The North Carolina Mason

November/December 2013

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November/December 2013 The North Carolina Mason Union Grove Traveling the Tar Heel State Grassy Knob 471 held a turkey shoot October 26. Folks were invited to, "Come, shoot, eat a hamburger, and help our Masonic Charities." — Tom Gregory Roseboro The guys at Roseboro 585 were looking forward to the December 13 Christmas parade in their hometown. The rear of their lodge building suffered some wind damage during a recent windstorm. — Roseboro 585 News from North Carolina's Lodges Kernersville By Ric Carter Leaksville Leaksville 136 held their Annual Widows,' Past Masters', and Awards evening October 21. Bunnie Briggs and Billy Horton got their Diamond Jubilees for 60 years of Masonic membership. Junior Briggs got his 50-year Veteran's Emblem. Pins were presented to all the widows and past masters. Appreciation plaques were given to several friends of the lodge. A $3,000 check from Martinsville, Virginia's Sutton Foundation to the Masonic Home for Children was presented to Grand Master Dewey Preslar. He was attending along with Past Grand Master Dan Rice and DDGM Don Kehler. — Steven Cates Thomasville The annual Masonic Thanksgiving Banquet at Thomasville 214 was shaping up to be a great event. Bluegrass singer/songwriter Donna Hughes, has penned several songs for Allison Krause, is set to entertain. Tickets for the dinner were going for $12.50, and members were being urged to sponsor a lodge widow for the evening. The November 21 event was being held at Memorial Methodist Church. — Trestle Board Hillsborough Eagle 19 seems to be getting in the holiday mood. Their November stated meeting was featuring a Thanksgiving turkey supper. Their December stated menu will include honey-baked ham. — Daryl Floyd Beginning in January, Mosaic 762 will be meeting at Eagle 19 here. They have also changed their meeting night to third Tuesdays. — Keith Morgan Bryson City Oconee 427 was having their barbecue fundraiser October 26. They invited friends to come up, enjoy the leaves, and have lunch with them while supporting a great cause. Pork, baked beans, corn on the cob, and slaw graced the plates. They were serving at Darnell Farms. — Tim Hines Mint Hill A Red Cross CPR class was hosted at Mint Hill 742 on November 2. Members of the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department were teaching the course. Mint Hill Lodge's October 19 Fall Fish Fry Fundraiser was a "resounding success." They are expecting a $5,000 windfall for the Masonic charities. Mint Hill 742 had a lodge clean up day a few days prior to the fundraiser. — Trestle Board Hickory August 10 was Family Day for Hickory 343. They hold the fun day every summer at the lodge. They cooked hot dogs and hamburgers and had five flavors of homemade ice cream. Becky the Balloon Lady twisted up her sculptures. The kids even got to take turns in the dunking booth. The lodge is very pleased with the results of the phone tree system they initiated last year. Hickory Lodge set a Past Masters' Third Degree for September 9. — Hickory Lodge Charlotte Temple 676 is buying into Excelsior 261's lodge building and property. About two-thirds of the large investment will be spent on renovations and possibly expansion of the building. The rest will go to a building rainy day fund and Excelsior's general fund. Temple was left with a tidy sum of money after a previous attempt to build and occupy a new building failed a few years ago. — Trestle Board Fundraising projects late in the year at Charles M. Setzer 693 included selling gourmet popcorn and raffling a Benellis shotgun. Setzer Lodge is starting a remodeling project in the lodge kitchen. October stated was move-up night for lodge officers in Setzer. November 11 was set to be their Awards Night. — Trestleboard West Gate 738 is again doing a motorcycle toy run this year. They do so annually in cooperation with Easy Eddies. They ride from the lodge to the bike shop on December 7. Each rider brings an unwrapped toy or gift card for the kids at the Masonic Home for Children. — West Gate Lodge Raleigh James B. Green 735 member and NC State history major Baxter Knight recently presented his lodge a program about the Hornets, and the part they played in the American Revolution and the Mecklenburg Declaration. Green Lodge's October 4 barbecue chicken fundraiser was termed a "screaming success" by Master Joe Teague. They served 540 plates. — Joe Teague Despite an imminent proposed merger with Millbrook 98, Masters 754 is still running their regular programs. Sunday, October 6 was Pizza Day with the kids at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford. They were also having their officer advancement night in November, the night when line officers move to the next station to practice and demonstrate their command of their next job. — The Trowel Page 3 Things were getting busy for the holiday season at Kernersville 669. November was the cleanup and maintenance day at the lodge. That helped get things ready for their November 22 Thanksgiving dinner and their December 2 Paster Masters' and Widows' Dinner. — Masonic Lodge News Hookerton Jerusalem 95 is forgoing a public fundraiser this year to simply solicit donations from their members. — The Jerusalem Journal Jacksonville The Onslow County Masonic Scholarship drive held its September meeting at Seaside 429. They raised $1,800 for the scholarship fund with the usual seafood dinner. The November meeting of the sponsors was set for Stump Sound 733. Steamship round was planned to headline the menu. — Trestle Board Lafayette 83 held their Past Masters' and Widows' Night August 10. The widows were given fruit baskets. Louis Walker Thomas Jr. was presented his Diamond Jubilee for 60 years Masonic membership. Thomas was Lafayette Lodge master in 1960. Semper Fidelis 680 held their Second Annual Poker Run and Raffle October 19. Their Past Masters', Widows' and Awards Night November 16. — Trestle Board Pilot Mountain The Widows' Dinner at Pilot 493 was held August 15. Nine ladies were hosted at the Mountain View. — The Pilot Mountain Traveler October 5 was the date for Pilot Lodge's Fall Barbecue. It was sold by the plate, cup, or sandwich. — Sam Carson The couple prepares to take their vows. Tying the knot with a cabletow Boone Snow 363 was to hold their Past Masters' Night October 21. Service awards were to be distributed. — Snow Lodge YADKINVILLE — We frequently dispense with labor in our meetings to allow non-Masons to participate in some program. It is pretty rare for that program to be a wedding. On July 1, Yadkin 162 dispensed with labor during their stated communication for the purpose of holding a marriage ceremony. Yes, Genene Jones and Paschal Dobbins tied the knot (in a cable tow?) at the lodge altar with all the members there to cheer them on. Lodge Secretary Roy Casstevens gave the bride away. Conrad Brown, who signed Dobbins petition 35 years ago, stood as best man. Josh Collins, who was coached and raised by Dobbins, performed the ceremony. Genene's father, the late J. W. Jones, was an honorary member of Yadkin Lodge. — Pascal Dobbins Dallas Gaston 263 held a beef tip dinner October 25. They offered business deliveries at specified lunch hours. — Benjie Creasman Wendell On October 19, Wendell 565 joined their Eastern Star in holding a yard sale. Another (and their main) fundraiser was a spaghetti lunch/dinner on November 1. Proceeds were going to the Masonic Home for Children. Last year's spaghetti event brought in $1,500 from 400 plates sold. Patrick Mahon was named Scout of the Year at the lodge's annual awards night. The recognition included a $100 award. — Let There Be Light Garner Garner 701 held a Ride for Widows and Orphans October 19. The barbecue dinner and motorcycle poker run was held at American Legion Post 116 in Fuqua-Varina. Their three big prizes were a two-night stay at Harrah's Casino in Cherokee, NC; a one-day motorcycle rental; and a $100 gift certificate to Anthony's La Piazza Italian Restaurant. There were lots of other door prizes. Ride and dinner cost $25, dinner alone was $12. Each included a door prize entry. — Matt Parker West End Elberta 654 recently took a contingent to visit Paul Cole. His family joined them in seeing Cole presented his Veteran's Emblem for 50 years Masonic membership by 21st District Deputy Grand Master Wes McIntyre and Lowell Hill. — Josh Rector Madison Dan River 129 hosted this year's Rockingham County Masonic Pig Jig in October. They were joined by Leaksville 136 and Jefferson Penn 384 in slow roasting 40 Boston butts. They served plates at the end and had live entertainment for those who joined them for lunch. Funds raised went to the Masonic Home for Children. — Steven Cates Burnsville Kenansville About 40 people attended St. John's 13's annual picnic at Maxwell's Mill on September 5. Party-goers brought sides, the lodge furnished chicken and pastry. — Lodge Log Asheville Mount Hermon 118 held the second presentation of their centennial celebration September 7. Richard Sharp Smith and Jack Thomson were telling them about the architecture of the Asheville Masonic Temple, the lodge's home. Mount Hermon Lodge dues are going up to $115 plus per capita for 2014. — Trestle Board, Ron Lambe Statesville Pancake fundraisers have been an institution with Mt. Moriah 690 and Statesville 27 Temple Committee here. They were not satisfied with the results of their most recent pancake event, so they've moved on to a different method. They are raffling three guns: a 12 gauge Baikal double barrel, a 20 gauge CZ Autoloader, and a 38/357 lever action Rossi. They were selling 300 tickets at $25 each. Top ticket sellers were being given an extra ticket. — The Joppa Informer Winston-Salem Old Town 751 member Tyler Leinbach has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for his speed at shooting clay pigeons. He broke 25 clays with a shotgun in 37.2 seconds. A video is available on Youtube. On November 22, the youth groups (DeMolay and Rainbow) meeting at Old Town Lodge held a Pancake Supper fundraiser. — On the Level at Old Town Lodge Bald Creek 397 was having a special open presentation on "Masonry During the Civil War." The November 19 program was held at the Burnsville Town Center. Bald Creek was to hold their Old Timers' Banquet October 26. — Dan Wilson Andrews Andrews 529 was hosting a barbecue dinner/ butt sale at the lodge October 19. Plates were seven dollars, whole butts were $30. They were also raffling a $600 compound bow outfit and several other items. — Gordon Jolly Greensboro For the third straight year, Greensboro 76 held its Public Service Luncheon to thank the people who "keep us safe." They served hamburgers and hot dogs to members of the Greensboro Police Department, the Greensboro Fire Department, and the Guilford County Sheriff 's Department and Emergency Medical Service. In another community service project, the lodge furnished books for the Juvenile Diabetes Unit at Moses Cone Hospital. The books teach kids with diabetes and their families how to cope with the disease. — Phillip Bialek see STATE, page 4 If your lodge has a newsletter for its members, make sure The North Carolina Mason is on your mailing list. Lodge newsletters are a major source of news for Masons around the state. If you don't have one, think about starting one. Newsletters are a good way to keep your members active, happy, and informed.

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