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.