Masonic News – January 1, 2013

MASONIC NEWS
M. W. Gearl G. Raynes
Grand Master of Masons in West Virginia
January 1, 2013

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 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 SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

January 13 at Buckhannon
January 27 at Vienna
February 10 at Harrisville
February 17 at Rowlesburg
February 24 at Belington
March 3 at Shinnston
March 10 at Kingwood
March 17 at Weirton & Hurricane
April 7 at Lewisburg, Crum & Martinsburg
April 14 at Beverly & Beckley
April 21 at Wheeling & Linden
April 28 at Princeton
May 5 at Clarksburg

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January 5th Jackson Lodge #35 will be having our Annual Oyster Dinner. Dinner at 6pm Lodge will open at 7pm. All Master Mason are welcome. Ham will be available for any non-oyster eaters.

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On Thursday, January 3, at its regular stated communication, Joseph W. Summers No. 173 will examine Brother Jesse Burton Ryan on the first degree; we anticipate being able to pass him to the degree of Fellowcraft that same evening.

Thomas M. Bell, WM

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Clarksburg Lodge #155 will be holding it’s oyster feed on February 16th at 6 PM. lodge at 7 PM. The last Saturday in February was taken by Scottish Rite ROTC & essay awards banquet, which is at 6 PM. on 2nd. floor of Masonic Temple.

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PENNSYLVANIA

MASONTOWN, PA

An extra meeting of Valley Lodge No. 459, Free and Accepted Masons, will be held on January 9, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. MASTER MASONS DEGREE on 3 candidates and ENTERED APPRENTICE MASONS DEGREE on 1 candidate.

An extra meeting of Valley Lodge No. 459, Free and Accepted Masons, will be held on January 16, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. MASTER MASON DEGREE on 1 candidate and FELLOWCRAFT MASONS DEGREE on 1 candidate

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ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE

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Jerusalem Chapter # 3 Parkersburg   R A festival is scheduled for Jan.26th, 2013. Masonic Temple Parkersburg at 8:00 am. Degree work at 9:00 am. thanks Merry Christmas to all. Raymond L. Lusk MEHP

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Please let everyone know that Most Excellent Ira Jerry Earls has set work in all six degrees for Huntington Chapter No. 6, R.A.M. on SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at approximately noon and we should complete the work by around 3:00 p.m. Any assistance will be welcomed, although our own members will be taking a larger part than in the past. We will also be glad to perform courtesy work upon written request.
For anyone that has not visited our chapter previously, the work will take place in the Lodge Room, Sixth Floor, Huntington Masonic Temple, 1104 Third Avenue in Huntington. We do have elevator service.
John G. (Rick) Elam, PHP
Secretary (Pro Tem)

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COMMANDERY

COMMANDERY INSPECTIONS:

2/9/13 CLARKSBURG #13, OPEN 1PM, LADIES INVITED, MEAL TO FOLLOW, INSPECTING OFFICER P BAKER
With the approval of our Inspecting Officer, Paul Baker, we have changed the date of our inspection, which was originally scheduled on Saturday, November 3, 2012, to Saturday, February 9, 2013.
George D. Jackson, Recorder, Clarksburg Commandery No. 13

1/6/13 DIVISION #5 (6, 11, 18) at Fairmont, details not yet available, Inspecting Officer J Sluss

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GRAND OFFICERS MEETING SCHEDULE

3/23/13 10AM Huntington, P Davis, VEDGC
5/16/13 Grand Conclave, G Dotson, REGC

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YORK RITE COLLEGE
Fort Henry York Rite College 61, Quarterly, February 9, 2013 at Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling.

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