For your convenience, we have provided a PDF download copy of the January/February 2019 Far Hills Lodge newsletter.
From the East
BRETHREN OF FAR HILLS LODGE!
I would invite you to welcome OUR newest Master Mason, Brother Corey Luebbe. At the age of 25, Brother Luebbe joins our other “younger” members as the future of Far Hills Lodge.
Along with his raising, OUR Lodge voted in a dues increase effective with the dues notice enclosed. With this increase it is projected that OUR Lodge will be financially strong through 2020. We can only stay strong as we look for and find future men to become part of OUR Lodge.
We have potentially 2 future members who have inquired about possible membership. WE can not stop… WE must find those men who would make Good Masons! That being said, you may know someone who would be a great candidate who doesn’t have all the time to get his degrees the traditional way.
In 2019 there will be a GRAND MASTERS ONE DAY CLASS on May 4, 2019. More information will be available after Grand Lodge.
We are getting ready to end our Far Hills Masonic year. There will be 2 more meetings both in November.
1st, OUR Annual Stated Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, for the purpose of electing your officers for 2018/2019, and the annual Far Hills Temple Board Report. We will provide a FREE Spaghetti dinner beginning at 6:00pm with Lodge opening at 7:00pm.
2nd a SPECIAL Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5th for the purpose of installing OUR new officers who will lead OUR Lodge into the future. This again will be an open installation. Your ladies are welcome to join us to enjoy the festivities. Catered dinner begins at 6:00pm and Lodge will open at 7:00pm.
Finally, as I end my year as your Worshipful Master, I want to THANK ALL OF OUR MEMBERS! We tried a lot of new things, made some changes, offered a lot of different social opportunities for the brethren to get together. Hopefully some of these things will interest you in returning to YOUR Lodge. We need YOU, to continue. We need to build on what began this year.
A special thanks to my officers. You had to put up with my ideas on how to get interest back into OUR Lodge, so WE will have a future. I’m happy to say that I will leave the East with no regrets. We have the ability to have a strong Lodge in the future. It will only take some of your time to help!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE!
From the West
As we begin our journey into 2019, OUR Lodge needs YOUR help. We have a foundation to grow on, but it will take HELP!! Your future officers are younger. They need your help and guidance. We are looking for OUR established members to feel part of OUR Lodge again.
Can you help us out with Lecture and Charges? The lectures can be broken in to small groups with a few brothers presenting them. Charges are smaller but still could be divided up too. What better way to show YOUR support of OUR Lodge then helping in the process to bringing in new members. The Officers can not do it all. WE NEED YOUR HELP & SUPPORT!!
The Master Mason Degree Team also has some openings. Some are speaking parts some are walking craft parts… Can You Help?
Please contact me at email@example.com or call me at 937-760-2855.
For us to continue we must have support from YOU our members. Won’t you join us in the future of Far Hills Lodge?
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.
CAN YOU HELP?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 / email@example.com
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.
COME JOIN THE FUN!
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.
John E. Bull Jr.
Eric M Bull
Corey A. Leggett
James M. Simko Sr, PM
Richard L. Coy, PDDGM
Christopher L. Hanselman
James K. Hayes
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.
FROM THE EAST
- Robert E. Koogler, WM
Brethren, as we approach the end of my year as WM and with the knowledge that the lodge will be in good hands for the new year I can now join the ranks of the Past Masters. I appreciate the work and effort of the officers to make the lodge viable and for being patient with me during my wife’s illness.
A big change has been proposed and YOU as the members must decide if you are willing to make the changes and help Far Hills Lodge grow.
FROM THE WEST
- John Bull, Jr. Sr. Warden
Brethren! We are about to begin our new Masonic year! I have a lot of plans to make it exciting and worthwhile for you to come back to YOUR Lodge!
We will have two stated meetings in September. The first meeting is on the 14th and will be a business meeting which will include the second reading of the suggested changes to the by-laws of FHL.
BY-LAWS of FAR HILLS LODGE NO. 784, FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS of OHIO
ARTICLE II – Current
The Stated meetings of this Lodge shall be on the second and fourth Thursdays. The hour of assembly shall be 7:00 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 …
ARTICLE II – PROPOSED
The Stated meetings of this Lodge shall be on the second Wednesday of the 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…
The officers will also conduct a practice of the EA degree on September 14.
The excitement will begin on September 28th with a free… Free… FREE lasagna dinner and the conferral of possibly 2 EA Degrees. I must have a head count so you must email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (937-760-8853) to confirm your meal.
This will be the meeting that we vote on the new by-laws.
November 9, 2017 will be our annual meeting and election of officers for the 2017/2018 year.
We are looking for a few GOOD MEN to join the officer line. How would you like to be part of the exciting rebirth of Far Hills Lodge? Contact any of the officers listed in this newsletter for information.
Then the real fun begins on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. This will be our installation of 2018 officers of YOUR Lodge. This will be an OPEN installation so that the ladies, families and friends can attend. To help make this special we will have a fully catered meal for everyone to enjoy.
Both dinners above will begin at 6:00pm in the lower level social room of YOUR Lodge at no cost. We want to see you in YOUR Lodge. Come and enjoy social time with YOUR Brethren.
FAR HILLS TEMPLE BOARD
Brethren, Last June you voted to help the Far Hills Temple Board fund the resealing of our parking lot. Not only was it desperately needed but was greatly appreciated!! I even talked to some of you about donating to the second phase which is the main entrance off Far Hills Ave.
I am pleased to inform you that we have reached an agreement with Dr. Paley (our neighbor next door) to split the cost of those improvements. Now it comes to us. We need to raise about $4,000 to complete this project. Those that I talked to, it’s now time to help with those offers to help.
Last spring, I started a funding plea which I’m sorry to say didn’t produce what we had expected in funding. I KNOW WE ALL CARE!!! Now is the time to help support YOUR lodge and YOUR Temple Board in repairing our entrance.
Please send a donation in today. You can send it to the Lodge, to the Temple Board or to me and I will see that it goes to the proper place. We are trying to improve YOUR LODGE and we need YOUR HELP!!
FAR HILLS TEMPLE ASSOCIATION
P O BOX 292491
DAYTON, OH 45429
~ IN MEMORIUM ~
Robert Paul Kilian
William Voss Irwin
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 at 937-602-4270.
- Thomas R. Spettel
The Far Hills Temple Association held a work day on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Coffee and donuts were furnished by WB Bill Riffle and lunch was furnished by Bro. John Bull.
Those brothers who gave of their time and energy were: WB Jim Simko, WB Bill Riffle, WB Tom Spettel, Bro. Chris Hanselman, Bro. Dick Crandall, Bro. Kevin Barry. Thank you all for your help and dedication to your lodge.
Projects completed: gutters on the south side of the building, trees trimmed south side of main driveway and along the rear driveway. West stairway was powered washed. All tree cuttings were disposed of.
The next work day will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Projects include painting front porch railing; level the floor at the west stairwell and electrical work on the alter.
The usual coffee and donuts; and lunch will be provided.
- Richard L. Coy
DUES ARE IMPORTANT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE LODGE and THE GRAND LODGE CHARITIES.
REMEMBER THAT AFTER PAYING YOUR DUES FOR 2018 DON’T LOOK FOR A NEW DUES CARD. YOU SHOULD ALREADY HAVE IT.
IF YOU DIDN’T GET A PLASTIC DUES CARD ALREADY FOR 2017 THEN YOU DIDN’T PAY YOUR DUES FOR 2017.
208th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of F & AM of Ohio
November 20-21, 2017
Dayton Masonic Center