A Message from the Immediate
"Thank you for the Privilege"
It has been an eventful year and I wish to once
again thank you for your support, and for the opportunity to serve you.
We started some new things this past year, some of which were old ideas
that had slipped by the wayside, and others were new for Carmel Lodge.
We had three evenings out for members and their wives/guests at area
eateries and a night out at Victory Field to watch an Indians baseball
game. We returned to serving dinner on Master Mason degree nights, as
prepared by our own award-winning chef, Bill Sanders Jr, PM. We had
maintenance nights, and cleaned up and cleaned out the Lodge hall over
the course of the year. Its not finished yet, but there is a very
noticeable improvement. I would especially like to thank our trustee
Bill Sanders Jr, PM for his extra efforts. He was instrumental in
getting the windows replaced with glass blocks, striping the parking
lot, and procuring the glass display cases for the Craft Club to sell
Masonic items and a computer for the Secretary's station.
This past year we have seen several new brothers raised to the sublime
degree of a Master Mason, and we welcome them among us. We have also
seen several of our esteemed brothers called to the Celestial Lodge on
High. Most notable for me
was the passing of Wilbur Klepinger, KYCH. Worshipful Brother Klepinger
was the epitome of a Mason. His dedication and his proficiency inspired
me not just in our lodge, but more especially in the York Rite. He
obligated me through many of those degrees and presented me with a sword
upon becoming a Knight Templar. That sword had been given to him many
years before when he could ill afford one, and he was presenting it to
me in the same spirit of brotherhood. Just this past year, I presented
that sword to another newly obligated Knight Templar with the same joy
and spirit that it had been invested to me. Brother Klepinger will be
This coming year promises to be another exciting year for our
fraternity. Changes will
continue to make our craft more open to the public. I am also looking
forward to the challenges that will always arise, and hope that you will
join me in pledging support for our new Master, Bob Otten.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Robert Troutt, jPM