Masters Newsletter October 11, 2021

Greetings Brethren,

This Tuesday we return to Masonic Education followed by Craft Guild.  We welcome Chris Hodapp who will be teaching us about the three different Grand Lodge Buildings we have had here in Indiana.  Chris has published several books including Freemasons for Dummies, Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C., Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies and many others.  He has also been featured on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and American Heroes Channel to name a few.  This is sure to be an education night you will not want to miss.  Following that we will move upstairs to the Lodge room for Craft Guild to shake off the cobwebs and get ourselves back into a ritual mindset as we have a Master Mason Degree approaching the following week.  We really need members of the Lodge to step up and start coming to Craft Guild and stepping in to learn some ritual.  Our pool of ritualists is shrinking and it’s getting tougher and tougher to cast these degrees.  I can assure you that learning ritual is not as daunting as it may seem and WB Bruce who leads our Craft Guild makes it a lot of fun and is full of a lot of great pointers and tips.  We will have one final education night on the last Tuesday of October (26th).  WB Steve Sonafrank will be presenting on the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation and what they do as well as about the Gold Card Program and how you can support the Foundation.  If there is something you would like to see a Masonic Education talk on in the future, reach out to WB Martin McAfee, Senior Warden DJ Wood or Junior Warden Charles Moore and let them know.

On Wednesday, October 27th at Oakland Lodge #140 (address below) will be our Lodge of Instruction.  It will be over the Entered Apprentice Degree and is open only to Master Masons.  Oakland will be the Opening Lodge and Millersville will close.  If you plan to attend this Lodge of Instruction I need to know by the end of the week as I will need to turn in a headcount to Oakland Lodge so they can plan accordingly.  This is a mandatory event for the Lodge Officers and dress will be jacket and tie.

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:

 

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”

F. Matthias Alexander
Actor

What are your habits Brothers?  It is never too late to change your bad habits and make better choices.  Masonry takes good men and makes them better.  You are all good men who sought out Masonry for different reasons but the one underlying reason is to make a better version of yourselves.  Have you really thought about the lessons that are taught in the degrees you have been through?  Have you let yourself be changed by them?

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Oct. 12 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (History of the 3 different Grand Lodge Buildings in Indiana. Presented by Chris Hodapp)
  • Craft Guild will follow at approx. 7:30pm

Oct. 19 – Master Mason Degree (Michael Redding)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Oct. 26 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (WB Steve Sonafrank will be talking about the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation and the Gold Card Program)
  • Craft Guild will follow at approx. 7:30pm

Oct. 27 – Lodge of Instruction

  • Host Lodge Oakland Lodge #140

11756 Verdin Street

Oaklandon, IN 46236

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm – Only Master Masons may attend

This Week’s Birthdays

Richard Fryer (10/14), J.D. Cash (10/15), Brandon Clymer (10/15), Doug Euers (10/15), Jacob Buchanan (10/16)

 This Week’s Raisings

Jim Bognanno (10/13), Jason Saunders (10/13), Thomas Cooper (10/14), Robert Cichocky (10/15), John Koren, III (10/16), Chad Wilson (10/17)

 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masonic Appendant Body News

 

Scottish Rite

October 15, 2021 – Silent Movie Night – 7:00 pm

October 24, 2021 – Children’s Halloween Party – 2:00 pm – Grand Hall

November 3, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner 5:30 pm – Meeting 7:00 pm followed by 12th Degree

November 13, 2021 – Convocation  – 8:00 am start – 4th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 32nd Degrees

December 1, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner at 5:30 pm – Meeting at 7:00 pm

December 5, 2021 – Orchestra Winter Concert 3:00 pm – Theater

December 11, 2021 – Children’s Christmas Party – Magic Show in Theater 2:00 pm, Games and Fun in the Grand Hall at 2:30 pm.

 

York Rite

Oct. 13 – Hiram Council / H.E.Lackey Commandry Joint Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm Lodge
  • 8:00pm Order of Red Cross and Order of Malta (Short Form)

Oct. 27 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 10 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

 

Nov. 24 – H.E. Lackey Commandry  – Order of the Temple and Inspection

  • 7:00pm

 

Murat Shrine

Oasis is now open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Oct. 18 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 6 – Grand Master’s One Day Class

  • EA Degree 8:00am – 9:15am
  • FC Degree 9:45am – 11:30am (Millersvile Lodge will confer)
  • Lunch 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • MM Degree 12:45pm – 3:00pm
  • Murat Shrine Ceremonial 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Nov. 15 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 27 – 2nd Sportsman Raffle

  • $20/ticket for chance at 1 of 50 guns
  • See Gregg Stone, Jim Strauss or Wally Renn for tickets

Dec. 20 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

 

Order of the Eastern Star

Oct. 21 – Marion County Worthy Matrons Meeting

  • 6:30pm

Nov. 6 – Monthly Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • $8.00 donation

Masters Newsletter October 4, 2021

Greetings Brethren,

Up this Tuesday is our monthly Stated Meeting.  This is a great night to get out to the Lodge and reconnect with Brothers you may not have seen in a while.  Come on out for some dinner and fellowship before heading upstairs for a short meeting.  We need Brothers at Lodge who are willing to be a part of an Investigating Committee for a petitioner to the Lodge as we will have a few that will be read.  We will also be talking about the Fish Fry and how the weekend went for the Lodge.

Last week we had Masonic education on the architectural terms found in the Middle Chamber lecture in regards to the 5 pillars.  If you missed it and would still like to view it you can as it was recorded and is on our Facebook page.  Here is also the link you can use to get to it:  https://www.facebook.com/MillersvilleLodge/videos/1000654814114813

We will be having 2 other Masonic educations during the month of October that you will want to make sure you mark on your calendar.  October 12th will be an education on the 3 different Grand Lodge buildings that we have had in Indiana and that will be given by Chris Hodapp.  Then on the last Tuesday of the month, Oct 26th, we will learn about the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation and the Gold Card program which will be presented by the WB Steve Sonafrank.

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:

 “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

Michelangelo
Sculptor

Don’t sell yourselves short Brothers.  It is nice to reach our goals, but if we are constantly setting goals that are easily achievable or don’t require much effort, we are just hurting ourselves in the long run.  To achieve greatness we have to reach for it, we need to dream big and put all our efforts into it.  Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.  Believe in yourself.  You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you can imagine.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Oct. 5 – Stated Meeting

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Oct. 12 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (History of the 3 different Grand Lodge Buildings in Indiana. Presented by Chris Hodapp)
  • Craft Guild will follow at approx. 7:30pm

Oct. 19 – Master Mason Degree (Michael Redding)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Oct. 26 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (WB Steve Sonafrank will be talking about the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation and the Gold Card Program)
  • Craft Guild will follow at approx. 7:30pm

This Week’s Birthdays

Michael Nelson (10/5), DJ Wood (10/6), Bernard Wurger (10/8), John Wooley (10/10)

 This Week’s Raisings

Willis Conner (10/8), David Hagley Jr. (10/8), Rex Moore (10/10)

 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

 Masonic Appendant Body News

Scottish Rite

October 6, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner at 5:30 pm – Meeting at 7:00 pm followed by the DeMolay Degree

October 15, 2021 – Silent Movie Night – 7:00 pm

October 24, 2021 – Children’s Halloween Party – 2:00 pm – Grand Hall

November 3, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner 5:30 pm – Meeting 7:00 pm followed by 12th Degree

November 13, 2021 – Convocation  – 8:00 am start – 4th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 32nd Degrees

December 1, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner at 5:30 pm – Meeting at 7:00 pm

December 5, 2021 – Orchestra Winter Concert 3:00 pm – Theater

December 11, 2021 – Children’s Christmas Party – Magic Show in Theater 2:00 pm, Games and Fun in the Grand Hall at 2:30 pm.

York Rite

Oct. 13 – Hiram Council / H.E.Lackey Commandry Joint Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm Lodge
  • 8:00pm Order of Red Cross and Order of Malta (Short Form)

Oct. 27 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 10 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 24 – H.E. Lackey Commandry  – Order of the Temple and Inspection

  • 7:00pm

Murat Shrine

Oasis is now open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Oct. 9 – Potentates Ball

  • 6:30pm

Oct. 18 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 6 – Grand Master’s One Day Class

  • EA Degree 8:00am – 9:15am
  • FC Degree 9:45am – 11:30am (Millersvile Lodge will confer)
  • Lunch 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • MM Degree 12:45pm – 3:00pm
  • Murat Shrine Ceremonial 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Nov. 15 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 27 – 2nd Sportsman Raffle

  • $20/ticket for chance at 1 of 50 guns
  • See Gregg Stone, Jim Strauss or Wally Renn for tickets

Dec. 20 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Order of the Eastern Star

Oct. 6 – Stated Meeting

  • Dinner 6:30pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Oct. 21 – Marion County Worthy Matrons Meeting

  • 6:30pm

Nov. 6 – Monthly Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • $8.00 donation

Masters Newsletter September 27, 2021

Greetings Brethren,

Thank You, Thank You , Thank You!!!!!  I couldn’t be more proud of all of you who stepped up in so many different ways to help out with this Community Day/Fish Fry event.  From hitting up businesses to drum up sponsorships, I thank you.  From going out and putting up advertising throughout the community and at businesses, I thank you.  For all the financial donations and donations of soda and the loaning of your coolers, I thank you.  For all the Brothers and their family members who came out and gave of their time, whether it was for a few hours or all day, or for both days, I thank you.  To those who came for the set up and tear down and helping with all the heavy lifting to get things out of the basement and then put back, I thank you.  For those who put in late hours to help with the cleanup each night, I thank you.  To the ladies of the Eastern Star who ran the kitchen and prepared all the sides and did the majority of the inside serving, I thank you.  To all of you who just plain came out and supported your Lodge by attending the event and bringing family, friends and neighbors, I thank you.  An event of this size can’t be done by a handful of people.  It is only by all of us working together in so many different ways that we are able to pull it off.  Each and every one of you has my thanks.  Lastly, a really big THANK YOU to WB Ron Featherston for heading up this monstrous task and agreeing to be the Chairman of the event; even though it took a great deal of pulling on his Cable Tow.  Anyone who has chaired this event in the past knows just how many hours you put in throughout this year in order to pull this off.  My hat’s off to you.

I hope I didn’t leave any group out in the above but if I did, I am sorry and I do thank you.  My mind is still in a fog from this weekend.  We did get a lot of feedback so far on this event and some very good constructive criticism.  We would love to hear from more of you on what you think went well and what you think maybe didn’t go so well or that you didn’t care for.  Also if you have any suggestions on improving upon the event let us know that as well.  I intend to have a Lessons Learned session with some of the key planners of the event to go over some things and find ways in which we can improve as a whole going forward, so please email me, or call or text any ideas/suggestions.  Hopefully, by Stated Meeting we will have official numbers of how we did for this event as a whole.

So, coming up this Tuesday we will be having dinner and a Masonic Education night.  Our Guest Speaker will be Brother Shamus Driver who will be talking about the Middle Chamber Lecture; specifically the architectural aspects of the five pillars and explaining what all those crazy, weird terms mean.  He also promises to have better photos to illustrate what they are so please come on out and enjoy some fellowship as well as a masonic lesson.  Following the education, we will be having Craft Guild to shake off the rust and get ready to do some degree work again.  We have a Master Mason Degree coming up in October as well as a Grand Master’s One Day class where we will be conferring the Fellow Craft Degree on Nov 6th.  We can always use more Brothers to step up and help out with ritual.  WB Bruce always makes it an enjoyable learning experience.

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:

 “One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better.”

Colonel Sanders
Businessman

Brothers you should always be pushing yourself forward.  Always look for opportunities to improve yourself in a multitude of different ways.  Don’t let the fear of failure be the reason you never try in the first place.  Embrace your failures and learn from them.  That is how we grow as individuals and become stronger and get to be the better men we are striving to be.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Sep. 28 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (Explanation of architecture terms in the Middle Chamber)
  • Craft Guild 7:30pm

Oct. 5 – Stated Meeting

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Oct. 12 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (History of the 3 different Grand Lodge Buildings in Indiana. Presented by Chris Hodapp)

Oct. 19 – Master Mason Degree (Michael Redding)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

This Week’s Birthdays

William Heck (9/27), Robert Shenberger (9/27), Frederick Franklin (9/29), Rex Moore (9/29), Casey Short (9/29), Joe Clymer (10/1), William Wedel (10/2), Michael Edwards (10/3)

 This Week’s Raisings

Jeff Karnes (9/27), Norman Park (9/27), Dardhe Lake (9/27), Robert Ayler (9/28 – 50 years!), Richard Fryer (9/28), Randy Hillenburg (9/28), Earl Jones (9/28), Dennis Shinault (9/28), James Lancaster (9/29), Rick Lucht (9/29)

 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

 Masonic Appendant Body News

Scottish Rite

October 6, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner at 5:30 pm – Meeting at 7:00 pm followed by the DeMolay Degree

October 15, 2021 – Silent Movie Night – 7:00 pm

October 24, 2021 – Children’s Halloween Party – 2:00 pm – Grand Hall

November 3, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner 5:30 pm – Meeting 7:00 pm followed by 12th Degree

November 13, 2021 – Convocation  – 8:00 am start – 4th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 32nd Degrees

December 1, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner at 5:30 pm – Meeting at 7:00 pm

December 5, 2021 – Orchestra Winter Concert 3:00 pm – Theater

December 11, 2021 – Children’s Christmas Party – Magic Show in Theater 2:00 pm, Games and Fun in the Grand Hall at 2:30 pm.

York Rite

Sep. 29 – Joshua Chapter 158 – Royal Arch Degree

  • 7:00pm Lodge
  • Dinner follows the Degree

Oct. 13 – Hiram Council / H.E.Lackey Commandry Joint Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm Lodge
  • 8:00pm Order of Red Cross and Order of Malta (Short Form)

Oct. 27 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 10 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 24 – H.E. Lackey Commandry  – Order of the Temple and Inspection

  • 7:00pm

Murat Shrine

Oasis is now open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Oct. 9 – Potentates Ball

  • 6:30pm

Oct. 18 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 6 – Grand Master’s One Day Class

  • EA Degree 8:00am – 9:15am
  • FC Degree 9:45am – 11:30am (Millersvile Lodge will confer)
  • Lunch 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • MM Degree 12:45pm – 3:00pm
  • Murat Shrine Ceremonial 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Nov. 15 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 27 – 2nd Sportsman Raffle

  • $20/ticket for chance at 1 of 50 guns
  • See Gregg Stone, Jim Strauss or Wally Renn for tickets

Dec. 20 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Order of the Eastern Star

Oct. 2 – Monthly Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • $8.00 donation

Oct. 6 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Oct. 21 – Marion County Worthy Matrons Meeting

  • 6:30pm

Nov. 6 – Monthly Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • $8.00 donation

Masters Newsletter September 20, 2021

Greetings Brethren,

Last Tuesday we met for a Social Evening and then took some time to reflect on the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and to talk about where we were on that day 20 years ago and how we learned of the attacks.  I felt it was a very good evening and allows us to never forget the tragedy that unfolded that day. This Tuesday is another relaxing Social Evening and a great opportunity to reconnect with your fellow Brothers if you have not been to Lodge in a while.  Come on out for dinner and good conversation.  Afterwards, head upstairs for a game of Euchre, Backgammon or Pool or just continue to catch up with your Brethren.

Well the time has come.  This is the week of your Lodge’s Community Day/Fish Fry on Friday, Sept 24th and Sat Sept 25th.  This event can only succeed with the help of our Brethren.   Without the Brothers coming out to help work the event it makes it very difficult to pull off.  Even if you can only work a few hours it would be a tremendous help and as an added benefit, those who come to work the fish fry also receive a free meal for their services.  The primary responsibility of the Lodge Brothers is the outside tent/drive-thru service as well as running the fryers so you will be outside getting plenty of fresh air and on Saturday you will get to enjoy the live music while you work.

Also, as in the past, we need donations of pop/soda.  Please consider picking up a 12-pack or case of pop and bring it by the Lodge on a Tuesday evening.  We also need to borrow some large coolers if anyone has one or more to lend to the Lodge for this event.  Please ensure your name is somewhere on the cooler so we can get it back to you.  Monetary donations can still be sent and accepted, however, the sponsorship banner is set and no more additions can be made to that.  If you would still like to donate you can do so by sending a check directly to the Lodge and putting “Fish Fry” in the memo field.  If you would like to make a credit card donation you can do that as well through our website. https://millersvillelodge.org/sponsor/

The goal for this event is to accomplish several things for our lodge:

  • Grow our lodge – By reaching out to the community in this way, this event will make Millersville Lodge a destination point for many people in the community on one day of the year. Hopefully, by visiting with us on this day and learning more about Masonry, they will also join us for further fellowship permanently.
  • Raise funds for the Lodge – If we grow our lodge, we will raise funds that way, in addition to sponsorships from our friends and vendors in the market. Hope we sell a ton of food too. The event is free but we will have donation boxes situated throughout the grounds.
  • Build relationships within our community, and
  • Have great fun and fellowship as Brothers and Sisters.

So, we are looking forward to a very productive weekend and a lot of fun. Hopefully the success of this event will shape the fundraising efforts of our Lodge for years to come in a positive way and enhance the relationship with our Community.

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:

 “When you are accomplishing great things, do not forget to have a good time along the way.”

Adi Ignatius
Editor-in-chief of Harvard Business Review

Taking good men and making them better is indeed a great accomplishment we as Masons do every day.  We start their journey through a series of degrees and even though they are a serious affair, we do indeed have a lot of fun putting those degrees on.  Equally if you are in the York Rite or Scottish Rite you will see Brothers having fun putting on those degrees as well.  Part of the fun is getting to come together as Brothers to do the work.  We have fun just being around each other.  Coming up this week is our Lodge Fish Fry and your Lodge needs your help to make this a success.  The donations have been very nice but we need Brothers to help work the event as well.  I can guarantee when we come together as Brothers to accomplish this task, we will have a lot of fun along the way.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Sep. 21 – Social Evening

  • Dinner 6:00pm

Sep. 24 – Fish Fry

  • 4:00pm until 8:00pm

Sep. 25 – Community Day/Fish Fry

  • 10:00am until 8:00pm
  • 2 Live bands from roughly Noon until 7pm
  • Vendors on site

Sep. 28 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (Explanation of architecture terms in the Middle Chamber)
  • Craft Guild 7:30pm

 

This Week’s Birthdays

Michael Clark (9/21), John Morehead (9/21), Larry McLain (9/23), Fred Clift (9/24), Carl Hayes (9/25)

 This Week’s Raisings

Ken Smith (9/20), Chris Nowak (9/20), Thomas Selvidge (9/21), Alan Crawford (9/23), William Guarnery (9/23), Benton Moore (9/23), William Sanders (9/23), Dwight Baxter (9/23), Brad King (9/25), Doug Euers (9/26)

 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

 

 

 

Masters Newsletter September 13, 2021

Greetings Brethren,

Come on out this Tuesday for dinner and to socialize and catch up with your fellow Brothers in the Lodge.  If you are feeling lucky, head on up to the parlor for a game of Euchre or to the top floor for a game of pool.  We currently have no degree work scheduled and only have 2 in the system working on their Fellow Craft proficiency.  Now is a great time to bring a friend or coworker to the Lodge to introduce them to Masonry.  Also after the announcements, this having been the 20th Anniversary of the attack on our country, I would like to have Brothers tell their stories as to where they were when they found out the news, how did they find out, etc.  In reading through the timeline of events I was able to reflect back on that day and almost relive that horrific morning.

We have a number of other important upcoming events during this last part of the year and the first of those is our Community Day/Fish Fry on Friday, Sept 24th and Sat Sept 25th.  This event can only succeed with the help of our Brethren.   Without the Brothers coming out to help work the event it makes it very difficult to pull off.  Even if you can only work a few hours it would be a tremendous help and as an added benefit, those who come to work the fish fry also receive a free meal for their services.  The primary responsibility of the Lodge Brothers is the outside tent/drive-thru service as well as running the fryers so you will be outside getting plenty of fresh air and on Saturday you will get to enjoy the live music while you work.  Also, as in the past, we need donations of pop/soda.  Please consider picking up a 12-pack or case of pop and bring it by the Lodge on a Tuesday evening.  We also need to borrow some large coolers if anyone has one or more to lend to the Lodge for this event.  Please ensure your name is somewhere on the cooler so we can get it back to you.  See the end of this newsletter for a message from our Community Day Chairman for further information on this event.

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 we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

Sandra Dahl
Wife of Flight 93 pilot, Jason Dahl

I don’t think much really needs said here.  We all have seen how this country came together as one UNITED nation during that terrible time.  We can accomplish great things when we learn to remove the hate from our lives.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Sep. 14 – Social Evening

  • Dinner 6:00pm

Sep. 21 – TBD

 Sep. 24 – Fish Fry

  • 4:00pm until 8:00pm

Sep. 25 – Community Day/Fish Fry

  • 10:00am until 8:00pm
  • 2 Live bands from roughly Noon until 7pm
  • Vendors on site

  This Week’s Birthdays

Randal Cramer (9/13), Daniel Wilkins (9/14),

 This Week’s Raisings

Thomas Beattie, SR. (9/13), Jeff Ping (9/15), Michael Nelson (9/17), Michael Pendleton (9/18), Larry McLain (9/19), Michael Clark (9/19)

 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:

It won’t be long and our yearly fundraiser will be here, September 24 and 25. The Millersville Community Day Festival plans are moving along very well. Here are some of the highlights:

  • We have sent a brochure about the event to all the business in the area requesting their sponsorship. Members have been encouraged to solicit sponsors as able.
  • The Brothers and Eastern Star Sisters in our Lodge are really stepping up to staff the needed roles. On Saturday, we will need help with preparing and transporting food, taking orders, assisting with parking, promoting Masonry through working at our table or giving tours, and assisting with vendors. Please consider taking a role in these activities.
  • Randy Snyder has volunteered to oversee the food production activities in the tent. If you can help there, please contact him at rls3108@yahoo.com.
  • Registrations from vendors for the market are coming in but we need more. If you know of someone who would like to participate in our market, please have them connect with me at info@millersvillelodge.org.
  • Entertainment – We will have two professional classic rock bands to provide entertainment throughout the day (six hours or so). Hewitt and Fink are legendary musicians from the Madison IN music scene. Darryl Hewitt is also a Masonic Brother. Wildhart is a very popular local band and plays professionally in the area. If you like classic rock and blues music, you will be in for a real treat.
  • Plan to have a supervised bouncy house for the kids. Charles Moore is working on this. Need someone to help here with supervision on the day of. If you know of anyone that does face painting, please have them contact me at the above email address.
  • May have a magician that will have a booth.
  • Steve Tipton created the Event Flyer for use on social media. Please let us know if you need a copy of this flyer for sharing on social media.
  • The Millersville at Fall Creek Valley neighborhood organization will be posting this flyer in their monthly newsletters prior to the event. They will also be there contributing to the open market and are inviting other community organizations to participate as well.
  • We will be erecting a banner in front of our building well in advance to advertise the event.
  • An event was created for both Millersville pages on Facebook and will be advertised on Nextdoor as well. Please assist us in this effort and forward these event to your friends. The Indiana Grand Lodge has contacted us and they would like to cohost this event. This will allow our FB event to be posted on their page as well. The GL marketing rep has been very helpful!
  • Donations as little as $50 to help cover the cost of this event can be made at the following website address: https://millersvillelodge.org/sponsor/. Please contribute if you are able.

The goal for this event is to accomplish several things for our lodge:

  • Grow our lodge – By reaching out to the community in this way, this event will make Millersville Lodge a destination point for many people in the community on one day of the year. Hopefully, by visiting with us on this day and learning more about Masonry, they will also join us for further fellowship permanently.
  • Raise funds for the Lodge – If we grow our lodge, we will raise funds that way, in addition to sponsorships from our friends and vendors in the market. Hope we sell a ton of food too. The event is free but we will have donation boxes situated throughout the grounds.
  • Build relationships within our community, and
  • Have great fun and fellowship as Brothers and Sisters.

So, we are looking forward to a very productive weekend and a lot of fun. Hopefully the success of this event will shape the fundraising efforts of our Lodge for years to come in a positive way and enhance the relationship with our Community.

Fraternally,

Ron Featherston P.M.

 

Masters Newsletter September 6, 2021

Greetings Brethren,

I hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable summer.  I know with COVID it may have made vacation planning a bit challenging still or have left you being a bit more creative in your plans in order to keep yourself and your family as safe as possible.  I apologize for the lateness of this newsletter.  I meant to get to it while I was at the lake over the weekend but when I went to transfer the newsletter folder from my data stick to my laptop I inadvertently did the copy/transfer in the wrong direction and transferred the empty folder from my laptop to the data stick and wrote over all my files.  I had to wait until I got home and back to my desktop computer in order to get this taken care of.  The time has come for us as a Lodge to get back to work as we enter the back half of the year.  Coming up this Tuesday, Sep. 7th is our monthly Stated Meeting.  This has turned out to be a very short meeting so it is a perfect night to come to Lodge and re-connect with your Brothers, enjoy a good meal and not be out until late.  I can say with almost certainty that we will be done before 8:00pm.

We have a number of other important upcoming events during this last part of the year and the first of those is our Community Day/Fish Fry on Friday, Sept 24th and Sat Sept 25th.  This event can only succeed with the help of our Brethren.   Without the Brothers coming out to help work the event it makes it very difficult to pull off.  Even if you can only work a few hours it would be a tremendous help and as an added benefit, those who come to work the fish fry also receive a free meal for their services.  The primary responsibility of the Lodge Brothers is the outside tent/drive-thru service as well as running the fryers so you will be outside getting plenty of fresh air and on Saturday you will get to enjoy the live music while you work.  Also, as in the past, we need donations of pop/soda.  Please consider picking up a 12-pack or case of pop and bring it by the Lodge on a Tuesday evening.  We also need to borrow some large coolers if anyone has one or more to lend to the Lodge for this event.  Please ensure your name is somewhere on the cooler so we can get it back to you.  See the end of this newsletter for a message from our Community Day Chairman for further information on this event.

Coming up this Saturday, our Eastern Star is back at it with their monthly breakfast which supports their ICAN project.  This is normally held the 1st Saturday of the month but with the Holiday this past week they pushed it to Sep. 11th this month.  This is an all you can eat breakfast for an $8 donation.  Come on out an enjoy breakfast and fellowship from 8:30am until 10:30 am while helping to support the ladies of our Eastern Star.

The following day, Sep. 12th you can head on down to Franklin, Indiana for the 73rd Annual Compass Park Indiana Masonic Home Festival.  The festival runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm and will have a variety of activities and entertainment for young and old alike.  There will also of course be food for purchase as well as craft vendors, entertainment acts and a parade.  Come on out and show some support for our Masonic Home.  You never know, some of us may end up being residents there some day in the future.

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:

 “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

Martin Luther
Priest

Our focus should always be to take good men and make them better.  None of us knows what the future may hold but even if we did we should stay focused on the present.  Your Lodge needs your help to bring in good men that we can bring to Masonic Light and make them better men.  I know we all have friends, coworkers, family members or acquaintances that we know who are not Masons but would indeed make a great addition to our Fraternity.  Invite them to join us for a dinner some evening or better yet invite them to our upcoming Community Day/Fish Fry.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Sep. 7 – Stated Meeting

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

Sep. 11 – OES Monthly Breakfast

  • 8:30am until 10:30am

Sep. 12 – Compass Park Indiana Masonic Home Festival

  • 10:00am until 4:00pm

Sep. 15 – Social Evening

  • Dinner 6:00pm

 Sep. 24 – Fish Fry

  • 4:00pm until 8:00pm

Sep. 25 – Community Day/Fish Fry

  • 10:00am until 8:00pm
  • 2 Live bands from roughly Noon until 7pm
  • Vendors on site

  This Week’s Birthdays

Perry Baldwin (9/6), Randy Hillenburg (9/7), Donald Maxey (9/7), Jesse Viehe (9/7), Donald Morris (9/8), Michael Pendleton (9/9), Thomas Coers (9/10),  Dardhe Lake (9/11), Denny Young (9/11)

 This Week’s Raisings

David Bowman (9/8)

 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:

It won’t be long and our yearly fundraiser will be here, September 24 and 25. The Millersville Community Day Festival plans are moving along very well. Here are some of the highlights:

  • We have sent a brochure about the event to all the business in the area requesting their sponsorship. Members have been encouraged to solicit sponsors as able.
  • The Brothers and Eastern Star Sisters in our Lodge are really stepping up to staff the needed roles. On Saturday, we will need help with preparing and transporting food, taking orders, assisting with parking, promoting Masonry through working at our table or giving tours, and assisting with vendors. Please consider taking a role in these activities.
  • Randy Snyder has volunteered to oversee the food production activities in the tent. If you can help there, please contact him at rls3108@yahoo.com.
  • Registrations from vendors for the market are coming in but we need more. If you know of someone who would like to participate in our market, please have them connect with me at info@millersvillelodge.org.
  • Entertainment – We will have two professional classic rock bands to provide entertainment throughout the day (six hours or so). Hewitt and Fink are legendary musicians from the Madison IN music scene. Darryl Hewitt is also a Masonic Brother. Wildhart is a very popular local band and plays professionally in the area. If you like classic rock and blues music, you will be in for a real treat.
  • Plan to have a supervised bouncy house for the kids. Charles Moore is working on this. Need someone to help here with supervision on the day of. If you know of anyone that does face painting, please have them contact me at the above email address.
  • May have a magician that will have a booth.
  • Steve Tipton created the Event Flyer for use on social media. Please let us know if you need a copy of this flyer for sharing on social media.
  • The Millersville at Fall Creek Valley neighborhood organization will be posting this flyer in their monthly newsletters prior to the event. They will also be there contributing to the open market and are inviting other community organizations to participate as well.
  • We will be erecting a banner in front of our building well in advance to advertise the event.
  • An event was created for both Millersville pages on Facebook and will be advertised on Nextdoor as well. Please assist us in this effort and forward these event to your friends. The Indiana Grand Lodge has contacted us and they would like to cohost this event. This will allow our FB event to be posted on their page as well. The GL marketing rep has been very helpful!
  • Donations as little as $50 to help cover the cost of this event can be made at the following website address: https://millersvillelodge.org/sponsor/. Please contribute if you are able.

The goal for this event is to accomplish several things for our lodge:

  • Grow our lodge – By reaching out to the community in this way, this event will make Millersville Lodge a destination point for many people in the community on one day of the year. Hopefully, by visiting with us on this day and learning more about Masonry, they will also join us for further fellowship permanently.
  • Raise funds for the Lodge – If we grow our lodge, we will raise funds that way, in addition to sponsorships from our friends and vendors in the market. Hope we sell a ton of food too. The event is free but we will have donation boxes situated throughout the grounds.
  • Build relationships within our community, and
  • Have great fun and fellowship as Brothers and Sisters.

So, we are looking forward to a very productive weekend and a lot of fun. Hopefully the success of this event will shape the fundraising efforts of our Lodge for years to come in a positive way and enhance the relationship with our Community.

Fraternally,

Ron Featherston P.M.