Please join us this Wednesday the 16th when we will honor Past Master Jim Morgan’s 60 years of Masonic Service. Our Grand Inspector Jim Hill will be in attendance to present the award. We will also be taking up the Grand Masonic Word. If any Brothers wish to attend but as of yet are not Master Masons, that is not a problem. We can call off and open what ever level Lodge necessary to allow your entry.
Lodge starts at 7 PM and we will have refreshments after. Hope you can join us in celebrating PM Jim’s accomplishment.
Worshipful Master 2014-2015
Odenton Lodge #209
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,
Worshipful Master 2015
Odenton Lodge #209
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.
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.
Just wanted to let you know that Odenton Lodge 209’s own Past Master Tom Keller was recognized and awarded a charter membership in the Instructive Tongue Society by the Deputy Grand Master of Masons in Maryland Kostas “Gus” Vourvoulas, during the Knights of Mecca meeting on May 29, 2015. This award was in recognition for his years laboring in the Masonic quarries as a ritual and catechism instructor. Thought you should be made aware, as anytime one of our members is recognized, it makes our lodge shine that more brightly among the masonic family and community at large.
Bro. Luis Gonzalez Jr.
In observance of Memorial Day, there will be NO BINGO on Monday, May 25.
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,
Advancement Chair, Boy Scout Troop #755
Cubmaster, Cub Scout Pack #209
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.
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.
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.
Worshipful Master 2014-15
Odenton Lodge #209
(The sign was purchased from a local Odenton vendor)