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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

Message From The East 11-01-2012

Greetings Brethren,

It certainly is hard to believe this will likely be my last message from the East, assuming SW Dave Witherspoon is elected Worshipful Master in December.  In some ways I thought this day would never come, but in many others the time has flown by.

Allow me to again say what an honor it has been to serve you these past two terms.  Though Worshipful Masters usually serve one term, anyone who has served can tell you the first one can seem overwhelming.  Being certified proficient to serve is sort of like getting your driver’s license; you may be legal, but it sure is scary!  As you sit in the East the first time, you want to say. “Why is everybody looking at me?”  Then before you know it, it becomes second nature and your first time comes to a close.  Now I move on to join a long line of Past Masters who have served our wonderful lodge.

On to the news: Corinthian Lodge will again honor our Past Masters, at our meeting on November 9.  This year we will resume the tradition of laboring on two worth Brothers, conferring the Fellowcraft Degree on Brothers Moon and Creamer.  Pending dispensation, we will call on at 7:00 PM that evening.

Then on Election Night December 14, we will raise these Brothers to the sublime degree of Master Mason.  Pending dispensation, we will again call on at 7:00 pm, and divide the lecture by Past Masters.  Please come out to support these new Masons, and join in the degree work if you choose.

In closing it has been my fervent wish to honorably serve you, and I have strived to improve our lodge to the best of my abilities.  Hopefully our lodge will continue serving our community for many generations.  On behalf of our officers, I wish you the most joyous of holidays.

Fraternally yours,

Donald c. Willard

Worshipful Master

Message From The East 8-31-2012

Greetings Brethren,

Hopefully you have enjoyed lost of rest and recreation this summer, but we sure could have done with a little less heat and humidity.  Soon it will be time to resume our labors.We look forward to welcoming two fine young candidates into the Craft, should they be found worthy.  Why not plan on attending our upcoming communications to take the opportunity to get to know these gentlemen?  It would make it much more memorable for them to have nice attendance for their degree conferrals.

Soon it will be time for harvest Home Day.  What a great opportunity to introduce a male friend of family member to many of our fine Brethren, and get a taste of the fellowship we enjoy.  Not to mention a taste of fine pancakes and homemade sausages!  Details can be found elsewhere in this message.

Note that in lieu of our second meeting in October we will again be assisting with bingo at Bonnie Blink.  The residents really look forward to that e vent, and i remind you that friends and family are welcome to attend and help.

Thanks to all who have kept up regular blood donations to the Red Cross.  If you are an eligible donor and have not give lately, please call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.  Corinthian Lodge #93 takes pride in giving more than most other Lodges, in fact only Lodge has give more the last two years.  And that has only been one unit more!  Let’s roll up our sleeves and get on top of the leader board, while giving the gift of life.

Fraternally yours,

Donald C. Willard

Worshipful Master

Message from the East 5-1-2012

Greetings Brethren,

Hopefully you have taken advantage of the lovely weather we have been enjoying. We were much more fortunate than many parts of the country with such a mild Winter.

Please note the Trestle and Dates to Remember; we don’t have a lot going on, but the planned events are important. We will need volunteers for the upcoming Open House on May 5th. Whatever time you can make available will be appreciated. Hopefully we will welcome a few young men who wish to become members of our fine fraternity.

In honor of Past Master Robert Shinnick, we are holding a Memorial Dinner on May 11th. This will be open to family members and guests, and we will have a brief regular meeting that evening.

June brings Strawberry Night on the 8th, we hope to have nice participation. The Wednesday prior we will be cutting strawberries and can use some help.If you would know of a business in our community that would like to donate a door prize for the event, it would be greatly appreciated.

Have a safe and happy Summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Fraternally yours.

Donald C. Willard
Worshipful Master

Message from the East 3-1-2012

Greetings Brethren!

Hopefully you have been enjoying some of the mild weather and beautiful days we’ve had lately, quite a switch from last Winter. We certainly received a lifetime quote of snow then, let’s hope this beautiful weather continues. But one thing is certain about our Maryland weather; it is uncertain!

Our Newest Master Masons have been applying their lessons well, getting involved in numerous ways. As in any organization, you only get out of it that which you are willing to invest. They are working on presentations on various aspects of our fine fraternity, to be given in upcoming meetings.

Brethren, we do our best to keep everyone informed about upcoming events via this Communication, voice messages, email and our Facebook page and website. Since this message is written up to 2 months before, I would suggest you make use of the above-mentioned mediums if you are not already. We currently have over 250 members, and I have email addresses for less than 70. if you would like to receive email notifications, send me a message at corinthian93@gmail.com.

We received lots of great ideas from members at our second January meeting, for activities and ways to serve our members. We have created a Corinthian Lodge Helpline for members to call in and receive aid and assistance in areas around your home, with transportation or to let us know when a Brother is ill. Please put this number in your phone directory: 443-377-1687. This is a voice-mail system, so your message will be returned as soon as possible.

We are also looking to partner with the West Towson neighborhood Association for their Easter Egg Hunt. As of press time details had not been worked out; stay tuned! The second Grand Lodge of Maryland Open House will be held statewide on May 5th, from (am to 4PM. We will need volunteers throughout the day, to assist on setup, greeting guests and for cleanup. Please let us know if you are willing to help.

Last year the family of PM Robert Shinnick made a very generous donation to be used for refreshments. In May, we will have the first Annual PM Robert Shinnick Memorial Dinner in his honor.

The first Regional meeting of 2012 was held, and there was lots of news and informative presentations given. Grand Master Ponzillo gave a detailed slideshow presentation on the new video system, which was mixed news. Good news is there were over 1,000 new members to our fraternity last year! Bad news is we had a net loss in membership due to deaths and suspensions for non-payment of dues. Thanks to our loyal members, we had no suspensions last year.

A presentation was also given by representatives of Bonnie Blink. Seems there are many misconceptions regarding eligibility and admissions. At our Open Meeting on April 13th, we will have one of those representatives come and present to us, and answer your questions. If you have ever considered residing at Bonnie Blink, this is a great opportunity to get details.

As I have stated here and in Lodge, it is every Brother’s responsibility to let their family members know in advance their wishes regarding a Masonic Memorial Service. Recently, we had a member eligible to receive his 60 Year Service Award, and when I contacted him to come in to receive it, he was busy with family activities and wished to wait until after the holidays. A few weeks ago we received late notice of his passing, from the Grand Secretary’s office. It’s hard to imagine a 60 year member not wishing to have a service, but his family never contacted us. Again I implore you, please please let your family know your wishes! Have them contact our Secretary as soon as possible, so that we may make proper arrangements. Also let them know where you keep your apron; we can provide one if you no longer have yours.

Brethren, I leave you with wishes for an early Spring, and a very blessed Easter and Passover season.

31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. 33 They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day he will rise again.

Luke 18: 31-33

14‘So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.

Exodus 12:14

Fraternally yours,
Donald C. Willard
Worshipful Master