Masonic Lodge Charlotte NC – Dec 2018

From the East


Greetings from the East! 2018 is quickly coming to an end and 2019 will be upon us before we know it. It is once again that time of year when we look reflect on events in our lives and look forward to things to come.

The world today is not what I thought it would be as I was growing up. People are more divided today than I ever remember. It seems to me that the anger and hatred that are being expressed today don’t really have a rational basis. Something that is good and wonderful one day is hateful and ugly the next. A season that is meant to bring people together has become a way to amplify those things that separate us. But that is not what Masonry is about. Masonry teaches us to regard the whole human species … as one family; who, as created by one Almighty parent, and inhabitants of the same planet, are to aid, support and protect each other.

Upcoming events for December are our Stated Communication on 12/11 and the Officer Installation and Service Awards on 12/18. In January we will be conferring the Entered Apprentice Degree on a new Brother.

My tenure as Worshipful Master of Phalanx Lodge #31 A.F.&A.M. is coming to an end. I remember vividly going through the EA and MM degrees. I will never forget being asked to deposit something of a metallic kind and the lesson it conveyed. I will never forget being escorted to the East wearing the Jewel of the Junior Grand Warden only to be told that my journey wasn’t ending, it was just getting started.

As I pass the gavel to WB Sigmon, I know that my journey in the lodge is not over, it is really just beginning. While I don’t know where it will lead, I am looking forward to the journey.

It has been my pleasure to serve our Lodge and the Brethren. I thank you all for giving me the opportunity to advance through the line and to serve as Master.


Bill Stout – Master, PM

From the West


Thank you for the opportunity to lead our Lodge in the year 2019. I was Master of Meridian # 728 in 1987, ancient history for many of us. That said, I welcome your counsel and support. Believe me, I am not perfect! Please make a resolution to attend meetings this coming year. I hope to include short programs during the stated meetings


Glenn Sigmon, PM, SW

From the Secretary


As we near the end of yet another year, I want to first wish you all a very Happy Holiday season.

I do want to note the results of the November election of Officers for those of you who were not able to be present. The following were elected/appointed to their respective stations and places for 2019:

WB Glenn Sigmon – Master

Bro. Nick Voelker – Sr. Deacon

Bro. Chris Lueck – Senior Warden

WB Bill Stout – Jr. Deacon

Bro. Jeffrey Ordonio – Junior Warden

Bro. Ryan Jones – Sr. Steward

WB John Harder – Treasurer

Bro. Jaffer Kovic – Jr. Steward

WB Mike Hamrick – Secretary

WB Mack Wilson – Tyler

WB Dave Morgan – Chaplain

B Peter Schuetz – Trustee

We’ve scheduled the Installation of the 2019 officers, in conjunction with presenting Service Awards, for Tuesday, Dec. 18. As these do not take place in a tiled lodge, this is a wonderful opportunity to invite family and friends, as well as perhaps a friend who you believe may both be a benefit to as well as benefit from Masonry.

Finally, the 2019 dues notices have either been emailed in early November or included with the November Tres-tleboard by mail. If you have not received your dues notice as one of these, please contact me as soon as possi-ble. Dues payments are due by January 1.


Mike Hamrick, PM


As we close the Lodge of Sorrow at the December Stated Communication, we remember our Brothers

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Brother Irwin Belk
Born – April 4, 1922
Raised – February 8, 1944
Died – February 24, 2018
Brother Dorsey Hamilton Hardy
Born – April 22, 1923
Raised – June 21, 1957
Died – March 24, 2018
Brother Phillip Raoul Kinmon
Born – May 24, 1922
Raised – April 26, 1946
Died – January 27, 2018
Brother Randolph Alexander Kiser
Born – March 20, 1927
Raised – May 25, 1960
Died – June 6, 2018
Brother Josie Leo Smith
Born – August 14, 1921
Raised – June 20, 1963
Died – May 18, 2018
Brother James A. Zell
Born – January 20, 1918
Raised – April 29, 1955
Died – April 29, 2018
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