Around the Temple – April 7, 2012

Around the Temple – April 7, 2012

Greetings from the River Cities. (CORRECTION) Huntington Shrine Club will have its annual Eddie Osborn Memorial Babe Ruth Tournament on a date yet to be determined. All profit from the tournament will go to the Beni Kedem Transportation Fund or the Shrine hospitals. These teams are not all stars but the basic teams (for lack of a better term) with young men playing who might otherwise never play in a tournament. Come out and give them some support. (Donations will be appreciated at the gates.) Remember, most of the profit for the tournament comes from the sale of ads for the tournament program. If any of you know of personal or business ads we may obtain, please inform Noble Jack Childers.

Crescent Lodge #32 had a MM degree during their stated communication on 6 April. I’m going to have to do a better job of keeping a note pad with me. I only remember the candidate as Brother Stewart. I do remember that Worshipful Brother Dale Mead earned a coveted “E” from head coach Karl Hager for the first section of the degree. Good job, Dale.

One more thing from Crescent Lodge. Brother Karl is getting to closer to having to do the Second Degree Floor Lecture as more of their members return the Third Degree Catechism. I believe its sitting at 5 more returns.

The Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies had its Maundy Thursday Service on 5 April. We had about 50 members in attendance. Many of these were the new members who received the work on 31 March. Brother Roy Ramey and his KCCH team did a fine job. I believe Ill. Brother Frank Huff would have been proud of them.

Huntington Chapter #6 R.A.M. is having a festival on 21 April starting at 9:00 a.m. We will have coffee and doughnuts in the dining room about 8:00 a.m. We have had degree masters (to borrow a term from the Scottish Rite) working on the Past Masters’ degree and other members have been working on some of the parts of the Royal Arch. We will be glad to offer courtesy work, but ask that secretaries of other chapter send a letter verifying that candidates have been elected to receive the degrees. We will also be glad to receive petitions on the day of the work. If any of you would like to take part, give us a line so we may have parts assigned and make it easier to determine what parts to “scrounge.”

Before going dark for the summer, the Huntington Scottish Rite will have a ring ceremony for new members in the 31 March 2012 class. This ceremony will be open to the families and friends of Scottish Rite members, and we encourage them to attend. We believe the ceremony is quite impressive.

The Scottish Rite Club In the Valley Picnic will be June 9, 2012 at the WV Pumpkin Park In Milton. This is open to all interested brethren and Non Scottish Rite masons, We plan on eating at noon. We could use some help setting up on Friday the 8th at about 4 pm with tables and seats getting hog cooking. Then the morning of about 8 am getting all food and drinks ready. So please come out and join us we talk all night while the hog cooks!

Division 2 of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of West Virginia will have its annual Division Inspection on 9 June. This division has long had one of the better division inspections in the state. They nearly always have at least one candidate from each commandery and officers of each commandery take on significant parts of the work. Probably the worst problem they have is that each commandery has a considerable difference in floor space and it is sometimes difficult to work together as a team for the tactics. Difficult– yes. But they do a good job of overcoming the difficulty.

July 21, 2012 we have our second annual Jule Huffman 5 k run for the kids which will start at 8 am on Veterans Memorial Blvd. We will be starting at 7 am with set up and need volunteers with registration, water tables along the course and road guards at crossings. So please contact Al Rigsby, Mickey Martin or Rick Meade. This is for the childhood language clinic at Marshall. We will also need help with tear down, all goes well we will be done by 10 am.

On July 28, 2012 we will be having our benefit picnic at the 4 H Camp in Barboursville, time and cost TBD at a later time. This is once again for the Childhood Language at Marshall. So any interested brethren please contact Al Rigsby, Mickey Martin or Larry Bolling for information on how you can help out in our fund raisers. It would be greatly appreciated!

SICKNESS AND DISTRESS: I have been informed that Juanita Beckett, the mother of Brother Bill Smith of Hamlin, is seriously ill with Stage 5 Kidney Failure.

Brother Don Peterson is home from knee replacement surgery. He implies that his therapists have said that he IS going to improve. Did I understand you right, Don?

EVERY CHRISTIAN MASON SHOULD BE A KNIGHT TEMPLAR.

Well, let’s say “Ring on,” and find out what’s going on:

Huntington Lodge #53 will have a stated communication on 3 April 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Lebanon Lodge #68 (Milton) has a stated communication on 5 April 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Guyandotte Chapter #6 has a stated convocation on 5 April 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Buena Vista Lodge #60 has a stated communication on 5 April 2012 at 7:30 p.m. They are known for having one whale of a meal before lodge about 6:30 p.m.

Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies will have its Maundy Thursday Service on 5 April starting at 6:00 p.m.

Crescent Lodge #32 (Ceredo) has a stated communication on 6 April 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will begin about 6:30 p.m. They plan a Third Degree following the business portion of the meeting.

Montgomery Chapter #47 plans a chapter festival on 7 April starting at 8:30 a.m. with donuts and coffee with work starting at 9:00a.m.

Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies will have a meeting on 10 April starting at 7:30 p.m.

CORRECTION: Clarksburg Lodge #155 will have two fellowcrafts on 10 April at 7:00 p.m.

Beni Kedem will meet on 12 April at 7:00 p.m. Supper will be at 6:00 p.m.

Kenova Lodge #110 has a stated communication on 12 April at 7:30 p.m.

Nitro Lodge will have Past Masters’ Night on 14 April 2012. A banquet will be held at 6:00 p.m. with lodge opening at 7:00 p.m.

Bethesda Chapter #16 will have Royal Arch Festival on 14 April starting at 9:00 a.m.

Huntington Chapter #6 plans a Royal Arch Festival on 21 April starting at 9:00 a.m.

Mannington Lodge #31 plans a breakfast on 21 April from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. There will be no lodge meeting.

Clarksburg Lodge #155 will have a fellowcraft on 24 April at 7:00 p.m.

Huntington Chapter #6 RAM has a stated convocation on 24 April starting at 7:30 p.m.

Huntington Commandery #9 has a stated conclave on 27 April at 7:30 p.m.

Huntington Lodge #53 will have a stated communication on 1 May 2012 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Huntington Shrine Club will have its monthly meeting on 1 May 2012 starting about 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be about 6:00 p.m.

Lebanon Lodge #68 will have a stated communication on Thursday 3 May 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Buena Vista Lodge #68 will have its stated communication on 3 May 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.

Guyandotte Chapter #10 R.A.M. will have a stated convocation on 3 May at 7:30 p.m.

Crescent Lodge #32 will have a stated communication on 4 May 2012 starting at 7:30 p.m., following dinner at 6:30 p.m.

(CORRECTION) C. W. Wise York Rite College will have its annual meeting and election of officers on 5 May at 1:00 p.m. in Huntington.

Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies will have a stated meeting on 8 May 2012 starting at 7:30 p.m. with the Ring Ceremony following for the candidates they received on 31 March.

Mannington #31 will have a Surf and Turf Dinner at the Farmington Community Center for families and friends on 12 May starting at 6:00 p.m.. Please bring a covered dish. There will be no lodge meeting.

The Grand Commandery of West Virginia will have its Grand Conclave 17 to 19 May 2012 in Weirton.

Masonic Home Day will be 2 June 2012 at the Masonic Home in Vienna.

Division #2 of the Grand Commandery of West Virginia will hold its annual inspectionin Martinsburg on 9 June 2012. I’ll pass on further information as it becomes available.

The Club in the Valley will sponsor the annual Scottish Rite picnic for all Masons and their families on 9 June 2012 at the Milton Fair Grounds. NOTE A CHANGE OF LOCATION. I’ll have B. G. Boster give me more information in the next week or so.

Huntington Shrine Club will have its annual Babe Ruth Tournament 25 to 30 June.

St. John’s Night will be 25 June. Many lodges throughout the state will install officers at that time. Double check with the lodge of interest to be certain. Give your officers your support as they start the new Masonic year. (Note the date since the 24th is on Sunday.)

The Grand Lodge of West Virginia will have its annual communication on 8-9 October 2012 in Charleston.

CORRECTION: The Grand Chapter of West Virginia will have its annual convocation on 18-20 October in Flatwoods.

In the words of Past Grand Commander Bob Caldwell, “When you’re among Masons, you’re among friends. Be among friends often.”

Father in Heaven,

Thank you for the gift of your Son to provide us a way to salvation. Please help us to express our appreciation for that gift as we go forth into the world, a world which seems not to want us to share your love with those who don’t know you. Still, let us remember your blessings that we may bless others as you have blessed us. Amen.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought. – Matuo Basho