September 2017 Newsletter

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 (jebulljr@aol.com) 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

Born: 10/7/1918

Raised: 6/7/1964

Departed: 8/18/2017

William Voss Irwin

Born: 7/6/1942

Raised: 5/21/1985

Departed: 7/25/2017

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.

BUILDING MANAGER

  • 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.

SECRETARY

  • 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