Masonic News – February 6, 2012

Masonic News
February 6, 2012
M. W. Charles A. Louk.
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 A new calendar year starts this week-end and it is dues time. As we pay our dues let us remember the Masonic Home and include a donation to the Masonic Home Memorial Fund. A “PENNY A DAY” IS GOOD BUT A LARGER DONATION IS BETTER IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT. Also, remember the donation container in your Lodge where you can drop your change or even a Bill if you care to do so. There is no limit to what you can donate! Thank you for your support of the Masonic Home Fund. 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
SCHEDULED SCHOOLS OF INSTRUCTION, 1PM
Officers, Coaches, and all interested Master Masons are invited to attend.
02/12 BARBOURSVILLE & ST MARYS
02/19 BELINGTON
02/26 ROWLESBURG
03/04 MARLINTON & SHINNSTON
03/11 KINGWOOD & Kanawha Lodge #20 and Charleston Lodge #153
03/18 COAL CITY
03/25 HEDGESVILLE & WEIRTON
04/01 ROCK CAVE & RIPLEY
04/15 DUNBAR & THOMAS
04/22 CRUM & WHEELING
04/29 PRINCETON
05/06 CLARKSBURG & WHITESVILLE

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From: Gary Eugene Holstein, Clendenin Lodge No 126, Clendenin, WV. Clendenin No. 126 AF&AM will have a return on the 2nd degree on 6 Feb. 2012 and if favorable. ON Tuesday 7 Feb. 2012 a Third Degree. Dinner at 6:00 pm and Lodge at 7:00 pm. GPS LATITUDE 38.4889 LONGITUDE 81.34818336

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Late lodge #63 in Bridgeport will be raising one brother to the sublime degree of Master Mason on February 6 @ 7:30 pm. We welcome anyone that wants come out to help in the work or just enjoy the fellowship that evening. Thank you, Travis D. DeMoss J.W. Late Lodge #63 GPS 39.29548334 LONGITUDE 80.24258336

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Putnam Lodge #139 will have a return on the First degree catechism on Tuesday February 7, and if favorable, he will be passed to the Fellow Craft degree.  Coaches bring your EA to hear the return and Fellow Craft for both the return and degree work. All Lodges welcome. If you know of work in any of our area lodge’s let me know, I will forward it to all those on my list. GPS LATITUDE 38.43069773  LONGITUDE 82.01864235

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Since Putnam 139 (Hurricane) is having a “Special” Tuesday, February 7, 2012, as stated in an earlier e-mail, for an examination on the 1st Degree, and if all goes well with that examination, the candidate will receive the 2nd Degree.  WM Jerry Lewis, (PGM) has agreed to provide “Courtesy Work” for our lodge by also providing the 2nd degree work on Brother Dustin Simpkins at the same meeting. All members of KV #36 are encouraged to attend this “Special” and show support to Brother Simpkins and APPRECIATION to Putnam #139, for their assistance. 7:00 P.M. MML will open

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Bro.Smith & Bro. Delaney will be raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on Wed. Feb. 15th at St.John’s Lodge #24. Dinner will be at 5:30pm with lodge to follow.  All Master Mason’s are invited to attend and enjoy the fellowship.  David Holt PM Secretary

GPS LATITUDE 39.37626667 LONGITUDE 81.20891667

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Clarksburg lodge # 155 will be having an oyster feed on February 25th.at 6pm, Lodge at 7pm. All Master Masons welcome! Stephen M. Lindsey JW

GPS LATITUDE 39.28078334 LONGITUDE 80.34128336

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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, SecretaryGPS LATITUDE 38.42052444 LONGITUDE 81.84168295

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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.

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

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WAYNESBURG 153, PA
February 20, EXTRA, 7pm, Fellowcraft Degree conferred upon two candidates.

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Claysville Lodge No. 447, Free and Accepted Mason’s, Masonic Hall, Main Street, Claysville, PA.
An extra meeting of Claysville Lodge No. 447 will be held on Tuesday February 21, 2012, at 7:00 o’clock, P.M. for the conferring of the Entered Apprentice Mason Degree upon one candidate.

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ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE
AND SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE www.wvyorkrite.org

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COMMANDERY
2012 INSPECTION
Logan #26 at Logan, Feb. 18, Open at 1 PM, Ladies invited. Meal to follow. Inspecting Officer – P. Davis

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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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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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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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DeMOLAY
February 24-26 Winterfest – Canaan

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