Grand Lodge Annual Communication is complete. I received the official Summary of Proceedings from the Grand Lodge Secretary and have posted it to our Closed Group Facebook page and also sent it by email to everyone. It was 2 years’ worth of business to cover in a short time. I hope everyone who went to Lodge last week enjoyed their meal and the social evening that followed. This coming Tuesday is going to be another fun time as we celebrate our Lodge’s 169th Birthday as well as presenting the Award of Gold (AWG) to three Millersville Brothers (Robert Anderson, Jr., David Graf, Phil Booher). The AWG ceremony is open to the public so feel free to bring a guest as we honor these Brothers for their 50 years in Masonry.
Our next Degree will once again be for Brother Seth Meyer 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) and from the general membership in order to make this a lasting and memorable experience for our Brother. Contact our Junior Warden if you can help with the Degree on that Saturday. Charles Moore (317-941-5358).
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:
“Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.”
When we get to the end of life I hope you are able to say you had no regrets and left nothing on the table. We all should be trying to live life to the fullest because with life there is no do over. When the working tools of life fall from our nerveless grasp, there is no “wait a minute, I got a few things I have been meaning to do”. Look to the positive things in life as these are what are going to bring you joy and happiness. Try to find something positive to reflect on every day and strive to radiate those positive vibes to others. They say when you are negative, it makes you feel angry and depressed and can affect your physical well-being. Life is too short to ruin it with a sour, negative attitude.
Millersville 126 News / Dates:
May 25 – Award of Gold Presentation & Millersville Lodge’s 169th Birthday
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Award of Gold Presentation 7:00pm
Jun. 1 – Stated Meeting
- Executive Committee Meeting 5:30pm
- Dinner 6:00pm
- Lodge 7:00pm
Jun. 5 – MM Degree (Seth Meyer)
- 1:00pm (Calling all ritualists!! We need your help to put on this Saturday Degree)
Jun. 8 – TBD
- Dinner 6:00pm
Jun. 15 – TBD
- Dinner 6:00pm
This Week’s Birthdays
Michael Stilabower (5/24), Donald Dawson (5/25), Willis Conner (5/26), Timothy Harris (5/26), Stephen Larsen (5/26), Thomas Meier (5/26), Sean Eley (5/30), John Koren, III (5/30), Roger Shoemake (5/30)
This Week’s Raisings
Thomas Anderson (5/24), John (Jack) Belschwender (5/24), Jeffery Rieth (5/24), Bruce Craig (5/24), Stephen Overly (5/24), Micah Williams (5/24), Robert Dalton (5/25), Gregory Roberts (5/25), Roger Black (5/26), Albert Hall (5/26), John Wooley (5/26), Brian Wilcox (5/26), Schuyler Hales (5/29), Louis Mineweaser (5/29), Kenneth Fallis (5/30), Thomas Fallis (5/30), James Reid (5/30), Michael Moffatt (5/30
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