Dear Brethren,

Once again, congratulations to our newest 50 year Award of Gold members, David Woods and Leonard Shirley.  We had a very nice turnout for this ceremony and it was a privilege and honor to be able to present this award to two very deserving Brothers.  I can only hope I am still around when I make it to the half century mark in Masonry, but if I am I will indeed be a very old man.  We had several other Brothers reach this milestone last year and this year who for their own reasons chose not to receive their Award of Gold in a public ceremony.  Congratulations to James Wottring, Fred Clift, Lawrence Lasek, Timothy Hunter, Milton Brooks, Robert Dalton, Jr. and Wayne Buckallew for also reaching the half century mark in Masonry.  I apologize for a lack of pictures from this event as there was a miscommunication on my part for photos.

Coming up this Tuesday is our July Stated Meeting which will be our only Lodge meeting during the month of July as we will be going dark the next two months.  The theme for the July Stated Meeting is Hawaiian shirt night so dig around for those flower print shirts or beach style shirts and come on out to Lodge for some fellowship.  As an added treat, the Eastern Star ladies will be preparing the meal for us this coming Tuesday as kind of a make-up for us not having a dinner at installation.  The only thing I know of the menu is it will be chicken salad sandwiches but what else will be a surprise.

A few other notes on our being dark after this meeting, there will also not be any Eastern Star Saturday breakfasts during July and August.  Those will resume the first Saturday of September.  Also, even though we are dark we still will have some activities that will spring up so keep an eye on your email for opportunities to get together with your Brothers during the summer at events outside of the 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.  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.

Points to Ponder over the summer:

 Sweet meets are candy, but sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

  • Quicksand works slowly.
  • Boxing rings are square.
  • If you can make amends, can you just make one amend?
  • If you have a bunch of odds and ends and you get rid of all but just one, what do you call it?
  • How can a SLIM CHANCE and a FAT CHANCE be the same, while a WISE MAN and a WISE GUY

are opposites?

  • Why do we ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
  • Why do feet smell, and noses run?
  • Why is QUITE A FEW the same as QUITE A LOT?
  • How does a building burn up as it burns down?
  • Why does your alarm go off by going on?
  • If it was only a 3-hour cruise, why did MRS. HOWELL have so many clothes?


Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Jul. 6 – Stated Meeting – Hawaiian Theme

  • Executive Committee Meeting 5:30pm
  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Aug. 3 – Stated Meeting – Sports Theme

  • Executive Committee Meeting 5:30pm
  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

This Week’s Birthdays

Robert Dalton, Jr. (7/6), Eugene Hite (7/6), Paul Stone (7/7), Richard Brewer (7/8), Anthony Adams (7/9), Randy Adams (7/9), Thomas Cooper (7/10), John Sirbu (7/12), Jim Bognanno (7/13), Henry Meier (7/14), Chandler Stone (7/16), David Farmer (7/18), Ken Fodrie (7/21), Matthew Dodson (7/24), Nicholas Shinn (7/26), Scott Durflinger (7/27), Nick Nowak (7/27), Larry Howald (7/28), Ryan Sohn (7/28), Stephen Overly (7/29), Brent Williamson (7/29), Davie Graf (7/30), William Guffey (7/30), Kevin McPherson (7/30), John Montgomery (8/1)

 This Week’s Raisings

Robert Buckley (7/15), Steve Mech (7/26)

 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 10 different Lodges visited for a total of 590 round trip miles.  We have completed the requirements for both of the Grand Lodge Travel Awards.  That doesn’t mean we are going to stop traveling as I would like to see us go for some of the many traveling implements in the area and bring them home to Millersville.  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



Hello Brethren:

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.
  • 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