Greetings Brethren,

This Tuesday we return to Masonic Education followed by Craft Guild.  We welcome Chris Hodapp who will be teaching us about the three different Grand Lodge Buildings we have had here in Indiana.  Chris has published several books including Freemasons for Dummies, Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C., Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies for Dummies and many others.  He has also been featured on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and American Heroes Channel to name a few.  This is sure to be an education night you will not want to miss.  Following that we will move upstairs to the Lodge room for Craft Guild to shake off the cobwebs and get ourselves back into a ritual mindset as we have a Master Mason Degree approaching the following week.  We really need members of the Lodge to step up and start coming to Craft Guild and stepping in to learn some ritual.  Our pool of ritualists is shrinking and it’s getting tougher and tougher to cast these degrees.  I can assure you that learning ritual is not as daunting as it may seem and WB Bruce who leads our Craft Guild makes it a lot of fun and is full of a lot of great pointers and tips.  We will have one final education night on the last Tuesday of October (26th).  WB Steve Sonafrank will be presenting on the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation and what they do as well as about the Gold Card Program and how you can support the Foundation.  If there is something you would like to see a Masonic Education talk on in the future, reach out to WB Martin McAfee, Senior Warden DJ Wood or Junior Warden Charles Moore and let them know.

On Wednesday, October 27th at Oakland Lodge #140 (address below) will be our Lodge of Instruction.  It will be over the Entered Apprentice Degree and is open only to Master Masons.  Oakland will be the Opening Lodge and Millersville will close.  If you plan to attend this Lodge of Instruction I need to know by the end of the week as I will need to turn in a headcount to Oakland Lodge so they can plan accordingly.  This is a mandatory event for the Lodge Officers and dress will be jacket and tie.

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:


“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”

F. Matthias Alexander

What are your habits Brothers?  It is never too late to change your bad habits and make better choices.  Masonry takes good men and makes them better.  You are all good men who sought out Masonry for different reasons but the one underlying reason is to make a better version of yourselves.  Have you really thought about the lessons that are taught in the degrees you have been through?  Have you let yourself be changed by them?

Millersville 126 News / Dates:

Oct. 12 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (History of the 3 different Grand Lodge Buildings in Indiana. Presented by Chris Hodapp)
  • Craft Guild will follow at approx. 7:30pm

Oct. 19 – Master Mason Degree (Michael Redding)

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm

Oct. 26 – Masonic Education & Craft Guild

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Masonic Education 6:45pm (WB Steve Sonafrank will be talking about the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation and the Gold Card Program)
  • Craft Guild will follow at approx. 7:30pm

Oct. 27 – Lodge of Instruction

  • Host Lodge Oakland Lodge #140

11756 Verdin Street

Oaklandon, IN 46236

  • Dinner 6:00pm
  • Lodge 7:00pm – Only Master Masons may attend

This Week’s Birthdays

Richard Fryer (10/14), J.D. Cash (10/15), Brandon Clymer (10/15), Doug Euers (10/15), Jacob Buchanan (10/16)

 This Week’s Raisings

Jim Bognanno (10/13), Jason Saunders (10/13), Thomas Cooper (10/14), Robert Cichocky (10/15), John Koren, III (10/16), Chad Wilson (10/17)

 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









Masonic Appendant Body News


Scottish Rite

October 15, 2021 – Silent Movie Night – 7:00 pm

October 24, 2021 – Children’s Halloween Party – 2:00 pm – Grand Hall

November 3, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner 5:30 pm – Meeting 7:00 pm followed by 12th Degree

November 13, 2021 – Convocation  – 8:00 am start – 4th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 20th, 32nd Degrees

December 1, 2021 – Stated Meeting – Dinner at 5:30 pm – Meeting at 7:00 pm

December 5, 2021 – Orchestra Winter Concert 3:00 pm – Theater

December 11, 2021 – Children’s Christmas Party – Magic Show in Theater 2:00 pm, Games and Fun in the Grand Hall at 2:30 pm.


York Rite

Oct. 13 – Hiram Council / H.E.Lackey Commandry Joint Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm Lodge
  • 8:00pm Order of Red Cross and Order of Malta (Short Form)

Oct. 27 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 10 – H.E. Lackey Commandry – Order of the Temple Practice

  • 7:00pm


Nov. 24 – H.E. Lackey Commandry  – Order of the Temple and Inspection

  • 7:00pm


Murat Shrine

Oasis is now open for lunch Monday thru Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Oct. 18 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 6 – Grand Master’s One Day Class

  • EA Degree 8:00am – 9:15am
  • FC Degree 9:45am – 11:30am (Millersvile Lodge will confer)
  • Lunch 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • MM Degree 12:45pm – 3:00pm
  • Murat Shrine Ceremonial 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Nov. 15 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm

Nov. 27 – 2nd Sportsman Raffle

  • $20/ticket for chance at 1 of 50 guns
  • See Gregg Stone, Jim Strauss or Wally Renn for tickets

Dec. 20 – Stated Meeting

  • 7:00pm


Order of the Eastern Star

Oct. 21 – Marion County Worthy Matrons Meeting

  • 6:30pm

Nov. 6 – Monthly Community Breakfast

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
  • $8.00 donation