Stated Meeting, January 16, 2017 - 7:30pm
Annual Memorial Service for 2016 Deceased Brothers
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IT IS OUR SAD DUTY TO
ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF:
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:
Scholarship/Grant Fund Program Changes
By action of the Lodge in May, in addition to the two $1,000 grants being given each year to the fine arts programs at the Washington High School and the Trinity High School there has been added a $500 grant to a graduating senior who is a member of the local Joppa Chapter, Order of DeMolay and to a graduating senior who is a member of the local Martha Assembly of the Order of Rainbow for Girls. This brings our Grant totals back to $3,000 annually.
This money must be funded only by donations from members or by holding special fundraising events for that purpose. Unfortunately, our raffle ticket initiative has not done well as few members have participated in selling or buying tickets and consequently has been suspended for the present time until we can assess how we can move that program aggressively forward within the financial rules of the Grand Lodge. Also, the annual Blue Shoot conceived to raise money for the Fund has not performed as well as anticipated. Hopefully that situation can be reversed for next years 5th annual shoot so there can be significant profit achieved.
As it stands the balk of the grant fund program needs to come from the membership and we will be asking for generous donations with the next dues notices coming out mid October. The dues notices will also include a new $5.00 assessment for each member including 50 year members mandated by the Grand Lodge to fund the Grand Masters new Almoner Initiative which you may have read about in the Pennsylvania Freemason recently. It is a program established to assist needy worthy Brothers of our Lodge, family or widows and our Lodge is mandated to expend at least $500 for that purpose before the close of this Masonic Year. More information about this initiative is in the June Notice.
GHOSTBUSTERS find activity!
So it's true.... We do have ghosts in the building. The Bassettown Para Normal Club brought in some very expensive and sophisticated para normal detection equipment on Friday evening September 30th around 7pm and set up on the now closed 3rd floor of the building. They left around 11:30, but not before the equipment detected several unusual activities in and around the old lodge room. The findings of this group will be presented at our February Stated Meeting... Be sure not to miss it!
Sunset Lodge is sponsoring a Bus Day Trip to the Grand Lodge in Philadelphia this June 24th. It is open to all local lodges and districts on a first received payment basis until all available seats are filled. Payments received after seats filled will be returned to sender.
Brothers and their families are invited to accompany us to the Grand Lodge where we will confer the Master Mason Degree on two Fellow Craft Masons in the ornate Grand Lodge Egyptian Room.
If you have never been to the Grand Lodge this is your opportunity to see this magnificent edifice of Freemasonry. There will be a guided tour of the beautiful Masonic Temple conducted before we open Lodge. During the conferral those who are non-Masons can walk the 10 blocks or use Uber/Lyft/taxi/transit bus/subway to the historic section of the city to visit the various landmarks of America including Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell, Christ Church and other historic city sites. There are plenty of local fast food or casual dining options. (Grand Lodge caterer wanted $26 a person with tax and tip for a buffet lunch, which we felt was a tad much.)
There are 50 seats on the Waynesburg Central Cab Co. motor coach and we need to fill them to keep the cost at current level.
If you would like to join us for this trip here are the details:
- DATE: Saturday June 24 (St. John's Day)
- Bus will be leaving the J. Barry Stout Park and Ride, near Trinity Point, South Strabane Township, East Beau St, Washington, PA at 2 AM... OK yeah, you read right, that's early, but it's a long trip and you can sleep on the bus going and returning.
- Bus will be returning to above Park and Ride at approximately 11 PM
- Cost for the bus is $80.00 per person.
- All food on the trip will be at your cost as well as optional transportation and other city tours you choose.
- THE PAYMENT MUST RECEIVED BY THE SECRETARY to secure an available seat on the bus.
- April 1st is our deadline date to confirm the bus with all seats filled.
- Email the Secretary with a request for a mail-in reservation form. This will be emailed back to you.
We're ready to go! Get your payment in now and don't get shut out!
DON'T MISS THIS
OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE
GRAND LODGE OF
AWESOME BUILDING, ISN'T IT?
NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE AS OF: 2017-01-14= 48
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.
Our newest Master Masons are shown with their mentors following their Degrees at the One Day Masonic Journey held by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania at Soldiers and Sailors Hall in Oakland, Pittsburgh. Front row l-r: New Brothers Drew Manko, Austin Homerosky, Brian Homerosky, and Devlin Robinson. Back row l-r: Brothers Eugene A. Kelly, W.M., James Zerfoss, S.S., John Breitigan, J.W., and Joseph DeThomas, S.W. Our four new Brothers are now full members of the fraternity and we welcome them to Sunset Lodge.
Brother John Breitigan was the conferring Worshipful Master for the Class Entered Apprentice Masons Degree and did a spectacularly flawless job with the ritual and was congratulated personally by the Right Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania, Brother Raymond T. Dietz. We are proud of you Brother John.
DEGREE CONFERRAL JUNE 27, 2016
Brother Christian T. Phillips (front left) and Brother Ean P. Miller (front right) stand with Worshipful Master Brother Eugene A. Kelly after receiving their Master Masons Degree Monday evening at the Lodge. In the back row are the two conferring masters (l) Brother Matthew A. Boice, P.M., and (r) Brother John M. Breitigan, J.W. We warmly welcome these two new Brothers to Sunset Lodge.
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.
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.
>> 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.