place||The Real SVL ( Schenevus )||72|
|9th place||CV Fishermen||74|
|10th place||Cobleskill Wedgemeisters||75|
|11th place||Delaware River||78|
|Team Awesome Team||Hole 1 Score 4|
|Laurens 2||Hole 2 Score 3|
|The Real SVL||Hole 5 Score 3|
|Team Awesome Team||Hole 6 Score 3|
|CV Electricians||Hole 10 Score 2|
|Team Awesome Team||Hole 11 Score 3|
Jerry Young In the Hole
Roy Bilby Fishing Contest
Pete Oberacker Guessed 7 Roy caught 7
Next years Tournament will be August 3 at Colonial Ridge. Make plans now and come and enjoy a great day of golf and a wonderful dinner
It is time once again to begin a new masonic year. As your District Deputy Grand Master I will again be visiting every lodge and bringing our Grand Masters message and some masonic light as well. Many of you expressed an interest in having another exciting game to play this year. I received much feedback on my last game and had to ponder long on what to do to improve it this year. One of the biggest disappointments was hearing that our younger Brothers did not want to travel to play in last year’s game. So I thought long and hard on what sort of a game I could create that would get these Brothers involved, but not require them to travel. I created a puzzle game that would require Brothers from different lodges to team up to solve, but that could be done via email or social networking and was quite pleased with it. Use last year’s cipher to decode the following to get started (NOTE – If you are new or did not play last year the document describing the process can be found here: http://osdmasons.org/article133-DDGM-Masonic-Grail-Quest-Geocache-Challenge and the question on the coin was “What makes you a Mason?”) Get the new challenge: Game 2 Letter With Graphics
Good morning Brothers and friends. Happy Monday!
This past Saturday we held our 1st annual District Charity Gala at Justine's in Cobleskill. I'm pleased to share that our event hosted 30 people and was a success! The food was spectacular, drinks were flowing, great music and we all enjoyed fellowship and time with our guests. Most importantly, we were able to raise $220 to donate to Victim's of Traumatic Brain Injuries. Brother Steve Garreau and I are already planning next year's event, and will finalize details to share with you all in the fall.
We had such a great time, we have already booked our district summer party at Justine's for the last weekend in August. This will be a clam bake, and all are invited. We will share more details in the spring, but I am hoping we have a large turnout!
Keep your eyes on the district calendar for upcoming degree work and events around our district. It seems as more Lodge's are utilizing the district email system to keep everyone informed with their communications and events, and this is great. KEEP IT COMING!
The District Association (formerly Masters and Wardens Association) and Charities Corporation will be holding a combined meeting in late February / early March. We need to discuss changes to the 2 groups, and finalize details for the Murder Mystery Dinner as well as get going on the golf tournament. I will confirm a date and time with our officers this week and will keep everyone informed. It is important that each Lodge be represented at this meeting.
Saturday 2/25 is our District Ritual Competition. Our AGL, VW Adam Sokolowski has provided details to each Lodge, and I'm sure will put out reminders soon. This year's work will be from the EA Degree, so all masons can participate.
Hope you all have a great week!
Brother Jeff Shellenberger
Good morning everyone, happy Cyber Monday! I trust everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and was able to spend some time with your loved ones.
Just an update for our district events and degrees-
Tonight, Schenevus Valley Lodge #592 is hosting a 2nd Degree, Lodge opening at 7:30PM. I am sure they could use help filing the sides, possible conductors, and making the Temple full for a good showing for their new FC's. Please contact their Secreyary Steve Ratner to confirm your attendance.
Monday, Cobleskill Lodge will be hosting a rehearsal for their 1st Degree, which is scheduled for Tuesday evening. Please contact W. Kris Kinnear if you are able to make it.
Friday, 12/9 is our Masters and Wardens Association Meeting. Dinner is being served by Schenevus Valley Lodge, please contact RW Rick Scheiner asap to RSVP dinner. Meeting will be at 6PM, in Schenevus. On the agenda- finalizing details for our Charity Ball in January, working for the murder mystery dinner in April, and laying the ground work for the golf tournament. Also, our DDGM mentioned during his visits that our district will be going through changes soon. We need to start to prepare ourselves for these changes. Remember, ALL MASONS are invited, but voting power is reserved for sitting Masters and Wardens.
If you would like an event added, simply email Brother Bruce Van Buren with the details, and he is always quick to make changes. Also, you also receive my crazy Lodge email updates, and Brother Bruce always posts these online for all to read. Keep your message out there, get him info and we can spread the word.
I look forward to seeing everyone next week at the M&W Meeting. Be there and be square!
Brother Jeff Shellenberger
Last Nov class Nov 30th at 7pm.
The December classes are: 12/7 and 12/14.
In January classes switch to Thursdays.
January: 5th, 12th and 19th.
February: 2nd, 9th and 16th.
March: 2nd, 9th,16th and 30th.
All classes begin at 7 pm.
You may notice that I skip the 4th Thursday of the month.
Our church serves dinner at the Lords table every 4th Thursday.
I am the dish washer for our church.
R.W. Rick Scheiner GDOC
r_scheiner at Hotmail.com
And the winner of the DDGM Grail Quest Geocache Challenge is...
Brother Jeff Shellenberger of Schoharie Valley Lodge #491 with a total of 21 coins! Congratulations Brother Jeff!!