Virginia Masonic News – January 30, 2012

Virginia Masonic News – January 30, 2012

Michael A. Judson Sr. Master
R.W. James W. Golladay Jr. Secretary
Lodge Web Sight:

Feb 7th Practice 7:00 pm
Feb 14th Stated Communication 7:30pm
(Dinner served at 6:30)
Feb 21st Degree 7:00 pm
Feb 28th Degree 7:00 pm

We started the New Year off to a great start. Winchester Hiram Lodge hosted Most Worshipful William Talbott Ellison, Jr.’s official visit to the 2nd,3rd,4th Masonic districts. You officers did an excellent job with their respective ritual as well as hosting this prestigious event. The Stewards had an outstanding display of food, we had a full house, and the event went off without a hiccup. I am very proud of everyone who participated and helped set the bar (very high I might add) for the rest of the Commonwealth. You all deserve a standing ovation. Also I would like thank the brothers for their support and attendance. A special thank you to Treadwell and Unity Lodges for coming through with (greatly needed) white aprons. We could not have done it without you. This month we welcome our new District Deputy Grand Master with his official visit to Winchester Hiram at our Stated and the Stewards have a great meal planned. Please email our Senior Steward Charles Brinson with an R.S.V.P. if you plan to attend. Come from work, come from home, but come hungry. As most of us go through life thinking we are so different than each other, the more you find out we are the same. So goes, as each of us strive to better our selves, and go from that rough ashlar to that perfect ashlar. A younger Brother or an older Brother may be doing the same thing. Trying to better himself in all his actions toward all mankind. Now more than ever your knowledge, skill and virtue are greatly needed my Brothers. Please take part and help Mentor a new Brother, an old Brother, active Brother, but more especially an inactive one. Remember that the Grand Master of Masons in Virginia has proclaimed the 1st day of every month “Masonic recognition Day”. So be proud and wear something Masonic that day.
So come on out, enjoy some good food, a interesting meeting and some great fellowship And finally Brethren may the GOD of peace and Love delight to dwell with and bless you
Michael Judson Sr.
Master 2012


Mark Pennypacker High Priest
Jeffrey G Burcham P.G.H.P. Secretary

February 9….Stated Communication 7:30 p.m.

Thank you to all the Companions who were able to make the January Stated. We hope that you enjoyed the program on the “doughnut”. Each month we hope to bring a short program that provides some information to you and, perhaps, will allow you to think about masonry in a different way.

At our February convocation, we will have our official visit from the DDGHP. Rt. Excellent Michael Goodwin will be making his official visit to John Dove #21.

Due to Masonic Week, we will be missing several Companions from the line. If your schedule permits, please consider joining us. We would appreciate your presence. Let’s do our best to fill the sidelines for the DDGHP.

As with many Masonic bodies in our area, a great friend and brother was lost in January. Companion Ike Louderback will be greatly missed. It is hard to believe how one person can mean so much to so many. He had over 60 years in RAC. Rest well Companion Ike.

Have a wonderful February! Don’t forget about Valentine’s Day.

Mark Pennypacker
High Priest



Mark Pennypacker Commander
James W. Golladay Jr. Recorder

Stated Conclave…Monday February 20, 7:30 p.m.

Sir Knights;

We hope this finds you well. Thanks to all Sir Knights who were present at the January stated. Due to other obligations, we were down several line officers. Thanks are extended to Eminent Joel Ratliff, Eminent Charlie Davis, Sir Knight Jim Kales and Sir Knight Jeff Rutherford for stepping in to assist the line. It was very much appreciated.

At our January stated, we discussed a return to full uniforms. The general consensus is that we should make the return to full uniforms. Unfortunately, many of our younger Sir Knights are lacking the means to purchase the full uniform. We will continue to use the caps and mantles as the line pieces together a uniform. If you have not attended a meeting in quite some time, we would welcome your presence. If life, as it often does, changes so that you cannot attend, please consider assisting our line. If you would be willing to part with items, such as Chapeaux, please contact me. Thank you very much for your consideration in this matter.

It has come to the attention, of the Commandery, that there are outstanding monies due for caps that were purchased. If you purchased one, through the Commandery, and have not paid for your Cap, please take care of this with the Recorder. Thank you very much for your help with this.

Each month, we will be bringing short programs to the Commandery. At our most recent stated, we heard about the sword and its significance to the Commandery. Please join us for our monthly stated. You might pick up a few fun facts.

Take care and enjoy all that winter offers.

Pax Deo;
Mark Pennypacker
Eminent Commander



Noble John R. Cordani ……….President
Noble: Edward J. Marshall–Secretary/Treasurer

The February meeting of the Winchester Shrine will be held on Thursday Feb.16th at Perkins restaurant in Winchester. As always we invite all Shriners to join us. We also encourage all our Nobles to make known our activities to any Masons known to live in the “Valley.” Please call Ed Marshall for a reservation at least two days prior to the event. We invite one and all to our meeting at the Perkins Restaurant in Winchester. Please contact Nobel Ed Marshall to ensure table space.

The Spring Apple Blossom parade is a show of floats and units. Last Year the parade was a great showing of Shriners from several Shrine Temples and states. It is all our hopes that we can greatly increase our Masonic presence in the coming year. To that end we urge all lodges within the valley to work with us and present a united Masonic presence. We envision having all of us in one parade section, a wonderful show of force. If you would participate it is time to begin planning how your lodge will present itself. Nobel Cordani will serve as the parade coordinator for the Shrine and invites Valley lodges to select a coordinator or join us.We have been rather successful in having the parade organizers placing all our registered units together in one body. We can be magnificent together.

Fraternally yours,
John R. Cordani



MARK S. LENTZ President
ILL. Ralph Simmons 33rd Secretary

Our February Scottish Rite Club will meet at Cassia Lodge, Woodstock, VA on Wednesday, February 22nd . Fellowship will start at 6:00 and we will eat at 6:30. A short business meeting will follow and we will conclude with a program to be presented by Brother Mark Pennypacker 32nd.

Dinner is $10.00 per head. Reservations are a must and are to be called into Ill. Ralph E. Simmons or Marvin Wilkin, KCCH so an exact count can be provided for the Chef.

As always you and your lady are welcome, and you do not need to be a Scottish Rite Mason to attend either. So if you know of someone who might be interested, please invite them to come along. Remember to carry an SR petition with you. You never know when a brother might be interested in joining the Scottish Rite.

The spring reunion will be a Statewide one day conferral in April.

God Bless and Be Safe.
Mark S. Lentz – President



Kari Judson Worthy Matron
Michael Judson, Sr. Worthy Patron
Donna J. McIlwee Secretary
Chapter Website:

Monday, February 13th at 7:30pm: Star Stated.
Saturday, February 18th at 3:00pm:
February Social: Stained Glass Project

Hello Sisters & Brothers.

Our year is coming to a close and I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and grace throughout the year. For our February’s Stated Meeting, we will have a memorial, so officers, please wear white.

Our February social is planned for Saturday, February 18. We will be attending a stained glass class at Old Town Stain Glass (161 N. Loudoun St.) at 3 p.m. Cost is $30 per person and we will each be making an Eastern Star stained glass creation. MAXIMUM class size is 12. At our meeting last night, 9 members signed up to participate. That means there are only 3 slots left open. Contact the Socials Committee chairman, Sister Becky Stern, if you would like to sign-up for this class, please email Sister Becky at We hope to see you there.

Dues for 2012 ($20) are now payable. Please send to our Secretary at the address shown above. There are some members who still owe dues for 2011—check your card and if it is not pink, you are in arrears.

Star Love,
Kari & Mike Judson