Thank you to all the Brothers who attended last week’s Called Meeting to confer the FellowCraft Degree on Brother Seth Meyer. It is very meaningful for those going through the degrees to see so many on the sidelines there to support them. Those who were in attendance also were witness to an excellent degree put on by our Senior Warden. Our next Degree will once again be for Brother Seth and will be a Saturday Degree day (June 5th). This is an excellent time for all those who find themselves too busy to attend Lodge during the week to come to a weekend Degree. We really need all the help we can get from any and all of our ritualists on that day (pulling on Cable Tows here). Contact our Junior Warden if you can help with the Degree on that Saturday. Charles Moore (317-941-5358)
Coming up next week will be a Social Evening as I will be at Grand Lodge Annual Communication on May 18th and 19th (Tues/Wed). Come on out and enjoy some dinner on the Lodge and catch up with your fellow Brothers. Maybe head upstairs and play some cards or shoot some pool or just hand out in the Parlor and watch some TV or a movie (we have Hulu). This would also be a great night to bring a guest to the Lodge you think might be a great fit for Masonry. Following that Tuesday will be another open night as we will be celebrating our Lodge’s 169th birthday right after dinner and then we will move upstairs to present the Award of Gold (50 years in Masonry) to 3 of our Brothers (Robert Anderson, Jr., David Graf, Phil Booher). This Award of Gold ceremony is open to guests so once again feel free to invite someone who you think would be a good fit for Masonry and our Lodge.
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:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
One only needs to look back in history to see that this is true concerning Masons as well. Look back to our Revolutionary times and think about all the parts Masons played in the forming and shaping of our Country. Look how those changes have changed the world in which we live in today. Think farther back to the original Knights Templar (although not actual Masons in those days) and see what a small group of 12 founding Knights grew into and what they accomplished and how they impacted society in medieval times. We may only have 350 members at Millersville in a state that has a population of 6.7 million people, but we can affect change in the lives of not only our fellow members but in the lives of people we interact with on a daily basis as well as our local community. Stop bickering and complaining and get out and be a part of the change.
Millersville 126 News / Dates:
May 18 – Social Evening
- Dinner 6:00pm
- After Dinner Play Cards, Shoot Pool, Catch up with Brothers you haven’t seen in a while.
May 18 & 19 – Grand Lodge Annual Communication
- Only open to voting delegates (WM or Proxy)
May 25 – Award of Gold Presentation & Millersville Lodge’s 169th Birthday
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Award of Gold Presentation 7:00pm
Jun. 5 – MM Degree (Seth Meyer)
- 1:00pm (Calling all ritualists!! We need your help to put on this Saturday Degree)
This Week’s Birthdays
Richard Jones (5/17), Andrew Rettig (5/17), Brian Bates (5/22), Clarence Butler (5/22), Kenneth Calvin (5/22), Michael Palmer (5/22), Brad Sweezy (5/22), Charles Waggoner (5/22), Milton Brooks (5/23), Hector Munoz-Colon (5/23), Jeff Ping (5/23), Robert Walters (5/23)
This Week’s Raisings
Robert Green (5/19), Harold Roy (5/19), Robert McDonald (5/20), Gregg Stone (5/20), Donald Boulden (5/21), William Patterson, Jr. (5/22)
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 9 different Lodges visited for a total of 542 round trip miles. We only need one more visit to a Lodge we have not yet been too to complete both Grand Lodge Travel Awards. We have made excellent progress in travel through the first half 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