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.

“The Pail and Mop Bucket”

Brethren,
I wanted to remind everyone about this week’s upcoming meeting. We will of course be having a usual business meeting. And to kick off our plan for the year to help bring us to further light in masonry , Brother Luis Gonzalez will have a presentation entitled  “The pail and mop bucket”. Brothers of all degrees are invited to attend. So please help get the word out to all the brothers you know. I’m certain it will be a good night. Hope to see you then.

Sincerely,
WM Cort Bossert

Election of Officers results

Odenton #209’s elected Officers for 2016.

Worshipful Master Elect – Cort Bossert
Senior Warden Elect – E.J. Hanlon
Junior Warden Elect – Ethan Casey
Secretary Elect – Brian Coons
Treasurer Elect – Herb Hopke (and current)

Open Installation will be held on 16 Jan 2016 at 2 PM

Congratulations to all Officers

G.O.A.T.S. Masonic Picnic

Brethren,

The G.O.A.T.S. Masonic Picnic will be held rain or shine this Saturday, 15 August from 11:00 AM till 3:00 PM. Food will be provided by the Brothers of Odenton Lodge #209. The picnic will be held at Burba Lakes pavilion #5. All non-DoD card holders will have to use the Main Gate at Ft Meade, Md (Rt 175 and Reese Rd).

I did put in a list of the names that were provided to me but if your name is not on the list, just inform the Guard you are attending the GOATS Masonic Picnic located at Pavilion #5. You will need to have a drivers license, current registration for your vehicle and proof of insurance if asked. Remember you will be entering a military installation and all vehicles are subject to inspection.

Once you pass the main gate,
– turn left onto Ernie Pyle St. (its your first left pass the gate)
– turn right onto Liewellyn Ave (you will pass Kimbrough Army Medical Center on your left)
– turn left onto McKay St

The parking lot will be straight in front of you and so is the pavilion. Look for the Masonic Banner.

Things you should bring:

– Lawn Chairs (there are picnic tables on site)
– Sun Screen
– Insect repellant
– Alcoholic beverages are allowed but NO Glass containers

Hope to see you there,

Patrick

Worshipful Master 2015

Odenton Lodge #209

Picnic!

The picnic plans are finalized!

The picnic will be held August 15th from 11:00am – 3:00 pm. It will be at Ft. Meade, Burba Lake Pavilion #5. Food and sodas will be provided as well as cornhole, horseshoes, and whatever else. BYOB, but no glass containers are allowed. This is open to all masons and their friends and, of course, families. It is imperative that you RSVP to Bro. Junior Warden EJ Hanlon immediately, as he will need a head count to ensure there is enough food for everyone who attends.

July 4th Parade

July 4th Parade

11 members of Odenton Lodge #209 marched in the July 4th parade to rededicate Baltimore’s Washington Monument. It might have rained just a little bit. We are disappointed that media coverage of the event was not better, so the only industry that will appreciate our sacrifice are the Maryland Dry Cleaners, who we are sure will have been flooded with tuxedos afterward. We laughed, enjoyed each other’s company, and represented our lodge.

July 4th 2015 Parade

July 4th 2015 Parade

July 4th 2015 Parade

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.

Bingo is canceled March 2

Bingo this evening (March 2) is canceled.

70th year Service Award for PM Conboy

WM James Conboy 1949

WM James Conboy 1949

On 7 March 2015, 1:00 PM Odenton Lodge #209 has the privilege to host a luncheon honoring Past Master James  Conboy.

Our Rite Worshipful Deputy Grand Master will preside over the ceremony.  The Grand Marshall and Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Owens will also be in attendance.

The luncheon is open to all Brothers and their families. Dress for the event is Business casual,  (collared shirt, please no jeans)

If you plan to attend, please RSVP no later than 2 March with how many will be in your party . worshipful.master@odentonlodge209.net

I pray the weather cooperates so we can show PM Jim how much he is valued and appreciated by our Lodge.

Patrick R. Culver
Worshipful Master 2015
Odenton Lodge #209