Masters Newsletter August 2, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Coming up this Tuesday is our August Stated Meeting which will be our only Lodge meeting during the month of August as we are still dark until September.  We have had a few officers step down and will be installing 2 new officers to the line and moving a current officer up to a new position.  The theme for the August Stated Meeting is Sports Theme night so dig around for your favorite sports jersey or shirts and come on out to Lodge for some fellowship.  As an added treat, along with the spaghetti dinner, your Wardens will be providing pie for dessert.  Stated Meetings have been very short so this is a good opportunity to come on out to Lodge and not have to worry about being out after dark.  I can promise you will be on your way back home before the sun goes down.

As you have read previous, our dining room is going through some renovations to repair the crumbling plaster on the outside walls and to give the whole room a fresh new coat of paint.  Three of the 4 walls are complete and the last will be finished up in the days following our Stated Meeting.  A special thank you to our Junior Warden, Charles Moore, and to our newest transfer to Millersville, WB Harley Cardwell, for leading the charge on this project and putting in so much of their time to see this project completed.  We also want to thank the other volunteers who showed up to put in a few hours of painting or to clean the dining room so we could use it this Tuesday for dinner.  Everyone who has helped is greatly appreciated.

A few other notes on our being dark after this meeting, there will also not be any Eastern Star Saturday breakfasts during July and August.  Those will resume the second Saturday of September (Due to Labor Day it was moved from the 1st to 2nd Saturday in Sept).  Also, even though we are dark we still will have some activities that will spring up so keep an eye on your email for opportunities to get together with your Brothers during the summer at events outside of the Lodge.

As you all know, we were not able to have our Annual Fish Fry last year.  WB Ron was working to revamp the Fish Fry and make it a Community Day Event.  We are attempting to give that another shot again this year.  WB Ron is the Chairmen for this event and he is in need of some extra help to make this a successful event.  Attached to the end of this newsletter is message from WB Ron.  Please read it over and respond to him about any questions you may have or if you are able to help out with this.  We have our new Sponsorship Flyers also printed so be sure to stop by and pick a few up to take to your work or to businesses you frequent.

As everyone will recall, this year’s Master Mason class is dedicated to the memory of WB Mark Griffin.  The rocks glasses commissioned to honor the memory of WB Mark Griffin are in and can be purchased from your officers.  These glasses look incredible and are American made!  The price for a single glass will be $10.00, two for $18.00 and a set of 4 will be $35.00.    Make sure to get your glass(es) early to remember the life of such a dedicated Mason and Veteran.

Points to Ponder over the summer:

 How come you press harder on a remote when you know the batteries are dead?

  • Why are they called APARTments when they are all stuck together?
  • Why do people without a watch look at their wrist when you ask them what time it is?
  • Why does sour cream have an expiration date?
  • The light went out, but where to?
  • Why do banks charge you a “non-sufficient funds fee” on money they already know you don’t have?
  • If the universe is everything, and scientists say that the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?
  • When two airplanes almost collide why do they call it a near miss? It sounds like a near hit to me.
  • How come abbreviated is such a long word?
  • Why are there five syllables in the word “monosyllabic”?
  • Why do they call it the Department of the Interior when they are in charge of everything outdoors?

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Aug. 3 – Stated Meeting – Sports Theme

  • Executive Committee Meeting 5:30pm
  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

 Sep. 7 – Stated Meeting

  • Executive Committee Meeting 5:30pm
  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm


This Month’s Birthdays

Mark Roberts (8/2), William Wilfong (8/2), Richard Alley (8/3), James Patton (8/3), Howard Kibby, Jr. (8/4), Richard Kirkman (8/4), John Walker (8/4), Aaron Edwards (8/5), Anthony Hamilton (8/5), Donald Wilcox (8/6), Thomas Anderson (8/7), Donald Boulden (8/7), Earl Jones (8/7), Fred Kortepeter (8/7), Henry Fahnbulleh (8/8), Brian Nearpass (8/8), Leslie Sebring (8/8), William Fry (8/11), Jack Belschwender (8/13), Stephen Clymer (8/13), Wesley Eley (8/14), Charles Abbott (8/16), David Copenhaver (8/16), John Reel (8/16), Gregory Bowers (8/17), Stephen Brown (8/18), Robert Dalton, III (8/19), Philip Eskew, Jr. (8/19), Mack Hunter (8/19), John Nielsen (8/20), Ian Miller (8/22), Ralph Worley (8/22), Randall Banks (8/23), Willard Zimmerman, Jr. (8/24), Phillip Greenwood, Sr. (8/28), Joshua Shinn (8/28), John Samples (9/1), Laverne Wilkerson (9/1), Micah Williams (9/3), Stephen Tipton (9/5)

 This Month’s Raisings

Casey Short (8/14), Ted Martin (8/24)

 Master’s Travels

If anyone is planning to travel or visit another Lodge or has been asked to come assist with a degree, please reach out to me and let me know so we can get a few more Brothers to go and make a visit out of it.  Below is the travel opportunities site I go to.  If you see anything there that interests you make sure to let me know.  This is also a great opportunity for Mentors to take their mentees to see some extra degree work to aid in their learning.

We are sitting at 10 different Lodges visited for a total of 590 round trip miles.  We have completed the requirements for both of the Grand Lodge Travel Awards.  That doesn’t mean we are going to stop traveling as I would like to see us go for some of the many traveling implements in the area and bring them home to Millersville.  We will have a bit more upcoming travel soon as we will once again be going dark during July and August, however, we will need to keep our ritual game strong by traveling around and watching and being a part of degrees at other Lodges.


Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013




Hello Brethren:

As some of you may know, Worshipful Master Brian has asked me to chair our fundraiser (fish fry) this year which will be held Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th. Friday evening 4-8PM will be the typical fish fry dinner with seating inside or under the tent outside. On Saturday we hope to make Millersville Lodge a destination point for the community by having a Millersville Community Day from 10AM to 8PM. This will be a festival atmosphere with great food, open outdoor market, live music, children’s activities, and open house for our historic building. The event will be well promoted in the community. We are hoping for a wonderful day of celebration and unity, not just for the growth of our Lodge, but for the community at large as well.

That being said please put these dates on your calendar and plan to commit for the year, at least these two days to your Lodge. Your participation and more importantly your assistance in making this a great event are most appreciated. This is way too much for just a few to pull off so the assistance of Brothers for a successful event is greatly needed in the following areas:

  • Thursday afternoon/evening set-up.
  • Tent Food Preparation –both days.
  • Passing out sponsorship brochures – these will be available very soon.
  • Parking – Mostly Sat.
  • Open house guides – Sat.
  • Millersville Lodge info table – Sat.
  • Clean up – Sunday the 26th
  • Help with Coordination of above areas.

I look forward receiving emails from the Brethren who are willing and able to help with this event in any of the above areas, so please contact there or call me. I will also have sign-up sheets at the Lodge for members to make their willingness to help known. Thank you, Brethren, and let’s have a great year.


Ron Featherston, PM