Stated Meeting Monday, February 16, 2015
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IT IS OUR SAD DUTY TO
ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF:
Brother Keith B. Bricker
Brother William M. Hadden
Brother James W. McCullough
CLOCK RAFFLE WON BY BRO. GARY BERTOSH A MEMBER OF 623.
The drawing was held immediately following our October Stated Meeting. We have a video of the drawing but have had no time to process it. We will put it up as soon as we can.
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 Shappard, Makayla Plants, Brother Joseph DeThomas, Mrs. Sherry Knight, Arts Department Head, Dr. MIchael Lucas, Superintendent, Brother Matthew Boice.|
Sunset Lodge held it's first of a kind Veteran's Recognition Program immediately following the Stated Meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014. Veterans in the community, men and women were invited to attend and be recognized for their service to our country. The picture shows those non-members and members who were in attendance and received a special Veteran's Lapel pin furnished by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania for the occasion. The Worshipful Master and the Wardens presented a program prepared by the Grand Lodge and following that a moving presentation was made by Sunset Lodge member Brother Randy E. Riggle (shown at the right) a nationally touring comedian, who performed a poem he has written honoring all veterans entitled "This Hat I Hold." Following the program all were invited to the social hall where delicious pumpkin pie and apple cider was served.
Please welcome our newest Brothers to Sunset Lodge. (l-r) Brother Shawn P. Gallagher and Brother Alan D. DeJohn. Brother Gallagher received all three of his Degrees at the 29th District's One Day Class on October 25th, in the Washington Masonic Center. Brother DeJohn received his Master Mason Degree at the same class. Six other candidates also received their Degrees at this class. Our own Worshipful Master, Brother Matthew A. Boice conferred an impressive Master Masons Degree upon the candidates. Brother Gallagher is a metallurgical Lab Technician at Universal Stainless and Alloy Products. His father is also a brother of Sunset Lodge. Brother DeJohn is a firefighter for the City of Washington fire department.
We genuinely welcome these new brothers to our Lodge. They are the future of 623 and it our earnest hope that they will become actively involved with our work of "making good men better." Please be sure to reach out and shake their hands at the meetings and make them feel welcome among us.
PAST MASTERS in attendance and Lodge Officers in the back row. Our Stated Meeting on Monday September 15th was the annual recognition of our Past Masters. The meeting was preceded by a delicious ham loaf dinner prepared by the ladies of Martha V. Paul Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and served by the young ladies of Martha Assembly No 11, Order of Rainbow for Girls.
After an impressive program presented by the elected officers, Past Masters received a lapel pin and a baseball cap with the Pennsylvania Past Master Emblem embroidered on the front and "Past Master" along the side band.
Worshipful Master Matthew A. Boice stands beside the new eternal flame monument, a part of the Veteran’s Memorial, after its dedication Ceremony on Autumn Day, Saturday, September 20, 2014. The Veteran’s Memorial is located in the Veteran’s Grove at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, PA and was installed to pay homage to all active military, veterans, and all those heroes who gave their lives for our freedom.
SATURDAY, JULY 12th
|Photos: click to see full size; left: Liberty float; Grand Lodge float; WM Matt Boice|
THIS YEAR’S WHISKEY REBELLION PARADE was a great success for both Lodges. After all the pre-parade hype to the members by numerous emails and robocalls we did finally manage to pull together a large enough contingent to fill the Grand Lodge float, and this year the additional Statue of Liberty float was manned by Rev. Bro. Sammy L. Knappenberger, Jr., Grand Lodge Chaplain. The Liberty float led our masonic group followed by the Grand Lodge float and then a group of Brothers on foot, who were followed by a couple of motorcycles and finally three convertibles with riders unable to walk the route. So, we were pleased with this turnout.
We will likely do this once again next year if we can secure the floats for the second Saturday in July. So, put that on your advance calendar and please plan to join us in this very public display of Freemasonry in Washington.
A few pictures were taken and a couple of those are shown above with captions. A video was also shot, this year a bit different as it was mostly taken from the float of the parade watchers. We note with some dismay that those lining the parade route were significantly down in numbers over last year’s event as you will be able to see from the video once it is completed and published. The cause of that is undetermined, but it has been suggested that there was a general lack of extensive advertising as many folks we talked to afterward didn’t even know there was to be a parade. Perhaps the festival planners might take notice of this observation and plan to make more noise about the event next year.
Following the parade we held an open house at the Masonic Temple for anyone who wanted to know more about our fraternity and what we are all about. We had a number of folks come through for this.
When the day was over we felt that we had accomplished our task successfully.
The 2014 Scholarship winners were to be presented with their $500.00 checks at the June 16th Stated Meeting of Sunset Lodge. Unfortunately, only one of the four 2014 recipients attended the check presentation program. Pictured winner is Miss Kaylee Hobgood, Trinity High School, along with her family and Worshipful Master Matthew A. Boice.
Started in 1992 this is the 23nd consecutive year that the Lodge has underwritten these Scholarships for local high school students, Rainbow girls, and DeMolay boys. There are also thirty six $25.00 awards handed out to Trinity and Washington elementary and middle school students for outstanding scholastic achievements attained during the school year.
|2nd Annual BLUE SHOOT & Steak Dinner at Split Rail Sporting Clays in Claysville, PA raises over $1,000 for our Masonic charity programs
The 2014 Blue Shoot is now history. Held Saturday May 31st at the Split Rail Sporting Clays facility near Claysville, we had 34 shooters this year, up 50% over last years totals. The shoot was again coordinated by our Junior Warden, Brother Eugene A. Kelly. This year we had $700.00 in sign sponsors mostly credited to the hard work of our Worshipful Master Bro. Matthew A. Boice. Also this year we tried advertising on the Observer Reporter's Web site and on WJPA radio. The reports coming back from those who participated are very favorable for the event. The steak dinner following the shoot was once again a resounding success. We have already scheduled next year to be held on Saturday, May 30th. This years Traveling Trophy goes to Valley Lodge 459 and will be presented at the next District School of Instruction in August.
Washington Lodge No. 164 and Sunset Lodge No. 623 held a joint meeting on Monday, May 5th to recognize our local FIRST RESPONDERS. Local firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel were invited to participate in this first ever program requested by the Right Worshipful Grand Master to be held during the month of May. Since both lodges meet in the same building it was agreed that a joint meeting for this program would be the best approach to success.
Over 30 First Responders both masons and non-masons came out for the recognition and were presented with a special pin made by the Grand Lodge for the occasion. The program was open to the public following a brief Lodge Meeting. Officers of both lodges participated in the reading of some historical background of the various groups represented. The featured speakers were Brother Eugene A. Vittone, Washington County District Attorney, a member of Sunset Lodge, and Brother S. Timothy Warco, Washington County Coroner, a member of Washington Lodge. Also present were current Washington County Commissioner Brother Harlan G. Shober, Jr., a member of Chartiers Lodge, and former County Commissioner J. Bracken Burns. Refreshments followed the program in the social hall. It was a full house event with no empty seats in the lodge room.
Shown are the ladies and widows who braved the cold on a snowy night to join us for dinner and the special recognition program held in their honor following the Stated Meeting in February.
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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.