M. W. Charles A. Louk
Grand Master of Masons in West Virginia
October 1, 2012
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
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
Special Communication for Acacia Lodge # 157 , Fairmont on Tues Oct. 2 nd is canceled.
We will raise Brother Todd Rundle and Brother Donald Rundle at our next stated communication on Oct 11th Also Brother William A Hawkins will be passed to the degree of Fellow Craft.
We will have our regular practice on Tues Oct 2nd with Fairmont # 9.
Ted A Shaffer WM, Acacia #157 , Fairmont WV.
Friday Oct 5, Crescent 32 at Ceredo will raise Bro. Mullens to the sublime degree of MM. Eat 6:30 pm
An extra meeting of Valley Lodge No. 459, Masontown, PA Free and Accepted Masons, will be held on October 10, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. Degree Work: Fellowcraft Masons Degree on one candidate, and Entered Apprentice Masons Degree on two candidates.
An extra meeting of Valley Lodge No. 459, Masontown, PA Free and Accepted Masons, will be held on October 17, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. ENTERED APPRENTICE MASONS DEGREE on two candidates.
Waynesburg 153, PA. 10/15/12, EXTRA, 7pm, Confer Fellowcraft Masons Degree on one candidate.
The Grand Lodge of West Virginia will have its annual communication on 8-9 October 2012 in Charleston.
Brethren, We have two hundred and fifty folding metal chairs on the fifth floor of the Masonic Temple. I spoke with Ray Wolfe, Master of Charleston 153 today and he is going to ask his lodge Tuesday to set some of these chairs up Tuesday night. I would like for Kanawha 20 to set some of them up tomorrow night either before lodge or after lodge. These are for Grand Lodge this coming week. The chairs also need to be moved back to Beni Kedem after Grand Lodge. They were moved to the Masonic Temple today by three men, surely we can get more men than this to move them back. Fraternally, Vaughn Shafer
ROYAL ARCH/COMMANDERY, YORK RITE COLLEGE & SCOTTISH RITE
ANO SEE GRAND YORK RITE SITE www.wvyorkrite.org
The Grand Chapter of West Virginia will have its annual convocation on 18-20 October.in Flatwoods.
The registration forms and the tentative agenda are available from the main page of the grand chapter website (wvyorkrite.org).
Sincerely and Fraternally Greg Wentzel
Most Excellent Raymond Lusk, Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of WV, asked that the Craft be reminded of the October Annual Convocation to be held in Flatwoods.
10/27 DIVISION #8 (15, 19, 22) Mt Hope, Open 1PM, Ladies invited, Meal to follow. Inspecting Officer R Riddle
11/3 PENNSBORO #20, Open 1pm, Ladies Invited, Meal to follow, Inspecting Officer D Witschey
11/10 ST JOHNS #8, Weston, Open 1pm, Ladies invited, Meal to follow, Inspecting Officer P Baker
11/10 KANAWHA #4, Charleston, details not yet available, Inspecting Officer R Jones
12/8 HUNTINGTON #9. Open 1pm, Ladies invited, Activity for ladies, Meal @ noon, Inspecting Officer J Pitrolo
1/6/13 DIVISION #5 (6, 11, 18) at Fairmont, details not yet available, Inspecting Officer J Sluss
2/9/13 CLARKSBURG #13, OPEN 1PM, LADIES INVITED, MEAL TO FOLLOW, INSPECTING OFFICER P BAKER
With the approval of our Inspecting Officer, Paul Baker, we have changed the date of our inspection, which was originally scheduled on Saturday, November 3, 2012, to Saturday, February 9, 2013.
George D. Jackson, Recorder, Clarksburg Commandery No. 13
GRAND OFFICERS MEETING SCHEDULE
10/27 10am, Mount Hope, J Sluss. EGCG
3/23/13 10AM Huntington, P Davis, VEDGC
5/16/13 Grand Conclave, G Dotson, REGC
Pilgrim Commandery 21, Elkins is now in the process of planning on marching thru the Mountain State Forest Festival Grand Feature Parade on 6 October and will be sending out information as soon as possible… So keep looking for this event and the information that will be forth coming. PC Ross Teter is heading up the event along with the Dias Officers and a few others. Thank You, PC Neal Collett
YORK RITE COLLEGE
Fort Henry York Rite College 61, Quarterly, November 10, 1pm, at Scottish Rite Building, Wheeling.
This is a quick notice to tell you that I got out of the hospital last night after 16 days. I went in on Wednesday, Sept 12th because of what I thought was a severe urinary infection. After about 12 hours in the emergency room, I was admitted. Not a lot happened for the next 4 days. They took a urine specimen and ran some tests which took 48 hours and the results were really not available until Monday. On Tuesday, they removed the catheter (ugh) and the plumbing worked fine. By then I had a sinus infection which went to the bronchial tubes. Lungs were clear but I had a bad cough. They were also concerned about my BP but I did not get my normal BP medications since I was admitted so that wasn’t unusual to me. To further complicate things, I had been getting IV fluids since coming into the hospital and had been retaining those fluids. My weight went from about 172 to 194 lbs when they decided that I need some assistance in this category. I was given a diuretic and in the next two days passed off 7 liters of fluid. Weight dropped from 194 to 177 and I felt 100% better. They let me go on Friday evening, Sept 28th. I will say that I had the best physical examination I’ve ever had with tests on all parts of the body.
I’m home now and have cleared out the majority of the 267 e-mails in my In-Box. I want to thank each of you for your prayers, thoughts, cards and calls. It was an ordeal to spend that much time laid up like I was and during that time I lost a lot of strength. I hope to be back to normal soon but will probably have to limit my activities for the next couple of weeks or until my strength returned. Again I want to thank you. You are all important to me.
Come one, come all MASONS! Free parking at Joseph W. Summers Lodge No. 173 for all W.V.U. home football games (leave your dues card on the dashboard)!
HAROLD E. “PHIL” PHILLIPS, JR., PM
Aurora 43, Newburg