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Greetings Brethren …

At our first Stared Meeting on 06 April, we welcomed Worshipful Jim Kraut, District education Officer, and Worshipful Scott Springer, District Instructor of Work, for their visits to Herndon Lodge.  WB Springer discussed with the Lodge whether the Ritual should be written down.  Don’t worry … the Grand Lodge isn’t planning any changes … but WB Springer engaged us in an interesting debate.  We also initiated two new Entered Apprentices at our Second Stated meeting.

On 02 May, Herndon Lodge co-Hosted a Masonic Festive Board with Freedom 118 and A. Douglas Smith 1949.  A Masonic Festive Board harkens back to a time when Lodges met in taverns or public houses.  A hearty meal, spirits, and songs enhanced the fellowship of the afternoon.  Brother David Gardiner traveled up from Williamsburg to provide us with a program on the history of music at Masonic meetings, and to lead us in several entertaining … um … fellowship songs.  Brother Scott Warner, a Fellow Craft at Olive Branch, providing a great meal and appropriate spirits.  Proceeds from the Festive Board are being donated to the Freedom Building Fund.

Looking ahead, we will be raising a Master Mason at our Second Stated meeting in May.  Please contact our Junior Warden ( if you are available to assist … or are interested in learning a part.

Coming this Month …

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).

  • Second Stated Meeting Master Mason Degree, 19 May. Practices – Friday May 8th and Friday May 15th @ 6:30PM
  • Called Meeting for an EA Degree – Monday, May 25th (yes, we know it’s Memorial day). EA Practice – Thursday, May 21st @ 6:30PM
  • 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.
  • Beehive Club – Monday 19 April at 6pm – Brother Jim Dietzel will make a presentation entitled: Recovering the Ancient Wisdom: A Radical Reinterpretation of Masonic Ritual. His presentations are always pretty deep & thought inspiring, so should be yet another good one.

 And Coming Soon …

  •  First Stated Meeting in June – Sts John presentation by the Beehive Club
  • 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
  • 15 July, District School at Herndon Lodge
  • GMOV Official visit to Districts 2, 3, & $, Saturday 08 August. Tickets are available for $20.
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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.

More information available here

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