Masters Newsletter 3/22/2021

 

March 22, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Thank you to everyone that showed up to show some love and support for our Senior Warden (BOO!) as he presided over his first FellowCraft Degree.  Those in attendance as well as our newest FellowCraft Horlston witnessed a spectacular performance.  The effort and practice your officers have been putting in during our down time is really showing and paying off.  You all should be very proud of your officer line, I know I am.  For those who missed it, you have a second chance to see your SW in action on the fifth Tuesday of this month when we will be having another FellowCraft Degree for Dylan.

This week we have our next Masonic Education night.  WB Carson Smith will be in attendance and will be presenting an educational piece on Rosslyn Chapel.  I have read and heard many rave reviews on this presentation so be sure to be in attendance for this as that will afford the best experience.  This will once again be recorded and done through Facebook Live on our public Facebook page.  A link will then be posted to our private Facebook page as well as to our website and will be in the next newsletter.  We would much rather have you there in person but we do understand conflicts arise.  The presentation will start after our normal announcements (so about 6:50pm) and will most likely run until 7:30pm.  After the presentation there will be a craft guild practice up in the Lodge room where we will be working on the allegory for the Master Mason Degree.  We could really use some more Brothers to step up to the plate and help out with the allegory for this degree.  Craft Guild is led by WB Bruce Frazer and it is a fun time as well as very informative.

This coming Saturday, March 27th, several of us will be travelling to Englewood Lodge for their Centennial and Rededication Ceremony.  This starts at 10:00am and is followed by a BBQ lunch.  Come on out and join us, especially if you have never seen a rededication before.  It is sure to be a good time and a great day to spend with your Brothers.

Our Eastern Star Chapter is back at it on the first Saturday of the month serving all you can eat breakfast for $8.00.  Proceeds from these breakfasts go to supporting ICAN which trains service dogs for adults and children with disabilities.  The next breakfast will be on Easter weekend, Saturday, April 3rd.

We have had a few Brothers step up and state their interest in the officer line but we are always looking for more.  Some have asked what are the requirements we are looking for so here are just the beginning steps.  Be active in Craft Guild  as well as start learning the CrossFires and volunteer with the Junior Warden to do one during an actual degree.  We really need to see that you can get over the “stage fright” and are willing to put the time in to learn and rehearse with the officers.

Last but not least, calling all sportsmen; there is a fundraiser shotgun shoot being held at Sugar Creek on Saturday, April 17th.  This is open to anyone; they do not have to be a Mason and it is a good opportunity to bring someone who may be interested in Masonry.  Contact WB Michael Kinder if you are interested in this event and/or are in need of a team.

Quote of the Week:

 

“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”

Shaquille O’Neal
Former NBA player & sports analyst

            While thinking about what to write in regards to this quote, I actually learned that Shaq is a member of the Widow’s Son Lodge #28 in Boston, MA which is a Prince Hall Lodge.  This quote speaks about Masonry in that, to be great at what we do, to continue to be brought to more and more light and to understand and get meaning from our Masonic teachings, you have to keep at it.  You have to keep being involved with Masonry.  Just going through your degrees and then never stepping foot in the Lodge again just isn’t going to cut it.  Yes you are a Mason but it isn’t a habit for you.  You aren’t excelling at living by your Masonic teachings if you don’t expose yourself and surround yourself by them on a regular basis.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Mar. 23 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education (Rosslyn Chapel) 6:50pm
  • Craft Guild 7:30pm

Mar. 30 – FC Degree (Dylan Shiffler)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Apr. 3 – OES Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:30am

Apr. 6 – Stated Meeting

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

 This Week’s Birthdays

Jose Dominguez (22), Tom Fallis (22), Robert Buckley (23), Bruce Craig (23), Claud Hayes (23), Donald Bowsher (24), Roy Williams (25), William Fenton (26), James Wottring (28)

 This Week’s Raisings

Howard Kibby, Jr. (22), Irvin Larsen (22), David Ingland (23), Lawrence Lasek (23), William Throgmartin (23), Joshua Shinn (24), Michael Kinder (25), Fred Julch (25), William Cothran (25), Neal Stone (25), Matthew Martin (26), Donald Wilcox (27), David Fisher (27), Dennis Hicks (28), William Kirkland (28), Robert Dake (28), Ken Fodrie (28)

 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.

Mar. 27 – Englewood Lodge #715 – Rededication 10:00am

We are sitting at 7 different Lodges visited for a total of 477 round trip miles.  We need at least 3 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 23 more miles.  Excellent progress in travel and this is only the middle of March.

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Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

 

Masters Newsletter 3/8/2021

Millersville Lodge 126 March 8, 2021
4990 Kessler Blvd E Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Dear Brethren,
For those who couldn’t attend the Stated Meeting last week you missed a really nice
presentation on WB Mark Griffin to whom our 2021 Master Mason class is dedicated too. His
biography can be found on our website and I hope to soon have the photos of the rocks
glasses being commissioned in his memory also added. Our Senior Deacon David Levine did a
really good job putting the presentation together. Coming up this week we have another
Master Mason Degree on Tuesday. WB Ron Featherston will return to the East for this special
night as he will be conferring this degree on his son Ryan. It isn’t very often you get to see a
father raise his own son so make sure to come out and join us and be a part of this special
moment.

Also I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that we are conducting Masonic
Education on a monthly basis. It will be on the same nights we have Craft Guild which is the
4th Tuesday of the month. Up this month will be a presentation by WB Carson Smith on
Roselyn Chapel in Scotland and it’s Masonic significance. Be sure to mark your calendars and
join us for what I have been told is a very well done presentation. We will be recording this
one as well just in case you are unable to attend, though in person is always better.
We have found ourselves with an opening in the Officer line. Our Senior Steward Fred
has informed us that life events just won’t allow him the time to be at Lodge on a regular
basis. With that said, we will be moving Les Meyer from Junior to Senior Steward. If you have
an interest in serving the Lodge, let myself or one of the Wardens know of your interest. We
also invite you to come to Craft Guild nights to learn more as well. Learning ritual can seem
daunting at first but I can assure you that the Officers we have currently are dedicated in
making sure each of us succeeds. Each and every one is more than willing to help a person
learn and improve.

Last but not least, calling all sportsmen; there is a fundraiser shotgun shoot being held
at Sugar Creek on Saturday, April 17th. This is open to anyone; they do not have to be a Mason
and it is a good opportunity to bring someone who may be interested in Masonry. Contact WB
Michael Kinder if you are interested in this event and/or are in need of a team.

 

Quote of the Week:
“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man
who is the miserable man.”

Benjamin Franklin
Founding Father of the United States

I am sure Brother Ben was thinking to the words we hear during the 3rd Master Mason
lecture or what we refer to as the Beehive lecture. Dig out your Indiana Monitor and refer to
the part about the Beehive in that lecture (page 111 in my Monitor). Man was formed for a
social and ACTIVE life, the noblest part of the work of God. We were made to be dependent
upon each other because that is one of the strongest bonds of society. I have had quite a few
messages from Brothers saying they haven’t been to Lodge in a while. Come back and renew
the bonds with your Brothers. Don’t worry if you have forgotten the Due Guards and Signs or
the Pass. We will be glad to help you. Come back and join us in this great and good work we
are doing. Don’t let yourself slip to becoming a drone in the hive of nature.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:
Mar. 9 – MM Degree (Ryan Featherston)
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 16 – FC Degree (Horlston Francois)
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 23 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Masonic Education (Roselyn Chapel) 6:50pm
– Craft Guild 7:30pm

Mar. 30 – FC Degree (Dylan Shiffler)
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

This Week’s Birthdays
John Herder (8), Gregory Roberts (8), Dwight Stinson (8), Paul Reely (9), Robert Anderson (10),
Philip Roberts (10), Richard Hughes (11), Lawrence Lasek (12), Joseph Suazo, Jr. (13)This Week’s Raisings
Robert Taylor (8), Donald Dawson (8), Thomas Meier (8), Fred Catron (9), Steven Sonafrank (9),
Robert Switzer (11), Thomas Smith (12), John Montgomery (13)

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.
Mar. 10 – EA Degree – Noblesville Lodge #57. Dinner 6:00pm, Lodge 7:00pm
Mar. 27 – Englewood Lodge #715 – Rededication 10:00am
As of the end of February we are sitting at 6 different Lodges visited for a total of 447 round
trip miles. We need at least 4 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 53
more miles.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates
Worshipful Master
Millersville Lodge #126
Mobile: 260-615-8013
Email: tazmanfw@gmail.co

Masters Newsletter 3/1/2021

Dear Brethren,

Another great turnout on Tuesday as we raised a Brother to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.  As more and more Brothers get their vaccine shots we hope to see those numbers continue to rise.  It really does make for a more impactful evening when the new Brother sees so many of you there to watch him progress through his journey.  Next up is our Stated Meeting and then we get right back at it again for another Master Mason Degree.

Speaking of Stated Meeting this Tuesday, make sure you are there for dinner.  This year we will be dedicating our Master Mason class to the memory of WB Mark L Griffin.  Our Senior Deacon, David Levine, will be making a presentation on WB Mark just after our dinner announcements.  We are also working on having some rocks glasses designed that will be given to each new Master Mason as well as will be available for purchase.  We have learned that due to supply issues, we won’t have the rocks glasses until sometime in April.  I can assure you they are indeed worth the wait.  I will have photos to share of what they will look like.

We have found ourselves with an opening in the Officer line.  Our Senior Steward Fred has informed us that life events just won’t allow him the time to be at Lodge on a regular basis.  With that said, we will be moving Les Meyer from Junior to Senior Steward.  If you have an interest in serving the Lodge, let myself or one of the Wardens know of your interest.  We also invite you to come to Craft Guild nights to learn more as well.  Learning ritual can seem daunting at first but I can assure you that the Officers we have currently are dedicated in making sure each of us succeeds.  Each and every one is more than willing to help a person learn and improve.

Last but not least, calling all sportsmen; there is a fundraiser shotgun shoot being held at Sugar Creek on Saturday, April 17th.  This is open to anyone; they do not have to be a Mason and it is a good opportunity to bring someone who may be interested in Masonry.  Contact WB Michael Kinder if you are interested in this event and/or are in need of a team.

Quote of the Week:

 “It seems like the simplest gift you can give someone, but one of the best: to make them know they are seen.”

Kyle Carpenter
USMC Medal of Honor Recipient

This really is the simplest thing we can do as Masons; just acknowledge each other.  When you see a Brother who may not have been at Lodge in a while or a visiting Brother or guest, make an effort to welcome them and let them know you are glad to see them.  Sometimes the simplest acts we may take for granted can have the most meaningful impact to those around you.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Mar. 2 – Stated Meeting

  • Executive Committee Meeting 5:15pm
  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Dedication of year to Memory of Mark L Griffin 6:30pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 9 – MM Degree (Ryan Featherston)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 16 – FC Degree (Horlston Francois)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

 This Week’s Birthdays

Andrew Carr (1), David Hillery (1), Adam Catron (3), Seth Catron (3), Evan Smith (3), David Levine (4), David Roberts (5), Butler Faulk (6), Michael Kinder (6)

 This Week’s Raisings

Robert Thompson, Jr (1), Douglas McCoy (1), Frederick Clift (3)

 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.

Feb 25 – FC Degree at Pentalpha Lodge #564 – Those who went were treated to a Degree done in a very different way.  It was done with more solemnity and was intended to make you reflect and contemplate the lessons taught in the degree.

Mar 27 – Englewood Lodge #715 – Rededication 10:00am

As of the end of February we are sitting at 6 different Lodges visited for a total of 447 round trip miles.  We need at least 4 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 53 more miles.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

 

Masters Newsletter 2/22/2021

 

Millersville Lodge 126                                                                                           February 22, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Despite the weather we had the previous day, we had a really good turnout last Tuesday.  We also had Brothers from 3 separate Lodges present as well.  For those who were there, they were treated to a really great meal of Jambalaya as well as to our Junior Warden Charles knocking it out of the park putting on his first live Entered Apprentice Degree. It was very evident all the time and practice he put in previous to prepare for the evening.  The icing on the cake is that we took two ordinary men and made them Masons.  Come join us this Tuesday as we raise a Brother to the sublime degree of Master Mason.

Shout out to our Senior Warden (BOOOO!!) DJ Wood for his efforts to clear the snow from the front walk and steps.  Thanks to his efforts and the warmer, sunny days we had over this weekend, the front entrance is free of ice and snow and will be open once again for Brothers to enter that way into the building should they choose to do so.  Efforts were also undertaken to clear the ice/buildup at the entrance to the parking lot.

We have found ourselves with an opening in the Officer line.  Our Senior Steward Fred has informed us that life events just won’t allow him the time to be at Lodge on a regular basis.  With that said, we will be moving Les Meyer from Junior to Senior Steward.  If you have an interest in serving the Lodge, let myself or one of the Wardens know of your interest.  We also invite you to come to Craft Guild nights to learn more as well.  Learning ritual can seem daunting at first but I can assure you that the Officers we have currently are dedicated in making sure each of us succeeds.  Each and every one is more than willing to help a person learn and improve.

This year we will be dedicating our Master Mason class to the memory of WB Mark L Griffin.  Our Senior Deacon, David Levine, will be making a presentation on our March Stated Meeting.  We are also working on having some rocks glasses designed that will be given to each new Master Mason as well as will be available for purchase.  We have learned that due to supply issues, we won’t have the rocks glasses until sometime in April.  I can assure you they are indeed worth the wait.  More information to come so be sure to mark your calendar so you can help us to remember this very dedicated Brother.

 

Last but not least, calling all sportsmen; there is a fundraiser shotgun shoot being held at Sugar Creek on Saturday, April 17th.  This is open to anyone; they do not have to be a Mason and it is a good opportunity to bring someone who may be interested in Masonry.  Contact WB Michael Kinder if you are interested in this event and/or are in need of a team.

Quote of the Week:

 “Competence will allow you to rise, but character will allow you to thrive.”

Gen. Bernard Banks
Retired Brigadier General, United States Army

            I am sure we have all heard of a person who is referred to as book smart but has other short comings.  It isn’t enough to be competent or book smart.  That is one of the great things about Masonry.  Its teachings are designed to improve the character of a man.  We hear that word mentioned often; “In the character of…”. “in your new character…”  Masonry gives us the tools but it is up to us to apply them to our lives in order to effect change in our character.  Don’t just be book smart on what you learned in your degrees or from reading your Monitor.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Feb. 23 – MM Degree (William Shuffleberger)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 2 – Stated Meeting

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Dedication of year to Memory of Mark L Griffin 6:30pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 9 – MM Degree (Ryan Featherston)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 16 – FC Degree (Horlston Francois)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

This Week’s Birthdays

Michael Moffatt (22), Michael Dollinger (23)

 This Week’s Raisings

Mack Hunter (22), Stephen Clymer (23), Raymond Ratliff, Jr. (23), James Wottring (24), Phil Sheingold (24), William Murchie (25), Nicholas  Shinn (25), Craig Craft (25), Gene Alderson (26), Robert Patterson (26), Roger Shoemake (26), Jerry Stevens (26), Thomas Roberge (26), Michael Edwards (27), Michael Stilabower (27), Adam Arnold (28), Mark Elliot (28), Bruce Jones, PM (28), Denny Young (28)

 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.

Feb 25 – FC Degree at Pentalpha Lodge #564 7:00pm

Mar 27 – Englewood Lodge #715 – Rededication 10:00am

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

 

Masters Newsletter 2/15/2021

Millersville Lodge 126 February 15, 2021
4990 Kessler Blvd E Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Dear Brethren,
Brothers it is an exciting time at Millersville. We are starting to get things rolling and this week
sees our return to putting on Degrees once again. It has been a long time and we really want to thank
everyone for their patience as we worked through this terrible pandemic. This Tuesday will be a
Double EA Degree as Converse Lodge #601 has asked if they can put one of their candidates through
our Degree as well. It is awesome that we are able to do this for them as well as our being able to
travel around and assist other Lodges with their degrees. It really gives you a sense of pride as a
Mason to see Brothers and Lodges coming together to do the work. I know we have some nasty
weather forecast for Monday and into Tuesday morning. I am hopeful that the roads and our parking
lot will be plowed and cleared by Tuesday evening. If we have to cancel due to the weather, we will
send an announcement. If you don’t hear anything, then we are still meeting. If in doubt, give me a
call and ask.

Last week also saw the return of Masonic Education to the Lodge. We had a very well
delivered presentation on Brotherly Unity (Psalm 133) by WB Randy Seipel, Junior Grand Deacon. We
streamed the event through Facebook Live so it is recorded in case you missed it. Here is the link to
watch it and you don’t need to have a Facebook account to view it.
https://www.facebook.com/MillersvilleLodge/videos/507603733556438

Going forward, we will be having Masonic education on Craft Guild nights which are scheduled for the
4th Tuesday of the month. Next up will be WB Carson Smith with a presentation on Rosslyn Chapel on
March 23rd. If you have a presentation you would like to give or have ideas of what you would like a
presentation on, please get with our Education Committee Chairman, WB Martin McAfee. He is also
looking for other Brothers who have a passion for Masonic Education to assist him in this great and
good work. I would love to see two or three more Brothers step up to help him.

This year we will be dedicating our Master Mason class to the memory of WB Mark L Griffin.
Our Senior Deacon, David Levine, will be making a presentation on our Stated Meeting night. We are
also working on having some rocks glasses designed that will be given to each new Master Mason as
well as will be available for purchase. More information to come so be sure to mark your calendar so
you can help us to remember this very dedicated Brother.

Last but not least, calling all sportsmen. There is a fundraiser shotgun shoot being held at
Sugar Creek on Saturday, April 17th. Please see the attached flyer for more information. This is open
to anyone; they do not have to be a Mason and it is a good opportunity to bring someone who may
be interested in Masonry. Contact WB Michael Kinder if you are interested in this event and/or are in
need of a team.

Quote of the Week:

“My father said there were two kinds of people in the world:
givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers
sleep better.”

Marlo Thomas
Actress

One constant thing you hear around Masonry no matter where you go is that you will
get way more out of Masonry than you put into it. When you give of your time, your talents,
your Brotherly Love, Your friendship, your passions, etc, you will always get back much more
than you could ever imagine. I don’t just mean giving of your dues either. That is all good and
well, but you also have to give of yourself. Has it been awhile since you have been in Lodge?
Has it been awhile since you gave of yourself to some Lodge project or function? To make
Masonry successful we need all of you. Come back to Lodge and let us show you that the
reward you will get in return is much more than you put in. Not quite sure just how to get
involved; just ask. The more help your officers have the more that can be accomplished.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Feb. 16 – Double EA Degree (Seth Meyer) & 1 Candidate from Converse Lodge #601
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

Feb. 23 – MM Degree (William Shuffleberger)
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 2 – Stated Meeting
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Dedication of year to Memory of Mark L Griffin 6:30pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

This Week’s Birthdays
Wayne Buckallew (16), Harold Pendleton, PM (16), Albert Hall (17), Donald Weiler (17), John
Wertz (17), Dennis Hicks (18), Matthew Martin (20), Mark Price, PM (20)

This Week’s Raisings
David (DJ) Wood (17), Alvin Slont (17), John Rehfus (18), Bernard Wurger (18), Stephen Brown
(18), Donald Maxey (19), Andrew Koluch (19), Emmanuel FahnBulleh (19), Henry Fahnbulleh
(19), Gregory Hendricks (20), Philip Roberts (21), Michael Dollinger (21), Douglas Callahan (21)

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.
Feb 13 – Travelled to Clinton Lodge #54 to assist with a MM Degree.
http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates
Worshipful Master
Millersville Lodge #126
Mobile: 260-615-8013
Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com