Masonic News, Feb. 1, 2010

Masonic News
February 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 Lynn Dodrill, Box 869, Parkersburg, WV 26101.   Thank you MW Paul Cottrell, PGM, Grand Treasurer, for providing this  update.


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.

P.S.  There are  indications that some Lodges have not included their contributions to the Grand Secretary with the annual report.  You may want to check with your Lodge Secretary to insure that your contributions are supporting this program.
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.



All Schools begin at 1:00 P.M.  Officers, Coaches, and all interested Master Masons are invited to attend.

Feb 6    at Wellsburg    GPS  Latitude 40.274  Longitude  80.61105002

Feb 21   at Rowlesburg    GPS  Latitude  39.34485  Longitude  79.66748336
& Pennsboro     GPS  Longitude 39.28433335  Longitude 80.96941668

Feb 28   at Weston    GPS  Latitude  39.04068334  Longitude  80.46483336

Mar 7     at Lewisburg   GPS  Latitude  37.80521071  Longitude  80.45820966
& Shinnston    GPS  Latitude  39.37626667  Longitude  80.31093336

Mar 14   at Kingwood    GPS    Latitude  39.47145  Longitude  79.68705001

Mar 21   at Beverly  GPS Latitude  38.84176667  Longitude  79087470003
& Moundsville    GPS  Latitude  39.92021667  Longitude  80.74858336

Mar 28   at Charleston    GPS  Latitude  38.3486948  Longitude  81.6351697
& Rock Cave    GPS 38.83548335  lONGITUDE  80.34450003

Apr 11    at Crum    GPS  Latitude 37.90370719  Longitude  82.4436201
& Ravenswood    GPS  Latitude 38.95316163  Longitude  81.76089104
& Berkley Springs    GPS  39.62646667  Longitude 78.22650001

Apr 18    at Bridgeport  GPS Latitude  39.29548334  Longitude  80.24258336
& Linden  GPS  Latitude  38.71973334  Longitude  81.21043334

Apr 25    at Princeton    GPS  Latitude  37.36870893  Longitude  81.09727806

May 2     at Clarksburg    GPS  Latitude  39.28078334  Longitude  80.34128336

May 22   at Ceredo  GPS  Latitude  38.39737145  Longitude  82.55738858


You are hereby invited to attend Monroe Lodge Number 77’s annual been dinner on 01 February 2010 at 6:30 PM. This is a pot luck dinner with the Lodge providing: brown beans, cornbread, ham, fried potatoes and drinks. This dinner will be held on in the dining area of Monroe Lodge, Union WV on 01 February 2010 at 6:30 PM.  The cost of this event is FREE to all Master Masons.  The Grand Master and Senor Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia have been invited and may attend this dinner.  This is our regular scheduled meeting night and the meeting will start promptly at 7:30 PM. Brother John Allen District Deputy Grand Master of the seventh Masonic district will give a presentation on the history of Monroe Lodge and other lodges in the area.   Please try to attend this dinner and meeting. If you need a ride to this please give me a call and I will do all in my power to get you to the Lodge and home afterwards. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time my home phone is 304-772-3424, my cell is 304-667-6820 my work is 540-951-6119 and my email address is Bob Mann GPS Latitude 37.59349463  Longitude 80.54380936 ————————————- Middlebourne Lodge No. 34   GPS Latitude 39.49281668  Longitude 80.90328335 Saturday, Feb 6, Dinner will start at 5:00 PM which will be deer meat and the trimmings Confer Master Masons Degree on two (2) candidates. These candidates are law enforcement officers. One is a W.VA. State Trooper and the other one is a Deputy Sheriff of Tyler Co. Master Masons are invited to attend. ——————————————————————– KANAWHA 20, CHARLESTON GPS Latitude 39.28078334  Longitude 81.6351697 At it’s stated communication of Monday, February 1, 2010, Kanawha Lodge #20 will examine three (3) on the EA degree and will do courtesy work most likely for South Charleston Lodge #168 by examining one (1) on the FC degree.  Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. and lodge at 7:30 p.m.    If the three that are examined on the EA degree are favorable then there will be a special communication Saturday, February 6, 2010, with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and lodge at 9:00 a.m. to pass these three to the FC degree.  More on this later.   Kanawha Lodge #20 cordially invites any Master Mason to attend these meetings and bring any Entered Apprentices and/or Fellowcrafts to observe the work.  Come and enjoy good food, good fellowship and good fun.  Vaughn Shafer, Master


MT OLIVET 3, PARKERSBURG GPS Latitude 39.26795  Longitude 81.556323334

Special Communciation Saturday, February 6, 2010 for work in the 3rd Degree of Masonry.  breakfast at 7am with Lodge to open at 8am.  All Master Masons are invited to attend  –  we will need your help.

Randolph Lodge #55, in beautiful downtown Beverly, WV, FPS Latitude 38.84176667  Longitude 79.87470003 will be presenting a 50 year Service Award on Monday February 8th. MWGM Gregory A Riley has agreed to attend and present the award. Other grand officers have indicated they may attend also. A dinner will be served beginning around 6 p.m. Lodge at 7:30 p.m. ———————————————————————————

MANNINGTON 31, GPS Latitude 39.52988334  Longitude  80.34433336

Friday February 12th at 6 p.m. is our Sweethearts Dinner for our ladies, and the ladies of the Eastern Star.

Gilmer County Lodge 118 will be holding a special to  confer a third
degree on a candidate on February 20, 2010 Lodge will begin at 7:00pm

Huntington #53  GPS  Latitude  38.42263777  Longitude  82.44053011

Feb 26, 2010,  confer the Fellowcraft Degree, 7pm.  Courtesy Butler Adkins


MANNINGTON 31, GPS Latitude 39.52988334  Longitude  80.34433336   March 6th as you probably know is the Oyster Supper night.  The Grand Master as of right now will be in attendance.  Dinner starts promptly at 5:00 p.m. and Lodge will begin at 7:30 p.m.  No work is planned for that evening, except to receive the Grand Master and dignitaries and guests and to honor the Past Masters of Mannington Lodge #31.  ———————————————————————————————————————

Huntington 53 Latitude 38.4226377  Longitude 82.44053011 will have Past Masters’ Night on 20 March. More information will be coming. ——————————————————–



Monday, March 8, Waynesburg Lodge No.153

Wednesday, March 10, Beallsville Lodge No. 237

Monday, April 5, Washington Lodge No. 164

Monday, April 12, Chartiers Lodge No. 297

Tuesday, April 20, Claysville Lodge No. 447

Wednesday, April 21, Joppa Chapter Demolay

Thursday, May 6, Valley Lodge No. 459

Monday, May 17, Sunset Lodge No. 623

Thursday, May 20, Martha Assembly Rainbow

Friday, May 21, Richard Vaux Lodge No. 454


Monday, 2/1, 7:30pm (Lunch 6pm), STATED, Secretary’s Service Jewel presentation to Bro. Kenneth C. Hackney, P.M. ——————————————————————-
WASHINGTON 164, PA Monday, 2/8, 9AM, EXTRA.  Cponfer Fellow Craft Masons Degree on two candidates and Master Masons Degree on two candidates. ——————————————————————————– Chartiers Lodge No. 297, Canonsburg, Pa

A Stated Meeting of Chartiers Lodge No. 297, Free and Accepted Masons will be held in the Masonic Temple, 235 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, Pa. on: MONDAY EVENING, February 8, 2010,  At 7 o’clock, 30 Minutes P.M. P R O G R A M History of Leather & Leather Working, By Brother David Millinger, A Member of Charleroi Lodge No. 615 (A person in attendance will take home a Masonic Belt)
Chartiers Lodge No. 297, Canonsburg, Pa

Extra Meeting, Monday, February 15, 2010 at 7:00 P. M. confer Fellow Craft Masons Degree



BRETHREN, COMPANIONS AND SIR KNIGHTS – Look at the NEWS tab on the Grand York Rite Site.  You’ll find pictures and articles about the 1) meeting attended by M.W. Gregory A. Riley, Sr., Grand Commander Gene Ray Baker, Grand High Priest Don Peterson and S.G.I.G C B Hall; also 2) view pictures from the Commandery Inspection in New Martinsville; and 3) the SPECIAL Convocation at Tygarts Valley RAC.  The website Committee encourages your Commandery/Chapter to submit pictures/articles for inclusion on the site.  You’ll also find a calendar with York Rite meetings.  If you aren’t sure how to input info, contact Phil


TRAVEL SCHEDULE – MOST EXCELLENT DONALD E PETERSON, GRAND HIGH PRIEST, ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WV         Feb 1    Jerusalem Chapter No. 3 at Parkersburg GPS Latitude 39.26795  Longitude  81.55633334 Feb 4    Guyandotte Chapter No. 10 at Guyandotte GPS  Latitude 38.42848935  Longitude 82.3873694 Feb 5    Charleston 153 Past Masters Night GPS  Latitude 38.3486948  Longitude  81.6351697 Feb 6    Adoniram Chapter No 11 Clarksburg Festival GPS Latitude  39.28078334  Longitude  80.34128336 Feb 8    Tyrian Chapter No. 13  Home Chapter GPS  Latitude 38.3486948  Longitude  81.6351697 Feb 9    Point Pleasant Chapter No. 7 Past Masters Degree GPS Latitude 38.84452981  Longitude  82.13719499 Feb 13    Huntington Chapter No. 6 Festival GPS Latitude 38.42263777  Longitude  82.44053011 Feb 16    Jackson Chapter No. 48 at Ravenswood GPS Latitude 38.95316163  Longitude  81.76089101 Feb 18    Super Excellent Master Degree at Marietta Council Feb 26    Charleston 153 Grand Master visit GPS  Latitude 38.3486948  Longitude  81.6351697 ———————————————————————-

ADONIRAM CHAPTER 11, Clarksburg  GPS Latitude 38.3486948  Longitude 81.6351697 Saturday, 2/6, Royal Arch Festival, 8:30am vote on class additions, degree work at 9am.  Light lunch


HUNTINGTON ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER 6 GPS Latitude 38.4226377  Longitude 82.44053011 Saturday, 2/13, 8am, Festival —————————————————————————————————————

WHEELING CHAPTER #1    GPS 040 3.9670 N    080 43.1110 W

April 12, 2010, honoring Past High Priests.  More details to follow.  Harold Vitalie.


May 20 – 22, 2010, GPS 040 3.9670 N    080 43.1110 W

Annual Conclave, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of West Virginia, held in Wheeling, held in Wheeling, WV.  More details will follow later.


York Rite College


FORT HENRY YRC 61, WHEELING GPS  Latitude  40.06611667  Longitude  80.71851668

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 1pm, Quarterly Assembly,  Scottish Rite Cathedral, Wheeling, no work planned.  Companion Knight and Past Grand Master Seba Anderson will  present a paper; also C.K. George Jackson.  D.B. Joe Radcliff will present a paper at the Nay 8, 2010 annual assembly.  The College is planning an open installation and the ladies will be invited to observe.  Also, a meal is being planned, including our ladies, following the Assembly.

Brethren – Please take note – per Harold Vitalie – west bound I70 will be closed beginning February 1, 2010 for approximately 11 months.  The closure will be at the Wheeling Tunnel.  I don’t have the specific directions but you can exit at the Oglebay Park (Perkins Restaurant) and follow that road to the left into downtown Wheeling.  You’ll go up a hill and at the crest take the right fork to the first traffic signal.  At that point, make a right to the next signal, then make a left and go through town to 14th street (I think), then go left a couple blocks.  The Scottish Rite Cathedral will be visible. With the tunnel closed the best way to get to the Scottish Rite Cathedral (Wheeling) if your are going west is to exit right before the tunnel stay in right lane exit at 16th Street at first red light make right turn go two blocks to 14th Street and Scottish Rite will be one block on left.  If you want you can go 1/2 block to alley turn left to parking lot Thanks Bro. Gene Ray Baker for the directions. ———————————————————————————————– VIRGINIA WINCHESTER COMMANDERY  #  12  K.T. Stated Conclave is on February 15th.  7:30 PM

Dear Sir Knights:

A very Important event is coming up on February 6th at Winchester Commandery.  We will be holding a Degree Festival for several candidates.  Our own Jeff Burcham will be heading up this festival and we need your help.  Sir Knights from around the state will be coming to our degree work so let’s come out and support our Commandery.   There are many small parts or just helping to setup is helping us out.

This year I will be sending a letter around in regards to our membership and finical status.  Last year we lost over $2,500 by just paying the bills.  Our annual assessment is now over $2,000 dollars to Grand Commandery.  We are looking for way to raise money and support the Commandery without raising dues.  My year as Commander is coming to an end and I will not raise dues.  However, I feel if we do not come up with a solution in the next few years we will fall on harder times.

I have presented the budget to the Commandery and had our best and brightest review it several times.  The bottom line says change is on the horizon.  I welcome input and support from everyone which can come in many forms – money, attendance, degree work, or just providing refreshments for the one that do come out and do the monthly meeting.

Commandery belongs to all of us – saying is not as important as doing.  Think about it and try to find away to support your Commandery.  Even a small amount of help goes a long way when everyone gets involved.  Please try to make every attempt to come out and support our very historic Commandery at the Stated

God Bless

Larry L. Adams – Commander