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509 George Washington Hwy N
Chesapeake, VA 23323-2009, US
Lake Drummond Masonic Lodge
No. 178
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A. F. & A. M.
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Stated Meeting: 2nd Thrusday @ 7:00 PM
Dinner: 2nd Thursday @ 6:00 PM
Work Nights: Every Other Thursday as Announced @ 7:00 PM
Refreshments: With Work Nights @ 6:00 PM

134TH YEAR     January /February /March 2009     VOL. 36, NO. 1

Brethren,

First off, I would like to thank you for electing me to serve as your Worshipful Master for 2009. A special thank you to all those, too numerous to list, who have helped and supported me through this endeavor. To my family, words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards you. Without you, I would have never been able to come so far, both in masonry and life. Lake Drummond Lodge means a great deal to me and so do all of you brethren. I will do my best to make this year great and I will look forward to seeing you all in Lodge soon and often.

There are many projects in store for 2009, some continued and some new. My theme this year is “Letting Our Light Shine.” Freemasonry is the greatest organization in the world, and it is time we further demonstrated this, more especially to our community. This task will only be successful with your continued support and dedication. The Past Masters of Lake Drummond Lodge are truly the backbone of Freemasonry. Their wisdom knows no bounds. However, one must heed their advice and be ready to act. The next generation needs to be willing and able to take the torch as it is passed. Therefore, I have established a mentoring and membership retention committee. This committee will mentor new brethren, as well as all members, in order to further define Lake Drummond Lodge as one of the shining lights in Virginia Freemasonry.

I am by no means willing to solicit new members, but I believe with the proper tools in place, we can, not only attract hard working men of moral fortitude, who wish to better themselves and this community, but also retain them. It is your responsibility to guide these men down the path of Freemasonry and help them achieve their goals.

On a side note, to those involved with Appendant bodies, please get out and support them. This Royal Arch Chapter, Allied Masonic Degrees, Order 134TH YEAR January /February /March 2009 VOL. 36, NO. 1 of the Eastern Star and Jobies all meet here at Lake Drummond and their meeting times are noted in the schedule. Our youth organizations are of special interest. The International Order of Job’s Daughters Bethel 11 is a great organization for young ladies. Their meetings are open to all Master Masons and they are truly touched when they have visitors from the Lodge. Melinda Russell is the Bethel Guardian and she can be contacted for any additional information.

Finally, thank you again for allowing me to serve Lake Drummond and I look forward to seeing all of you in the year to come. Be proud of Masonry in general, more especially of the wonderful Lodge of which you are the lifeblood. Assist me in letting our light shine in 2009. God bless all of you and may all of your good intentions be crowned with success. Sincerely and Fraternally


Kyle W. Strickland

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES - $100.00 PER YEAR, EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2004

2009 Dues Reminder Envelopes were mailed to the membership with the Nov. Dec. 2008 Bulletin. The Secretary reports there are 14 members owing 2008 dues as of this date.

GRAND LODGE’S LIFE MEMBERSHIP IN PERPETUITY PLAN FOR MEMBERS

Life Memberships can be paid in full or by an installment schedule of your own choosing. More details can be obtained from the Lodge Secretary. Effective January 1, 2004, $100.00 x 16 years = $1,600.00 with current year’s dues paid. We have 97 LMIP members. We now have 2 members who are making installment payments for their life membership.

IN MEMORIAM

Brother Weba Auns Vanderploeg, Jr.

Raised - June 23, 1970

Died - November 16, 2008

Brother Herbert F. Poindexter, Jr.

Raised - April 28, 1988

Died - November 23, 2008

Note: The Lodge makes a memorial contribution to the Building Fund in memory of every deceased member.

CONTRIBUTIONS/DONATIONS TO THE LODGE BUILDING FUND

Brothers H.M. Hatfield, PM, A.R. Fletcher, Jr., H.C. Slaughter, PM, H.V. Cashwell, K.W. Strickland, WM, W.M. Mutter, T.A. Reeves

MEMORIAL DONATIONS TO THE LODGE BUILDING FUND

Brother and Mrs. W.L. “Bill” Strickland, in memory of Brother William Edward Latham

OUR NEW WEBSITE!

Please visit us at www.lakedrummond178.org. Any brethren wishing to receive notification of this communication via email please contact Bro. Sonny Tate, webmaster at webmaster@lakedrummond178.org

PRESENTATION OF MASONIC SERVICE AWARDS

25 Year Service Award to be presented

Brother Guy Boyce Walters Raised - Feb. 16, 1984 March 12, 2009

50 Year Service Award

Brother James Henry Reid, Sr. Raised - Jan. 29, 1959 Jan. 8, 2009 Brother Kenneth Eugene Stephens, Sr. Raised - Feb. 19, 1959 Feb. 12, 2009

THE MASONIC SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA - APPEAL FOR RELIEF - TEXAS

The Grand Secretary forwarded to subordinate Lodges the below data from the Masonic Service Association of North America. MSA received a letter from the Grand Lodge of Texas in which they state: “The Grand Lodge of Texas has suffered considerable loss during the 2008 hurricane season. The devastation that came about as a result of Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Dolly caused an enormous amount of damage.” The Lodge Master has requested this above information be forwarded to our members. Any member desiring to make a donation toward this appeal, please forward to the MSA such funds as you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brethren and their families in this stricken jurisdiction. Please make checks payable to the MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to 8120 Fenton Street, Ste. 203, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4785.

WITH THE SICK

Please report all sick Brethren and/or family members to the Sick Committee Chairman, Worshipful Elmer E. Walters, Sr., 757-547-3484, or any Lodge Officer. See home page of this website for telephone numbers of Lodge Officers.

 
Brother William Nelson Patrick
Worshipful Robert J. “Bob” Litterst
 
Brother W.C. “Bill” Meiggs, Jr.
Worshipful John E. Cagle, Jr., 60 MV
 
Brother Frank Forbes, Jr., 60 MV
Brother Wiley J. Wilson, Jr.
 
Worshipful F. Michael Strother, 50 MV
Brother Walter H. Becker
 
Brother Johnny L. Pennington, Sr.
Brother Erskine C. White, 60 MV
 
Brother Dalton L. Burrus, 50 MV
Brother Robert G. Esleeck, 60 MV
 
Worshipful Gary R. Tester, LMIP
Brother John W. Hyman, Sr.
 
Brother Randolph W. Pritchard