Saturday, May 24, 2008

Montgomery #426 has a great picnic and honors PM John Dyer

Montgomery Lodge followed a breakfast 3rd Degree held by Andrews #529 with a evening picnic/open house to kick off Memorial Day weekend. There were over 75 Brothers, their families, and friends there to enjoy some great smoked Boston Butts and to honor one of Montgomery's leaders John Dyer. John is Past Master, a great catechism coach, and a true custodian of the work. As of late, he has been beset by sickness. But, he still continues to support and attend his Lodge helping coach and instruct on degree work every chance he gets. We also had Bro. Chip Siller and the Wayfaring Strangers playing some great Bluegrass Music as pre-dinner entertainment. A great time was had by all!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Oxford Trip Update 5/22/08


We are now up to 35 seats reserved. There is still more room for others, such as you spouse, girlfriend (but not both), any Entered Apprentices, Fellowcrafts, or prospective members.

Let me know asap.

Jim Hyde, DDGM

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Oxford Trip Update 5/14/2008


We have reached our goal! As of yesterday, I recevied a check from Brother Bobby Welch of Marble Springs Lodge N0 439 along with a list of 6 names of their members. This brings our total to 34 members (and a few wives).

If you recall, the goal was for a minimum of 30 in order to pay for the fuel since Tri-State Charters was donating a bus and "drivers" for this event.

There are still 19 seats available, and I am filling them on a first-come first serve basis. Please don't wait until the last minute if you haven't made your reservations for this trip. Once the bus fills, I can't take any more reservations. Sorry, not riding in lawn chairs on top of the bus!

With the daily rising cost of fuel, I will feel a sign of releif if we can reach 40, but as of now the trip is on.

Anyone still wanting to go, send ME your reservation(s) @ $15.00 per seat. Make check payable to "Tri-State Charters", but send it to ME @ 281 Atoah Circle Robbinsville, NC 28771

Jim Hyde, District Deputy Grand Master
41st Masonic District of North Carolina

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Great Smokies Summer Assembly is fast approaching

As a newly obligated York Rite Mason, I can hardly wait for the time of Summer Assembly to get here. The assembly promises to be a great time of fun, fellowship, and learning. My family and I will be there on Sunday to attend the Divine Services and picnic. And, although I will not be able to attend all 3 days of festivities I still want to be a part of even a little of what is going on. My wife and I are planning on taking the girls up to the Masonic Marker after the picnic concludes to see it and take pictures. I hope that many of you will be able to attend.
Masonic Marker sign
side view of the rocks
Masonic Monument

Link to the Summer Assembly itinerary and registration form.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Demolay Meeting Reminder


Please don't forget to attend the Demolay meeting this Saturday @ 4:00 pm at Clay Lodge. We need as many people as possible to attend in order to get this off the ground.

Even if you don't think you could find time to help, please come anyway to obtain "more light" about one of OUR organizations.

Have in mind also, any prospective young men you may think would make a good "core" of members that will make this organization grow, and someday fill our own ranks.

PotS (Parting on the Square)

Jim Hyde, District Deputy Grand Master, 41st Masonic District of North Carolina

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A new working tool was added at Montgomery #426!!!!

We now have our own portable smoker. Bro Larry Murphy brought the smoker to the attention of a few of us at the lodge. We decided that with all the BBQ dinners we had planned for the future that it would be great to have our own smoker. So, with Larry's help and some generous Brothers, we bought the smoker and Larry hauled it up from Florida. With a good cleaning, a fresh coat of paint, and the addition of the square and looks as Masonic as a smoker can get. We'll be giving it a test run at our annual Lodge picnic/open house to be held the evening of May 24th. Please drop by sample some BBQ and check it out.

Montgomery #426 has a new Jr. Steward!

Bro. Andy Liakos was installed as Jr. Steward tonight at the beginning of our stated communication. Bro. Andy turned in his Master's Catechism last meeting and Bro. Jerry Baugus made the request for Bro. Andy to take his place.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Demolay Informational Meeing May 17 - Clay Lodge 4:00pm

When I was a young teenager, Demolay was going strong in this area, and so was the sister organization, the Rainbow Girls. For whatever reason, both organizations seemed to fade away.

In today’s culture, if we don’t help our youth find meaningful and moral activities to keep busy, many times the activities they choose on their own have life changing, unwanted, or deadly consequences.

Here is our opportunity to touch the lives of our youth, the opportunity to give them a healthier choice of lifestyle, to prepare them as leaders of tomorrow, and to plant the seeds which may eventually keep our organization growing for years to come.

Some famous individuals who were once part of the Demolay include: Paul Harvey, Neil Armstrong, Mel Blanc, Ernest Borgnine, Roy Clark, Terry Bradshaw, Pete Rose, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Buddy Ebsen, Dan Rather, Willard Scott, John Wayne, and the worlds tallest man Robert Waldow. The list goes on to include Governors, Presidents, Congressmen, Astronauts, TV personalities, and at least one WWE professional wrestler.

I ask you to please join me this year in rebuilding Demolay in the 41st Masonic District of North Carolina. Clay Lodge # 301 has graciously agreed to host this important meeting. on Saturday, May 17th at 4:00 PM. Matthew Hunt, Western Regional Governor for the North Carolina Demolay will be there to provide us with the history of the organization, answer questions, and give us some guidance on getting this resurrected.

I ask everyone who can, please attend this important and educational meeting. Together, we can make a difference.
I’ll close with this quote from Judge David Gray Ross who is over the Federal Office of Child Support, and too was a member of Demolay, "As a young boy who had lost his father, the interest taken in me by the men of DeMolay provided encouragement, leadership, and opportunities which, in hindsight, seem impossible. The vision of the Order of DeMolay kept me focused on the truly important things in life and taught me a morality which remains with me today. As the Director of our Nation's primary support system for America's alienated children, I am mindful of the old adage that says, 'as the twig is bent, so grows the tree.' We must join together to bend our children toward what is right and good and necessary to make them productive citizens of the future."
Fraternally and POTS

Jim Hyde
District Deputy Grand Master