A Big Thanks to Michael Dollinger
Mike Dollinger’s Chef uniform presentation. Photos by Brad King
This year we had the tough task of finding a new Quarter Master. The brother who is quarter master runs the kitchen. He makes sure supplies are stocked, someone is prepared to cook, and if not, he cooks himself. It requires getting to Lodge early and is a lot of work. Who would be up for the challenge you ask? Michael Dollinger!
Mike runs a tailoring business in Broad Ripple called Smoking Iron Alterations (www.smokingironalterations.com). He steps away from his shop nearly every Tuesday to make sure the brothers belly’s are filled with delicious vittles. His meals range from Sloppy Joes, to the best German heritage food one can find.
Worshipful Master Hinshaw presents Mike with a token of appreciation. Photo By Brad King
We are all very thankful for what Mike has done. He helped make this year special with amazing food and seeing the fellowship flourish. As a token of thanks, Worshipful Master Chris Hinshaw saw fit to present Mike with a custom Chef jacket and hat.
Candy May (center) made it to the Fish Fry this year to enjoy some fish, sides and delicious pie.
We have the sad news that on Tuesday September 30, 2014, Candy May, Worthy Matron of the Millersville Chapter of the Eastern Star, passed away after brief battle with cancer.
She was loved by every Millersville Mason and will be deeply missed. Candy has been a loving force in the OES at Millersville and around Indiana. She ran the Millersville Family Breakfast since 2006, and has been dedicated to making our Fish Fry a success every year, for many many years. Beyond that her positive and loving personality warmed the entire Millersville Masonic Family. She will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held for Candy May at Millersville Masonic Lodge Building (4990 Kessler Blvd East) on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM.
Firefighters are a special breed of people. The first firefighter I got to know really well was my 8th Grade Science teacher who became one of my first and earliest mentors. He told his class stories of fighting fires with flames flying over his head and the peril of the whole room igniting in a flame over. None the less, firefighters put themselves in danger every day for us. The next fire fighter who I got to know well was Floyd Sendmeyer.
Floyd spent many years working as a fire fighter in Indianapolis. I had the pleasure last year of Floyd showing me his fire helmet. I imagine it initially shone of tough black leather, but now has the wear and tear, dents and depressions to serve as a testament to the decades he spent saving lives and serving the Indianapolis community.
Most Millersville Mason’s know Floyd from Millersville Lodge, Millersville York Rite, serving on the fire fighter organization at the Shrine, and also being a steadfast figure at the Indianapolis Scottish Rite, where he recently was honored with the Meritorious Service Award. He is also a Past Master from Sojourners Lodge – a lodge who’s membership is derived entirely from active military personnel and veterans.
On 9/11, I pause to reflect on people like Floyd and Mr. Phillips. Firefighters, Police, Armed Forces Service members, paramedics, and more all put others well being in front of their own.
In 2001 the firefighters and police of New York City came to the aid of a city and country in distress and I am glad to think about and be thankful for their scarifies as they ran into the flames. I am also thankful for on the men and women in our community who run into the flames, not only during acts of catastrophic terror, but every day distress.
If you are a firefighter or service member, we would love for you to leave your comments below to hear your stories.