Masonic News – May 3, 2010

Masonic News
May 3, 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.
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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.
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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
SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTIONS – – – 2010

All Schools begin at 1:00 P.M.  Officers, Coaches, and all interested Master Masons are invited to attend.

May 22   at Ceredo  GPS  Latitude  38.39737145  Longitude  82.55738858

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Mt Olivet Lodge #3 , Parkersburg,  GPS  Latitude 40.06611667  Longitude  80.71851668
will have a Stated Communication Monday, May 10, 2010, 7 30pm. In addition to the usual business of the evening — We will have 1 Candidate to be raised to the “Sublime Degree of Master Mason”.     Come join us for the fellowship and thrill of the work —  we will need all the help available.  Make some phone calls to other interested Brethren.
L B C  Secy, Mt Olivet Lodge #3
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Parkersburg Lodge #169   GPS  Latitude 40.06611667  Longitude  80.71851668  will have a Stated Communication Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 7:30 pm. In addition to the usual business of the evening, we will have 1 Candidate to be raised to the “Sublime Degree of Master Mason”.  We will have potato soup and sandwiches etc. at 6:30 pm    Make some telephone calls to interested brethren and please plan to join us.  We will need all the help we can get.  Roger Linger  WM, Parkersburg Lodge #169

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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
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PENNSYLVANIA –

OFFICIAL VISITATIONS – DDGM FLANIGAN
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

WASHINGTON 164, PA
Monday, May 10, 7pm, EXTRA, confer the Entered Apprentice Degree on three candidates.
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WASHINGTON 164, PA
Wednesday, May 19, 7pm, EXTRA, confer the Entered Apprentice Degree on two candidates.and the Fellow Craft Degree on one candidate.
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ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE
AND SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE  www.wvyorkrite.org

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TRAVEL SCHEDULE – MOST EXCELLENT DONALD E PETERSON, GRAND HIGH PRIEST, ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF WV
May 6  Upshur RAC 34 (Buckhannon)
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Harold,  Will you announce on your web site that registration for Grand Commandery has been extended to May 14th.  Thanks  Charlie Witt

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Annual Conclave, Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of West Virginia, held in Wheeling, held in Wheeling, WV.  More details will follow later.
GPS  LATITUDE LATITUDE 40.06611667  LONGITUDE 80.71851668

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