M. W. Gearl G. Raynes
Grand Master of Masons in West Virginia
January 12, 2013
Grand Master Gearl Raynes would like to inform all the brethren that he will be
posting his visitations on the Grand Lodge Calendar. He will post his visitations at beginning of each month. Thank you.
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
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
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
David Holt DGL
Friendship Lodge #56 in West Union will have a special communication on Saturday, January 12, 2013 to Raise one candidate to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. A Chili dinner will be at 6:00 PM and Lodge will start at 7:00 PM. All Master Masons are urged to attend and enjoy the fun and fellowship. NOTE: Richard Kelly usually cooks the chili and it will be offered as mild or – OMG it’s hot. His Dad, Bernard, is kind enough to cook delicious potato soup for wimps like me. Caution, keep your eyes on Tim Travis – somehow a bowl of chili got mysteriously substituted.
WORK IN THE VALLEY
Putnam Lodge 139, Hurricane (Two) returns on 1st degree if favorable will pass to Fellow Craft. All EA & FC Masons requested to attend and set in respective lodges. Dinner 6:30 Lodge 7:30 PM
Thursday 1/17/13 Dunbar 159, return on 2nd if favorable will raise on Thursday 1/24/13 All FC Masons welcome to attend and set in FC lodge. Lodge opens 7:30 PM
Kanawha Valley Lodge #36 Will be having its Stated Communication Monday 14 January 2013 ..We will have a return on the 1st and two returns on the 2nd..
Brethren: Nitro Lodge will be holding its Stated Communication on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. 7:30 P.M. We will be putting on a 1st Degree initiation and 50 Year Presentation for Brother Charles O. Agee by Past D.D.G.M. Billy R. Hamilton Jr. Eat about 6:30 P.M. All are welcome. All not Master Mason wait to be called up. J. Bruce Pierce, Secretary
Joseph W. Summers Lodge No. 173, Morgantown will examine Fellowcraft Jesse Burton Ryan at their regular stated communication of Thursday, January 17; pending a favorable ballot, he will be Raised to the Sublime Degree that night. Thomas M. Bell, III WM
Joseph W. Summers will initiate a candidate into the mysteries of Freemasonry on Wednesday, January 23. There will be a soup bean and cornbread supper at 6:00, with lodge at 7:00. Thomas M. Bell, III WM
Aurora Lodge #43, Newburg, WV will have a regular meeting on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:30pm. Worshipful Brother R J Aronhalt, PM will receive his 50 year service award pin. The meeting will be preceded by dinner at 6:15pm. Please make your reservations by Friday, January 25, 2013. I am pleased to collect reservations and pass them on to our WM Jeff Richardson. Please provide your name, lodge number and the number of attendees you anticipate traveling with you. You may place a reservation by email or telephone with Phil (see bottom of email). Thanks. RJ is hoping to fill the building so please come and spend his money.
Wheeling 5 Degree Work & Other Events
January 17th – 1st Degree Turn In & 2nd Degree *Pending*
February – Fellowcraft Club Soirée
April 21st – Wheeling Lodge #5 School of Instruction
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.
Waynesburg 153, PA, STATED, January 14, 2013, 7:30pm, confer Master Masons degree on one candidate.
A Stated Meeting of Claysville Lodge No. 447, Free and Accepted Mason’s, will be held in Masonic Hall, Main Street, Claysville, PA. on TUESDAY EVENING, January 15, 2013 at 7:30 o’clock PM. The Entered Apprentice Mason Degree will be conferred upon one candidate, and The Fellowcraft Mason Degree will be conferred upon one 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
An EXTRA meeting of Chartiers Lodge 297, Canonsburg, 7pm, 1/17, to confer the Fellow Craft Masons Degree on one candidate and confer the Entered Apprentice Masons Degree on two candidates
An EXTRA meeting of Chartiers Lodge 297, Canonsburg, 7pm, 1/21, to confer the Master Masons Degree on three candidates
ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE
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
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)
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
GRAND OFFICERS MEETING SCHEDULE
3/23/13 10AM Huntington, P Davis, VEDGC
5/16/13 Grand Conclave, G Dotson, REGC
YORK RITE COLLEGE
Fort Henry York Rite College 61, Quarterly, February 9, 2013 at Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling.
HAROLD E. “PHIL” PHILLIPS, JR., PM
Aurora 43, Newburg