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The next stated meeting of Edenton Lodge #332 will be on December 16, 2017, at 8:00 PM.

Edenton #332 Lodge Hall

Edenton #332 Lodge Hall
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December 2014

This month saw the last meeting of the 2014 and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Edenton Lodge with the installation of the officers for 2015.  The installing officer was WBro. Mike Phillips of Amelia Lodge together with RWBro's. Jerry Madlener and George West and Bro. Ken Snider as the rest of the installing team. 
Worshipful Master Chris Hunt

The Worshipful Master with the installing Chaplain and installing Officer
The evening saw an Entered Apprentice exam returned as well as another petition for degrees, an application for plural membership and a favorable ballot on an application for affiliation.  We did unfortunately have a brother pass away in December, Bro. Ralph Carpenter.  It was also reported that the Christmas party was a success with several children in attendance.

A magician provided entertainment, especially for the children

Some of the members and family at the party
The Worshipful Master is encouraging the members, especially the officers, to attend inspections at other lodges if possible.  Visit the Sixth District blog for the inspection schedule for 2015.  We also have some cards at the lodge for those who wish to have one.  Also, check your dues card.  If it says 2014 on it you need to pay your dues.  Here's hoping to see you at a meeting soon.

November, 2014

The election of officers was held at the November meeting and the new Worshipful Master is Chris Hunt.  Congratulations to Chris.  There was also a petition for the degrees and an affiliation petition turned in.  The lodge is continuing to grow.  Bro. Gene Bell is working diligently on putting together another Christmas party. It will be December 13 at 6:30 PM.  Rumor has it that Santa will again make an appearance.  The lodge will be conferring the Entered Apprentice degree on one candidate on December 4 at 7:00 PM.  Our new Master will have a closed installation of officers at our stated meeting in December.  A couple of brothers have installed railing on the new ramp at the front door of the lodge, which will make it easier to get into the lodge.  The lodge is supporting the "Sweat for a Vet - They Sweat for us" program, which will supply sweat pants for veterans in the Veteran's home in Georgetown.  I mentioned in last month's post that Grand Lodge voted to allow games of chance in the lodge.  The Grand Master has issued an edict to delay this until the middle of January so Grand Lodge can determine the ramifications on the lodges.  We'll see what happens.  And remember, if you have not paid your dues yet, do so soon.  December 31 is the deadline to have them paid and not be suspended.  Thanks. 

October, 2014

Our meeting was held on the 18th.  We received a new petition and, if all goes well, we'll be starting up some more degree work.  This works out pretty good since our inspection will be in March in the Master Mason degree.  We had another pancake breakfast at Stonelick lake and made a little money, though how much still has to be determined.  The Worshipful Master reported on the Grand Lodge session and the biggest news is that the brethren voted to allow gambling and games of chance per the Ohio revised code.  Since then the Grand Master has issued an edict that prevents a lodge from doing anything until the Grand Lodge has studied the ramifications.  The edict expires the first of January.  He also reported that the new District Deputy Grand Master for our district will be Rodney Kirker from Georgetown lodge.  Bob Welch from Milford and Jim Cranfill from J.B. Covert are the new District Education Officers.  Also, remember that your dues of $55 are due by our stated meeting in November which this year is on the 15th.  You can pay them at the meeting if you like.
WBro. Chris Hunt announced that Batavia Chapter RAM is selling hockey tickets for the Cincinnati Cyclones game on November 21.  They are $13 each and $5 from each ticket goes to the Chapter as a fundraiser.  Our lodge bought 4 tickets to be donated to someone who cannot otherwise afford to attend.  If you are interested in purchasing some tickets let me know at edenton332@yahoo.com or call the secretary.
The Thanksgiving raising will be at Amelia lodge starting at 6:00 AM.  The lodge Christmas party will be on December 13 starting at 6:00 PM.  That's it for now.  I hope to see you at the next meeting.  Remember, it will be the election of officers. 

September, 2014

We finally had good weather for an outdoor raising.  We couldn't have asked for a better day.  We opened at 10:00 AM and the candidate gave his FC proficiency back.  Then we put him through the Master Mason degree.  Before the lecture, however, we stopped for lunch of fried crappie, mac and cheese and baked beans.  The lodge went back to labor and we finished the degree and had our regular business meeting.  Some highlights were that we are going to have another pancake breakfast at Stonelick Lake from 8 - 10 AM on September 27.The Worshipful Master also said we will be having a Christmas party again this year.  And, our inspection has been set for March 27, 2015, in the Master Mason degree.  The Lodge Education Officer presented Bro. Gene Bell certificates of achievement for completing the Grand Lodge courses on the officer's manual and the code.  All in all it was a good morning, with a total attendance of 25.  I hope to see you at the next meeting.  Remember, when you receive your dues notice please send it back with your check right away.  Dues of $55 are due by the stated meeting in November.

August, 2014

We had a Fellowcraft degree at 6:30 PM prior to our stated meeting.  All went well and we should have a candidate for our outdoor raising on September 20 at 10:00 AM.  Note that this will also be our stated meeting for September.  A notice will be sent to the membership.  We also had a new petition presented.  The lodge is definitely growing.  Our pancake breakfasts at Stonelick Lake went well.  We were able to donate one half the proceeds to the Friends of Stonelick to help them maintain the park grounds.  The Worshipful Master also said there will be another Christmas party at the lodge.  A date will be set later.  It is with sadness that we report that Past Grand Master Robert Hinshaw passed away recently.  That's it for now.  I hope to see you in September.

Note: The map to the outdoor raising site is incorrect.  The location is the first house on the right from Lake Dr., the last house on the left from Newtonsville.  A sign will be posted.

July, 2014

The July meeting did not see a lot of business.  We did have exams returned by our newest Master Mason and Entered Apprentice.  Bro. Bell also gave his as well, wanting to have the experience even though he went through the one day class.  The trustees contracted to have the sidewalk replaced at the lodge and we now have a nice ramp up to the front door.  We also decided to have pancake breakfasts on July 26 and August 2 at the campgrounds at Stonelick lake.  They will run from 8 to 10 AM.  We are also going to have a Fellowcraft degree at 6:30 PM prior to our next stated meeting.  Also, we are planning to have our annual outdoor raising (weather permitting) at 10:00 AM for our stated meeting September 20.

June, 2014


At the June meeting, in addition to the regular business, it was reported by the trustees that they had contracted with a fire extinguisher company to replace and take care of our fire extinguishers to help us meet the requirements of our insurance.  They also reported that they had decided that instead of trying to repair the sidewalk out front they will make a ramp up to the front door.  This will also help with our insurance.
The awards, widows and family night was a success again this year.  There were between 40 and 50 people that attended.  There was plenty of food and some awards were presented.  Although our 50 year plus members could not be there we did present Bro's. Doug Schmees and Mike Howard 25 year pins.  The secretary was also awarded the second John McCollum service award, which is quite an honor.  Thanks to Bro. Gene Bell for the pictures below.
Lots of good food
Our District Deputies with the Master
The Master presenting the John McCollum award to RWB George West
There were a couple of announcements made as well.  On July 26 and August 2 the lodge will have  pancake breakfasts at the campground at Stonelick Lake starting at 8:00 AM.  The first is during the campground's annual Christmas in July event and the second is during the antique machinery show at the beach.  The Sixth District is also having an Andy Back Fund benefit concert at Amelia Lodge on July 26 from noon 8:30 PM.  Tickets are $15 each or 2 for $25.  The secretary has tickets and will have them at the next meeting.  On August 24 the Sixth District is having a benefit car show at Amelia lodge.
I hope to see you at lodge.

May, 2014

We voted on a couple of Brethren for plural membership and they were elected.  The rest of the May meeting was devoted to regular business.  The upcoming awards, widows and family night was discussed.  Please remember to bring a covered dish and meet at the lodge at 4:00 PM.  We also reviewed the requirements for the Grand Master's award this year and we are going to try to get it again.  Some announcements included a car show to be held at Amelia Lodge on June 15 and the Andy Back fund concert at Amelia Lodge on July 26 from noon to 8:30.  Several groups will be performing all kinds of music.  Cost is $15 a person or $25 a couple.  This includes a meal ticket.  Bring your lawn chairs.

April 2014

The April meeting had one Master Mason exam and a couple of petitions for plural membership presented.  Also discussed was the upcoming Grand Master's reception.  The lodge voted to sponsor the Deputy Grand Master and his lady.  We also decided to donate $50 to the Sixth District car show on August 24 to support this year's Grand Lodge session that will be in Cincinnati in October.  Some of the proceeds will also be used for the Sixth District Andy Back relief fund.  Before that will be the Andy Back Fund benefit music festival on July 26 at Amelia lodge.  This will be an all day event with several bands playing throughout the day.  The Worshipful Master also set June 14 as our annual awards and Widows event.  We will meet at 4:00 and this will be a potluck dinner with the lodge providing meat and drink.  Please add these events to your calendars. 

March, 2014

The meeting in March saw one FC proficiency.  The rest of the meeting was dedicated the usual business of the lodge.  We did donate to the Special Olympics and to a VA hospital program.  We now have two Fellowcrafts and one Entered Apprentice in the works.  We will be doing a Master Mason at 1:00 PM on Saturday, March 29.  We will be doing another Master Mason at 6:30 PM on Friday, April 11.  Please come out and be with us as we welcome two new Master Masons into our lodge.
Some other information that may be of interest to the brethren is that there will be an all day music jam at Amelia lodge on July 26th from noon to 8:00 PM to benefit the Andy Back Charitable Fund of the Sixth District.  Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple.  There will be all kinds of music and activities for kids and food for everyone.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy some music for a good cause.
The next district meeting will be March 24 at 7:00 PM at Batavia lodge.  There will be information on the district golf outing, picnic and the Grand Master's reception, which will be held at the Clermont County Fairgrounds on May 2.  That's all for now.

February, 2014

Well, the year is off to a pretty good start, in spite of the weather for our last two meetings.  We were able to exemplify an Entered Apprentice and Fellowcraft degree at the special and stated meetings we had on Feb. 15.  This makes four candidates we have active at the moment.  The new officers passed our inspection with flying colors and are bringing a new enthusiasm to the lodge that it has needed for some time.  The lodge is in good hands.  There are no special meetings planned for the period between the Feb. and March meetings but we will be scheduling at least one Master Mason degree at the next meeting.  As I reported last post we reinstated a brother.  He currently resides in Wasilla, Alaska, and is now able to attend lodge there, thus the reinstatement.  If you have not been to lodge for a while you might consider attending, especially with the great lodge education programs out LEO is presenting.  After the Fellowcraft degree at our inspection he took the candidate on a "Walk About" the lodge, explaining the duties of each of the officers.  This is just an example of programs the LEO is presenting.  I hope to see you at lodge.

January, 2014

The stated meeting in January almost didn't happen.  The snow started falling about 4:30 and by the time 6:30 came around the roads were getting slick.  We were able to have the pre-inspection at 7:00 and all went well.  RWBro. Wagoner stayed with us afterward and that helped us to be able to open lodge.  The Worshipful Master decided to just take care of the most pressing business so the brethren could go home as it was still snowing pretty heavily.  We had scheduled a Fellowcraft degree but postponed it.  We did vote on a new petition and a reinstatement.  Both passed.  We also paid some bills and closed the lodge.  We still have a candidate ready for our inspection on Jan. 22.  Dinner will be at 6:00 and the work will start at 7:00.  Come out if you can.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate.  We will be doing a Fellowcraft degree at 6:00 PM beofre our February stated meeting and an Entered Apprentice degree during the meeting.  I'll post some more after the inspection.