Masonic News, Feb. 19, 2010

Masonic News
February 19 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 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


St.John’s Lodge #24, Shinnston,  GPS  Latitude 39.37626667  Longitude 80.31093336 Raising one candidate to the degree of Master Mason on Fri. Feb.19,2010 Lodge at7:00pm. Dinner at 6:00pm.     All master mason’s are invited for an evening of fellowship and watch a 3rd. generation family member be raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason. —————————————————————————————–

Mt Olivet Lodge #3, Parkersburg GPS Latitude 39.26795  Longitude 81.55633334

will hold a Special Communication Saturday, February 20, 2010 for work and instruction in the Master Masons Degree (2). Breakfast at 7am, with Lodge to open at 8am. We will need all the help we can get – come out enjoy the fellowship and the thrill of the “work”..


Gilmer County Lodge 118 , Glenville GPS Latitude 38.93268334  Longitude 80.83450002 will be holding a special to  confer a third degree on a candidate on February 20, 2010 Lodge will begin at 7:00pm


Kanawha Lodge #20   GPS  Latitude  38.3486948  Longitude  81.6351697 will conduct a special communication Saturday, February 20, 2010, in its lodge room at 107 Hale Street, Charleston, WV.  We have at least three (3) EA’s to be passed to the degree of FC. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 a.m. and lodge at 9:00 a.m.  Come and enjoy good food, fun and fellowship.

Washington Lodge # 58, St. Albans, GPS  Latitude 38.38642963  Longitude 81.83649162 will have 3- Master Mason Degrees-starting at 5PM on Tuesday Feb.23rd- will have dinner. All & any help will  be greatly appreciated ——————————————————————————-

The Worshipful Master of Middlebourne Lodge No. 34 AF & AM has called 2 specials to do degree work.      GPS Latitude 39.49281668      Longitude 80.90328335 Thrusday, Feb. 25, 2010 at 6 PM the Lodge will confer the Entered Apprentice degree on two candidates.   Saturday, March 6, 2010, we will try again to confer the Master Mason degree on 2 law enforcement officers. Dinner will be at 5 PM with the work to follow.   Everyone that is a Master Mason is invited to attend both degrees. Fraternally   George Birklein  Secty. No.34 ———————————————————————————-

Huntington #53 GPS  Latitude  38.42263777  Longitude  82.44053011
Feb 26, 2010,  confer the Fellowcraft Degree, 7pm.  Courtesy Butler Adkins


Kanawha 20 & Charleston 153 GPS  Latitude  38.3486948  Longitude  81.6351697

GRAND MASTER’S VISITATION–Most Worshipful Grand Master, Gregory A. Riley, Sr., will officially visit Kanawha Lodge #20 and Charleston Lodge #153 Friday, February 26, 2010.  Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. and Lodge will be at 7:00 p.m.


Clarksburg Lodge # 155 GPS  Latitude  39.28078334  Longitude  80.34128336 will have their annual Past Masters Nite and oyster dinner on Feb. 27, 2010. at 6:00 P.M. and lodge at 7:00 P.M. Donations will be taken at the door.  All Master Masons are invited to attend..Thanks,  F. Lee West


Clendenin Lodge 126 GPS Latitude 38.4889 Longitude Saturday, February 27th  Raising two confirmed and possibly a total of four candidates to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. All interested brethren are encouraged to attend and take part in the work. Breakfast will be held at 8:00am and Lodge will open at 9:00 am.  Jason T Riffle W.M. ———————————————————
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.


HERMON 6, CLARKSBURG GPS Latitude 39.28078334  Longitude 80.34128336 Saturday, March 13, Past Masters Night.  Dinner @6, Lodge @7 pm.  Grand Master Gregory A. Riley, Sr. will be attending.  ——————————————————————–

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




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 18    Super Excellent Master Degree at Marietta Council Feb 26    Charleston 153 Grand Master visit GPS  Latitude 38.3486948  Longitude  81.6351697 ———————————————————————-

Tyrian Chapter No. 13,Charleston,   GPS Latitude 38.3486948 Longitude 81.6351697
Festival. All Royal Arch Degrees will be conferred starting at 9:00 AM. Open at 8:30 AM to receive any petitions.  Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010     Time: 8:30am EST


WHEELING CHAPTER #1    GPS Latitude 040 3.9670 N  Longitude  080 43.1110 W
April 12, 2010, honoring Past High Priests.  More details to follow.  Harold Vitalie.


May 20 – 22, 2010, GPS Latitude  040 3.9670 N     Longitude    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, May 8, 2010, 1pm, Annual Assembly,  Scottish Rite Cathedral, Wheeling, confer Order Knight of York on one candidate, election with open installation of officers.  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. ———————————————————————————————–


Would you please put us a mention in your email list and newsletter of the upcoming Geo. Washington Banquet scheduled for Saturday Feb. 20th at 6:30 PM in the Huntington Masonic Temple Building.  7th floor Dining Room.  Catered by Bon Apetit  with a 2 meat choice.  Potatoes,Vegetables,Salad and Dessert.  We have many Essay’s being read now by the Judges who will choose the top 3 Winners.  Huntington High School JROTC Cadets will be there and play a part in the opening of our Banquet.  The Speaker will be Major Paul Clark, Commandant of the Program. The cost is 13.00 per person and all MM and families are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Bro. Arlie L. Rigsby lll,KCCH VM of the Consistory is in charge and  Ill Bros. Jack Childers and Albert Tenney are co-chairman of the yearly event. Please call the SR office for reservations: 302-525-4127 Ill Butler Adkins and I will be most happy to assist you. Larry E. Bolling, Gen Secy. Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies

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