Masonic News – December 25, 2011

Masonic News
December 25, 2011
M. W. Charles A. Louk.
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
SCHEDULED SCHOOLS OF INSTRUCTION, 1PM
Officers, Coaches, and all interested Master Masons are invited to attend.
01/29 VIENNA
02/12 BARBOURSVILLE & ST MARYS
02/19 BELINGTON
02/26 ROWLESBURG
03/04 MARLINTON & SHINNSTON
03/11 KINGWOOD
03/18 COAL CITY
03/25 HEDGESVILLE & WEIRTON
04/01 ROCK CAVE & RIPLEY
04/15 DUNBAR & THOMAS
04/22 CRUM & WHEELING
05/06 CLARKSBURG & WHITESVILLE

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Stated Communication, Kanawha Valley 36

Well, Brethren we are in for another evening of great fellowship!

Stated Communication: Monday, December 26, 2011, 6:30 P.M. Dinner: Pinto Beans & a Surprise…..Members of KV #36 are requested to assist with the menu, i.e.,cornbread, onions, potato’s, slaw, sauerkraut/wienners, salmon cakes or whatever you might want to bring (left-overs), snacks and soda….Please call Ryan and let him know how you can help out.  7:30 P.M. MML will open   Introduction of: District Deputy Grand Master Merlin D. Shamblin, 4th Masonic District, GL of West Virginia  Business Meeting +  Read 2 Petitions, Ballot on 2 Petitions, Initation 1 (All EA & FC are encouraged to attend the 1st Degree Work! )  Closing Remarks by DDGM Shamblin Please call a brother or two, inform and invite him/them to join you!  Check on our sick and distressed brothers for a report in open lodge.  Hoping to see you there! Once again: “Merry Christmas” and have a safe “Holiday Season”

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PENNSYLVANIA
Brethren, This will be the last time that I have an official communication with you as Secretary of Washington Lodge No. 164. On the 27th I will take the chair in the South, and hope to complete the journey that started 44 years ago. I want to thank each one of you for your cooperation in making my time as Secretary a memorable and pleasant experence. I will in no doubt be in contact with many of you in the future, and hope that I can be of help or service to each of you.  Again, thank you so much, and God bless you and yours, and wish all a Merry Christmas and happy new year.  Brother John Knisely  Secretary

EXTRA MEETINGS
Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM THE ENTERED APPRENTICE DEGREE WILL BE CONFERRED
AND

Wednesday, January 18,2012 at 7:00 PM  THE FELLOWCRAFT DEGREE WILL BE CONFERRED  AND THE MASTER MASONS DEGREE WILL BE CONFERRED

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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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COMMANDERY

SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE DRIVE Huntington Commandery No. 9 rang the bells for the Huntington Salvation Army on December 22, 2011. Those Sir Knights who participated by ringing bells were Grand Generalissimo Paul Davis, Vincent Perry, James Lackey, Brady Woodard, G. Butler Adkins, Jr., PGC, David DeMent, PGC, Harrison L. Bailey, Olin Taylor and George Adkins, Jr. Ringing the bells was a great opportunity for members to meet and greet the public and to promote Templary through involvement in community events. Sir Knights dressed in full uniform and volunteered for 8 hours, working in shifts of 2 hours during the day. Grand Generalissimo Paul Davis was in charge of coffee.

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2012 INSPECTION
Division 7 (#4, #17) at Charleston, Jan 21, Open at 1pm, lunch at noon, ladies invited, Inspecting Officer P Davis

GRAND OFFICER  MEETING SCHEDULE
March 24, 2012 – Parkersburg, 10am, G Dotson, VEDGC Chairman
May 17, 2012 @ Grand Conclave, E Ball, REGC, Chairman

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

FORT HENRY YORK RITE COLLEGE 61, WHEELING, WV
Fort Henry York Rite College 61 will conduct the Quarterly Assembly Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 1pm in the Masonic Building, Wheeling. No degree work is planned. Agenda will include voting on by-laws change(s).

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