Funeral Arrangements for Clayton

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> Hello Brothers,
> I just got a call from Bacarella, and here are the details: >
> Visitation Wednesday, 4-8pm
> Eastern Star memorial service 6:30
> Masonic service 6:45
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> Now I know that this conflicts with our scheduled Red Coat degree, but I feel we need to make an exception in this case and delay our start time this Wednesday. Our service usually lasts about 15 minutes, so we should be done by 7:00. If we show up early at the funeral home to visit and show our respects, then we should be able to leave right after the service and get to the lodge at 7:30 (7:45 latest) for opening. W. Bro. Clayton was a dear brother, and I’m sure I can count on everyone for a good turnout. Please start the fannout call list, if you see your person is not on this email. >
> Fraternally,
> Michael Walters
> Worshipful Master
> Monroe Lodge #27

This week at Monroe 27 Feb 2014

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> Hello brothers!
> This Wednesday (2/26) we will be conducting a Fellowcraft degree, put on by our Red Coats. Don’t miss it – we will have multiple candidates! This Saturday (3/1) is our famous (or infamous) Country Breakfast from 7am to 10am – all you care to eat! Next week, on 3/5 we will be conducting an EA degree, complete with the Chamber of Reflection. Unfortunately, I will be out of town for this one, but W. Bro. John Trout will take the reins and perform the degree.
> On a sad note, I regret to inform you that our dear brother, W. Bro. Clayton Heiss passed on Saturday the 22nd. Clayton was a Mason for more than 63 years, served as Secretary for our lodge for many years, was Master of Blanchard lodge, and was very active in Easter Star. But what I personally will remember him most for, was being my Dad Adviser when I was Master Counselor in DeMolay. He was always there for us boys and was faithful to the craft. He will be sorely missed. His son Tom (also a brother) will be making the funeral arrangements today and will let me know when we will be conducting the Masonic Service. I will send out a separate email with that information, but it will be held at Bacarella Funeral Home. >
> Fraternally,
> Michael Walters
> Worshipful Master
> Monroe Lodge #27

Famous Masons Arthur Conan Doyle

February 23 On this date in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle received his 2nd degree.

Famous Masons William Howard Taft

MASONIC RECORD

Initiated: February 18, 1909. Brother Taft was made a “Mason at Sight” within the Body of Kilwinning Lodge No. 356, Cincinnati, Ohio, by Grand Master Charles S. Hoskinson. His father and two brothers were also Members of this Lodge. Brother and President Taft addressed the Brethren, saying, “I am glad to be here, and to be a Mason. It does me good to feel the thrill that comes from recognizing on all hands the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.”

Initiated: February 18, 1909. Brother Taft was made a “Mason at Sight” within the Body of Kilwinning Lodge No. 356, Cincinnati, Ohio, by Grand Master Charles S. Hoskinson, in an Emergent Lodge called together for the purpose. His father and two brothers were also Members of this Lodge. Brother and President Taft addressed the Brethren, saying, “I am glad to be here, and to be a Mason. It does me good to feel the thrill that comes from recognizing on all hands the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.”

At five O’clock in the afternoon Grand Mast Charles S Hoskinson personally administered the obligations and esoteric instructions. That evening Taft witnessed the Master’s degree conferred by Kilwinning Lodge No.356, of Cincinnati, which elected him to membership April 14, 1909.

Crescent Lodge No.25, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, elected him an Honorary Member June 5, 1918. On April 22, 1909, he visited Temple-Noyes Lodge No.32, at Washington, D.C., of which his close friend and aide, Major Archie Butt, was a member and for whom, after the Titanic disaster, Temple-Noyes Lodge held an elaborate Memorial Service which Brother Taft attended as one of the Chief Mourners.

He visited the famous American Union Lodge No.1, at Marietta, Ohio, June 15, 1910; Alexandria Washington Lodge No.22, on Washington’s birthday, 1911; May 9th of the same year he posed for a picture in Washington’s Masonic regalia at the White House; May 13th he visited St John’s Lodge No.1, Newark, N.J., to help celebrate its 150th anniversary; on December 27, 1914, he addressed the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, and on June 5, 1918, he spoke to Crescent Lodge No.25 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Brother and President Taft visited the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on the occasion of a Special Communication held in the Masonic Temple (One North Broad Street), on March 12, 1912.

This week at Monroe 27 Mid Feb 2014

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> Hello Brothers!
> Hope you all are staying warm in frigid Michigan! Sorry I didn’t get this out on Monday as usual, but I am in training all week, so my schedule is a bit off. Today (Wed.) we have our regular communication – dinner at 6pm and open at 7pm. We will open on the EA degree to give our newly made brothers a chance to see how we conduct our business. Next Wednesday (2/19) is Temple Board, and 2 weeks from today (2/26) is our FC degree. This will be a Red Coat degree and we will pass 3 brothers. >
> Fraternally,
> Michael Walters
> Worshipful Master
> Monroe Lodge #27

Honorary President Ronald Reagan

February 11 On this date in 1988, a group of masonic leaders met with President Ronald Reagan; the Grand Master of DC presented him with a certificate, and the Scottish Rite and Shrine made him an honorary member of those bodies.

This week at Monroe 27 Feb 2014

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> Hello brothers,
> I hope this communication finds you all well. This Wednesday will be our first Euchre tournament of the year. We will start at 6pm, and cost to enter is $10. Prizes for highest points and most loners this week will be Cabela’s gift cards! We will also have pizza, so invite all your friends and family – everyone is welcome! Speaking of pizza, I’d like to get a preliminary headcount to know how much to get, so if you could let me know if you are coming and how many guests you are bringing, that would be great. >
> Fraternally,
> Michael Walters
> Worshipful Master
> Monroe Lodge #27