Newsletter – November/December 2017


A SPECIAL MEETING of Far Hills Lodge #784 F&AM is called for Wednesday, December 6, 2017, for the purpose of the annual Installation of Officers for the 2017-2018 year. Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM with the opening of Lodge at 7:00 PM.

Thank You for your support in electing me Worshipful Master for 2018. I hope to continue the upswing we have begun and have more of you interested in attending YOUR Lodge.

Change is hard for some but in the case, it was warranted. If we want OUR Lodge to continue we had to make changes for its survival. We must give it every chance to work because if it doesn’t we will be looking at an empty building. We must continue to look for those men who we think will make good Masons. We must look to our younger members, to help them and support them. They are the Future of OUR Lodge. We are here to pass the torch to them. To share our history and prepare them to make their own history.

We will be planning events on stated meeting nights. Hopefully it will include degree work, but it might be as simple as just going out to dinner as a Lodge. The first event will be the installation of the 2018 Officers. As this is the most important event of the new year, I want to kick it off with a BANG!

I will be providing a catered dinner to everyone attending the event. There is no cost for the dinner, BUT YOU MUST R.S.V.P.  That means send in the card! I have included a post card [in the Nov/Dec Newsletter mailing] for you to fill out, put a stamp on it and send it to me no later than November 27, 2017. That evening will include an OPEN installation. I want your ladies and families to come see OUR Lodge. To see where to go to “those” meeting, and to enjoy the events of the evening. The goal is to fill the Lodge room like we did in years past.

Next will be our first New Stated Meeting night on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13. We will be conferring the Master Mason Degree. This meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. We are still looking for a few Craft positions to be filled.If you can help, please contact me ASAP.


If you have some free time to help with regular maintenance to YOUR Lodge, please let us know! WB Tom Spettle is always in need of a few hours of general help around YOUR Lodge. Saturday work days seem to bring out the same 5-8 people. If we keep ahead of our little maintenance issues, we will not need to steal a nice spring or fall Saturday from your busy weekends.

Speaking of helping… Dayton-Victory Chapter, OES is again teaming up with Far Hills Lodge to prepare meals for our First Responders over the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day holiday. We will be providing meals for those who are working to protect us and provide us with public services while away from their families! WE NEED YOU to come and help us out.

Donate a few hours of your time on these two days and help show what Brotherly Love truly is. It begins at 4:00 PM Christmas Eve and runs through 7:00 PM Christmas Day. We all can donate a couple of hours for this great community cause! Please contact me and let me know when you can work!

Finally, watch your regular mail and EMAIL for Lodge information and updates. If you do not receive Lodge information by EMAIL, please send me your EMAIL address to A hard copy of the newsletter will be sent out every other month. [And posted to the web site when provided to the web master in a timely manner.]

We look forward to a fun and eventful Masonic year. We hope to SEE YOU in YOUR LODGE!

Again, thank you for your support!
John Bull, Jr.
937-760-8853 /

The New Far Hills Lodge

The Stated meetings of this Lodge shall be on the second Wednesday of each month except July and August. The hour of assembly shall be 7:00 o’clock PM. Special meetings may be called as provided by Section 21.03 of the Code. When a Stated meeting falls on a legal holiday it may be held on the following Wednesday of the month or on another agreed upon day.

Lodge Education Officer

– Thomas R. Spettel

Every member now has the opportunity to learn more about Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge Education Committee has prepared booklets for each of the degrees. These booklets are available to all brethren of the lodge. Come to lodge or call Tom Spettel @ 937-602-4270


– Richard L. Coy

DUES ARE IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE LODGE and THE GRAND LODGE CHARITIES. Dues are important to the success of the Lodge and the Grand Lodge charities.

Remember that after paying your dues for 2018 <strong>don’t look for a new dues card. You should already have it.</strong>

If you didn’t get a plastic dues card already for 2017 then you didn’t pay your dues for 2017.


As elected or appointed. See your mailed newsletter for email and phone contact information.

Worshipful Master
John E. Bull Jr.

Senior Warden
Eric M Bull

Junior Warden
Corey A. Leggett

James M. Simko Sr, PM

Richard L. Coy, PDDGM

Senior Deacon
Christopher L. Hanselman

Junior Deacon
James K. Hayes

Senior Steward
Jonathan M. Moeggenberg

Kevin A. Barry

William D. Riffle, PM

Lodge Education Officer
Thomas R. Spettel

Robert Koogler, PM
2017 – 2020

William D. Riffle, PM
2015 – 2018

Kenneth L. Smith, PM
2016 – 2019

Far Hills Lodge meets on the Second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM except holidays, July and August.

Replace Yourself: Ensuring Our Future…

Are you familiar with the Ohio Grand Lodge initiative Replace Yourself?

Watch the full length video here (14:08)

We’ve been too quiet about our fraternity!
​Every Brother needs to become a spokesman for Freemasonry.

It’s important to talk with non-Masons about who we are and what we do.

Seventy-six percent of new Masons joined because it is tradition in their family, someone they respected was a Mason or their friends or co-workers are Masons.

A Brother who knows of a man that he feels would make a good Mason should talk to him about our fraternity.

Help ensure the future of our great fraternity and your lodge… REPLACE YOURSELF!

Visit for full details and to click on the “I Will” tab in the menu

Senior Warden Announcements


As we approach the end of the 2017 lodge year, please mark your calendars for Thursday November 9th for the Far Hills Lodge annual meeting. There will be pizza served beginning at 6pm. Lodge opens at 7:00

This is when you get to learn who your officers are going to be for the upcoming year. You will also have a report from YOUR Temple Board on the status of the building.


Brother Art Camp our long time Tyler as you have read is having health issues, and is asking to step back form his Tyler duties. He would like to be a fill-in for the future. Thus we are looking for a good man to fill that position. We are also looking for 2 Stewards. If you are interested or know someone we should contact please let me know. yo can email me at, or call 937-760-8853.

Our future is NOW, We are excited about the day of our stated meetings and we will be having events on those nights. Please come out and come BACK TO YOUR LODGE!


MM Degree and Craft Call

We are preparing for a Master Mason Degree possibly on our 1st NEW Stated meeting night in December. Wednesday, December 13. The plan is to conduct the Fellow Craft degree next week. This gentleman is excited about joining and a possible Steward once he is raised.

We will be having a couple of practices in November. I am looking at Monday November 13 & Monday November 27 Both to begin at 6:30. Food will be served at 6:00.

Please let me know that you can do your current parts. I know we will replace 2nd base and I have a replacement for that. (Thanks Dan Wertz)

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE for your continued help on the Craft Team!

See you soon in Lodge!

John Bull, Jr. – Sr. Warden

Holiday Meals for First Responders


Once again this year Far Hills Lodge will be preparing meals for our first responders Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We need your help and support.

Please plan to volunteer an hour or two over these days to provide meals for those who are working for us over the holiday. The busiest time is Christmas Morning and later Christmas Day.

Please contact Eric Bull at 937-760-2855 or so we can coordinate a schedule.

Thank you in advance for your help during the holidays

John Bull
Sr. Warden