Newsletter September 2016

From the East

Brethren, the annual inspection is over. Your officers worked diligently and it did pay off.

The ladies of Dayton-Victory Chapter OES did another fine job feeding us before and after the meeting.

They will be hosting their Annual Christmas Eve and Day relief for First Responders and other Public employees who have to work. Food and Friendship.


Far Hills Lodge meets EVERY month on the Second and Fourth Thursday — except holidays, July and August.

Sep 22nd – 7:00 PM – Stated Meeting Business and LEO Program
Oct 13th – 7:00 PM – Stated Meeting Business and LEO Program
Oct 27th – 7:00 PM – Stated Meeting Business and LEO Program
Nov 10 – 7:00 PM – Annual Meeting of Far Hills Lodge; Election of Officers for 2016-2017 and Far Hills Temple Association Annual Meeting
Nov 24th – 7:00 PM – Thanksgiving – No meeting
Dec 8th – 7:00 PM – Stated Meeting – Installation of Officers – tiled
Dec 22th – Christmas – No meeting

The Grand Lodge of Ohio, 207th Annual Communication

Sandusky, Ohio
October 14 and 15, 2016

The event is being held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870 — (877) 525-2472

This Grand Lodge will be especially important for the Second Masonic District as RWB Douglas N. Kaylor, a PM of Alpha Lodge No. 729 and current DGM stands a good chance of being elected Grand Master of F & AM of Ohio.

Installation on Saturday, September, 10. A motor coach has been made available for those who do not wish to drive. (First come, first served) Call Kenneth Ballinger for reservations. (937) 831-1841.

In Memorium

Timothy Scott Evans
Born: 7/18/1969 Died: 8/07/2016 47 years old
EA: 3/29/1991
FC: 3/10/1992
MM: 12/22/1992 Rock Moriah Lodge #740 23 years a Mason

Arthur Arould Ames
Born: 1/24/1944 Died: 8/14/2016 72 years old
EA: 2/17/1975
FC: 3/17/1975
MM: 4/14/1975 George L. Marshall #734 34 years a Mason

Far Hills Temple Association Work Day

We will have a temple workday on Saturday, September 24, 2016 beginning with coffee and donuts at 8:30 AM. Work begins at 9:00 AM and we will also have a lite lunch at noon.

Please bring rakes, shovels, gloves and a willing mind to share friendship and fellowship with your Brethren.

Please RSVP to Jim Simko @ 293-8452 so we can have ample refreshments for the day. We will be done by 2:00 PM.

Show Me – From the Lodge Education Officer

I would rather see a Mason than hear one any day, I would rather one would walk with me than merely show the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but examples are always clear.

And the best of all Masons are the men who live their creeds, for to see the good in action is what everybody needs.

I can soon learn how to do it if you’ll let me see it done, I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lectures you deliver may be wise and true, but I’d rather get my lesson by observing what you do.

Or I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give, but there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

Brother Edgar Guest

You can find Far Hills Lodge on Facebook and Twitter as well as on the website thanks to WB Rich Palmer. We thank him for his help and dedication to the Lodge.

Newsletter February 2016

From the East

Brethren, Far Hills Lodge ended and began the year on a high note. We once again helped sponsor Dayton-Victory Chapter OES’s Seventh Annual Community Caregivers Christmas Retreat. Twenty-six hours of food and fellowship for those who provide service and protection to our communities. Over eighty were served.

Thank you to the ladies of the OES for allowing us to be a part of their project.

November saw the annual meeting of the Lodge, the election of new officers and the installation of the same.

The Officers for 2016 are:
Kenneth L. Smith – Master
Robert E. Koogler – Senior Warden
Jeffrey T. Smith – Junior Warden
James L. Rhinehart – Senior Deacon
Eric Bull – Junior Deacon
James M. Simko – Treasurer
Richard L. Coy – Secretary
Richard D. Crandall – Chaplain
Arthur G. Camp – Tyler
Thomas R. Spettel – LEO
William D. Riffle – Lodge Trustee
John E. Bull – Temple Board Trustee

The Annual Inspection will be held Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowcraft Degree. A dinner will be served prior to the inspection at 6:00 p.m. by the Ladies of the Dayton-Victory Chapter, OES.

Far Hills Temple Association Work Day

We will have a temple workday on Saturday, June 11, 2016 beginning with coffee and donuts at 8:30 a.m. Work begins at 9:00 a.m. and will will have a light lunch at noon. All windows, including those at the entrance doors, are to be cleaned. Please bring rakes, shovels, gloves, and a willing mind to share friendship and fellowship with your Brethren.

Please RSVP to Jim Simko, 937-293-8452, so we can have ample refreshments for the day. We will be done by 2:00 p.m.

From the Secretary

A number of members have not returned their dues monies for this year. Please check your wallet to see if you have a 2016 dues card. We have been having some issues with the USPS. Send your $70.00 and I will provide you a new card.

Thanks to all of your kind words during my time with medical issues. Most appreciated. Thanks to WB Jim Simko for his extra help.

In Memorium

Jimmie Hoover
Born: August 1, 1938
Died: August 5, 2015
EA: 3/04/1980
FC: 4/22/1980
MM: 5/20/1980
Rock Moriah Lodge No. 740
77 years old – 35 years a Mason

Elmo Eugene Hyder
Born: May 13, 1932
Died: November 26, 2015
EA: 11/27/1961
FC: 1/8/1962
MM: 3/17/1962
George L. Marshall Lodge No. 734
83 years old – 53 years a Mason

Thomas Arthur Louis
Born: April 21, 1946
Died: January 23, 2016
EA: 10/1/1991
FC: 1/14/1992
MM: 2/18/1992
Rock Moriah Lodge No. 740
69 years old – 23 years a Mason

The Lamb Skin

by Edgar A. Guest

It is not ornamental, the cost is not great,
There are other things far more useful, yet truly I state,
Tho of all my possessions, there’s none can compare,
With that white leather apron, which all Masons wear.

As a young lad I wondered just what it all meant,
When Dad hustled around, and so much time was spent
On shaving and dressing and looking just right,
Until Mother would say: “It’s the Masons tonight.”

And some winter nights she said: “What makes you go,
Way up there tonight thru the sleet and the snow,
You see the same things every month of the year.”
Then Dad would reply: “Yes, I know it, my dear.”

Forty years I have seen the same things, it is true.
And though they are old, they always seem new,
For the hands that I clasp, and the friends that I greet,
Seem a little bit closer each time that we meet.”

Years later I stood at that very same door,
With good men and true who had entered before,
I knelt at the alter, and there I was taught
That virtue and honor can never be bought.

That the spotless white lambskin all Masons revere,
If worthily worn grows more precious each year,
That service to others brings blessings untold,
That man may be poor tho surrounded by gold.

I learned that true brotherhood flourishes there,
That enmities fade ‘neath the compass and square,
That wealth and position are all thrust aside,
As there on the level men meet and abide.

So, honor the lambskin, may it always remain
Forever unblemished, and free from all stain,
And when we are called to the Great Father’s love,
May we all take our place in that Lodge up above.

Site being remodeled

Please excuse the dust. Our site is being rebuilt from the ground up. Things won’t look quite right for now. It will be new and refreshed very soon!

Please see the menu listings for building and lodge contact information, as well as the current schedule of events (trestleboard).