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December Trestleboard

December Trestleboard

Brethren –

Grand Lodge has concluded and the Brothers elected William Edward Hershey, Jr (HayMaket Lodge No. 313) as our Grand Master.  Gregory Martin Valker was appointed as one of Bill’s personal representatives and will serve District 2 this year as District Deputy Grand Master.  Congratulations to both for their preferment.  At the conclusion of Grand Lodge, Herndon No. 264 officially became a member Lodge of District 2. (http://vamasonicdistrict2.org/)

Read the full Trestleboard HERE

 

 

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Wardens Night

Wardens Night

It was Herndon’s first meeting as a Lodge in District 2, Wardens Night, and ugly sweater night.

Senior Wardens from all District Lodges provided an overview of their Lodges.

Ugly sweaters from across the District

Brother Fred Barenz’s sweater was the hands down ugliest

RW Greg Valker presented the District Travelling Gavel

Even JoJo got into the act

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November Trestleboard

November Trestleboard

Brethren –

October is now in our rear view mirror and 2018 is rushing to an end.  What happened this past month?  Plenty!  Brother Jim Dietzel arranged an outing at Bad Axe Throwing.  An unusual sport to say the least, but those that went had a terrific time.  A visit was made to Metropolitan Lodge 161 in Leesburg.  Wonderful fellowship and an opportunity to hear different ritual was much enjoyed.  For our Stated, chef Brother Justin Matthews prepared an outstanding meal to nourish us.  Most Worshipful James Litten (2016) was our keynote speaker and provided with a Founders Day talk that included some Herndon Lodge history.  We held a Called Communication to confer the Entered Apprentice Degree and heard an EA catechism return.  We will need to schedule this Brother for his FellowCraft Degree this month.  Several Brothers sojourned north to join some 300+ Brothers – including PA Grand Master Eugene Herritt – on the Gettysburg Battlefield for a Master Mason Degree.  The month was closed out with the Leesburg Halloween Parade where we joined with the Brethren from District 2 to be “Stonecutters”.

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Lodge of Low Vale

Lodge of Low Vale

In the spirit of unity, members from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line came together to raise a new Master Mason on the hallowed ground of the Gettysburg Battlefield.  Over 300 were in attendance including members of Herndon Lodge and the Grand Master of PA.

Every Lodge need something representing a West gate…

Abe doing his very best to unite those around him.

WB Greg Valker, RW GM Eugene Herritt, Bros Eric LeHew and Axel Alanis, and RW Grand Jr Warden Larry Derr

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Elm tree down!

A very old and very large elm tree on a neighboring property was presenting fall danger to all buildings near it.  A cooperative approach was taken to benefit all parties.   The Lodge supplied the access for the endeavor to proceed.

A crane was used to bring the tree down a piece at a time.

A worker in the tree shows just how large it really was.

One branch – larger than most trees in the area.

A high flying act.

The stump was left this tall because a chain link fence used to be on the property. The tree engulfed it.

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Past Masters Night

Past Masters Night

Our October Stated started off with a Beehive meeting, than a fantastic dinner prepared by Brother Justin Matthews.   In the Social Hall, we recognised and thanked the members of the Eastern Star that have fed us so heartily all year long and were treated to a wonderful Founder’s Day Program presented by MW Brother James Litten.   In the Lodge, we recognised and honored the Past Masters of Herndon Lodge.  These men served our Fraternity well and continue to support our Lodge.

 

 

Members of the Star having an opportunity to enjoy a meal rather than serve it.

The crowd enjoying Brother Justin’s offering.

Under the watchful eye of Brother George Washington, MW Brother Jim Litten stands to deliver the Founder’s Day program.

The Herndon Past Masters…

MW Brother Jim & RW Brother Phil under the newly installed Herndon Lodge sign.

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