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Warranted February 8, 1871


Oxford Chapter No. 254
Royal Arch Masons

Masonic Hall 7:30 PM the first Monday Sept. through June.
27 East Main Street, Oxford, N.Y.
Phone: 843-7034

ATTEND YOUR LODGE AND CHAPTER REGULARLY
AND SUPPORT THEIR ACTIVITIES AND CHARITIES.

High Priest Message

Companions,

I am honored to be elected High Priest of Oxford Chapter for a second year. I want to thank the companions who have faithfully served the chapter this past year and continue to serve the chapter by filling any and all vacancies in the line.

This year I’m doing double duty. Not only am I your High Priest but I’m also your Assistant Grand Lecturer. Most officers are in new positions this year and I am confident that you will be proficient by the time I’m officially installed at Grand Chapter.

Our long tradition of excellence is continuing. We have the Holy Royal Arch scheduled for the first two convocations of the new year. This will keep the 8th Capitular district stocked with companions that themselves are well on their way to become examples for all Royal Arch Masons in the State of New York.

To keep things interesting, we will be doing a chapter walk about and other educational programs throughout the year. We may even do a festive board to generate interest in our Royal craft.

Again, I want to thank you for putting your faith in me by allowing me to serve you as High Priest this coming year.

With continued fervency and zeal,
E:. John P Murray
High Priest 2020

District Officers

SCHEDULE 2020

Opening at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
January 6th (#1) Holy Royal Arch Degree 6:30 pm
February 3rd(#2) Holy Royal Arch Degree 6:30 pm
March 2ndChapter Walk-About Program 7:30 pm
March 16thAnnual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
Reservations needed - see box.
6:30 pm.
April 6th DDGHP Official Visit of R...E... Will Corrington
Dinner Reservations needed.
to: James W. Hemstrought Jr. hemstroj at stny.rr.com
6:30 pm
May 18th CDC Education Night, Instructor: R...E... Kim Dellow, District Education Chairman
June 1st Festive Board 6:30

See District Events at 8thCapitular.

Educational Minute: Captain of the Host:

He was an officer in the Hebrew army. Host is synonymous with the word army. Hence, this officer may be regarded as a General; if in civil work or service, he may have been the superintendent of the guards, priests, and Levites who kept watch day and night over the Temple. In Royal Arch Masonry, he constitutes one of the principal officers, especially in the ceremonies; he superintends the craft, guards against the admittance of the unworthy and ineligible, and obligates those who have been found to be worthy. Contributed by Richard Eades, from Ray V. Dedslow’s - Royal Arch Encyclopedia

“Share The Light”

I call on you to help me promote Royal Arch Masonry and Masonry in general as we look to share the light. On my pin and coin, I have an Ancient searching with a lantern with an upturned basket at his feet. We are not to hide the Light of Royal Arch Masonry under the basket, nor are we to hide each of our own rights of friendship and brotherly love. We are to search for those who would benefit from increased Light and Masonry by having additional friends and Companions. We are to search for those in the profane world who would welcome the benefit of Masonic Light, and real friendship and brotherly love.
From the Inaugural Address of M:. E:. Paul G. Huck, Grand High Priest
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
March 16, 2020
with “Wives” and “Guests”

Oxford Chapter #254
27 Main St., Oxford, NY 13778
6:30 pm Dinner
Compliments of Oxford #254

Reservations by March 9, 2020
to: James W. Hemstrought Jr.
607-843-6305 or
E-mail: hemstroj at stny.rr.com

2020 OFFICERS

E∴ John P. MurrayHigh Priest 387 Clock Hill Road, Burlington Flats, NY 13315
914-419-6088 Loganj54 at yahoo.com
E∴ Raymond L. Sullivan King 26 No. Chenango St., Apt. 1, Greene, NY 13778
607-656-5702
E∴ James E. Dann Scribe 13 Chenango Ave., Sherburne, NY 13460
607-674-2363
R∴E∴ Hugh R. Price Treasurer PO Box 138, Oxford, NY 13830-0138
607-843-9680
M∴ E∴ James W. Hemstrought Jr. Secretary PO Box 257, Oxford, NY 13830-0257
607-843-6305 hemstroj at stny.rr.com
Comp. Richard P. Freeman Captain of the Host
R∴E∴ Robert N. Rogers Principal Sojourner
Comp. Issac S. Spencer Royal Arch Captain
E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik Master of of the Third Veil
Comp. Arthur N. Carlson Master the Second Veil
R∴E∴ Steven R. Shearer Master of the First Veil
E∴ James A. Meek Chaplain
E∴ Richard D. Howard Sentinel
R∴E∴ Francis K. Wilcox Musician
E∴ James A. Meek Trustee 3 years
E∴ Homer A. Burch Trustee 2 years
E∴ Richard D. Howard Trustee 1 year

HONORARY MEMBERS

M∴E∴ Edmund D. Harrison, Grand High Priest 2002
M∴E∴ Walter J. Hilsenbeck, Grand High Priest 2005
M∴E∴ Michael T. Dunn, Grand High Priest 2012

FROM THE SECRETARY

Are You Concerned?

The Companions of Oxford Chapter #254 should be very proud of the fact that they can confer all the degrees of Royal Arch Masonry and have
repeatedly done so for other Chapters throughout the district and State. There is, however, a reason to be concerned. Only one companion has joined Oxford Chapter #254 since June 2013. We did have two companions affiliate with us, one in 2013 and one in 2014.

Over the years, our active companions have come from Oxford Lodge #175. Unfortunately, the occupations of the newer brothers have prevented them from being active or joining Royal Arch Masonry. Members of Oxford Lodge know the situation and I am confident things will change, hopefully sooner rather than later. We are fortunate to have membership from Sherburne, New Berlin, Edmeston, Hamilton, Eaton and Greene.

This prompts me to call on those Oxford Chapter companions, who have membership in other Lodges, to promote and encourage their brothers to join Royal Arch Masonry here in Oxford. We have a lot to offer them at the present time, but things can change rapidly if we don't begin to bring in new members. We also need to take on ritual duties currently being done by our older companions. Please ask yourself, when was
the last time I brought in a member to Oxford Chapter or learned a new part for a degree?

Obviously candidates are out there or we wouldn't be conferring all these degrees for other Chapters. We all have a stake in this matter, both in Lodge and Chapter. If you need a petition I have them or you can download one from the Grand Chapter website (www.ny-royal-arch.org).

News

DDGHP Visit to Western Broome Chapter No 332

Author: BruceVB - Published 2019-10-24 11:59 - (390 Reads)

Western Broome Chapter No 332 recently had their official visit from RE Bruce Van Buren, DDGHP. Also visiting that day was ME James Hemstrough, PGHP; RE Brian Singer, Grand Scribe; and RE Steven Shearer, Grand Royal Arch Captain. 17 companions joined for breakfast, followed by an inspirational message from the DDGHP. Of note, E James Meek of Oxford Chapter was presented with an Honorary Membership Certificate by RE Charles Hill, EHP of Western Broome for his dedicated support of Western Broome No. 332.

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Oxford Royal Arch Awards 2018

Author: BruceVB - Published 2018-11-06 15:27 - (1141 Reads)

Oxford Royal Arch Chapter No. 254 held their Annual Awards Night on November 5, 2018 at Oxford, NY
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The evening began with fellowship and a ziti and chicken parmesan dinner. We moved to the chapter room for the awards ceremony. There were present 19 Chapter Companions, 10 ladies, M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant, Grand High Priest, R∴E∴ Bruce L. Van Buren, DDGHP of The 8th Capitular District, and V∴ E∴ Wilbur L. Corrington, AGL.

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Oxford Royal Arch Chapter Awards - Photos by R∴E∴ Bruce L. Van Buren, DDGHP of The 8th Capitular District

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Comp. Patrick M. Blenis receives 5 year award. Exhalted 3 June 2013 - Presented by Grand High Priest M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant and High Priest E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik

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E∴ James E. Dann receives 10 year award. Exhalted 3 November 2008 - Presented by Grand High Priest M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant and High Priest E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik

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R∴E∴ Steven R. Shearer receives 10 year award. Exhalted 7 January 2008 - Presented by Grand High Priest M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant and High Priest E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik

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Comp. David A. Perry receives 20 year award. Exhalted 10 October 1998 - Presented by Grand High Priest M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant and High Priest E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik

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Comp. Dennis Youngs receives his Zerubbabel Pin - Presented by Grand High Priest M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant, M∴E∴ James W. Hemstrought, Jr. and High Priest E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik

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M∴E∴ James W. Hemstrought, Jr. receives a Double Diamond for his Zerubbabel Pin - Presented by GM 3rd Veil R∴E∴ Steven R. Shearer, Grand High Priest M∴E∴ Allen M. Bryant and High Priest E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik


Photos by R∴E∴ Bruce L. Van Buren, DDGHP of The 8th Capitular District