Eagle Lodge # 19 AF&AM
Hillsborough, North Carolina
It is my hope that as 2003 comes to a close that it has treated you well. It has been a wonderful year as well as an eventful one. This year has seen Eagle lodge continue to be a vibrant part of our community; both within our civic community and our Masonic community. We held a school of instruction early in the year, held the first Past Masters night celebration, continued the tradition of Ladies night, hosted the traveling Wilkerson lodge, and again opened the lodge for the annual Candlelight tour. We also extended the blood drive to two different events this year, both of which brought a wonderful turnout.
We opened the lodge to host several lectures in cooperation with the Hillsborough Arts Council and the Historical Society, including one on the lodge architect, William Nichols. We started working in concert with the Orange County Literacy Council and opened the lodge as a Northern Orange Literacy campus with several brothers acting as tutors. We also continued being a part of the Hillsborough Last Friday events, to raise money for lodge repairs and promote Masonry.
On January 6th we will be practicing for the installation of the 2004 officers, which will occur at 11 a.m. January 10th. Also, if you are a past master and do not have your picture up on the wall, we will be taking pictures starting at 10 a.m. on the 10th.
As 2004 approaches, remember that we will be traveling to Oxford on Sunday, Jan. 18 to present the Masonic Home for children with the proceeds from the BBQ sale.
In 2003 we started on the repairs to the lodge building. We painted the portico and replaced the lettering, which was looking very worn. We still need to do several major repairs to the lodge building and are planning events in the coming year to help us work toward that goal. I encourage all brothers to help in whatever way you can to help put the lodge building back in shape so that it can be fully utilized and preserve it for the next generation of brothers.
Finally my brother, let me introduce you to your new master, Speed Hallman. He has been a critical part of the activities this year and I could not have done it without him.
Remember, we meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. We want to see you. If you need a ride to the Lodge, please call any of us.
It was indeed an honor to be master this year. Thank you all for a wonderful year.
WM Bob Patten 644-7359 SD Kevin Medlin 385-7066
SW Speed Hallman 732-2682 JD Larry Aydlett 304-5163
JW Scott Tutor 563-9218 Sec Jeff Borcik 245-3782