Masters Newsletter August 2, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Coming up this Tuesday is our August Stated Meeting which will be our only Lodge meeting during the month of August as we are still dark until September.  We have had a few officers step down and will be installing 2 new officers to the line and moving a current officer up to a new position.  The theme for the August Stated Meeting is Sports Theme night so dig around for your favorite sports jersey or shirts and come on out to Lodge for some fellowship.  As an added treat, along with the spaghetti dinner, your Wardens will be providing pie for dessert.  Stated Meetings have been very short so this is a good opportunity to come on out to Lodge and not have to worry about being out after dark.  I can promise you will be on your way back home before the sun goes down.

As you have read previous, our dining room is going through some renovations to repair the crumbling plaster on the outside walls and to give the whole room a fresh new coat of paint.  Three of the 4 walls are complete and the last will be finished up in the days following our Stated Meeting.  A special thank you to our Junior Warden, Charles Moore, and to our newest transfer to Millersville, WB Harley Cardwell, for leading the charge on this project and putting in so much of their time to see this project completed.  We also want to thank the other volunteers who showed up to put in a few hours of painting or to clean the dining room so we could use it this Tuesday for dinner.  Everyone who has helped is greatly appreciated.

A few other notes on our being dark after this meeting, there will also not be any Eastern Star Saturday breakfasts during July and August.  Those will resume the second Saturday of September (Due to Labor Day it was moved from the 1st to 2nd Saturday in Sept).  Also, even though we are dark we still will have some activities that will spring up so keep an eye on your email for opportunities to get together with your Brothers during the summer at events outside of the 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.  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.

Points to Ponder over the summer:

 How come you press harder on a remote when you know the batteries are dead?

  • Why are they called APARTments when they are all stuck together?
  • Why do people without a watch look at their wrist when you ask them what time it is?
  • Why does sour cream have an expiration date?
  • The light went out, but where to?
  • Why do banks charge you a “non-sufficient funds fee” on money they already know you don’t have?
  • If the universe is everything, and scientists say that the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?
  • When two airplanes almost collide why do they call it a near miss? It sounds like a near hit to me.
  • How come abbreviated is such a long word?
  • Why are there five syllables in the word “monosyllabic”?
  • Why do they call it the Department of the Interior when they are in charge of everything outdoors?

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Aug. 3 – Stated Meeting – Sports Theme

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

 Sep. 7 – Stated Meeting

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

  

This Month’s Birthdays

Mark Roberts (8/2), William Wilfong (8/2), Richard Alley (8/3), James Patton (8/3), Howard Kibby, Jr. (8/4), Richard Kirkman (8/4), John Walker (8/4), Aaron Edwards (8/5), Anthony Hamilton (8/5), Donald Wilcox (8/6), Thomas Anderson (8/7), Donald Boulden (8/7), Earl Jones (8/7), Fred Kortepeter (8/7), Henry Fahnbulleh (8/8), Brian Nearpass (8/8), Leslie Sebring (8/8), William Fry (8/11), Jack Belschwender (8/13), Stephen Clymer (8/13), Wesley Eley (8/14), Charles Abbott (8/16), David Copenhaver (8/16), John Reel (8/16), Gregory Bowers (8/17), Stephen Brown (8/18), Robert Dalton, III (8/19), Philip Eskew, Jr. (8/19), Mack Hunter (8/19), John Nielsen (8/20), Ian Miller (8/22), Ralph Worley (8/22), Randall Banks (8/23), Willard Zimmerman, Jr. (8/24), Phillip Greenwood, Sr. (8/28), Joshua Shinn (8/28), John Samples (9/1), Laverne Wilkerson (9/1), Micah Williams (9/3), Stephen Tipton (9/5)

 This Month’s Raisings

Casey Short (8/14), Ted Martin (8/24)

 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 sitting at 10 different Lodges visited for a total of 590 round trip miles.  We have completed the requirements for both of the Grand Lodge Travel Awards.  That doesn’t mean we are going to stop traveling as I would like to see us go for some of the many traveling implements in the area and bring them home to Millersville.  We will have a bit more upcoming travel soon as we will once again be going dark during July and August, however, we will need to keep our ritual game strong by traveling around and watching and being a part of degrees at other Lodges.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

 

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

 

MESSAGE FROM COMMUNITY DAY CHAIRMAN

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.
  • 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 July 5, 2021

Dear Brethren,

Once again, congratulations to our newest 50 year Award of Gold members, David Woods and Leonard Shirley.  We had a very nice turnout for this ceremony and it was a privilege and honor to be able to present this award to two very deserving Brothers.  I can only hope I am still around when I make it to the half century mark in Masonry, but if I am I will indeed be a very old man.  We had several other Brothers reach this milestone last year and this year who for their own reasons chose not to receive their Award of Gold in a public ceremony.  Congratulations to James Wottring, Fred Clift, Lawrence Lasek, Timothy Hunter, Milton Brooks, Robert Dalton, Jr. and Wayne Buckallew for also reaching the half century mark in Masonry.  I apologize for a lack of pictures from this event as there was a miscommunication on my part for photos.

Coming up this Tuesday is our July Stated Meeting which will be our only Lodge meeting during the month of July as we will be going dark the next two months.  The theme for the July Stated Meeting is Hawaiian shirt night so dig around for those flower print shirts or beach style shirts and come on out to Lodge for some fellowship.  As an added treat, the Eastern Star ladies will be preparing the meal for us this coming Tuesday as kind of a make-up for us not having a dinner at installation.  The only thing I know of the menu is it will be chicken salad sandwiches but what else will be a surprise.

A few other notes on our being dark after this meeting, there will also not be any Eastern Star Saturday breakfasts during July and August.  Those will resume the first Saturday of September.  Also, even though we are dark we still will have some activities that will spring up so keep an eye on your email for opportunities to get together with your Brothers during the summer at events outside of the 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.  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.

Points to Ponder over the summer:

 Sweet meets are candy, but sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

  • Quicksand works slowly.
  • Boxing rings are square.
  • If you can make amends, can you just make one amend?
  • If you have a bunch of odds and ends and you get rid of all but just one, what do you call it?
  • How can a SLIM CHANCE and a FAT CHANCE be the same, while a WISE MAN and a WISE GUY

are opposites?

  • Why do we ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
  • Why do feet smell, and noses run?
  • Why is QUITE A FEW the same as QUITE A LOT?
  • How does a building burn up as it burns down?
  • Why does your alarm go off by going on?
  • If it was only a 3-hour cruise, why did MRS. HOWELL have so many clothes?

 

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jul. 6 – Stated Meeting – Hawaiian Theme

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

Aug. 3 – Stated Meeting – Sports Theme

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

This Week’s Birthdays

Robert Dalton, Jr. (7/6), Eugene Hite (7/6), Paul Stone (7/7), Richard Brewer (7/8), Anthony Adams (7/9), Randy Adams (7/9), Thomas Cooper (7/10), John Sirbu (7/12), Jim Bognanno (7/13), Henry Meier (7/14), Chandler Stone (7/16), David Farmer (7/18), Ken Fodrie (7/21), Matthew Dodson (7/24), Nicholas Shinn (7/26), Scott Durflinger (7/27), Nick Nowak (7/27), Larry Howald (7/28), Ryan Sohn (7/28), Stephen Overly (7/29), Brent Williamson (7/29), Davie Graf (7/30), William Guffey (7/30), Kevin McPherson (7/30), John Montgomery (8/1)

 This Week’s Raisings

Robert Buckley (7/15), Steve Mech (7/26)

 Master’s Travels

If anyone is planning to travel or visit another Lodge or has been asked to come assist with a degree, please reach out to me and let me know so we can get a few more Brothers to go and make a visit out of it.  Below is the travel opportunities site I go to.  If you see anything there that interests you make sure to let me know.  This is also a great opportunity for Mentors to take their mentees to see some extra degree work to aid in their learning.

We are sitting at 10 different Lodges visited for a total of 590 round trip miles.  We have completed the requirements for both of the Grand Lodge Travel Awards.  That doesn’t mean we are going to stop traveling as I would like to see us go for some of the many traveling implements in the area and bring them home to Millersville.  We will have a bit more upcoming travel soon as we will once again be going dark during July and August, however, we will need to keep our ritual game strong by traveling around and watching and being a part of degrees at other Lodges.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

MESSAGE FROM COMMUNITY DAY CHAIRMAN

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.
  • 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 June 28, 2021

Dear Brethren,

We had a great presentation on the Indiana Freemason Museum and Library by PGM Mike Brumback.  For those who were not able to attend in person we did record it and it is on both of our Facebook pages as well as on the Indiana Freemasons page.  If you have never had the opportunity to visit our Grand Lodge Museum and Library I highly encourage it.  This presentation only scratched the surface of what you can see and find down there.  Here is also a link to the presentation:

https://www.facebook.com/MillersvilleLodge/videos/338877024555873

Coming up this Tuesday we will be having another 50 Year Award of Gold Ceremony for two well deserving Brothers (David Woods and Leonard Shirley).  This is a significant milestone in the life of a Mason and I encourage all to attend to show support for these Brothers who have given 50 years of their lives to Masonry.  Just think about that number 50 for a while.  Many of us haven’t even been alive for 50 years or worked a job for that long or even been married 50 years.  So to dedicate yourself to something for that long of a time period is incredible.  Hope to see a great turnout.

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:

 

“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.”

Charles Caleb Colton
Cleric

I think many of us can relate to this.  We take so much for granted in our lives and don’t truly grasp all that we have until we no longer have it.  This can be said for our Brotherhood as well.  Many have been part of other Lodges that are no longer around anymore.  They have closed their doors or merged in with other Lodges.  I have had many Brothers who don’t come regularly tell me they miss being at Lodge and around their Masonic Brothers.  What are you waiting for?  Come on back and be a part of something bigger than yourselves and reconnect with your Brothers.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jun. 29 – Award of Gold Presentation

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

 Jul. 6 – Stated Meeting

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

 This Week’s Birthdays

Matthew Benson (6/28), Charles Moore (6/30), Nicholas Kirk (7/3), Kevin Marshall (7/3)

 This Week’s Raisings

Carl Dominick (6/28), Ken Puller (6/28), Les Meyer (6/28), Bob Shenberger (6/28), Daniel McAfee (6/29), James Bovard (6/30), James Sweeney (6/30), Andy Hoffman (6/30), Jose Dominguez (6/30), Dennis Coltart (7/4)

  Master’s Travels

If anyone is planning to travel or visit another Lodge or has been asked to come assist with a degree, please reach out to me and let me know so we can get a few more Brothers to go and make a visit out of it.  Below is the travel opportunities site I go to.  If you see anything there that interests you make sure to let me know.  This is also a great opportunity for Mentors to take their mentees to see some extra degree work to aid in their learning.

We are sitting at 10 different Lodges visited for a total of 590 round trip miles.  We have completed the requirements for both of the Grand Lodge Travel Awards.  That doesn’t mean we are going to stop traveling as I would like to see us go for some of the many traveling implements in the area and bring them home to Millersville.  We will have a bit more upcoming travel soon as we will once again be going dark during July and August, however, we will need to keep our ritual game strong by traveling around and watching and being a part of degrees at other Lodges.

http://masoniccalendar.blogspot.com/

 

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

MESSAGE FROM COMMUNITY DAY CHAIRMAN

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.
  • 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 June 21, 2021

Dear Brethren,

To all the Fathers out there I would like to wish you a very Happy Father’s Day.  Whether your children are 2 or 4 legged or both, I hope you had a relaxing day filled with love and laughter and memories to cherish throughout your years.  We had an excellent Degree last Tuesday and passed Brother Michael Redding to the Degree of a FellowCraft.  It was another awesome turnout and we greatly appreciated the help in filling some chairs and covering the lectures for this degree.  We truly are blessed here at Millersville to have so many knowledgeable Brothers able to assist when called upon.  You really show what Masonry is all about.

This Tuesday we 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 Indiana Masonic Museum and Library as well as Freemasons Hall.  Be sure to mark your calendars and come out and pack the house on this evening and show some support for our Guest Speaker.  I highly encourage all to attend and support the Lodge and our guest speaker on this night.  I can tell you with only dinner and education that evening, you will be on your way home by 8:00pm at the latest and will be home before the sun goes down.  We will be having Spaghetti for dinner and with our normal chef gone that evening, Brother Michael Clark has stepped up and volunteered to cook for us.  So Guest Speaker and Guest Chef; hope to see a full house!

I know this is short notice in the newsletter but it was mentioned in announcements at dinner this past Tuesday.  I along with a few other Brothers will be travelling to Hancock Lodge #101 on Monday, June 21 for a Master Mason Degree.  Dinner will be at 6:00pm and Lodge is at 7:00pm.  This travel will complete all our travel requirements for both Grand Lodge Travel Awards for the year, however, that does not mean we will stop travelling.  After this we will be on the hunt for any traveling tools around the state and try to bring as many of them back to Millersville as possible.  We will need a lot of Brothers willing to travel to make this happen as some of the traveling tools require up to 7 visiting Brothers in order to claim them.

Finally on the last Tuesday of the month we will be having another 50 Year Award of Gold Ceremony for two well deserving Brothers (David Woods and Leonard Shirley).  This is a significant milestone in the life of a Mason and I encourage all to attend who can to show support for these Brothers who have given 50 years of their lives to Masonry.

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:

 

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

Thomas Jefferson
3rd President of the United States

Although President Jefferson was not a Mason, his words ring true.  One of the reasons Religion and Politics are forbidden topics in Lodge is because they are two of the biggest dividers of men.  Now more than ever do these topics illicit such nastiness and bitter words among men and cause such chaos.  One only needs to look at social media to see evidences of that fact.  We as Brothers need to rise above these petty issues and differences and embrace our Brothers.  Choose your words carefully when posting on social media and understand that if a Brother disagrees with you it is ok.  We all come from different backgrounds and walks of life and don’t all hold the exact same opinions on topics.  It is ok to disagree in a civil manner and understand that at the end of the day, we are Brothers and are bound by a stronger bond.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jun. 22 – Masonic Education (PGM Mike Brumback)

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

(Masonic Museum and Freemasons Hall)

Jun. 29 – Award of Gold Presentation

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

 Jul. 6 – Stated Meeting

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

This Week’s Birthdays

Jeffrey Karnes (6/23), Robert Welling (6/23), Ira Henry (6/24), Rex Sohn (6/24), Bob Taylor (6/24), Dave Woods (6/26)

 This Week’s Raisings

Nick Nowak (6/21), Wayne Buckallew (6/22), Cortland Meyer (6/22), Robert Stephens (6/22), John Setzer (6/24), John Hague (6/25), Matthew Dodson (6/26), Jacob Buchanan (6/26), Robert Hughes (6/27)

 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

MESSAGE FROM COMMUNITY DAY CHAIRMAN

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.
  • 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 June 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