On December 28, 1921 Golden Rule Lodge No. 24 was warranted during the Grand Mastership of Powell K. Martin, to hold its meetings in South Orange, New Jersey. However, in 1926, the Lodge was dissolved and the paraphernalia, which it had used during its short life, was given to Bethel Lodge, No.10 of Orange, New Jersey. Worthy brothers Enoch Brock, Samuel Hunt, Wise Harmon, Howard Longus, and William Ingram had served as Masters of that South Orange Lodge.
A Certain number of the brethren who had been members of the Lodge retained the hope of re-establishing themselves as a Lodge at some future time. Their desires were eventually consummated, for those brethren petitioned the M. W. Grand Master, Edgar S. Ballou, for the privilege of establishing a Lodge in Vauxhall, New Jersey under the name of Golden Rule. That dispensation was granted in September of 1944.
The Lodge, having performed its Masonic work in a proficient manner, was granted at the ninety-seventh annual communication of the Grand Lodge held in Atlantic City in June 1945. The officers named in the warrant were Worshipful Brother Samuel I. Hunt, Master; Washington Koonce, Senior Warden; Henry Scott, Junior Warden; John Alston, Treasurer; and I. Thomas Howe, Secretary.
Golden Rule Lodge #24, held its meetings at the Community Center on Berkley Pl. in Vauxhall on the first and third Fridays up until 1974, when under the Mastership of Otis Appling, the Lodge moved its meeting place to Bethel A.M.E. Church on Hilton Avenue in Vauxhall, then under the Mastership of Jessie Lowe in 1982 the lodge moved its meeting place to the Dr. Myra Kearse Center, 2410 Springfield Ave. Vauxhall, NJ.
During the Grand Mastership of the M.W. Charles W. Campbell, twenty-nine members from the Golden Rule petitioned the Grand Lodge to form a Lodge in Somerville, hence, in July 1972, A.B. Copper was formed.
Golden Rule has produced the following members who were appointed to the high office of District Grand Lecturer of the Sixth Masonic District R.W. Thomas Crutcher, R.W. Thomas Howe, R.W. Clinton Williams,
And, The Most recent, R.W. Otis Appling, R.W. Louis Glenn, R.W. Sydney Jordan, and R.W. Edwin Ross. We also have a number of Grand Lodge Officers serving the Grand Lodge in the capacity of R.W. Henry Hopkins Grand Chaplain R.W. Arnold Williams, Assistant Grand Marshall; R.W. Alvin Mitchell, Assistant Grand Pursuivant; R.W. G. Douglas Bland, Grand Juris Prudence Committee.
We also are very proud to house a number of Oziel Grand Chapter Officers including that of the Worthy Patron of The Oziel Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Stars PHA of the State of New Jersey in the name of Otis Appling.
With the Guidance of the Grand Architect of the Universe, Under the Mastership of Edwin Ross, donations from a number of brothers of Golden Rule Lodge No. 24 and the assistance of the sisters of Golden Rule Chapter No. 50 a Mortgage was obtained and signed by R.W. Louis Glenn and R.W. Arnold Williams on October 24, 1995 for a building at 221 Oswald Place, Vauxhall, NJ which is the new home of the Lodge and Chapter.
With the persistence and guidance of the Past Masters, and the enthusiasm and strength of our new members the history of Golden Rule has, and will continue to prosper with every step we take.