Masters Newsletter October 25, 2021

Greetings Brethren,

First I would like to thank all of you who came out to Lodge this past Tuesday.  That was by far the largest crowd of the year and was so nice to see our dining room and Lodge Room so full.  The evening started out with the presentation of a 25 Year Silver Anniversary Pin to Brother Jonathan Holden.  After the award presentation, we then raised a Brother to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.  Be sure to congratulate our newest Master Mason Brother Michael Redding when you see him.  Thanks to all who stayed through until the very end and to those who helped put this degree on.  It was a fantastic performance and although not the last Master Mason Degree we will have (1 more in November), it was the last Master Mason that I will confer as your Worshipful Master.

This coming Tuesday we were going to be having another Masonic Education on the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation and how you can support them, however, our presenter had a conflicting engagement come up and had to cancel.  We will look to see if we can get this rescheduled for a bit later this year.  So for this Tuesday we will just be having dinner and a social evening.  For all the Lodge Officers, your attendance is required (to be read as mandatory) in the Lodge room at 7:00pm for an Officer Meeting.  Topic will be move-up month as well as Lodge of Instruction and the Grand Master’s One-Day class.

On Wednesday, October 27th at Oakland Lodge #140 (address below) will be our Lodge of Instruction.  It will be over the Entered Apprentice Degree and is open only to Master Masons.  Oakland will be the Opening Lodge and Millersville will close.  I have already contacted Oakland with a head count for Millersville but if you had a change of heart and would still like to come, let me know.

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.

Quote of the Week:

 “Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.

S. Lewis Writer

We have all probably said something at one time or another that was taken in a way that we did not intend.  It may have led to an argument or hurt feelings or some other form of unwanted attention because of it.  This is especially true when using social media where it is just words on a screen and the receiver is left to judge for themselves what kind of tone you used or where they can’t see your body language.  We often blame the receiver for the miscommunication.  We should all though take a moment to think how our words  will be received by others and maybe try and find different ways to portray the information.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Oct. 26 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (WB Steve Sonafrank will be talking about the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation and the Gold Card Program)

Oct. 27 – Lodge of Instruction

  • Host Lodge Oakland Lodge #140

11756 Verdin Street

Indianapolis (Oaklandon), IN 46236

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm – Only Master Masons may attend

Nov. 2 – Stated Meeting

  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Lodge

Nov. 6 – Grand Master’s One-Day Class at the Shrine

  • EA Degree 8:00am – 9:15am
  • FC Degree 9:45am – 11:30am (Millersvile Lodge will confer)
  • Lunch 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • MM Degree 12:45pm – 3:00pm

 This Week’s Birthdays

Virgil Baldwin (10/25), Eric Krall (10/25), Douglas McCoy (10/27), Brian Wilcox (10/27), Joe Ketterman (10/29), Chad Wilson (10/29), Phil Sheingold (10/31)

 This Week’s Raisings

David Farmer (10/25), John Walker (10/25), Ian Miller (10/25), David Greer (10/27), Terry Harris (10/28), Christopher Kinsey (10/28), Ron Featherston (10/29), Matthew Benson (10/29), Carl York (10/30), David Lumley (10/30), Dwight Stinson (10/30)

 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


Masonic Appendant Body News

 Scottish Rite

November 3, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner 5:30 pm – Meeting 7:00 pm followed by 12th Degree

November 13, 2021 – Convocation  – 8:00 am start – 4th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 32nd Degrees

December 1, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner at 5:30 pm – Meeting at 7:00 pm

December 5, 2021 – Orchestra Winter Concert 3:00 pm – Theater

December 11, 2021 – Children’s Christmas Party – Magic Show in Theater 2:00 pm, Games and Fun in the Grand Hall at 2:30 pm.

York Rite

Oct. 27 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 10 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 24 – H.E. Lackey Commandry  – Order of the Temple and Inspection

  • 7:00pm

Murat Shrine

Oasis is now open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Nov. 6 – Grand Master’s One Day Class

  • EA Degree 8:00am – 9:15am
  • FC Degree 9:45am – 11:30am (Millersvile Lodge will confer)
  • Lunch 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • MM Degree 12:45pm – 3:00pm
  • Murat Shrine Ceremonial 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Nov. 15 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 27 – 2nd Sportsman Raffle

  • $20/ticket for chance at 1 of 50 guns
  • See Gregg Stone, Jim Strauss or Wally Renn for tickets

Dec. 20 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Order of the Eastern Star

Nov. 3 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 6 – Monthly Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • $8.00 donation