Around the Temple – March 10, 2012
I want to make a special invitation to each of you to visit Huntington Lodge #53 next Saturday as we honor our past masters. The ladies of Huntington Chapter #8 Order of the Eastern Star will be preparing the dinner, so that means we will have GREAT biscuits in addition to the basic meal. I understand WM Roy Ramey has a fine speaker for the occasion. Your ladies are invited. We do ask that you try to call our Secretary, Paul McComas, if you plan to come just so we can have a close count for the star.
I had the pleasure of attending Putnam Lodge #139 last Tuesday. I heard one of the finest returns of the second degree catechism I have ever heard. Unfortunately I didn’t get the brother’s name. I’ll try to have it next week.
Join the members of Warm Springs Chapter #53 on Thursday 15 March 2012 for a unique evening honoring Companion and Sir Knight Vernon D. Youngblood. MEGHP Raymond Lusk and REGC Ed Ball will visit the Sixth Capitular District for a dinner meeting hosted by Warm Springs Chapter #53 in Berkeley Springs. No work is scheduled but 50 year service awards for both the Chapter and Commandery are to be presented to Companion and Sir Knight Vernon D. Youngblood. A meal is planned for 6:00 p.m. and there will be plenty to eat. Anyone needing a ride should contact Louie Youngblood.
SICKNESS AND DISTRESS: I have been informed thatJuanita Beckett, the mother of Brother Bill Smith of Hamlin, is seriously ill with Stage 5 Kidney Failure.
Brother Don Peterson will be having a knee replacement about 27 March. Best wishes, Don.
I was also informed that Jeannie Smith, the sister-in-law of Brother Bill Smith has passed away. She had brain damage and had been in a coma for a while.
Well, let’s take to the bat poles and see what’s going on:
Beckley Lodge #95 will confer a 2nd degree on Tuesday 13 March 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
The Scottish Rite 14th Degree will practice at 6:00 p.m. on 13 March.2012.
Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies will meet on 13 March 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Lebanon Lodge #68 will meet at 7:30 p.m. on 15 March 2012.
Charleston Lodge will have a Special Communication to confer two First Degrees on 15 March starting at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m.
Crescent Lodge #32 will meet at 7:30 p.m. on 16 March 2012.
Tri-County Chapter #51 has a stated convocation on 16 March 2012 at 7:30 p.m. DDGHP Damon Wilcox will be making his official visit at that time.
The Grand Commandery of Washington, DC meets 16-19 March.
Huntington Lodge #53 will have its annual Past Masters Night Program on Saturday 17 March 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (Yes, Dan O’Hanlon, we know it’s St. Paddy’s Day.) This will be open to the families. Please call Brother Paul McComas, our Secretary, if you plan to come, so he can make arrangements. There is no cost, but we do need to let the Eastern Star know how many to prepare for.
The Scottish Rite will have a dress rehearsal for the 4th, 14th, 18th, 30th, and 32nd Degrees on 17 March 2012 starting at 8:00 a.m.
A School of Instruction will be held on Sunday 18 March at Mountain Lodge #156 atCoal City starting at 1:00 p.m.
The Grand Commandery of North Carolina meets 18-19 March.
Huntington Lodge #53 has a stated communication on 20 March 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Huntington Commandery #9 K.T. will have a stated conclave on 23 March 2012 at 7:30 p.m. This will also be the night for the election and installation of officers. This will also be the annual meeting of the past commanders at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be at about 6:30 p.m. (I have been told that this will be the first of several activities recognizing the 125th anniversary of the founding of Huntington Commandery #9.)
Washington Lodge #58 will be hosting a school of instruction on the Masonic Funeral on 24 March 2012 starting at 11:00 a.m.
The Grand Commandery Officers will have their meeting chaired by VEDGC Greg Dotson on 24 March at 10:00 a.m. in Parkersburg.
Huntington Chapter #6 RAM meets 27 March 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies will have its annual spring reunion on Saturday 31 March 2012 at about 8:00 a.m. My thanks to Brother Don Peterson for reporting my mistake last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
C. W. Wise York Rite College will have its annual meeting and election of officers on 12 May at 1:00 p.m. in Huntington.
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.
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.
St. John’s Night will be 24 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.
The Grand Lodge of West Virginia will have its annual communication on 8-9 October 2012 in Charleston.
The Grand Chapter of West Virginia will have its annual convocation on 11-12 October.