Masonic News – February 16, 2011

Masonic News
February 16, 2011
M. W. Randy B Martin.
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: 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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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

WEST VIRGINIA AF&AM SCHOOLS OF INSTRUCTIONS:

02/20/11  Rowlesburg
02/27/11  Hurricane

03/06/11  Shinnston & Lewisburg

03/12-11  Wayne
03/13/11  Kingwood

03-20-11  Buckhannon

04/03/11  Bridgeport & Cottageville

04/10/11  Shepherdstown

04-10-11  Elkins
04/17/11  Crum

05-01-11 Walton

05/01/11  Clarksburg

05/15/11  Wheeling

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JOSEPH W SUMMERS 173, MORGANTOWN
Feb 17, 6pm (Dinner), Lodge 7pm, Confer Entered Apprentice Degree,

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On Friday, February 18th, at 7:30 PM – Deford Lodge No. 88, Berkeley Springs, in cooperation with our Brothers from Clinton Lodge No. 86, Romney will be raising two of their Brothers and possibly a Master Mason return by one of our new Master Masons.
Light refreshments at 6:30 PM Hope to see you there. Ed Brown, Secretary

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Feb. 19, 2010, at 6 PM Middlebourne Lodge will have a deer feed/Past Masters night. Lodge will follow. At this time there will be no degree work. Every Mason is invited to the dinner.
GPS LATITUDE 39.49281668  LONGITUDE 80.90328335
George Birklelin W.M.
Middlebourne Lodge No. 34

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ACACIA 157, FAIRMONT
Feb. 24th: Stated communication. Vote on, and hope to confer 1 candidate on the 1st degree. Possible a return this evening as well. Meal at 6:30, Meeting at 7:30pm.
Feb. 26th:  Special communication. 8am meal and 9am lodge to confer 3-4 MM degrees.
GPS LATITUDE 39.48608334  LONGITUDE 80.10735003

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Brethren of Mt. Nebo Lodge #91, 15th Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia & other Brethren all. It is with great pleasure to present this Press Release by the Mt. Vernon Estates concerning the exhibition of Mt. Nebo #91 Lodges’ George Washington Apron beginning on February 19th, 2011 at the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center @ Mt. Vernon, Virginia. Mt. Nebo Brethren will participate in the official unveiling ceremonies tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 19th, 2011. The final arrangements re. time, travel, etc have not yet been established. Subsequent announcements will be forthcoming.

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Wetzel Lodge 39, New Martinsville

February 26 2011 Past Masters night 6:30 fish fry and trimmings Lodge to follow, no work as of yet.
GPS LATITUDE 39.64176669  LONGITUDE 80.86558335
Wetzel 39, New Martinsville, WV
NOTE the Past Masters night at Wetzel Lodge has been changed from February to March the 26th,
GPS LATITUDE 39.64176669  LONGITUDE 80.86558335

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PENNSYLVANIA
EXTRA MEETING
WEDNESDAY,February 16, 2011 AT 7:30 PM THE MASTER MASONS DEGREE WILL BE CONFERRED UPON TWO CANDIDATES
The Master Masons Degree will be conferred by the PIN Club Law Enforcement Degree Team.
They will be receiving their Master Masons Degree simultaneously, to be conferred by the PIN Club
Law Enforcement Degree Team.

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Law Enforcement Night at Lodge No. 346

To All Masonic Brethern and Especially Law Enforcement Masonic Brethren
King Solomon’s Lodge No. 346 in Connellsville, PA, will be having a Law Enforcement recognition night on Tuesday April 5. The meeting is at 7:30. They will serve dinner starting at 6:00 and continuing to serve until 7:00. Don’t know how “elaborate” it will be but all are welcome to eat.
All Law Enforcement officers attending are ask to wear their dress uniform without firearms and hats. The Lodge has been given this permission by the RWGM. I am planning on attending this event. If you would like to meet up with me let me know.
Fraternally
Brother Dave Richards

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EXTRA MEETINGS, Chartiers 297, Canonsburg, PA, Thursday, February 17, 2011 AT 7:00 PM, Fellow Craft Masons Degree
and
Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 1:00 PM, Master Masons Degree

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VIRGINIA

Brethren:
Due to the conflict of scheduling with the Masonic Education meeting scheduled for March 5th. which effects some lodges in Districts 5 and 6, we have decided to move the Fred Bowman Ritual School of instruction from Saturday the 5th of March to Saturday the 12th of March. Time and place unchanged 9:00am @ Cassia Lodge # 142  Woodstock.
Please notify  the Lodges under your supervision and all interested Brethren.  Lokie

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MARYLAND

The Spaghetti Dinner will be held Saturday, April 9th from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm. All members of the lodge will be receiving six tickets to sell for $7 a piece. If you do not sell these tickets, please return them to the lodge so we can keep an accurate record of our sales. Bro. Wally Frazee has graciously offered head the Spaghetti Dinner this year. We will need volunteers to work the week prior and also during the day of. Please, brothers, we need everyone’s help this year. With the recent purchase of the new furnace for Friendship Lodge, we can not afford to have anything less than a great dinner. Please let Bro. Frazee know if you are willing to work that day or if you can make phone calls to solicit help.

The State-Wide Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. All Brothers will be asked to attend and volunteer four hours of the day to help promote Freemasonry. We will be working in two shifts: 10 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm.

Finally, congratulations to our two newest Master Masons: Bros. Brad Shives and Carl Somerlock. They were raised on Saturday, February 5th.

Benjamin Zamostny

Friendship Lodge has many activities for all of our members. Go to www.Lodge84.org for a complete calendar of events and other information.

Here are some dates for the next several months to mark in your calendar:

Saturday, March 5 – 8:00 am – Masonic Breakfast Club at City Market

Saturday, April 2 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – All Maryland Lodges Open House

Saturday, April 9 – 11:30 am – 7:00 pm – Spaghetti Dinner – Contact Bro. Frazee to help

Wednesday, April 20 – Lunch & Dinner – Hempen Hill Restaurant Fund Raiser – Use the coupons in your Trestle Board & they will donate 15% of your food order to the Lodge. Contact Bro. Smith for more coupons.

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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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Grand Commandery NEWS:

J O Schrader Commandery U.D. plans to do the first two Commandery degrees at their  Inspections are scheduled as follows:- REVISED
LOGAN, 2/19/11, 8AM, WITH INSPECTION AT 1PM. At 8AM,Red Cross and Order of Malta conferred Ladies invited, lunch, & meal following degree provided.

GPS Latitude 39.32618334 Longitude 77.74298334
Inspecting Officer Richard Riddle

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GRAND OFFICERS MEETING
Mar 26, 2011 – Weirton, 10am
May 19 – Grand Conclave
GPS LATITUDE 38.3486948 LONGITUDE 81.6351697

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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

Annual Assembly, 1pm, May 14, Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling, WV

GPS Latitude 40.0661167 Longitude 80.71851668 .

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Elkins Chapter #35 Royal Arch Masons will host a Royal Arch mini School of Instruction. Opening, balloting, dispensing, and work in any degree(s) of interest. Beginning 9 am and lasting until around noon. SATURDAY, 4/2.
Light lunch provided. Contact Robert Vance.

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March 26, 2011 – Golden Triangle York Rite College #32, Pittsburgh will welcome the Companion Knights from West Virginia Colleges Fort Henry YRC 61 (Wheeling), Charles W Wise 137 (Huntington), Martinsburg YRC 175 and Ohio Fort Steuben College 194 (Steubenville). Golden Triangle 32 (PA) is the mother College of YRC 61, which in turn is the mother College of YRC 137 and YRC 194. This visit will be monumental because it will be the first visit in – perhaps – 30 years. Any College member wanting to attend should contact Preeminent Governor (#61) Charlie Witt  (candbwitt@comcast.net) or Secretary (#61) Harold Phillips PHIL1434@AOL.COM.

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DeMOLAY

SPRING INITIATION & DANCE
TBA

BALTIMORE TRIP & ORIOLES GAME
Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5, 2011 (Tentative)
Baltimore, MD
(West Virginia DeMolay)
INTERNATIONAL SUPREME COUNCIL
INTERNATIONAL DEMOLAY CONGRESS
Tuesday, June14 – Saturday, June 18, 2011
Grand Rapids, MI
(DeMolay International)
WEST VIRGINIA DEMOLAY CONCLAVE
July 2011 (Exact date TBA)
West Virginia Wesleyan College – Buckhannon, WV
Regards,
Michael Anthony Burge
State Master Councilor
West Virginia DeMolay
Email:  wvsmc0809@gmail.com

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