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


The end of the pandemic is almost here and we are going back to work in the quarries. I hope that you have enjoyed the

We will be following all Covid restrictions based on the direction and guidance of both Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter.
If you are not fully vaccinated please wear a mask and use social distancing. The programs I have chosen for this year
are mostly educational. We must never stop learning and growing. If you have a suggestion for a program that you would
like please let me know and I will add it.

Finally Companions , I am very excited to see each and every one of you.

E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik
High Priest 2021

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

Date Event Time Location

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

Jan 3 Decoding the triangle on the copy of the Arc
Feb. 7 Mark Master Mason Degree - exemplified
Mar 7 St. Patrick’s Annual Dinner
April 4 The Trowel and the Sword-from the Chapter walk-about program

See District Events at 8thCapitular.
Annual Awards Night Dinner
and Tribute to Veterans
November 1, 2021
Companions only!

Compliments of Oxford #254
6:30 pm Dinner
Reservations by Oct. 18, 2021
to: James W. Hemstrought Jr.
607-843-6305 or
E-mail: hemstroj at stny.rr.com

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
March 17, 2022
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, 2022
to: James W. Hemstrought Jr.
607-843-6305 or
E-mail: hemstroj at stny.rr.com

Educational Minute:
Captain of the Host:

It is not possible to create a true and genuine brotherhood upon any theory of the baseness of human nature. There can be no real brotherhood without mutual regard, good opinion and esteem, and mutual allowance for faults and failings. It is only those who learn habitually to think better of each other, and who look for the good that is in each other, and who allow and overlook the evil, who can be brethren one of the other, in any true sense. - Albert Pike

Why should anyone Join the Royal Arch?

My first reason would be that indissoluble link to Blue Lodge (Craft) Freemasonry.

Another reason would be companionship and enjoyment. But, above all, joining the Royal Arch should increase your enjoyment of Freemasonry! It brings with it new experiences, new insights, and new Companions, all of which add to our pleasure and our enjoyment of Freemasonry. Every Master Mason aspires to attain the summit of Ancient Craft Masonry. All wish most earnestly to receive all the light and instruction which pertains to the Ancient Craft - the origin and foundation of the Institution. In the life of every Master Mason, moreover, there comes a time when he realizes that he has not yet attained that goal, that he is not yet in possession of all the rights and light of a Master Mason, as these were known and understood by his ancient brethren.


High Priest E∴ Daniel P. Kwasnik
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
Treasurer R∴E∴ Hugh R. Price PO Box 138, Oxford, NY 13830-0138
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 Comp. Richard P. Freeman
Principal Sojourner R∴E∴ Robert N. Rogers
Royal Arch Captain Comp. Issac S. Spencer
Master of of the Third Veil
Master the Second Veil Comp. Arthur N. Carlson
Master of the First Veil R∴E∴ Steven R. Shearer
Chaplain E∴ James A. Meek
Sentinel E∴ Richard D. Howard
Musician R∴E∴ Francis K. Wilcox
Trustee 3 years E∴ James A. Meek
Trustee 2 years E∴ Homer A. Burch
Trustee 1 year E∴ Richard D. Howard


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


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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