Newsletter June 2012

CAPITAL LODGE #54
A.F. & A.M of WYOMING
CHEYENNE, WYOMING

NEWSLETTER: 1213-01 June 28, 2012

Greetings All, Tidings from the East:
Let me thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your Worshipful Master for the upcoming Masonic Year. It was an exceptional journey getting to this point and I truly appreciate all of you who help me along the way. I look forward to an exciting event filled year. I want to invite each of you to join me in continuing the fine Masonic traditions and excellent degree work that Capital 54 is noted for. It’s your Lodge; it’s our lodge andremember that without you we’re just another footnote in Masonic history.

We’ve had a good year but, still have a number of items on the plate. We have a number of individuals who need to give back their various proficiency examinations with the corresponding degrees to follow. Br. Ed Orr and I will be working diligently to get these guys going. We may be doing a Fellow Craft and a Master Mason degree during the summer but will make every effort to keep special communications to a minimum.
An exciting Masonic event this year is the Independence Rock Sesquicentennial Celebration at Independence Rock 6, 7 and 8 July. Brother Secretary has all the information on this event if interested.

Let me remind everyone of the Wheatland Lodge Outdoor Meeting commonly called Kennedy Ranch on the 14th of July. Last year we came within one of tying and two ofwinning the award for the most members attending. It is an event worth attending and I invite you all to attend, especially the newer members of our lodge. It is a great introduction to what masonry is all about. If any of you need rides to the event contact myself or Brother Secretary, Tom Hamm, and we’ll make sure everyone that wants to can attend.

Another very important Masonic event during the summer is Grand Lodge. This year the Grand Lodge Communication will be held in Casper 12, 13, and 14 August. All Master Masons are encouraged to attend especially all elected lodge officers. It is truly worth it, as you get a firsthand look at how a Grand Lodge functions and their relationship with the Blue Lodges. It is being held at the Ram Kota Hotel @307-266-6000 for a special rate of $75.00 a night. The secretary has the necessary registration forms if you are interested. I would like to see as many line officers as possible attend as it truly helps you in your preparations for advancement through the chairs. Enough of us are going that all who wish to attend will be able to obtain transportation to and from the event. I would appreciate it, that if you are going to let me know so that I’ll have an idea of our numbers in attendance.

Don’t forget that the first meeting of the month is also the Past Master Club dinner at the Holiday Inn at 6 p.m. All Past Master are invited to attend. Brother Gary Skillern has taken over the duties of President.

Keeping in mind that all things look good on paper here are some of the things I will be trying this year. Once during the fall and once during the spring I plan on using our second regular communication for a special family oriented event. This is still in the planning stage and I will keep you posted as we finalize these events.

During September or October, we will have our official Grand Lodge visitation by the Worshipful Grand Senior Warden Richard Lewis of Wheatland Lodge #16. Once Br. Lewis and I work out his schedule we’ll get that schedule out to you all.

November is the Cheyenne Christmas parade, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. There are number of considerations for this event and as it develops, we’ll get the information to you. Also, this year I’ll be doing things a little different for Military Appreciation Night.
December 7th we’ll have our traditional Carry in Dinner and if things come together, we’ll also have a small Christmas program that evening. We are having it this early in the month because our second meeting is just so close to Christmas.

January 18th and 19th is the Grand Masters Winter Reunion, location TBA. Also, January 18th will our annual Sports Fan appreciation night.

February 1st we’ll have the George Washington remembrance program. On the 15th Masonic Trivia Night, Cheyenne Lodge # 1 has expressed a desire to participate as have Acacia 11.

March; Temple Open House?

April; Temple Open House? April 6th will be our Widow’s Luncheon at Poor Richards 1 to 3 p.m.

May 3rd is Past Masters Dinner at the Holiday Inn at 6p.m. and Paste Masters Night in the Lodge with elections of officers for 2013-2014. May 17th Step up night for the newly elected and appointed officers. May 25th will be our 6th Annual Ladies at the Table Dinner.

June 7th last regular meeting of current crop of line officers.
This has been a brief look at what we are planning for the coming year. But, as Brother Skillern has often said “Sempifer Gumby – Always Flexible”. Remembering it always looks good on paper.

At this time I want to say I am very happy with the crew of elected and appointed line officers to assist me in making this a great Masonic year. Let me remind each of you of the importance of the positions we have all volunteered for. The lodge members have put a great trust in our hands and it is up to us to turn it over to those who follow us in the best shape possible. To do this it’s going to take a concerted effort on the part of each lodge officer. To be prepared for the requirements of his office and to perform those duties in dignified and professional manner at all times. One of the greatest responsibilities we have is to our candidates and brothers going through the degrees. We will be looking at what we are doing and how we are doing it. We will be tweaking it where necessary in order that we may once again have the reputation as the Lodge who does the best degree work in this jurisdiction. Further information on this subject will be forth coming.

Brothers all, never forget just how important you are to this lodge and the fraternity. You are what made it what it is and will make it what it will become in the future. We the newer members of the fraternity want to see you in lodge and have contact with you so that we may tap your knowledge and Masonic experiences. I personally invite each of you to attend lodge at every opportunity to see what’s new in your lodge. Come and meet with some old friends and meet some new brothers and truly help guide Capital 54 into a bright and beautiful Masonic future. For those of you, who aren’t attending regularly, never forget you are always welcome and truly missed. Come home to where each of us began our Masonic journey. If for some reason, you are unable to attend lodge due to a disability and would still like to have Masonic contact with a Masonic brother please feel free to contact me at 778-8456. It will be my pleasure to visit with you and share your knowledge and experiences and to make some new friends. Also, if any of you need transportation to attend lodge please let me know. If you want to come, we will get you there!

In closing, I look forward with excitement to this Masonic year and the opportunities that await us in our efforts to make Capital Lodge 54 the premier lodge in Wyoming.

 

Fraternally,
William Runnels
Worshipful Master

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Grand Lodge Registration

Please see the attached files for Grand Lodge registration.

Registration is due by July 31, 2012

138th Annual Communication Registration

138th Annual Communication Agenda

138th Annual Communication Lady Jackie

 

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Add the Laramie County Lodges Calendar to your phone.

Do you have an Android Phone, do you use Google Calendars on your iPhone or other device? Well, you can add the Capital Lodge Calendar to your Google Calendar as an additional Calendar. Download the instructions

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Change for the “Ladies At The Table” dinner.

Change for the “Ladies At The Table” dinner.

The dinner has been changed to May 21, 2011 at 5:00 P.M.  Tickets are $20 per person and they are available from Gary Skillern.

Thanks,

Ed

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Newsletter March 2011

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Capital Lodge #54 Newsletter
March 2011

Our next meeting will be on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.  The monthly Past Masters Club will gather at the Holiday Inn at 6:00 p.m.

The second meeting of the month will be on March 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

A special note of thanks to Rob Johnson and Gary Skillern.  Their support, encouragement and delicious culinary contributions to our February Chili Dinner were greatly appreciated.

We are approaching the deadline for “Non-Mason Of The Year” nominations – March 4, 2011.  All submissions will be reviewed and selection made at the regular meeting on March 18, 2011.

Masonic Participation and Awareness Day is March 6, 2011.  The schedule of events is as follows:

9:45-11:00       Church Service – First United Methodist Church
12:00-1:00       Brunch At The Temple
1:00-3:00         Open House
3:00-4:00         Family In Open Lodge
4:00-5:00         Dinner and Social Hour

To most comfortably accommodate those who wish to attend, please RSVP for the church service and/or brunch to Tim Forbis (631-3582), Harry Furrey (220-0552), Linda Walker (634-1655) or Greg Lutz (421-2222).

Capital #54 will be holding its’ annual Widows Luncheon to be held at Poor Richard’s on March 12, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  The point of contact for this function is Bill Runnels at 630-8649.

Just a reminder, notices for annual dues and assessments were sent to all members.  Please remit funds or contact the Secretary should payment present a hardship.

I have been advised that several copies of the Capital #54 Fiftieth Anniversary History and commemorative coins remain to be picked up.  These souvenirs are being held in reserve and are available at any regular lodge meeting or through special arrangement with the Worshipful Master or Secretary.

Fraternally,
Ed Orr, WM – Capital Lodge #54

 

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Newsletter February 2011

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Capital Lodge #54 Newsletter

February 2011

Our next meeting will be on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.  The monthly Past Masters Club will gather at the Holiday Inn at 6:00 p.m.

The second meeting of the month will be on February 18, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.  We will be hosting a Masonic Trivia night and have invited lodges from the Cheyenne area.  The meeting will be preceded by a “Chili and Cornbread Dinner” at 6:00 p.m.

We are approaching the deadline for “Non-Mason Of The Year” nominations – March 4, 2011.  All submissions will be reviewed and selection made at the regular meeting on March 18, 2011.

Please note that there are several days in March with activities of interest.  Masonic Awareness Day is March 6, 2011.  Capital #54 will be holding its’ annual Widows Luncheon on March 12, 2011 at Poor Richard’s.  Additional information will be provided as plans solidify.

Just a reminder, notices for annual dues and assessments were sent to all members.  Please remit funds or contact the Secretary should payment present a hardship.

I have been advised that several copies of the Capital #54 Fiftieth Anniversary History and commemorative coins remain to be picked up.  These souvenirs are being held in reserve and are available at any regular lodge meeting or through special arrangement with the Worshipful Master or Secretary.

Fraternally,

Ed Orr, WM
Capital #54

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Newsletter January 2011

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Capital Lodge #54 Newsletter

January 2010

Our next meeting will be on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.  The monthly Past Masters Club will gather at the Holiday Inn at 6:00 p.m.

It was a pleasure to spend time with the members and their families at the carry-in dinner on December 17, 2010.  Thanks to Brother Tom Hamm P.M. for his assistance in decorating the dining room and Brother Harry Furrey P.M. for coordinating the assistance of  Job’s Daughters Bethel #39 to provide entertainment for the younger family members.  The high point of the evening was the presentation of a 50 year pin to Abraham Black by The Most Worshipful Grand Master John Farmer.

There are several seats remaining on the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley for the afternoon of Saturday, January 15, 2011.  We will have a private 90 minute narrated tour of historic Cheyenne.  The trolley will depart from the Masonic Temple at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Ed Orr (638-6466) if you are interested.

The Grand Master’s Winter Reunion will be held in Riverton, Wyoming on January 22, 2011.  Additional information is available on the Grand Lodge page at www.wyomingmasons.com.  At this time, I am aware of several members of Capital #54 attending and we anticipate an enjoyable day of fellowship.

On February 18, 2011, we will host a Masonic Trivia night.  Lodges from the Cheyenne area have been invited and we are hoping for a good turnout.  The meeting will be preceded by a “Chili Dinner” at 6:00 p.m.

Just a reminder, notices for annual dues and assessments were sent to all members.  Please remit funds or contact the Secretary should payment present a hardship.

I have been advised that several copies of the Capital #54 Fiftieth Anniversary History and commemorative coins remain to be picked up.  These souvenirs are being held in reserve and are available at any regular lodge meeting or through special arrangement with the Worshipful Master or Secretary.

Fraternally,

Ed Orr, WM
Capital #54

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Newsletter December 2010

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Capital Lodge #54 Newsletter

December 2010

Our next meeting will be on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.  The monthly Past Masters Club will meet at the Holiday Inn at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting on Friday, December 17, 2010 will be the annual holiday “carry-in” dinner for members and families at 6:00 p.m. followed by a brief meeting.

Thanks to Brother Rob Shank for preparing the “Burger Burn” on November 19, 2010.  His efforts were greatly appreciated by all.

The Cheyenne Christmas Parade was held on Saturday, November 27, 2010.   Members on Segways attracted some positive attention and quite a few questions.  A special note of appreciation for Brother Tom Hamm PM who not only provided our unique transportation, but also handled all the paperwork and coordinated our practice sessions.  It was a lot of fun!!!  Looking forward to the multiple broadcasts of the parade on Channel 5 throughout December.

We have several new Entered Apprentices.  At this time, I anticipate that we will confer two Fellowcraft Degrees on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 8:00 a.m.

I have chartered the Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley for the afternoon of Saturday, January 15, 2011.  We will have a 90 minute narrated tour of historic Cheyenne departing from the Masonic Temple at 1:00 p.m.  Assurances have been given that the highlights are continually revised and updated, so it is a different tour from season to season.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Ed Orr at 638-6466 at your earliest convenience.

The Grand Master’s Winter Reunion will be held in Riverton, Wyoming on January 22, 2011.  Additional information is available on the Grand Lodge page at www.wyomingmasons.com.

I have been advised that several copies of the Capital #54 Fiftieth Anniversary History and commemorative coins remain to be picked up.  These souvenirs are being held in reserve and are available at any regular lodge meeting or through special arrangement with the Worshipful Master or Secretary.

Fraternally,

Ed Orr, WM

Capital #54

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Newsletter November 2010

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Capital Lodge #54 Newsletter

November 2010

The official visit of The Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden William Townsend III was on Friday, October 15, 2010.  It was a pleasure to welcome him to our lodge together with several other dignitaries, including Most Worshipful Grand Master John Farmer.   Special thanks to Brother Rob Johnson for his enthusiastic support and delicious contribution to our Tex-Mex dinner.

Our next meeting will be on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.  The monthly Past Masters Club will meet at the Holiday Inn at 6:00 p.m.  In accordance with the proclamation of Grand Master Farmer, the theme of this meeting will be President George Washington in recognition of his Masonic birthday.  There will be an Entered Apprentice degree conferred at this meeting.

The meeting on Friday, November 19, 2010 will focus on Veteran’s Day and the contributions made by the various branches of the Armed Forces.   Those members who have served or are currently serving in the military are welcome to come in uniform.  Brother Rob Shank has volunteered to prepare our meal – at this time it looks like a “Burger Burn” at 6:00 p.m. with the regular meeting following at 7:30.

The annual Thanksgiving dinner for members of the military will be held on Thursday, November 25, 2010.  Brother Glen Chavez of Cheyenne Lodge #1 is the organizer of this event and will be providing additional details in the future.  He has requested our assistance in the donation of food and prizes (from individuals or businesses) as well as providing an atmosphere of fellowship and camaraderie.

The Cheyenne Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2010.   Brother Tom Hamm PM has completed the necessary paperwork and will be the point of contact.  Members of Capital Lodge #54 will be rolling along on Segways graciously provided by Brother Hamm.   Last year this unusual mode of transportation generated a great deal of interest and was a lot of fun to ride!

When making your holiday plans, please don’t forget the Capital #54 Christmas carry-in dinner for members and their families on December 17, 2010.  Dinner will begin at 6:00 with a brief meeting to follow.

I have been advised that several copies of the Capital #54 Fiftieth Anniversary History and commemorative coins remain to be picked up.  These souvenirs are being held in reserve and are available at any regular lodge meeting or through special arrangement with the Worshipful Master or Secretary.

Fraternally,

Ed Orr, WM

Capital #54

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Newsletter September 2010

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Capital Lodge #54 Newsletter

September 2010

The Cheyenne Masonic Picnic on August 28, 2010 was quite successful.  It was a wonderful opportunity to converse with members of the Masonic community around the Cheyenne area and interact with their families as well.  If sufficient interest is expressed, this may become an annual event.

Special thanks to Rob Shank for his assistance with our September spaghetti dinner.  I appreciate his initiative in making “Lodge Night“ a bit more interesting.

Our next meeting will be on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.  The monthly Past Masters Club will meet at the Holiday Inn prior to the regular meeting.  We will be conferring two Master Mason degrees at this meeting.

The meeting on Friday, October 15, 2010 will be preceded by a Tex-Mex dinner at 6:00 with the regular meeting at 7:30.  This will be the official visit by Grand Junior Warden William Townsend III.  Also attending in their capacity as District Education Counselor and District Instructor will be Tim Forbis PM and Harry Furrey PM.

I have been advised that several copies of the Capital #54 Fiftieth Anniversary History and commemorative coins remain to be picked up.  These souvenirs are being held in reserve and are available at any regular lodge meeting or through special arrangement with the Worshipful Master or Secretary.

Looking forward to our next meeting.

Fraternally,

Ed Orr, WM

Capital #54

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