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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
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
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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
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.
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
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
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