From THE East....

-------------------------------------------------------JUNE------------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brethren,

Summer is upon once again upon us and we are heading into a very busy time for vacations and family commitments.  Before we begin our summer retreat, I’d like to invite you to attend our upcoming lodge activities.  First, on June 7th we will have our June stated meeting where we will be discussing our Masonic Summer Plans.  We are sure to have an activity for you to enjoy between Dan Rice Days, Masonic Night with the Erie Seawolves, and the return of our fraternal steak fry event.  This will also be a great time to look at the success of the first part of the year and plan for our future events and degree work, including the upcoming “One Day Masonic Journey”.  Petitions are available during the stated for anyone wishing to acquire one.  On Wednesday June 14th, our lodge and its officers are going to introduce Arthur Monk to Freemasonry with his Entered Apprentice Degree as well as continue the Masonic Journey of Michael “Sonni” Nouri with his Fellowcraft Degree.  On Wednesday June 21st at 7:30pm we will be having the Fellowcraft Degree of Marlay Shollenberger.  All lodge meetings this month will begin at 7:30 pm to allow our working brethren time to attend.  I would also like to take this moment to encourage everyone to remember we regard your presence and your internal qualifications not the exterior.  Your time spent at with your Brothers is appreciated and we would never discourage you from attending if you feel unprepared or underdressed.  Let’s encourage each other to be on the same level and respect our role as members of “THE” Lake Erie Lodge, one of “THE”  finest lodges in Pennsylvania.  Our lodge room is air conditioned for your comfort, do not let this be an excuse to miss out.

Father’s Day is this month and I’d like to extend my wishes to all the Masonic Fathers in our midst.  Please continue to encourage and mentor your children and be leaders in your family.  Laying the foundation of our future is part of what makes our Fraternity strong and bonds us as brothers.  If you are not a father in the natural sense, consider yourself a father in a mentorship kind of way.  This summer, think of how you can encourage others to progress in their Masonic journey or extend the courtesy of fellowship to someone who would make a good Freemason.  There are several opportunities to engage in fellowship with Freemasons and potential future masons. One of these opportunities is our Father’s Day pancake breakfast occurring on June 18th at EREPA Grotto Park.  Our Junior Warden, Brother Fred Wienecke, will be leading this effort.  If you’d like to help serve, please contact him for details or encourage your friends and family to enjoy this opportunity and support our lodge.  The public is welcome to enjoy this event sponsored by our lodge.

Thank you to all the brothers and visitors to our May Stated Meeting and Past Masters Night Fish Fry.  The attendance was strong at both events and I was happy to see so many enjoy the fellowship.  I am still humbled to see the line of men who have paved the way before me as Masters of our Lake Erie Lodge.  Many lodges are not as fortunate to have a strong showing of Past Masters for their events and I was elated to see and thank them during our program.  Please continue to support and grow this lodge this summer.  There are many positive things happening in our lodge, do not miss out on the opportunity to be a part of them.  

Fraternally,

Mike Goebel, WM



-------------------------------------------------------MAY------------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brethren,

I want to start out with a special recognition of ALL of our Past Masters.  I am grateful for your service and dedication to this Fraternity and especially OUR Lake Erie Lodge #347. During my time as a member of this lodge we’ve had a great line of Masters and Officers that I am privileged to call my brothers.  During our stated meeting, Wednesday, May 3rd, we will honor our living Masters with a sign of thanks and gratitude as well as pay our respects to the Past Masters who have been called from Labor.  This meeting will also be our official visit from District Deputy Grand Master Peter M. Kraus.  Accompanying him will be officers and members of Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge.  Prior to the start of our Stated will be our Annual Lake Erie Perch Fish Fry.  We will serve hand-caught Lake Erie Perch and sides along with fellowship from 5-7pm.  Tickets can be reserved or purchased for $15 prior to May 3rd.  Tickets on the day of will be $20.  I will accept RSVP for tickets via call or text (814-602-5955) or email (goebel119@gmail.com).  Special thanks to Brothers Neil & Larry Culbertson, Fred Wienecke, and Clay Brocious for assisting in the advance ticket sales for the Fish Fry.  All Master Masons are welcome and encouraged to stay for the stated meeting at 7:30pm.

On Wednesday, May 10th our lodge will have an extra meeting to raise Brother Dana LaFata to the degree of Master Mason.  We will also have a Fellowcraft degree for Brother Michael Sonny Nouri.  The extra meeting will begin at 7:30 PM to allow brothers to attend who may have an extended work day. 

Finally on Wednesday, May 17th we will be introducing Marlay Sherman Shollenberger to the fraternity with an Entered Apprentice Degree.  Lodge will be opened at 7:30pm on that evening as well.  Please encourage each other to attend these degrees, they are your brothers and we should not let our brothers down as they are taught and advanced in the profession of Freemasonry.

As my year progresses, please consider being more active with your membership.  There are many ways you can deepen your bond with our fraternity.  One way we can all help our lodge is to speak fondly of the fraternity and enlighten others to the value of membership in our great fraternity.  Petitions for membership may be obtained from the lodge on Wednesdays.  There is usually some activity going on from 7-9pm on Wednesdays and we would welcome your visit to enjoy fellowship or obtain petitions.  On Wednesdays when there is not a stated or extra meeting, the officers and leaders of Lake Erie Lodge gather for fellowship and masonic education.  You as a member are encouraged to learn more about YOUR lodge and our great fraternity.  My invitation is that you learn something new about Freemasonry (Charges, Degree Work, or Officer Places) and invite someone to take a fresh look at Freemasonry (Current and Potential Brothers).  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at THE Lake Erie Lodge this May.  

Fraternally,

Mike Goebel  

Worshipful Master of Lake Erie Lodge #347

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Greeting from the East Brethren,

Spring is upon us and it is a time of rebirth and renewal.  Please join me in being an active participant in YOUR lodge.  Believe it or not MOST of our members have not attended a single stated meeting in over a year.  Why is that?  We have one the most active lodges in the district and yet we didn’t have a single participant in the Regional School of Instruction event, a point that I am embarrassed to admit.  Our degree conferrals barely have enough participation to complete the degree work.  I was raised in a masonic family and the priorities always included family, when was the last time you dedicated time to your masonic family? Granted your own family and health should be priority number one!  If it’s been a while, what’s stopping you from returning to lodge?  This month has several opportunities to come back and be part of THE Lake Erie Lodge. I would like to thank Brothers Clay Brocious, Fred Wienecke, Robert Graham, and D. Scott Green for their assistance in procuring a new fixture for our Lodge Room.  Attend the stated to see the district property we have procured.

Our stated meeting will occur on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:30.  If you need a ride or assistance in attending the meeting contact me and we will make appropriate arrangements.  The program for the evening is the Third Degree for Brother Adam Swartwood.   We are hopeful that we will have a large number of brothers in attendance to welcome him to YOUR lodge. 

On Monday, April 10th Lake Erie Lodge will be hosting the entire 24th Masonic District during a school of instruction event.  It would mean a lot to myself and Brother Mike Stafford if we could have a full lodge room to demonstrate the second degree to our visiting brothers to our lodge.

Finally on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 we will have a Double Degree event.  Brother Dana LaFata will be given his Fellowcraft Degree.  Following that we will introduce Michael Sonny Nouri to Freemasonry and initiate him into our lodge with the Entered Apprentice Degree.  Please let these brothers know you are on their Masonic Journey with them and attend the degree work.

Throughout the month of April, Brothers Clay Brocious, Fred Wienecke, and Mike Goebel will have Fish Fry Tickets for our Past Master’s Night on May 3rd.  RSVP and pre-paid tickets are $15, at the door the tickets are $20.  Contact Mike Goebel (814-602-5955 or goebel119@gmail.com) to secure a pre-paid price on your ticket.  This is our signature stated meeting and will be well-attended.  We will be featuring Lake Erie caught perch and fries.  The first member to bring this notice to our April Stated meeting and show it to the WM, SW, or JW will be given a complimentary ticket.  I hope to see you at the stated.

Fraternally,

Mike Goebel, Worshipful Master of Lake Erie Lodge #347.



-----------------------------------------------------MARCH----------------------------------------------------
Greeting Brother’s,

February has been a bit of a blur but we are moving right along into March.  The theme I am looking for in March is “Lost Treasures”.  The idea of lost treasures has a variety of meanings which I’d like us all to explore this month.

Our Stated Meeting is on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30pm.  If you feel you are a “treasured” member of our lodge (which if you are reading/receiving this, you are), we welcome you to join us.  Past Masters and members who have not attended lodge this year are valued and highly welcomed to attend.  Please bring a brother with you, the more the merrier.  The program for the evening will be a masonic trivia game and will be both educational and entertaining.  We will also enjoy refreshments from our Junior Warden, Fred Wienecke

Lodge Dues: The officers and I would like to remind you that our 2017-18 dues should be paid current.  Please contact our Brother J. Robert Taylor (taylorfarms8270@hotmail.com) or Mike Goebel (814-602-5955 or goebel119@gmail.com)   if you feel you may be in question.  Officers are beginning to call outstanding dues members to reduce our number of suspensions.  Please help us reduce this by ensuring you and your close brothers have paid their most recent dues. 

Traveling Masonic Tools, The 24th Masonic District has a traveling trowel and a traveling gavel.  The officers have been challenged to obtain one or both of these objects.  They once found a home in our lodge room.  I would love to see these lost treasures returned to its rightful home at Lake Erie Lodge.  Plans for their return will be discussed at our stated meeting.

On Wednesday, March 8th, 7:30 PM during an Extra Meeting of Lake Erie Lodge Dana Lafatta will be initiated into Freemasonry and made a brother of our esteemed lodge.  Please plan to attend this exciting moment in Dana’s masonic journey.

Regional School of Instruction, Saturday, March 11 – 8 AM.  ALL elective and appointed officers, and any Master Mason wishing to learn, should plan to attend the Regional School on Saturday, March 11 in New Castle, PA.  

Spelling Bee for Kids, Tuesday April 4, from 5 – 9 PM.  The 24th District will again be fielding a team of spellers for the Hooked on Books for Kids Corporate Spelling Bee, to be held at Junior’s Last Laugh in Erie.  Brethren and their significant others are encouraged to attend the event in support of our team!  Event tickets are $10 each at the door. 

Petitions: Think you know someone who would make a great brother?  I encourage you to visit the lodge and obtain a petition.  We have had a good rate of growing our fraternity and I’m encouraged by this growth.  Brothers John Hayden, Dallas Church, Jason O’Neill, and others have all produced petitions for this lodge recently and I would welcome your candidates to consider our fraternity and especially our great lodge.  If you cannot submit any petitions at this time, support our new candidates by attending their degree work.  I’m looking forward to a successful Spring at Lake Erie Lodge, please join me in a season of growth at Lake Erie Lodge #347.

Fraternally,

Mike Goebel, WM


----------------------------------------------------FEBRUARY----------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brethren!

The store greeting cards and chocolate stores tells us that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  Welcome to the month in which love is all around.  February is for cupid, flowers, chocolate and brotherhood.   Several years back one of our past masters introduced the concept of “Love your Lodge”.  This month I encourage each of us to share  our brotherhood for our fraternity and “Love Lake Erie Lodge”.  During our stated meeting on February 1st will be an excellent opportunity to show our love of our home lodge as well as the Masonic affiliations of our appendent bodies.  We will share our lodge building with the stated meeting of Erie County DeMolay and learn of the progress of our Masonic Youth.  In January, the challenge was issued to make time for Lake Erie Lodge.  Last month, we kicked off the year with a strongly attended stated meeting and even hosted District Deputy Peter Kraus.  Not only am I encouraging you to attend our stated meeting on February 1, but I’m encouraging you to bring someone with you.  Offer someone a ride, encourage your first line signer or someone you have mentored fraternally.  Warm our lodge room by sitting with your lodge brothers who are also involved in Grotto, Shrine, York and Scottish Rite Bodies.  I know that I was more likely to go to meetings when someone shared the accountability and invitation of going (Thank you Brother Brian Page, PM).  I look forward to seeing those brothers with appending  affiliations feel the fellowship and honor to be part of Lake Erie Lodge.  The challenge is issued to be more present than the other bodies, including the young men of DeMolay. 

On February 25th, our lodge will be raising two brothers to the sublime degree of Master Master.  Not only will there be amazing degree work conferred, there will also be a traditional Lake Erie Lodge Breakfast.  Breakfast will be served from 8-8:30am and degree work will begin at 9:00am.  You won’t want to miss this important part of the Masonic journey for Brothers Christopher Wolf and Brother Adam Swartwood.  Remember the importance of your journey and honor them with your support on Saturday, Febuary 25th.

Our lodge continues to be looked upon as a leader in the 24th District.  The only way we can continue to lead is by our dedication and perserverience to participate in Masonic activity.  I challenge all of us to participate in Lake Erie Lodge in some way.  The Sectional School is looking for many to fill roles on the team and is an excellent opportunity to learn more about others in our Masonic Fraternity.  Interested parties are asked to contact Brother Mike Stafford 814-725-3017 or mstafford11@verizon.net.  A practice schedule and team is currently put in place.  If your commitments are towards Lake Erie Lodge, attend our stated or degree work meetings, mentor a candidate or newly raised brother, or volunteer your time, talent, or treasure to make our fraternity and lodge worthy of its reputation and ideas of right.  If you are unable to be present in or at our lodge actiivites, please reach out to myself or any lodge officer.  I do not want to exclude or forget any lodge member and my hope is you do not want to be lost or forgotten by the brothers.  I would value and welcome the participation of brothers on committees of inquiry, coordinate lodge fundraising activities, and connect with our inactive or out of town brothers.  I’m encouraging members and prospective members to utilize our lodge’s voicemail to remain connected (1888-680-2854 x 102).  The officers, past masters, and new members continue to have informal Masonic education and degree practices on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9pm.  Consider this notice to be an open invitation to make the most of your membership in Lake Erie Lodge.  I pray that 2017 will continue to bless you and your family with positive health and God given blessings.

Fraternally,

Mike Goebel, Worshipful Master


----------------------------------------------------JANUARY-----------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brothers!  January 2017 has arrived and we are all in the midst of focusing on our New Year’s Resolutions.  While some resolutions are meant to be broken, I would challenge you to keep one in mind for your lodge.  I challenge every member of our lodge to make a monthly commitment to this fraternity.  There are many ways we can formally and informally be active as members of our honorable fraternity.  Your attendance at our meetings and degree work is greatly appreciated, but it is not the only way you can be an active participant in our lodge and its activities.  We need our members to be engaged and act as beacons of light in and out of our assemblies.  Many of us have valid excuses on why we cannot be actively involved in our lodge.  If you are one of the many brothers absent from our meetings make an excuse to attend a stated meeting or some remarkable degree work.  If you cannot attend in person, offer to help plan or coordinate a lodge activity, serve on a committee of inquiry, or visit one of the other lodges in our district and represent your home lodge.  I want to thank in advance those who have been elected or asked to serve as officers for the upcoming year.  When you have the chance, please thank them for their time and commitment to Freemasonry in general and our lodge in particular.

This month we will have several opportunities to participate in lodge activities.  We will begin with our stated meeting on Wednesday, January 4th.  Our program will be titled “Meet Your Brothers”.  In the event you are traveling or visiting another lodge in our state, are you aware of the protocol and expectations of identifying yourself to other lodges?  We will also review the process and purpose of saying farewell to our brothers who have been called to the serve the Grand Architect’s Universal Lodge.  We will also discuss ways you can prepare your family for a Masonic Funeral Service.  We will also have degree work to complete on January 18th, remember to support our officers and new members in their journey.  Brother Adam Swartwood &  Brother Christopher Wolf will be continuing their masonic journies by being passed to the Fellowcraft Degree.

Finally, I’d like to invite you to make this your year at your lodge.  Love your family, grow spiritually, and challenge yourself to be a better man.  We are stronger together and success generally is rewarded when we tackle obstacles together.  Let us face the year 2017 as a community and face our challenges together as brothers.  Our lodge has been given a resource phone line to communicate with prospective members and each other.  I’m encouraging and empowering you  to use this tool.  This should be YOUR lodge and therefore you need to have a voice.  Call 1-888-680-2854 x102 and keep us abreast of your news and our Masonic brethren.  Brothers can share prayer requests or express concern for a fellow brother by contacting this voicemail system.  You can submit family news, health and bereavement notifications, or suggestions on how we can make and keep Lake Erie Lodge THE premiere fraternal organization in Northwestern Pennsylvania.  I am thankful to have this year as an opportunity to serve Lake Erie Lodge as YOUR Worshipful Master.  May God Bless each of you in the year 2017,

Mike Goebel



---------------------------------------------------DECEMBER----------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brethren,

You live! It’s hard to believe the Sun is setting in the West to close out my second round in THE East. What a long, strange trip it’s been. We had a very busy and prosperous year at THE. We initiated almost 10 new brethren into our ranks. We proudly took possession of the Grand Lodge Gavel for a few months. The much anticipated “Bad Movie Night” series was kicked off this year with 3 installments. Hopefully we can continue this in the future. We had raffles, THE Fish Fry, a road clean-up, Fathers’ Day Breakfast, THE Rummage Sale, we ate scrapple,  we honored our fallen brethren, rode in the Dan Rice Days parade, collected gallons of blood, muwhahaha, and put in countless hours trying to sharpen our ritual work. No matter how much time we’re given, one can never accomplish everything desired. However, I think we did a pretty good job.

 

We had a really good turnout for our degree work in November. Congratulations to Brother Dan Edder on being raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. Also, congratulations to Brother Jason O’Neil on being passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. Matthew Hall started his Masonic Journey at the One Day Class in October. Congratulations Brother Hall & thank you for coming out for the degrees in November. Don’t be a stranger.

 

December is going be a fast & furious month. In addition to the election of officers to serve this Lodge for the ensuing Masonic year, we have four degrees to confer. On Saturday, December 10th, Brothers Brian Woodard & Michael Stromenger will be raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. I have given Allison the month off after a long year of providing refreshments for Lodge. Therefore, Brother Clay Brocious & the crew will be cooking breakfast & serving, starting at 8:00 a.m. with the degrees to follow at 9:00 a.m. Adam Swartwood & Christopher Wolf will be initiated into the Craft on Wednesday, December 14th, starting at 7:00 p.m. Please come out & support these candidates, as well as all the others who put in countless hours practicing to confer these degrees.

 

St. John’s Day next will soon be upon us. Start this significant day in Freemasonry off right. The Officers and Prophets of EREPA Grotto invite all Freemasons to usher in the new Masonic Year at high noon on the 27th. Come as we honor the outgoing Worshipful Masters and welcome in the incoming ones.

We will, of course that evening, have our traditional St. John’s Day Dinner. It will be held at the Lodge starting at 6:00 p.m.  Please come out & help us celebrate the accomplishments of this past year as well as looking forward to the coming year.

 

Well with that, my final From THE East is drawing to a close. I know how disappointed and upset you all must be feeling.Therefore, I have contacted the proper authorities and classes will be cancelled and everyone will get free ice cream cones to ease the pain. Okay, I may have made that part up. I again want to say, what an honor it has been to serve THE best Lodge not only in the 24th Masonic District, but THE best Lodge period. To think about the millions of Freemasons around the world and what select few have had the honor of becoming a Worshipful Master is mind blowing. Then to think about the very select & special group of Worshipful Masters to have the opportunity to serve twice is truly humbling. Taking THE East should never be taken lightly and should always be respected.  It’s not something that is given to you, it is something you have to earn. Some people get it, some people never will. So let it be written…

 

For one last time…

Brian R. Page

Worshipful Master

THE



---------------------------------------------------NOVEMBER----------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brethren,

You live! This is the time of year when we pause to reflect and give thanks. First off, I would like to thank all of you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as Master of THE best Lodge in the 24th Masonic District, not once, but twice. I am truly humbled and appreciate the opportunity to serve.  I would also like to thank all of the Lodge Officers for the great job this year. I’d also like to thank all the brethren who filled in as needed, particularly Brother Dallas Church. He may get his packages delivered on time, but getting to Lodge, not so much…just kidding. I really appreciate him stepping up this year and look forward to seeing him progress through the chairs. Just remember what nights the Stated Meetings are on. I would also like to give special thanks to Brother J. Robert Taylor, PDDGM, who is by far the greatest secretary in all of Freemasonry. Without him I’d be lucky to know what day it is, let alone be able to run the Lodge. Also, special thanks to Brother Lyell P. Cook, PM for being such a great friend and mentor. Hopefully we can get more people signed off on degrees next year, or get the guys who know the degrees back to Lodge to ease his workload. I know there is someone out there who will be offended that I didn’t thank them by name. So with that in mind, raising my eyes and hands toward Heaven, I say to each and every one of you, “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!”

Congratulations are in order for our candidates from October. Jason O’Neil was initiated and Brothers Brian Woodward & William Stromenger were passed respectively. Brother O’Neil will be passed on Wednesday, November 16th. Also on that evening, Brother Daniel Edder will be raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. We will start at 7:00 p.m. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Brothers Woodward & Stromenger will be raised in December. Please make every effort you can to attend and make these degrees special and memorable for the candidates.

Our program for the month will be “Honoring Veterans.” Please come out and thank these brave men who served and defended our great nation. This is a new program from the one used in past years, so please plan to attend. School of Instruction will also be exemplifying this program on Monday, 11/14 at the Masonic Temple in Erie starting at 7:00 p.m. All Brethren in attendance that evening will take part in a special presentation. Let’s have a good showing from THE and honor others in the 24th Masonic District.

 A question was brought up to me from a Brother who has wanted to attend Lodge but was worried he would be turned away because he would have his work clothes on. Yes, Grand Lodge wants you to wear  a shirt & tie. But if you’re coming from work or somewhere that prevents you from going home to change, so mote it be.  Let me assure you, a Brother, in good standing, will NEVER be turned away from this Lodge..  It is not the outward appearance but rather the essential qualifications we regard. So if that’s the only reason you haven’t come to Lodge, you have no reason now. If you’re worried about not knowing what to do, not to worry, it’s Freemasonry not rocket science. If there’s some other reason, let me know. I’d be more than happy to discuss any worries or concerns you may have regarding Lodge. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does. Don’t be a stranger in your own Lodge.  All it takes is that first step forward with the left foot. Will you take it my Brother?

 

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page, PM

Worshipful Master

THE


---------------------------------------------------OCTOBER-----------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brethren,

You live! Trick or Treat…THE can’t be beat!! It’s October and we keep chugging along. There will be plenty of treats and maybe a few tricks along the way this month.

Septmeber was full of events. Special thanks to Brother Robert L. Crowe, Sr., PM for arranging the Steak Fry in September. It was a good time as always. Thanks to all who were in attendance. We also had our “Called from Labor” Program honoring brethren we have lost this past year. It was a very moving ceremony. If you weren’t there, you really missed out. Our degree work was stellar as always. Brother Daniel Edder was passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft & Michael  Stromenger & Brian Woodward were both initiated into the craft. Thank you to Brothers J. Robert Taylor, PM & Lyell P. Cook, PM for helping with the degrees. All three will be advanced to the next degree on Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. Jason Richard O'Neill will be initiated on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m.

We have a very special program this month, especially if you’re an outdoorsman. Good things come to those who BAIT. Brother Mark Hafley, Past Master from Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge #362, will be presenting at THE this month. The topic of this WHALE of a program will be about Lake Erie Fishing. Brother Hafley works for the Fish Commission, has a degree in Wildlife Fisheries Science, and is a USCG licensed Master Captain. Needless to say, he is a REEL expert and can TACKLE anything. I don’t know about you, but I can’t WADE to hear what exciting information he has to share with us.

As always it’s going to be an exciting month at THE and you don’t want to miss out.

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page, PM                                 

Worshipful Master

THE 


--------------------------------------------------SEPTEMBER-----------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brethren,

You live! Well, the leaves will be changing colors and the temperatures are going to start cooling, signifying the end of summer. It’s been a busy summer at THE. We kicked things off with our 3rd installment of The Movie Night. Special thanks to DDGM Peter M. Kraus for stopping by and partaking in the festive evening. Thanks to Brother Fred Wienecke for organizing the Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast at Grotto Picnic Park. It wasn’t as well attended as last year, but it was a good time and we raised money for the Lodge. As always, we participated in the annual Dan Rice Days Parade. Thanks to all who attended the parade and special thanks to Brothers Mike Goebel & Clay Brocious for being in full Masonic Regalia…without complaining. Okay, I made that part up. Thanks for keeping the whining to a minimum. And last, but certainly not least, thank you to Brothers Scott Green, PM & Dave Cassel, PM for arranging to have THE Rummage Sale on the day of the parade. I don’t have the final numbers, but again, the Lodge raised much needed funds. Thanks to all who donated and helped out on the day of the sale.

This month we will be conferring the Fellowcraft Mason’s Degree upon Brother Daniel Edder on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. Please try to attend, as it is always more meaningful for the candidate to have Brethren on the sidelines showing their support.

We will also be holding our Annual Steak Fry on Saturday, September 24th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The cost is $15 and if you bring a prospective candidate, they are free of charge. This is a great way to bring guys in who may be curious about the fraternity and show them what THE is all about. Brother Robert L. Crowe, Sr. PM is heading up this event so contact him (774-9332) or myself (746-0636) if you have any questions.

With all the events of summer, it was not all fun & games. As most of you know, we had a few of our Brothers called from labor by the Great Architect of the Universe. Most of the time, we will perform a Masonic Funeral Service for our Brethren. However, this is not always the case for various reasons. For this reason, I would like to honor those Brothers of ours who have made that transition to that undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns. We celebrate Labor Day every September to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. I would like us to celebrate the contributions and achievements of these Brothers by having a “Called from Labor” Program on the night of the Stated Meeting. I know we honor our deceased Past Masters in May, but unless there is a Masonic Funeral Service AND you attend, there’s nothing we do for others in our Fraternity. There is a ceremony in the Ahiman Rezon that we will be following. So please join us in celebrating the lives and contributions of our fallen Brothers.

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page, PM                                 

Worshipful Master

THE 



-----------------------------------------------------JUNE------------------------------------------------------

Greetings Brethren,

You live! First off I would like to thank Brothers Mike Goebel & Clay Brocious for a job well done with the fish fry. Special thanks to Brothers Jim Finn, Tim Furman, and Steve Simonian for cooking all of that awesome Lake Erie Perch that most of you missed out on. Everything came together and went off without a hitch, however the attendance was less than stellar. We had a contingent of Brethren that came all the way from Stillwater Lodge #547 yet had a poor turnout from our own Lodge. Based on the finances from this year’s fish fry, it could be a real possibility that this event won’t be around much longer. It’s hard to succeed when we can’t support our own events.

So the fish fry is one thing, but the lack of attendance for our Past Masters’ Night was beyond disappointing…especially from our Past Masters. This is supposed to be our night to shine in front of the DDGM as well as visitors from other Lodges. Instead we had a poor turnout and a handful of Past Masters to honor.  I am thankful to each and every single one of you that shared in this special evening. Moving on…

Congratulations to Brothers Dallas Church & Dean Roney on being Raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. Thanks to Brothers J. Robert Taylor, P.M. & Lyell P. Cook, PM for the excellent degree work. Also thanks to Brother Clay Brocious for arranging breakfast for the morning.

June is the month of rescheduled events. Brother Lyell P. Cook, PM will be presenting his annual Corner’s Report at the June Stated Meeting. As some of you know he was unable to do so at the April Stated Meeting and has agreed to share with us this interesting and highly anticipated program. Also being rescheduled will be our Road Clean-Up. This event will be occurring on Saturday, June 11th at 9:00 a.m. The more people we have, the less time it will take, so please plan to attend.

We have a few events coming up in June as well as others throughout the summer. On Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 p.m. we will be initiating Daniel Edder into the Craft. It is always special and meaningful for the candidate to be brought to light with the sidelines full of Brethren to greet him. Please try to make it to not only support the candidate, but also YOUR Lodge Brothers who devote countless hours of their time to be able to confer some of the best degree work in the 24th Masonic District.

We’ll also be having our 3rd installation of THE Movie Night on Friday, June 10th. We will be featuring a collection of Mel Brooks features and have some “Blazing Saddle” wings, “Frankenbeans”, & perhaps some “Sinister Salsa” to go along with our films. As always, refreshments start at 6:00 p.m. with the feature film starting at 7:00 p.m. We will be starting with “Young Frankenstein” and follow it up with “Blazing Saddles.” Come out and have a relaxing, fun-filled evening with YOUR Brethren as well as others from the 24th Masonic District. We’re also looking at doing a “Beach Blanket Bingo” Night in August details will follow.

Speaking of August, as you know we’ll be having a Rummage Sale during Dan Rice Days. This fundraiser is even more crucial now due to the abysmal finances of the fish fry. Please start looking for items you can donate for this event. And as always we will have a contingent of Brethren riding in the parade. If you’re interested in riding or donating a bag of candy or two for the parade, let me know.

So needless to say, we have a lot of stuff going on this summer. The best way to stay informed is through our website. So check us out or “Like” us on Facebook. So let it be written. So let it be done.

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page, PM


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Greetings Brethren,

You live! It’s hard to believe it’s May already. With that comes THE Annual Fish Fry as well as Past Masters’ Night. If you come to only one meeting this year, this is the one not to miss. Tickets for the fish fry are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Food will be served from 5:00 – 7:00. Also, join us as we honor all of our Past Masters, those that have been called from Labor & those still with us. I challenge ALL Past Masters, as well as ALL Brethren to be in attendance, unless prevented by sickness or some other unavoidable occurrence.  Brother Peter M. Kraus, DDGM will be making his official visit to THE after the Fish Fry. He will be accompanied by Brethren from Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge. We will get to return the favor on Thursday, June 9th.

If you weren’t around in April, you missed out. Congratulations to Brothers Dallas Church and Dean Roney on being passed to the Fellow Craft Degree. They will each receive their Master Mason Degrees on Saturday, May 21st.  We will be featuring THE Famous Breakfast starting at 8:00 with degrees starting at 9:00. Please come out and support these candidates as well as the officers who put so much time and effort into making our ritual work the envy of the 24th Masonic District. Congratulations are also in order for Brother Don Adams, PM from Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge for winning our raffle for the $50 Sheetz Gift Card. Our next raffle is for $100 gift card from Urbaniak Brothers Quality Meats. We will pull the winner at the June Stated Meeting. Tickets are available from any of the officers and will be available at the Fish Fry as well.

There was snow in April…surprise, surprise. However it was a beautiful evening for THE Movie Knight. We enjoyed the Black Knight, the Flying Circus, refreshment and fellowship. Thanks to all who were in attendance. If you missed out, not to worry, we’re planning for another movie night for June.  The date and theme are under review, but you all will be given due and timely notice so you can plan attend. On a side note…I feel some of you have missed the point of these fun-filled evenings. The focus of these nights isn’t necessarily the movie, but rather an opportunity to gather and have a relaxing “guys night out.” Who doesn’t need that??

As a reminder, we are gathering donations for our rummage sale that will be held during Dan Rice Days in August. If you have something you’d like to drop off, let us know or bring it on any Wednesday evening. If you need to arrange for a time, let me know, I’ll be glad to meet you at Lodge. We’ll also need assistance organizing items and helping the day of the sale. It would be appreciated to have some new faces around to help with a function, so start planning now to help.

Speaking of helping, we will be having a road clean-up on Saturday, May 14th at 8:30 a.m. This is one of the projects that has fallen by the wayside the last few years. We WILL be doing this community service project and we WILL need YOUR help. Many hands make light work so come out and help! I always encourage each and every one of you to get involved and be active in YOUR Lodge. This is the perfect opportunity to do so. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved. If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse. So let it be written. So let it be done.

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page, PM

Worshipful Master

THE 


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Greetings Brethren,

You live! Well, we hit a little speed bump in March thanks to the Brethren from Edenburg Lodge in Knox, PA.  12 Brothers made the nearly 2 hour journey to claim the Grand Lodge Traveling Gavel from us. They assure us that they will take good care of it for us. Congratulations to them and we will see you soon.

Anyhow, THE keeps rolling along. Congratulations to Dallas Church and Dean Roney on being initiated into the Craft. They will receive their Fellow Craft Degrees on Wednesday, April 20th.  Special thanks to Brother Mike Goebel for conferring the degrees and Brother Lyell P. Cook, PM for reciting the charges, as always.

We will hold the drawing for our Spring Raffle after the Stated Meeting on April 6th. This month’s drawing will be for a $50 Sheetz Gift Card. If you have sold tickets, please ensure they are turned in prior to the meeting. If you need to purchase tickets, let me know. The next drawing will be held at our June Stated Meeting. We’re looking at doing a Mike’s Meats raffle, unless someone has a better idea. These tickets will be available at the Stated Meeting in April as well as THE Fish Fry in May. Speaking of THE Fish Fry, it will be on Wednesday, May 4th prior to our Stated Meeting/Past Masters Night. Tickets will be available from any of the officers starting at the April Stated Meeting.

And now for something completely different…we will have our 2nd edition of THE Movie Knight on Friday, April 15th. That’s right, Knight. That’s because this month will feature, “A Knight with Monty Python & THE.” We will be watching “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” as well as parts of the “Flying Circus.” As before, refreshments will be served at 6:00 with the movie starting at 7:00. This is a fraternal event open to any Brother or prospective candidate. Refreshment donations will be gladly accepted.

As I stated last month, Brother D. Scott Green, PM is putting together a rummage sale to have at Lodge during Dan Rice Days. It’s been a couple years since we’ve had this event. It was always a good fundraiser for the Lodge, but we need your help. We will start collecting any items you’d like to donate for this event. You can drop items off any meeting night or any Wednesday evening. If you can’t make it one of these evenings, call Scott or myself to make arrangements.

We still have a handful of Brethren who haven’t paid their 2016 dues. The officers and I have made contact with these individuals to help resolve this matter. If you haven’t paid or are unsure, please contact me. General rule of thumb...if you didn’t get a current dues card, you didn’t pay. If you’re considering not renewing, please contact me so we can discuss your concerns. Please ensure that you send your payments in and/or make arrangements with myself or J. Robert Taylor, PM immediately. Anyone not paid up by the April Stated Meeting will be suspended.

On a sad note, Brother James Allen Moore was called from Labor in March. A Masonic Service was held for him and want to thank everyone who was in attendance. It really means a lot to the families and shows what Freemasonry is all about. Farewell my Brother.

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page

Worshipful Master

THE 


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Greetings Brethren,

You live! We kept our busy year rolling along in February with a nice turn out at our Stated Meeting. I was glad to see so many visitors from other Lodges with us to try to claim Grand Lodge’s Traveling Gavel. Oh wait. My bad. There were no visitors, so it is safely secured in our Lodge. I’ve been told others will come for it. We’ll shall see.

Anyhow, congratulations to Alan Mayes on being raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason last month. Thanks to Brother Lyell P. Cook, PM for conferring the degree. This month, Dallas Church and Dean Roney will be initiated into the Craft on Wednesday, March 16th starting at 7:30 p.m. Ryan Bailey will also be tentatively scheduled to be passed to a Fellow Craft Mason this evening.

Mother Nature tried to put a damper on THE first ever Bad Movie Night, but we persevered and overcame the weather. The turnout was a little lighter than expected, due to the snow, but we still had a great time. Thanks to all who donated refreshments for the evening.  A special shout out to J.B. Salter, PM for being our lone visitor that evening. It was great to see you there! We will be having another movie night in April. The date has yet to be determined, but it will be a Monty Python themed evening.

Brother D. Scott Green, PM is putting together a rummage sale to have at Lodge during Dan Rice Days. It’s been a couple years since we’ve had this event. It was always a good fundraiser for the Lodge, but we need your help. We will start collecting any items you’d like to donate for this event. You can drop items off any meeting night or any Wednesday evening. If you can’t make it one of these evenings, call Scott or myself to make arrangements.

Speaking of fundraising, we WILL be having our golf outing this year. Brothers David P. Cassell, PM and Joe Spusta are spearheading this event. This has always been a fun, fundraising event for Lodge. Due to various factors, we had to cancel it last year. We need your assistance to make this event a success once again. We’re trying to plan a little further in advance. Let me know if you’re interested in helping this committee. We’re also doing a bi-monthly raffle this year. Last month’s raffle for the TGIFriday’s Gift card and Delta Sonic washes was won by our very own, Robert L. Crowe, Sr., PM. The next drawing will be for a $50 Sheetz gift card and will be pulled at the April Stated Meeting.  See any of the officers for tickets to purchase and/or sell. We’re looking at doing a Mike’s Meats raffle to draw in June.

We have started the year with a bang and want to continue rolling thorough the 24th District. Once the weather breaks we WILL be traveling to retrieve the District’s gavel and trowel. I will be sure to give THE Brethren due and timely notice of our raids. Again, I implore you to be part of YOUR Lodge.  Everyone is busy and burning the candle at both ends sometimes, but you’re not alone. Try to make time for YOUR Lodge. Set a goal. If you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, try to come to at least one or two before the summer break. If you haven’t done any ritual work, start learning a charge. If you haven’t “Liked” us on Facebook or visited our website…well, that’s just plain wrong. So let it be written. So let it be done.

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page

Worshipful Master

THE 



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Greetings Brethren,

You live! Well, we started off the year with a bang at YOUR Lodge.  Brother Peter M. Kraus, DDGM made an appearance at our January Stated Meeting outlining, the new RWGM’s programs. Among these was a Grand Lodge Travelling Gavel. There are 7 Gavels, one for each Masonic Region. We are located in Region 5. Needless to say, “THE” HAD to be the first to retrieve our region’s gavel.  One week later, we travelled to Lawrence Lodge #708 in Erie and took it! We had 14 Brothers  from THE on hand for our 1st raid of the year.  It was awesome to walk into the Lodge room and see the sidelines and 3 chairs, filled with Brothers from OUR Lodge. This goes right along with what I want to do this year. Bring a little excitement back into Lodge and reestablish ourselves as “THE 347”…or as I prefer simply, “THE.”

Also at the January Stated Meeting I set forth the committees for this year’s major activities. So far we have the following committees set: Fish Fry, Golf Outing, Clam Bake, Steak Fry, Road Clean-Up, Dan Rice Days, and Raffles. If you would like to be part of these committees, please let me know. Thanks to all who volunteered, at my will and pleasure, to serve.  One note on the fish fry, I’ve had a few brothers approach me about donating fish this year. If you are a fisherman and care to do so, we will gladly take any donation for the cause. This is a great way to help the Lodge and cut costs for this huge event.  Contact Brother Clayton G. Brocious or myself if you have questions regarding this event.

Special thanks to Brother Louis J. Ludwig, PM for coordinating the triumphant return of THE Famous Saturday Morning Breakfast. We laughed, we cried, we had scrapple. Okay, we had scrapple. We even had a couple people come just for breakfast because of prior commitments later in the morning. We conferred two degrees that day. Brothers Keith Allen and Alan Mayes were Raised and Passed respectively. Brother Mayes will be Raised on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m.

I’ve spent countless hours updating the Lodge website and Facebook pages to keep you informed about what’s happening in OUR Lodge. Be sure to check it out or “Like” us. One of the events we’ve been talking about for years was to have a “Bad Movie Night.” An informal night for the Brethren to get together, relax, watch some really silly, stupid movies and share a few laughs. We will be gathering at the Lodge for this non-historic event on Friday night, February 12th. Refreshments will be served at 6, with the feature film starting at 7. Brother Lyell P. Cook, PM has assured me that it is a moral imperative that we start with “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” This fraternal event is open to ALL Brethren, not just our Lodge, and any prospective candidates. Any Refreshment type donations would be greatly appreciated.

 As I stated last in last month’s FTE, we want you to be involved in YOUR Lodge in some way, shape, or form. Come to a meeting, come to an event, serve on a committee, do something. There has to be some reason you continue to be part of this great and honorable fraternity. I know it’s not just to read my inspirational words on a monthly basis. Maybe it is, I don’t know. Only you know.  Be part of what continues to makes us, “THE.” So let it be written. So let it be done.

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page

Worshipful Master

THE 


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Greetings Brethren,

If at first you don’t succeed. It’s a lot better the second time around. You can never make the same mistake twice because the second time it’s not a mistake, but rather a choice. I searched the internet looking for a witty quote to start off my second term in The East. The one I liked the most was, “Having a second chance makes you want to work harder.” These words are so true. The first time I was honored to join the select company of Brethren who have served this Lodge “From the East.” This time I am equally honored and even more humbled by joining an even more exclusive group of Past Masters having multiple terms in The East. My first time around pretty much revolved around our 150th Anniversary Celebration. While that was an event to remember, it pretty much took up the entire first part of my year. After that it felt like my year was over already. I tried to instill in all of you that this is YOUR Lodge. Without YOU, WE are nothing. Those sentiments still ring true today. However, we have kind of lost sight of what made us THE 347. Not too long ago we were the talk of the 24th Masonic District. Sure, we still make waves once in a while but THE has lost some of its luster. I’m determined to bring that back starting NOW. I again implore you to be involved in YOUR Lodge. You don’t have to come to every meeting. Heck, you don’t even need to be at a meeting to be active. There are so many ways to be involved. You just have to take the first step as you did when you entered this great and honorable fraternity. Nobody asked you to join. You asked. No one should have to ask you to help. Whether it’s doing a degree, learning a charge, or assisting at a Lodge function, you should have pride in being a Freemason. You should feel compelled to be part of our success rather than reading about it once a month.  

We are going to start off the year with the return of THE famous Saturday Breakfasts on January 16th starting at 8:00 a.m. Brother Louis J. Ludwig, PM…WHO??? Yes THAT Lou!! has graciously accepted the challenge of kicking things off for us and showing the new officers line how to do things THE way. There will be 3 degrees (two Master Masons and one Fellow Craft) that morning starting at 9:00. I know I already lost some of you by saying that. Who wants to sit through three degrees on a Saturday morning…right???  If you don’t want to witness the best degree work in the 24th Masonic District, that’s fine. If you have other things going on at least join us for breakfast.  Enjoy some fun, fellowship and most importantly SCRAPPLE!!!

We will also be doing some travelling this year as we lent out a few items that need to return home. With that said we WILL be traveling to Stillwater & Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodges to retrieve what is rightfully ours. Enough said there.

Well, I figure at this point J. Robert Taylor, PDDGM is trying to figure out how to get this all on the right hand side of the page of the notice. So let it be written. So let it be done.

Fraternally,

Brian R. Page

Worshipful Master

THE 



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