Masonic News – January 30, 2011

Masonic News
January 30 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:

01/30/11  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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Please plan on attending lodge on the first Thursday in February as were will have a Fifty Year pen to award Brother Paul Starcher Jr. who will be attending. Let’s make this a very special night for him. We will also have a  ballot scheduled for a new petitioner to be initiated into the mysteries of masonry. Please plan on attending the stated meeting and bring a Brother to help fill the lodge.
Fraternally, David Ellison, worshipful Master, Dunbar Lodge 159 AF & AM

GPS LATITUDE 38.35878879 LONGITUDE 81.74344561

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There will be a special communication of Friendship Lodge #56 in West Union on February 12, 2011 to confer the master mason degree on one candidate. Dinner will be at 6:00 PM and Lodge will start at 7:00 PM. All Master Masons are urged to attend.
GPS LATITUDE 39.2949  LONGITUDE 80.77458336

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ACACIA 157, FAIRMONT
Feb. 10th: Stated communication. 3 returns on the 2nd, and put on 2 FC degrees. Meal at 6:30, Meeting at 7:30pm
Feb. 12th: Special communication. 3 or 4 MM degrees to put on.  Meeting to start at 4pm, we will break for dinner when able to during the meting.
Feb. 24th: Stated communication. Vote on, and hope to confer 1 candidate on the 1st degree. Possible a return this evening as well. Meal at 6:30, Meeting at 7:30pm.
Feb. 26th: Special communication. 8am meal and 9am lodge to confer 3-4 MM degrees.
GPS LATITUDE 39.48608334 LONGITUDE 80.10735003

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Brethren of Mt. Nebo Lodge #91, 15th Masonic District of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia & other Brethren all. It is with great pleasure to present this Press Release by the Mt. Vernon Estates concerning the exhibition of Mt. Nebo #91 Lodges’ George Washington Apron beginning on February 19th, 2011 at the Donald W. Reynolds Education Center @ Mt. Vernon, Virginia. Mt. Nebo Brethren will participate in the official unveiling ceremonies tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 19th, 2011. The final arrangements re. time, travel, etc have not yet been established. Subsequent announcements will be forthcoming.

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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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PENNSYLVANIA
A Stated Meeting of Washington Lodge No. 164,
Free and Accepted Masons will be held at the
Masonic Temple, 44 W. Wheeling St.,
Washington PA 15301 on
MONDAY, February 7, 2011 AT 7:30 PM E.S.T
Chicken Noodle Soup will be served before the
meeting at 6:00 PM – Desert following meeting
AND EXTRA MEETING
Monday, February 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM
THE FELLOWCRAFT DEGREE WILL BECONFERRED UPON ONE CANDIDASTE
THE MASTER MASONS DEGREE WILL BE CONFERRED UPON THREE CANDIDATES
AND EXTRA MEETING
WEDNESDAY,February 16, 2011 AT 7:30 PM
THE MASTER MASONS DEGREE WILL BE CONFERRED UPON TWO CANDIDATES
The Master Masons Degree will be conferred by the PIN Club Law Enforcement Degree Team.
Theywill be receiving their Master Masons Degree simultaneously, to be conferred by the PIN Club
Law Enforcement Degree Team.

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Claysville, PA,   February 1, 2011

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 February 14, 2011, 7pm,

Program

The Fellow Craft Mason Degree will be conferred upon four Brethren:

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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 .

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Elkins Chapter #35 Royal Arch Masons will host a Royal Arch mini School of Instruction. Opening, balloting, dispensing, and work in any degree(s) of interest. Beginning 9 am and lasting until around noon. SATURDAY, 4/2. Light lunch provided. Contact Robert Vance.

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Montgomery Chapter No. 47, RAM will host a Royal Arch Festival in Montgomery, WV starting at 9:00AM on Saturday, April 9, 2011 with all Chapter Degrees being conferred. We are asking for Candidates and help with the Ritual. Coffee and donuts in the morning with a fine meal in the afternoon.
Please come and take part in the Festival.  Paul V. Cottrell
GPS LATITUDE 38.18129135 LONGITUDE 81.32147905

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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

WINTERFEST
Friday, January 28 – Sunday, January 30, 2011
Canaan Valley Resort – Davis, WV
(West Virginia DeMolay)

VALENTINES DANCE
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Clarksburg Masonic Temple – Clarksburg, WV
(Hosted by: Clarksburg Jobs Daughters and Clarksburg DeMolay)

SPRING INITIATION & DANCE – TBA

BALTIMORE TRIP & ORIOLES GAME
Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5, 2011 (Tentative)
Baltimore, MD
(West Virginia DeMolay)

INTERNATIONAL SUPREME COUNCIL
INTERNATIONAL DEMOLAY CONGRESS
Tuesday, June14 – Saturday, June 18, 2011
Grand Rapids, MI
(DeMolay International)

WEST VIRGINIA DEMOLAY CONCLAVE
July 2011 (Exact date TBA)
West Virginia Wesleyan College – Buckhannon, WV

Regards,
Michael Anthony Burge
State Master Councilor
West Virginia DeMolay
Email:  wvsmc0809@gmail.com

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