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.
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.
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.
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
PLEASE WELCOME BRO. EMERSON BUNGARD, PARKERSBURG 169, TO THE NEWS GROUP.
SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTIONS – – – 2010
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
OFFICIAL VISITATIONS – DDGM FLANIGAN
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
ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE
ANO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE www.wvyorkrite.org
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
ALSO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE www.wvyorkrite.org
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
HAROLD E. “PHIL” PHILLIPS, JR., PM
Aurora 43, Newburg