We had a very interesting February.
Along with historic snow fall and lost time at work Cherrydale Lodge has been very busy. We had an
outstanding presentation by Wor. Neil Marple of the A Douglas Smith,Jr.Lodge of Research #1949 in
Alexandria on the history of Masons in Germany. One of the great sections of the presentation was the
impact on Masons during the Hitler period in the 30's and how the fraternal organization had to go
underground until after WWII. We could have spent several hours listening to WB Marple and still not
heard it all. Great Job!
This past Thursday we had a visit from two officers from The Grand Lodge of Hawaii,
RW Monty J. Glover,Sr. Grand Senior Warden and Hon. Dexter C. Carrasco, Grand Standard Bearer. Joining
them was the Most Excellent Sidney J Leluan,III Grand High Priest of Arizona. Bro. Justin Strait, JW was
responsible for inviting these distinguished Masons. Bro. Strait is a member of a lodge in Hawaii and
has stayed in touch with his brothers there. Thank you Bros. Justin.
We also had an official fraternal visit at Columbia Lodge for the DDGM's visit on
Monday February 15, 2010. It is my hope that we can have at least 10 visits this year to lodges in both
the 54th and outside. They are great fun and I would ask all of you to find out when our next visit will
be by contacting either me, Bros.Frank,the lodge secretary or Carl Weaver our SW.
Lastly, but certainly not least, Bro. Scott Aughenbaugh performed an EA Catechism
with questioning from Bro. Alex Huber. Great job Bro. Alex!
We have a very big March planned. The District Deputy Grand Master of the 54th
District will make his formal visit to Cherrydale on the 4th of March. This is very important even for
the lodge and I hope you all will turn out. Also, The Grand Master of Virginia William Earle Rorer, Jr.
will make his official visit to Cherrydale on March 18, 2010. This is huge for our lodge and I hope we
can have standing room only for the event. Our Stewarts are planning an excellent meal for that evening.
Hope to see you all this next two stated communications.