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June Trestleboard

Trestleboard – June 2021

Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge No. 64 A.F. & A.M.

  • Message from the Master
  • Message from the Secretary
  • Upcoming Events
  • Masonic Birthdays

Message from the Master

Friends and Brothers,

Thank you to everyone who attended our June sauna lodge Stated Communication. The air conditioning was out for the evening, but we had a great time anyway. In fact, given the positive reception, I’m considering holding another one. Shall we keep the A/C off for our next Stated? It should be even warmer in July.

Jokes aside, it reminded me that we have something unique going on at KMW. Somehow, despite all we have been through over the past year and a half, we are coming out of Covid 19 stronger than ever. The energy and excitement are palpable. You have certainly inspired me with it. Our events are well-attended, we are making fraternal visits, and are on track to win the Hillman award again this year. But it goes deeper than ticking the boxes. Our brothers want to engage, they want to do more, and they want to find ways to make more of their Masonic experience.

A lodge is only as strong as the time we put into it, and time is a precious resource. How will we choose to invest it? Masonry can be more than showing up at the lodge, visiting the pub, and stopping by the occasional ritual school. It is a shared experience. Earlier this month we had 25 Masons from five different lodges shoot some pool together. Last year 50 of us put on a Robert Burns table lodge, resplendent with kilts, Highlanders, music, and haggis. Through the pandemic, we held weekly, well-attended Zoom presentations with a host of excellent speakers. We can do this because enough brothers choose to make our fraternity stronger through their time investment.

So what do you want out of your Masonic experience? What time are you willing to invest? What do you want to do? We can make it happen. All it takes is that initial investment. You don’t need to shoulder the whole burden alone, either. That’s what we’re all here for- to help make these experiences fun, easy, and meaningful.

Best wishes to you all,

Christopher Kelly

Message from the Secretary

Brethren:

Dues and donations can now be sent via PayPal! To send in your dues or donations, log into paypal.com and click on <Send> near the top of the page. Enter the email KemperMaconWare64@gmail.com and then <Next>. Enter the amount and click <Continue>. You can now review the details of the transaction and click <Send payment now> to finish.

We are trying to earn the Morlock Award again this year. This requires 20% of our members to contribute $5.00 or more to the Masonic Home of Virginia. This is an easy task to accomplish and helps benefit the MAHOVA. Our dues are $95 per year so if you are inclined to participate add the $5 to your dues for a total of $100.00.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. My telephone number is 703-237-0036 or by email at pnresq@aol.com.

Fraternally,

Philip Niemann Rhodes, PDDGM

Secretary

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, June 15 – Lodge Instruction of Work at KMW.7:00p
  • Wednesday, June 16 – District Instruction of Work at Elmer Timberman. 7:00p
  • Thursday, June 17 – Fraternal Visit to Andrew Jackson Lodge. 6:30p.
    • Presentation by Zero Cancer Non-Profit
  • Saturday, June 19 – District Blood Drive at KMW, 8:00a-1:30p
  • Tuesday, June 22 – Lodge Instruction of Work at KMW.7:00p
  • Friday, June 25 – Springfield Lodge Table Lodge, $35, 7:30p
  • Saturday, June 26 – Homeless Bagged Meal Program at Arlington Centennial Glebe Lodge, 11:00a
  • Monday, June 28 – Fraternal Visit to Arlington Centennial Glebe Lodge. 6:30p
  • Tuesday, June 29 – Called Communication for MM Catechism Return
  • Tuesday, July 6 – Called Communication for EA Conferral
    • Pizza dinner. 6:15p
    • EA conferral. 7:00p
  • Saturday, July 17 – Kena Robert Burns Night. $40. 5:00p
  • Tuesday, July 27 – *Masters and Wardens meeting.

Masonic Birthdays

  • O’Connor, Bro. Frank James – June 21, 1955 – 66 years
  • Lentz, Bro. Charles James Jr. – June 19, 1956 – 65 years
  • Rowe, Bro. F Crail – June 20, 1956 – 65 years
  • McShea, W. William Russell – June 22, 1957 – 64 years
  • Brown, Bro. Walter Rothwell – June 28, 1958 – 63 years
  • Harper, W. Leroy Harold Jr.– June 8, 1961 – 60 years
  • Lewis, Bro. Paul J. – June 19, 1962 – 59 years
  • Smoot, Bro. Charles Randolph – June 29, 1962 – 59 years
  • Richberg, W. James Hirman – June 11, 1966 – 55 years
  • Hardwick, Bro. Jim Louis – June 21, 1966 – 55 years
  • Heitz, Bro. William Dobbie Jr.– June 16, 1972 – 49 years
  • Lilly, W. Neil Gene – June 1, 1973 – 48 years
  • Kesterson, Bro. Steven Edward – June 4, 1975 – 46 years
  • Landis, Bro. Robert Clyde – June 4, 1976 – 45 years
  • Knight, Bro. Willard Carlyle – June 3, 1977 – 44 years
  • Walker, Bro. Robert William – June 16, 1981 – 40 years
  • Owens, Bro. Joe Brantley II – June 21, 1983 – 38 years
  • O’Boyle, Bro. Michael William – June 17, 1988 – 33 years
  • Haines, Bro. Howard K. Jr. – June 27, 1989 – 32 years
  • McElwain, W. Eric Doyle – June 3, 1991 – 30 years
  • McCarty, Bro. Leonard Eugene – June 21, 1991 – 30 years
  • Richberg, Bro. Edwin Hiram – June 21, 1991 – 30 years
  • Baker, Bro. Rabb Steven – June 22, 2001 – 20 years
  • Bernstein, Bro. Steven Jay – June 23, 2011 – 10 years
  • Brown, Bro. Troy Jabez – June 10, 2013 – 8 years
  • Beaver, Bro. Daniel Lewis – June 13, 2017 – 4 years

* Masonic years calculated as of December 31, 2021

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May Trestleboard

Trestleboard – May 2021

Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge #64 A.F. & A.M.

  • Message from the Master
  • Message from the Secretary
  • Upcoming Events
  • Masonic Birthdays

Message from the Master

To the Members of Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge No. 64,

I’d like to personally thank everyone who came out to our May Stated. We shared a home cooked meal provided by Worshipful Van Winkle and Brother Thomas. Right Worshipful Don Strehle gave an excellent presentation on the importance of a growth mindset. It was incredibly motivating to me and is a regular topic of conversation among those in attendance.

Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got a number of activities planned. We will make fraternal visits to Cherrydale-Columbia, Arlington Centennial Glebe, and Andrew Jackson Lodges over the next month; our LIW program is picking up steam; and we are scheduling a billiards evening at Revolution Billiards in Fairfax. If you are interested in any of these, please let me know! Dates are below.

Dues and donations can now be sent via PayPal! To send in your dues or donations, log into paypal.com and click on <Send> near the top of the page. Enter the email KemperMaconWare64@gmail.com and then <Next>. Enter the amount and click <Continue>. You can now review the details of the transaction and click <Send payment now> to finish.

Finally, we are continuing to build our website (kmw64.org) and online presence. Our Junior Warden, Josh Farrar, is leading the charge. Please join us on Facebook for regular updates. We welcome any and all input. Finding ways of connecting with our community, both locally and digitally, is critical to sustaining our growth.

Best wishes to you all,

Christopher Kelly

Message from the Secretary

Brethren:

Please note that we have sent electronic dues notices out. The trust account which finances a large portion of lodge expenses has had the dividends reduced. Also, please note that since the pandemic, we have no rental income. So it is critical that members respond to the electronic dues notices rapidly.

We are trying to earn the Morlock Award again this year. This requires 20% of our members to contribute $5.00 or more to the Masonic Home of Virginia. This is an easy task to accomplish and helps benefit the MAHOVA. Our dues are $95 per year so if you are inclined to participate add the $5 to your dues for a total of $100.00.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. My telephone number is 703-237-0036 or by email at pnresq@aol.com.

Fraternally,

Philip Niemann Rhodes, PDDGM

Secretary

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 20 – Fraternal Visit to Cherrydale-Columbia Lodge. 6:30p.
  • Saturday, May 22 – *Grand Lodge Virtual Leadership Conference. 1:00p.
  • Monday, May 24 – Fraternal Visit to Arlington Centennial Glebe Lodge. 6:30p.
  • Tuesday, May 25 – Zoom Presentation: W. John McDowall, “Robert Burns”. 7:00p.
  • Wednesday, May 26 – Billiards at Revolution in Fairfax. Please RSVP.
  • Tuesday, June 1 – *Lodge Instruction of Work.7:00p.
  • Tuesday, June 8 – June Stated Communication
    • Dinner at 6:15p.
    • Zoom Presentation by W. Mike Brennan, “24”. 7:00p.
    • *Stated Communication. 7:30p.
  • Thursday, June 17 – Fraternal Visit to Andrew Jackson Lodge. 6:30p.
  • Monday, June 28 – Fraternal Visit to Arlington Centennial Glebe Lodge. 6:30p.
  • Saturday, July 17 – Kena Highlanders’ Robert Burns Night. $40. 5:00p.

*Master Masons only

Masonic Birthdays

  • O’Connor, Bro. Frank James – June 21, 1955 – 66 years
  • Lentz, Bro. Charles James Jr. – June 19, 1956 – 65 years
  • Rowe, Bro. Crail – June 20, 1956 – 65 years
  • McShea, W. William Russell – June 22, 1957 – 64 years
  • Brown, Bro. Walter Rothwell – June 28, 1958 – 63 years
  • Harper, W. Leroy Harold Jr. – June 8, 1961 – 60 years
  • Lewis, Bro. Paul J. – June 19, 1962 – 59 years
  • Smoot, Bro. Charles Randolph – June 29, 1962 – 59 years
  • Richberg, W. James Hirman – June 11, 1966 – 55 years
  • Hardwick, Bro. Jim Louis – June 21, 1966 – 55 years
  • Heitz, Bro. William Dobbie Jr. – June 16, 1972 – 49 years
  • Lilly, W. Neil Gene – June 1, 1973 – 48 years
  • Kesterson, Bro. Steven Edward – June 4, 1975 – 46 years
  • Landis, Bro. Robert Clyde – June 4, 1976 – 45 years
  • Knight, Bro. Willard Carlyle – June 3, 1977 – 44 years
  • Walker, Bro. Robert William – June 16, 1981 – 40 years
  • Owens, Bro. Joe Brantley II – June 21, 1983 – 38 years
  • O’Boyle, Bro. Michael William – June 17, 1988 – 33 years
  • Haines, Bro. Howard K. Jr. – June 27, 1989 – 32 years
  • McElwain, W. Eric Doyle – June 3, 1991 – 30 years
  • McCarty, Bro. Leonard Eugene – June 21, 1991 – 30 years
  • Richberg, Bro. Edwin Hiram – June 21, 1991 – 30 years
  • Baker, Bro. Rabb Steven – June 22, 2001 – 20 years
  • Bernstein, Bro. Steven Jay – June 23, 2011 – 10 years
  • Brown, Bro. Troy Jabez – June 10, 2013 – 8 years
  • Beaver, Bro. Daniel Lewis – June 13, 2017 – 4 years

* Masonic years calculated as of December 31, 2021

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April Trestleboard

Trestleboard – April 2021

Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge #64 A.F. & A.M.

  • Message from the Master
  • Message from the Secretary
  • Upcoming Events
  • Masonic Birthdays

Message from the Master

To the Members of Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge No. 64,

I’d like to personally thank everyone who came out to our April Stated. We had thirty in attendance, including five prospects. We shared a homecooked meal provided by Worshipful Van Winkle and Brother Thomas. Worshipful Loudermilk gave an excellent presentation on the importance of Masonic ritual. I believe I speak for everyone when I say it was fantastic to get back into lodge with my brothers. This is just the first step, with many more to come.

For our May 11th Stated Communication we’ll have a home cooked pot roast dinner followed by an open presentation by Right Worshipful Don Strehle, our Grand Senior Warden. We will also vote on a petition to receive the degrees in Freemasonry. Mark it on your calendars!

Now that we’re back in business, there will be a few changes to our monthly schedule. The usual Tuesday Zoom presentations will be pared back to two a month, with the other Tuesdays reserved for our Lodge Instruction of Work ritual school. Please see below for details. We’re also working on setting up a few fun activities like bowling, pool, etc. I’ll provide details as available. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged.

Dues and donations can now be sent via PayPal! To send in your dues or donations, log into paypal.com and click on <Send> near the top of the page. Enter the email KemperMaconWare64@gmail.com and then <Next>. Enter the amount and click <Continue>. You can now review the details of the transaction and click <Send payment now> to finish.

Finally, we are continuing to build our website (kmw64.org) and online presence. Our Junior Warden, Josh Farrar, is leading the charge. Please join us on Facebook for regular updates. We welcome any and all input. Finding ways of connecting with our community, both locally and digitally, is critical to sustaining our growth.

Onward and upward,

Christopher Kelly

Message from the Secretary

Brethren:

Please note that we have sent electronic dues notices out. The trust account which finances a large portion of lodge expenses has had the dividends reduced. Also, please note that since the pandemic, we have no rental income. So it is critical that members respond to the electronic dues notices rapidly.

We are trying to earn the Morlock Award again this year. This requires 20% of our members to contribute $5.00 or more to the Masonic Home of Virginia. This is an easy task to accomplish and helps benefit the MAHOVA. Our dues are $95 per year so if you are inclined to participate add the $5 to your dues for a total of $100.00.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. My telephone number is 703-237-0036 or by email at pnresq@aol.com.

Fraternally,

Philip Niemann Rhodes, PDDGM

Secretary

Upcoming Events

As we begin to reopen, we are reorganizing our monthly schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 27 – Masters and Wardens Meeting. Details TBD.
  • Tuesday, May 4 – Lodge Instruction of Work. 7:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, May 11 – 
    • Dinner. Starts 6:00 or 6:15 pm.
    • Zoom Presentation by Right Worshipful Don Strehle. 7:00 pm.
    • Stated Communication. 7:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, May 18 – Lodge Instruction of Work. 7:00 pm.
  • Tuesday, May 25 – Zoom Presentation. 7:00 pm. Presenter TBD.

Masonic Birthdays

  • Simmons, Bro. Sidney Lynwood – April 20, 1954 – 67 years
  • Sullivan, Bro. Michael Edward – April 4, 1956 – 65 years
  • Hallberg, Bro. Ernest Van Jr. – April 21, 1961 – 60 years
  • Powlas, Bro. Luckey Lee – April 17, 1964 – 57 years
  • Holley, Bro. Carlis Linwood – April 16, 1976 – 45 years
  • Hawkins, Bro. Robert William – April 27, 1984 – 37 years
  • Loudermilk, W. James Arville – April 18, 1986 – 35 years
  • Hayes, W. Jeffrey Mark – April 24, 1992 – 29 years
  • Sutton, W. Kinne Reese Jr. – April 13, 2003 – 18 years
  • Halabi, Bro. Basem Yacoub – April 20, 2009 – 2 years
  • Bushman, Bro. Joshua Everett – April 20, 2009 – 12 years
  • Revollo Salazar, Bro. Jose Fernando – April 3, 2018 – 3 years
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March Trestleboard

Trestleboard – March 2021

Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge No. 64 A.F. & A.M.

  • Message from the Master
  • Message from the Secretary
  • Upcoming Events
  • Masonic Birthdays

Message from the Master

To the Members of Kemper-Macon Ware Lodge No. 64,

Our Tuesday Zoom series continues apace. I would like to thank Right Worshipful David Potts, Worshipful Kinne Sutton, Worshipful Daniel Froggett, and Right Worshipful Roger Peak for contributing excellent presentations. We also had a great joint presentation with Henry Knox Field-John Blair and Henry Lodges after we closed our first in-person Stated of the year. Please join us on Zoom at 7:00 on Tuesdays whenever you can. It is always a fun hour. See the Upcoming Events section for the schedule.

A big thank you to the brothers that have been showing up on Saturday to help clean out the lodge, with a special acknowledgement to Brothers Kevin Thomas and Juver Quintanilla and Worshipfuls Troy Van Winkle and Ray Kasey. We emptied, scrubbed, and reorganized the pantry, kitchen, and shed over the last several weekends. Mary Strehle and Ray Gan of Unity Chapter No. 201 also joined in the festivities. I’m looking forward to working closely with Unity on some fun events later this year. Next up is updating the kitchen, sprucing up the fellowship hall, deep cleaning the bathrooms and stairwell, and getting ready for landscaping!

We had five prospects reach out to the lodge over the past several months, including several that have donated their time on Saturdays. Making new Masons is essential to building on our foundation, and we’re excited to see so much interest in the lodge, despite the virus. Please join me in connecting with them and spreading the good word about KMW.

Finally, we are continuing to build our website (kmw64.org) and online presence. Our Junior Warden, Josh Farrar, is leading the charge. Please join us on Facebook for regular updates. We welcome any and all input. Finding ways of connecting with our community, both locally and digitally, is critical to sustaining our growth.

Onward and Upward,

Christopher Kelly

Message from the Secretary

Brethren,

Please check and see if you have a 2021 Dues Card. If you do, Great! If you don’t, please send a check to:

Kemper Macon Ware Lodge No. 64.

P.O. Box 705

Falls Church, VA 22040-0705

The dues are $95.00. We are trying to earn the Morlock Award again this year, so we need 34 members to contribute. The Morlock Award is a $5.00 contribution by 20% of the membership. This is an easy reach for our lodge. Please consider making a $5.00 contribution – it helps the lodge and helps our Masonic Home.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. My telephone number is 703-237-0036 or by email at pnresq@aol.com.

Fraternally,

Philip Niemann Rhodes, PDDGM

Upcoming Events

Here is the list of upcoming events:

  • Tuesday, March 23, 7:00p – Worthy Matron Mary Strehle: “An Overview of the Order of the Eastern Star” (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, March 30, 7:00p – Most Worshipful James Dean Cole, Sovereign Grand Commander, Scottish Rite (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, April 6, 7:00p – Brother Edmundo Mireles: “FBI Miami Firefight” (Zoom)
  • Tuesday, April 13 –
    • 7:00p – Worshipful Michael Brennan: “27” (Zoom)
    • 7:30p – April Stated Communication (In-Person at KMW)
  • Tuesday, April 20, 7:00p – Job’s Daughters of Bethel 1 (Zoom)

Masonic Birthdays*

  • Cochran, Bro. Arthur Frank – March 22, 1957 – 64 years
  • Allen, Bro. Scott – March 25, 1957 – 64 years
  • Harrill, Bro. Robert Boyce – March 18, 1966 – 55 years
  • Mutersbaugh, Bro. Donald Gregory Sr. – March 3, 1967 – 54 years
  • Sanders, Bro. Barry Smith – March 31, 1967 – 54 years
  • Parsons, Bro. Robert James – March 1, 1968 – 53 years
  • Douglas, Bro. Harold James – March 20, 1970 – 51 years
  • Hansel, Bro. John Richard – March 6, 1974 – 47 years
  • Kasey, W. Raymond Vance – March 4, 1976 – 45 years
  • Taylor, M.W. Gary Wallace – March 1, 1977 – 44 years
  • Palmer, W. Douglas Mills III – March 20, 1979 – 42 years
  • Daughtry, Bro. James Ventress – March 21, 1980 – 41 years
  • Grubb, Bro. Perry Douglas – March 6, 1981 – 40 years
  • Saab, Bro. Constantine Michel – March 6, 2002 – 19 years
  • Owen, Bro. Daniel Guy – March 20, 2007 – 14 years
  • Morrison, Bro. David Robert – March 4, 2014 – 7 years
  • Propst, Bro. Michael Lynn – March 21, 2016 – 5 years
  • Farrar, Bro. Joshua Kenneth – March 13, 2017 – 4 years
  • King, Bro. John Everett – March 13, 2017 – 4 years
  • Thomas, Bro. Kevin Franklin – March 9, 2020 – 1 years

*Masonic years calculated as of December 31, 2021