Welcome!

Our Stated Communications are held at 7pm on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. We gladly welcome visitors! We hold ritual practice all other Wednesdays at 7pm; all Master Masons are welcome. In some years, we do not meet in July and August. Our lodge is located at 1206 Stehlik Drive, Odenton, MD 21113. We are fully Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant.

Election Results

Congratulations to Odenton Lodge #209’s newly elected officers for the 2015 term:

Worshipful Master: Patrick Culver
Senior Warden: Cort Bossert
Junior Warden: EJ Hanlon, Jr.
Secretary: John Stoneham
Treasurer: Herb Hopke

December Potluck

As with last year, December’s dinner will not be a public event. Instead, it will be the second annual Odenton Masonic Community Potluck. All of our friends and family in the lodge, the Eastern Star, and all appendant bodies are invited. Please get in touch with what you will be bringing.

Chaplain’s Corner

[ed. Words from the South and the Chaplain’s Corner will now be published on the web site and via email, as we have reduced the size of our Trestleboard.]

Brethren,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their precious time with family, friends, and summer fun during the past several months.

As many of us look at the glass half-full and continue to pursue happiness, we are all faced with situations that make us want to engage our Brethren for support, camaraderie, wisdom and continuous learning. On that note, we should all be impressed and thankful with the open communications that are maintained within Odenton Lodge #209, the Grand Lodge, Appendant/Concordant Bodies, and other surrounding Blue Lodges we have become very close with.

Collectively, I believe it is also very important for us all to maintain the balance of our own self knowledge, health and taking care of the distressed when needed, as we have recently witnessed. Let us all continue to thank God for the blessings and energy he has given us during the times of need and keeping ourselves circumscribed within our precepts to maintain peace and harmony throughout.

In closing, as we approach this beautiful Fall season and the holidays ahead, let us reflect in a positive manner on the subtle changes of nature, our friendships, and brotherly love. Let’s take a deep breath and remain open-minded as we transition to new activities and ensure we maintain our ongoing participation and progression of spiritual truth and knowledge.

Fraternally,
James F. Miller, Chaplain

Words from the South

[ed. Words from the South and the Chaplain’s Corner will now be published on the web site and via email, as we have reduced the size of our Trestleboard.]

Brethren,

I hope everyone has had a great summer. It seems as though the year is flying right by. So far this year we have managed to get a lot done while having a great time. We visited a few of our neighboring lodges to capture the Traveling Gavel. And for those brothers who have yet to have the opportunity to see it, you may want to try and make it to a meeting soon before it is taken from us. Our OTHC High Tea was quite the success this spring. We managed to make a few dollars for the OTHC and the ladies got a real kick out of our crazy sock contest. We also had a successful crab feast this summer. The turnout was great and the food and entertainment were excellent.
If you didn’t make it to any of the events we have had so far this year, don’t worry – there are still plenty of things in the works. It looks like a location has been found for our Bagels and Bullets event. Also, I hear whispers of a car show coming in October. We also have our monthly dinner and breakfast. So keep an eye and ear out for upcoming information about these events. It’s sure to be a good time.

JW
Cort Bossert

New Trestleboard available

A new issue of the Trestleboard is available at the Trestleboard page!

100th Anniversary Coins for sale

100th Anniversary Coins for sale

We have a stock of Odenton Lodge #209 100th Anniversary Coins from our centenary in 2008. They are available for $20 each or $50 for three. Get them before they’re gone!

There are also 100th Anniversary champagne glasses. Price is TBA.

A fallen brother

Brethren,

We were informed that Brother Raymond Parkinson laid down his working tools Sept 9th, 2014. We will be performing a memorial service this Sunday, September 14 at 3:30pm at Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Rd., Gambrills, MD 21054. (http://www.hardestyfuneralhome.com/gambrills/)

Please arrive 30 minutes in advance of the ceremony.

Picnic!

The picnic is this Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 11-4 at Patapsco State Park, Orange Grove area. We are in Orange Grove Pavilion 106. Below are the directions:

Avalon/Glen Artney/Orange Grove/Lost Lake Areas – 5120 South St, Halethorpe, MD 21227

• From the Beltway (I-695) Take Rt. 1 (Exit 12-A) toward Elkridge. Follow Rt. 1 South about 3 miles to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left.
• From I-95 take I-195 to Rt. 1 (Exit 3) toward Elkridge to South St. Turn right. Park entrance is on the left.
• From Howard County follow Rt. 1 through Elkridge and into Baltimore County. Turn left onto South St. Park entrance is on the left.

Friday dinner

Friday night’s dinner (15 August) will be a fish fry with crab soup (homemade from all the leftover crabs from the crab feast!). We hope to see you and your family there.

No meeting August 20th

Brethren,

In accordance with our lodge by-laws, WM Culver has determined we will not meet on August 20. Enjoy the break from labor and we’ll see you in September.