Worshipful Master Benton Davis
Steuben County Masonic News
Paul Friend PM, Angola Lodge #236 - Editor (260-402-6122)
NORTHEAST INDIANA MASONIC NEWS AND EVENTS
ANGOLA LODGE #236
The next Stated Meeting will be on Tuesday May 3. The Lodge will open on the Entered Apprentice Degree. A meal will precede the opening at 6:15 PM, followed by a short stated meeting.
Angola will have an EA degree on May 3, following the stated meeting. Angola tends to have coat and tie for degree work nights.
ANGOLA LODGE #236 AND NORTHEASTERN LODGE #210
The Lodge of Instruction for Angola and Northeastern Lodges was held on Thursday, April 14 at Angola Masonic Lodge. Brother Dennis Davis, Assistant Grand Lecturer gave the officers many tips on the correct procedures for the EA degree. It was a great learning experience.
NORTHEASTERN LODGE #210 (Fremont)
Northeastern Lodge #210, continues its’ Monday morning coffee and donuts at the Fremont Lodge. They will continue to meet throughout the year. Meet around 8:00 AM for fellowship and leave when necessary. The lodge is located a half block east of the 4 way stop, on the north side of State Road 120.
ASHLEY LODGE #614 – Degree work to be held
Ashley Lodge #614 will have an EA degree on Thursday, May 5, starting at 7:00.
ASHLEY LODGE #614 – Degree work completed
An Entered Apprentice Degree was held for Bob Murphy on April 21, with the help of Bartimaeus Lodge U.D., a special group of Masons who assist in conducting the degree for men who are physically challenged. Ashley and Angola Lodge officers filled in the various stations as the degree was conducted, with the support of other local Masonic Lodges.
There were over 40 attending the event, which filled almost every seat in the Lodge. The Bartimaeus Lodge will return at a date to be determined when the FC degree will be presented.
Ashley has more petitions to be voted in the near future, so there is will be a lot of degree work activity for the next few weeks.
JULY 4TH PARADE
Anticipate several Masonic Lodges and appendant bodies to be part of the Angola July 4th parade. The parade is on a Monday. Your Lodge is welcome to join the group. We usually have a York Rite Color guard, the Northeast Indiana Masonic banner, walking Masons waving at the crowd and the Pokagon Shrine Club will have its’ pontoon float for those who wish to ride (bring a lawn chair). Let Benton Davis, Worshipful Master or Jay Minick, secretary know if you will have attendees.
PICTURES OF ANGOLA PAST MASTERS
Angola Lodge is still attempting to find as many pictures as possible of those men who served as Master of the Lodge, starting with the first Worshipful Master in 1858. We have had 119 different Masters of the Lodge. Can you help find the member or family of those listed? Below are our most recent Past Masters that have not sent a picture. If you are on the mailing list, please help by responding to Paul Friend, at 260-402- 6122. OR IF YOU KNOW ANY FAMILY MEMBERS OF THOSE LISTED
BELOW, PLEASE REFER THEIR NAMES TO ME. Thanks to those that sent information from last month. It really has helped!!
|1960 – Gerald Miller
1965 – Clark Emerick
1969 – Carl Sunday
1971 – William Foutz
1972 – Wilbur Hintz
|1978 – Roger Railsback
1982 – Michael Westfall
1984 - Bob Fitzwater
1986 – Richard Hammond
1994 – Don Shively
|1997 – Jeff Conquest
2008 – James Clark
2013 – Richard Sell
2014 – Michael Cozad
I am CHALLENGING YOU to help! Please call Paul Friend at 402-6122 (cell phone) on any possible leads. Thank you for assisting.
Meridian Sun #76
Lee Ray Owen
YORK RITE NEWS
TRI-STATE FESTIVAL YORK RITE
DATES FOR 2023 HOLD DATES – PLEASE PUT IN YOUR CALENDARS NOW:
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2023 IN MICHIGAN CENTER, MI
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2023 IN BRYAN, OHIO
ANGOLA YORK RITE
The Angola York Rite next scheduled stated meeting is on Thursday, May 5. There will be a meal starting around 6:15 PM, followed by the business meeting. York Rite will open on the Commandery with Dan Ernsberger, Eminent Commander presiding, so officers be prepared to practice the opening ritual.
ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES – POKAGON COUNCIL NO 147
The ALLIED MASONIC DEGREES is an honorary Masonic group with a membership of 27 Masons who must be a member of a Symbolic Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter. Pokagon Council was formed in 1978 and usually meets 3 to 4 times a year. The Masons attend with their ladies to enjoy fellowship and in general for the betterment of Freemasonry.
The degrees of a Council are “detached’ degrees – many of which were conferred years ago under Craft warrants as side degrees. The degrees tend to be short in nature but have a profound meaning. This Council usually confers one degree each time they assemble
The Officers of AMD for 2022 are as follows: (l to r) Carson Smith, Junior Warden; Mark Goebel, Senior Warden; Brant Moore, Senior Deacon; Frank Reiter, Junior Deacon; William Pond, Sovereign Master; Steve Maxwell, Secretary/Treasurer; Jon Doehrman, Tyler; and Jacob Dermott, Chaplain.
A composite picture of those attending the AMD meeting on March 30 pictured below.
CONGRATULATIONS TO JIM DAVIS
At the Grand Session of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of Indiana, Jim Davis of Angola York Rite was elected Right Illustrious Principal Conductor of Work. He is in a progressive line of this State York Rite body.
ANGOLA YEOMEN OF YORK PRECEPTORY #2
Angola Yeomen of York Preceptory #2 held their last meeting during the Tri-State Festival on March 5 in Michigan Center, MI. The current Director General of Angola Preceptory #2 is Dennis Wilhelm of Ohio and Recorder is Donald Trumbull of Michigan. Ed Fodrea and Mike Anderson are also current officers from Indiana. Several new members were inducted that day. Membership into the Yeomen of York is by invitation only.
A summer meeting and meal with ladies is being planned for early summer. I don’t have the exact date/location at this time.
The next Grand Session of the Indiana Yeomen of York will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Hancock Lodge #101 in Greenfield, Indiana. Please mark this on your calendar.
2022 Presiding Officers for Angola York Rite
Angola Chapter #58
Angola Council #27
Angola Commandery #45
2022 Officers Angola Commandery #236
Robert Vernon III
2022 Officers Angola Chapter #58
Captain of the Host
Royal Arch Captain
2022 Officers Angola Council #27
Jay Minick Prin
Conducter of Work
Captain of the Guard
Conducter of Council
NEXT STATED MEETINGS
The next stated meeting will be Tuesday, May 10 which will be held at Mizpah Shrine building in Ft. Wayne. This will be the Annual Meeting, which will include the election of Officers. It will start with a meal at 6:15 PM, followed by the meeting.
For those wanting to join Scottish Rite, there is always an opportunity to join. One must start by taking 4th degree and then take the remaining degrees as they are presented. You can start on May 10, if you wish.
FUTURE STATED MEETINGS
The June 14 Stated meeting will be held at Meshingomesia Gold Club near Marion. A meal will be served at 6:15 followed by a stated meeting and the 4th and 6th degree at 7:00 PM. You need to register to join for a fee of $100. After June the fee rises to $150. Call Paul Friend (260-402-6122) for more details.
The July 12 stated meeting will be held at the Shrine Horse grounds near Columbia City. This will be the Appreciation Party. The meal starts at 6:00 PM, along with trap shooting, cards, games and fellowship.
On May 12, one can receive their 25th Scottish Rite degree called the Master of Achievement (or Benjamin Franklin degree). This will be part of the Thursday Nite at the Rite – which is brought to you via your home computer. You must preregister with the Scottish Rite Office in order to participate.
POKAGAN SHRINE CLUB & MIZPAH SHRINE NEWS
POKAGON SHRINE CLUB
STATED MEETING IN MAY. The Pokagon Shrine Club will have its’ next stated meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Glendarin Golf Course in Angola. You can order from the menu starting around 6:00 PM, with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM.
The main items of business will be discussing the Clubs activities this coming summer and fall. There is a possibility of having the Shrine units come to the Vermont Settlement Days parade in July.
The Club is looking to continue meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.
ONIONS – ONIONS - ONIONS
The Club will be selling Vadalia onions in mid-May. Call one of the officers on what you want to order. Proceeds are used to pay for important philanthropies.
A class for new Shrine members will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Pre-registration needed. If interested in joining call one of the local officers or members. It will be held at Mizpah Shrine in Ft. Wayne.
KNOWN SHRINE PARADE DATES
Shipshewana Parade – May 7 - Line up 8:30 AM – Parade starts 10 AM Memorial Day – May 30 Line up 10AM – Parade Starts 11 AM Ft Wayne Huntington Heritage Parade – June 18 Line up 8:30 AM Starts 10 AM
POKAGON SHRINE CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2022 are:
Ashley Chapter #229
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday in Ashley Lodge .
Spencerville Chapter #386
Meets on the 1st Thursday in Spencerville. Dinner at 6:30 PM with meeting at 7:00 PM.
Masonic members and your ladies should inquire with Phyllis Gaff if you wish to join one of these Chapters.
|Angola #236||1st Tuesday||6:15 Meal - 7:30 Meeting|
|Northeastern #210 - (Fremont)
||1st Wednesday||7:00 Meeting - Refreshments follow|
|Star #225 - (Orland)||2nd Wednesday||6:15 Meal at Lodge - 7:00 Meeting|
|Ashley #614||1st Thursday||7:00 Meeting - Refreshments follow|
|DeKalb #214||1st Tuesday||7:00 Meeting|
|Forest #239 - (Butler)||2nd Thursday||6:30 Meal - 7:00 Meeting|
|Concord #556||2nd Tuesday||7:30 Meeting|
|Meridian Sun #76 - (LaGrange)||1st Wednesday - Exc Jan & Feb||6:00 Meal - 7:00 Meeting|