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April 2014

Brethren,

 

Well let’s hope spring decides to stay awhile..

 

March got off to a bang with a major snowstorm that caused us to delay our First Stated meeting from Monday to Friday. Even with the change of date and lingering effects of snow, we had a pretty good turn out. Our Second Stated meeting almost fell to the same fate. More snow fell. The Federal Government was closed, but the roads cleared and we not only had our meeting but also initiated a new Brother that night. As March rolled on, we went to the Sinclair Ritual School at Manassas. Our Lodge had the honor of exemplifying the EA degree on Friday night. When our team finished the degree, someone in the audience called out “What about the charge?” Brother Burx was up to the task, as usual, and did an excellent delivery. Another highlight of the night was our JW, Bro. Al Diplacedi, received his Warden’s certificate from RW Barry Constant. Congratulations Brother Al and I can now rest a little easier.  To finish out the month, we conferred a second EA degree. That makes four Brothers initiated so far this year. On another great note, the Jobies initiated four new girls into the Bethel. Congratulations.

 

April will once again be a busy month. On our first Stated, we will have a night dedicated to the Scottish Rite. RW Norm Hoff has arranged for a special guest speaker, Bro. Paul Evancoe, who is an author and a Navy SEAL in his past life.  Our Second Stated meeting will be for the York Rite with RW Don McAndrews as the guest speaker. For this meeting, let’s show our support and have all Royal Arch Masons come attired in their best red jackets. Last month, we started collecting to assist Kathleen Garcia, Miss Jobs Daughter for VA, in her fund raising to attend the Grand Session in Seattle this summer and represent not only VA but also Bethel 52 and Herndon Lodge. The Lodge will match all funds raised up to $500. Donations can be given to the Secretary, thru the website or in my hat on the altar at the end of each meeting.

 

Sincerely and Fraternally,

 

Tom Morrison, WM

 

No matter what your heartache may be, laughing helps you forget it for a few seconds.

– Bro. Red Skelton

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March 2014

Brethren,

 

G’day from Down Under.

 

February saw the official visit of our DDGM, RW Carl Dunn. We had an outstanding meeting well attended by both members of our Lodge as well as many Brethren from around the District. We conferred 2 EA degrees at our Second Stated that the cold kept us from initiating on our Second Stated in January. It was a great practice for Brothers Bennett and Al who will exemplify the EA degree at the Sinclair school on Friday 21 March.

 

Let’s hope winter is done with and we can get back to our regular schedules. In March, the major District event is the Sinclair School on Friday 21 March and Sat 22 March at Manasseh Lodge. Friday will start at 7:00 PM sharp and will conclude at 9:00 PM. The Saturday session will start at 7:30 AM with a business meeting and the formal school to start around 8 AM. Come out and support our LIW as he exemplifies the FC catechism. The School will end by noon. Our March Stated will have a program by RE Don McAndrews on the York Rite.

 

 

 

Sincerely and Fraternally,

 

Tom Morrison, WM

 

“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.

– Bro. Benjamin Franklin

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February 2014

Brethren,

Well, it’s been a cold start to 2014. We survived the polar vortex as well as the heat going out in the main Lodge room. Let’s hope the groundhog gets this winter over with! We had great fellowship at the District Leadership Conference on Jan 25th at the Alexandria Scottish Rite Temple where we met with the Grand Master, our District Deputy Grand Master, the Grand Line, and the Brothers from District 4 and the neighboring Districts.

February will be off to a fast start with the official visit of our DDGM, RW Carl Dunn, coming to our First Stated meeting. He has two more official visits closely behind ours. He will visit Acacia on Feb 6th and Henry on Feb 7th. Please come out and support our DDGM on his official visits. We will then confer 2 EA degrees this month on the two candidates that the cold kept us from initiating on our Second Stated.

We had a great FC degree on our called meeting. We had Brothers step up for the Deacons, Chaplain, and Junior Warden positions. We saw Wor. Mauricio receive in the East for the first time, an excellent job by our Junior Warden conferring the degree, and a special treat had RW W.O. Harrison performing the Senior Deacon’s lecture. Well done Brethren.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone for your prayers, thoughts, and support this past month. Once again, you have proven we are the greatest fraternal organization in existence.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tom Morrison, WM

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