Masters Newsletter 1/18/2021

 

Dear Brethren,

As a reminder, everyone should have received their Dues Statement from the Grand Lodge.  Just a friendly reminder to get those sent in.  If you have not gotten a Dues Statement, please reach out to me and let me know.  I will need to verify your address in the Grand Lodge database.  If you are having a hardship of some kind, please reach out to me.  We can’t assist if you don’t communicate.  Also, we are still looking for stories or fond memories any Brethren might have of WB Mark Griffin.  Please reach out to our Deacons or myself to share your stories.

Quote of the Week:

 “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”

Christian D. Larson
Author

This is what being in a Brotherhood is about.  Masonry takes good men and makes them better.  Part of how we do that is to not only believe in ourselves but in each other and keep pushing each other to be better versions of ourselves.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Feb. 2 – Stated Meeting

  • Executive Committee Meeting 5:15pm
  • Dinner 6:00pm (Come with an appetite as your WM has challenged Chef Michael to see who can make the best Bean and Ham Soup)
  • Stated Meeting 7:00pm

Feb. 9 – Craft Guild (MM Degree Practice)

   This Week’s Birthdays

David Vail Jr. (18), Edward Davidson (23), Harold Roy (24), Neal Stone (25)

This Week’s Raisings

Charles Reinking (18), John Sirbu (20), John Knox (21), William Updike (21), Joe Clymer (22), Nicholas Kirk (22), Kenneth Calvin (23), George Chisler (23), Richard Brewer (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.

Jan. 19 – Englewood Lodge #715 (MM Degree.  WB Andy Hoffman asked to assist.  Several officers joining to make official visit)

Jan. 28 – EA Degree (2 choices (Mt Etna #333 & Scott #120) that are about 1 ½ hour drive from Lodge.  Would need to leave between 4-4:30.  WM has room for 3 comfortably.  Let me know if interested.  We can leave at half-time if Brothers need to get back.)

 Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

 

Masters Newsletter 1/11/2021

Dear Brethren,

As a reminder, due to COVID-19 concerns there will be no degree work performed during the month of January and we will not be meeting as a Lodge.  Also as a reminder, everyone should have received their Dues Statement from the Grand Lodge.  Just a friendly reminder to get those sent in.  Grand Lodge took over this function a few years ago.  If you have not gotten a Dues Statement, please reach out to me and let me know.  I will need to verify your address in the Grand Lodge database.

This year’s Master Mason class will be dedicated to the memory of Mark L. Griffin, PM.  Our Deacons are working to put together a short program about WB Griffin that they will present to the Lodge towards the end of February.  We unfortunately do not have any family contact information for him.  If anyone would know that or would be willing to share any stories or memories they may have of WB Griffin, please reach out to me or one of our Deacons.  We would greatly appreciate the help.

Lastly, if you were unable to attend Founder’s Day this year, which was virtual, don’t worry.  The whole program was recorded and can be watched at the below link.  I will also see if we can’t make this link available on our website as well.  Spoiler Alert, Millersville was awarded as the #1 Lodge in the State of Indiana for 2019 for the second year in a row.  Congratulations to WB Robbie Switzer for his leadership to the Lodge that year.

 

Quote of the Week:

 “A great leader has the humility to realize they aren’t going to know it all, but the curiosity to want to know more.”

Scott Mordell
Longest serving CEO of YPO

 

I would really like to replace the word “leader” in this quote to “Mason”.  None of us as Masons knows everything or has all the answers even though there are times when some may think they do.  We should always strive as Masons to let our curiosity be our guide and let it push us to continue to seek further Light.  Although the highest degree you can ever attain is the sublime degree of a Master Mason, this isn’t the end of the journey.  So much more awaits you if you just seek it out.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Feb. 2 – Stated Meeting

  • Executive Committee Meeting 5:15pm
  • Dinner 6:00pm (Come with an appetite as your WM has challenged Chef Michael to see who can make the best Bean and Ham Soup)
  • Stated Meeting 7:00pm

Jan. Birthdays

Yannick Anegbele (1), Horlston Jean Francois (1), James Reid (1), John Sweezy Jr. (2), Roger Thompson II (3), Paul Barclay (5), Chris Nowak (5), Timothy Goodpaster (7), Philip Young (8), Irvin Larsen (9), Earl Miller (9), Robert Patterson (9), Randall Merle (10), Dylan Shiffler (10), Steve Arnold (11), Kevin Ayers (13), John Hague (14), Richard Lucht (14), Fred Schwomeyer (14), Robert Dake (16), Bruce Frazer (16), David Vail Jr. (18), Edward Davidson (23), Harold Roy (24), Neal Stone (25)

Jan. Raisings

Philip Booher (5), David Wilkins (5), Lee Langlotz (9), Kenneth Brooks (10), Matthew Allread (13), Timothy Harris (14), Timothee Hammond (17), Charles Reinking (18), John Sirbu (20), John Knox (21), William Updike (21), Joe Clymer (22), Nicholas Kirk (22), Kenneth Calvin (23), George Chisler (23), Richard Brewer (24), Leonard Coppola (25), Robert Welling (25), Ronald Spratt (25), J.D. Cash (25), Claud Hayes (26), Gene Snipes (26), Donald Bowsher (27), Fred Kortepeter (27), Robert Ratz (29), John Shinn (29), Larry Howald (30), Donald Morris (30)

Master’s Travels

Coming Soon

Fraternally,

 Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

Masters Newsletter 1/5/2021

Dear Brethren,

The New Year is upon us.  It’s time to start all those New Year’s resolutions that the majority of us all break by February.  Unfortunately, COVID has followed us into the New Year as well but with the vaccine we pray the end is soon in sight.  We are still being precautionary at Lodge as we wait and see how things develop after the Holidays and family gatherings.  The plan/hope is to resume doing degree work starting in February.  We ask for your patience as we take a ‘better safe than sorry approach’.  Per Grand Lodge we still have to hold our Stated Meetings and conduct the business of the Lodge.

Quote of the Week:

 “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Alan Watts
Writer

Well we certainly have seen a great deal of change in our lives over the past year.  Family gatherings, going to out to dinner or the movies, shopping and even work all saw a great deal of changes.  It seems that no matter where you looked, our lives were being turned upside down.  Many had to adjust and learn to work from home.  Face masks and hand sanitizer became a daily part of our lives.  Face to Face meetings were replaced with online meeting software.  All across retail stores you see markings of where to stand in order to keep proper social distancing.  The list goes on and on.  We have all been affected by COVID and the societal changes.  Everything has changed yet, Freemasonry, not withstanding, has still survived.  Hold fast to the tenets of Freemasonry and your bonds of Brotherhood my Brothers and join the dance.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jan. 5 – Stated Meeting

  • Executive Committee Meeting 5:15pm
  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Stated Meeting 7:00pm

Jan. Birthdays – Yannick Anegbele (1), Horlston Jean Francois (1), James Reid (1), John Sweezy Jr. (2), Roger Thompson II (3), Paul Barclay (5), Chris Nowak (5), Timothy Goodpaster (7), Philip Young (8), Irvin Larsen (9), Earl Miller (9), Robert Patterson (9), Randall Merle (10), Dylan Shiffler (10), Steve Arnold (11), Kevin Ayers (13), John Hague (14), Richard Lucht (14), Fred Schwomeyer (14), Robert Dake (16), Bruce Frazer (16), David Vail Jr. (18), Edward Davidson (23), Harold Roy (24), Neal Stone (25)

Jan. Raisings – Philip Booher (5), David Wilkins (5), Lee Langlotz (9), Kenneth Brooks (10), Matthew Allread (13), Timothy Harris (14), Timothee Hammond (17), Charles Reinking (18), John Sirbu (20), John Knox (21), William Updike (21), Joe Clymer (22), Nicholas Kirk (22), Kenneth Calvin (23), George Chisler (23), Richard Brewer (24), Leonard Coppola (25), Robert Welling (25), Ronald Spratt (25), J.D. Cash (25), Claud Hayes (26), Gene Snipes (26), Donald Bowsher (27), Fred Kortepeter (27), Robert Ratz (29), John Shinn (29), Larry Howald (30), Donald Morris (30)

Master’s Travels – Coming Soon.

Fraternally,

 Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

 

Masters Newsletter 12/21/2020

Dear Brethren,

However you may celebrate during this time of year, I want to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and Happy (hopefully COVID free) New Year.

Quote of the Week:

 

“A true friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be anywhere else.”

Len Wein
Comic book writer

You could easily replace the word friend with Mason.  We are taught this lesson many different times in our Masonic journey. We have vowed to help, aid, and assist each other on more than one occasion.  We are taught by the exercise of Brotherly Love that Masonry unites men of every country, sect, and opinion and conciliates true friendship among those who might have remained at a perpetual distance.  Remember, Masonry is a Brotherhood and we are only as great as the sum of all our members.  Is this not why a majority of us joined; to be a part of something bigger than ourselves?

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Tues. Dec 22 – No Lodge

Tues. Dec 29 – No Lodge

Dec. Birthdays – Robert Cichocky (1), Fred Julch (1), Robert King (3), Thomas Roberge (3), James Sweeney (3), Craig Kraft (4), Michael Redding (4), Wallace Renn (7), Gary Fresch (10), Eric Brown (11), William Mabrey (13), Robert Ratz (13), Mac Fehsenfeld (16),                  Schuyler Hales (17), John Knox (17), Gene Snipes (17), Joseph Fuller (19), Kenneth Fallis (20), Louis Mineweaser (20), William Guarnery (22), James Strauss (23), Timothee Hammond (25), Christopher Littrell (25), Steven Sonafrank (26), Dennis Coltart (29), Dwight Baxter (30), William Krier (31)

Dec. Raisings – Richard Kirkman (1), Clyde Childers (3), Wallace Renn (4), Wesley Eley (6), Brendon Buckley (8), William Faulk (8), Brenton Williamson (10), John Bodenhamer (12), John Lude (12), William Fenton (15), Joseph Cook (18)

Lodge will be dark for the remainder of the year.  There will also not be a Feast of St John held this year.  We will resume Lodge activities again at the first Stated Meeting of the year on Jan. 5, 2021.

Newly Installed Officers

Worshipful Master – Brian Matthew Bates

Senior Warden – David Jeffrey Wood

Junior Warden – Charles Anthony Moore

Treasurer – Jeffrey Alan Ping

Secretary – Rodney Allen Mann, PGM

Senior Deacon – David Allen Levine

Junior Deacon – Kenneth Edward Fodrie

Senior Steward – Frederick Alfred Schwomeyer

Junior Steward – Leslie Eric Meyer

Chaplain – Michael Eugene Kinder, PM

Tyler – Gregg Edward Stone

Trustees

Jeffrey Scott Karnes, PM

James Carl Strauss, PM

William Butler Faulk

Fraternally,

 Brian Bates

Worshipful Master-Elect

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

Masters Newsletter 12/14/2020

12/14/2020

Dear Brethren,

I would like to take this time to wish all of you a very Happy Holiday season from myself and all your newly installed officers and we hope that despite the current situation we find ourselves in with COVID-19 that you can still find a great deal of joy and happiness during this season.  Please remember in all your applications to Deity our many widows and orphans as well as our members who may find themselves alone during this time of year with so many restrictions in place around our city, state and country.  Take a few moments to reach out to your fellow Brothers and check in with them and see how they are doing.  Sometimes just a simple Hello, I’ve been thinking about you can really go a long way to bring happiness to someone who may be feeling alone.

Quote of the Week:

 “It ain’t hard being good; it’s being good everyday that’s tough!”

Willie Mays
Legendary MLB Center Fielder

If you were at the Installation then you heard me speak on this.  This quote brings to mind one of the four cardinal virtues; Prudence.  When we learn about Prudence, we learn that it should be the peculiar characteristic of all Masons, not only for the government of their conduct while in the Lodge, but also when abroad in the world.  We should always strive to be good Masons every day, no matter where we find ourselves.  We should remember the lessons we have been taught and apply them always to our daily lives.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Dec. Birthdays – Robert Cichocky (1), Fred Julch (1), Robert King (3), Thomas Roberge (3), James Sweeney (3), Craig Kraft (4), Michael Redding (4), Wallace Renn (7), Gary Fresch (10), Eric Brown (11), William Mabrey (13), Robert Ratz (13), Mac Fehsenfeld (16),                  Schuyler Hales (17), John Knox (17), Gene Snipes (17), Joseph Fuller (19), Kenneth Fallis (20), Louis Mineweaser (20), William Guarnery (22), James Strauss (23), Timothee Hammond (25), Christopher Littrell (25), Steven Sonafrank (26), Dennis Coltart (29), Dwight Baxter (30), William Krier (31)

Dec. Raisings – This will be forthcoming

Lodge will be dark for the remainder of the year.  There will also not be a Feast of St John held this year.  We will resume Lodge activities again at the first Stated Meeting of the year on Jan. 5, 2021.

Newly Installed Officers

 Worshipful Master – Brian Matthew Bates

Senior Warden – David Jeffrey Wood

Junior Warden – Charles Anthony Moore

Treasurer – Jeffrey Alan Ping

Secretary – Rodney Allen Mann, PGM

Senior Deacon – David Allen Levine

Junior Deacon – Kenneth Edward Fodrie

Senior Steward – Frederick Alfred Schwomeyer

Junior Steward – Leslie Eric Meyer

Chaplain – Michael Eugene Kinder, PM

Tyler – Gregg Edward Stone

 

Trustees

 

Jeffrey Scott Karnes, PM

James Carl Strauss, PM

William Butler Faulk

 

Fraternally,

 

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master-Elect

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com