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IT IS OUR SAD DUTY TO
ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF:
Brother Gary C. Watsula
February 23, 2017
Brother George C. Palmer, Past Master 1965
January 14, 2017
NEW INITIATES IN 2017
We welcome the following new Brothers who Entered our Lodge this year:
Jordan A. Smith
Justin S. McKeag
Scholarship/Grant Fund Program Changes
Watch this space for news concerning our School Grant and Scholarship Fund....... 2017-03-27
Shown in above picture are Brother Keith F. McCully (60 yr) center left -- Brother Norman P. Bedillion (50 yr) center right with family members, officers of the Lodge, and the District Deputy Grand Master Brother David L. Moore. Their awards were presented immediately following the close of the March Stated Meeting. Not shown but also receiving his 25 year service award is Brother Craig A. McDaniel. This being the District Deputy's official visitation to the Lodge there was a large turnout of brethren from around the district.
Shown at left is our newly installed Worshipful Master Brother Joseph J. DeThomas receiving his hat from outgoing Master Brother Eugene A. Kelly following the first public installation of officers ever conducted by Sunset Lodge in it's 115 years. Brother DeThomas will assume the position of Master of the Lodge at high noon on St. John's Day, December 27, 2016.
Also installed during the ceremonies were the Wardens, and Treasurer. Brother Zachery T. Goodwin will be our new Junior Warden and Brother John M. Breitigan will be our new Senior Warden. Brother James C. Zerfoss will assume the duties of the office of Treasurer for the coming year.
After the closed election of officers the Lodge was closed and opened to guests for the impressive installation ceremony. It is anticipated that the open installation format will continue going forward as the general consensus of those in attendance this year was very favorable to continuing to allow friends and family to witness what was once never seen.
This is just one of many changes to the fraternity in the past few years to allow for a more family oriented organization.
Our Veterans Program for the Stated Meeting was very impressive with the young men and women of the Trinity High School JROTC providing the Honor Guard for the evening. The program provided by the Grand Lodge was given by the Master and the Wardens to honor Veterans for their service to the country. Shown to the left are JROTC members preparing the Flag for the folding ceremony, a portion of which you can soon view as a video by clicking on the videos menu tab. Each Veteran present was presented with the Grand Lodge's Veterans pin which is an all new design this year.
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is the Department of Defense's largest youth development program. JROTC serves as a character and leadership development program for our nation’s high school students. High school students enrolled in JROTC are called “Cadets.” There are approximately 314,000 Cadets enrolled in JROTC in 1,731 high schools, led by 4,000 retired Army Instructors.
We sincerely thank these young soon to be leaders of the country for making time to be with us and for providing our honor guard for the program.
The Joint Service Club Sign Committee Annual Awards Luncheon was held at the Washington and Jefferson College Ballroom in the Rossin Campus Center on Tuesday November 15, 2017 hosted this year by Washington Lodge No. 164 F&AM. The Service Club membership consists of Washington Lodge No. 164 F&AM, Sunset Lodge No. 623 F&AM, Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club of Washington, PONY Baseball & Softball, Washington Lion's Club, Zonta Club of Washington County, Martha Assembly Order of Rainbow for Girls, Kiwanis Club of Washington, Washington Business & Professional Women, Joppa Chapter Order of DeMolay, and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. They meet annually to make Award Presentations to their respective members. This year receiving the Man of the Year Award for Sunset Lodge was Brother C. Edwin Lemley our Tyler and Steward. The Award is a nice certificate and the presenter for Sunset Lodge was Brother Phillip M. Morrow. Brother Lemley was recognized for his dedication to our Lodge over the years and his assistance in making sure that we have refreshments available following our stated and extra meetings. In the picture above he is the third in from the right. We sincerely congratulate Brother Ed for the honor he has received and urge all of our members to do the same the next time they meet him.
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.
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>> 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.