To all the Fathers out there I would like to wish you a very Happy Father’s Day. Whether your children are 2 or 4 legged or both, I hope you had a relaxing day filled with love and laughter and memories to cherish throughout your years. We had an excellent Degree last Tuesday and passed Brother Michael Redding to the Degree of a FellowCraft. It was another awesome turnout and we greatly appreciated the help in filling some chairs and covering the lectures for this degree. We truly are blessed here at Millersville to have so many knowledgeable Brothers able to assist when called upon. You really show what Masonry is all about.
This Tuesday we 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 Indiana Masonic Museum and Library as well as Freemasons Hall. Be sure to mark your calendars and come out and pack the house on this evening and show some support for our Guest Speaker. I highly encourage all to attend and support the Lodge and our guest speaker on this night. I can tell you with only dinner and education that evening, you will be on your way home by 8:00pm at the latest and will be home before the sun goes down. We will be having Spaghetti for dinner and with our normal chef gone that evening, Brother Michael Clark has stepped up and volunteered to cook for us. So Guest Speaker and Guest Chef; hope to see a full house!
I know this is short notice in the newsletter but it was mentioned in announcements at dinner this past Tuesday. I along with a few other Brothers will be travelling to Hancock Lodge #101 on Monday, June 21 for a Master Mason Degree. Dinner will be at 6:00pm and Lodge is at 7:00pm. This travel will complete all our travel requirements for both Grand Lodge Travel Awards for the year, however, that does not mean we will stop travelling. After this we will be on the hunt for any traveling tools around the state and try to bring as many of them back to Millersville as possible. We will need a lot of Brothers willing to travel to make this happen as some of the traveling tools require up to 7 visiting Brothers in order to claim them.
Finally on the last Tuesday of the month we will be having another 50 Year Award of Gold Ceremony for two well deserving Brothers (David Woods and Leonard Shirley). This is a significant milestone in the life of a Mason and I encourage all to attend who can to show support for these Brothers who have given 50 years of their lives to Masonry.
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:
“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”
3rd President of the United States
Although President Jefferson was not a Mason, his words ring true. One of the reasons Religion and Politics are forbidden topics in Lodge is because they are two of the biggest dividers of men. Now more than ever do these topics illicit such nastiness and bitter words among men and cause such chaos. One only needs to look at social media to see evidences of that fact. We as Brothers need to rise above these petty issues and differences and embrace our Brothers. Choose your words carefully when posting on social media and understand that if a Brother disagrees with you it is ok. We all come from different backgrounds and walks of life and don’t all hold the exact same opinions on topics. It is ok to disagree in a civil manner and understand that at the end of the day, we are Brothers and are bound by a stronger bond.
Millersville 126 News / Dates:
Jun. 22 – Masonic Education (PGM Mike Brumback)
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Education 6:45pm
(Masonic Museum and Freemasons Hall)
Jun. 29 – Award of Gold Presentation
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Award of Gold Presentation 7:00pm
Jul. 6 – Stated Meeting
- Executive Committee Meeting 5:30pm
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Lodge 7:00pm
This Week’s Birthdays
Jeffrey Karnes (6/23), Robert Welling (6/23), Ira Henry (6/24), Rex Sohn (6/24), Bob Taylor (6/24), Dave Woods (6/26)
This Week’s Raisings
Nick Nowak (6/21), Wayne Buckallew (6/22), Cortland Meyer (6/22), Robert Stephens (6/22), John Setzer (6/24), John Hague (6/25), Matthew Dodson (6/26), Jacob Buchanan (6/26), Robert Hughes (6/27)
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.
Millersville Lodge #126
MESSAGE FROM COMMUNITY DAY CHAIRMAN
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