Masonic News – March 18, 2011

Masonic News
March 18, 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:

03/20/11  Buckhannon

04/03/11  Bridgeport & Cottageville

04/10/11  Shepherdstown

04-10-11  Elkins

04/17/11  Crum

05-01-11  Walton

05/01/11  Clarksburg

05/15/11  Wheeling

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St.Johns Lodge #24, SHINNSTON, will be observing Past Masters night on Fri. March 18,2011.  Eat at 6:00pm Lodge at 7:00pm. A special dinner is planned and the wives are invited to the meal with activities planned for them while we have a short meeting. All Past Masters and Master Masons are invited for an Evening of good fellowship. David Holt PM/sec. GPS LATITUDE 39.37626667 LONGITUDE 80.31093336

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Mount Olivet Lodge #3 at Parkersburg will confer the Fellow Craft Degree on three (3) candidates on Saturday March 19th at 1:00 PM
A lunch will be served from 12:00 to 1:00. All West Virginia Master Masons are invited. Come and bring a brother and enjoy your Blue Lodge and the fellowship before and after this special stated communications.

Fraternally,
Fred Lambert, PM/WM

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Huntington Lodge l#53 will honor its Past Masters on 19 March.  We will confer the Master Mason’s Degree at 2:00 p.m. It should finish by 4:30. This will geve members as opportunity get their ladies for dinner at 6:00 p.m. All Master Masons and their ladies are welcome.

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On Tuesday- March 22nd-Washington Lodge # 58-St. Albans,WV will confer a Master Mason Degree. Dinner at 6 pm -Lodge 7 pm. Join us & help.
GPS LATITUDE 38.38642963 LONGITUDE 81.83649162

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Putnam Lodge #139 will have a special communication on Monday evening   March 21, 2011  at 7 o’clock PM to  Pass Brother Daniel Bocook to the Degree of Fellow Craft & to Raise to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason Brother Nichols Null. Prior to Lodge dinner will be served at 6 o’clock PM On April 5, 2011
Brother Travis Easter will be Passed to the Degree of Fellow Craft.
Any questions regarding these to meetings contact: Brother Kevin Grant or Brother Curtis Grant
Jim
GPS LATITUDE 38.43069773 LONGITUDE 82.01864235

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Brethren: Nitro Lodge will hold a special communication to Raise Brothers Evans and Bailey. March 22, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. Eat about 6:00 P.M. Master Masons only for this meeting. J. Bruce Pierce, Secretary
GPS LATITUDE 38.42052444 LONGITUDE 81.84168295

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Wetzel 39, New Martinsville, WV
NOTE the Past Masters night at Wetzel Lodge has been changed from February to March the 26th,  fish fry and trimmings Lodge to follow, no work as of yet.
GPS LATITUDE 39.64176669 LONGITUDE 80.86558335

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Coal Valley Lodge 74, Montgomery, WV, Past Masters Night, April 23.  Dinner @ 6pm, Lodge @ 7pm. No work planned. M.W. Randy B. Martin, Grand Master of Masons in WV, attending.
Info courtesy of M.W. Paul Cottrell, Past Grand Master
GPS LATITUDE 38.18129135 LONGITUDE 81.32147905

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PENNSYLVANIA

DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS
TENTATIVE 2011 VISITATION SCHEDULE
March 14 Waynesburg Lodge No. 153
April 4 Washington Lodge No. l64
April 11 Chartiers Lodge No. 297
April 18 Sunset Lodge No. 623
April 28 Joppa Chapter Demolay
May 5 Valley Lodge No. 459
May 17 Claysville Lodge No. 447
May 19 Martha Assembly Rainbow
May 20 Richard Vaux Lodge No. 454

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A  Meeting of Chartiers Lodge No. 297, Free and Accepted Masons will be held in the Masonic Temple, 235 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, Pa. on: MONDAY, MARCH  28, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M. Master Masons Degree

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To All Masonic Brethern and Especially Law Enforcement Masonic Brethren
King Solomon’s Lodge No. 346 in Connellsville, PA, will be having a Law Enforcement recognition night on Tuesday April 5. The meeting is at 7:30. They will serve dinner starting at 6:00 and continuing to serve until 7:00. Don’t know how “elaborate” it will be but all are welcome to eat.
All Law Enforcement officers attending are ask to wear their dress uniform without firearms and hats. The Lodge has been given this permission by the RWGM. I am planning on attending this event. If you would like to meet up with me let me know.
Fraternally, Brother Dave Richards

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MARYLAND

The Spaghetti Dinner will be held Saturday, April 9th from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm. All members of the lodge will be receiving six tickets to sell for $7 a piece. If you do not sell these tickets, please return them to the lodge so we can keep an accurate record of our sales. Bro. Wally Frazee has graciously offered head the Spaghetti Dinner this year. We will need volunteers to work the week prior and also during the day of. Please, brothers, we need everyone’s help this year. With the recent purchase of the new furnace for Friendship Lodge, we can not afford to have anything less than a great dinner. Please let Bro. Frazee know if you are willing to work that day or if you can make phone calls to solicit help.

The State-Wide Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. All Brothers will be asked to attend and volunteer four hours of the day to help promote Freemasonry. We will be working in two shifts: 10 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm.

Benjamin Zamostny

Friendship Lodge has many activities for all of our members. Go to www.Lodge84.org for a complete calendar of events and other information.

Here are some dates for the next several months to mark in your calendar:

Saturday, April 2 – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – All Maryland Lodges Open House

Saturday, April 9 – 11:30 am – 7:00 pm – Spaghetti Dinner – Contact Bro. Frazee to help

Wednesday, April 20 – Lunch & Dinner – Hempen Hill Restaurant Fund Raiser – Use the coupons in your Trestle Board & they will donate 15% of your food order to the Lodge. Contact Bro. Smith for more coupons.

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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:

GRAND OFFICERS MEETING
Mar 26, 2011 – Weirton, 10am
May 19 – Grand Conclave, Weston, WV

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CHAPTER NEWS

YORK RITE COLLEGE
ALSO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE www.wvyorkrite.org

FORT HENRY YORK RITE COLLEGE 61, WHEELING, WV

Annual Assembly, 1pm, May 14, Scottish Rite Building, 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 at 304-636-2054.

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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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Montgomery Royal Arch Chapter 47 will host a Festival, conferring all Royal Arch Degrees, April 9.. Donuts and coffee at 8am, Chapter @ 9. COURTESY WORK WELCOME. DEGREE HELP REQUESTED.  MEAL PROVIDED. Info courtesy of M.E. Paul Cottrell, Past Grand High Priest
GPS  LATITUDE 38.18129135  LONGITUDE 81.32147905

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MARYLAND
Ed,.  I don’t know if word has gotten to you, but we are planning to do degrees in Cumberland on April 16 (Sat). I believe the schedule is the MEM at 9, followed by the RA (which should give people time to come out from the Baltimore-Washington area), then lunch and the Council degrees. Please pass this on to anyone who might want to make an interstate visitation. Thanks, Bob

Robert Lumbert, Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter of Maryland

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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