6 Hunts Neck Road, Poquoson, VA, United States
Poquoson Lodge # 49 A. F. & A. M.
September - October 2015.
As the saying goes, "time waits for no man" and as the sands of time slips through the hour glass so does the time for this Masonic Year. The year is moving quickly and as this newsletter goes to print, the fall season approaches with all its beauty and pageantry. Mother Nature is showing herself once again with her bright and vibrant colors. The hot days of July and August are in our rear view mirrors and cooler days are approaching with football in the air and the children returning to school. The Supreme Architect of the Universe is constantly reminding us who is in charge but do we notice and pay attention as we should? He is always there for us and we should do everything that we can to move closer to him; we need Him and the world needs Him.
On July 25, 2015, Poquoson Lodge held an ice cream social which has not been held for several years. Thirty one members and family members of Poquoson Lodge and other Lodges assembled in the dining room to enjoy not only good fellowship but great ice cream and the trimmings. In addition to hand dipped – store bought Vanilla, Chocolate, and Vanilla/Chocolate/Strawberry ice creams, our Senior Warden, Rt. Wor. Jerry Burks surprised us with homemade banana ice cream. Soft drinks and water were provided. The trimmings included; maraschino cherries, sprinkles, nuts, chocolate syrup, butterscotch topping, caramel topping, whipped cream and bananas for banana splits. We had a very nice, leisurely get together which, I am told, was enjoyed by all. If you did not make it, we sure missed you.
Previous to opening our August Stated a delicious dinner was served by our hard working ladies. In attendance for the dinner and meeting was our Community Builder of the Year; Mr. Billy Price and his family. After our meal; our guests, the ladies, and the brethren retired to the lodge room where Mr. Price was recognized for his dedicated service to the city of Poquoson and his fellow man. A narrative was provided detailing the accomplishments of Mr. Price and "Helping Hands of Poquoson" after which our District Deputy Grand Master, Rt. Worshipful Joe Dalton Tugwell presented Mr. Price with the Grand Lodge Certificate for Poquoson Lodge’s Community Builder of the year. Mr. Price came forward and accepted the certificate in a most appreciative and humble manner, and thanked the lodge for the recognition. In escorting family members out of the lodge room, one of the young men from the group commented to me that to see the tears in Mr. Price’s eyes was quite something to witness and he went on to say that obviously the recognition and award meant a great deal to him. As the Master of this great lodge, I can honestly say that this is the kind of moment that is exceptionally special and rewarding to me and that is to be in a situation to show our Masonic colors and to show off Poquoson Lodge in particular.
Although Rt. Worshipful Jim Freeman could not be at our July Stated, we were able to present him with his twenty-five year pin at the August Stated. Rt. Worshipful Jerry Burks graciously made the presentation. Rt. Worshipful Jim provided meaningful and heart felt thoughts on his Masonic journey.
Poquoson Lodge sponsored a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, August 21, at Emmaus Baptist Church in Poquoson from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. The next scheduled blood drive will also be held at Emmaus Baptist Church in Poquoson on October 22, 2015 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. If you are able, please join us. Support the Red Cross and give the gift of life.
Brethren the Trustees have been hard at work taking care of our Lodge building. Recently new paper towel dispensers were installed in our bathrooms and probably by the time this goes to print, a fresh coat of paint will be completed in both the men’s and women’s restrooms. As mentioned in our last newsletter, the installation of a new back door to the dining room was contracted for and its installation has now been completed. Also as discussed in our last newsletter, the two trees in the front are to be removed and we are just waiting on a little cooler weather for that to be accomplished. I would like to thank the Trustees for their diligence and hard work as always.
Brethren, since my last newsletter, we have initiated three Entered Apprentices and by the time you read this, there should be four more that will have completed the one-day conferral. When you see one of these new faces in lodge please introduce yourselves to them and make them feel welcome and at home. That is what, we as members of Poquoson Lodge, do. And when you meet them, see if it is anything that you can do to make their Masonic experience as rewarding and meaningful as it has been for you.
In closing, I would just like to thank you all for what you do for Poquoson Lodge and to wish you well and ask you to stay safe.
"Do Good Unto All" Fraternally Yours, Worshipful Page S. Neale, Jr.
Masonic Birthdays for the Month of September - October
If your birthday has been omitted or is shown incorrectly, please notify Wor. Richard Rawls so that it can be adjusted in our database.
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Michael Chisholm - 4 years
Victor F. Page - 5 years
Arthur G. Gandy - 7 years
Eric C. Robertson - 7 years
Michael A. Disanto - 8 years
Steven M. Wyatt - 9 years
Donald T. Joyner - 12 years
George F. Washburn - 13 years
Earl B. Dashiell - 15 years
Barry D. Holloway - 15 years
George F. Black - 43 years
Henry M. Lawson - 49 years
John L. Firth, Jr. - 50 years
Erol M. Carter - 2 years
Willard L. Eastwood - 6 years
Tory J. Firman - 9 years
Emerson E. Martin, Jr. - 14 years
Stephen W. Belch - 15 years
James E. Gillikin - 15 years
Helmut H. Kaiser - 19 years
Larry W. Putnam - 20 years
Archie G. Ferguson - 23 years
Thomas M. Minnis - 31 years
David L. Cook - 33 years
Gerald E. Burks - 34 years
Edgar L. Collier - 36 years
Clifford A. Parker - 37 years
Stephen J. Robertson - 38 years
George L. Page - 41 years
William E. Hopkins - 46 years
Estrich W. Page, Jr. - 66 years
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