Masonic News – August 22, 2011

Masonic News
August 22, 2011
M. W. Randy B Martin.
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, for providing this update.

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PENNY A DAY

Brethren we are about to start a new Grand Lodge year. We are therefore bringing to your attention the Penny A Day program. We continue putting emphasis on the Masonic Home Memorial Fund. Now is a good time to resolve to support the one recognized Grand Lodge Charity by putting our loose change in the containers placed in our lodges for donations to this program. Your Secretaries will be making their annual reports and will include your donations in the report to the Grand Lodge. We also urge each of you whether you are able to attend Lodge or not to support this Program by including a donation on your dues card. IT IS TRULY FOR A MOST WORTHY CAUSE! Thank you! Fraternally, Bill F. Gardner, PGM.

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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

Morgantown Union Lodge #4 will have a busy night this Monday, August 22. As well as our usual business meeting, we will hear a return on the 3rd Degree catechism. Afterward we will examine a candidate on the 1st Degree catechism, and if found clear by ballot, we will pass that brother to the degree of Fellowcraft. Refreshments will be served at 7:00, (before the 7:30 stated meeting), and not after. Come out for any or all of the night’s work.

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ACACIA 157, FAIRMONT
We have Practice Tuesday evening at 7pm at the masonic hall. This Thursday the 25th is our stated communication. WE will be having our meal at 6:30pm, and the meeting to follow at 7:30pm. We will be planning the Third Degree for Brother Haymond, and hope everyone will come out to support our brother as he takes this great step in Masonry. Officers will wear Tuxes , or a dark business suit if a Tux us not available. I look forward to seeing you all out for the practice, and the work.    Daniel M. Baily PM WM, Acacia 157, Fairmont, WV

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Milton Lebanon #68 will have a second degree on Thursday August 25th we will open lodge at 7:00 pm all brethren are invited and bring any Fellow Crafts that you may have working on their return. We will have some light refreshments prior to lodge. Hope to see a lot out thanks Al.

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Brethren: Nitro Lodge will be holding a special communication on August 30, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. Work in the 3rd Degree. Eat about 6:15. Brothers Gunno and Waugh will be Raised. Master Mason only may attend. Worshipful Master Igo reports that Past Master Gary Waldron is back in the hospital. Room 600 at CAMC General. Blood sugar very high. J. Bruce Pierce, Secretary

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Noble Past Masters,
Don’t forget the August 30 meeting of the Past Master’s Club. It is our dinner meeting where your lady is invited. I asked to be notified if you are coming. As yet I have received only one reply. Please let me know as quickly as possible.
Thanks, Vaughn Shafer, Secretary

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MARTINSBURG, WV
The 3rd Annual 15th Masonic District Golf Tournament has been scheduled for the 17th of September at Stonebridge Golf Course with a shotgun start beginning at 2:30 PM. Each team must have two Masons. Dinner will be at the Lodge in Martinsburg following golf. Family members are encouraged to attend.
After a year absence, the dinner will be catered by Big Daddy’s BBQ. Anyone wishing to attend the dinner only, the charge will be $10 per person. Notices will be sent to each lodge in the district in the near future. Put your team together and join us in a great day of fun and fellowship

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MARYLAND
Brethren,

There has been a small change in the date for the Freemason Day at the Hagerstown Suns. Because of the storm that knocked down a light pole several weeks ago a special event for the Hagerstown Suns and Municipal Stadium has been rescheduled for Friday, September 2. The Hagerstown Suns has asked us to move our event to the next night, Saturday, September 3. Everything else is the same, the gates will open at 6:00 pm and we will still enjoy our all-you-can-eat picnic dinner, the game, and fireworks.

The 2nd Annual Freemason Fellowship Night at the Hagerstown Suns is Friday, September 3, 2011. Hosted by Friendship Lodge No. 84 A.F. & A.M. of Hagerstown. Gates open at 6 pm and the game starts at 7 pm. Fellowship festivities before the game include an all-you-can eat picnic of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, corn, beans, chips, and drinks Fireworks after the game. $13 per ticket – general admission including the picnic. Lodges are requested to send payment for tickets no later than August 15th directly to Josh Mastin at the Hagerstown Suns, 274 East Memorial Boulevard, Hagerstown, MD 21740. For information contact Josh Mastin. Terry Smith, Secretary, Friendship Lodge No. 84, A.F. & A.M.

PENNSYLVANIA
“DARK” for summer months

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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:

Following is the travel schedule for Right Eminent Grand Commander Edward E. Ball. September 23 – 24, Mid Atlantic Department Meeting, Alexandria VA
Fraternally, Ed Ball, Grand Commander

INSPECTIONS:
September 17 – Elkins – open @8:30am, meal to follow, ladies invited

October 1 -Huntington – 1pm, meal @ noon, ladies invited.

October 22 – Charleston – 1pm, meal @ noon, ladies invited.. Grand Officers meeting, 10am.

October 29 – Parkersburg – open @1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited

November 5 – Clarksburg – open @1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited

November 12 – Weston – open @1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited

December 3 – Division 5 @ Grafton – – open @1pm, meal to follow, ladies invited

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Pilgrim Commandery 21 in Elkins, WV, has changed the date for their inspection from 9/24/11 to 9/17/11. Due to a P.M. meeting on 9/17/11 the inspection will start at 8:30 A.M.. There will be coffee & donuts prior to the inspection and a meal at noon. Ladies are invited. This info was given me by “Skip” Collett E.C.
Thanks, F. Lee West

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CHAPTER NEWS

Montgomery Chapter No. 47, RAM will host a mini-school of instruction at Montgomery on Saturday, September 10, 2011 starting with coffee and donuts at 8:30AM and ending about noon with lunch. We will work on the opening, receiving and balloting, and also on the Past Master’s Degree. Also,
Montgomery Chapter No. 47, RAM will host a Royal Arch Festival in Montgomery on Saturday, September 24, 2011 starting at 8:30AM with coffee and donuts and continuing thru the Degrees. We will work thru the Most Excellent, stop for lunch, and then confer the Royal Arch. We will be glad to do courtesy work for any Chapter with Candidates outstanding.
GPS LATITUDE 38.18129135 LONGITUDE 81.32147905
Paul V. Cottrell, Secretary
PaulV@suddenlink.net

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Companions:
I attended a Stated Convocation of Montgomery Chapter No. 47 and they elected to sponsor a Mini School of Instruction for the 8th Capitular District to be held on Saturday morning, September 10th. They will gather around 8:30 AM with the School to start at 9:00 AM. The plan is to work on the opening a Chapter, balloting, dispensing, and the Past Masters Degree. Also time will be allowed to answer individual questions and do some one-on-one coaching. Following the School, lunch will be served. Paul will be sending notices to the Chapters in the 8th District and to other interested persons. We hope to have a good turn out for this as the Dias officers are required to attend a school. Others will be welcome although they would like to get a head count to be able to prepare the lunch. If you can go, let Paul Cottrell know.
GPS LATITUDE 38.18129135 LONGITUDE 81.32147905
Don Peterson

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YORK RITE COLLEGE
ALSO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE www.wvyorkrite.org

FORT HENRY YORK RITE COLLEGE 61, WHEELING, WV
Saturday, November 12, 2011. 1pm, Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling.  No work planned.

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