Masonic News – July 20, 2010

Masonic News
July 20, 2010
M. W. Gregory A. Riley, Sr.
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, Grand Treasurer, for providing this  update.

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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And last, but certainly not least, take time to read “Around The Temple” posted by Wor. Butler Adkins.  He keeps everyone up to date on happenings, especially in the southern part of WV.  He’s from Huntington, on the banks of the Ohio, and home of the Marshall Thundering Herd.

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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

GRAND MASTER’S TRAVEL SCHEDULE:

7/20  HUNTINGTON 53  GPS Latitude 38.42263777  Longitude 82.44053011

7/22 ACACIA 157, FAIRMONT  GPS  Latitude 39.48608334  Longitude 80.10735003

7/30 KANAWHA 20, CHARLESTON  GPS Latitude 38.3486948  Longitude 81.6351697

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Huntington Lodge #53 is going to host Most Worshipful Brother Greg Riley at its stated communication on 20 July 2010.  The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.  We will have a rib dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. All Master Masons are welcome and there is no charge for the dinner, but we ask that you contact our secretary, Worshipful Brother Paul McComas, at 304-522-1430 (lodge office), just to help us have an idea of how many ribs to order.  — Butler   GPS Latitude 38.42263777  Longitude 82.44053011

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Mannington Lodge #31 will put on the Master Mason’s degree on one candidate on July 20th as far as we know right now.  There will be practice on Tuesday July 13th .  I am sure that refreshments will be served ..   GPS  Latitude 39.52988334  Longitude 80.34433336

Tom Six, PM

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Just a reminder that we will be having practice tomorrow evening the 20th at the lodge at 7pm.  Our stated communication is this Thursday the 22nd, and  we will be eating at 6:30, and the meeting at 7:30.  The Grand Master will ne in attendance, and we will be looking forward to putting on some work on the 1st degree.  I will know more about out 50 year member soon.  The meal will be wings, and cold cut sandwiches.  It is my hope to see everyone out at the meeting to share a time of fellowship together.
Daniel M. Baily WM
Acacia 157 Fairmont, WV GPS  Latitude 39.48608334  Longitude 80.10735003

“For hope is but the dream of those that wake!”
Matthew Prior, Solomon on the Vanity of the World

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Hermon Lodge No. 6 of Clarksburg will confer the Master Mason degree on one candidate Wednesday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m.  All Master Masons are cordially invited.  Refreshments to follow the meeting.  All help will be appreciated.  GPS Latitude 39.28078334  Longitude 81.09928814
George D. Jackson, PM, Treasurer

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Martinsburg   GPS  Latitude 39.4593  Longitude 77.97731667
will be celebrating our bicentennial this year.  We have set the date, it will be September 18th.  Plans are still in the developmental stage but we are planning an open house at the lodge building during the afternoon and the dinner following at Asbury Methodist Church.  I have confirmation that the Grand Master will be there and we will be sending out invitations to all the lodges sometime this summer.  I have also invited the Grand Master of Virginia but have not as of this date received a response.  You may want to write this date down and keep it open.  R.W. Geral Raynes, Junior Grand Warden

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Grand Master Riley approved posting some NEWS about this years Grand Lodge.  The hotel headquarters will be the  Microtel Inn and Suites (located at “Charles Pointe” near Bridgeport, 201 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport and Wingate Inn, (also located at “Charles Pointe”) 350 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport.  The Grand Master’s Banquet , October 10, will be open to Master Masons and ladies, cost $60 per person, paid in advance, no refunds.  Proper attire is coat and tie.  Grand lodge will convene October 11 and 12 at the Bridgeport Conference Center.  GPS coordinates for the Wingate and Bridgeport Conference Center are:
N 39°, 19′, 33″   W 80°, 13′, 57″

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MARYLAND
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame…”
It’s Masonic Day at the Hagerstown Suns!

Join the fun, bring your family and friends!  All Masons, Eastern Star, Shriners, Job’s Daughters, DeMolays, affiliates and friends are welcomed!

Friday, August 27 against the Delmarva Shore Birds

Game Time 7:05 pm

All you can eat BBQ Picnic from 5:30-Game Time

Free Suns Hat, Post-game Fireworks

Ticket to game

Maryland Grand Master Tom Velvin throws out first pitch

Only $16/person

Count me in!  Enclosed is a check for $________  for ________ tickets!

Name:________________________________  Telephone:_________________

Email:________________________________  Lodge affiliation:_____________

Clip and return this order form to Friendship Lodge No. 84 by May 31 at:

54 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD  21740-5513

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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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CONGRATULATIONS – COMPANION KNIGHTS JAMES H. WILSON (WESTON) AND CHARLES F. WIMER (KEYSER) WILL RECEIVE THE ORDER OF THE PURPLE CROSS (OPC) JULY 25 AT THE ANNUAL ASSEMBLY IN PITTSBURGH.  THE OPC IS THE HIGHEST HONOR AWARDED BY THE YORK RITE SOVEREIGN COLLEGE OF NORTH AMERICA.

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TRAVEL SCHEDULE – RIGHT EMINENT  J. STEPHEN WILSON, GRAND COMMANDER OF THE  KNIGHTS TEMPLAR of the State of WV

INSPECTIONS –
Wheeling, 7/24, 1pm   GPS Latitude  40.06611667  Longitude 80.71851668

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Grand Officers Meeting Wheeling, WV 10:00 on 24 July,SK Greg Dotson, Em. Grand Generalissimo Chair. & Lastly on GC Visits- on the 24th July 1:30 pm to YRSCNA, Pittsburgh, PA Order of Purple Cross.  Grand Commander Wilson’s father, James H. Wilson, will receive the Order of Purple Cross, the highest honor in the York Rite Sovereign College of North America.

GRAND OFFICERS MEETING
July 24, Wheeling 10am
October 23, Huntington, 10am
March 26 , 2011- Weirton  10am
May 19, 2011 @ Grand Conclave, Weston

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Mannington and Clarksburg Chapters are going to hold a school of instruction for the Royal Arch degrees on July 24th starting at 8:30 am., and ending about 1 pm. This school will have the Mark, Past and Council degrees presented and the other part of the school will be held on August 7th.  Not sure where yet, but will be announced on the 24th.   Please include this in one of your e-mails to the Companions.   Thank you Harold.      Tom Six
GPS Latitude 39.52988334  Longitude 80.34433336

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These are the visits I’ll be making and if your interested in attending any, please give me a call. You are welcome to join me.
M.E. Don Peterson, Grand High Priest
Below are listed my planned visitations:
July 23rd to Pittsburgh to attend the York Rite Sovereign College Annual Convocation.
July 29th        Red Cross of Constantine Meeting in Charleston.
July 31st to Buckhannon to attend the DeMolay Annual Meeting.  I will represent the Grand Chapter.
August 2nd    Morgantown Chapter No. 30

Companions:
Just a note to let you know that I will be visiting Morgantown Chapter No. 30 on Monday August 2nd.  this will be a special time since Morgantown Chapter is usually dark during July and August.  The Most Excellent High Priest Allen Cale has made arrangements with a number of Companions in Morgantown to attend this meeting.  They plan to have a dinner at the Golden Coral in Morgantown at 6:00 PM.  Allen has asked that I let him know how many may be accompanying me and I will do that.  I hope that a number of you can join us on that day.  There may be others that I don’t have an email address for that might be interested so invite your friends.  Please let Excellent Companion Cale know if you plan to attend.
August 10        O’Dell S. Long Chapter at Pennsboro
August 19th    Elkins Chapter No. 35
September 6th        Hancock Chapter No. 14   (If they are meeting)
September 11th        Montgomery Chapter No. 47        Festival
September 18th        Tyrian Chapter No. 13, Charleston        Festival    (maybe)
September 21st        Ronceverte Chapter No. 21  Dinner planned at 6:00 PM and meeting at 7:30.
September 25th        WV College SRICF at Graceland Inn in Elkins, WV
October 7th Grand Chapter Annual Convocation at Days Hotel in Flatwoods, WV  Grand Chapter will be on October 7, 8 and 9, 2010 at Flatwoods, WV (Days Hotel)  Super Excellent Mster Degree on Saturday afternoon 10/9.  Please see degree petition on York Rite Web Site www.wvyorkrite.org (listed on under Grand Chapter – Forms).  The degree will be conferred in WV for the first time in many years
See you there.
Don Peterson

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SUPER EXCELLENT MASTER DEGREE – YORK RITE MASONS
10/9 Flatwoods, WV – Following the Annual Convocation.  This degree will be conferred for the first time in WV in many years.  It is named the Jeffrey O. Schrader Class.  A registration form can be downloaded from the Grand York Rite web site www.wvyorkrite.org and is filed under the “Forms” tab.

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York Rite College
ALSO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE  www.wvyorkrite.org

FORT HENRY YRC 61, WHEELING  GPS  Latitude  40.06611667  Longitude  80.71851668

Saturday, August 14, 2010, 1pm, Quarterly Assembly,  Scottish Rite Cathedral, Wheeling.  ,

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DeMOLAY
Greetings Everyone,

It’s that time of the year again! Conclave is just around the corner, and this year is shaping up to be the best ever! As you may know, this is our 60th Conclave, quite an achievement! So let’s show Buckhannon what DeMolay is all about and “Rock” the weekend away as we celebrate this milestone in our history.

Head on over to http://conclave.wvdemolay.org/ for all the necessary forms and other useful information. This page is being updated very often so keep checking back for new updates.  Sincerely and Fraternally,  Mitch R. Combs, 59th SMC of WV DeMolay, PMC of Parkersburg Chapter, http://www.wvdemolay.com

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DeMolay Renaissance Class, Saturday, July 24, 2010 Four Points by Sheraton
910 Sheraton Drive Mars, PA 16046 Step 1 – Recruit at least one (1) new DeMolay member sponsored by a member of your Masonic lodge. DeMolay’s must be between the ages of 12 and 20 on the date of initiation. Members must believe in God, be of good moral character, and be sponsored by two DeMolay’s and one Masonic sponsor.  Step 2 – Complete a petition for membership. Make certain the Masonic Sponsorship is filled in so that your
lodge will receive proper credit and have a DeMolay complete the DeMolay sponsorship section, if possible. Feel free to make copies or download a petition from: www.pademolay.org/resources/pdf/petition.pdf Send the completed form, with an application fee of $75 (Make checks payable to PA DeMolay) and send to the below address: DeMolay Renaissance Class 346 South Main Street
Butler, PA 16001 Deadline for receiving applications will be Saturday, July
10, 2010. You will be notified upon receipt and informed of what time to arrive.  Step 3 – Arrive on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the designated time. Dress for the conferral will be jacket and tie.  Masonic sponsors are invited and encouraged to attend.  7th Annual Blue Ride July 25, 2010 The ride will be held on Sunday July 25,2010,  Rain or Shine. Registration will be at North Strabane Twp. Volunteer Fire Department on Rt19 in Canonsburg, PA from 9 am to 11 am, and we will depart promptly at 11:30. The cost for the ride is $20.00 single, and $30.00 double. Pre-Registration preferred by July 19, 2010.
Pre-Registered riders will receive a free year bar, otherwise they will be $5.00 on the day of the ride. Make Checks Payable to: “Blue Ride Fund”  Send to: PO Box 422, Eighty Four, PA 15330

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