Masonic News – August 1, 2010

Masonic News
August 1, 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  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.

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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

There will be a special communication of Friendship Lodge #56 in West Union on Saturday August 7, 2010 to initiate one candidate into the Mysteries of Freemasonry.  Dinner will be at 6:00 PM and Lodge will start at 7:00 PM.   All master masons are urged to attend.
GPS  Latitude  39.2949  Longitude 80.77458336

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Nancy Turner called to remind everyone of the Morgantown Masonic family picnic the second Sunday in August, August 8, eating at 1pm, at the Shrine Pavilion, located behind the Centra Bank at the Glenmark Center, Morgantown.  Morgantown will provide the meat and soft drinks.  You are encouraged to bring a covered dish of your choice.

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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

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Grand Master Riley approved posting some NEWS about this years Grand Lodge.  The hotel headquarters will be the  Microtel Inn and Suites (located at “Charles Pointe” near Bridgeport, 201 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport and Wingate Inn, (also located at “Charles Pointe”) 350 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport.  The Grand Master’s Banquet , October 10, will be open to Master Masons and ladies, cost $60 per person, paid in advance, no refunds.  Proper attire is coat and tie.  Grand lodge will convene October 11 and 12 at the Bridgeport Conference Center.  GPS coordinates for the Wingate and Bridgeport Conference Center are:
N 39°, 19′, 33″   W 80°, 13′, 57″
CLARIFICATION OF THE ABOVE GRAND LODGE NEWS.  ALL LODGE RELATED SESSIONS OF THE GRAND LODGE WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE CLARKSBURG MASONIC TEMPLE, LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN CLARKSBURG.  THE BRIDGEPORT LOCATION WILL BE THE HEADQUARTERS AND WILL HANDLE THE GRAND MASTERS BANQUET.  THE GPS COORDINATES FOR THE CLARKSBURG TEMPLE ARE:  Latitude 39.28078334  Longitude 80.34128336

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MARYLAND
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame…”
It’s Masonic Day at the Hagerstown Suns!

Join the fun, bring your family and friends!  All Masons, Eastern Star, Shriners, Job’s Daughters, DeMolays, affiliates and friends are welcomed!

Friday, August 27 against the Delmarva Shore Birds

Game Time 7:05 pm

All you can eat BBQ Picnic from 5:30-Game Time

Free Suns Hat, Post-game Fireworks

Ticket to game

Maryland Grand Master Tom Velvin throws out first pitch

Only $16/person

Count me in!  Enclosed is a check for $________  for ________ tickets!

Name:________________________________  Telephone:_________________

Email:________________________________  Lodge affiliation:_____________

Clip and return this order form to Friendship Lodge No. 84 by May 31 at:

54 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD  21740-5513

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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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Grand Commandery NEWS:
Inspections are scheduled as follows:
Sep 18 – Pilgrim #21, Elkins, 1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited.
GPS 38.92341667 Longitude 79.84365003
Oct 16 – Calvary #3, Parkersburg -1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited
GPS Latitude 39.26795  Longitude 81.55633334
Oct 23 – Huntington #9, 1pm, lunch at noon, ladies invited
GPS  Latitude 38.42263777  Longitude  82.44053011
Oct 26-Franklin #17, Point Pleasant, 7:30pm
GPS  Latitude 38.84452981  Longitude 82.13719499
Nov 6-Clarksburg #13, 1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited
GPS  Latitude 39.28078334  Longitude  80.34128336
Nov 13-Pennsboro #20, 1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited
GPS  Latitude 39.28433335  Longitude 80.96941668
Nov 13-St. Johns #8, Weston, 1pm, light lunch at noon and meal to follow, ladies invited
GPS  Latitude 39.04068334  Longitude 80.46483336
Dec 4-Dowell #28, Ravenswood, 1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited.
GPS Latitude 38.95316163  Longitude 81.76089104
Jan 15, 2011-Mountain State, New Martinsville, 1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited
GPS Latitude 39.64176669  Longitude 80.86558335

GRAND OFFICERS MEETING
Oct 23 – Huntington, 10am
Mar 26, 2011 – Weirton, 10am
May 19 – Grand Conclave

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Chapters Bobbie D. Triplett No. 52, (Mannington), Adoniram Chapter No. 11 (Clarksburg) and Tygart Valley Chapter No. 39 (Philippi) have joined together to present a School of Instruction which is to be done in three parts Bobbie D. Triplett No. 52 to host the first part of the school on July 24, 2010, to start at 8:30 a.m. at which time they will cover the following items, opening and closing of Royal Arch Chapter, balloting, introduction of distinguished guests and the Mark Master and Past Master degrees.  The second portion of the school will be hosted by Adoniram Chapter No. 11 on August 7, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.  Adoniram Chapter No. 11 will cover opening and closing of the Royal Arch Chapter, balloting, introduction of distinguished guests and the Council degrees and the Most Excellent degree with the third part of the school to be hosted by Tygart Valley Chapter No. 39 on August 21, 2010, at 8:30 a.m.  They also will cover the opening and closing of the Royal Arch Chapter, balloting and introduction of distinguished guests and they will do the Royal Arch degree.  The Grand Lecturer and Deputy Grand Lecturers are invited and plan on attending. All three schools will furnish a luncheon.     George D. Jackson   REGK
GPS  Mannington  Latitude 39.52988334  Longitude  80.34433336
Clarksburg                39.28078334                  80.34128336
Philippi                     39.15201667                  80.06268336
These Schools are open to any Royal Arch Mason interested in learning the work.

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These are the visits I’ll be making  M.E. Don Peterson, Grand High Priest
August 2nd    Morgantown Chapter No. 30
Companions:
Just a note to let you know that I will be visiting Morgantown Chapter No. 30 on Monday August 2nd.  this will be a special time since Morgantown Chapter is usually dark during July and August.  The Most Excellent High Priest Allen Cale has made arrangements with a number of Companions in Morgantown to attend this meeting.  They plan to have a dinner at the Golden Coral in Morgantown at 6:00 PM.  Allen has asked that I let him know how many may be accompanying me and I will do that.  I hope that a number of you can join us on that day.  There may be others that I don’t have an email address for that might be interested so invite your friends.  Please let Excellent Companion Cale know if you plan to attend.
August 10               O’Dell S. Long Chapter at Pennsboro     .
August 19th            Elkins Chapter No. 35
September 6th         Hancock Chapter No. 14   (If they are meeting)
September 11th        Montgomery Chapter No. 47        Festival
September 18th        Tyrian Chapter No. 13, Charleston        Festival    (maybe)
September 21st        Ronceverte Chapter No. 21  Dinner planned at 6:00 PM and meeting at 7:30.
September 25th        WV College SRICF at Graceland Inn in Elkins, WV
October 7th Grand Chapter Annual Convocation at Days Hotel in Flatwoods, WV  Grand Chapter will be on October 7, 8 and 9, 2010 at Flatwoods, WV (Days Hotel)  Super Excellent Mster Degree on Saturday afternoon 10/9.  Please see degree petition on York Rite Web Site www.wvyorkrite.org (listed on under Grand Chapter – Forms).  The degree will be conferred in WV for the first time in many years
See you there.
Don Peterson

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SUPER EXCELLENT MASTER DEGREE – YORK RITE MASONS
10/9 Flatwoods, WV – Following the Annual Convocation.  This degree will be conferred for the first time in WV in many years.  It is named the Jeffrey O. Schrader Class.  A registration form can be downloaded from the Grand York Rite web site www.wvyorkrite.org and is filed under the “Forms” tab.

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YORK RITE COLLEGE
ALSO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE  www.wvyorkrite.org
FORT HENRY YORK RITE COLLEGE 61, WHEELING, WV is pleased to announce that Distinguished Brother Paul V. Cottrell, O.P.C., Past Grand High Priest, Past Governor C. W. Wise YR College 137-Huntington, Grand Treasurer of the GLWV and Past Grand Master, will be the guest speaker at the quarterly assembly Saturday, August 14, 1pm, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Wheeling.  Brother Cottrell will be speaking on a topic of great interest to the Companion Knights; also he will recall some of his railroad stories.  Following the assembly, the Companion Knights are invited to a dutch treat meal at Perkins Restaurant at the Oglebay Park Exit.  All Companion Knights are cordially invited to this assembly.  Preeminent Governor Charlie Witt has decided on dark business suit as appropriate attire.
GPS Latitude 40.0661167  Longitude 80.71851668

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