Dear Brethren,

Congratulations to Dylan Shiffler on becoming our newest FellowCraft.  Our Senior Warden was once again on fire with his ritual work leading this degree from the East.  I really hope everyone gets a chance at least once during this year to see your officers in action as they are doing incredible degree work.  You also get to see Masonry in action as we also have Brothers from the sidelines stepping in to help out and fill in when unexpected circumstances keep the officers from the Lodge on a given Tuesday.  We really appreciate all those who have been willing to step in and help out, sometimes on short notice.

Up this week is our Stated Meeting for April.  On a positive note, the rocks glasses commissioned to honor the memory of WB Mark Griffin are in and will be at Lodge on Tuesday.  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.

One thing missing from our Stated Meetings is the reading of new petitions and reports from Investigating Committees.  Spreading the word about Masonry and growing our Lodge membership comes down to all of us a whole.  We really encourage you all to talk to family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. about Masonry and tell them how it has helped you in your life.  Invite them on a Tuesday for dinner to meet some of the Brothers and to get a tour of our historic building.  I would also be more than happy to meet with them on any other given night as well to show them the building and talk with them about Masonry.

One way we as a Lodge want to get our name out to the community is by being more involved with the local community around us.  WB Ron Featherston is working to change our normal Fish Fry into a Community Day event instead with vendors, kids activities, fish fry, etc.  We also would like to help with cleanup events in the community which focus a lot on the Fall Creek Trail that runs through the Millersville Community.  This cleanup happens on the third Saturday of every month but the big spring cleanup is this month on April 17th.  It is only a few hours from 10:00am until noon and there is free coffee and donuts as well as gloves and trash bags provided.  I would suggest bringing a grabber stick of you have one to avoid having to bend over so much.  There is an office building next to the Starbucks on Emerson and 56th which is the meeting point.  I really hope we can get some Lodge Brothers to show up for that.  I know it is competing with the shotgun shoot at Sugar Creek as well.  I myself will not be able to attend this event as I am taking my brother in for surgery on the Friday before so will be out of town for that.  We will also be having a Lodge Spring Cleanup day coming up as well.  More to come on that.

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:


“I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.”

Johann Sebastian Bach

Just reading this quote it screamed Beehive (9 Masonic Emblems) Lecture to me.  I couldn’t find any evidence that J.S. Bach was a Mason, however, his son Johann Christian Bach appears to have been a member of the Lodge of Nine Muses #235 in London.  I have spoken to this part of that lecture before but it bears repeating.  We ought to be industrious creatures, looking to improve ourselves and society, adding to the common stock of knowledge.  Don’t get caught lying around being a useless drone in the hive of nature.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Apr. 6 – Stated Meeting

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

Apr. 13 – MM Degree (Horlston Jean Francois)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Apr. 17 – Great Millersville Community Cleanup

  • 10:00am – Noon (Meet at Office BLDG next to Starbucks)
  • Free Donuts and Coffee
  • Garbage Bag and Gloves Provided (Bring your own Grabber stick if you have one)

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

 This Week’s Birthdays

Steve Mech (4/5), Waldir Vellani (4/5), Jonathan Holden (4/7), Gene Alderson (4/10, William Murchie (4/10), Maurice McClung (4/11)

 This Week’s Raisings

Richard Roberts (4/8), David Clingan (4/9), Chris Littrell (4/10), Randy Snyder (4/10), Waldir Vellani (4/10), Bertram Shirley (4/11)

 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 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