Summertime Blues

by Midnight Freemason Contributor
Jim Stapleton

In some jurisdictions, Masonic Lodges do not hold their Regular Meetings during the hot summer months. This time period is often referred to as Lodges going dark. The break from business meetings is a welcomed respite for a number of Brothers. The recess gives them the ability to spend precious time with family and friends. They might choose to go on vacation, go for a hike, or maybe even enjoy a drink with an umbrella on a sunny beach. 

However, what about those Brothers that rely on a packed schedule of Lodge meetings to keep busy? There could be Brothers amongst us that have limited social networks outside of Lodge. They might be divorced or widowed. Perhaps they don’t have many family members nearby. Their lifeline is the fellowship that they share when spending time with their Brothers. Without the Fraternity, they might experience loneliness and isolation. 

People that are lonely might have a hard time expressing how they feel. They might be embarrassed to admit that they feel isolated. So, it might not be readily apparent that they are distressed. There are Brothers out there that need help but won’t ask for help. 

We can assist the Brothers that are struggling to get through the summer slowdown of Masonic activity. A simple check-in phone call to see how the Brothers are doing could be helpful. Even a brief visit might be a welcomed gesture. If you have some people over for a barbecue, perhaps you can extend an invitation. 

The summer break from Masonic Lodge meetings is a well-deserved respite for many Brothers. However, it is important to remember those who rely on the fellowship and structure of the gatherings to counter loneliness and isolation. As Masons, it is our duty to be mindful of our Brothers in need. Together, we can strengthen the bond of Brotherhood and make a positive impact on each other's lives.


Jim Stapleton is the Senior Warden of USS New Jersey Lodge No. 62. He is also a member of the New Jersey Lodge of Masonic Research and Education No. 1786. Jim received the Distinguished White Apron Award from the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. He was awarded the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award. Jim is also a member of the Society of King Solomon.

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