Masonic News Update – June 30, 2013

Masonic News Update
June 30, 2013

Brethren: Nitro Lodge will hold its business meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 7:30 P.M. We will have an exam in the 2nd degree and if all goes well, we will have work in the MM degree. Eat about 6:30 P.M. 2nd Degree Masons wait to be called up. J. Bruce Pierce, Secretary


Dear Sir Knights:

Your Right Eminent Grand Commandery Paul O. Davis has issued dispensation to Sir Knights residing in Mannington, West Virginia to form and open a Commandery of Knights Templar Under the Dispensation of the Grand Commander at Mannington Lodge No. 31 to be called Jeffrey O. Shrader # UD.  This dispensation was issued on the 24th day of June AD 2013 and 895 AO in the city of Huntington, West Virginia.  This dispensation shall stand until the next Stated Conclave of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of West Virginia or at the will and pleasure of the Grand Commander and thereafter at the will and pleasure of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar of West Virginia.

The Grand Commandery dais officers and other interested Sir Knights will assemble at Mannington Lodge No. 31 on Saturday, July 20th 2013 at 2:00 P.M. for the presentation of the dispensation.  Let this notice be dispersed each Sir Knight shall have knowledge thereof and act accordingly.

James K. Coleman, PGC, KCT
Grand Recorder
Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of West Virginia

The Grand Commandery of Knights Templarof the State of West Virginia

As Grand Commander of Knights Templar of the State of West Virginia and by the power vested in him, Paul O. Davis has granted a Dispensation for a Commandery of Knights Templar to be located at Mannington Lodge No. 31 at 107 Clarksburg Street, Mannington, West Virginia.

That Commandery shall be called Jeffrey O. Shrader Commandery Number U.D. (Under Dispensation)

Sir Knight George J. Price has been empowered to act as Eminent Commander.

The Dispensation certificate shall be presented on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2:00PM. The presentation will be made at Mannington Lodge No. 31 by Right Eminent Grand Commander Paul O. Davis and Grand Commandery dias officers.

Interested Sir Knights and Masons are invited to attend the presentation.


Wor. Leslie H. Flowers, Master
R.W. James W. Golladay Jr., Secretary
Lodge Web-sight:

July 2—Fellowcraft degree practice

July 9—Stated Communication

July 16—Fellowcraft degree

July 23—Master Mason degree practice

July 30—Reid J. Simmons School of Masonic Leadership

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far! The air conditioning in the lodge room has been fixed and it feels great in there. Come to lodge this month and enjoy the cool air and a new feature we have just added, music! Brother Ryan Keebaugh will be playing the keyboard at appropriate times during meetings.

Attendance at degree work has been very poor recently. It is no wonder that we have so many horseshoe masons. They see from the first night that no one is interested in them because only five or six people are on the sidelines. This is not as it should be. The job of a Masonic lodge is to make masons. Therefore attendance at degree work should be everyone’s top priority. Attendance at stated is important too but we all need to start showing up for degree work so that the new guys will feel welcome and want to come back. Also, we ALL need to be more friendly and welcoming to our visitors as well as our own members. I have received a great deal of complaints lately about unfriendliness and rudeness of certain brothers. This too is not as it should be. So my brothers, let’s all make an effort to show up for lodge and be more friendly while we are there.

Les Flowers, Master


Michael A. Judson Sr., High Priest
Jeffrey G Burcham P.G.H.P., Secretary

July 11th Stated Convocation 7:00pm

Ho Companions,
We wrought in the quarries and welcomed in 5 new Companions to our Chapter this past month. Welcome Companions; Sam Carr, Ray Delacruz, Tomas Marple, Howard Turner and Kevin Walek.

As the summer has now officially kicked in, so will a new set of Degrees. We will be conferring the Mark Master Degree at our Stated Convocation so please pay attention to the starting time. If you’re interested please drop me an email or call me.   Now would be a great time to continue your Masonic education by joining the Royal Arch.

For those not a member of the Royal Arch, just ask myself or any other Royal Arch Mason what you have to do to join. The atmosphere is relaxed. The fellowship is great. And you will be continuing your journey in Freemasonry. The Royal Arch compliments the Master Mason Degree. It picks up where Blue Lodge or Symbolic Lodge has left off. The meetings are once a month, the dues are inexpensive and the fellowship is priceless.

As always thank you to all the Companions. And thank you for everything each of you has and will do for Royal Arch Masonry.

Kodesh  Layehovah,
Michael Judson Sr. High Priest


Michael A. Judson Sr., Commander
James W. Golladay Jr., Recorder

July 15th Stated Conclave 7:30pm

Sir Knights,

As most of you know we had to cancel the Table Commandery on Friday night and the Banquet that was planned for Saturday to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of our existence. What is a terrible thing, is that we had the lack of support from own membership and other Sir Knights, but it turned out to be a great day. Not only did we welcome in six new Sir Knights to our Commandery but we had well over 20 Candidates in total. Each one was personally knighted by the Grand Master of the Grand Encampment of the United States of America. What a great honor has been bestowed on them.  He is quite the character and had us laughing with his witty humor.  The turnout was great with a full house and we even did courtesy work for several other Commanderies  in Virginia, West Virginia and D.C. Thank you to all who came out and helped pull off this auspicious once in a lifetime occasion. For those who missed it, you missed a great Degree, some great food and more importantly some excellent fellowship. We had several Grand Commanders in attendance too. The Grand Commander from Virginia, the District of Columbia and even the Grand Commander from North Carolina made the trip.

So welcome Sir Knights; Sam Carr, Ray Delacruz, Tomas Marple, Howard Turner, Jake Trenary and Kevin Walek.

In Domino confide,
Michael Judson Sr., Commander


President: Nobel Larry L. Adams II
Noble: Edward J. Marshall, Secretary/Treasurer

Dear Brethren and Nobles:                                                                                                           .

On July 18th we will be paying tribute to the great country of all time – Good old USA! I would like to personally thank all Veterans for serving our great country. If it was not for you we would not enjoy the freedoms that we have today.

I spent a month traveling Europe and can personally see the great influence that America has had on the world. Yesterday I visited the concentration camps in Poland. If it was not for our country more people would have died in those camps and throughout Europe.

My talk will be on the famous people of World War II and how they changed the world. I remember when Brother Ike use to talk about the war and tell me how proud he was to help those in need during his tour in WWII.
So if you like history and you are a Veteran come on out and share of even with us paying tribute to all veterans more especially the greatest generation of our time.

All Masons and their family are always welcome in joining our cause in helping kids

We meet at Perkins in Winchester, VA at 6:00 pm for social 6:30 PM for dinner on the 3rd Thursday. Next meeting is July 18th, 2013.

God be with you all and with our children!
Larry L. Adams II,  President



Raymond  “Mickey”  Moats, President
Bro. Charles R. McIlwee, Secretary-Pro Tem


Our July Scottish Rite Club meeting will be held on July 23, at the Butcher Block in Stephen City. Fellowship will start at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $11.50, which includes the meal, tax, and gratuity. No reservations needed.

The new slate of officers will have been elected and installed and will be running the meeting. There fore if you do not know who the new line officers are, this would be a good opportunity for you to meet them in person.

BRETHREN, as mention in the last Trestle Board I would like to remind each and everyone of you that THIS IS YOUR CLUB. The club needs your attendance at all of the meetings wherever disbursed within the length of your CABLE TOWS.

At the May meeting, the newly revised By-laws were approved by all members present. They are to given to Ill. Walter Downs to approved by the heads of the Alexandria Valley Scottish Rite Bodies.

Family and friends are welcome, and you do not have to be a Scottish Rite Mason to attend these meetings. If you know of someone who might be interested, please invite them to come along.

Remember, always carry a SR petition with you; you never know when a brother may ask for one. Hope to see All of You at the Butcher Block

God Bless, stay safe,
Raymond “Mickey” Moats, President



Jocelyn Shaffer-Neese, Worthy Matron
Terry Shaffer, Worthy Patron
Donna J. McIlwee, Secretary
Chapter Web site:

Sun. July 7 Practice for Initiation at Hiram Lodge 2:00 PM

Mon. July 8 Stated meeting: SOCIAL HOUR 6:30-7:30
(Initiation with short form and general introductions) (officers wear ALL WHITE)

Mon. July 22 Called Meeting to read minutes, petitions, and balloting.
Officers wear ALL WHITE.

Sun. August 11 “Swinging with the Stars” Fundraiser Gala and Silent Auction 6:30 (Check Website, Email, and Invitation for more information)

Happy July to all of our Eastern Star sisters and brothers! As most of you have heard by now, our June stated meeting presented us with some difficulties. Upon arriving at the lodge, I was surprised to see water dripping through from the roof in several places, right onto the altar and the rug. As a safety precaution, we made the tough decision to cancel the stated meeting. I sincerely apologize to everyone who took the time to come out for our first initiation of the year.  Hopefully the ceiling will be repaired and ready for our next STATED MEETING on July 8, when we will be holding the initiation of four new members as well as other announcements regarding fundraising events (too much information for this publication!). I want to especially thank those who, in spite of the meeting being cancelled, stayed for the social hour that was graciously prepared by Sister Lisa Shaffer…it was outstanding as always! We hope to see even more of you here for July’s social with the theme being “An All-American Picnic” in honor of Independence Day. We will be having a PRACTICE for the July 8 stated meeting on July 7 at 2:00. I would like to encourage all officers to attend in order to make our first initiation the best that it can be.  Additionally, we will be having a CALLED MEETING on July 22 for the purpose of reading minutes, any new petitions that need to be read, and balloting. Officers will need to wear long white.  Please be sure to put this on your calendar, and it is important to note that we will NOT be having a social prior to this called meeting. Also on your calendars should be our “Swinging with the Stars” fundraising event on August 11 at historic Long Branch at 6:30. More information will be available VERY SOON, check email, the website, and Face Book often for updates! We hope you have a wonderful Independence Day! God Bless America!

Cheers, Jocelyn and Terry