Around the Temple – May 12, 2012

Around the Temple – May 12, 2012

Greetings from the River Cities. Sorry I’m running a little late this week and this week and this week. We had a chapter festival 21 April. We exalted Brother Fred Adkins for Huntington #6 and Brothers Kevin Lanier, Brian Oliver, and Erick Birchfield forPoint Pleasant #7. MEC Paul Cottrell was a key help in conferring the work. I’ve been with him many times when he has done work and I honestly believe this was the best work I have ever seen him do (and he has done very good work.) EC Andy Jarrell also did some of the best work I’ve seen him do, as well. EC Don Trainer served as Principle Sojourner for the first time and came off like an old pro. Thanks and congratulations to all three of these companions.

(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.

One thing from Crescent Lodge. Brother Karl Hager is getting 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.

Charles Wise York Rite College had its annual meeting on 5 April and had our election and installation of officers. Those chosen to serve the college for the ensuing “collegiate) year are as follows:

Governor Don Trainer

Deputy Governor Charles Hughes

Chancelor Charles B. Hall

Treasurer Paul O. Davis

Secretary Harry Delaney

Primate Richard M. Roy

Preceptor C. Kenneth Messer

Seneschal Steven L. Wolfe

Marshall Beatie L. Debord

Sentinel Brady P. Woodard

Congratulations and good luck to each of you.

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.

Just a little heads up. The DeMolay Conclave in West Virginia is usually held one of the last two weekends in July. Ads in their Conclave program is a major source to keep the costs down so more of the young men will be able to attend. Be aware of their need when they ask for assistance.

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!


Brother Jerry Digman is home in Elkins now. You may remember that Jerry lost his home in a fire and was severely burned. We continue our prayers for you and your family, Jerry.

I understand Brother Courtney Jones is now in a Morgantown Hospital. (I’m not being facetious; I just don’t know which one.) As many of you know, Courtney has fallen and come down with pneumonia. Additionally, he has come down with a blood disorder. Let’s continue to remember him in our prayers.

Brother Don Peterson is home from knee replacement surgery. He was out for the York Rite College meeting on 5 May and said he has been out on the road. It’s good to see you out, Don. Congratulations!


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

Western Star Lodge #11 has a special communication to confer the 3rd Degree on 14 May at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be held about 6:00 p.m.

Kanawha Valley #36 has a stated communication on14 May at 7:30 p.m. Dinner and fellowship will be at 6:30 p.m.

Huntington Lodge #53 will have a stated communication on Tuesday 15 May at 7:30 p.m. All Master Masons are invited.

Lebanon #68 has a stated communication on Thursday 17 May at 7:30 p.m.

Crescent Lodge #32 has a stated communication on Friday 18 May at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Aurora #43 at Newburg will confer the Master Mason Degree on one candidate on 18 May. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. and lodge will open at 7:30

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

Buena Vista #60 has Past Masters’ Night on 19 May. I’m not sure of the time.

Clarksburg #155 will have a Fellowcraft degree on Tuesday 22 May at 7:00 p.m.

Huntington Chapter #6 meets Tuesday 22 May at 7:30 p.m.

Kenova Lodge #110 has a stated communication on Thursday 24 May at 7:30 p.m.

Huntington Commandery #9 has its stated conclave on 25 May at 7:30 p.m. We will have our annual ice cream social before the meeting, about 6:30 p.m. to which families are invited.

Clarksburg #155 will have 2 Master Mason Degrees on Tuesday 29 May at 6:30 p.m.

Beni Kedem’s Past Masters’ Club meets Tuesday 29 May at Beni Kedem Temple.

Crescent Lodge #32 has a stated communication on Friday 1 June at 7:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. I want to thank WB Paul Muth for the fine job he does on the meals there. These are NOT cold cuts.

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

Huntington Lodge #53 has a stated communication on 5 June at

7:30 p.m.

Huntington Shrine Club has a regular business meeting on Tuesday 5 June about 6:45 p.m. Dinner will be served about 6:00

Lebanon Lodge #68 will have a stated communication on 7 June at 7:30 p.m.

Western Star Lodge #11 has a stated communication on Friday 8 June at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.

Middlebourne #34 will raise two candidates on 9 June. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. and lodge will follow.

Division #2 of the Grand Commandery of West Virginia will hold its annual inspection in 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.

Acacia Lodge #157 has a stated communication on Thursday 10 June at 7:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Kenova Lodge #110 will have a stated communication on Thursday 14 June at 7:30 p.m.

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.)

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,

We have reached the time of year when most of our bodies are changing officers. Help us to make good selections as that time approaches us. Help our officers have the wisdom to guide their respective bodies and the strength of character to labor diligently in the positions they are about to assume. Help them to realize that having a title does not complete their journey through our chairs. With that title comes responsibility; it is how we accept that responsibility that will determine our worthiness for the title.

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