Masonic News – March 10, 2012

MASONIC NEWS
M. W. Charles A. Louk
Grand Master of Masons in West Virginia
March 10, 2012

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

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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
SCHEDULED SCHOOLS OF INSTRUCTION, 1PM
Officers, Coaches, and all interested Master Masons are invited to attend.
03/11 KINGWOOD & Kanawha Lodge #20 and Charleston Lodge #153
03/18 COAL CITY & Spencer
03/25 HEDGESVILLE & WEIRTON
04/01 ROCK CAVE & RIPLEY
04/15 DUNBAR & THOMAS
04/22 CRUM & WHEELING
04/29 PRINCETON
05/06 CLARKSBURG & WHITESVILLE

Tuesday, March 13 @7:00 pm; McDonald Warren #103 in Mt. Hope, WV will be having a school of instruction on the funeral ceremony. They are asking all interested Brothers to attend.

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Beckley Lodge #95 will confer a 2nd degree on Tuesday 13 March 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

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ST. Johns lodge #24 will be honoring their Past Masters on Saturday March 17, 2012. All Master Masons are invited to attend and bring their female partners. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm. Entertainment will be provided to the ladies while we are having our meeting
David Holt PM/sec.

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Huntington Lodge #53 will have its annual Past Masters Night Program on Saturday 17 March 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (Yes, Dan O’Hanlon, we know it’s St. Paddy’s Day.) This will be open to the families. Please call Brother Paul McComas, our Secretary, if you plan to come, so he can make arrangements. There is no cost, but we do need to let the Eastern Star know how many to prepare for.

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Sunday, March 18 @ 1:00 pm; Mountain Lodge #156 in Coal City, WV will be hosting a Regional School of Instruction. Beckley Lodge #95 will be assisting with the Second Degree. We are asking once again for you to mark your calendars for the upcoming important events.

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Huntington Lodge #53 will have its annual Past Masters Night Program on Saturday 17 March 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (Yes, Dan O’Hanlon, we know it’s St. Paddy’s Day.)

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NITRO LODGE
Reminder about Past Master Banquet on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. Banquet at 6:00 P.M. at Nitro Lodge. Grand Master Charles Louk will be visiting. Master Mason only. J. Bruce Pierce, SecretaryGPS LATITUDE 38.42052444 LONGITUDE 81.84168295

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Masonic Home Day will be 2 June 2012 at the Masonic Home in Vienna.

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The Grand Lodge of West Virginia will have its annual communication on 8-9 October 2012 in Charleston.

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PENNSYLVANIA
An extra meeting of Valley Lodge No. 459, Free and Accepted Masons, Masontown, PA will be held on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012, at 7:00pm to confer the Master Masons Degree on one candidate and the Entered Apprentice Degree will be conferred upon one candidate.

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An extra meeting of Chartiers Lodge 297, Canonsburg, PA will be held on Monday, 3/19/12, at 7 p.m. to confer the MasterMason’s Degree on two candidates AND the Entered Apprentice Masons Degree on 4 candidates.  Giving the degrees using the simultaneous conferral method.

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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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MONTGOMERY CHAPTER NO. 47, RAM WILL HOST A ROYAL ARCH FESTIVAL AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE IN MONTGOMERY ON SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012. THE FESTIVAL WILL START WITH COFFEE AND DONUTS AT 8:30AM WITH DEGREE WORK TO START AT 9:00AM. ALL CHAPTER DEGREES WILL BE CONFERRED WITH A NICE DINNER FOLLOWING THE ME MASTER DEGREE.
WE WILL CONFER THE ROYAL ARCH FOLLOWING DINNER. ALL COMPANIONS ARE INVITED AND WELCOME TO BRING ANY CANDIDATES WHO NEED TO HAVE THE DEGREES. WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT ME RAYMOND L. LUSK, MEGHP WILL BE WITH US AT THE FESTIVAL.
PAUL V. COTTRELL, PGHP, SECRETARY
GPS LATITUDE 38.18129135 LONGITUDE 81.32147905

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April 14,, Bethesda Chapter16 will hold a RA Festival beginning at 9:00AM. It is hoped that all candidates will be up through the Past Master Degree, and ready to start with the Council Degrees. Coffee and donuts in the AM with Lunch being served after the conclusion of the Royal Arch. For information contact Pete Masters
GPS LATITUDE 039182500 LONGITUDE 077588570

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Huntington Chapter #6 plans a Royal Arch Festival on 21 April starting at 9:00 a.m.

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The Grand Chapter of West Virginia will have its annual convocation on 11-12 October.in Parkersburg

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COMMANDERY
GRAND OFFICER MEETING SCHEDULE
March 24, 2012 – Parkersburg, 10am, G Dotson, VEDGC Chairman
May 17, 2012 @ Grand Conclave, E Ball, REGC, Chairman

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Grand Conclaves of Other Mid Atlantic Dept. Jurisdictions
Washington DC – March 16–19, 2012
North Carolina – March 18 – 19, 2012

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Brethren,
Please join us on Thursday, March 15, 2012 for a unique evening honoring Companion and Sir Knight Vernon D. Youngblood. Most Excellent Grand High Priest Raymond Lusk and Right Eminent Grand Commander Edward E. Ball will visit the 2nd. Capitular District for a dinner meeting hosted by Warm Springs Chapter # 53, RAM in Berkeley Springs W. Va. I am sure there will be several other dignitaries attending this special occasion. No work is scheduled, but 50 year service awards for both Royal Arch and Knights Templar are to be presented to Companion- Sir Knight Vernon D. Youngblood. A meal is planned starting at 6:00 o’ clock PM and there will be plenty to eat. Please note the meal is open for all masons! Please plan on attending and enjoy the fellowship. This is a great time to see old friends as well as meeting new ones. Any one needing a ride can call Louie Youngblood and we will try to help . We hope to see you there .
Fraternally,
Edward D. Brown, M.E.H.P. 2011-2012
Warm Springs Chapter, Royal Arch Masons
131 Fairfax Street
Berkeley Springs, WV

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Huntington Commandery #9 K.T. will have a stated conclave on 23 March 2012 at 7:30 p.m. This will also be the night for the election and installation of officers. This will also be the annual meeting of the past commanders at 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be at about 6:30 p.m. (I have been told that this will be the first of several activities recognizing the 125th anniversary of the founding of Huntington Commandery #9.)

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82nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service
All Sir Knights are encouraged to attend the 82nd Annual Easter Sunrise Service of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. It will be held on the steps of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia, on Sunday, April 8, 2012, and will begin at 8:00 AM. This will be a memorable weekend of events in our Nation’s Capital, including delegation dinners, tours, and Masonic fellowship. Right Eminent Grand Prelate, Sir Knight William D. Hartman, will conduct the Service. The headquarters hotel will be the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia. Our special Knights Templar rate will be $110.00 per room, based on double occupancy. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by calling 703-845-1010 or 800-HILTONS, (mention Knights Templar). The hotel cutoff date is March 10, 2012. More details are at http://www.knightstemplar.org/82ndAnnualEasterSunriseService.pdf

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The Grand Commandery of West Virginia will have its Grand Conclave 17 to 19 May 2012 in Weirton.

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YORK RITE COLLEGE
May 12, 2012, 1pm, Fort Henry College 61, Wheeling, Annual Assembly including election and installation of officers. No work planned. Location: Scottish Rite Building Wheeling.
GPS Latitude 40.06611667 LONGITUDE 801.71854668

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C. W. Wise York Rite College will have its annual meeting and election of officers on 12 May at 1:00 p.m. in Huntington.

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SCOTTISH RITE
Huntington Scottish Rite Bodies will have its annual spring reunion on Saturday 31 March 2012 at about 8:00 p.m.

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