The following history of the new
presented by Brother George Satterlee and read at the public ceremonies on September 8,
1979, when our mortgage was burned .
It was in 1970 that the Worshipful Master, William H. Goshen appointed a committee to check into the renovations needed to restore the High and Pine Street property to satisfactory condition. After thorough study it was found that between eighty and ninety thousand dollars would be required to provide a new roof, floor, windows, wiring, heating system and necessary painting.
While this committee continued, no definite action was taken on its findings.
Worshipful Brother Russel A. Roberts became
Worshipful Master in 1971, he set up a committee to investigate the possibility
of erecting a new temple rather than make extensive repairs on the old
building. It was thought advisable to canvas the members for pledges for such a
big undertaking. In June the first donation was received and in October the
1972 under Worshipful Master Richard A. Jervis, the
Worshipful Master Robert F. Andrews in 1973, an artist was commissioned to present
a picture of the proposed new structure. The active
When Worshipful Brother Daniel W. Hand, Jr. became Worshipful Master in 1974, the architect was given the assignment of drawing plans for the new temple. With this step a renewed effort was made to secure pledges. Plans for the new venture were submitted in November of that year.
1975 Worshipful Brother William H. Stiles became Worshipful Master and Worshipful
Brother Walter S. Earling again assumed the
presidency of the
Now meetings were held on a weekly basis in order to make important decisions. The contract for the basic structure was awarded to Brother Gerd Wehner and a building permit was obtained in August.
But the winter seemed to be extremely mild in January and February of 1976 and under the leadership of Worshipful Master Ronald N. Spiels and building committee chairman, Worshipful Brother Richard A. Jervis, work progressed rapidly, completing walls, trusses, mansards and roof. In March the basement floor was poured and then the inside finishing was begun. As well as doing laboring work, many of the brethren were out soliciting funds and gifts as memorials. Although $15,000 was raised in pledges in two and a half months by the finance committee, it was still found necessary to secure a $40,000 mortgage so that the work could be completed.
When the upstairs work was finished, the volunteers began work on the banquet room and kitchen. The grounds crew was actively engaged in filling and grading the property to provide ample parking space.
In 1977 Worshipful Master Norman H. Peek saw many of the finishing touches completed including the purchase and installation of permanent seating in April made possible through memorials and gifts. The lodge room was comfortably air-conditioned in June. In early summer the curbing was completed followed by the blacktopping of the entire parking area.
In 1978, under Worshipful Master J. Douglas Abdill, a concerted drive was begun to enable us to pay our 20-year mortgage. This effort continued through 1979 under Worshipful Master Robert W. Estell and has enabled us to assemble here today.
Through the combined efforts of the sisters of Shekinah Chapter No. 82, Order of the Eastern Star, who, besides sharing their husbands, contributed both finances and labor to this ambitious project.
It would be impossible to name all the brethren who freely shared their special abilities to complete this building and helped us to realize an estimated saving of $125,000.
Lincoln in his famous Gettysburg Address said, "The world wil
Likewise we have only brought to your attention a progress record of the last nine years, but this building will stand as a lasting memorial to those brethren who with vision and foresight had a dream and made it happen.
We would now like all of you to join with us in witnessing the burning of our mortgage.
FROM THE MORTGAGE
SHEKINAH LODGE NO. 58 F. & A.M.
HISTORY OF NEW
PREPARED AND PRESENTED BY
BROTHER GEORGE M. SATTERLEE