Masonic News – April 9, 2010

Masonic News
April 9 2010
M. W. Gregory A. Riley, Sr.
Grand Master of Masons in West  Virginia

MASONIC HOME – Did you know that the  Regulations have been changed whereby an applicant is not required to give up  all his lifetime assets to be admitted to the Home?  Yes, the following  members of our Masonic Family may now come into the Home on a “pay as you go”  basis. (1) A Master Mason and his wife. (2) The widow or child of a  deceased Master Mason. (3) The daughter, sister, or mother of a  Master Mason. Note: Those of sufficient financial assets may  be required to pay a one time entrance fee. Interested Brethren may  secure entrance forms from Lynn Dodrill, Box 869, Parkersburg, WV 26101.   Thank you MW Paul Cottrell, PGM, Grand Treasurer, for providing this  update.

PENNY A DAY

BRETHREN:  Congratulations and THANK YOU very much for your support of the Penny-A- Day program.  To date you have contributed a total of $634,942.13.  The largest year contribution was $95,156.34 and the smallest was $21,098.13.  We hope and urge you to continue to support this program as it has been a true success thus far.  PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK as it can only succeed with your help through contributions with your dues payment and the change pennies and all that you put in the containers at your lodge.   Thank you!

Fraternally, Bill F. Gardner, PGM.

P.S.  There are  indications that some Lodges have not included their contributions to the Grand Secretary with the annual report.  You may want to check with your Lodge Secretary to insure that your contributions are supporting this program.
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And last, but certainly not least, take time to read “Around The Temple” posted by Wor. Butler Adkins.  He keeps everyone up to date on happenings, especially in the southern part of WV.  He’s from Huntington, on the banks of the Ohio, and home of the Marshall Thundering Herd.
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IF YOU KNOW OF THE ILLNESS OR DEATH OF A MEMBER, PLEASE INFORM THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER OR SECRETARY OF HIS LODGE, PLUS MYSELF.  WE NEED TO REMEMBER OUR OBLIGATION DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.     PHIL
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WEST  VIRGINIA

SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTIONS – – – 2010

All Schools begin at 1:00 P.M.  Officers, Coaches, and all interested Master Masons are invited to attend.

Apr 11    at Crum    GPS  Latitude 37.90370719  Longitude  82.4436201
& Ravenswood    GPS  Latitude 38.95316163  Longitude  81.76089104
& Berkley Springs    GPS  39.62646667  Longitude 78.22650001

Apr 18    at Bridgeport  GPS Latitude  39.29548334  Longitude  80.24258336
& Linden  GPS  Latitude  38.71973334  Longitude  81.21043334

Apr 25    at Princeton    GPS  Latitude  37.36870893  Longitude  81.09727806
& Weston  GPS Latitude 39.04068334  Longitude 80.46483336

May 2     at Clarksburg    GPS  Latitude  39.28078334  Longitude  80.34128336

May 22   at Ceredo  GPS  Latitude  38.39737145  Longitude  82.55738858

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ACACIA 157 & FAIRMONT 9  GPS LATITUDE 39.48608334  LONGITUDE 80.10735003

Don’t forget that this Saturday April 10th we have our annual joint communication with Fairmont number 9.  Dinner will be prepared by the Eastern star, and will be Baked steaks.  Dinner will start at 6pm, meeting at 7pm.  The Grand Master, and several of our Grand Lodge Officers will be in attendance.  Come out and get to know our Grand Officers, and hear the words of wisdom from our Grand Master.
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Clarksburg Lodge # 155   GPS  LATITUDE 39.28078334  LONGITUDE 80.34128336 will confer the Master Masons Degree on one candidate on Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 P.M. All Master Masons welcomed.  Come out and spend the evening with us and assist in the work. ——————————————–

MANNINGTON 31  GPS  LATITUDE 39.52988334  LONGITUDE 80.34433336 Saturday, April 17, breakfast, 8-11a m ————————————————————————— Martinsburg   GPS  Latitude 39.4593  Longitude 77.97731667 will be celebrating our bicentennial this year.  We have set the date, it will be September 18th.  Plans are still in the developmental stage but we are planning an open house at the lodge building during the afternoon and the dinner following at Asbury Methodist Church.  I have confirmation that the Grand Master will be there and we will be sending out invitations to all the lodges sometime this summer.  I have also invited the Grand Master of Virginia but have not as of this date received a response.  You may want to write this date down and keep it open.  R.W. Geral Raynes, Junior Grand Warden ===============================================================

PENNSYLVANIA

WASHINGTON 164, PA
Wednesday, April 21, 6:30pm, EXTRA, PIN Club Law Enforcement Degree Team will conferring the Master Mason’s Degree on three candidates  ————————– CHARTIERS 297, CANONSBURG, PA Monday, April 26, 2010 Extra Meeting at 7:00 P. M., CONFER Master Masons Degree

OFFICIAL VISITATIONS – DDGM FLANIGAN

Monday, April 12, Chartiers Lodge No. 297

Tuesday, April 20, Claysville Lodge No. 447

Wednesday, April 21, Joppa Chapter Demolay

Thursday, May 6, Valley Lodge No. 459

Monday, May 17, Sunset Lodge No. 623

Thursday, May 20, Martha Assembly Rainbow

Friday, May 21, Richard Vaux Lodge No. 454

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ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE

ANO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE  www.wvyorkrite.org

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TRAVEL SCHEDULE – MOST EXCELLENT DONALD E PETERSON, GRAND HIGH PRIEST, ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WV April 17  Logan RAC 41 Festival April 24  Oak Hill RAC 24 Festival April 27  Sistersville RAC 27 (New Martinsville)   May 6  Upshur RAC 34 (Buckhannon)

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WHEELING CHAPTER #1    GPS Latitude 040 3.9670 N  Longitude  080 43.1110 W

April 12, 2010, honoring Past High Priests.  More details to follow.  Harold Vitalie.

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April 17  Logan RAC 41 Festival  GPS  LATITUDE 37.8464204  LONGITUDE 81.99025922
April 24  Oak Hill RAC 24 Festival  GPS LATITUDE 37.97743843  LONGITUDE 81.14801952 ——————————————————

Royal Arch Festival in Martinsburg.  GPS  LATITUDE 39.4593  LONGITUDE 77.97731667 Candidates welcome. 9:00 AM., April 17.   Contact Gearl Raynes or PGHP David Smith.

May 20 – 22, 2010, GPS Latitude  040 3.9670 N     Longitude    080 43.1110 W

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Annual Conclave, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of West Virginia, held in Wheeling, held in Wheeling, WV.  More details will follow later.

GPS  LATITUDE LATITUDE 40.06611667  LONGITUDE 80.71851668

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York Rite College

ALSO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE  www.wvyorkrite.orgFORT HENRY YRC 61, WHEELING GPS  Latitude  40.06611667  Longitude  80.71851668

Saturday, May 8, 2010, 1pm, Annual Assembly,  Scottish Rite Cathedral, Wheeling, confer Order Knight of York on one candidate, election with open installation of officers.  The College is planning an open installation and the ladies will be invited to observe.  Also, a meal is being planned, including our ladies, following the Assembly.

Brethren – Please take note – per Harold Vitalie – west bound I70 will be closed beginning February 1, 2010 for approximately 11 months.  The closure will be at the Wheeling Tunnel.  I don’t have the specific directions but you can exit at the Oglebay Park (Perkins Restaurant) and follow that road to the left into downtown Wheeling.  You’ll go up a hill and at the crest take the right fork to the first traffic signal.  At that point, make a right to the next signal, then make a left and go through town to 14th street (I think), then go left a couple blocks.  The Scottish Rite Cathedral will be visible. With the tunnel closed the best way to get to the Scottish Rite Cathedral (Wheeling) if your are going west is to exit right before the tunnel stay in right lane exit at 16th Street at first red light make right turn go two blocks to 14th Street and Scottish Rite will be one block on left.  If you want you can go 1/2 block to alley turn left to parking lot Thanks Bro. Gene Ray Baker for the directions. ———————————————————————————————–

HAROLD E. “PHIL” PHILLIPS, JR., PM
Aurora 43, Newburg