Stated Meeting: Monday December 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
Extra Meeting: Saturday, Dec. 21 - 9:00 am
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Our Stated Meeting in November featured a team from the Masonic Village in Sewickley, PA that brought with them an interesting and informative visual presentation about the annual Enchanted Evening program held yearly at the Village for the older ladies residing there who are widowed. The program each year involves a sumptuous banquet and speaker. It also supplies evening gowns for these ladies to choose from to wear for the evening and according to our guest speakers is unquestionably the most anticipated event on the calendar at the Village campus each year. Pictures were displayed by projector of the past programs and some of the ladies all decked out in their gowns for the evening event.
Following the program our Worshipful Master Brother Boice had a basket passed around the Lodge room which collected a total of $202.00 from those brethren in attendance. The money was then donated to pay for the dinners of four ladies to the next event coming up very soon.
We thank our guests for bringing us an outstanding program for our meeting. In the picture shown left to right Bro. Robert C. Nichter, P.M., Emmaus Lodge No. 792, Arthur Williams, Wilson-Joppa Lodge No. 714, W.M. Boice, and presenters Tracy H. Miller, P.M., Enchanted Evening committee chairman, and David A. Rihl, P.M., co-chairman, both of Doric Lodge No. 630.
THEY'RE BACK! After many years of being dormant the Sunset Singers have been brought back to life by Brother Matthew A. Boice our Worshipful Master and is seeking additional voices to join in with them.
First organized back in the mid 70's and sporting white tux jackets, ruffled shirts, black bow ties, and tux trousers, the group was very popular and had many invitations to perform for civic organizations, churches, corporate functions, malls and many other events throughout the western Pennsylvania area. Money donated to the group for their performances was used to defray costs of new sheet music and equipment, and what was left over went to Masonic Charities. Then as now, Brother G. Richard Zimmerman, P.M., now a 33°, was the accompanist on piano.
With this first performance by the newly formed singers, the stage is now set for expansion. If any member of our Lodge or any other Lodge in the District or area, or even non-members love to sing, now is the time to step up and get involved with a truely enjoyable group of men who share those feelings. To add your voice to the group, contact Brother Boice today.
Please Welcome our newest Brothers who were made Master Masons at the 29th District One Day Class, Saturday morning, October 19, 2013. The Degrees were conferred by an expert Degree Team comprised of Lodges throughout the 29th Masonic District and the work was outstanding. Our six new Brothers are pictured here from left to right: Brothers James W. Levers; Shane M. Leary; David E. Groves; Worshipful Master Matthew A. Boice; Gregg B. Thomas; Gary R. Bertosh; and Nathan W. Ray.
Past Masters Recognition Night at Sunset Lodge was something very special this year. For the first time a new program borrowed in part from another lodge here in PA was performed by our Worshipful Master. The program was truly very moving and received great approval by all those in attendance. It is anticipated that this ceremony will continue to be performed in the coming years to recognize our past masters and their valuable contributions to the fraternity. We had 38 in attendance of which 11 were past masters of 623 and several past masters from other lodges. All past masters were presented with a "Forget-me-not" pin by Worshipful Master Boice.
|1st Annual Blue Shoot is a success. Next year will be even better.|
The 2013 Blue Shoot is now history. The plans are to hold this event again next year at the same location. Kudos to all those who got involved with this first of a kind event for our Lodge, especially our Junior Warden, Brother Eugene Kelly, who accepted the task of organizing and running it. Although not attended by as many brethren as we had hoped for we made a total of $410.00 for our Lodge. This money is earmarked to go towards a Masonic charity.
Washington Lodge No. 164 and Sunset Lodge No. 623 held their 2nd joint open house on Saturday, July 13th, from 11:30 to 2:00 pm at the Masonic Center in Washington, PA. The event followed the 3rd Annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival Parade though downtown Washington which featured the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania float and members of both lodges, the York Rite Bodies, Shrine, Tall Cedars, Eastern Star and DeMolay. During the parade several members of the two lodges were giving out small American flags with a card attached to the staff announcing the Masonic Open House. We were pleased with the member turnout for this special activity which put Freemasonry in front of the public here in Washington for the first time in recent years. The lodges have agreed that this is a good opportunity to promote the fraternity and will likely participate in next years parade too. After the parade those who participated with our group were treated to Shorty's hot dogs at the Masonic Center.
The annual Meeting in the Hills was held on Friday afternoon June 28th. The usual venue was washed out by all the rain so it was moved to the Connellsville Firehall.
Following the steak dinner, James Cochran Lodge No. 614 opened and the "Lincoln Degree" was presented by cast members from the Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh. To see the VIDEO of the event, click on the read more button below.
• CHRISTMAS DAY OBSERVANCE - Noon in the Lodge room, 44 W. Wheeling St. Jacques DeMolay Commandery No. 3 Knights Templar of PA. Open to all Brethren, family and guests.