Masonic News – February 26, 2012

MASONIC NEWS
M. W. Charles A. Louk
Grand Master of Masons in West Virginia
February 26, 2012

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.

PENNY A DAY
Brethren PLEASE SUPPORT your only approved Charity. It is the West Virginia Masonic Memorial Fund. It is supported by your giving through the Penny A Day program and your other gifts and Bequeaths . Give by placing donations with your Lodge Secretary, dropping money in the donation jars in your lodge, sending it directly to the HOME or the Grand Secretary also by remembering the Home in your Will. We appreciate what you have already done and hope you will continue or even do better this year. 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.
02/26 ROWLESBURG
02/26 ROWLESBURG
03/04 MARLINTON & SHINNSTON
03/11 KINGWOOD & Kanawha Lodge #20 and Charleston Lodge #153
03/18 COAL CITY & Spencer
03/25 HEDGESVILLE & WEIRTON
04/01 ROCK CAVE & RIPLEY
04/15 DUNBAR & THOMAS
04/22 CRUM & WHEELING
04/29 PRINCETON
05/06 CLARKSBURG & WHITESVILLE

Tuesday, March 13 @7:00 pm; McDonald Warren #103 in Mt. Hope, WV will be having a school of instruction on the funeral ceremony. They are asking all interested Brothers to attend.

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Sunday, March 18 @ 1:00 pm; Mountain Lodge #156 in Coal City, WV will be hosting a Regional School of Instruction. Beckley Lodge #95 will be assisting with the Second Degree. We are asking once again for you to mark your calendars for the upcoming important events.

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Western Lodge #11 (Guyandotte) will initiate 2 (two) entered apprentices on Monday 27 February at 7:00 p.m.
Crescent Lodge #32 (Ceredo) will initiate 1 (one) entered apprentice on Thursday 1 March 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

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Mannington 31, annual oyster feed. March 3, serving starts at 5pm. This fraternal fellowship is always the 1st Saturday in March. Lodge at 7pm, honoring Past Masters. Mannington’s oysters are known far and wide as “the best.” I don’t eat oysters (as R J Aronhalt says – it’s a “non-food item) and I’m sure other lodges feel the same about their table. Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger.
GPS LATITUDE 39.52988334 LONGITUDE 80.34433336

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Bigelow Lodge No. 52 in Philippi, will be raising a candidate to the Master Mason’s degree on Saturday, March 3, 2012. We will be having a dinner before lodge at 5:00pm. Lodge will open at 6:00pm. All master masons are invited to attend. Dinner will be chicken, mash potatoes, rolls, coleslaw, green beans, with coffee, pop, and water. I know that day will be a busy day as there are several lodge activities going on in the area but which ever one you attend, brotherly love will be present and enjoyed. So come on out and enjoy the evening with your “BROTHERS”. Cecil W. Springer Master
GPS LATITUDE 39.15201667 LONGITUDE 80.06268336

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Huntington Lodge #53 will have its annual Past Masters Night Program on Saturday 17 March 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (Yes, Dan O’Hanlon, we know it’s St. Paddy’s Day.)

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NITRO LODGE
Reminder about Past Master Banquet on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. Banquet at 6:00 P.M. at Nitro Lodge. Grand Master Charles Louk will be visiting. Master Mason only. J. Bruce Pierce, Secretary
GPS LATITUDE 38.42052444 LONGITUDE 81.84168295

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PENNSYLVANIA
An extra meeting of Valley Lodge No. 459, Free and Accepted Masons, Masontown, PA will be held on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012, at 7:00pm to confer the Master Masons Degree on one candidate and the Entered Apprentice Degree will be conferred upon one candidate.

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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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Huntington Chapter #6 R.A.M. will receive DDGHP Damon Wilcox on 28 February 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Come out and support Damon

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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER NO. 47, RAM WILL HOST A ROYAL ARCH FESTIVAL AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE IN MONTGOMERY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012. THE FESTIVAL WILL START WITH COFFEE AND DONUTS AT 8:30AM WITH DEGREE WORK TO START AT 9:00AM. ALL CHAPTER DEGREES WILL BE CONFERRED WITH A NICE DINNER FOLLOWING THE ME MASTER DEGREE.
WE WILL CONFER THE ROYAL ARCH FOLLOWING DINNER. ALL COMPANIONS ARE INVITED AND WELCOME TO BRING ANY CANDIDATES WHO NEED TO HAVE THE DEGREES. WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT ME RAYMOND L. LUSK, MEGHP WILL BE WITH US AT THE FESTIVAL.
PAUL V. COTTRELL, PGHP, SECRETARY
GPS LATITUDE 38.18129135 LONGITUDE 81.32147905

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April 14,, Bethesda Chapter16 will hold a RA Festival beginning at 9:00AM. It is hoped that all candidates will be up through the Past Master Degree, and ready to start with the Council Degrees. Coffee and donuts in the AM with Lunch being served after the conclusion of the Royal Arch. For information contact Pete Masters
GPS LATITUDE 039182500 LONGITUDE 077588570

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COMMANDERY
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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Grand Conclaves of Other Mid Atlantic Dept. Jurisdictions
Delaware – March 9, 2012
Washington DC – March 16–19, 2012

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Grand Conclaves of Other Mid Atlantic Dept. Jurisdictions
Delaware – March 9, 2012
Washington DC – March 16–19, 2012
North Carolina – March 18 – 19, 2012

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82nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service
All Sir Knights are encouraged to attend the 82nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. It will be held on the steps of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia, on Sunday, April 8, 2012, and will begin at 8:00 AM. This will be a memorable weekend of events in our Nation’s Capital, including delegation dinners, tours, and Masonic fellowship. Right Eminent Grand Prelate, Sir Knight William D. Hartman, will conduct the Service. The headquarters hotel will be the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia. Our special Knights Templar rate will be $110.00 per room, based on double occupancy. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by calling 703-845-1010 or 800-HILTONS, (mention Knights Templar). The hotel cutoff date is March 10, 2012. More details are at http://www.knightstemplar.org/82ndAnnualEasterSunriseService.pdf

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YORK RITE COLLEGE
May 12, 2012, 1pm, Fort Henry College 61, Wheeling, Annual Assembly including election and installation of officers. No work planned. Location: Scottish Rite Building Wheeling.
GPS Latitude 40.06611667 LONGITUDE 801.71854668

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From: Hagerstown, Maryland
On Wednesday, March 7, The Potomac Highlands WWII Roundtable meeting will be on “Freemasonry in WWII”. The meeting will be at the Morris Frock American Legion on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. The meeting is free and open to the public and starts at 7 pm. Dinner, at your own expense, is available prior to that. The regular menu will be available along with their all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner for only $7.99. You should plan to arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 pm if you are eating dinner there.
Brother John Dubbs, a Mason from Harrisburg, PA and a WWII re-enactor, will be speaking about Masonic interactions during WWII between Nazi’s and Americans as well as between Japanese and Americans. This program should be very interesting.

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SCOTTISH RITE
Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies will have its annual spring reunion on Saturday 31 March 2012 at about 8:00 p.m.

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