Masonic News – March 8, 2013

MASONIC NEWS
M. W. Gearl G. Raynes.
Grand Master of Masons in West Virginia
MARCH 8, 2013

Grand Master Gearl Raynes would like to inform all the brethren that he will be posting his visitations on the Grand Lodge Calendar. He will post his visitations at beginning of each month.  Thank you.

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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 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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Brethren, A pair of eye glasses were found at Putnam Lodge 139, Hurricane. Please pass this information on to members of you lodge so we may be able to return then  to there owner.
Jim Tolley PM, Putnam Lodge 139, (304) 542-0028

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WEST VIRGINIA
SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

March 10 at Kingwood
March 17 at Weirton & Hurricane
3-24-13   at Ravenswood
April 7 at Lewisburg, Crum & Martinsburg
April 14 at Beverly & Beckley
April 21 at Wheeling & Linden
April 28 at Princeton
May 5 at Clarksburg

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South Charleston 168 will hold a Stated Communication and Master Mason Degree Friday March 8, 2013 Dinner 6:30 PM  Lodge 7:30 PM. Any assistance appreciated GPS LATITUDE 38.36783647 LONGITUDE 81.69808006

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There will be a special communication of Friendship Lodge #56 in West Union on March 9, 2013. There will be work in the E. A. Degree. Dinner will be at 6:00 PM and Lodge will start at 7:00 PM. All Master Masons, Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft are urged to attend and enjoy the fun and fellowship

GPS LATITUDE 39.2949 LONGITUDE 80.77458336

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Gassaway #133 will be raising one candidate to the sublime degree of Master Mason Saturday March 9th at 730 pm GPS LATITUDE 38.67453334 LONGITUDE 80.77221669

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KV Lodge #36, Buffalo, will be Raising 4 Brothers to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason! 8:15 A.M. Donuts & refreshments 9:00 A.M. MM Lodge will open Confer 3rd Degree: Brother’s; Ian Dwyer, Danny Downing, Shawn Stover Lunch: Hot Dogs &Fix-ins + Potato Salad, Baked Beans & Deserts Confer 3rd Degree: Brother: James “Scotty Cochren + 3rd Degree Lecture for All Need I say HELP will be greatly appreciated! Steve Chapman, WM  GPS LATITUDE 38. 61844357 LONGITUDE 81.98113829

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Monday 3/11/13:, Putnam Lodge 139, Hurricane, Special Communication (Two) 3rd degrees Dinner 6 lodge 7PM GPS LATITUDE 38.43069773 LONGITUDE 82.01864235

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St Marys #41 will be putting a first degree on on Monday March 18th at 7:30 pm Thank You Nathan Rupert GPS LATITUDE 39.38913334 LONGITUDE 81.20891667

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Weston Masonic Lodge No. 10 AF & AM, will be putting on a Third Degree on March 18th, 2013. This is a very big thing for our lodge, as the Candidate is the son of our oldest serving Past Master, Homer H. Benedum. This Stated Communication will be preceded by fellowship in the dinning hall at 5:30 pm, and a traditional Masonic Dinner at 6;00 pm. It will consist of Baked Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Hot Rolls, Drinks, and Desert. Lodge will be at 7:00 PM. Please come out and help us in fellowship and and be with us in our lodge as this most rare evening evolves. R.L. Borchert,PM & Secretary
GPS LATITUDE 39.04068334 LONGITUDE 82.3873694

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District Deputy Grand Master will make his official visit to Huntington Lodge No. 53 at our stated communication on Tuesday the 19th day of March, all Brethern are welcome. Paul J. McComas, Sr.
Secretary GPS LATITUDE 38.42263777 LONGITUDE 82.440553011

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Charleston Lodge #153 will raise Brother Hamilton to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on Tuesday March 19th 2013. Refreshments at 6:30pm Lodge at 7:30pm.  Any and all help will be greatly appreciated
GPS LATITUDE 38.3486948 LONGITUDE 81.6351697

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Kanawha Valley Lodge # 36, Buffalo, will be hosting a dinner to honor of one of it’s members, Major General (Brother} Terry L. Tucker, Retired, US Army. A 43 year member of our Lodge. When: Monday evening, April 8, 2013. Where: Buffalo High School, Time: Reception: 5:30 P.M., Dinner: 6:30 P.M. (Sharp), Remarks 7:15 P.M. GPS LATITUDE 38. 61844357 LONGITUDE 81.98113829

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PENNSYLVANIA

Extra Meeting
An extra meeting of Valley Lodge No. 459, Free and Accepted Masons, Masontown, PA will be held on Thursday March 21, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. to confer Master Masons Degree on one candidate and FELLOWCRAFT MASONS DEGREE on two candidates.

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TO THE MEMBERS OF THE GRAND LODGE OF PENNSYLVANIA:
You are hereby requested to attend a Special Communication of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to be held at 11:00 o’clock, a.m., on Monday, May 27, 2013 at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Cemetery Annex in Gettysburg, PA, for the purpose of rededicating the Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial monument.
By Order of the R.W. Grand Master.
Mark A. Haines
Grand Secretary

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Pennsylvania 29th District Deputy Grand Masters Official Visit Schedule
March 11 Waynesburg Lodge # 153 March 13 Beallsville Lodge #237
March 18 Claysville Lodge # 447
March 30 Martha Assembly Rainbow
April 1 Washington Lodge # 164
April 4 Valley Lodge # 459
April 8 Chartiers Lodge # 297
April 15 Sunset Lodge # 623
April 19 Richard Vaux Lodge 3 454
TBA JOPPA Chapter DeMolay

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Valley Lodge 459, Masontown is looking to do a fishing trip to Lake Erie, we are still in the preliminary stage but anyone interested should contact Henry Swaney Jr. PM or one of the Lodge Officers. NOTE: I CHECKED WITH THE SECRETARY AND WEST VIRGINIA MASONS ARE ALSO INVITED.

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ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE

CHAPTER
Jerusalem Chapter # 3 Parkersburg   R A festival is scheduled for xxxxxx. Masonic Temple Parkersburg at 8:00 am. Degree work at 9:00 am. thanks Please make the following changes. Jerusalem Chapter #3, R A , Parkersburg Festival scheduled for Jan. 26th. has been canceled. Rescheduled for March 30th. @ 8:00 am. Thanks, R. Lusk MEHP  York Rite festival scheduled for March 30th, in Parkersburg has been cancelled ,due to Easter week end. Rescheduled for April 20th. 8:00 am donuts and coffee. 9:00 am degree work. Lunch at 12:00 noon. Thanks Raymond Lusk MEHP

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3/23/13, RAM SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION, DAYS INN, FLATWOODS, WV, BREAKFAST & LUNCH AVAILABLE, DUTCH TREAT  9AM – FINISHED.
A Royal Arch School of Instruction will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Days Inn Convention Center in Flatwoods WV. The School will begin with coffee and donuts at 8:30AM with Degree Work to start at 9:00AM. All Chapter Degrees will be exemplified, also opening a Royal Arch Chapter, receiving and balloting on Petitions. Lunch will be served at Days Inn. All Royal Arch Masons are invited to attend.

Fraternally,  Paul V. Cottrell, PGHP, Grand Lecturer

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GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION – DAYS INN, FLATWOODS, WV – MARCH 23, 2013

DEPUTY  GRAND LECTURER ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE SCHOOL:

MARK MASTER DEGREE
RWM     PAUL V. COTTRELL
SW      CHARLES R. WITT
JW      DAVID M. SMITH
SD      GEORGE MYERS
JD      LEWIS W. RESSEGGER
MO      CARL F. NESTOR
SO      CHRISTOPHER BAUN
JO      JERRY L. HANEY
MC      ORVAL L.  PERRY

ROYAL MASTER DEGREE
TI      CHARLES H. MANN
HT      GEORGE P. BERKLEIN
PCW     PAUL V. COTTRELL
CG      GEORGE MYERS

PAST MASTER DEGREE
RWM     DAVID M. SMITH
SW      GEORGE P. BERKLEIN
JW      CHRISTOPHER BAUN
SD      CARL F. NESTOR
JD      JERRY L. HANEY

MOST EXCELLENT MASTER DEGREE
MEM     CHRISTOPHER BAUN
SW      GARY B. TUCKER
SD      LEWIS W. RESSEGGER
JD      JERRY L. HANEY
MC      CARL F. NESTOR

SELECT MASTER DEGREE
TI      DONALD E. PETERSON
HT      GEORGE P. BERKLEIN
PCW     PAUL V. COTTRELL
CG      GEORGE MYERS
AHISHAH ORVAL L. PERRY

ROYAL ARCH DEGREE
MEHP    CHARLES R. WITT
KING    ORVAL L. PERRY
SCRIBE  GEORGE MYERS
COH     CHRISTOPHER BAUN
PS      LEWIS W. RESSEGGER
RAC     DONALD E. PETERSON
GM3RDV  GEORGE P. BERKLEIN
GM2NDV  CARL F. NESTOR
GM1STV  GARY B. TUCKER

PAUL V. COTTRELL,  PGHP, GL

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Laws and Regulations of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia
Article XX.6

The High Priest, King and Scribe of each subordinate Chapter within this Grand Jurisdiction shall be required to attend a School of Instruction each year during their term of office as High Priest, King and Scribe, The Grand Lecturer shall monitor each Chapter, and report to the Most Excellent Grand High Priest those Chapters not in compliance. Those, not in compliance will be instructed by the Grand High Priest to attend the next available school. Those not complying with the Grand High Priest directive shall be in violation of this law.

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COMMANDERY
GRAND OFFICERS MEETING SCHEDULE

3/23/13 10AM P Davis, VEDGCThe March 23, 2013 Grand Officers Meeting scheduled for Huntington, West Virginia has been changed to the Flatwoods Days Inn Hotel and Conference Center on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM.
5/16/13 Grand Conclave, G Dotson, REGC

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YORK RITE COLLEGE
HUNTINGTON, Charles W. Wise # 137 Y.R.C. will hold their annual meeting on Sat. May 4, 2013 with a light lunch at 12 noon and the meeting starting at 1:00 pm. We will elect and install officers for the 2013-14 year. Harry Delaney, Secy.

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Fort Henry York Rite College 61, Annual Assembly, 1pm, May 11, 2013 at Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling. ACTIVITIES include conferral of Knight of York degree on one candidate and election/installation of officers.
C.K. George D. Jackson, Preeminent Governor, asked that the announcement of the annual assembly May 9, 2013 at Fort Henry be amended as follows:

Fort Henry York Rite College 61, Annual Assembly, 1pm, May 11, 2013 at Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling.  ACTIVITIES include conferral of Knight of York degree on one candidate and election/installation of officers. and – there will be a cold cut platter at noon – cost $5 per member. The Governor would appreciate your reservation to ensure enough food is available for C.K. Don Showalter to prepare the table. You can place a reservation through the Secretary.

While you’re at it – Our sister College would enjoy your attendance at their annual Assembly. One thing’s for sure – you’ll go away feeling good about being with the Huntington brethren.
HUNTINGTON, Charles W. Wise # 137 Y.R.C. will hold their annual meeting on Sat. May 4, 2013 with a light lunch at 12 noon and the meeting starting at 1:00 pm.  We will elect and install officers for the 2013-14 year. Harry Delaney, Secy.

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