We had a wonderful social evening last Tuesday. Was nice to get a chance to sit around and relax and catch up with some of the Brothers I haven’t seen in a while. I even had a chance to sit and play some cards after dinner though I think we need to buy some new decks. I suspect the ones we have now are marked in some way. Speaking of new items, it seems our current pool cues are a tad warped and we don’t have a proper rack to store them. Having them just leaning against the wall is what causes the warping issues. We will be looking to correct this and getting some decent sticks again.
Up this week is 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.
As you all know, we were not able to have our Annual Fish Fry last year. WB Ron was working to revamp the Fish Fry and make it a Community Day Event. We are attempting to give that another shot again this year. WB Ron is the Chairmen for this event and he is in need of some extra help to make this a successful event. Attached to the end of this newsletter is message from WB Ron. Please read it over and respond to him about any questions you may have or if you are able to help out with this.
Another thing we were unable to accomplish last year is presenting 50 year Awards of Gold to our distinguished members who have reached that milestone. I have begun reaching out to the members who reached this mark last year as well as the few who have already reached that mark this year. It looks like we will have to have two ceremonies in order to get caught up. The first will be on May 25th and the second will be sometime in late June. Be sure to watch for further information on this and mark your calendars. This is an historic milestone in a Brothers Masonic life and we should all be there to witness it and congratulate those Brothers who have reached it.
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 email@example.com 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:
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”
Leonardo da Vinci
Brothers my hope is that your hearts remain firm in the lessons you have learned in your Masonic journey. Never let your minds shrink, but rather keep striving to obtain more and more light. Our search for Light is only ended when we have passed into that Celestial Lodge above and enter the presence of him who is the way, the truth and the life.
Millersville 126 News / Dates:
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)
May 4 – Stated Meeting
- Executive Committee Meeting 5:15pm
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Lodge 7:00pm
May 11 – FellowCraft Degree (Seth Meyer)
- 6:00pm Dinner
- 7:00pm Lodge
This Week’s Birthdays
John Marker (4/26), William Updike (4/26), John Lude (4/27), Siafa Massaley (4/27), Jeffery Rieth (4/27), Greg Lawrence (4/29), Norman Park (5/2)
This Week’s Raisings
Robert King (4/26), Michael Palmer (4/26), Jesse Viehe (4/26), Milton Brooks (4/27), James Strauss (4/27), Robert Anderson (4/28), Jerry Collins (4/28), Steven Arnold (4/28), Chandler Stone (4/28), Gary Fresch (4/29), Maurice McClung (4/30), Sean Eley (5/1)
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 8 different Lodges visited for a total of 483 round trip miles. We need at least 2 more visits to Lodges we haven’t already been too as well as 17 more miles. Excellent progress in travel through the first quarter of the year.
Millersville Lodge #126
As some of you may know, Worshipful Master Brian has asked me to chair our fundraiser (fish fry) this year which will be held Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th. Friday evening 4-8PM will be the typical fish fry dinner with seating inside or under the tent outside. On Saturday we hope to make Millersville Lodge a destination point for the community by having a Millersville Community Day from 10AM to 8PM. This will be a festival atmosphere with great food, open outdoor market, live music, children’s activities, and open house for our historic building. The event will be well promoted in the community. We are hoping for a wonderful day of celebration and unity, not just for the growth of our Lodge, but for the community at large as well.
That being said, please put these dates on your calendar and plan to commit for the year, at least these two days to your Lodge. Your participation and more importantly your assistance in making this a great event is most appreciated. This is way too much for just a few to pull off so the assistance of Brothers for a successful event is greatly needed in the following areas:
- Thursday afternoon/evening set-up.
- Tent Food Preparation –both days.
- Passing out sponsorship brochures – these will be available very soon.
- Parking – Mostly Sat.
- Open house guides – Sat.
- Millersville Lodge info table – Sat.
- Band equipment move – Sat. AM and PM
- Clean up – Sunday the 26th
- Help with Coordination of above areas.
I look forward receiving emails from the Brethren who are willing and able to help with this event in any of the above areas, so please contact there or call me. I will also have sign up sheets at the Lodge for members to make their willingness to help known. Thank you, Brethren, and let’s have a great year.
Ron Featherston, PM