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


High Priest Message

Thank you for your trust in selecting me to be High Priest of this wonderful Chapter. I have received many appointments throughout my Masonic career, but none more prestigious than being handed the reins of Oxford Chapter No. 254 of Royal Arch Masons, again I am truly honored!

I hope you will enjoy the Trestleboard I have put together. My goal was to present a little something for everyone. Should we get some
petitions, and I hope we will....Degree work would negate the program of the evening.

I have so much to learn, and will be looking to many of you for advice and support. I wish all of you the best in the coming year.....Lets get started!

E. Richard P. Freeman

District Officers


Opening at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
Date Event Time Location
January 6th (#1) Holy Royal Arch Degree 6:30 pm
February 3rd (#2) Holy Royal Arch Degree 6:30 pm
March 2nd Chapter Walk-About Program 7:30 pm
March 16th Annual 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
Sept. 20 (third Monday) Welcome Back and review of Trestleboard
Oct. 4 9/11 Rememberance with VE John Murray
Nov. 1 Awards Night w/meal & Tribute to Veterans (see information below)
Dec. 6 Election and Installation of Officers


Date Event Time Location
January 3rd The year ahead and a Quiz: "Name that Cake"
February 7th Masonic Charities
March 7th 3rd Degree Discussion
March 21st St. Pat's Dinner followed by Irish sing-along upstairs.
April 4th An extension of the 3rd - Degree by R.E. Kim Dellow
May 2nd RAM and Books of Bible
June 6th The Temple in ruins


Date Time Event Location

Mon Apr 3 7:30 pm Confer Past Master Oxford
Mon May 1 7:30 pm Confer Most Excellent Master Oxford
Mon June 5 7:30 pm Confer Holy Royal Arch Oxford

See District Events at 8thCapitular.

Educational Minute:

The following is the order in which the York Rite Degrees and Orders would be portrayed if presented in their chronological order:
1. The portion of the Royal Arch antedating
2. the building of the Temple (Chapter)
3. The Entered Apprentice (lodge)
4. The Fellow Craft (Lodge)
5. The Mark Master Mason (Chapter)
6. The Royal Master, 1st Section (Council)
7. The Select Master (Council)
8. The Master Mason (Lodge)
9. The Royal Master, 2nd Section (Council)
10. The Past Master (Chapter)
11. The Most Excellent Master (Chapter)
12. The Super Excellent Master (Council)
13. and one section of the Royal Arch (Chapter)
14. The Concluding Section of
15. The Royal Arch (Chapter)
16. The Red Cross (Commandery)
17. Order of Malta (Commandery)
18. Order of the Temple (Commandery)

From this arrangement it can be readily seen that any Mason who does not take all the degrees and orders in the York Rite cannot possibly have a thorough knowledge of even the Symbolic Lodge, let alone the Chapter, Council and Commandery.


High Priest E∴ Richard P. Freeman 1574 Vrolyk Rd., Eaton, NY 13334-3230
freeman1574 at frontier.com
King E∴ Raymond L. Sullivan 26 No. Chenango St., Apt. 1, Greene, NY 13778
Scribe E∴ James E. Dann 13 Chenango Ave., Sherburne, NY 13460
TreasurerR∴E∴ Robert N. Rogers 7 Alice St., Oxford, NY 13830
Secretary M∴ E∴ James W. Hemstrought Jr. PO Box 257, Oxford, NY 13830-0257
607-843-6305 hemstroj at stny.rr.com
Captain of the Host E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik
Principal Sojourner R∴E∴ Earl G. Wilkinson
Royal Arch Captain Comp. Issac S. Spencer
Master of of the Third Veil R∴E∴ Steven R. Shearer
Master the Second Veil V∴E∴ John P. Murray
Master of the First Veil Comp. George Estey
Chaplain E∴ James A. Meek
Musician R∴E∴ Francis K. Wilcox
Trustee 1 year E∴ James A. Meek
Trustee 2 years V∴E∴ John P. Murray
Trustee 3 years E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik


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
M∴E∴ Brian D. Singer Grand High Priest 2021


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).

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