Millersville Lodge 126 March 8, 2021
4990 Kessler Blvd E Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Dear Brethren,
For those who couldn’t attend the Stated Meeting last week you missed a really nice
presentation on WB Mark Griffin to whom our 2021 Master Mason class is dedicated too. His
biography can be found on our website and I hope to soon have the photos of the rocks
glasses being commissioned in his memory also added. Our Senior Deacon David Levine did a
really good job putting the presentation together. Coming up this week we have another
Master Mason Degree on Tuesday. WB Ron Featherston will return to the East for this special
night as he will be conferring this degree on his son Ryan. It isn’t very often you get to see a
father raise his own son so make sure to come out and join us and be a part of this special

Also I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that we are conducting Masonic
Education on a monthly basis. It will be on the same nights we have Craft Guild which is the
4th Tuesday of the month. Up this month will be a presentation by WB Carson Smith on
Roselyn Chapel in Scotland and it’s Masonic significance. Be sure to mark your calendars and
join us for what I have been told is a very well done presentation. We will be recording this
one as well just in case you are unable to attend, though in person is always better.
We have found ourselves with an opening in the Officer line. Our Senior Steward Fred
has informed us that life events just won’t allow him the time to be at Lodge on a regular
basis. With that said, we will be moving Les Meyer from Junior to Senior Steward. If you have
an interest in serving the Lodge, let myself or one of the Wardens know of your interest. We
also invite you to come to Craft Guild nights to learn more as well. Learning ritual can seem
daunting at first but I can assure you that the Officers we have currently are dedicated in
making sure each of us succeeds. Each and every one is more than willing to help a person
learn and improve.

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:
“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man
who is the miserable man.”

Benjamin Franklin
Founding Father of the United States

I am sure Brother Ben was thinking to the words we hear during the 3rd Master Mason
lecture or what we refer to as the Beehive lecture. Dig out your Indiana Monitor and refer to
the part about the Beehive in that lecture (page 111 in my Monitor). Man was formed for a
social and ACTIVE life, the noblest part of the work of God. We were made to be dependent
upon each other because that is one of the strongest bonds of society. I have had quite a few
messages from Brothers saying they haven’t been to Lodge in a while. Come back and renew
the bonds with your Brothers. Don’t worry if you have forgotten the Due Guards and Signs or
the Pass. We will be glad to help you. Come back and join us in this great and good work we
are doing. Don’t let yourself slip to becoming a drone in the hive of nature.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:
Mar. 9 – MM Degree (Ryan Featherston)
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 16 – FC Degree (Horlston Francois)
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

Mar. 23 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Masonic Education (Roselyn Chapel) 6:50pm
– Craft Guild 7:30pm

Mar. 30 – FC Degree (Dylan Shiffler)
– Dinner 6:00pm
– Lodge 7:00pm

This Week’s Birthdays
John Herder (8), Gregory Roberts (8), Dwight Stinson (8), Paul Reely (9), Robert Anderson (10),
Philip Roberts (10), Richard Hughes (11), Lawrence Lasek (12), Joseph Suazo, Jr. (13)This Week’s Raisings
Robert Taylor (8), Donald Dawson (8), Thomas Meier (8), Fred Catron (9), Steven Sonafrank (9),
Robert Switzer (11), Thomas Smith (12), John Montgomery (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.
Mar. 10 – EA Degree – Noblesville Lodge #57. Dinner 6:00pm, Lodge 7:00pm
Mar. 27 – Englewood Lodge #715 – Rededication 10:00am
As of the end of February we are sitting at 6 different Lodges visited for a total of 447 round
trip miles. We need at least 4 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 53
more miles.

Brian Bates
Worshipful Master
Millersville Lodge #126
Mobile: 260-615-8013