March 12 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 Lynn Dodrill, 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.
P.S. There are indications that some Lodges have not included their contributions to the Grand Secretary with the annual report. You may want to check with your Lodge Secretary to insure that your contributions are supporting this program.
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.
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 INSTRUCTIONS – – – 2010
All Schools begin at 1:00 P.M. Officers, Coaches, and all interested Master Masons are invited to attend.
Mar 14 at Kingwood GPS Latitude 39.47145 Longitude 79.68705001
Mar 21 at Beverly GPS Latitude 38.84176667 Longitude 79087470003 & Moundsville GPS Latitude 39.92021667 Longitude 80.74858336
Mar 28 at Charleston GPS Latitude 38.3486948 Longitude 81.6351697 & Rock Cave GPS 38.83548335 lONGITUDE 80.34450003
Apr 11 at Crum GPS Latitude 37.90370719 Longitude 82.4436201 & Ravenswood GPS Latitude 38.95316163 Longitude 81.76089104 & Berkley Springs GPS 39.62646667 Longitude 78.22650001
Apr 18 at Bridgeport GPS Latitude 39.29548334 Longitude 80.24258336 & Linden GPS Latitude 38.71973334 Longitude 81.21043334
Apr 25 at Princeton GPS Latitude 37.36870893 Longitude 81.09727806 & Weston GPS Latitude 39.04068334 Longitude 80.46483336
May 2 at Clarksburg GPS Latitude 39.28078334 Longitude 80.34128336
May 22 at Ceredo GPS Latitude 38.39737145 Longitude 82.55738858
HERMON 6, CLARKSBURG GPS Latitude 39.28078334 Longitude 80.34128336
Saturday, March 13, Past Masters Night. Dinner @6, Lodge @7 pm. Grand Master Gregory A. Riley, Sr. will be attending. Wor. George Jackson informed us that the wives are also invited to the meal. There is no charge for the meal.
Kanawha 20 , Charleston GPS Latitude 38.3486948 Longitude 81.6351697
will only examine two on the FC degree Monday, March 15, 2010, and if they are found favorable we will raise both that same night.
One of the three that I said earlier that would be examined will be out of the country and will be unable to be examined until at least April 19, 2010.
Therefore Charleston 153 will NOT do courtesy for Kanawha 20 on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. They will only raise one of their own.
If anyone has any questions please let me know.
Vaughn Shafer, Master, Kanawha 20.
Huntington 53 Latitude 38.4226377 Longitude 82.44053011
will have Past Masters’ Night on 20 March. More information will be coming
Mt Olivet Lodge #3, Parkersburg GPS LATITUDE 39.2675 LONGITUDE 81.55633334 will have a Special Communication Saturday, March 20, 2010. Breakfast at 7am, with Lodge to open at 8. We will have 2 Candidates on the Master Masons Degree
Martinsburg 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
I am planning to leave Masontown at 12:45pm on Tuesday to travel to Brownsville. I can fit 6 if anyone wants to ride with me. You should know the blood drive is for the benefit of a very ill young grandson of Charles Bradmon, PM  of Valley Lodge 459. Thanks to Wes, for informing & organizing the Brethren.
Frank E. Martin Phone: 724-583-7738 Fax: 724-583-8463
Brethren, I was thinking that maybe with some help we could set up some carpooling times from our lodge to the Brownsville lodge on Tuesday from 1pm to 7pm. For those who plan on coming to practice that evening maybe we could get together earlier and carpool down between 5 and 6. Your input on this or any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again!
Brethren, as blood drive chairman I have just been informed that there will be a blood drive at the Brownsville lodge on Tuesday, March 16 from 1pm until 7pm. I apologize for the late notice but I do hope that as many of you as possible could set aside time in your probably already hectic schedules for a great cause. I hope to see many of you there and your help would also be appreciated in letting some other brothers know who do not have access to email. Thank you again!
S&F, Wes Hopkins
OFFICIAL VISITATIONS – DDGM FLANIGAN
Monday, April 5, Washington Lodge No. 164
Monday, April 12, Chartiers Lodge No. 297
Tuesday, April 20, Claysville Lodge No. 447
Wednesday, April 21, Joppa Chapter Demolay
Thursday, May 6, Valley Lodge No. 459
Monday, May 17, Sunset Lodge No. 623
Thursday, May 20, Martha Assembly Rainbow
Friday, May 21, Richard Vaux Lodge No. 454
Claysville 447, PA
TUESDAY EVENING, March 16, 2010 at 7 o’clock, 30 minutes p.m., The Master Mason Degree will be conferred. A light Lunch will be served starting at 6:30 P.M.
WINCHESTER HIRAM 21
Mar 9: Stated Communication –Official. Visit .DDGM 7:30pm
Mar 12: Fraternal .Visit Unity#146 7:30pm
Mar 16: FC Degree
ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE
ALSO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE www.wvyorkrite.org
BRETHREN, COMPANIONS AND SIR KNIGHTS – Look at the NEWS tab on the Grand York Rite Site. You’ll find pictures and articles about the 1) meeting attended by M.W. Gregory A. Riley, Sr., Grand Commander Gene Ray Baker, Grand High Priest Don Peterson and S.G.I.G C B Hall; also 2) view pictures from the Commandery Inspection in New Martinsville; and 3) the SPECIAL Convocation at Tygarts Valley RAC. The website Committee encourages your Commandery/Chapter to submit pictures/articles for inclusion on the site. You’ll also find a calendar with York Rite meetings. If you aren’t sure how to input info, contact Phil
TRAVEL SCHEDULE – MOST EXCELLENT DONALD E PETERSON, GRAND HIGH PRIEST, ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WV
March 12 Beckley No. 38 GPS Latitude 37.7764088 Longitude 81.18757018
March 13 Tyrian No. 13 Festival GPS Latitude 38.3486948 Longitude 81.6351697
March 16 Jackson No. 48 (Ravenswood) GPS Latitude 38.95316163 Longitude 81.76089104
March 19 Grand Chapter of DC
March 22 Wayne No. 18 GPS Latitude 38.22782868 Longitude 82.44234026
March 25 West Virginia Conclave Red Cross of Constantine – Charleston
GPS Latitude 38.3486948 Longitude 81.6351697
March 27 SRICF in Martinsburg, WV GPS Latitude 39.4593 Longitude 77.97731667
Tyrian Chapter No. 13,Charleston, GPS Latitude 38.3486948 Longitude 81.6351697
Festival. All Royal Arch Degrees will be conferred starting at 9:00 AM. Open at 8:30 AM to receive any petitions. Date: Saturday, March 13, 2010 Time: 8:30am EST
WHEELING CHAPTER #1 GPS Latitude 040 3.9670 N Longitude 080 43.1110 W
April 12, 2010, honoring Past High Priests. More details to follow. Harold Vitalie.
May 20 – 22, 2010, GPS Latitude 040 3.9670 N Longitude 080 43.1110 W
Annual Conclave, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of West Virginia, held in Wheeling, held in Wheeling, WV. More details will follow later.
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, May 8, 2010, 1pm, Annual Assembly, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Wheeling, confer Order Knight of York on one candidate, election with open installation of officers. The College is planning an open installation and the ladies will be invited to observe. Also, a meal is being planned, including our ladies, following the Assembly.
Brethren – Please take note – per Harold Vitalie – west bound I70 will be closed beginning February 1, 2010 for approximately 11 months. The closure will be at the Wheeling Tunnel. I don’t have the specific directions but you can exit at the Oglebay Park (Perkins Restaurant) and follow that road to the left into downtown Wheeling. You’ll go up a hill and at the crest take the right fork to the first traffic signal. At that point, make a right to the next signal, then make a left and go through town to 14th street (I think), then go left a couple blocks. The Scottish Rite Cathedral will be visible.
With the tunnel closed the best way to get to the Scottish Rite Cathedral (Wheeling) if your are going west is to exit right before the tunnel stay in right lane exit at 16th Street at first red light make right turn go two blocks to 14th Street and Scottish Rite will be one block on left. If you want you can go 1/2 block to alley turn left to parking lot
Thanks Bro. Gene Ray Baker for the directions.
HAROLD E. “PHIL” PHILLIPS, JR., PM
Aurora 43, Newburg