Masonic News – October 22, 2014

Masonic News
October 22, 2014
STEPHEN EARLE SHRIDE, 72, of Milton, widower of Glenda Shride, died Oct. 18 at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He was a R.N. and hospital administrator.
Service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reger Funeral Chapel; burial at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Brother Shride was a member of McDowell Lodge 112, Welch. The family has requested Masonic Grave Side Rites. Master Masons may assemble at the cemetery.


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


Harold, will you please let all the brothers throughout the state know that Master Masons may again park at Joseph W. Summers No. 173 for W.V.U. football games. Please remind them to leave their current DUES CARD on their dashboard so we will know not to tow them.

If brothers RSVP to let me know they’re planning to attend, and if there is enough interest, I may be enticed to prepare something to eat and drink. It’s a joy to be able to be hospitable, but I need to know how many to prepare for. RSVP by leaving a message on my cell phone.


Tom Bell, PM/Secretary, Joseph W. Summers No. 173


We will be hearing a return on the 2nd and confering a Master Masons degree (3rd).  I’m sure it will be a great evening.  Hope you all have a great week and hope to see you soon.  God Bless.  Charles Ray Fluharty Jr, WM  Acacia Lodge 157



Friendship Lodge,  Open Table Lodge


Our Annual Open Table Lodge (aka Festive Board) is scheduled for Monday, November 10th. The doors will be open at 6:30 pm with the dinner beginning at 7:00 pm. (Yes, the elevator from the parking deck is working.)

Tickets are available for $35 each. Please purchase your tickets in advance so we have enough food and seating

The dinner will be the same as last year, including the full pig roast, and the medieval theme will continue as well.

We will have a special guest speaker.

Send your checks to Terry Smith – 301 Devonshire Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740-4507.


Friendship Lodge has many activities for all of our members. Go to for a complete calendar of events and other information.

Here are some dates for the next several months to mark in your calendar:

Monday, October 27 – 7:00 pm – Regular Communication – Fellowcraft Degree

Monday, November 10 – 6:30 pm – Open Table Lodge

Friday, November 14 – 6:00 pm – Grand Master’s Banquet

Saturday, November 15 – 10:00 am – Grand Lodge Annual Communication

Monday, November 24 – 7:00 pm – Regular Communication

Monday, December 8 – 7:00 pm – Regular Communication – Election of Officers


The Fall Reunion Date for Charleston Scottish Rite has been changed several times and is now back to it’s original date of November 1. The Charleston Scottish Rite Fall Reunion will be on November 1
Gary Frame, Secretary


Valley of Martinsburg

Davis C. E. We are planning on putting on the 4th & 14th degrees at our regular meeting in November. Will need help as this is also the date of the Grand Lodge in Va. We also are looking for candidates, and as we start a new degree year, persons looking to help in any manner in the degrees, let me know. Also I will have the staging plans for the degrees at the next meeting.

Thanks, Charlie D.


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



Good Morning Companion Phil – Just wanted to let you know the Stated Convocation of Bigelow #4 R.A. Chapter in Weston –  has been changed to the 4th Thursday of the Month – I noticed on the website it listed the wrong day – (just a little side note, all R.A. Chapters in District #4 meet on Thursday – except Phillippi – the 4th Friday) – I wish you a Good Day Today.
PG Steve, HP Bigelow #4


Harold, Hold up on any notice of Huntington 6 Chapter work on November 1st. It appears Charleston Scottish Rite has a festival that day and we do not want to conflict. I will forward you a reschedule date when we have a chance to get together.
Rick Elam



Possible travel delay:

Just before Cumberland on I 68, they posted that construction will be delaying traffic beginning 10-20 through 10-24. For those attending Grand Chapter and are coming through Cumberland, please add some extra time.  It looked like the crews were trying to finish up some guard rails, and maybe planning to resurface the road and remove the  concrete barriers this week. Maybe send this to Harold Philips for his web-site.

ALSO, several Grand Officers have not sent reservations as of Saturday 5:00 pm. People need to contact Pete Masters ASAP; time is running out on the banquet and luncheon.

Dave Smith PGHP

Morgantown Chapter #30 Royal Arch Mason and Morgantown Commandary #18 will meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Golden Corral in Star City for dinner at 6:00PM and will meet at the Lodge at 7:00PM for our meetings. Morgantown Chapter will meet at 7:00PM and Morgantown Commandary will meet following The Chapter meeting. This is our new date and times.



Nov 8, Kanawha #4 @ Charleston
Nov 15  Pennsboro #20
Nov 22, Demolay 11, Crusade 6 and Morgantown 18 @ Grafton

web sites:


It was mentioned tonight at our monthly meeting that Pennsboro #20 will hold our annual inspection on 15 November 2014 @ 13:00 with a banquet to follow at approximately 16:30. This will be a singular inspection as Pennsboro has been granted so to go it alone.  As many of the Companions will remember, especially those who in other years attended our inspections, that Pennsboro was one of the top Commandrys in the state for many years. We are going to work very hard to bring that same acheivement back to Pennsboro. All Sir Knights and Ladies are invited.
Phil Cottrille


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