Dear Brethren,

Congratulations to our newest Master Mason Horlston.  Thank you to everyone who turned out for this degree and help make it a special day for our Brother.  Coming up this Tuesday we have a bit of a break from degree work and will be having a Social evening.  Come on out for dinner as usual and then stick around to catch up with old friends or head up to the Parlor for a game of Euchre or Backgammon  or just sit and watch some Hulu and socializing.  We also have the pool table and Library upstairs for your use as well so come on out and hang out with your Brothers and unwind a little.

Since there is no degree this week, rest assured, if you would still like to see one, our very own Worshipful Brother Bruce Frazer will be on hand at Calvin Prather Lodge #717 on Thursday, April 22nd to assist them by performing the Middle Chamber Lecture for their FellowCraft Degree this week.  Come on out to support a fellow Lodge and our fellow WB.  Dinner will be at 6:00pm and Degree will start at 7:00pm

The following week we will have our Education Night and our own Brent Williamson will be presenting his Forget-Me-Not presentation.  I myself am looking forward to this one as I have not seen it yet.  I have heard it is a very good topic and is presented very well.  Make sure to mark your calendars and join us that evening.  After the educational presentation we will be heading up to the Lodge for Craft Guild to continue honing our skills on the 2nd half of the Master Mason Degree.  We are in need of new Brothers to step up and take the plunge and get their feet wet helping to put on this degree.  As of late we have had to double tap a few Brothers and that should not be the case.  Craft Guild is very fun and informal and quite informative and you don’t need to be a Master Ritualist to attend. We welcome one and all and are willing to work with anyone.

Last year because of Covid-19 we suspended the delivery of flowers to our Masonic widows out of safety for them and us, however we are back at it again this year and are in need of Brothers to step up and volunteer for this very important task.  You could even say it is part of your Masonic obligation to look after our widows.  You don’t have to worry about going alone if you do not wish, as you can be teamed up with another Brother.  At most it will take just 1-2 hours of your time and will help bring smiles and joy to the widows who are the recipients.  To add to this, here is a message from the Chairmen of our Family, Widows and Orphans Committee, David Clingan.  “The flowers will be available for pick up at the lodge on Tuesday, May 4th.  Brothers will be provided with the widow’s contact information and they should call the widow to set up a time for the drop off.  You are encouraged to take another brother along with you for the deliveries.  Many of our brothers have been doing these deliveries for many years and the widows always look forward to it.  As always, we need some new brothers to help with this very special project.  If you would like to volunteer this year, please contact David Clingan at or 317-730-6545”.

I have spoken with the Eastern Star and we have agreed to our Lodge Building and grounds cleanup to take place on May 1st, 2021 after the OES Breakfast.  Come on out that day to support your OES and having breakfast with your fellow Lodge Brothers.  We will then head outside to clean up around the Lodge building.  Please bring rakes, shovels, gloves, etc for cleaning up of the grounds around the Lodge.  Start time will be approximately 10:30am for those who can’t attend the breakfast but would still like to help with the cleanup.

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.

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:

 “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

How will you be remembered Brothers?  Will the memory of your friendship be one of action or one of silence?

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Apr. 20 – Social Evening

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • After dinner, head to the parlor for some Euchre or a game of Backgammon or just simply hangout and catch up with your Brothers. Or head up to the top floor for a game of pool or to peruse the Library.

Apr. 27 – Masonic Education/Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:30pm (Forget-Me-Not, Brent Williamson)
  • Craft Guild 7:00pm

 May 1 – OES Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:30am
  • Lodge Cleanup Day (After Breakfast)

 This Week’s Birthdays

Matthew Holley (4/19), Frederick Carey (4/20), Darrin Turner (4/21), William Patterson, Jr. (4/22), Stanford Ohms (4/25)

 This Week’s Raisings

David Hillery (4/19), Timothy Hunter (4/20), John Wertz (4/20), Eric Krall (4/21), Edward Davidson (4/22), John Herder (4/23), John Nielsen (4//23), Eric Stouder (4/23), Kevin McPherson (4/23), Henry Schull (4/24), Laverne Wilkerson (4/24), Philip Young (4/24), John Marker (4/24), Kevin Dolen (4/24)

 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 travelling to Calvin Prather #717 this Thursday, April 22nd for a FellowCraft Degree.  Dinner 6:00pm, Lodge 7:00pm

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