From The East:
Message About DUES:
Grand View Lodge must pay an annual per capita fee to the Grand Lodge of Illinois for each membership--whether a member pays his dues or not. Accordingly, we must decide whether to ask the Grand Lodge of Illinois to suspend members who are past due.
It has been Grand Lodge policy for more than
five years to require the Grand Masters permission to suspend a member for non-payment of dues. The purpose of this program is to ensure the Lodge:
Makes every effort to personally contact a member prior to taking action to suspend
Ensures the member is not suffering financial hardship or other difficulties
Fulfills our obligation to assist a worthy distressed Brother Master Mason
The following requirements must be followed in order to suspend a member for non-payment of dues:
1. The Master must appoint a three member committee (not including the Secretary) to contact members in arrears
2. The Committee should make every attempt to personally contact the members
3. The Committee should discretely assess the members financial situation
4. If the Committee feels the member is suffering a financial hardship or the member explains some difficulty preventing the payment of dues, our obligation is to assist. In such situations, the Committee should recommend to the Lodge to remit his dues.
5. The Committees report on each member must be made at a Stated Meeting and be recorded in the minutes of the Lodge
6. If the recommendation of the Committee is to suspend the member, the Lodge will at a Stated Meeting vote to suspend the member pending the Grand Masters approval
As you can see, our first goal is to help those members who want to maintain their membership. The process of suspending a member who is no longer interested in Masonry is time consuming. Very soon, the lodge will form committees to contact all members who owe $100.00 or more. If you know yourself to be one of those members, please do not avoid our call. If you need assistance with your dues because of financial hardship, please be assured the we are willing to help, but we must receive a request from you.
Anthony R. Cleveland,
The oldest known Masonic writing, the Regius Manuscript or Poem of Moral Duties, was discovered to be a Masonic document by a non-Mason, J. O. Halliwell, in 1839. It was written about 1390 and was given the name Regius because it was found in the Royal Library of England. It is now a part of the British Museum. Some common Masonic Ritual terms in use today are found in it such as So Mote It Be.
The Holy Book must be opened upon the altar before a Masonic Lodge may be opened. Freemasonry is not concerned with doctrine or dogma or sect or denomination, but only with "that natural religion in which all men agree." Therefore, the Holy Book is called the V.S.L. or Volume of Sacred Law or the Book of the Law. If the members of a Lodge are Christian, Moslem, Jewish or Buddhist, the V.S.L. of their particular belief is opened upon their altar. The V.S.L. is, therefore, a symbol of the revealed will and teachings of the Great Architect of the Universe - a name under which any Freemason can worship that Deity in Whom he puts his faith and trust.
Notes from the CHIP Program:
Grand View Lodge has decided to participate in the Child Identification Program sponsored by the Grand Lodge. Several members have already taken the training.
Work and Schedules:
Work on the Lodge Roof is underway
Top right, in a black shirt, Bro. Anthony Cleveland, a speculative mason, is shown practicing operative masonry. His work is well underway to completion. Once the new roof is on, we hope to begin work freshening up the inside of the lodge with some plasterwork, new paint and perhaps new flooring.
We wish to extend a special thanks to the following Brothers who contributed $2,215.00 to the building fund since last November:
Belcher, Mark Gregory
Bell, Richard Carl
Bieber Sr, Ronald Frederick
Bowers Jr, Daniel Edward
Brown, Justin David
Chianakas, James M.
Clark, Clifford Eugene
Clark, Gerald Le Roy
Feltmeyer, Jackie Lee
Fisher, Pascal Joseph
Fowler, Matthew Jay
Grimm, Oliver Gilbert
Harms, Jay Scott
Haynes, William Hanner
Kuntz, Richard E.
Kuykendall, Timothy S.
Lawrence, Henry Dwight
Light, Randy Lee
Mc Daniel, Larry Henry
Mc Dowell, Robert Duane
McCarty, Joe H.
Morris, Arthur Melvin
Murrie, Harry C.
Nelson, Christopher Grant
Oliver, Edward E.
Parra, Andres Felipe
Pierce, Richard Woodruff
Sanders, Jack Edward
Saxon, Randall Lee
Schneider, Ronald J
Shockey, Joshua Carl
Simmons, John B.
Simpson, Jerry Joseph
Smith, Larry Dee
Sprick, William L.
Steele, James Howard
Steele, John Andrew
Thomas, David L.
Walker, Gary Gene
Wisner, James Everett
Wright, James Vernon
Wright, John Lee (in honor of Floyd Stewart)
Some Recommended Reading for New (and not so new) Masons from the Grand Lodge Website
The books may be found in libraries, major bookstores, and from Masonic publishers such as the Southern California Lodge of Research (Leepsan@aol.com).
The Complete Idiots Guide to Freemasonry, by S. Brent Morris [(sc), 334 pages] Reveals truths and dispels myths surrounding Masonry for hundreds of years.
The Freemasons A History of the Worlds Most powerful Secret Society, by Japser Ridley [(sc), 359 pages] One reviewer states, This might be the finest and the fairest historical review of Freemasonry ever published.
American Freemasons Three Centuries of Building Community, by Mark Tabbert [(sc), 280 pages] Presented in coffee-table quality, describes Free-masonrys relative importance in society in different historical times.
Builders, by Joseph Fort Newton [(hc), 345 pages] Outstanding classic of Masonic literature with a solid bibliography and nicely illustrated.
The Craft and Its Symbols, by Allen E. Roberts [(hc), 92 pages] An excellent treatise on Masonic symbols, their interpretation and application in daily life.
Past Masters Comments:
Your lodge is active and holding our own with the other lodges and we're always looking to reach out into the community to contribute where we can. Also, if you are interested in any other Masonic organization--let us know where we can be of assistance--we have connections.
I've heard so many brothers comment after they have started taking an active part in degree work and other lodge activities that participation is really rewarding. Don't pass up on the opportunities you have.
Eric Johnson, Past Master
We have started the year off by putting your
Annual Dues Invoices in the mail. Many have
already paid their 2015 dues.
If you are in arrears and need confidential
assistance, please contact me to see if help is
With the dues notices, we included a letter
letting everyone know that the roof on Grand
View Lodges building is leaking, causing
damage to the interior, and that we need to pay
for a substantial roof repair. In response, many
brothers have contributed donations to the
Building Fund. While we will not likely
receive enough donations to pay for the repairs,
all of your generous donations are greatly
W. Bro. Scott E. Umland
Here are a few February dates I found interesting:
February 7, 1981 Grand Lodge of Alaska was organized
February 9, 1909 Harry Truman received his first degree
February 23, 1887 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle received his second degree
Two Cementary Lots Masonic Section Swan Lake Ceemetary - $1,000
Phone - Steve Stotler - 635-0457
GRAND VIEW LODGE #1112 CALENDAR
Grand View Schedule Nov 2014
Nov. 1st (Sat.).........Officer Installation @ 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 4th (Tue.)...................... Practice or Degree-TBA
Nov. 11th (Tue.)...................... Practice or Degree-TBA
Nov. 18th (Tue.)...................... Practice or Degree-TBA
Nov. 25th (Tue.) ...............Stated Meeting @ 7:00 p.m
Other masonic affilated bodies that meet at the Grandview Lodge Building are as follows:
Order of Amaranth (ladies & men) - 1st Monday
White Shrine (ladies & men) - 2nd Monday
Henry Brown Lodge # 22 meets the 3rd Wednesday
Universal Council Craftsman of Engineers (with ladies) - 4th Wednesday
Silver Star Chapter # 74 OES meets - 1st Thursday
Shiller Lodge #335 - Stated Meeting - 3rd Thursday
Job's Daughters Stated Meeting - 2nd Thursday
Peoria York Rite bodies - Stated meeting 2nd Friday.
Practice and degrees when announced.
Chapter Practice or degrees - 1st Friday;
Council practice or degrees - 3rd Friday;
Commandery practice or degree - 4th Friday
LODGE OFFICERS FOR 2014-2015
Elected Officers for 2014-2015
Worshipful Master ...............
..... Bro. Master Tony Cleveland
Senior Warden .....................
..... Bro.Wayne Miller
Junior Warden . ........
............. Bro. Alan J. Gideonsen
Treasurer ............................... W. Bro. Robert G. Heindselman
............... W. Bro. Scott Umland
Appointed Officers for 2014-2015
.. R.W. Bro. Thomas L. Yingling
.... W. Bro.Bro. Shawn D. Ditsch
. W. Bro. John R. Baize
Senior Deacon ................
Bro. Paul Q. Stahlschmidt
Asst. Sr. Deacon
. R.W Bro. Mac McIntosh
Junior Deacon ..............
...... Bro. Jay S. Harms
Asst. Jr. Deacon
. W. Bro. Mike Connors
Senior Steward . ....
.... Bro. Corey G. Boone
Asst. Sr. Steward ............................. Bro. Wade H. Cies
Junior Steward ....
...... Bro. Trenton B. Hollie
Asst. Jr. Steward
W. Bro. James R. Dixon
..... Bro. Howard M. Marfell
W. Bro. L. Dean Baize
........ Bro. William E. Kuester
W. Bro. Harry D. Warren
......... W. Bro. John L. Becker
.Bro. Don Aultman
R.W. Bro. Thomas L. Yingling
......... R.W Bro. Mac McIntosh
Members of Grandview who are instructors: Elmer (Mac) McIntosh - Grand Lecturer; and Tom Yingling - Past Member of Board of Grand Examiners.
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