M. W. Gearl G. Raynes.
Grand Master of Masons in West Virginia
August 19, 2013
Grand Master Gearl Raynes would like to inform all the brethren that he will be posting his visitations on the Grand Lodge Calendar. He will post his visitations at beginning of each month. Thank you.
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, for providing this update.
PENNY A DAYBrethren PLEASE SUPPORT your only approved Charity. It is the West Virginia Masonic Memorial Fund. It is supported by your giving through the Penny A Day program and your other gifts and Bequeaths . Give by placing donations with your Lodge Secretary, dropping money in the donation jars in your lodge, sending it directly to the HOME or the Grand Secretary also by remembering the Home in your Will. We appreciate what you have already done and hope you will continue or even do better this year. Bill F. Gardner, PGM
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
Charleston 153 wil hold a Master Mason Degree Tuesday August 20, 2013. Refreshments 6:30 PM Lodge 7:30 PM
St. Johns Lodge #24 Shinnston, will be raising Bro. Jesse Amos to the sublime degree of Master Mason on Aug. 23,2013 at our stated cmmunication. All Master Masons are invited to attend and enjoy the fellowship and anyone wanntig to participate in the work it will be appreciated. Dinner at 6:30 Lodge at 7:30pm.
Lebanon #68 Milton will be having work next week. Monday 8-19-13 we will have a first degree. We will open lodge at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments prior to lodge. Anyone with a E A working please bring them along.
On Thursday 8-22-13 we will have a Master Mason degree to raise a brother. We will eat prior to lodge. Lodge we will open at 7:00 pm. All master masons welcome to come out and to help in the work. Thanks
August 27th. at 7:O’clock PM Clarksburg 155 will be initiating a candidate into the mysteries of masonry
On Tuesday, September 10th. at 7:O’clock Pm we will be raising two candidates to MM All Master Masons Welcome. Please come and enjoy the fellowship and help with the work.
Harrisville Lodge #98 will be conducting a 1st degree on Tuesday night August 27th, 2013 at 7pm for Mr. Bennie Brian Kerns of Harrisville, WV. If you find yourself wanting to travel on Tuesday night and have nowhere to go we welcome you to join us on this special night.
Harrisville Lodge #98 & Harrisville OES #29 will be holding their 4th annual Friendship Picnic on Sunday September 8th, 2013 located at the Harrisville Town Park in the Park side building. Lunch will be served from 1pm to 4pm or until the fellowship last. The Harrisville Mason’s will be providing the meats & buns, the Harrisville OES Chapter will be providing the drinks and condiments and everyone else is asked to bring a covered dish or desert and don’t forget a lawn chair provided the weather is nice. This function of fellowship is for all Masons, Eastern Stars and their family and friends plus there will be corn hole, plastic horse shoes, possibly bad mitten and other games for the adults and kids as well. Last year we had 31 people in fellowship, this year we strive and are planning on 40 people so please join us on Sunday September the 8th. Please pass the word along and we hope to see you there.
Once again, Joseph W. Summers Lodge No. 173 in Morgantown will be offering FREE PARKING during WVU home football games. YOU MUST DISPLAY A CURRENT DUES CARD ON THE DASH OF YOUR CAR TO KEEP IT FROM BEING TOWED. Also, we will try to have the lodge facilities open with food and drink, certainly bathrooms. Should any lodge wish to use our facilities to sponsor a tailgate, please contact us through the usual means and we will make arrangements. This opportunity also applies to visitors from other Grand Jurisdictions.
5th Annual 15th Masonic District Golf Outing
The Fifth Annual 15th Masonic District Golf Outing will be held at Locust Hill Golf Course, Charles Town, WV on Saturday, September 14th beginning with a shotgun start at 2:00 P.M. with a picnic at the course pavilion beginning at approximately 6:00 o’clock. We will again be using a scramble format to enable all to participate. Each team must have at least two Master Masons. The cost will be $60 per golfer and includes golf, cart, range balls, buffet, and prizes. If you would like to play but do not have a team, please let me know as early as possible and we will see if we can place you with a team.
As was the case last year, family members and brethren who do not wish to play golf are encouraged to attend the picnic/buffet. For those attending the picnic only, the cost will be $10.50 per person. Please fill out the enclosed form and return to me with payment not later than September 9th. Also, I must know how many additional persons will be attending the dinner by that date. Any lodge or individual who wishes to donate a door prize will be welcome to do so. I believe that those who have attended the last tournaments have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I hope you can join us for a great day of fun, food, and fellowship.
Scottish Rite members curious about AASR activities can view their calendar at www.scottishritewv.org
JERUSALEM CHAPTER NO. 3 ROYAL ARCH MASONS, PARKERSBURG WILL HAVE A CHAPTER FESTIVAL ON AUGUST 31,2013. COFFEE AND DONUTS AT 8 AM WITH DEGREE WORK TO BEGIN AT 9 AM.
Montgomery Chapter No. 47, RAM will host a Festival in the Masonic Temple at Montgomery on Saturday, September 28, 2013. All Chapter Degrees will be conferred and all Royal Arch Masons are welcome and urged to bring Candidates to receive the degrees. We will begin with coffee and donuts at 8:30 and the Festival will start at 9:00AM. We will work thru the Most Excellent Master Degree, stop for an excellent lunch and then do the Royal Arch Degree. Hope to finish by 3:30PM. Paul V. Cottrell, PGHP, Grand Lecturer.
Guyandotte Chapter No. 10 and Huntington Chapter No. 6, RAM will join together to confer the several degrees of Royal Arch Masonry on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Coffee and doughnuts will be available at 7:30 a.m. and Huntington Chapter will open this Special Convocation at 8:00 a.m. Petitions (if any) will be received and balloted upon before beginning the work, and courtesy work will gladly be performed for any Chapter upon written request. We request that at least one representative of each Chapter requesting courtesy work be present.
Lunch courtesy of Guyandotte Chapter 10 will be served at approximately noon (depending on the progress of the ritualistic work). It is anticipated e will be finished by 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please come and participate with us. As you know, the more Companions on the sidelines, the more impressed and more likely the candiates will be to follow up and attend stated convocations and become faithful members.
As always, we will probably require and welcome some assistance in the conferral of the work, so please come willing to share your expertise. Courteously and fraternally, J.G. Rick Elam, PHP Secretary Huntington No. 6, RAM
I NEGLECTED TO STATE THAT THE HUNTINGTON/GUYANDOTTE FESTIVAL ON SEPT. 7 WILL BE HELD AT THE HUNTINGTON MASONIC TEMPLE. IF YOU COULD ALSO PASS THAT ALONG IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Morgantown Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, is sponsoring parking near the WVU stadium for WVU home football games. Located at 1000 Stewart Street (Morgantown Scottish Rite Building) off Rt 705, near the football stadium. Cost $20 per car. Proceeds benefit Chapter 35, OES.
Winchester Hiram Lodge # 21 will be having a special Saturday Master Mason’s degree on August 24. I have received many requests from friends who would like to come see us do the Master Mason’s degree in costume other than on a weeknight. We will open with the officers in white dinner jackets and will proceed with the degree after the candidates return their Fellowcraft catechisms. There will be two candidates. After we close there will be a lunch served in the banquet room free of charge. We will start with donuts and coffee at 8:30 and open at 9:00. Please make an extra effort to come out for this event to support our candidates and help show off our beautiful lodge to visitors from out of town
Winchester Hiram Lodge #21 has a Master Mason degree set up for 9:00am on Saturday August 24th for two worthy brothers of Winchester Hiram Lodge and one brother from Treadwell Lodge #213. The degree, being on a Saturday, provides an opportunity for you to visit the lodge and observe the Master Mason’s degree conferred in costume, when attending lodge and degree work at our normal meeting hour would not be possible due to time restraints and other commitments you might have,
The morning will commence with coffee and donuts 8:30am to 9am. At 9:00am a Master Mason’s lodge will be opened. then we will call off and open a lodge on the 2nd degree of Masonry for the examination of two candidates’ catechism proficiency. Once finished, the lodge on the 2nd degree will be closed, and the Master Mason’s lodge will resume labor for the conferral of the degree. The three candidates will receive the first section of the degree together, but will be separated for the 2nd section. Lunch will be provided by your amazing Stewards Committee –
All Master Mason’s are invited to attend.
As a reminder, we need to know how many people will be coming to lunch. The deadline was Sunday night but I am extending it until Monday preferably by noon if possible. This includes Hiram people. So far I have not heard from anyone from Hiram who is going Saturday. Also, I am dropping the idea of wearing white jackets on Saturday. Les
Morgantown Union Lodge #4 will host a Family Night Celebration Friday, August 23, 2013
Social Hour / Fellowship 6:00 PM
~ Meal – 6:30 PM ~
We’ll provide Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Drinks.
Please bring your favorite covered dish to Share!
As well, bring your musical instruments
We’ll have a ball Pickin & Grinnin’!
Memorial Masonic Temple
Windsor & Burroughs Sts.
All Masons, Friends of Masons,
Neighbors of Masons, Non-Masons,
Anyone who Ever Wondered about Masonry
are all invited to attend!
HAROLD E. “PHIL” PHILLIPS, JR., PM
Aurora 43, Newburg