Dear Brethren,

Another Masonic Education in the books as they say and another really good turnout.  Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a successful evening.  I hope those in attendance enjoyed the presentation.  For those who missed it you can watch it here:

If anyone has an education topic they would like to present or knows someone who they can get to come and give one, please let me or our Education Chairman WB Martin McAfee know.

Up this week is another FellowCraft Degree for Dylan Shiffler.  We hope to see another great turnout among the Brothers.  Also, as many of you have heard, the Governor is lifting the state’s mask mandate on April 6th, however, Mayor Hogsett has said Marion County will stick with the mask mandate.  With that said, masks are still required when attending Lodge.  While you are eating you can obviously remove it, however, when you have finished eating you need to place your mask back on.  We have managed to survive this for the past year, so we can get through another month or two of this.

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

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

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

Quote of the Week:


“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.”

Walter Payton
Legendary running back for the Chicago Bears

After the visit to Englewood for their 100 year Re-Dedication celebration, this quote really stuck out to me.  It was definitely a moment of pride to have members of the Grand Lodge speak so highly of Millersville.  One even commented it is a Lodge they would like to model other Lodges in the state after.  It is a combination of our commitment to doing top notch ritual work and to the commitment of the membership to support your Lodge and making an effort to be there on degree nights.  Keep being great Brothers, it is being noticed.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Mar. 30 – FC Degree (Dylan Shiffler)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Apr. 3 – OES Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:30am

Apr. 6 – Stated Meeting

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

 This Week’s Birthdays

Kevin Dolen (29), Eric Stouder (31), William Throgmartin (31), Rober Campbell (4/1), Les Meyer (4/1), Mahougbe Sagbo (4/1), Zaid Kurdi (4/2), Andy Hoffman (4/3), James McCoskey (4/4), Jason Saunders (4/4)

 This Week’s Raisings

Randal Cramer (29), Todd Geyer (29), Fred Schwomeyer (30), Michael Gasser (30), Stephen McClure (31), Brian Nearpass (31), Edward Hudgins (4/1), Virgil Baldwin (4/3)

 Master’s Travels

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

Several of us traveled to Englewood Lode for their 100 year Re-Dedication celebration; very good time and a great day to be a Mason.  Also many of the Grand Lodge Officers had some very positive comments about Millersville.  Our reputation does indeed precede us and makes one very proud to be a part of Millersville.

We are sitting at 7 different Lodges visited for a total of 477 round trip miles.  We need at least 3 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 23 more miles.  Excellent progress in travel through the first quarter of the year.

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013