June promises to be an important month, starting with the raising of a Brother on Monday, June 1st at the lodge. The following night on Tuesday, June 2nd, we will be making a fraternal visit to Springfield Lodge, see myself or one of the stationed officers for details. All brethren who are Master Masons are encouraged to attend.
June begins our casual dress for our summer Stated Communications, so relax and enjoy! Also, the District 1B School is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th, to be held at our lodge. This is an especially important school since it will be held at our lodge and we will be practicing the second section of the Master Mason Degree. All line officers and brethren wanting to learn or practice a part in the second section of the Master Mason Degree are strongly encouraged to attend.
We will hold our annual lodge picnic on Saturday, June 27th, from 11:00 AM to 3 PM. Bring your family and friends, all are welcome! As always, I am open to your thoughts on upcoming activities and things to do to make our lodge a better place for us to practice Freemasonry, so don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any suggestions.
Farley W. Warner Worshipful Master
It is my great honor to be your new Worshipful Master for the year 2015. In keeping with my theme for the year, “Brethren learning and extending a helping hand, "we will have a program on this year’s theme about lifetime learning in Freemasonry presented by Wor. Neil Marple at our stated communication on January 19, 2015. We have a great year planned for 2015, including activities such as York Rite Night, featuring our Virginia Grand High Priest, Don McAndrews. We will also have a Scottish Rite Night featuring Wor Mike Riley 33rd Degree, a Past Masters night, a Warden’s Night, a Table Lodge and Fraternal Visits to other lodges in our District and other nearby neighboring lodges.
In March we will be presenting our District Deputy Grand Master, Ron Heald. Also, this year in September we will be travelling to visit our good friends at the lodge in Rossville, Georgia. There is also a special One Day Conferral for the Degrees in Freemasonry scheduled for August 29. I would also like to emphasize continued development of our membership throughout the coming year – let’s all get out there and through our helping hands extended to our community and all persons in general we can spread the good word about Masonry. I hope this will help bring in new Brothers and thus continue to revitalize our lodge.
In keeping with this year’s theme emphasizing education, I would like to extend an invitation to any of our Brethren who have papers or programs you would like to present them, let me know. Also, remember our Simmons-DeRossi School and attend when possible within the length of your cable tow. Finally, if you have any ideas you would like to offer for activities or for the betterment of our lodge, let me know.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Good News!!!! Rossville, GA, Lodge No. 397 will be coming up for our Annual Fraternal Exchange Visit on Friday, September 19 and we will meet with them at the Fairview Park Marriott at 7:00PM for an Evening of fellowship and good food. On Saturday Morning, September 20, we will open our Special Communication at the Lodge at 10:30AM. A special feature of that meeting will be the presentation of the “Traveling Plaque” by the Worshipful Master of Rossville Lodge. Of course, we will be required to return the Plaque to Rossville when we make the Visit next year. Brethren, this marks the 47th year of the Exchange Visits, which were started by our Wor. Robert Johnson while he was on a trip to Chattanooga (Rossville is just next door).
For our October Stated, we will have a special program.
I would like to thank the Temple Corporation for all the improvements to the Lodge Property over the last month. If you have not seen them, you are truly missing out. I hope to see all in Lodge.
Worshipful Charles E. Wilkinson III, PM
October 20: Stated Communication, A Special Program is planned, 7:30PM. Dinner at 6:00PM.
September 15: Stated Communication, 7:30PM, Dinner at 6:00PM.
September 19-20: Rossville, GA, Lodge No. 397 will be here for the Annual Fraternal Exchange visit. Meet at Fairview Park Marriott at 7:00PM Friday Evening. Special Communication at the Lodge on Saturday Morning at 10:30AM.
On January 1, 2015, Our Annual Lodge dues will increase by $7.00 in order to comply with the increase by that amount in the Annual Grand Lodge Assessment.
I would like to start by congratulating our newest EA, Brother John R. Hall, Jr.
Our July Stated will be Past Masters Night. The dress will be Hawaiian shirts. Please feel free to bring your Ladies. We will have a great dinner before the meeting and photos will be taken. Please let me know if you will be bringing guests, so we can plan for the dinner.
Our program for the August Stated will be done by Wor. Brother Jason Lotz and myself. So be sure to make both of our Stated Communications.
I look forward to seeing you there!! I hope you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July.
Worshipful Charles E. Wilkinson III, PM
August 18: Stated Communication, Special Program by Wor. Charles Wilkinson and Wor. Jason Lotz, 7:30 P.M. Dinner at 6:00 P.M.
July 4: Happy 238th Birthday, United States of America!!!!
July 21: Stated Communication, Past Masters Night, 7:30 PM. Dinner at 6:00 P.M.
I would like to start off by welcoming out newest Master Mason, Brother Winston G. McMillan.
May is Law Enforcement Month, and our Senior Deacon, Brother Joe Millirons, will be doing a program.
The Lodge Picnic will be held on June 14, starting at 11am. This is Flag Day, so we will have a short program that day. We will also have a blood drive with Springfield Lodge No. 217 that day as well. Remember, the picnic is open to family and friends. I look forward to seeing you there.
I also look forward to seeing everyone in Lodge. In closing, I want to emphasize that we will conduct a Lodge School every Monday evening, starting at 7:00 P.M., except for Stated and Called Communications.
WOR Charles E. Wilkinson, III
- From May - June 2014 Trestleboard