Masonic News – August 29, 2010

Masonic News
August 29, 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.

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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
Littleton Lodge will confer the Master Mason’s Degree on one candidate on Saturday, September 4, 2010.  The evening will begin with a Lodge sponsored dinner at 6PM at the Hundred Diner  (across the street from the Lodge).  Lodge will follow at 7:30.  All Master Masons are cordially invited to attend.
Bill Jones, Secretary, Littleton Lodge #131
gps LATITUDE 39.68371667 LONGITUDE 80.45906669

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There will be a special communication of Friendship Lodge #56 in West Union, September 11, 2010.  One candidate will be initiated into the mysteries of freemasonry.  Dinner will be at 6:00 PM and Lodge will start at 7:00 PM.  All Master Masons, Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft are urged to attend.
GPS  LATITUDE 39.2949  LONGITUDE  80.77458336

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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

Here is all the information for our bicentennial celebration.

Brethren, Equality Lodge # 44 in Martinsburg will be celebrating our bicentennial on September 18, 2010.  The Lodge building will open at 11:00 with light refreshments and social time.  Tours of the mansion house and museum will be from 12:00 till 3:00.  There will be a historical program beginning at 3:15 with Wayne Price, Past Master of the Civil War Lodge of Research #1865, who will give historical information on Turner Ashby, a Civil War notable who was a member of Equality Lodge.  A dinner will follow at Calvary Methodist Church at 4:30 PM.  The church is just a few blocks from the lodge.  All activities are open to the public.  Families are encouraged to attend the activities and dinner.  We ask for a donation of $5 for those attending the dinner.  Grand Master Greg Riley will be in attendance.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by September 11th so that we may plan for the dinner. Please contact either Secretary Gearl Raynes or  PM Martin Bales. If you are planning on staying overnight, please let us know and we can suggest nearby hotels. I have sent invitations to many lodges throughout the state. If your lodge did not get one, there was no slight intended.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Thank you and hope to see all on the 18th of September.

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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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ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE
ALSO 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 23 – (Correction) 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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Bobbie D. Triplett RAC #52 will be doing a Mark Master and Past Master degree on Thurs., Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mannington Masonic Temple.  All RAM welcome to attend.
GPS Latitude 39.52988334  Longitude 80.34433336
Josh Schrader, High Priest

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These are the visits I’ll be making  M.E. Don Peterson, Grand High Priest
August 28               Clarksburg for meeting with Finance Committee and for a Practice on the
Super Excellent Master Degree
September 7th          Hancock Chapter No. 14
I talked to Wm. Littell, Secretary of Hancock Chapter 14, New Cumberland, WV and he informed me that because Sept 6 was Labor Day, the Chapter would normally meet on the following night.  Hence the meeting is set for Tuesday Sept 7th.  Paul Cottrell is going with me.    Don Peterson, Gran High Priest
September 11th        Montgomery Chapter No. 47        Festival at 9:00 AM for all Degrees
September 21st        Ronceverte Chapter No. 21  (Lewisburg) Dinner  at 6:00 PM and meeting at 7:30.
September 25th        WV College SRICF at Graceland Inn in Elkins,
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 Registration form located on tab under GHP picture on web site www.wvyorkrite.org  .
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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Montgomery Royal Arch Chapter will host a FESTIVAL September 11, 2010, beginning at 9am.  Lunch will be provided.  GPS  LATITUDE 38.18129135  LONGITUDE 81.32147905
Info courtesy of M.E. Donald E Peterson, Grand High Priest

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

Quarterly Assembly, 1pm, November 13, Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling, WV  FORT HENRY YORK RITE COLLEGE 61, WHEELING, WV    GPS Latitude 40.0661167  Longitude 80.71851668

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