You and your Mason Friends are cordially and fraternally invited to attend the Stated Meeting of Jose Rizal Lodge No. 1172 on September 9, 2011, American Room, Masonic Hall, 71 West 23rd Street, NYC at 7:00 PM.
Attire: Dark Suit or Barong
Agenda: Presentation of Budget
Inaugural Ball & Past Masters’ Night
First Reading By Laws Amendments
Report of Investigation Committee
W.’. Sylvester Almiron, Jr., Worshipful Master
Bro. Ignacio Abe, Senior Warden
Bro. Tom Benolerao, Junior Warden
W.’. David Ignacio, Secretary
Bro. Jose Aquino, DSA, Treasurer
W.’. Arthur Aurellano, Chaplain
Bro. Albert Inguito, Senior Deacon
Bro. Harris Pascual, Junior Deacon
Bro. Violeto Palmieri, Sr. Master of Ceremonies
Bro. Rodene Ivan Cortes, Jr. Master of Ceremonies
Bro. Amerigo Abonatilla, Sr. Steward
Bro. Eduard Kho, Jr. Steward
Bro. Emmanuel Nerona, Marshal
Bro. Pete Decena, Organist
Bro. Cesar Tipawan, Historian
Bro. Kristian Francisco, Tiler
W.’. Hernane Castro, Trustee
W.’. Arvin Repil, Trustee
Bro. Atilano Calvario, Trustee
C O M M I T T E E C H A I R S COMMITTEE
W.’. Arvin Repil, Ritual
Bro. Amerigo Abonatilla, Communications IT
Bro. Benjamin Caliboso, Membership
Bro. Tom Benolerao, Widows & Orphans
R.’. W.’. Ricardo Talusan, Finance
Bro. Henry Garcia, By Laws
Bro. Violeto Palmieri, Audit
Bro. Cristopher Agbuya, Special Events
Bro. Democreto Pasco, Sports Commissioner
V.’. W.’. Adison Cruz, Interlodge Golf Rep
Jose Rizal Lodge #1172 was amply represented by several officers at the Annual Communications held on May 2-3,2010. The following were approved:
1. Communications by email is now an official and preferred medium of communication. A letter delivered through the postal service is reserved for those who do not have an email. For our Lodge, this will translate to a savings of $200+.
2. The Short Form of Closing the Lodge is no longer allowed.
3. Our per capita dues will increase incrementally to $2.00/yr for 5 years to begin in calendar year 2013.
4. Electronic voting made its successful debut. Hereafter, electronic voting rules.
5. Grand Master renews call to become Masonically FIT (Faith,Integrity,Trust)
6. Reminder: Masonry is ultimately judged by how we talk and act outside the Lodge individually – in the real world.
Led by Installing Master, The RW Carlito Gallardo, Director of Ceremonies of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, assisted by fifteen (15) Past Masters of Jose Rizal Lodge #1172, the new leadership team was duly installed in due form in tiled ceremonies on June 10, 2011.
The Installation ceremony was unique and special because of the presence of the Past Masters, representing a chain of leadership that spans 28 years. Each of them gave moving elocutions and charges to the different officers. Their presence brought home the message of solidarity, unity and harmony that gets stronger through time and space,
A brief speech of gratitude was delivered by WM Jun Almiron and challenged the brethren to make the Impossible, possible by first starting with us, individually. He ended by making the IMPOSSIBLE, “ I’M POSSIBLE” by declaring thus, “Let it begin with me.” The officers’ roster is listed elsewhere in this issue.
Officially launched on May 21, 2011 was the Rosendo Herrera Legacy Fund (RHLF/ Fund) in Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Suffern, NY. Named after PGM Rosendo Herrera, a beloved Honorary Member and regular visitor and benefactor of Jose Rizal Lodge since its 1984 founding, RHLF is a non-profit charitable organization with a 501c3 status granted by the IRS. While it is led, organized and have Masons as members, it is not a a Masonic organization. It works in alliance and partnership with Masons and other charitable organizations.
The Fund was conceived during the Past GM’s visit to New York in October, 2010, An autonomous organization, it is run by an Executive Board, chaired by WM Sylvester Almiron Jr. Its goal is to help the underprivileged and under-educated and transition them to become contributing citizens to their communities. As a 501c3 organization, donations to the Fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Long before Brothers Willie Apo and Pete Decena entered, passed and raised as Master Masons, both have been serving their community in Staten Island by playing as a band with other close friends spreading the universal language of music for free.
Asked why they do this, Bro. Pete said that it is their way of expressing their desire to share their love of music and to bring a little sunshine to those who might be in the sunset of their years. Bro. Willie also intimates that whenever they played, especially the good old familiar love songs, many of their listeners shed a tear or two…”brings back memories of yester years” he adds They made their initial appearance in the Lodge during WB Luis Guilllen’s Public Installation. They are two of the four “New Kids on the Block”.
As the WM begins his term as Worshipful Master, he also begins a 5 yr term. as Trustee of Silliman U. Bro. Jun Almiron was selected Trustee last year and attended his first Trustee meeting in March in Dumaguete City, during their commencement exercises. His selection to the Board makes him the first trustee representing all alumni overseas. The Board of Trustees is the highest policy making body of this institution and also the alma mater of Bro. Jun. Before his selection, he served two 2-year terms as the first chair of the SU Alumni Council of North America, an umbrella organization of 26 chapters all over the US and Canada and the recipient of the highest recognition given an alumnus, the “Outstanding Sillimanian Award”. Married to the former Jean Cacho, RN (St. Luke’s ‘72, QC), they have 3 grown-up children and 2 grand sons (5&3).
During the celebration of the 112th Philippine Independence Day, WM Jun Almiron and Sister Jean were invited to the private reception for Philippine dignitaries in the Philippine Consulate. Several Ambassadors were there including the Permament Representative of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations,several senators and mayors from the Philippines. there he met two prominent Demolays: Jejomar Binay, the Vice President of the Philippines and Ben Malayang III, president of Silliman University. One of them said, “ Doc, I cannot call you Dad now – hope you understand.” Understood, sir.
Our beloved WB Luis Guillen was near tears when he shared his joy while he invited everyone in the Lodge to join the family in celebration of the blessings and grace his family recently received.
First, Elaine, his daughter graduated in Nursing with honors from Rutgers University Nursing and will continue her studies in the same university towards a professional degree in September. She joins her mother, Ellen (St. Luke’s, ’82, QC) and her grand mother Marcelina (St Luke’s ’42) to make a 3-generational spread of nurses in the family.
The other milestone was the discovery that Mama Marcelina has been confirmed cancer-free! For many months, she and the rest of the family languished in the knowledge that the end might be near. Instead, after repeated tests and reconfirmations, she was declared cancer-free! We join WB Luis and Sister Ellen in thanking the Almighty for all these blessings.
Our Bro. SW Iggy Abe is the proud uncle of John Paris Hak, who recently graduated with a degree in Economics from Yale University in Connecticut while his niece, Maria Sol Paris Deforest , marched in Stanford University’s commencement in late May. Bro. Iggy and Sis. Melle were busy bodies in May as they shuttled across the nation attending and celebrating these milestones of these loved ones. Congratulations!