Around the Temple – March 24, 2012

Around the Temple – March 24, 2012

I enjoyed the meeting of Huntington Commandery #9 Friday night. We had our election and installation of officers for the 2012-2013 Templar Year. (Of course having a recognition of Past Commanders didn’t hurt any, either.) Right Eminent Grand Commander Ed Ball was here to install the officers. I really believe the high-light of the evening was having Eminent Commander Roy Ramey’s daughter Abby place his jewel of office around his neck. Congratulations, Roy. I’ll list all the officers next week.

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

The Grand Commandery Officers met in Parkersburg Saturday to discuss plans for the Grand Commandery Conclave to be held 17-19 May at Weirton. All knights templar are welcome to attend even if they have never been an officer in their commanderies. Also, the nice thing about the Grand Commandery is that the ladies are not only invited but are also encouraged to attend. There are always special activities available for them.

Parkersburg Scottish Rite Valley was also holding their Spring Reunion Saturday. It looked as if they had a sizeable class. They were also quite gracious in providing lunch for the Grand Commandery Officers present. Thank you for the fine meal.

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.

Brother Bennie Ashworth has been released from St. Mary’s Hospital.

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

Huntington Chapter #6 RAM meets 27 March 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

The Fourteenth Degree Team for the Huntington Scottish Rite Valley will practice at about 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday 28 March 2012.

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.

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.

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.

Clarksburg Lodge #155 will have two fellowcrafts on 12 April at 7:00 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.

(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.

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.

Father in Heaven,
As we experience this Lenten Season, it seems that there is so much hatred around the world and around our country. Yet Christ came with a message of love. Help us to find that love as we go about our lives and 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