MONKEY NAPPED!

While resting peacefully in the truck during a recent visit to Freedom Lodge, JoJo was awakened from his slumber and snatched from the vehicle, bound and brought to parts unknown.  The Monkey Nappers left this note along with a photo… Our JoJo certainly seems to be in peril.  

 

Slowly but surely clues began to emerge.   JoJo was leaving behind signs to point his rescuers to his location.

The first lead up a winding staircase… 

Beyond some ancient ruins…  To a place where a founding father declared the view worth the trip across the Atlantic…

But, the captors then retired up into the country.   The trail had gone cold…  

JoJo’s fortunes were not to be turned so easily.   Additional intelligence came via a local that he had seen a group of 3 strangers passing that way with another being lead by a cabletow.   They were traveling a westerly course.   They attempted to pass here…  which would have landed them near this marker… 

 

 

 

 

Additional clues to his whereabouts began to surface… 

 

 

 

A passerby spotted JoJo in a upstairs window!  We were getting to close to finding him.

 

 

 

 

In an odd turn of events and by use of his guile and charming personality, JoJo was able to escape his captors.   He ran wildly into the street where he looked up to see this emblem… 

He gave the grand hailing sign and yelled “CARTWRIGHT!”  But, no one came to his aide.

When he thought all was lost… his captures closing in on him once again… he then saw the promised land…    

The Brothers hearing his call, rushed to his aide and chased off those that would have brought him harm.    The ruffians had been identified and foiled of their plan to illegally gain that of which they were not entitled to have.     They were last seen ducking into this building… 

JoJo is once again home and safe.

 

 

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JoJo took a trip with the Herndon and Ashburn (Hernburn) DeMolay Chapters to Elizabethtown PA for the 3rd annual  Dodgeball for Dyslexia tournament, benefiting the Children’s Dyslexia Centers.  Twelve teams competed – NoVA brought five.   JoJo was eliminated early but the Hernburn DeMolay  brought the trophy home!

 

 

 

 

 

While roaming around Pennsylvania, Jojo visited the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown PA.

The Lodge room is huge, but the walls are too slippery to climb.   They also have a lovely Chapel that is just too pretty to climb.  JoJo just sat there trying to identify all the Masonic Families and symbols in the stained glass.  How many can you find?
So instead of climbing JoJo ran to Chocolate World at Hershey Park.  He made a new friend.

 

 

 

 

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JoJo (and others) paid a visit to Spurmont Lodge No. 98 in Strasburg VA.    Bro SD Eric LeHew’s Great Great Great Grandfather was the charter Master of this Lodge.  His Father (Bill LeHew) joined for the visit as well.

WM Mike Singleton with Bro Eric & Bro Bill LeHew

WB John Jewell serves up some BBQ with JoJo

JoJo with the Officers

Great Great Great Grandpappy LeHew

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JoJo on the Gettysburg Battlefield…

But… quickly found the horses to be just too intimidating and retreated to the saftey of the vehicle.

 

JoJo started the day off strong…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JoJo tried is paw at the Secretary’s desk during Brother Evin’s Master Mason degree.  He was overheard at the end of the evening from the cleft of the desk proclaiming “this job is not for every monkey, I never want to sit here again!”

 

 

 

 

 

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Herndon Open House

Never one to miss a good breakfast or pass on a great opportunity to learn, JoJo dropped in on Herndon’s Open House to take in the happenings.

Helping in the kitchen with Sandy and Paul Turner.

Selling Tom Feely a breakfast ticket.

Chowing down with Brothers and sharing fellowship.

Wearing some bling with Howard Sobel.

Accepting the Lodge’s Challenger Team photo from RW Pobat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JoJo was equally comfortable on either side of the education programs offered – whether it was taking it all in with others or showing RW Rhey how to get the job done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visit to Treadwell No. 213 in White Post, VA.

This visit was a little more relaxed.   JoJo helped WM Mark Williams make breakfast for the visitors then sat down with Geoff and Heather Hoyt to enjoy a big meal himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Visit to George Washington Lodge No. 143 in Chambersburg, PA.

John Brown historical marker.

JoJo started his Civil War tour of the Town at the house where John Brown plotted his raid on Harpers Ferry..

 

 

 

 

 

From there, he made is way over to the Masonic Temple that also played a roled during the Civil War.

 

 

 

 

 

Things then got a little crazy as JoJo put on his best King Kong imitation…

 

 

 

 

He settled down once he got inside.   He posed with the Master, the DDGM, the Officers, and even turn a turn running things from the East.

 

 

 

GW 143 that night was honoring 7 50 year vetrans, 1 60 year vetran, and 1 70 year vetran.    This made JoJo feel quite young.   The Brothers of GW promised to come visit JoJo in Herndon this Fall.

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JoJo resting up for the start of his journey.

JoJo is our Lodge monkey.   He will be out and about – visiting other Lodges, stopping in to check on distant Brothers, comforting those in need of support.  Updates for his travels will be posted here.

 So, where in the world is JoJo?