Dear Brethren,

I want to start off by thanking everyone who came this Saturday for Seth’s Master Mason Degree and either took part in the degree or who were on the sidelines in support of the raising of this Brother.  It certainly isn’t easy trying to put on a Saturday Degree during the summer months in the middle of the afternoon but we got it done.  With the help of four other Lodges we were not only able to make the day a memorable one for our newest Master Mason but also for everyone who attended.  We got to see first-hand Brotherly Love and Friendship in action as well as some really good degree work.

Coming up this Tuesday will be a FellowCraft Degree for Brother Michael Redding.  Your Senior Warden has been doing a very good job with this Degree so make sure you come out and watch him in action and support the passing of this Brother to the degree of a FellowCraft.  Then the Tuesday following that (June 22) we will have another Masonic Education night.  We will be having Past Grand Master Mike Brumback in attendance and he will be talking to us about the Masonic Museum and Freemasons Hall.  Be sure to mark your calendars and come out and pack the house on that evening and show some support for our Guest Speaker that evening.

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.  We have our new Sponsorship Flyers also printed so be sure to stop by and pick a few up to take to your work or to businesses you frequent.

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:


“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”

Pat Riley
President of the Miami Heat

Negative thoughts beget negative attitudes and outcomes.  We must always strive to maintain a positive outlook on life and always put our best foot forward.  We have to keep pushing ourselves and our fellow Brothers to keep moving towards the light.  Focus on the things you have learned in Masonry and the friends you have made along the way.  If we all strive to remain positive we can feed off each other and the Fraternity as a whole will be ready to move forward and tackle greater challenges.

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jun. 15 – FellowCraft Degree (Michael Redding)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Degree 7:00pm

Jun. 22 – Masonic Education (PGM Mike Brumback)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Education 6:45pm

(Masonic Museum and Freemasons Hall)

Jun. 29 – TBD (Award of Gold Presentation?)

  • Dinner 6:00pm

 This Week’s Birthdays

Paul Snider (6/14), Kenneth Puller (6/15), Doug Callahan (6/19), Leonard Coppola (6/19), Robert Green (6/19), Lee Langlotz (6/19), Stephen McClure (6/19), Jerry Collins (6/20), Robert McDonald (6/20)

 This Week’s Raisings

Paul Page (6/14), Henry Meier (6/16), Seth Catron (6/16), Adam Catron (6/16), Fred Carey (6/17), Earl Miller (6/17), Randall Banks (6/18), Ira Henry (6/18), Willard Zimmerman, Jr. (6/18), Paul Barclay (6/19), Dan Wilkins (6/19), Scott Durflinger (6/20)

 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 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.  We will have a bit more upcoming travel soon as we will once again be going dark during July and August, however, we will need to keep our ritual game strong by traveling around and watching and being a part of degrees at other Lodges.

Brian Bates

Worshipful Master

Millersville Lodge #126

Mobile: 260-615-8013