Stated Meeting June 20, 2016
Extra Meeting June 27, 2016
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IT IS OUR SAD DUTY TO
ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF:
Brother Wilson W. Carroll
NEW INITIATES IN 2016
We welcome the following new Brothers who Entered our Lodge this year:
John B. Clinger
Michael D. Faust
Patrick J. Funwela
Jeffrey J. Legler
Kenneth W. McConnell, Jr
Ean P. Miller
Christian T. Phillips
$265.00 in donations for Washington City Mission
Brethren, we are pleased to announce that our Lodge has donated $215.00 to the Washington City Mission from a 'pass the hat' donation at our June 15th Stated Meeting. The Mission suffered a disastrous fire in their kitchen and dining area last week. The Masonic Temple Association is also making plans to allow the Mission to use the social hall and kitchen to feed the needy which currently numbers around 300 meals a day.
On September 21st the Lodge donated an additional $50 to the Mission after Ms. Donna Bussey presented a short program at the Stated Meeting
By action of the Lodge, we have changed our scholarship program to a cash grant program for the fine arts departments of the same school districts we have been serving for 22 years. After consultation with superintendents, principles, and school staff it was mutually agreed that a change would be beneficial to the schools and to the Lodge.
The brothers of 623 have been very supportive of the change and have been donating generously to it. If all would consider a $10.00 donation this year along with your 2016 dues, that would sufficiently underwrite the program.
SONS OF HIRAM CLEANUP PROJECT ON SATURDAY, MAY 21st at Sara Jane McCullough's home in Washington.
Brothers Zachary Goodwin (L) and Philip Snoke cleaning up a flower bed, one of several projects the work party accomplished during the morning hours on a rainy day.
Sara Jane McCullough is the widow of Roy A. McCullough, P.M. of Sunset Lodge and is not able to get around too well. The SOH group decided to make her the first of a series of projects they anticipate completing in the coming months.
What are the Sons of Hiram you ask? Well, they are the newer younger Brothers of Sunset Lodge between the ages of 18 and 40. They have been organized as a group or club within our Lodge to provide activities and to promote fellowship and camaraderie and to provide a vehicle of promoting not only our Lodge, but the fraternity in the community.
DEGREE CONFERRED APRIL 25, 2016
Brother Jeffrey J. Legler received his Master Masons Degree on Monday evening, April 25, 2016 at the Lodge. Shown left to right are Brother Eugene A. Kelley, Worship Master of Sunset Lodge, Brother Legler, and Brother Jay McGuire, P.M. of Claysville Lodge No. 447 who was the conferring Worshipful Master for the Degree. We warmly welcome Brother Legler to Sunset Lodge and look forward to seeing him our meetings. Please come out and greet him.
DEGREES CONFERRED MARCH 30, 2016
New Master Masons, shown here with the entire team of officers at the extra meeting on March 30, 2016. Front row left to right are 623 W.M. Brother Eugene A. Kelly, new brothers John B. Clinger, Kenneth W. McConnell, Jr., and Michael D. Faust. The three degrees were conferred simultaneously by the degree team. Brother James L. Armstrong, P.M. of Claysville Lodge 447 was the conferring master assisted by brothers from Claysville 447 and Washington Lodge 164 and Sunset Lodge 623.
We warmly welcome our all of our new brothers to Sunset Lodge 623. Please come out and meet them at the next Stated Meeting.
Brother David J. Thomas, our newest Past Master receives his Past Master Jewel from Brother George E. Silvers our most senior Past Master, at the Stated Meeting on February 15, 2016. Brother Silvers served as master of 623 in 1958. He congratulated Brother Thomas on having a fine year and wished him well in the future. Brother Thomas' term saw twelve new members enter the lodge.
|Washington City Mission||Masonic Center Social Hall|
The Washington City Mission was extended an invitation to use the Masonic Center's kitchen and dining facilities to feed their residents until they complete the rebuilding of the burned out areas of their building on W. Wheeling Street. The Masonic Temple Preservation Association made the invitation as a gesture of goodwill to the community service organization and the Mission as of August 5th has started to move into our building and ready the kitchen for their specific needs. They provide three meals a day to the over 100 residents they now serve. They start serving breakfast around 7am and finish evening dinner by 6pm. The nine Masonic bodies meeting in the Center will not be adversely affected by this temporary relocation and it was felt that this was the right thing for us to do.
It is anticipated that the Mission will be using the our building for the next 12 to 16 months as they make their renovations to restore their building to the now required building codes. According to Jerry Oxford, Director of Mission Initiatives, the Masonic facility more than meets the Mission's needs and they are very pleased at being able to use our facility which is so close to their own building on W. Wheeling St.
We welcome the Mission and their residents to our facility.
Congratulations to our Brothers John M. Breitigan and Nathan W. Ray on achieving the prerequisites for eligibility as Master Builders from the Grand Master at the June Communication on Saturday, June 20th at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center. Our Brothers are the first in the 29th District to achieve this high distinction bestowed by the Grand Lodge for 1st year members who complete the Master Builders Course requirements on the Grand Lodge Web site.
Shown at left are Brothers Matthew A. Boice, P.M., Breitigan, David L. Moore, District Deputy Grand Master, Ray, and George E. Silvers, P.M.
We are extremely pleased with the progress of these two new Brothers and look forward to more great things from them as they continue their journey in Freemasonry. For more information on the Master Builders Award contact the Secretary.
Sunset Lodge was represented at the recent arts and crafts exposition at Trinity Area High School on Tuesday January 13, 2015. We presented two $500 cash grants. One was given to the art department and the other was given to the school orchestra. These grants are the result of the new "Arts Grant Program" launched by the Lodge under the direction of Brother Matthew A. Boice, Past Master. Money for these grants reflects donations from Lodge members and from the several fund raising activities the Lodge has been engaged in over the past year including our clay shoot, progressive raffle and Masonic Clock raffle. The grants were presented by Bro. Boice, assisted by Bros. Joseph J. DeThomas, Junior Warden, and John Breitigan, Chaplain.
|Orchestra Check Presentation: Left to right, Mr. John McCarthy, music teacher, Brother Joseph DeThomas, Even Berry, Brother John Breitigan, Sara Setto, Mrs. Carol Lee, Assistant Principal, Dr. Michael Lucas, Superintendent, Brother Matthew Boice.|
|Art Department Check Presentation: left to right, Mrs. Carol Lee, Assistant Principal, Brother John Bretigan, Mackenzie Sheppard, Makayla Plants, Brother Joseph DeThomas, Mrs. Sherry Knight, Arts Department Head, Dr. MIchael Lucas, Superintendent, Brother Matthew Boice.|
On Friday evening, January 30, 2015, the Lodge made it's presentation of a $1,000 check to the Prexie Performers of Washington High School at a packed house just prior to the final performance of "Face on the Barroom Floor."
|Check Presentation: Left to right, Isaac Pleta, crew member, Sarah Boice, assistant director, Ali Jackson, crew member, Brother Zachery T. Goodwin, Brandy La Quatra, director, Laura Wicker, crew member and Brother Matthew A. Boice, P.M.|
>> Brother Gary R. Bertosh elected president of the Masonic Temple Preservation Association on March 17, 2016.
>> Pictures of Temple basement renovation project.. click to view slideshow.
>> Pictures of the 3rd floor of the Masonic Temple taken 8/3/14.. you must login here to view pictures
>> The Masonic Center has a low power information radio transmitter installed and operating on 1620 AM for passerby's to tune in. The radio gives out information about who meets in the building and other pertinent facts about the Fraternity.
>> CBS Sunday Morning presents an inside look at Freemasonry click here to view the video.
The origin of these terms, descriptive of Speculative Freemasons, goes back into the very beginnings of the history of the Order; indeed, behind the history of the building Craft in Europe.
But it is only in keeping with the antiquity of the teachings of Freemasonry. Many of our symbols and their meanings go back to the very childhood of the race. Through these a direct relationship may be traced in mind, heart and ideal; if not in written document, to such diverse ages and places as China four thousand years ago, the priesthood of ancient Egypt and the Jews of the Captivity.
Answer: When he can look out over the rivers, the hills and the far horizons with a profound sense of his own littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope, charity and courage. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive and to love his fellowmen.