Hyde Park Lodge #589
2853 Madison Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209-2265
Stated Meetings are on the
Tuesday, September 16 - Annual Awards Night - 7:30 PM - Dinner at 6:30 PM - Guests Welcome
Tuesday, September 23 - EA Rehearsal - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, September 30 - EA Degree - 7:30 PM - Dinner at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, October 7 - Stated Meeting - 7:30 PM - Dinner at 6:30 PM
In this last Trowel, you received a dues notice for 2015. Dues are due one more time before the Endowed Memberships kick in. After this time you will not have to pay dues anymore. Please pay by the November Annual Meeting or you may lose your Endowed Membership.
Our Merger Committee is meeting with other lodges and I think things are going along well. I joined them to meet with two lodges this week and found that the brethren are welcoming and helpful in providing information that would be of interest to us as we move forward. What may have seemed to some as a situation that could make the merging lodge (us) to feel less significant because we are meeting the difficulties of membership and participation, we have been regarded well and there is a willingness to include our brethren in the lodge activities.
I have to admit that I was afraid that we would be reduced to a bunch of sideliners. Knowing Hyde Park’s pride in ritual work, I know that we will want to take active parts in the ritual work in whatever lodge with which we merge. I am hopeful that we will get the chance to display our abilities and become a regular part of our new lodge’s work.
As we continue, I want to thank Paul, Joe, and Ron for their diligent work on the committee. Their unselfish willingness to offer their time and energy to providing us the best information and suggestions for our upcoming merger. Please take time to let them know of any questions you might have for other lodges that might affect our choice. Also, thank them for all they are doing for Hyde Park.
Karl P. Power, PM, Worshipful Master
At the June 3rd Stated Meeting, Hyde Park Lodge voted to purchase an endowed membership for every Master Mason in Good Standing as of June 3, 2014. An endowed membership means that after paying dues one more time in November, you will never have to pay dues again. This endowed membership is transferable should you decide to demit to another Lodge. The only time you can transfer your Endowed Membership is in the event of a Merger and then only within 60 days. It also continues to pay your dues to the Lodge even after you pass on to the Celestial Lodge above.
We will NOT be dark this summer. Stated Meetings will continue on the First Tuesday throughout the summer months.
On the subject of merger, I personally feel that it is a shame to allow a Lodge with 110 years of history to fall by the wayside. But attendance is down and it is a struggle to find Officers and speaking parts every year. Grand Lodge now requires that all speaking parts at the Inspection be done by a member of the Lodge. Our Annual Inspection was postponed from February and was cancelled for May due to a lack of Brothers to do the work. It will not be rescheduled. Merger seems to be the only alternative left unfortunately.
Robert L. Duerler, PM, Secretary
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