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The Trestleboard September 2018

Bluffton Lodge # 145

The Trestleboard

September 2018

……From Darkness To Light!

Brothers,

Yet again we find ourselves emerging from the from the wonderfully spent months of summer into the fall season.  The kids and grand kids are back to school, the hallowed lights glow on Friday evenings in the longstanding tradition of Friday night High School Football games, and we once again dust of our suits and aprons to join our Brothers back at Lodge on the first Tuesday of the month.  The Worshipful Master and Officers would like to invite everyone back on September 4th for dinner at 630 pm and Stated Meeting at 730.

Silent Auction

The Summer/Fall Silent auction is being held in the Dining Hall, and there is a great selection of items that have been donated by Brothers for you to bid on.  Due to multitude of donations over the Summer the bidding will continue into the Fall with an final bid date to be announced at a later date.

Travelers Journey Workshops and Ritual Instruction

Three of our very own Brothers have been selected by The Grand Lodge of Indiana to aid in two vital information and instructional programs.  Brothers Fred Lucabaugh and Jan Henline will be Ritualist Instructors for District 1 and 4 and Brother Nate Moyer will be the part of the Masonic Education and Traveler’s Journey Program as the Coordinator for District 4.  Please wish them well on their Masonic travels and keep up with them as there will be opportunities to travel to other Lodges in the area.

A Note From the East

As Fall is upon us the Lodge again opens its doors wide for its Brothers.  We will have a busy Stated Meeting in September, so if there are any topics that you would like to see on the agenda please email the Secretary so that we can add them to the agenda and address topics in a expeditious fashion.  Additions and comments are earnestly welcomed at the meeting, but we are trying different ideas and approaches to help make our Stated Meetings more time conscious for our brother and allow more time to socialize. Due to a large number of additional items in the Silent Auction we will extend the bidding and announce a date to end bidding at a later date.  Please take a moment to visit the tables in the Dining Hall downstairs and see the amazing items that are up for auction. As we move forward further into the Fall and into Winter please keep in mind that we several important events. We will be announcing dates for degree work, Lodge of Instruction, as well as a Breakfast With Santa in December! Also we will be having our customary Secretary’s Fish Fry in October and Officer Elections in November at our Stated Meetings. See you in September for an exciting Fall in Indiana Freemasonry and at Bluffton Lodge 145!

The Tresleboard April 2018

A big big WELCOME to spring……..well sort of!

Brothers – it is that wonderful time of the year where Mother Nature shows us the beauty of Spring, you know, all 4 seasons in a 24 hour period! Even though Mother Nature has problems making up her mind, your Brothers at Bluffton Lodge are charging ahead with a “Snow or Shine” list of great events for you to be involved in the next few weeks. We have multiple degrees, programs, events, and just social times that are here for you. It has been a long cold winter, and the Lodge is only a couple of clicks on the thermostat away from a great evening with brothers. Take a moment – call a brother that you have not seen for a while. Meet up at lodge and enjoy the Media Room, the pool or ping pong tables, or just pull up a chair and shoot the much warmer breeze than that which is blowing outside. The Lodge is all of ours to enjoy.

As we watch the temps warm and the days lengthen there will be many opportunities to help out as we will be scheduling clean up days to help open the Lodge up for the warmer months. We will post updates via email and Facebook as the dates are set.

Degree Work………….INCOMING!!!!!!!!

We have several young EA’s and Candidates that are in the process of starting or continuing their journey in Freemasonry. As these dates are scheduled, please watch your email for the announcements. If you are interested in joining in helping with the degrees – please respond back to this email or call the Lodge and we would be happy to get you in touch with the right Brothers.

Silent Auction

This is the last month for the silent auction that is being held in the Dining Hall, and there is a great selection of items that have been donated by Brothers for you to bid on. The last bids will be tallied at the end of dinner for the May 1st Stated Meeting. Results will be announced during the Stated Meeting that evening.

Travelers Journey Workshop

Bluffton Lodge will be hosting the Grand Lodge of Indiana’s Travelers Journey Workshop on April 19th at 7 PM. There will be light snacks and drinks provided as many local Lodges will join us in exploring a few new programs and enlightening ideas – Come join us for a evening of Masonic fellowship and education!

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The Trestleboard

Is that your ship yonder?

No, just a big thank you to the Brothers who worked diligently over the last several month practicing and fine tuning their ritual for the Grand Master’s One Day Class.  Their performance of both the first and second sections with such precision and decorum showed that Bluffton Lodge is on the top of their game.  A hearty thanks to our Brothers for representing Bluffton Lodge  in such a fashion!

Speaking of degree work, Bluffton Lodge will be conferring the Entered Apprentice Degree Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30 P.M.  Please come out and enjoy great degree work and help another young man start his journey into the Fraternity.  A light meal of soup and sandwiches will be served after the degree.

November Stated Meeting and Annual Elections

Please note that the November Stated Meeting will be on November 7th.  We will be holding our annual elections so please make a note on your calendar to attend.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the Stated Meeting will be at 7:30p.m.  Menu for Dinner will be roasted Pork Loin, potato and vegetables, salad, and dessert.   Please join us for an interactive evening with brothers.

From the East

I want to congratulate the brothers who participated in the 3rd degree at the shrine building in Ft Wayne on Saturday the 14th of October. They did an outstanding job! They not only performed the degree with precision but also with a professional approach which would have caused any lodge to stumble. From stepping in to fill spots on a moment’s notice , even while the degree was being performed, to continuing without hesitation when technical difficulties had the lights turning off and on without notice. No one let the confusion effect their work and performance throughout the entire degree. My hats off to everyone who represented Bluffton 145. Coming up on Wednesday October 25 is an EA Degree and a reminder that we are participating in the boo in Bluffton on Tuesday October 31 at Bluffton city gym from 5:00 to 6:00 handing out candy to everyone who comes through.

From the Secretary

Just a reminder that the 2018 dues notices will be arriving in the next few weeks – please keep an eye out.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email the Lodge and we will do our best to address them promptly.

Upcoming Events

October 25th – E.A. Degree @ Bluffton Lodge

October 31st – Boo in Bluffton @ City Gym @ 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

November 7th – Stated Meeting and Annual Election @ Bluffton Lodge

November 11th – Scottish Rite Fall Convocation @ Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne, IN.

November 11th – Chili & Soup Dinner @ Bluffton Lodge 4pm

November 14th – Fort Wayne Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting @ Mizpah Shrine Center

November 18th – Mizpah Shrine Ceremonial

December 5th – Stated Meeting @ Bluffton Lodge

December 9th – Lodge Breakfast @ Bluffton Lodge

December 14th – Past Masters and Widows Dinner

Please RSVP with the Secretary

The Trestleboard – The Fall Edition

From the East

Brothers,

It has been an extremely busy and expensive year here at 145, we have had a rededication that had brothers painting, cleaning, reorganizing rooms. Plumbing was repaired, bathrooms( the ladies) were reminded, water heater replaced, landscaping redone, and are now going to seal and stripe the parking! A lot of needed improvements have taken care of so the lodge can continue to serve our brothers far into the future! So much has been done that I do not see a need for any further expense for years to come. Now we are looking to the fall and holidays just around the corner. So many things fast approaching that will seem like a blur. Lodge of instruction, one day class, a breakfast maybe 2 which might even include a visit from Santa- a possible supper and more are in the near future! It is wonderful to see so much care and pride being taken in the lodge along with good stewardship regarding our finances as well. It will be with great pleasure to see our brothers as they enjoy all the benefits of the hard work put forth this year.

I am sadden to inform those who may not have heard that we lost our pillar participant Helen this fall, but I have been informed that we will be on the board to get another participant before long. It is also of note that the lodge has added a new feature in the building and will have available for purchase Masonic memorabilia and hats and ties and accessories this fall.

Again it has been a busy year and I think it will end with a flurry of exciting times for everyone. I sincerely hope to see everyone at our stated meetings and or the functions that will be taking place this fall.

Respectfully,

WM. Tim Simpson
145

From The Trustees

This summer and fall have been incredibly busy for the trustees and many members who have graciously donated their time and talents to give the lodge a fresh look.  Before Street Fair, the trustees, Worshipful Master Tim Simpson, and many brothers took a Saturday to beautify the Lodge by updating the landscaping on all sides of the Lodge, and also around the sign.  The trustees would like to offer a hearty thank you to all who came and gave of their time.

Also during the summer, trampoline was donated by the Lodge to a local family who home and ravaged by a fire.  The young lady and her family were ecstatic by the donation and even where kind enough to write a moving article on Facebook about the Lodge.

Looking Ahead

September 26:  Annual Lodge of Instruction @ Van Buren Lodge in Van Buren, IN.  Dinner @ 6:00 pm with Lodge of Instruction afterwards.  Officers and Brothers please make sure that your calendars as we will make the trip to Van Buren, IN for out annual Lodge of Instruction.  Please RSVP with the secretary if you plan to attend for dinner.

October 3:  Stated Meeting at Bluffton Lodge at 7:30 p.m.

October 4:  Practice for Grand Master’s One Day Class  6:30 p.m.

October 11: Practice for Grand Master’s One Day Class 6:30 p.m.

October 14:  Grand Master’s One Day Class @ Mizpah Shrine Center in Fort Wayne, IN

Bluffton 145 will be presenting the Master Mason Degree.  Please come out and support Bluffton #145’s Degree Team as confer the MM Degree.

October 24:  Scottish Rite Bean Dinner @ Fort Wayne Downtown Temple 630 p.m.

November 7:  Stated Meeting at Bluffton Masonic Lodge at 7:30 p.m

Fresh Start for the Fall

A big big thank you!

After a summer of great degree work, an expertly put together rededication, and fantastic fellowship with other Brothers, we now find ourselves getting ready to start off the second half of 2017.  The Officers and Brothers of Bluffton Lodge # 145 would like to offer a hearty Thank You to all of the Brothers from our lodge and visiting lodges who assisted in the degree work this summer.  The fantastic work that was performed for our candidates would not have been possible without the generous donation of time and talent.

September Stated Meeting

Just a reminder that on the evening of September 5th we will hold our first State Meeting after our summer break.   There will be a magnificent meal to be served @ 6:30 pm, and followed by the Stated Meeting @ 7:30 pm.  Please keep in mind that there will be a lot of business, and we will attempt to move the meeting along an efficiently as possible.

Upcoming events:

August 30:  One Day Class Practice @ Bluffton Lodge 630 pm

If you have a part, or are interested in learning a part in the MM degree, please come out and enjoy a great learning experience.

September 5:  Stated Meeting @ Bluffton Lodge #145

September 9:  Masonic Home Festival @ Compass Park in Franklin, IN.

There is a group that will be leaving the lodge and riding their motorcycles down. Please email the lodge or PM Fred Lucabaugh if you are interested. Details to follow at a later date.

September 12:  Fort Wayne Valley Scottish Rite Stated Meeting

If you are interested in joining the Scottish Rite please reach out to any of the Officers and they will put you in contact with a local brother.

September 26:  Annual Lodge of Instruction @ Van Buren Lodge in Van Buren, IN 630 pm

Officers and Brothers please make sure that your calendars as we will make the trip to Van Buren, IN for out annual Lodge of Instruction.  Please RSVP with the secretary if you plan to attend for dinner.

October 3:  Stated Meeting

October 14:  Grand Master’s One Day Class @ Mizpah Shrine Center in Fort Wayne, IN

Bluffton 145 will be presenting the Master Mason Degree.  Please come out and support Bluffton #145’s Degree Team as confer the MM Degree.

October 24:  Scottish Rite Bean Dinner @ Fort Wayne Downtown Temple 630 pm

Thank you,

Nate Moyer

March 2017 Newsletter

Brothers,

Spring is fast approaching and a lot is going on at the lodge. Many improvements in painting and upgrades to some bathrooms and the lodge is looking very sharp and up to date. Thanks to the hard work of several brothers for their efforts and dedication to making this all happen in preparation to our rededication coming the 29th of April. A reminder to get your reservations in to Larry for the meal so we can plan accordingly. There are still seats left for any who want to attend. This is the 50 year rededication to the building of our lodge. A reminder that our stated meeting this coming Tuesday April 4th will start at 7:30 with our meal at 6:30! All are welcome and invited personally by me to attend both. A lot will be covered at the stated meeting so hope to have a great attendance. A quick reminder that due to our rededication at the end of the month we will not be having our monthly breakfast in April. We will however be having a cleaning day on the sat we would normally have our breakfast for any who would like to help in some basic house keeping chores that day. I want to thank everyone who came to work and also support our breakfast in march, we had a great turnout and it was a good time.

The TV is up and operational in the new social area and seems to be a hit during ball games!

We have another pew installed in the lodge for your comfort and a huge tanks to the team Harris for that completion as well!!

We still have work to finish and preparations to complete for the rededication and I invite everyone to get involved to help make it a great success and achievement for Bluffton Lodge 145 ! With your continued support we are on our way to another great year!

Respectfully yours
WM Tim Simpson

December 2016

Greetings Brethren,

At our December Stated Meeting, we had 28 brothers present.

After a delicious meal of chicken & noodles, mashed potatoes, and rolls prepared by Tom Doepker, the lodge was opened on the Entered Apprentice Degree.

We draped the charter and observed a moment of silence for Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Max L. Carpenter, who had passed away earlier in the day.  Most Worshipful Brother Carpenter was Grand Master of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana in 1992-1993 and the Grand Secretary from 1993-2010.

We then voted unanimously to initiate a new candidate into Freemasonry.

Upcoming degree work and events at the lodge;

  • Tim Simpson’s PM Degree is this evening at the Fort Wayne Masonic Temple with registration beginning at 5:45.
  • This Saturday, December 10, we will be hosting a kick-off breakfast for the Bluffton Bi-centennial from 8-11 with the proceeds going to the Whicker Park all inclusive playground fund.
  • An open installation of officers will be held on Saturday, December 17, at 2 pm.  Anyone is welcome to attend this event.
  • The Feast of St. John will be held at Decatur Lodge #571 on Tuesday, December 27, at 6 pm.  Please let Larry know if you are planning to attend so that we can give them an accurate head count.
  • An EA Degree will be held on Saturday, January 7, at 10 am.  Our candidate will be initiated on his 18th birthday, and is the son of our Senior Deacon.
  • The FC Degree for Brother Shane Quillen will be held on Tuesday, January 17, at 6:30.
  • The Master Mason Degree for Todd Flannery and Lionel Brubaker will be set at the January Stated Meeting.

Brother Tim Stotlar reported that they had purchased a sweater and a stocking full of treats for Helen Wilson, our adopted resident at Compass Park in Franklin.  Tim has done an excellent job this year as our Masonic Home Ambassador and deserves a pat on the back for a job well done.  Great job Brother Stotlar!!!

Brother Jan Henline reported that the roof project has been completed.  However, we will need to re-caulk the baton boards on the west and east sides of the lodge room in the spring as some are becoming loose.  The worst one has been repaired temporarily, and will be addressed when the weather is warmer.

We also received word from the Bluffton Now Committee that we will be receiving a check for a portion of the upper roof.  We will report on the final cost figures at the January Stated Meeting, but we may have gotten the entire roof replaced and had the building re-painted for approximately $3,500-$4,000.

The lodge voted on and approved two new items;

  1. The addition of 2 more pews.  Perry Harris will work on the positioning of the pews and will report at our January meeting.  Right now, we are looking at positioning 2 pews on the floor creating a 2 row deep seating scenario, which we hope will make it easier for some Brothers verses the set up that we currently have.
  2. In the museum room, we are adding a donated new, large screen TV and surround sound.  The cost of cable TV will be investigated and voted on at a later date.  We approved the purchase of a sectional sofa for approximately $xxx, which will be paid for from the monies generated from the silent auction.  The goal is to give the Brothers a place to gather and watch a ballgame after a meeting, or possibly on the weekends.  Incoming Worshipful Master Tim Simpson hopes to hold more family centered events in 2017.  The room will also be re-painted in preparation for our 50 year re-dedication in April.

Please keep the following Brothers in your thoughts and prayers:

  • Ralph Garcia…who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  Ralph is at home with hospice care.
  • Allan Coldiron…who is recovering from chest surgery .  Allan says he is doing well since they stitched everything together inside and out and that he is getting stronger while working with his physical therapist.
  • Leonard King…who continues his rehabilitation from his recent stroke.   Jerry Ketrick report that Leonard while be going home from River Terrace shortly after Christmas, but that we will still require rehabilitation therapy.
  • Tim Kaehr…who is awaiting an MRI as he struggles with back and hip pain.
  • Mark Penrod… who is recovering from surgery to have a port put in while he is waiting on a kidney transplant.

Please visit or send these Brothers a card with a few words of encouragement.

The silent auction chaired by Brother Tom Doepker raised $xxx for the lodge.  Larry will notify the winners and you may pick up for items anytime and leave the payment with or for Larry in his mailbox.

I hope Lou Reiff enjoys the orange bird statue that Paul won the bid on.  Oh what the heck, Paul – I will pay that $5 for you.

If you have not received your dues notices from the Grand Lodge, please contact Larry Tschannen or myself.

As the first of the year is rolling around, consider purchasing a Masonic license plate for your vehicle as this is a great source of revenue for the lodge.

Our Masonic education was the reading of the Ancient Charges… which were read by Brothers Doug Harris and Tim Simpson.

The lodge was then closed in form on the Entered Apprentice Degree by the 2017 officers as is the tradition at Bluffton.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for electing me and allowing me to serve as Master of the Lodge in 2016.  I have enjoyed it immensely and I am proud of where the lodge stands overall.  Every Master tries to leave the lodge in a little better shape than they found it, and I hope you think that I have been able to do the same.  A special thank you to all of the officers who served in 2016 and all of the brethren who have attended our meetings and helped out at our events.  I appreciate each and every one of you.  THANK YOU AGAIN BROTHERS!!!

David Barton
Worshipful Master
Bluffton Lodge 145

November 2016

Greetings Brethren,

At our November Stated Meeting, we had 18 brothers present…game 6 of the World Series probably has something to do with that.

After a delicious French Hunter’s Dinner accompanied by freshly baked bread and warm apple cobbler prepared by the family of JW Adam Harder, the lodge was opened on the Master Mason Degree.

We voted favorably on Brother Ken Humont’s petition to transfer to our lodge from Wisconsin, and I appointed an investigating committee for a new petitioner to our lodge.

Upcoming degree work;
EA Degree on Wednesday, November 16 @ 6:30
2 FC Degrees on Tuesday, November 22 @ 6:30

Brother Tim Stotlar, PM Jim Fritz, PM Nate Moyer, and I passed out candy at Boo in Bluffton on Halloween evening at the City Gym.  We had just enough candy to make it to the end of the line.  It was fun to see all the children and even some adults in their costumes.

The trustees reported that all 3 sections of the lodge roof have been replaced. The brown shingle siding and the gray vinyl siding has also been repainted.

Please keep Brothers:

Alan Coldiron…who is having another chest surgery because he is healing from the outside in instead of the inside out and they will be putting a pump in to keep things cleaned out, which he will need to carry around with him until he is completely healed.

Leonard King…who continues his rehabilitation from his recent stroke.

Mark Penrod… who is having surgery on November 9 to have a port put in while he is waiting on a kidney transplant.

Please visit or send these Brothers a card with a few words of encouragement.

We voted for and elected the following officers for 2017:
Tim Simpson – Worshipful Master
Adam Harder – Senior Warden
Nate Moyer – Junior Warden
Doug Harris- Treasurer
Larry Tschannen – Secretary
David Barton – Trustee

Brother Tom Doepker is chairing a silent auction fundraiser which will run until the December Stated Meeting.  Quite a few items have been donated so far, and the bidding sheets are in place. The bidding is officially open.  It is not too late to still donate an item.

You should be receiving your dues notices from the Grand Lodge in the very near future.  If you have any questions regarding your notice, please contact Larry Tschannen or myself.

Our next monthly community breakfast will be on Saturday, November 19, from 8:00 to 10:30.  Just a reminder that the proceeds from the October and November breakfast will be split evenly and contributed to the Shepard’s House in Fort Wayne, and the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

WB Fred Lucabaugh thanked everyone for their support either by working or by donating at the benefit breakfast for Kelly Harris, who is suffering from an aggressive brain tumor, held at the Lodge on Saturday, October 29.  The breakfast was a great success, as we served nearly 200 people and were able to raise a significant amount of money to help Kelly.

SW Tim Simpson will be coordinating our 1st ever Chili Cook Off on Saturday, November 5 from 3-5 p.m.  Anyone can also come and sample the different chili dishes for $5 and a vote for your favorite chili will cost $1 per vote.  Family members are welcome to enter the contest, to sample, and to vote.

Lastly, we voted to skip Masonic education, so that we could go home and watch the World Series.

The lodge was then closed in form on the Master Mason Degree.

David Barton
Worshipful Master
Bluffton Lodge 145

 

October 2016

Greetings Brethren,

At our October Stated Meeting, we had 32 brothers present including Brothers Joe Rockell (our honorary member) and Ken Humont… a member in Milwaukee, WI who recently moved to the area.

After Larry’s awesome fish fry, the lodge was opened on the Master Mason Degree.

The lodge was then put at ease as we prepared for the presentation of WB Allan Penrod’s Award of Gold and to welcome our guests for the evening (Allan’s wife Jane, his granddaughter Sarah, his great-grandson Kam, and Deeda Skiles). Allan’s Award of Gold was presented by our Treasurer WB Doug Harris and Allan’s son, Mark Penrod.
Congratulations WB Allan on your Award of Gold!

While we were at ease, photos were taken of Allan, his family, and his trusty companion Sadie as well as a photo of all the brothers in attendance. I had to chuckle when I noticed that Sadie had a Grand Master’s pin on her harness. Nice touch WB Allan. After the pictures, the guests were excused and the lodge was returned to order.

WB Fred Lucabaugh read a poem entitled “An Old Master’s Wages” at the request of WB Allan Penrod, which was very appropriate for the evening.

We voted favorably on one petition and I appointed 2 investigating committees for 1 new petitioner as well as 1 transfer to our lodge. The plan right now is to do both EA degrees on Tuesday, October 18, at 6:30. We will confirm this once we have been in contact with the candidates.

We will be participating in the Bluffton Boo on Monday, October 31, from 5-6 p.m. at the City Gym. Several brothers brought in bags of candy last night for the event. The goal is not to run out of candy early, so if you would like to bring a bag(s) to the lodge for the event, there is still time to do so. All members are invited to come and help us with this event.

Steve Skiles reporting for the investment committee said that our investments are continuing to grow. Thanks again to the investment committee for their efforts.

WB Jan Henline spoke on behalf of the trustees, and reported that the roof had been completed. However, the crew was not as careful as they should have been. The President and Quality Manager from Advanced Roofing both have been to the lodge and agreed with our assessment, so they will be cleaning and power washing the affected areas. If the power washing does not work, they will be painting the areas.

Please keep Brothers Alan Coldiron, Leonard King…who continues his rehabilitation from his recent stroke, Mark Penrod… who is awaiting a kidney transplant, and Mike Rouner…who has kidney stones… in your thoughts and prayers. We have told Marge King, Leonard’s wife, to let us know if she needs any work done around their house while Leonard recuperates. All of our brothers should know that we are there for them if they need help, so if you happen to speak with any of these brothers, please extend the same offer of help to them.

Brother Tom Doepker is chairing a silent auction fundraiser which will run until the December Stated Meeting. Quite a few items have been donated so far and the bidding sheets are in place and the bidding is officially open. It is not too late to still donate an item.

You should be receiving your dues notices from the Grand Lodge in the very near future. If you have any questions regarding your notice, please contact Larry Tschannen or myself.

Our next monthly community breakfast will be on Saturday, October 15, from 8 to 10:30. Just a reminder that the proceeds from the October and November breakfast will be split evenly and contributed to the Shepard’s House in Fort Wayne and the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

WB Fred Lucabaugh will be chairing a benefit breakfast for Kelly Harris, who is suffering from an aggressive brain tumor, at the Lodge on Saturday, October 29. Kelly is a former employee of Paul Reiff and has helped out at our lodge of multiple occasions serving food at various banquets and during Hector’s cookie class. Please come out and support this worthy cause.

SW Tim Simpson will be coordinating our 1st ever Chili Cook Off on Saturday, November 5 from 3-5 p.m. The entry fee is $25 and is open to anyone. Anyone can also come and sample the different chilies for $5 and a vote for your favorite chili will cost $1 per vote. Family members are welcome to enter the contest, to sample, and to vote.

JS Perry Harris said that he had a friend who had some church pews in his barn that were already padded and asked if the lodge would be interested in them. Since the pews are much more comfortable than the current seats, the trustees will be seeing if they are in good enough condition for us to use.

Lastly, for our Masonic education, WB Michael Hostetter divided everyone into groups of 2 or 3 for a 17 question of Masonic trivia. The questions were both difficult and interesting. Thank you WB Michael.

The lodge was then closed in form on the Master Mason Degree.

David Barton
Worshipful Master
Bluffton Lodge 145

September 2016

Greetings Brethren,

At our September Stated Meeting, we had 25 brothers present including Brothers Joe Rockell (our honorary member) and WB Jason Miller, WB Mike Doxsee, and Josef Irbe of Highland Lodge #762.

After our delicious meal prepared by WB Fred Lucabaugh, the lodge was opened on the Master Mason Degree.

The charter was draped for three brothers who had laid down their working tools since our June meeting; Edwin Hostetter, Vincent Matthews, and Geoff Foughty.

The lodge was then put at ease while we welcomed our guests for the evening for the presentation of Doug Harris’ Award of Gold, which was presented by Doug’s son, JS Perry Harris.  Congratulations WB Doug on your Award of Gold.

While we were at ease, photos were taken of Doug and his family as well as a photo of all the brothers in attendance, which will be presented by Tim Stotlar to Helen Wilson, our resident at Compass Park, this Sunday during the Masonic Home Festival.  The festival is from 9:30 – 4, if you are interested in attending.  If you would like to ride down with Tim and myself, just reply to this email or give me a call at 260-438-8364.

After the pictures, the guests were excused and the lodge was returned to order.   Highland Lodge #762 then presented WB Jan Henline with an honorary membership in appreciation of all of his help at their lodge over the years.

We voted favorably on one petition, and we have received another petition, so we will be having some degree work coming up over the next few months.

Tim Stotlar, our Masonic Home Ambassador, recapped all of the contact and items that he had sent to Helen Wilson over the last several months.

Tim also announced that we will be participating in the Bluffton Boo… passing out candy for Halloween.

We are asking everyone to please bring a bag of candy to the October Stated Meeting for the event.  If you cannot make the meeting, you can always drop off a bag of candy at the lodge and Doug and Larry have promised not to eat it.

Steve Skiles reporting for the investment committee said that our investments are continuing to grow.  Thanks again to the investment committee for their efforts.

WB Jan Henline spoke on behalf of the trustees, and reported that the roof had indeed suffered hail damage and that an insurance claim had been filed on our behalf.  The claim for the flat roofs has been approved and we are now waiting on the claim for the interior portions which will cover repainting the ceilings that were damaged due to the leaks to be approved.

Please keep Brothers Joe Pfeifer who recently had stents put in and is recovering nicely, along with Leonard King…who continues his rehabilitation from his recent stroke, and Mark Penrod… who is awaiting a kidney transplant, in your thoughts and prayers.

Brother Tom Doepker will be chairing a silent auction fundraiser in November.  Tom is looking for any item that you may wish to donate for the auction.  Larry will be sending out more information at a later date.

You should be receiving your dues notices from the Grand Lodge somewhere in the September-October time period.  If you have any questions regarding your notice, please contact Larry Tschannen or myself.

Our next monthly community breakfast will be on Saturday, September 17, from 8 to 10:30.

Lastly, our Masonic education was a game of “Guess that famous Mason”, emceed by WB Joshua Dunsmore. Josh offered a series of clues to which everyone tried to guess who he was describing.  Personally, I like these kinds of interactions, so thanks again Brother Josh.

The lodge was then closed in form on the Master Mason Degree.

David Barton
Worshipful Master
Bluffton Lodge 145