December 4th, 2013
Hebron Lodge #48 Serves Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
The dinner is a long standing tradition for Hebron Lodge #48 F&AM Prince Hall, State of New York, and is intended to serve members of the Beacon community which otherwise would not be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
BEACON - Hebron Lodge #48 held its annual Thanksgiving dinner on November 23, 2013. The dinner is a long standing tradition for Hebron Lodge #48 F&AM Prince Hall, State of New York, and is intended to serve members of the Beacon community which otherwise would not be able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Dinners were delivered to Forster Heights and Hamilton Fish Nursing Homes, Berkley Square, main Street Homes, and many other residents around the Beacon community. This year, over 270 dinners were served. All of the food was donated and prepared by the members of Hebron Lodge #48.
Past Master Daniel McEachin spare headed the dinner with help from other members of the Lodge. Worshipful Master Doug Bell thanked all the brothers and other volunteers for the generosity of their donations and time. He commented that it is the duty of this Lodge to give back to the community and the Thanksgiving Dinner is one of our programs to accomplish this goal.
The joy on the faces of the recipients reinforced the need and appreciation of this event.
In the later part of the Nineteenth Century, Black men of vision initiated the process of bringing a Prince Hall Lodge to this region. Hebron Lodge No. 48 was formulated in its humble beginning at West Point, New York. The Lodge obtained its charter in Newburgh, New York. By growing larger and better, the LODGE moved to its current complex in Beacon, New York. Through diligent and sincere work, Hebron Lodge No. 48 has become a viable force in the Mid-Hudson Valley, in New York State, and in national communities.
Hebron Lodge No. 48, Free and Accepted Masons, (Prince Hall), received its charter on October 1, 1911 from the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of New York, Most Worshipful David W. Parker, Grand Master.
The first Worshipful Master of Hebron Lodge No. 48 was Emanuel Smith. The first Wardens were Senior Warden Aaron R. Berkley and Junior Warden LaFayette Hunter.
Since 1911, forty Brothers have been elected and served as Worshipful Masters of this great Lodge. These Brethren have all performed excellently in securing a foundation in which our cornerstone has always been Service, Loyalty, and Devotion in order that the Lodge may build a new and better world for tomorrow. Upon these principles the Brethren of Hebron Lodge No. 48 are still building on its good work. Upon these principles they always shall.