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Bill Bond, WMMessage from the East

Brethren,

Hopefully, Spring is around the corner and we at last will have some sunshine and warm weather. Things at our Lodge and the District will warm up also, as there is a lot on the trestle board and much to be accomplished. This is enjoyable with the help and fellowship of the good brethren of our Lodge. If you haven’t been to Lodge in awhile there is much you are missing; the brethren and myself welcome you to join with us.

I would like to thank RW Bob Simpson and Bro. Mark Chapman for the wonderful presentation of the new artwork created by Bro. Mark Chapman to be displayed on the North wall of our Lodge. I was especially enthused when the Brethren overwhelmingly voted to support this project. Pictures of how this is going to look at project completion are found in the further pages of this Hiram’s Journal. If you were not present to see these magnificent pieces of artwork to be created by our own Bro. Chapman, please take the opportunity to check them out. These paintings will be oil on canvas and when completed will certainly make Widow’s Son’s Lodge a Lodge that brethren from all over the state and possibly the country will travel to see. If you would like to contribute to this endeavor please make checks payable to Widow’s Sons’ Lodge No. 60 and place “artwork” in the memo of your check. Your contribution is going for a very worthwhile project and is greatly appreciated. Please mail your checks to Bro. Robert E, Simpson, 1080 Woodrow Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980-5539.

Brethren if you are an officer or are a brother who just wants to learn some Masonic ritual and be with your Brethren, mark your calendars for April 11th and 12th. The Robert R. Kennedy School of Instruction will be held at Lee Lodge No. 209 in Waynesboro, VA. The Entered Apprentice Degree will be put on by members of the 19th District on Friday at 7:00 PM. The 18th Masonic will put on the Fellow Craft Degree, Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 AM. The Master Ma-son’s Degree will be put on following by members of both the 18th and 19th Masonic Districts. A buffet breakfast will be served Saturday morning by the Eastern Star starting at 7:00 AM. Please let me know if you would like to or plan to attend.

Congratulations to Brother Fred Hoffman who was presented his Fifty Year Masonic Veterans’ Emblem by MW Jeffery Eugene Hodges.

At our Stated Communication on March 17th, I am pleased to have as our speaker RW Robert E. Simpson who will do a presentation on Captain Thomas L. Farish, CSA who was Master of our Lodge from 1854-55 and served as DDGM from 1859-1860. Bro. Simpson will present an inter-esting program about the capture of Captain Farish in March of 1865 by Custer’s troops residing in the Charlottesville area.

Brethren, if you have not sat in Lodge in awhile, give it another try. I promise you will find the experience warm and enjoyable or I will personally give your money back.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

William R. Bond, III
Worshipful Master