What an impressive turnout we had last week. That was as full as the dining room has been in years and really is an encouraging sign. Granted we don’t have as many tables set up as we used to in the past but we will be correcting that situation and get some extra dining spaces set out. It is so nice to see so many of you and to catch up with Brothers we may not have seen in a while. Your officer line loves the momentum that we are seeing and really hope it continues. Now is also a perfect time to invite a friend, relative or neighbor who isn’t a Mason to the Lodge for dinner. Bring them 30 minutes prior to dinner so we can show them around our beautiful Lodge building and answer any questions they may have.
Coming up this week will be a FellowCraft Degree for Brother Seth Meyer. We would really love to have the same large turnout this week as we had last week. Not only would it be an impressive sight for our young Entered Apprentice to see a packed house as he takes his next step in Masonry, but your Senior Warden (DJ Wood) does a pretty impressive job conferring the FellowCraft Degree. If you haven’t seen him in action yet this year now is the time to come. Speaking of Seth, due to scheduling conflicts with work, we will need to have his Master Mason Degree on Saturday, Jun 5th at 1:00pm. We were hoping to have it earlier so it would be in conjunction with the OES Breakfast but it isn’t possible. We are going to need all the help we can get on that Saturday to make this a successful degree. This will be a great opportunity for all those who say they just don’t have time to make it to the Lodge during the week. If you can assist with the degree, reach out to our Junior Warden (Charles Moore) and let him know.
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 that goal.
Thank you to all the Brothers who stepped up and volunteered to deliver flowers to our Lodge widows. I know the ladies I delivered too were so happy to see us back out delivering flowers and it really made their day. The next time we deliver will be in December so if you have interests in this please reach out to David Clingan at email@example.com or 317-730-6545 and he will make sure to add you to the list. It really is a rewarding experience.
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.
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:
Bit of a change of pace. Instead of a quote this week I am going with a few things that just make you go hmm.
Why do scientists call it research when looking for something new?
If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?
Why is it, when a door is open it’s ajar, but when a jar is open, it’s not adoor?
Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?
Do married people live longer than single people or does it just SEEM longer?
If “con” is the opposite of “pro,” then what is the opposite of progress?
Do Roman paramedics refer to IV’s as “4’s”?
Whose cruel idea was it for the word “lisp” to have an “s” in it?
Millersville 126 News / Dates:
May 11 – FellowCraft Degree (Seth Meyer)
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Lodge 7:00pm
May 18 – TBD – Possible Masonic Education Night
- Dinner 6:00pm
May 18 & 19 – Grand Lodge Annual Communication
- Only open to voting delegates (WM or Proxy)
May 25 – Award of Gold Presentation
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Award of Gold Presentation 7:00pm
Jun. 5 – MM Degree
This Week’s Birthdays
David Greer (5/12), Bruce Jones (5/12), Richard Widmer (5/12), Alan Crawford (5/14), Dennis Shinault (5/14), Ronald Spratt (5/14), Charles Cantrell (5/15), Todd Geyer (5/16)
This Week’s Raisings
Charles Abbott (5/10), Brandon Clymer (5/10), Eugene Hite (5/11), Siafa Massaley (5/12), Richard Widmer (5/14), Andrew Carr (5/16)
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.
May 10 – West Newton Lodge #707, MM Degree. Dinner 6:30pm, Lodge 7:30pm
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 are 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