Masonic News – January 19, 2011

Masonic News
January 19. 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:

01/23/11  Beckley &Weirton

01/30/11  Vienna

02/20/11  Rowlesburg

02/27/11  Hurricane

03/06/11  Shinnston & Lewisburg

03/13/11  Kingwood

04/03/11  Bridgeport & Cottageville

04/10/11  Shepherdstown

04/17/11  Crum

05/01/11  Clarksburg

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Hermon Lodge No. 6, Clarksburg, will confer the MASTER MASON degree on one candidate on Jan. Herman Lodge No. 6, Clarksburg, will confer the MASTER MASON degree on one candidate on Jan. 19, Wed. at 7:00. The conferral is a courtesy for Joseph W. Summers 173. Seba T. Anderson, PGM, Sec.

GPS LATITUDE 39.28078334 LONGITUDE 80.34128336

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Stated communication Dunbar Lodge # 159  Thursday January 20, 2011. Dinner 6 PM  Bob is preparing Venison Stew. Meeting 7:30 pm  We will be receiving District Deputy Grand Master Henry B. Hughes Jr. for his official visit. We will also be having Charles E, Coleman making his debut at Grand Marshal and Deputy Grand lecturer. GPS LATITUDE 38.35878879 LONGITUDE 81.74344561

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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

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

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Grand Commandery NEWS:

NEW COMMANDERY FORMED IN WEST VIRGINIA

Right Eminent J Stephen Wilson, Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the State of West Virginia, traveled to Mannington, WV on January 17, 2011 to present a group of Sir Knights with the paperwork authorizing them to act as the  Jeffrey Owen Schrader Commandery, Under Dispensation.   This new Commandery, the first new Commandery in many years, was formed because of the interest of Knights Templar located in the “northern section of Marion County.” They formerly were members of Crusade Commandery No. 6 located in Fairmont. Harmony prevails between the two Commanderies. The anticipated dais officers are George Price, Commander; Tom Six, Generalissimo; Josh Schrader, Captain General; Bobbie D Triplett, Treasurer; and Roger Raines, Recorder.  Stated conclaves are the second Tuesday monthly at 7:30 p.m.

J O Schrader Commandery U.D. plans to do the first two Commandery degrees at their Tuesday, February 8, Conclave beginning at 7:30 p.m.    They have no robes or equipment and are asking anyone knowing where those items are available to contact S.K. Tom Six
at flytyer6@frontier.com Better still, come to Mannington to witness or give assistance to this fledgling group of Sir Knights.

Those wanting to send congratulations to the new Commandery should address an email to Tom Six at flytyer6@frontier.com .

Let me give you a couple numbers to reflect the interest in blue lodge and York Rite Masonry in Mannington: over 170 members and family attended the Christmas party; over 100 shared breakfast. They formed a new Royal Arch Chapter (Bobbie D Triplett 52), December 6, 2006.  For those oyster eaters, Mannington 31 is known state-wide for their annual “oyster feed” (they have an alternate for us non-oyster” Masons) and will serve at least 100 Masons. Past Masters are honored on this night (March 5), dinner at 5, lodge at 7. And that’s not all – the men plan to honor their ladies with a Ladies Appreciation Dinner on February 5. The Mannington group has worked hard to restore Masonry in the northern part of Marion County.

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

Quarterly Assembly, 1pm, February 12, Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling, WV FORT HENRY YORK RITE COLLEGE 61, WHEELING, WV
GPS Latitude 40.0661167 Longitude 80.71851668

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

2011

01/28-30    Winterfest, Canaan Valley

03/12       Tri-State Spring Degrees (TBA)

03/12       St Patricks Dance -(TBA)

04/16       WV DeMolay University, Clarksburg Masonic Temple

05/20       Baltimore Md Inner Harbor/Orieles Game

05/20-22    Battler of Lewisburg, Lewisburg WV

07/20       Conclave (TBA)

Michael Burge – State Master Counselor

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