July 2011


June was a month full of Masonic activities. At our first stated we honored John Mosesso with the Lodge’s Community Builder Award. John is a long time volunteer in the Herndon community. For the past 18 years he has coordinated the volunteers supporting the Herndon Festival and for nearly as long has run the annual Herndon Homecoming Parade. We thank Mr. Mosesso for helping to maintain Herndon’s “small Town” atmosphere and for all his hard work and dedication to his volunteer efforts.

Also at the first stated we garnered more light from several Masonic organizations. Members from the DeMolay, Jobies, Order of the Easter Star, Amaranth, Royal Arch, Allied Masonic Degrees, and Widows Sons Riding Association all provided insightful presentations about their organizations.

At our second stated, RW WO Harrison offered a program about the Holy St Johns as well as a discourse on why it is so important to continue to spread light. Bro Bennie Bough was present to provide information on the Shriners and why he and others have joined – for fellowship and to aid the relief of needy children. My thanks to all the presenters this past month that brought further light to Herndon Lodge.
In two called meetings, the Brethren of Herndon raised two new Master Masons. The first was Guillaume Vaval. Brother Vaval was raised on June 22nd. Brother David Stein was raised at our meeting at the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge Temple in Philadelphia on June 25. A special welcome and congratulations to our newest Master Masons of Herndon Lodge.

On the 25th, the Brethren of Herndon Lodge and their families toured the several apartments of the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge Temple in Philadelphia. This is a remarkable building with seven very active Lodge rooms – each grandly appointed and decorated in its own unique motif, Grand Lodge offices, and Library. Further fellowship was enjoyed by those that spent part of weekend in Philadelphia at attractions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Franklin Institute and cheesesteaks!

We’ll celebrate the 4th of July at our first stated with a cook out and a presentation by the Heroes of ’76. This will be open to all, so bring your friends and family to join us. We’ll start the meeting and fellowship at 6:30p. Following a short business meeting we’ll adjourn early enough walk the couple of blocks to where the Town of Herndon will present its annual fireworks display to honor the 4th.
On the 17th Herndon Lodge will help support the local Friends Meeting House on their annual Used Bike Drive. If you have any old bikes that you’ve been looking to get rid of, the 17th is the day to do it. Bring your bikes to the Lodge that morning and we’ll batch them all together into a donation to the Meeting House. On the 20th Herndon will host the District 4 School of Instruction. This is a great opportunity to brush up on some Masonic ritual or to renew friendships with other Brethren in the District.

It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it. ~George Washington

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