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.

Flag rededication ceremony, Memorial Day

From Bill Hiett, who is Cubmaster of Pack #209:

I am writing to invite Odenton Lodge #209 to a flag rededication ceremony at the Masonic Center this Monday, Memorial Day, at 3pm. This is an annual event that the Troop runs, to rededicate the flag garden that one of our Eagle Scouts (and Bro. Paul Romer’s son), Clifton Romer, installed for his Eagle project.

The ceremony will involve both Troop 755 and the local VFW Post. While the Masons are not directly affiliated with the Boy Scout Troop, many of Cub Scout Pack 209’s former members are in Troop 755, the Pack has been invited to attend, and the flag garden is at the Masonic Center, and above all else, it would be great to have representation from the Lodge.

Please let me know at [ed. contact Bro. Secretary] if anyone is planning on attending so that I can include them in introductions.

Yours in Scouting,

Bill Hiett
Advancement Chair, Boy Scout Troop #755
Cubmaster, Cub Scout Pack #209

Dinner!

Don’t forget that dinner is this Friday the 15th from 5-7pm! Bro. Chaplain Kenn Adams will be cooking. The menu is dry rub ribs, french fries, vegetables, and a wonderful dessert we are sure you will enjoy! In addition to the usual coffee and tea, we will also have root beer to drink and some other colors as well.

“Phishing” warning resolved

The “phishing” warning that had been attached to our Calendar page by the Chrome and Firefox browsers (and which eventually caused GoDaddy to go start deleting files out of our account…) has been fixed.

Technical details: We had a script that was wrapping Google Calendar’s output in order to add a custom stylesheet that got the event titles to word-wrap on the Monthly view. Google has recently started disallowing this behavior as requests to Google Calendar might trigger a login prompt from them, which would have theoretically allowed us to collect the password in transit. We have removed this behavior. The event titles do not wrap anymore (thanks, Same-Origin Policy), but the page is working again. No electrons were harmed in the making of this webpage.

New sign is mounted!

New sign is mounted!

Brethren,

I am pleased to inform you that after approximately 14 years, the Odenton Masonic Center is now identified to have a Masonic affiliation. Similar to our Old Lodge, is is a simple round white Square and Compass with a G in the center on a blue background affixed to our building.

The 2015 officers, several Past Masters, and brothers of Odenton Lodge #209 donated the funds to allow a Square and Compass to be affixed to the rear of our Lodge now visible from Sappington Station Rd. Even our Grand Inspector donated to make this a reality. All who contributed are recorded on the reverse of the sign and I will also have their names read into the minutes of our next regular communication.

It’s nice to know now that when people drive by our building they will know what it actually is. Thanks to all the brothers who have donated and pledged to do so.

Fraternally yours,

Patrick
Worshipful Master 2014-15
Odenton Lodge #209

(The sign was purchased from a local Odenton vendor)

Square and Compass Sign

Square and Compass Sign

Square and Compass Sign

Phishing warning: fixed!

We are aware that the calendar page is currently triggering a “Phishing attack warning” in Google Chrome. After investigation we are unsure why this is occurring, though initial speculation is that the way we are including the calendar widget is what is causing it.

We have submitted the page for review by Google. Pending further information, we believe it is safe to visit (and as it’s just a warning about phishing, not malware, it ought to be safe anyway as long as you didn’t enter any credentials). However, caveat browsor.

Update: This has been fixed.

Longaberger Basket Bingo

LONGABERGER BASKET BINGO
Sunday May 3, 2015
Odenton Masonic Center
1206 Stehlik Dr.
Odenton, MD 21113

20 games for $25.00
Longaberger Baskets filled with GOODIES
Food and drinks available

C.C. Hanlon 410-507-6666 or Kay Aleshire 410-647-8187 to reserve a ticket
Sponsored by Odenton Chapter 29 OES

Open House April 11

Open House April 11

The community is invited to attend our Open House on Saturday, April 11, 2015 between 9am and 3pm. Join us at Odenton Lodge #209, 1206 Stehlik Rd. Odenton, MD.

The event is open to men and their families who would like to know more about Freemasonry.

OPEN HOUSE AND FLEA MARKET

The community is invited to a Spring Open House, April 11, 2015 9am-3pm, 1206 Stehlik Drive, Odenton, MD 21113. Join us for children’s activities, flea market tables, food and fun. This is also an opportunity to find out more about Freemasonry and our community activities. For more information or to rent table space, $10.00 per space, members FREE, contact Ethan Casey @ 410-562-3844 or erc21054@yahoo.com.

Capture of ANOTHER Traveling Gavel

Capturing a Traveling Gavel from Ionic Lodge #145

Capturing a Traveling Gavel from Ionic Lodge #145

Capturing a Traveling Gavel from Ionic Lodge #145

Capturing a Traveling Gavel from Ionic Lodge #145

Brethren,

Last night, Brother Senior Warden Cort Bossert, Junior Warden E.J. Hanlon, Chaplain Kenn Adams, and myself traveled to Ionic Lodge #145 in Reisterstown. Brother Quinn Harry of Birmingham Lodge #188, a frequent visitor to our lodge, was also in attendance. We had the pleasure observing them raise three Brothers to the sublime degree of Master Mason. As an added bonus, our Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of Maryland, John A. Young, Jr., conferred a portion of the degree. Our primary goal for visiting was to lay claim to a Traveling Gavel (not our Maryland Traveling Gavel, but another one) which they captured 12 December 2013. I am happy to say that the spirit in which this traveling gavel was first conceived back in 1977 is alive and well in 2015. The Brothers and I were welcomed by WM Steve Reed and the Brethren of Ionic Lodge #145 and felt no different than if we had been in our Lodge.

It is my pleasure to inform you that on 27 March 2015, Odenton Lodge #209 has captured a Traveling Gavel first claimed on 18 December 1977 by Manchester Lodge #73 AF&AM, Manchester, Connecticut. The gavel is sealed in its own case and accompanied by a ledger book. In this ledger are handwritten notes explaining each Lodge’s capture of the Gavel, what brothers traveled to capture it, and for some, even how many miles they traveled.

Manchester Lodge #73 reserves the right to claim the gavel in the year 2026 for the celebration of their Lodge’s Bicentennial. I pray the gavel will have the opportunity to visit many more Lodges before that year comes to pass. It now becomes our duty to let it be known we have the Gavel in our possession and invite other Lodges to attempt to capture it. Three Master Masons are all that is needed to claim the gavel. If multiple Lodges are in attendance it then falls on miles traveled to capture it.

We will notify Manchester Lodge #73 in writing of the fact that Odenton Lodge #209 has claimed the gavel and will safeguard it till its next capture.

Fraternally,

Patrick
Worshipful Master 2015
Odenton Lodge #209

We did it!

The Bull and Oyster Roast on 3/22/15 was a success. I would like to thank the attendees, as well as everyone who sold tickets, sponsored a basket, or worked at Kurtz’s Beach. We made our OTHC treasurer very happy. Our next Bull and Oyster Roast will be held on April 3, 2016, at Kurtz’s. Put this date on your calendar now.

Don’t forget our Crab Feast on August 2, 2015, at Kurtz’s Beach. Tickets will be available in May. We have already scheduled our 2016 Crab Feast. It will be held on Sunday, August 7, at Kurtz’s.

Again, thank you for everything.

E. Kay Aleshire
Chairperson

Luncheon Honoring PM James Conboy

Take a look at this article in the Capital Gazette, where Debra Shafer covered our recent luncheon to honor PM James Conboy, who received his 70-year service award from RWDGM Vourvoulas and MWPGM Bennie Owens.