Masters Newsletter 6/14/2021

Dear Brethren,

I want to start off by thanking everyone who came this Saturday for Seth’s Master Mason Degree and either took part in the degree or who were on the sidelines in support of the raising of this Brother.  It certainly isn’t easy trying to put on a Saturday Degree during the summer months in the middle of the afternoon but we got it done.  With the help of four other Lodges we were not only able to make the day a memorable one for our newest Master Mason but also for everyone who attended.  We got to see first-hand Brotherly Love and Friendship in action as well as some really good degree work.

Coming up this Tuesday will be a FellowCraft Degree for Brother Michael Redding.  Your Senior Warden has been doing a very good job with this Degree so make sure you come out and watch him in action and support the passing of this Brother to the degree of a FellowCraft.  Then the Tuesday following that (June 22) we will have another Masonic Education night.  We will be having Past Grand Master Mike Brumback in attendance and he will be talking to us about the Masonic Museum and Freemasons Hall.  Be sure to mark your calendars and come out and pack the house on that evening and show some support for our Guest Speaker that evening.

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.

 

Quote of the Week:

 

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”

Pat Riley
President of the Miami Heat

Negative thoughts beget negative attitudes and outcomes.  We must always strive to maintain a positive outlook on life and always put our best foot forward.  We have to keep pushing ourselves and our fellow Brothers to keep moving towards the light.  Focus on the things you have learned in Masonry and the friends you have made along the way.  If we all strive to remain positive we can feed off each other and the Fraternity as a whole will be ready to move forward and tackle greater challenges.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jun. 15 – FellowCraft Degree (Michael Redding)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Degree 7:00pm

Jun. 22 – Masonic Education (PGM Mike Brumback)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Education 6:45pm

(Masonic Museum and Freemasons Hall)

Jun. 29 – TBD (Award of Gold Presentation?)

  • Dinner 6:00pm

 This Week’s Birthdays

Paul Snider (6/14), Kenneth Puller (6/15), Doug Callahan (6/19), Leonard Coppola (6/19), Robert Green (6/19), Lee Langlotz (6/19), Stephen McClure (6/19), Jerry Collins (6/20), Robert McDonald (6/20)

 This Week’s Raisings

Paul Page (6/14), Henry Meier (6/16), Seth Catron (6/16), Adam Catron (6/16), Fred Carey (6/17), Earl Miller (6/17), Randall Banks (6/18), Ira Henry (6/18), Willard Zimmerman, Jr. (6/18), Paul Barclay (6/19), Dan Wilkins (6/19), Scott Durflinger (6/20)

 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 9 different Lodges visited for a total of 542 round trip miles.  We only need one more visit to a Lodge we have not yet been too to complete both Grand Lodge Travel Awards.   We have made excellent progress in travel through the first half of the year.  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.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

Masters Newsletter June 7, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Well we had a nice Stated Meeting last Tuesday and a pretty decent turnout.  They aren’t as much fun as putting on a degree but they are essential for us to get all the business things done.  Coming up this Tuesday will be a Social Evening so come on out and have some dinner and then sit around and catch up with your fellow Brothers, play some cards in the Parlor, or head up to the 3rd floor for some pool.

Our next Degree will be for Brother Seth Meyer and will be a Saturday Degree Day (June 12th).  This is an excellent time for all those who find themselves too busy to attend Lodge during the week to come to a weekend Degree.  We really need all the help we can get from any and all of our ritualists on that day (pulling on Cable Tows here) and from the general membership in order to make this a lasting and memorable experience for our Brother.  We will have Lunch at Noon and the Degree will follow at 1:00pm.  Contact me if you are able to assist as I still have many spots to fill.

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.

Quote of the Week:

 “Don’t ever allow yourself to feel trapped by your choices. Take a look at yourself. You are a unique person created for a specific purpose. Your gifts matter. Your story matters. Your dreams matter. You matter.”

Michael Oher
Former offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens

We have all made good choices and probably quite a few bad choices in our lives.  Sometimes those bad choices nag at us as our conscience kicks in but the majority of us also learn from those bad choices as well.  As this quote says, don’t let those bad choices lead you to feeling trapped.  The experiences you gained as you learn from your mistakes can be not only valuable to yourself but to others around you.  Turn those bad choices into positive learning experiences as you mentor and befriend you fellow brethren.  You matter to not only yourself and your family but also to us here at Millersville Lodge.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jun. 8 – Social Evening

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Cards, Pool, Hang out and Chat

Jun. 12 – Master Mason Degree (Seth Meyer)

  • Lunch 12:00pm
  • Degree 1:00pm

Jun. 15 – FellowCraft Degree (Michael Redding)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Degree 7:00pm

 This Week’s Birthdays

Clyde Childers (6/8), Jerry Stevens (6/12)

 This Week’s Raisings

Paul Stone (6/8), Anthony Hamilton (6/8), Randy Merle (6/9), Dean Strietelmeier (6/10), Steve Tipton (6/11), John Reel (6/12), Kevin Ayers (6/12), Stephen Larsen (6/13), Robert Dalton, III (6/13), Greg Lawrence (6/13)

 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.

We are sitting at 9 different Lodges visited for a total of 542 round trip miles.  We only need one more visit to a Lodge we have not yet been too to complete both Grand Lodge Travel Awards.   We have made excellent progress in travel through the first half of the year.  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.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

Masters Newsletter May 31, 2021

Dear Brethren,

We had a great time last Tuesday celebrating our Lodge’s 169th Birthday as well as presenting 3 Awards of Gold to some very well deserving Brothers.  Congratulations again to Brothers Robert Anderson, Philip Booher, and David Graf.  Special thanks to WB Jerry Collins who conducted the Award of Gold Ceremony and presented them on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Indiana.  He always did a great job with those and he did not disappoint this time either.  We will be having another Award of Gold Ceremony towards the end of June so be sure to watch for that in case you missed this one.  Coming up this Tuesday is our Stated Meeting so be sure to come on out and see what is happening on the business side of things at the Lodge.  It typically is not a long night and I can guarantee you will be home before the sun sets.

Our next Degree will be for Brother Seth Meyer and will be a Saturday Degree Day (June 5th).  This is an excellent time for all those who find themselves too busy to attend Lodge during the week to come to a weekend Degree.  We really need all the help we can get from any and all of our ritualists on that day (pulling on Cable Tows here) and from the general membership in order to make this a lasting and memorable experience for our Brother.  More help is still needed to make this degree a success.  Contact our Junior Warden if you can help with the Degree on that Saturday.  Charles Moore (317-941-5358).

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.

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:

 “Try not to become a man of success.  Rather become a man of value”

Albert Einstein

Being successful is great for yourself, but are you letting it stop there or are you adding value to those around you through your success?  The following says it best.  Through the Art of Freemasonry, the improvement and strengthening of the character of the individual man, Freemasonry seeks to improve the community. Thus, it impresses upon its members the principles of personal righteousness and personal responsibility, enlightens them as to those things which make for human welfare, and inspires them with that feeling of charity, or good will, toward all mankind which will move them to translate principle and conviction into action

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jun. 1 – Stated Meeting

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

Jun. 5 – MM Degree (Seth Meyer)

  • 1:00pm (Calling all ritualists!! We need your help to put on this Saturday Degree)

Jun. 8 – TBD

  • Dinner 6:00pm

Jun. 15 – TBD

  • Dinner 6:00pm

 This Week’s Birthdays

Ron Featherston (5/31), Robert Switzer (6/4), Thomas Beattie (6/6), Emmanuel Fahnbulleh (6/6), John Setzer (6/6)

  This Week’s Raisings

David Graf (6/2), Richard Jones (6/6)

 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 9 different Lodges visited for a total of 542 round trip miles.  We only need one more visit to a Lodge we have not yet been too to complete both Grand Lodge Travel Awards.   We have made excellent progress in travel through the first half of the year.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

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.
  • Band equipment move – Sat. AM and PM
  • 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.

Fraternally,

Ron Featherston, PM

Rfeatherston1@aol.com

317-625-5095

 

Masters Newsletter May 24, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Grand Lodge Annual Communication is complete.  I received the official Summary of Proceedings from the Grand Lodge Secretary and have posted it to our Closed Group Facebook page and also sent it by email to everyone.  It was 2 years’ worth of business to cover in a short time.  I hope everyone who went to Lodge last week enjoyed their meal and the social evening that followed.  This coming Tuesday is going to be another fun time as we celebrate our Lodge’s 169th Birthday as well as presenting the Award of Gold (AWG) to three Millersville Brothers (Robert Anderson, Jr., David Graf, Phil Booher).  The AWG ceremony is open to the public so feel free to bring a guest as we honor these Brothers for their 50 years in Masonry.

Our next Degree will once again be for Brother Seth Meyer and will be a Saturday Degree day (June 5th).  This is an excellent time for all those who find themselves too busy to attend Lodge during the week to come to a weekend Degree.  We really need all the help we can get from any and all of our ritualists on that day (pulling on Cable Tows here) and from the general membership in order to make this a lasting and memorable experience for our Brother.  Contact our Junior Warden if you can help with the Degree on that Saturday.  Charles Moore (317-941-5358).

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.

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:

 

“Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.”

Matt Cameron
Drummer

            When we get to the end of life I hope you are able to say you had no regrets and left nothing on the table.  We all should be trying to live life to the fullest because with life there is no do over.  When the working tools of life fall from our nerveless grasp, there is no “wait a minute, I got a few things I have been meaning to do”.  Look to the positive things in life as these are what are going to bring you joy and happiness.  Try to find something positive to reflect on every day and strive to radiate those positive vibes to others.  They say when you are negative, it makes you feel angry and depressed and can affect your physical well-being.  Life is too short to ruin it with a sour, negative attitude.

 Millersville 126 News / Dates:

May 25 – Award of Gold Presentation & Millersville Lodge’s 169th Birthday

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Award of Gold Presentation 7:00pm

Jun. 1 – Stated Meeting

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

Jun. 5 – MM Degree (Seth Meyer)

  • 1:00pm (Calling all ritualists!! We need your help to put on this Saturday Degree)

Jun. 8 – TBD

  • Dinner 6:00pm

Jun. 15 – TBD

  • Dinner 6:00pm

 This Week’s Birthdays

Michael Stilabower (5/24), Donald Dawson (5/25), Willis Conner (5/26), Timothy Harris (5/26), Stephen Larsen (5/26), Thomas Meier (5/26), Sean Eley (5/30), John Koren, III (5/30), Roger Shoemake (5/30)

This Week’s Raisings

Thomas Anderson (5/24), John (Jack) Belschwender (5/24), Jeffery Rieth (5/24), Bruce Craig (5/24), Stephen Overly (5/24), Micah Williams (5/24), Robert Dalton (5/25), Gregory Roberts (5/25), Roger Black (5/26), Albert Hall (5/26), John Wooley (5/26), Brian Wilcox (5/26), Schuyler Hales (5/29), Louis Mineweaser (5/29), Kenneth Fallis (5/30), Thomas Fallis (5/30), James Reid (5/30), Michael Moffatt (5/30

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 9 different Lodges visited for a total of 542 round trip miles.  We only need one more visit to a Lodge we have not yet been too to complete both Grand Lodge Travel Awards.   We have made excellent progress in travel through the first half of the year.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

 

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

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.
  • Band equipment move – Sat. AM and PM
  • 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.

Fraternally,

Ron Featherston, PM

Rfeatherston1@aol.com

317-625-5095

 

Masters Newsletter 5/17/2021

Dear Brethren,

Thank you to all the Brothers who attended last week’s Called Meeting to confer the FellowCraft Degree on Brother Seth Meyer.  It is very meaningful for those going through the degrees to see so many on the sidelines there to support them.  Those who were in attendance also were witness to an excellent degree put on by our Senior Warden.  Our next Degree will once again be for Brother Seth and will be a Saturday Degree day (June 5th).  This is an excellent time for all those who find themselves too busy to attend Lodge during the week to come to a weekend Degree.  We really need all the help we can get from any and all of our ritualists on that day (pulling on Cable Tows here).  Contact our Junior Warden if you can help with the Degree on that Saturday.  Charles Moore (317-941-5358)

Coming up next week will be a Social Evening as I will be at Grand Lodge Annual Communication on May 18th and 19th (Tues/Wed).  Come on out and enjoy some dinner on the Lodge and catch up with your fellow Brothers.  Maybe head upstairs and play some cards or shoot some pool or just hand out in the Parlor and watch some TV or a movie (we have Hulu).  This would also be a great night to bring a guest to the Lodge you think might be a great fit for Masonry.  Following that Tuesday will be another open night as we will be celebrating our Lodge’s 169th birthday right after dinner and then we will move upstairs to present the Award of Gold (50 years in Masonry) to 3 of our Brothers (Robert Anderson, Jr., David Graf, Phil Booher).  This Award of Gold ceremony is open to guests so once again feel free to invite someone who you think would be a good fit for Masonry and our 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.

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:

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead
Cultural anthropologist

One only needs to look back in history to see that this is true concerning Masons as well.  Look back to our Revolutionary times and think about all the parts Masons played in the forming and shaping of our Country.  Look how those changes have changed the world in which we live in today.  Think farther back to the original Knights Templar (although not actual Masons in those days) and see what a small group of 12 founding Knights grew into and what they accomplished and how they impacted society in medieval times.  We may only have 350 members at Millersville in a state that has a population of 6.7 million people, but we can affect change in the lives of not only our fellow members but in the lives of people we interact with on a daily basis as well as our local community.  Stop bickering and complaining and get out and be a part of the change.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

May 18 – Social Evening

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • After Dinner Play Cards, Shoot Pool, Catch up with Brothers you haven’t seen in a while.

May 18 & 19 – Grand Lodge Annual Communication

  • Only open to voting delegates (WM or Proxy)

May 25 – Award of Gold Presentation & Millersville Lodge’s 169th Birthday

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Award of Gold Presentation 7:00pm

Jun. 5 – MM Degree (Seth Meyer)

  • 1:00pm (Calling all ritualists!! We need your help to put on this Saturday Degree)

 This Week’s Birthdays

Richard Jones (5/17), Andrew Rettig (5/17), Brian Bates (5/22), Clarence Butler (5/22), Kenneth Calvin (5/22), Michael Palmer (5/22), Brad Sweezy (5/22), Charles Waggoner (5/22), Milton Brooks (5/23), Hector Munoz-Colon (5/23), Jeff Ping (5/23), Robert Walters (5/23)

 This Week’s Raisings

Robert Green (5/19), Harold Roy (5/19), Robert McDonald (5/20), Gregg Stone (5/20), Donald Boulden (5/21), William Patterson, Jr. (5/22)

 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 9 different Lodges visited for a total of 542 round trip miles.  We only need one more visit to a Lodge we have not yet been too to complete both Grand Lodge Travel Awards.   We have made excellent progress in travel through the first half of the year.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

 

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

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.
  • Band equipment move – Sat. AM and PM
  • 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.

Fraternally,

Ron Featherston, PM

Rfeatherston1@aol.com

317-625-5095

 

Masters Newsletter 5/10/2021

Dear Brethren,

What an impressive turnout we had last week.  That was as full as the dining room has been in years and really is an encouraging sign.  Granted we don’t have as many tables set up as we used to in the past but we will be correcting that situation and get some extra dining spaces set out.  It is so nice to see so many of you and to catch up with Brothers we may not have seen in a while.  Your officer line loves the momentum that we are seeing and really hope it continues.  Now is also a perfect time to invite a friend, relative or neighbor who isn’t a Mason to the Lodge for dinner.  Bring them 30 minutes prior to dinner so we can show them around our beautiful Lodge building and answer any questions they may have.

Coming up this week will be a FellowCraft Degree for Brother Seth Meyer.  We would really love to have the same large turnout this week as we had last week.  Not only would it be an impressive sight for our young Entered Apprentice to see a packed house as he takes his next step in Masonry, but your Senior Warden (DJ Wood) does a pretty impressive job conferring the FellowCraft Degree.  If you haven’t seen him in action yet this year now is the time to come.  Speaking of Seth, due to scheduling conflicts with work, we will need to have his Master Mason Degree on Saturday, Jun 5th at 1:00pm.  We were hoping to have it earlier so it would be in conjunction with the OES Breakfast but it isn’t possible.  We are going to need all the help we can get on that Saturday to make this a successful degree.  This will be a great opportunity for all those who say they just don’t have time to make it to the Lodge during the week.  If you can assist with the degree, reach out to our Junior Warden (Charles Moore) and let him know.

Another thing we were unable to accomplish last year is presenting 50 year Awards of Gold to our distinguished members who have reached that milestone.  I have begun reaching out to the members who reached this mark last year as well as the few who have already reached that mark this year.  It looks like we will have to have two ceremonies in order to get caught up.  The first will be on May 25th and the second will be sometime in late June.  Be sure to watch for further information on this and mark your calendars.  This is an historic milestone in a Brothers Masonic life and we should all be there to witness it and congratulate those Brothers who have reached that goal.

Thank you to all the Brothers who stepped up and volunteered to deliver flowers to our Lodge widows.  I know the ladies I delivered too were so happy to see us back out delivering flowers and it really made their day.   The next time we deliver will be in December so if you have interests in this please reach out to David Clingan at dwclingan@gmail.com or 317-730-6545 and he will make sure to add you to the list.  It really is a rewarding experience.

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.

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:

 

Bit of a change of pace.  Instead of a quote this week I am going with a few things that just make you go hmm.

  • Why do scientists call it research when looking for something new?

  • If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?

  • Why is it, when a door is open it’s ajar, but when a jar is open, it’s not adoor?

  • Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?

  • Do married people live longer than single people or does it just SEEM longer?

  • If “con” is the opposite of “pro,” then what is the opposite of progress?

  • Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?

  • Whose cruel idea was it for the word “lisp” to have an “s” in it?

 

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

May 11 – FellowCraft Degree (Seth Meyer)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

May 18 – TBD – Possible Masonic Education Night

  • Dinner 6:00pm

May 18 & 19 – Grand Lodge Annual Communication

  • Only open to voting delegates (WM or Proxy)

May 25 – Award of Gold Presentation

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Award of Gold Presentation 7:00pm

Jun. 5 – MM Degree

  • 1:00pm

 This Week’s Birthdays

David Greer (5/12), Bruce Jones (5/12), Richard Widmer (5/12), Alan Crawford (5/14), Dennis Shinault (5/14), Ronald Spratt (5/14), Charles Cantrell (5/15), Todd Geyer (5/16)

 This Week’s Raisings

Charles Abbott (5/10), Brandon Clymer (5/10), Eugene Hite (5/11), Siafa Massaley (5/12), Richard Widmer (5/14), Andrew Carr (5/16)

 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.

May 10 – West Newton Lodge #707, MM Degree.  Dinner 6:30pm, Lodge 7:30pm

We are sitting at 8 different Lodges visited for a total of 483 round trip miles.  We need at least 2 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 17 more miles.  Excellent progress in travel through the first quarter of the year.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

 

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

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.
  • Band equipment move – Sat. AM and PM
  • 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.

Fraternally,

Ron Featherston, PM

Rfeatherston1@aol.com

317-625-5095

 

Masters Newsletter 5/3/2021

Dear Brethren,

Another informative Masonic Education in the books.  If there is a topic you would like an education night on, please reach out to our Education Chairman WB Martin, McAfee.  Also if you have heard someone speak at another Lodge or location and you think we should get them to come to our Lodge, pass that name along as well.  For those who missed the education night you can watch it at the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/MillersvilleLodge/videos/758579811508598

We also had Craft Guild after the Forget-Me-Not talk.  We had a decent turnout but still need additional Brothers to attend so we can field a full crew.  It is a very laid back atmosphere and quite informative.  Coming to Craft Guild doesn’t mean we are going to throw you to the wolves so to speak and put you on the spot in open Lodge.  I do think by coming though you will can the insight, knowledge and confidence needed that you will want to take part in a degree on your own.

Thank you to the four Brothers (and one son) who showed up to help with the Lodge cleanup.  Unfortunately I was hoping for a bit bigger turnout so that we could accomplish more.  We still managed to get a good deal done but there is a lot more to do so we will have to plan for another weekend.  Please consider helping out on the next Lodge cleanup day as this is OUR Lodge and we should all want to take pride in how it looks.

Coming up this Tuesday is our Stated Meeting.  If you have been meaning to come to Lodge again and get reacquainted with your fellow Brothers and to catch up on how they are doing then this is the meeting to attend.  Currently, with no petitions coming in, the Stated Meeting is not lasting very long; usually in the range of 30-45 min.  So this is a perfect night to come without having to be out until all hours of the night.

Another thing we were unable to accomplish last year is presenting 50 year Awards of Gold to our distinguished members who have reached that milestone.  I have begun reaching out to the members who reached this mark last year as well as the few who have already reached that mark this year.  It looks like we will have to have two ceremonies in order to get caught up.  The first will be on May 25th and the second will be sometime in late June.  Be sure to watch for further information on this and mark your calendars.  This is an historic milestone in a Brothers Masonic life and we should all be there to witness it and congratulate those Brothers who have reached that goal.

Thank you to all the Brothers who have stepped up and volunteered to deliver flowers to our Lodge widows.  The flowers will be at the Lodge this Tuesday, May 4th and Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9th so please make sure you get to Lodge on Tuesday to get your flowers and get them out to the widows prior to Mother’s Day.  If something comes up and you are unable to deliver, please reach out to me or David Clingan at dwclingan@gmail.com or 317-730-6545 so that we can make sure we get those flowers delivered.

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 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.

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:

 

“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.”

Benjamin Franklin
Founding Father of the United States

I am sure we have all heard something along these lines at one point or another in our life.  This can also apply to Masonry in that all the good we do as Masons can be quickly wiped out by a single lapse of bad judgement.  When we are wearing Masonic jewelry or clothing or having Masonic plates or emblems on our cars, we are representing Masonry.  Be conscience of your actions and words when your Masonry is on display.  It isn’t just your reputation that takes a hit, but Masonry as a whole.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

May 4 – Stated Meeting

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

May 11 – FellowCraft Degree (Seth Meyer)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

May 18 – TBD

  • Dinner 6:00pm

May 25 – Award of Gold Presentation

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Award of Gold Presentation

 This Week’s Birthdays

Philip Booher (5/4), Raymond Ratliff, Jr. (5/4), Carl York (5/4), Kristan Groseclose (5/5), Matt Allread (5/6), Richard Binger (5/6), Christopher Kinsey (5/8), Alvin Slont, III (5/8), Andrew Koluch (5/9), Cortland Meyer (5/9)

 This Week’s Raisings

Kristan Groseclose (5/3), Reed Cullen (5/5), Richard Binger (5/6), Lee Miller (5/6), Joeseph Ketterman (5/8), David Levine (5/8), David Vail, Jr. (5/9)

 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 8 different Lodges visited for a total of 483 round trip miles.  We need at least 2 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 17 more miles.  Excellent progress in travel through the first quarter of the year.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

Masters Newsletter 4/26/2021

Dear Brethren,

We had a wonderful social evening last Tuesday.  Was nice to get a chance to sit around and relax and catch up with some of the Brothers I haven’t seen in a while.  I even had a chance to sit and play some cards after dinner though I think we need to buy some new decks.  I suspect the ones we have now are marked in some way.  Speaking of new items, it seems our current pool cues are a tad warped and we don’t have a proper rack to store them.  Having them just leaning against the wall is what causes the warping issues.  We will be looking to correct this and getting some decent sticks again.

Up this week is our Education Night and our own Brent Williamson will be presenting his Forget-Me-Not presentation.  I myself am looking forward to this one as I have not seen it yet.  I have heard it is a very good topic and is presented very well.  Make sure to mark your calendars and join us that evening.  After the educational presentation we will be heading up to the Lodge for Craft Guild to continue honing our skills on the 2nd half of the Master Mason Degree.  We are in need of new Brothers to step up and take the plunge and get their feet wet helping to put on this degree.  As of late we have had to double tap a few Brothers and that should not be the case.  Craft Guild is very fun and informal and quite informative and you don’t need to be a Master Ritualist to attend. We welcome one and all and are willing to work with anyone.

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.

Another thing we were unable to accomplish last year is presenting 50 year Awards of Gold to our distinguished members who have reached that milestone.  I have begun reaching out to the members who reached this mark last year as well as the few who have already reached that mark this year.  It looks like we will have to have two ceremonies in order to get caught up.  The first will be on May 25th and the second will be sometime in late June.  Be sure to watch for further information on this and mark your calendars.  This is an historic milestone in a Brothers Masonic life and we should all be there to witness it and congratulate those Brothers who have reached it.

Last year because of Covid-19 we suspended the delivery of flowers to our Masonic widows out of safety for them and us, however we are back at it again this year and are in need of Brothers to step up and volunteer for this very important task.  You could even say it is part of your Masonic obligation to look after our widows.  You don’t have to worry about going alone if you do not wish, as you can be teamed up with another Brother.  At most it will take just 1-2 hours of your time and will help bring smiles and joy to the widows who are the recipients.  To add to this, here is a message from the Chairmen of our Family, Widows and Orphans Committee, David Clingan.  “The flowers will be available for pick up at the lodge on Tuesday, May 4th.  Brothers will be provided with the widow’s contact information and they should call the widow to set up a time for the drop off.  You are encouraged to take another brother along with you for the deliveries.  Many of our brothers have been doing these deliveries for many years and the widows always look forward to it.  As always, we need some new brothers to help with this very special project.  If you would like to volunteer this year, please contact David Clingan at dwclingan@gmail.com or 317-730-6545”.

I have spoken with the Eastern Star and we have agreed to our Lodge Building and grounds cleanup to take place on May 1st, 2021 after the OES Breakfast.  Come on out that day to support your OES and having breakfast with your fellow Lodge Brothers.  We will then head outside to clean up around the Lodge building.  Please bring rakes, shovels, gloves, etc for cleaning up of the grounds around the Lodge.  Start time will be approximately 10:30am for those who can’t attend the breakfast but would still like to help with the cleanup.

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.

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:

 

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”

Leonardo da Vinci
Polymath

 

Brothers my hope is that your hearts remain firm in the lessons you have learned in your Masonic journey.  Never let your minds shrink, but rather keep striving to obtain more and more light.  Our search for Light is only ended when we have passed into that Celestial Lodge above and enter the presence of him who is the way, the truth and the life.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Apr. 27 – Masonic Education/Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:30pm (Forget-Me-Not, Brent Williamson)
  • Craft Guild 7:00pm

 May 1 – OES Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:30am
  • Lodge Cleanup Day (After Breakfast)

May 4 – Stated Meeting

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

May 11 – FellowCraft Degree (Seth Meyer)

  • 6:00pm Dinner
  • 7:00pm Lodge

 This Week’s Birthdays

John Marker (4/26), William Updike (4/26), John Lude (4/27), Siafa Massaley (4/27), Jeffery Rieth (4/27), Greg Lawrence (4/29), Norman Park (5/2)

 This Week’s Raisings

Robert King (4/26), Michael Palmer (4/26), Jesse Viehe (4/26), Milton Brooks (4/27), James Strauss (4/27), Robert Anderson (4/28), Jerry Collins (4/28), Steven Arnold (4/28), Chandler Stone (4/28), Gary Fresch (4/29), Maurice McClung (4/30), Sean Eley (5/1)

 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 8 different Lodges visited for a total of 483 round trip miles.  We need at least 2 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 17 more miles.  Excellent progress in travel through the first quarter of the year.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

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 is 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.
  • Band equipment move – Sat. AM and PM
  • 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.

Fraternally,

Ron Featherston, PM

Rfeatherston1@aol.com

317-625-5095

 

Masters Newsletter 4/19/2021

Dear Brethren,

Congratulations to our newest Master Mason Horlston.  Thank you to everyone who turned out for this degree and help make it a special day for our Brother.  Coming up this Tuesday we have a bit of a break from degree work and will be having a Social evening.  Come on out for dinner as usual and then stick around to catch up with old friends or head up to the Parlor for a game of Euchre or Backgammon  or just sit and watch some Hulu and socializing.  We also have the pool table and Library upstairs for your use as well so come on out and hang out with your Brothers and unwind a little.

Since there is no degree this week, rest assured, if you would still like to see one, our very own Worshipful Brother Bruce Frazer will be on hand at Calvin Prather Lodge #717 on Thursday, April 22nd to assist them by performing the Middle Chamber Lecture for their FellowCraft Degree this week.  Come on out to support a fellow Lodge and our fellow WB.  Dinner will be at 6:00pm and Degree will start at 7:00pm

The following week we will have our Education Night and our own Brent Williamson will be presenting his Forget-Me-Not presentation.  I myself am looking forward to this one as I have not seen it yet.  I have heard it is a very good topic and is presented very well.  Make sure to mark your calendars and join us that evening.  After the educational presentation we will be heading up to the Lodge for Craft Guild to continue honing our skills on the 2nd half of the Master Mason Degree.  We are in need of new Brothers to step up and take the plunge and get their feet wet helping to put on this degree.  As of late we have had to double tap a few Brothers and that should not be the case.  Craft Guild is very fun and informal and quite informative and you don’t need to be a Master Ritualist to attend. We welcome one and all and are willing to work with anyone.

Last year because of Covid-19 we suspended the delivery of flowers to our Masonic widows out of safety for them and us, however we are back at it again this year and are in need of Brothers to step up and volunteer for this very important task.  You could even say it is part of your Masonic obligation to look after our widows.  You don’t have to worry about going alone if you do not wish, as you can be teamed up with another Brother.  At most it will take just 1-2 hours of your time and will help bring smiles and joy to the widows who are the recipients.  To add to this, here is a message from the Chairmen of our Family, Widows and Orphans Committee, David Clingan.  “The flowers will be available for pick up at the lodge on Tuesday, May 4th.  Brothers will be provided with the widow’s contact information and they should call the widow to set up a time for the drop off.  You are encouraged to take another brother along with you for the deliveries.  Many of our brothers have been doing these deliveries for many years and the widows always look forward to it.  As always, we need some new brothers to help with this very special project.  If you would like to volunteer this year, please contact David Clingan at dwclingan@gmail.com or 317-730-6545”.

I have spoken with the Eastern Star and we have agreed to our Lodge Building and grounds cleanup to take place on May 1st, 2021 after the OES Breakfast.  Come on out that day to support your OES and having breakfast with your fellow Lodge Brothers.  We will then head outside to clean up around the Lodge building.  Please bring rakes, shovels, gloves, etc for cleaning up of the grounds around the Lodge.  Start time will be approximately 10:30am for those who can’t attend the breakfast but would still like to help with the cleanup.

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.

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:

 “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Martin Luther King Jr.
Minister

How will you be remembered Brothers?  Will the memory of your friendship be one of action or one of silence?

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Apr. 20 – Social Evening

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • After dinner, head to the parlor for some Euchre or a game of Backgammon or just simply hangout and catch up with your Brothers. Or head up to the top floor for a game of pool or to peruse the Library.

Apr. 27 – Masonic Education/Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:30pm (Forget-Me-Not, Brent Williamson)
  • Craft Guild 7:00pm

 May 1 – OES Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:30am
  • Lodge Cleanup Day (After Breakfast)

 This Week’s Birthdays

Matthew Holley (4/19), Frederick Carey (4/20), Darrin Turner (4/21), William Patterson, Jr. (4/22), Stanford Ohms (4/25)

 This Week’s Raisings

David Hillery (4/19), Timothy Hunter (4/20), John Wertz (4/20), Eric Krall (4/21), Edward Davidson (4/22), John Herder (4/23), John Nielsen (4//23), Eric Stouder (4/23), Kevin McPherson (4/23), Henry Schull (4/24), Laverne Wilkerson (4/24), Philip Young (4/24), John Marker (4/24), Kevin Dolen (4/24)

 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 travelling to Calvin Prather #717 this Thursday, April 22nd for a FellowCraft Degree.  Dinner 6:00pm, Lodge 7:00pm

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 through the first quarter of the year.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

 

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

Masters Newsletter 4/12/2021

Dear Brethren,

Last Tuesday we held our monthly Stated Meeting.  We continue to see very nice turnouts for our meetings and it is a very encouraging sign but we still have plenty of room for others to come join us.  One thing missing from our Stated Meetings is the reading of new petitions and reports from Investigating Committees.  Spreading the word about Masonry and growing our Lodge membership comes down to all of us a whole.  We really encourage you all to talk to family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. about Masonry and tell them how it has helped you in your life.  Invite them on a Tuesday for dinner to meet some of the Brothers and to get a tour of our historic building.  You could also invite them the OES Breakfast held on the first Saturday of each month (except July and August).  I am usually there as are several other Brothers.  I would also be more than happy to meet with them on any other given night as well to show them the building and talk with them about Masonry.

Coming up this week we will be having a Master Mason Degree for Brother Horlston.  This being the pinnacle of a Brother’s Blue Lodge experience, I hope we have a record turnout for this Degree night.  Come on out and help make this experience a memorable one for this Brother.  I have had a few people mention they would like to get back to Lodge but that “it has been awhile and I forget what to do”.  That is ok, come to Lodge anyhow.  Anyone would be willing to work with you and help you out.  I can say if you have not been in Lodge in a while though, it is a good idea to bring your Dues card with you as our Tyler may not know who you are and that is the fastest way to show you are a Mason.  Also, if you would like to attend Lodge but can’t because you are not comfortable driving or are just unable to drive now, please reach out to me and let me know.  We will work to find you transportation to and from the Lodge.

Last year because of Covid-19 we suspended the delivery of flowers to our Masonic widows out of safety for them and us, however we are back at it again this year and are in need of Brothers to step up and volunteer for this very important task.  You could even say it is part of your Masonic obligation to look after our widows.  You don’t have to worry about going alone if you do not wish, as you can be teamed up with another Brother.  At most it will take just 1-2 hours of your time and will help bring smiles and joy to the widows who are the recipients.  To add to this, here is a message from the Chairmen of our Family, Widows and Orphans Committee, David Clingan.  “The flowers will be available for pick up at the lodge on Tuesday, May 4th.  Brothers will be provided with the widow’s contact information and they should call the widow to set up a time for the drop off.  You are encouraged to take another brother along with you for the deliveries.  Many of our brothers have been doing these deliveries for many years and the widows always look forward to it.  As always, we need some new brothers to help with this very special project.  If you would like to volunteer this year, please contact David Clingan at dwclingan@gmail.com or 317-730-6545”.

One way we as a Lodge want to get our name out to the community is by being more involved with the local community around us.  WB Ron Featherston is working to change our normal Fish Fry into a Community Day event instead with vendors, kid’s activities, fish fry, etc.  We also would like to help with cleanup events in the community which focus a lot on the Fall Creek Trail that runs through the Millersville Community.  This cleanup happens on the third Saturday of every month but the big spring cleanup is this month on April 17th.  It is only a few hours from 10:00am until noon and there is free coffee and donuts as well as gloves and trash bags provided.  I would suggest bringing a grabber stick of you have one to avoid having to bend over so much.  There is an office building next to the Starbucks on Emerson and 56th which is the meeting point.  I really hope we can get some Lodge Brothers to show up for that.  I know it is competing with the shotgun shoot at Sugar Creek as well.  I myself will not be able to attend this event as I am taking my brother in for surgery on the Friday before so will be out of town for that.

I have spoken with the Eastern Star and we have agreed to our Lodge Building and grounds cleanup to take place on May 1st, 2021 after the OES Breakfast.  Come on out that day to support your OES and having breakfast with your fellow Lodge Brothers.  We will then head outside to clean up around the Lodge building.  Please bring rakes, shovels, gloves, etc for cleaning up of the grounds around the Lodge.  Start time will be approximately 10:30am for those who can’t attend the breakfast but would still like to help with the cleanup.

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.

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.

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:

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

Edmund Burke
Philosopher

Edmund Burke was thought to be a member of Jerusalem Lodge No. 44, Clerkenwell, London which was sometimes referred to as “Burke’s Lodge”.  It is now Jerusalem Lodge No. 197.  If all of us were to do nothing or to not take part in some way simply because we didn’t think we could contribute much, then nothing would ever get done.  It doesn’t matter if you can do a lot or a little, we each have a part to play in some way, shape or form and it is all of us coming together, each doing our little part, that makes us all succeed in the end.  It doesn’t matter how much or little you can do, it matters that you just do what you can.  Sometimes your just being there and offering your support and words of encouragement is that little or small part we need to accomplish our goal.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Apr. 13 – MM Degree (Horlston Jean Francois)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Apr. 17 – Great Millersville Community Cleanup

  • 10:00am – Noon (Meet at Office BLDG next to Starbucks)
  • Free Donuts and Coffee
  • Garbage Bag and Gloves Provided (Bring your own Grabber stick if you have one)

Apr. 20 – Social Evening

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • After dinner, head to the parlor for some Euchre or a game of Backgammon or just simply hangout and catch up with your Brothers. Or head up to the top floor for a game of pool or to peruse the Library

Apr. 27 – Masonic Education/Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:30pm (Forget-Me-Not, Brent Williamson)
  • Craft Guild 7:00pm

May 1 – OES Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:30am
  • Lodge Cleanup Day (After Breakfast)

This Week’s Birthdays

Randy Snyder (4/12), Kenneth Smith (4/13), Justin Hunter, Sr (4/15), Deshane Caldwell (4/16), Robert Stephens (4/16), Martin McAfee (4/17), Michael Gasser (4/18)

This Week’s Raisings

William Guffey (4/12), Evan Smith (4/12), Rodney Mann (4/15), Eric Brown (4/15), Samuel Massaley, II (4/15), Roy Williams (4/16), Mahougbe Sagbo (4/17), Mark Roberts (4/18)

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 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 through the first quarter of the year.

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Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com