July 2017 Stated Communication

The July stated meeting of Elvin E. Helms Lodge saw a full house present to remember two of our departed Brothers and to enjoy some of the finest Masonic Education available anywhere in the world.

Our Lodge’s charter was draped in memory of Bro. Al McWethy, a 67-year member of our Lodge who died on June 28, and Bro. Garry Kelly, a 52-year member of our fraternity who died on July 5.  Well done, good and faithful servants!

After a fine meal of beef stew prepared by Bro. Ed Tanner, the Lodge enjoyed an excellent presentation by Bro. John Bizzack, Senior Warden of Lexington Lodge No. 1.  We were honored to have eight Brothers from Lexington No. 1 at our meeting!  Bro. Bizzack, one of the premier voices in Masonic Education worldwide, gave a presentation was titled “Why We Do What We Do and Why We Don’t Do What We Did.”  Bro. John spoke about how periods of rapid expansion in American Freemasonry resulted in diluted versions of ritual and practices.  Subsequent cultural changes have further caused the Craft to lose many of its traditions and practices.  Bro. Bizzack reminded the Craft that as Masons, we are part of an institution of higher learning and he called for the Fraternity to seek and restore its lost traditions.

Bro. Bizzack has just released his most recent book, Island Freemasonry, which is available through all major booksellers.

Our District Deputy Grand Master, Worshipful Bro. Kevin Schneider, was in attendance and announced plans for the District 18 Picnic.  The Picnic will be at Richardson Road Park, 3415 Richardson Road, Independence, Kentucky, on Saturday, July 29 starting at 12:00 P. M.  This is an event for families and friends, as well as Masons.  The park is “kid friendly,” so it is a good venue for families.

Our Lodge’s next meeting is on August 8.  Worshipful Bro. Rodney Epperson of N. C. Harmony Lodge No. 2 is Miamitown, Ohio, will be our featured speaker for the evening.  See you at Lodge!

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