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Lodge Spring Yard Clean Up

spring-with-tulipThe Boy Scouts will be delivering the mulch. We need your help with rakes, shovels, and pruners to clean up the Lodge’s yard and shake off the Winter doldrums to spruce up for Spring.
April 12 – 8AM till we’re done.


Through the efforts of several Brothers, the Spring cleaning was a success.  Thanks to Brother Burx Norrod, Rob Martin, Joe Tamres, Al Leathers, Bill Baird and his son Avery, WM Bennett and Rob Tracey.   Well Done!

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Masonic Service for WB Nolan Arritt


WB Nolan Arritt, Past Master of Herndon Lodge has laid down his working tools.  A Masonic Funeral Service will be held Saturday, 11 April commencing at 10:30 AM at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, 1050 West Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611.

I encourage all Brethren to attend.  For those wishing to carpool, please meet at Herndon Lodge no later than 9 AM.



Nolan P. Arritt, 91 of Winchester, VA passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015. For more than 58 years, he was a resident of the Great Falls and McLean Virginia area.

Nolan was born May 19, 1923, in Jordan Mines, VA. He was a World War II Navy Veteran serving from 1943-46, as Boatswains Mate DM 30 in the Asiatic-Pacific and European-African-Middle East Campaigns, receiving five distinguished medals for his service. After his service, he attended the College of William and Mary, Lynchburg College, and George Washington University. Nolan retired from Fairfax County Public Schools in 1980 after 30 years of service as a Teacher and Elementary School Principal.

In addition, Nolan was an avid golfer for over fifty years, a member of the River Bend Golf and Country Club since 1962, and member of the VA State Golf Association. He was a member of the Herndon Masonic Lodge since 1957. A craftsman and builder, in the early 1950s Nolan built his family’s home in Great Falls. He was a member of Great Falls United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his children: Susan, Debbie (William), and Dan Arritt (Julie), and Jenny Groh; five grandchildren: Zachary, Kirsten, Karmen, Kyle, and Xinru Arritt; and stepdaughters Cindy and Barbara Dobyns. In addition, his former wife, Peggy Money LeCompte as well as, Donna Segar, his companion caretaker.

His wife, Yvonne Arritt, preceded Nolan in death.

The family will receive friends 9:00 – 11:00 A. M. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel and a funeral service will follow at 11:00 A. M with The Rev. Dr. Kitty Hahn-Campanella officiating.

Private burial with military honors will be held at the Lone Star Cemetery, Jordan Mines, VA at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W Cork Street #405, Winchester, VA 22601.

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April 2015 Trestleboard

Greetings Brethren …

With winter (finally) behind us a multitude of Masonic activities are on the horizon.  There are many activities in the coming months that will allow all the Brethren to help make a difference in Herndon Lodge.  Lodge cleanup, Herndon Festival, and supporting our Challenger Team are just a few events in our future.

Another way is to become a Catechism Coach.  We have a steady supply of new Masons in need coaching and mentoring.  Interested Masons should contact Bro Al Diplacidi

Also, I’m sorry to say we have had several Brother lay down their working tools in recent weeks.  I’ll send out notices on specifics as needed, but every Brother should make the attempt to pay the last tribute of affection to our lost Brothers, and to support their families through this time of troubles.

Since our last Trestleboard …

  • We passed two new Fellowcraft at our Second Stated meeting where Bro Burx Norrod presented the Senior Deacon’s Lecture for the first time.
  • Many thanks to those who participated in the Sinclair School this past month.  Special thanks to Bro Al DiPlacidi for organizing the Herndon Team, which exemplified the Second part of the Fellowcraft Degree.


Coming this Month …

  • At our first Stared Meeting on 06 April we will welcome Worshipful Jim Kraut, District education Officer, and Worshipful Scott Springer, District Instructor of Work, for their visits to Herndon Lodge
  • Please join Reston Little League (and our Challenger Team) on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 for our annual Reston Little League Opening Day Parade.  The parade begins at 9:00AM.  Teams will be lining up in the Fountain Parking Garage located on the corner of Library St. and Freedom Dr.  They will march down Market St. towards the Reston Town Square Park (across from Il Fornaio), to a speaker’s stage.
  • District Leadership Conference, 11 April in Warrenton VA.
  • Bro Burx is organizing a Lodge Cleanup Day, Sunday 12 April, 8am til they’re done (Thanks Burx).  Brethren can volunteer to help spruce up the inside and outside of the building.  Volunteers should contact Brother Burx
  • Two EA degrees at our Second Stated Meeting, 19 April.  Come out and welcome our youngest Masons.
  • Beehive Club – Monday 19 April at 6pm – Bro. Jacob Yates will make a presentation “The Holy Royal Arch – from Blue Lodge to the York Rite”


And Coming Soon …

  • First Stated Meeting in May – York Rite & Scottish Rite night.  Program presented jointly by Bro Burx Norrod (Scottish Rite Rep), and WB Tom Morisson (York Rite Rep).
  • The British are coming to Manassas.  No I’m not confusing my American history.  Members of the English Masonic Demonstration Team will be demonstrating their versions of the Second and Third degrees at Manasseh Lodge.  All Master Masons are welcome to attend.
    • Second Degree: Monday 4th May 2015 at Dine 6.15p.m, Work 7.30pm.
    • Third Degree:  Friday 8th May 2015 at Dine 6.30 pm and Work 7.30pm.
  • Herndon Festival – Herndon Lodge will again be supporting the Herndon Festival Thursday, May 28 through Sunday, May 31, by providing a Child ID Booth and Marshalling the Fireworks displays.  Bro Jim Butts has again volunteered to organize our participation (Thanks Jim).  Sign-up sheets will be circulating, but you can secure your spot by contacting Bro Jim
  • GMOV Official visit to Districts 2, 3, & $, Saturday 08 August.  Tickets are available for $20.
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