March 24 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 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
Mannington Lodge #31 GPS Latitude 39.52988334 Longitude 80.34433336
will hold a special communication on March 30th 2010 to confer the Entered Apprentice degree on one candidate. Lodge will start at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments after the lodge.
Thomas W. Six, W.M.
Mt Olivet Lodge #3, Parkersburg GPS Latitude 39.26795 Longitude 81.55633334
will have a Special Communication Saturday, April 3, 2010. Breakfast at 8am, with Lodge to open at 9am.
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
RICHARD VAUX 454, BURGETTSTOWN, PA
Friday, 3/26, 7pm, EXTRA, Confer Master Masons Degree on two candidates.
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.
ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE
ANO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE www.wvyorkrite.org
TRAVEL SCHEDULE – MOST EXCELLENT DONALD E PETERSON, GRAND HIGH PRIEST, ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WV
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
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.
Royal Arch Festival in Martinsburg.
Candidates welcome. 9:00 AM., April 17. Contact Gearl Raynes or PGHP David Smith.
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