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Once again we are raffling off a beautiful 20" neon masonic clock like the one we had last year. This clock sells for $300. The raffle will not be based on the PA Lottery but will drawn following our Stated Meeting on October 20th. There are 1,000 tickets printed for sale. Officers and members who chose to participate will have tickets for sale at the below pricing:
1 - $5; 3 - $10; 5 - $15; 10 - $20
Seller of winning ticket will receive $100
The income from this raffle will go toward our newly established school grants for the fine arts in the Trinity and Washington School Districts.
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 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.
Please Welcome our new Brother Zachery T. Goodwin who was made a Master Mason at the extra meeting of April 29th. Brother Zach is in sales with WESCO Distribution and resides in East Washington. At age 30 he is the newest member of our "Son's of Hiram" club and has already participated in a recent bowling event with them.
We congratulate our newest Master Mason and encourage all members to come out to meet him at our meetings and functions.
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. Standing behind the ladies are their escorts for the evening and in the back row are the remaining officers of the Lodge. Each of our lady guests received roses to take home with them. They were entertained in the social hall during our meeting by Amy Mankey, the daughter of our late Brother Ed Phillips. Amy raises special sheep and presented an interesting program about wool, spinning and yarn.
The dinner was held at 6:30 and was a delicious meal of homemade wedding soup made by Bro. Jason Slider's mother-in-law, or if you preferred an equally delicious homemade chicken stew from Bro. Shawn Geiger, served with a crispy tossed salad, Cellone's Italian Bread and homemade biscuits by Bro. Shawn Geiger. The meal was very well received by all. Our before meeting meals are always very nice and we hope that more brethren will take advantage of partaking with us before attending Lodge. The cost is minimal. Do come out and join us at our March Stated Meeting, you will enjoy both the food and the good fellowship of the brethren.
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.
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.
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>>The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has instituted a new computerized state of the art Lodge and Financial Management System. The system, currently near completion will put the the offices of Secretary, Treasurer and the Trustees online and is the most advanced system of its kind. The days of paper bookkeeping are essentially history in Pennsylvania Freemasonry. As one of two IT Specialists in the 29th District, One of the first steps, a support readiness training session, was held at the Patton Campus in Elizabethtown, Saturday, August 23rd, where the new system was introduced to our IT Specialists. The proposed full launch to all lodges will occur later this year and the old system we currently use will be mothballed in a “read only” configuration.
Secretaries for selected “pilot lodges” will receive readiness training that will be conducted at Oakmont Riverview High School on Sept. 6th at an all-day session, and “pilot lodges” will go live on Sept. 8th. More information should be coming out from the Grand Lodge in the near future.
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