Message From The East 10-01-14

Hello Brothers,

We had our meeting for annual donations to worthy charities.

Officers of the lodge had some fun with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We challenge the Grand Lodge and all subordinate lodges in Maryland. A video is available on our website. This is just another way to help a worthwhile cause.

We have several dates coming up for reminder of this year.

Lodge will have regular meetings and bingo for residents at Bonnie Blink. I hope that several Brothers will come out to help with bingo. Please call me to let me know if you can be there. We are going to need someone to call bingo that night.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Les Hodgson PM

Worshipful Master

Message From the East 08-01-14

Hello Brothers,

I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer break. It’s time to get back into action with degree work. We had our Open House for this year. I’d like to thank all our Brothers who came out to support us in this effort.
Due to lack of tickets sales the Bus Trip to Elizabethtown PA on Sept 20th has been cancelled.

Congratulations go out to our 50 and 60 year service award winners Brother Gilbert Lookingland Sr. 50 years, Brother Maurice Park Sr. 50 years and Brother Charles Lehnert 60 years.

Brother SW Mark Coulbourne exemplifies Master Mason Degree at School of Instructions on Sept 24th. Please come out and support Brother SW as he takes his final step to becoming WM next year. Great Job Mark I
know you will do well on your exemplification.

Congratulations go out to Brother Joe Creamer breaking a personal best 8 concrete blocks during the Towson Town Fest.

Congratulations also to Brother Chris Moy on his 5k run with the Red Devils.

You three Brothers make Corinthian Lodge proud.

If anyone else has anything to share please let me know of your activities in the community so we can congratulate you as well.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Les Hodgson PM

Message From The East 05-01-2014

Hello Brothers,

I have news on our Ladies Day/ family day trip to the PA Autumn festival on Sept 20, 2014. We will be leaving Mt Moriah Masonic Temple at 8 am, spending the day at the festival and going to the Cracker Barrel restaurant in York PA for dinner. We will arrive back in Towson by 5:30pm.

Cost is $30 per person and we will be using Motorcoach bus from Superior Tours. Please call me or use the website below to make reserve your seat for this fun trip. The cost includes a $5.00 donation to Corinthian Lodge #93 Charitable Foundation. My phone number is 410-303-2687. The deadline for reservations will July 20th. Please make checks payable to Corinthian Lodge #93 AF& AM and mail to our Lodge Secretary. See the back of the communication for his address.

We will have Open House on May 3rd from 10 to 4pm in hopes of getting people interested in joining Corinthian Lodge. This is same day as Towson Town Festival. If you have any friends or family that maybe interested please ask them to stop by.

Wishing all the Brethren and their family safe and fun summer recess I will see everyone back in September.

Sincerely & Fraternally

Les Hodgson PM

Worshipful Master

Message From The East 03-01-2014

Hello Brothers,
I have news on our Ladies Day/ family day trip to the PA Autumn festival on Sept 20, 2014. We will be leaving Mt Moriah Masonic Temple at 8 am, spending the day at the festival and going to the Cracker Barrel restaurant in York, PA for dinner. We will arrive back in Towson by 5:30pm.

Cost is $30 per person and we will be using Motorcoach bus from Superior Tours. Please call me or use the website below to reserve your seat for this fun trip. The cost includes a $5.00 donation to Corinthian Lodge #93 Charitable Foundation. My phone number is 410-303-2687. The deadline for reservations is July 20th. Please make checks payable to Corinthian Lodge #93 AF& AM and mail to our Lodge Secretary. Please see the back of the communication for his address.
www.corinthian93.com/bustrip

. Sincerely & Fraternally

Les Hodgson PM
Worshipful Master

Message From The East 01-01-2014

Happy New Year Brethren,

I like to take this time and thank the members of Corinthian Lodge for allowing me to serve as Worshipful Master in 2014.

I would like to congratulate PM Dave Witherspoon for his successful year as Worshipful Master in 2013, Brother Dave thank you for your service to our lodge.

I look forward to have working with our Senior Warden Mark Coulbourne as he works way to East in order to become Worshipful Master as well as other officers of Corinthian Lodge in 2014.

I am also looking to have more masonic education speakers from all the collateral bodies in Masonry as time permits depending on degree work for interested candidates in joining Corinthian Lodge.

I am looking to have Family day trip Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania for their annual Fall Festival. I will be sending more information out on this event in the next communication.

Sincerely & Fraternally

Les Hodgson PM

Worshipful Master- Elect

Message From The East 10-03-2013

Brethren,

We had a wonderful meeting on September 13th. In addition to catching up on Lodge business from the summer break, we managed to enter a new brother in to the fraternity, contribute more than $1,000 to various local charitable organizations and causes, pass an amendment to our by-laws, and lay out our agenda for the remainder of the year. Special congratulations to our Senior Warden, Mark Coulbourne. Mark conferred his first 1st degree lecture from the East and did a fantastic job!

In October, we look forward to passing our four Entered Apprentices to the degree of Fellowcraft. This work is expected to take place at our meeting on the 11th. Two weeks later, we look forward to hosting our annual Bingo Night at Bonnie Blink.

Plans for our Lodge Birthday Party, to be held on Past Master’s Night (November 8th), are coming together very nicely. As previously mentioned, the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Maryland, Gerald E. Piepiora, the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, and our Grand Secretary have already RSVP’d that they will be attending. The Birthday Committee is working on such things as:

How to cook enough lamb for 100 masons

A list of toasts in honor of our heritage

Incorporating a presentation about our lodge from the Grand Lodge Library and Museum

The cutting of the cake between the youngest and oldest mason present.

You may RSVP on our website (www.corinthian93.com) or by contacting our Senior Warden, Mark Coulbourne. His contact information is on the reverse side of the Trestle. Attendance at this event will be restricted to the first 100 masons who RSVP. It is shaping up to be a great event and I look forward to tipping a glass back with all who can attend.

I’ll see you all in lodge.

Fraternally Yours,

David T. Witherspoon

Worshipful Master

Message From The East 09-19-2013

Brethren,

Warm and fraternal greetings to you.

I am pleased to report that our focus on financials continues to pay dividends. We ended the 2nd quarter with collections approximately in line with the first half of 2012. However, our total expenses have been cut by a full 25% and we project that we will come very close to breaking even for the year. It is great news, but we are not done yet.

As previously mentioned, we will be voting on a by-laws change which will increase our annual dues by $10. This will provide future generations with some additional flexibility and should further secure our financial condition. So many thanks to all who helped in this endeavor.

We have a full second half of the year planned. As you will see in the Lodge Dates of Importance, we expect to confer all three degrees, entertain philanthropic initiatives, host a bingo night at Bonnie Blink, celebrate our lodge’s birthday party, honor our past masters, and hold elections. Much to do!

I want to highlight the lodge birthday party to be held on November 8th. By now, you should have received your invitation in the mail. I am happy to announce that the Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Maryland, Gerald E. Piepiora, the Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, and our Grand Secretary have already RSVP’d that they will be attending.

You may RSVP on our website (www.corinthian93.com) or by contacting our Senior Warden, Mark Coulbourne. His contact information is on the reverse side of the Trestle. Attendance at this event will be restricted to the first 100 masons who RSVP. It is shaping up to be a great event and I look forward to tipping a glass back with all who can attend.

I’ll see you all in lodge.

 

 

Fraternally Yours,

David T. Witherspoon

Worshipful Master

Message From The East 05-01-2013

Brethren,

As I mentioned in my March Message From the East, the Lodge continued its focus on securing our financial future. I am pleased to report that our lodge was able to reduce its 1st quarter operating expenses by approximately 37% compared to the same period last year. I extend my sincerest gratitude and congratulations to everyone who participated in this worthy endeavor. I am confident that we have acted decisively and in the best interest of our lodge’s long-term health.

Having pushed as aggressively as we could in cutting costs, we turned our attention to lodge revenues. Gentlemen, I am well aware that the issue of raising dues is always a sensitive one. This does not mean, however, that we can or should ignore the issue. To that end we had a healthy discussion on the matter in lodge. As part of this conversation, the lodge entertained a proposed by-laws change to raise our dues by $10. Due to timing issues, I expect to reread this proposal at our Strawberry Night Dinner and proceed to ballot on the measure in September at our Lodge Charity Night. While the details of our financial decisions are only appropriately discussed behind the Tyler’s door, I provide the following summary for your consideration.

Some proposed a further increase to our dues while others recommended either steeper cuts in expenses or continuing to operate at a deficit. The countervailing forces were clearly (1) sensitivity to any impact on those living on a fixed income and (2) the lodge’s need to secure a financial legacy for our future members while remaining active. I firmly believe we struck a healthy balance on the issue. We are now turning our attention to degree work and planning for our lodge birthday party.

As always, I look forward to working with you all in lodge.

Fraternally Yours,
David T. Witherspoon
Worshipful Master

Message From The East 03-01-2013

Brethren,

As I mentioned in my January Message From the East, the Lodge is focusing on securing our financial future. I am pleased to report that our Budget Committee conducted a thorough review of our expenses and presented the 2013 budget at our February 9 meeting. After significant and detailed discussion, our lodge approved a budget representing an approximate 25% reduction in expenses. These reductions were targeted in a manner that will allow us to maintain an active lodge both socially and philanthropically. As an example, the form of this communication has been altered. This new format is expected to save us at least 50% on publication costs. I extend my deepest gratitude to the Budget Committee for their hard work and the brothers who voiced their thoughts in lodge for their constructive input.

We will now be turning our attention to the other side of the budget equation; revenues. I hope to see you at our first meeting in March when the Dues Committee will be providing their report and we will be entertaining a thorough discussion on our revenue plan.

Please note that we were unable to ballot on Charles Fuller at our January 11 meeting due to timing conflicts. We will be balloting on him at our March 8 meeting.

I look forward to working with you all in lodge.

Fraternally Yours,
David T. Witherspoon
Worshipful Master

Message From The East 01-01-2013

Brethren,

It is with great humility that I write these, my first words from the east.  Our Lodge, founded in 1850, has been making masons and teaching friendship, morality and brotherly love nearly four-and-a-half times longer than I have been alive.  Generations of men have found the skill and wisdom to manage our Lodge’s affairs.  I hope you  will continue to help me demonstrate this same capacity.

I would be remiss if I did not thank, in particular, Past Masters George Payne (’76), John Reiter (’93), Roy Hodgson (’98 and ’04-’06), Ray Wingate (’07-’08), Jason Danker (’09-’10), and Don Willard (’11-’12).  Each of these fine gentlemen have gone on foot, kept my secrets, stretched forth a hand, whispered good counsel and, particularly in Don’s case as i now relieve him, offered up devotions to Almighty God, on my behalf.

As part of my stewardship  I feel obliged to mention the Lodge’s finances.  We are fortunate to have some level of savings that have passed to our care.  However, we must acknowledge that our current operating cost structure and zeal for charitable giving is not suported by our annual revenues.  While Lodge business shall continue to be confined behind the Tyler’s door, I must inform you that we are considering how to best remedy this situation.  We are, naturally, first turning our attention to managing costs.  I hope to hear your thoughts on the matter in Lodge.

Fraternally yours,

David T. Witherspoon

Worshipful Master