Dear Brethren,

If you are a college student or have children who are in college now is the time to start applying for the Grand Lodge Scholarship.  Information is found at the end of this newsletter but you can also go to the Grand Lodge Portal and look under the Charity Tab for Scholarships.  Applications will be accepted now through the end of March.  Several have asked whether we received their dues.  With this new system, you will not get a new Dues card every year as we have in the past.  Grand Lodge will only be sending out a new Dues Card about every 5 years.  If you pay by credit card, you will get a confirmation.  If you pay by check, there may be a slight delay in your check being processed and cashed as we are not meeting as frequently during January.

Quote of the Week:

 “My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

Hank Aaron
Legendary Major League Baseball player

This pandemic certainly is putting us in a slump and causing trouble.  Nearly a year into it and it seems as though we are no better off now than when this all started.  The pandemic has touched most of us personally in some fashion.  We are meant to be social creatures yet are forced to live an anti-social lifestyle for the most part.  Despite all these troubles, keep swinging Brothers.  We will get through this and be stronger for it.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Feb. 2 – Stated Meeting

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

 

Feb. 9 – Craft Guild (MM Degree Practice

This Week’s Birthdays

Neal Stone (25)

This Week’s Raisings

Leonard Coppola (25), Robert Welling (25), Ronald Spratt (25), J.D. Cash (25), Claud Hayes (26), Gene Snipes (26), Donald Bowsher (27), Fred Kortepeter (27), Robert Ratz (29), John Shinn (29), Larry Howald (30), Donald Morris (30)

Master’s Travels

If anyone is planning to travel or visit another Lodge or has been asked to come assist with a degree, please reach out to me and let me know so we can get a few more Brothers to go and make a visit out of it.

Jan. 28 – Mt Etna #333 (EA Degree).  Still looking for 1 more to travel to make this an official visit.  WM is driving, all you need to do is ride along.  We are meeting at Lodge at 4pm.  Let me know if interested.

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013

Email: tazmanfw@gmail.com

2021 Grand Lodge F&AM of Indiana Scholarship Information

Brethren,

The Grand Lodge Scholarship applications for 2021 are now available online. The procedure for 2021 is virtually unchanged from last year. There will not be any hard-copy applications sent to lodges. The only way to apply for an application is online. We would appreciate it if you inform your Lodge members about the process. Following are some tidbits for you to share with them.

Begin the process by going to the Grand Lodge web page (https://indianafreemasons.com).

A Master Mason can apply for his own scholarship. He simply needs to scroll to the bottom of the page and log into his Member Portal account. After he has logged in, there will be an option at the top of the page (in a blue banner) to start his application.

Students who want to apply and are not a Master Mason, must have a sponsor who is their father, stepfather, or grandfather. Those applicants should hover their mouse over the “Charity” option at the top of the page, then click on “Scholarships”. They can scroll down to the “How do you Apply?” section and they will see “click on this link to start an application”. That link will take them to the Scholarship Portal where they will see three different bars on which to click.

  • The green bars are to “Start a new application”.
    • The first green bar is used if the applicant needs a sponsor (i.e., their father, stepfather, or grandfather).
    • The second green bar is used if the applicant is a Master Mason. He will be directed to his Member Portal login page.
  • The blue bar is used if the student wants to return to complete an application they already started or review an application they have already submitted. They will be required to enter their cell phone number that is associated with the application. They will receive a verification code via text to get to their

To start an application with a sponsor, the student will need the following information:

  1. the lodge membership number of the sponsor;
  2. the last name (only) of the sponsor;
  3. the date of birth of the sponsor; and
  4. the applicant’s cell phone number.

The first three pieces of information will be used to validate that the sponsor is a member in good standing. The cell phone number is to create a unique key for the application record.

It shouldn’t take the applicant long to fill out the application. If the student wants to start the application and go back to it later, they simply need to save their work, and then they can go back later to review their application and submit it. If they go back to review a submitted application or complete an application they started, they will need their cell phone number to get a verification code. There are several built-in checks so the student will not be able to submit the application if certain data is missing. The student will be required to upload her/his latest school transcript before the application can be submitted. If the student is a first-year college student, the transcript should be the latest high school transcript. If the student is a second year (or higher) college student, the transcript should be the latest college transcript.

Students must be enrolled full-time, meaning at least 12 credit hours), and they must be accepted to an Indiana University or College. Scholarships will not be awarded for out-of-state schools.

After the student has submitted her/his application, an automated email should be sent to the Lodge’s Worshipful Master and Secretary to inform them that the application has been submitted. You do not need to reply to that email unless you have concerns about that student receiving an application. You can send your inquiries or concerns to info@iglsb.org.

Thank you for promoting the Grand Lodge scholarship program to your members (and their children, stepchildren, or grandchildren).

Fraternally,

Greg Jordan, President

Grand Lodge Scholarship Board