Masonic News – May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014

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




Joseph W. Summers Lodge No. 173 will be initiating a candidate into the mysteries at their stated communication of May 15; supper at 6:30.
Tom Bell, PM/Sec


Thursday   Dunbar 159 May 15th  Stated Communication and Master Mason Degree. Thomas Grant Cook. Eat 6 PM Practice 6:30 PM Meeting 7:30 PM. Also may have a 1st degree return. Any assistance appreciated.

Also Tuesday May 13th Charleston 153 will have a First Degree. Eat 6:30 PM Lodge 7:30 PM


Fairmont Lodge  # 9 – on Saturday May 17 – will be doing a 3rd degree for Garett Bennett-Eating @ 6:00 pm Lodge at 7:00 pm


Please invite all Sir Knights to march in the the annual Memorial Day parade held in Grafton, WV on May 26, 2014 starting at 10:00 Am.
There will be a breakfast starting at about 8:00 and a lunch after at the lodge.
Parade starts promptly at 10:00 am and the streets will be blocked off at 9:00 AM. There will be transportation back from the WV National Cemetery on Walnut St. to  the lodge.
David A. Sevier;  Recorder


I am letting you know that there is going to be a breakfast at Clarksburg Lodge hosted by Herman 6, & Clarksburg 155. Just bring a healthy appetite! All invited! The Date is: 6/28/2014 Start time is: 8 O’clock AM.



James W. Bowers 173, Hancock, MD

LOW VALE Evening June 7th at Hancock MD Fire Company Pavilion.  Rib Eye Steak Baked Potato, cole slaw, salad, roll, drink. Cost is $20.00. Dinner is at 6:30 and this year a ticket must be Purchased in Advance, no gate sales. The Tall Cedar Degree Team will Confer the Master Mason Degree  with the Meeting beginning at 7:30 PM. Please call Brother Phil True at 301-678-6710 or myself at 301-842-3860 on or before May 27th for dinner Tickets


St. Bernard Commandery 120th Celebration

You are invited to a picnic!

St. Bernard Commandery, Knights Templar
is celebrating 120 years in Hagerstown!

We are inviting all Masons and their families to a celebratory picnic in the beautiful and historic Hagerstown City Park. The date is Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the South pavilion near the concession stand. We are having food, fellowship and fun and we are re-introducing ourselves to masons throughout Washington County. We are asking everyone who attends to bring a covered dish to share and to break bread with us. St. Bernard is supplying the meat and paper products as well as water to drink. If you have never been to the park then you and your family are in for a treat. Our beautiful park was just recently named as one of the most beautiful urban parks in the United States. There is playground near the pavilion as well as the beautiful duck pond. We are looking forward to meeting new friends and saying hello to old friends. Please RSVP to Sir Knight Gerry “Bear” Kendle at or 301-991-1473 or our Recorder Sir Knight Terry Smith.




The Martinsburg WV Scottish Rite Childhood Language Development, Charity Golf Outing will be held at Locust Hill Golf Course, 278 St. Andrews Drive, Charles Town, West Virginia on Saturday, the 12th of July.  The format will be a four man scramble with a shotgun start at 2:00 P.M. followed by a picnic at the course pavilion at approximately 6:30 o’clock.  The cost will be $80 per golfer and includes golf, cart, range balls, picnic buffet, and prizes. There will also be a hole-in-one contest. PLEASE SEE ATTACHED INFORMATION FOR DETAILS AND SIGNUP FORM.


Martinsburg Scottish Rite Childhood Language Development Charity Golf Outing

This charity is formally known as the Martinsburg (WV) Scottish Rite Foundation, Inc. and provides services to the community for the diagnosis, referral, and treatment of childhood language and learning disorders; to provide facilities for such diagnosis, referral, and treatment; and to engage in research in such fields.

Saturday, the 12th of July

The format will be a four man scramble with a shotgun start at 2:00 P.M. followed by a picnic at the course pavilion at approximately 6:30 o’clock.

Locust Hill Golf Course, 278 St. Andrews Drive, Charles Town, West Virginia

$80 each per golfer and includes golf, cart, range balls, picnic buffet, and prizes.

There will also be a hole-in-one contest.Individual players will be combined to make up as many full teams as possible. You are permitted to bring your own soft drinks and water.  A beverage cart will be on the course.

Visit for a virtual tour of the course. The cost for those who desire to attend the picnic only will be $12.00 per person. I will try to accommodate any last minute participants.


Scottish Rite members curious about AASR activities can view their calendar at



Please post on your e-mail the following INVITATION:   At the request of Melvin ‘Pete’ Masters, Secretary of Bethesda RAC #16 in Middleway, WV: ALL RAM’s, Sir Knights, Priors, and interested  Brethren ( which includes AASR members) are invited to the ‘hanging’ of the portrait of Past Grand High Priest Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia, David Morgan Smith on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Lodge in Middleway, WV (located at 105 East Street in Middleway).     PGHP Smith has insisted that this be a ‘Casual Affair’ ( no suits, ties or tuxedoes) with ladies invited.  It is planned to have the portrait revealed at the start of the event, to be followed by a ‘picnic type’ affair following. For those planning to attend, please contact Pete Masters by Friday, May 23rd, so that a ‘head count’ can be taken to insure enough food is prepared for the afternoon.  For those traveling a long distance, a light ‘snacking’ will be prepared prior to 2:00 pm to get your hunger pains( blood sugar) under control.

It is hoped that the weather will be nice to provide  some outside seating, but we will see how things work out (I’m sure other arrangements will be made in the event of rain).

It is hoped that a good turn out is made by our neighboring Companions throughout the Shenandoah Valley ( Winchester, Front Royal, Edinsburg, Luray, Warrenton, etc), since PGHP Smith has made several enjoyable visits to many of those Chapters,and considers them as a ‘part of home’. Brethern from other jurisdictions are also invited and encouraged to attend.

Please put May 25, 2014 on your calendar, and by all means call or leave a message with Pete Masters if you plan to attend by May 23rd



The Hagerstown Shrine Club will have a Steak Feed following the Sharpsburg Memorial Day Parade. It is open to all, Masons as well as the general public. The event will be held at Wilson Ruritan grounds near  Huyetts west of Hagerstown.  The date is May,24.Magician Joe Kennedy will be providing entertainment during the evening.  Ticket price is $20.00 and can be purchased.  Children will have a special menu. Gates open at 4:00 with dinner at 5:00. Come and enjoy the evening.



Friday, May 16, @ Huntington Masonic Temple. 1pm. Devine Service Thursday, May 15 @Huntington Farm Museum Log Church, 7pm, Other details reported in April 2014 issue, Knight Templar magazine.




Harold E Phillips Jr
PM, Aurora 43, Newburg, WV