Message From the Worshipful Master
W.B. Hal Cottrell - September 2017

Tidings from the East. 

We had a nice turn out for the Membership dinner.  Thanks to Most Worshipful Rick Myers for coming and handing out 50 year pins to Br Robert Fisher and Harry Francis.  Most Worshipful Rick also handed out a pin to W.B Sedge Hill for 70 years of serve to the Craft.  Br Myron Bell and Br Jeremy Shook prepared a wonderful meal that was enjoyed by everyone. I want to give my special thanks to our Rainbow Girls for serving at the dinner.  The Rainbow Girls were surprised by MW Br. Rick Myers and W.B Hal Cottrell serving them their dinners.

Our big fund raiser is Oct 20st.  WB Jim Carlton is still looking for volunteers to assist the Chanters with the Rib Feed at the Tangier Shrine.  There are many things that need to be done.  If you can help, even just for a little while, please come and enjoy this wonderful evening of friendship.  You'll get a chance to meet many interesting people and brethren.

The Lodge will be participating in Trick or Treat Olde Town Bellevue on Oct 29.  We will be setting up our table at 3:30 PM to hand out candy and hot apple cider to the ghosts and goblins. Last year this event attracted over 1,300 children, so we will need as much help as possible.  Please contact Br Myron Bell, Jr. at if you are interested in helping.

Don't forget that November is our elections.  I hope to see many of you at the meeting on November 1st as we select our leadership team for 2018. 

“The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he would never be found out.”  Thomas Macaulay


A Note From the Secretary's Desk

W.B. Jim Carlton, Secretary pro tem

Please extend your congratulations to Br. Bill Zipse and his wife on the birth of their first child.  By the way, she's already been to Lodge for the Membership dinner.  I'm subbing the Secretary's duties, while he takes some needed time off.  

I was so happy to escort Br. Harry Francis to the Lodge meeting after the Membership Dinner.  He admitted that he hadn't been back to Bellevue Lodge since his raising.  Better late than never!  The Lodge did a masterful job of formally receiving the Grand Master at the business meeting.

The brethren participated in a Cornerstone Laying Ceremony at St. James Methodist Church, West Campus, on August 26th.  We opened Lodge in the morning, served lunch to the Grand Lodge members, and participated in the afternoon ceremony.  We had a great turn-out and garnered some positive publicity for the Lodge.  My thanks for making this a special occasion for the members who attend St. James.  

The Lodge also finished proving proficiency in all three degrees on September 20.  This the sixth straight year to accomplish this, and it shows in the quality of degree work which we routinely demonstrate.  Good going, brothers!