Civil War Lodge of Research #1865 AF&AM
The CWLR is an official Lodge of Research under the Grand Lodge AF&AM of Virginia. It is open to affiliation by any Mason in a lodge recognized by Virginia, and we heartily welcome involvement by any Mason who is interested in the role of Masons during the Civil War.
Please contact any of our officers for further information about our Lodge's activities, or if you would like information on petitioning to join our Lodge by affiliation.
Message from the Worshipful Master, February 3, 2013:
Brothers, in anticipation of our JULY communication, I have made arrangements for a block of 10 rooms to be held for us at the Comfort Suites, 1801 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD. The room rate is $87.20 per night and the rooms are blocked for us on Friday night 7/5 and Saturday night 7/6.
You have to contact the Comfort Suites in Hagerstown directly...you cannot get this reservation and rate online. Call the Comfort Suites in Hagerstown, MD at 301-791-8100. You also have to identify that you are with Civil War Lodge of Research to get the room at this rate.
These rooms are available first-come first-served. The hotels in Hagerstown are already taking reservations for the week of the 150th reenactment at Gettysburg, so we have a great opportunity.
We will be holding a Called Communication in the field at the reenactment site on Friday night (7/5) and our Stated on Saturday morning in Hagerstown. The plan right now calls for a charter bus that would take those who wish to use it from Hagerstown to Gettysburg on Friday evening. We're also looking into an event for our ladies and guests for the time while we are meeting Friday evening. More details to come.
Gary Laing, WM
A Stated Communication of the Civil War Lodge of Research #1865 was held at the Masonic Temple of Monitor Lodge #197, A.F.&A.M., in Hampton, VA on Saturday, October 6th, A.D. 2012, A.L. 6012, at 10:00 AM.
The Officers were as follows -
Master - Gary Laing
VISITORS: As written in Visitors Guest book
(If you are not in the Guest book, then you were not here!)
A Masonic Lodge was opened in Due and Ancient Form and after Pledging Allegiance to the Flag of our Country.
The Secretary read the Dispensation from the Grand Lodge of Virginia allowing this Lodge to hold a Communication at the above noted location and time.
A summary of the minutes of the last Stated Communication was * [ ] read
[ X] summarized [ ]dispensed with.
There was a solicitation from Job's Daughters for their annual pageant.
Treasurer to send what we normally send $25. So ordered by WM.
A Councilor from DeMolay sent a proof of our ad as it appeared in their current ad-book. Circulated among the attendees.
A letter form the Grand Master regarding the annual luncheon at Grand Lodge.
He asks that we buy a ticket @ $100 so that it will allow one resident to attend.
Treasurer to attend to this. So ordered by WM.
REGRETS: There was correspondence from John Riley of England and Jim Jack and Keith Millar of Scotland, Tom & Melvin Mason from Maryland sending their greetings and regrets about missing the meeting. An email from Pat Mulligan Jr. (aka Beezer) complaining about the commute was too long. (He is back in Afghanistan on his 2nd tour.)
The Secretary reported our total membership now is 364.
We now have 90 LMIP's.
The Secretary's desk was cleared with all bills, necessary for the operation of the Lodge, ordered to be paid as read.
PETITONS & BALLOTING: Petitions was read for -
Stephen McAllister – Sweetwater, TN * Adam Domenech – Woodbridge, VA
Kenneth Cotter – Lewisville, TX * Thomas Hill – Greenwood, SC
The vote was unanimous.
DEATHS: none reported
TREASURER REPORT: The Treasurer reports that we have $17,072.41 in the Treasury.
INTRODUCTIONS: The Worshipful Master had the members in attendance introduce themselves. Most Worshipful William Franklin Perdue (1991) was in attendance (CWLR #0151) and was introduced.
SICKNESS & DISTRESS – Jim Howcroft is in the hospital with pneumonia.
REPRINT Committee – Good progress. Rich Radi is working with RW Paul Bessel to add our proceedings to our Website.
APRONS – 'officers aprons' Wayne Price and Mickey Moats
STREAMER - W. Mickey Moats had made a motion at last meeting that the Secretary look into getting streamers showing the location of our meetings. These will be attached to our Battle Flag. There was much discussion about how to display them. It was suggested that we have it framed and loan it to the GLofVA Library for display. Mickey will communicate with the donor to find out what his thoughts are on this situation, and report back at the December meeting.
AUDIT – the special audit committee reported that they had complied with the Worshipful Master's directive. Two of the 3 members recommended that no further action be taken. The WM determined that an effort to collect on checks from December 2011 that went missing will be undertaken. The WM will supply a letter to the Secretary explaining the matter to affected Brothers.
The same committee was held over to do the December audit.
My 3 year search for the 10 years of Minutes that were missing may be over!
I received 4 'mystery' boxes at the last meeting which looked very promising.
Voila! There in 1 box were the missing Minutes. The year 2003 is missing plus April 2001 & October 2004.
I haven't finishing my inventory yet, but I hope that all are there. Stay posted!
We have a supply of Medals AND Lapel Pins @ a cost of $5 each. If I have to mail them, there is an additional charge of $2 for EACH order.
I also have Blue caps and Grey caps with our Logo. They are $12.00 each.
It will cost another $5.00 to mail them. The postage is NOT cumulative.
DUES: DUES NOTICE! - 2012 dues ($20.00) is due
And guess what – yup, there are still a bunch who haven't paid 2011!
NEW BUSINESS: A donation of $200.00 was made to Monitor Lodge #197, A.F.&A.M. for the use of their Lodge room and their outstanding hospitality.
WM Mike Spencer,Jr. accepted the donation on behalf of the Lodge.
Worshipful Bob Reynolds of Ionic Lodge #145, Reisterstown, MD, has made a request for someone from our Lodge to go and give a program on CWLR.
Worshipful Gary Laing volunteered to contact him and set up a time.
Upcoming meetings of CWLR – (subject to change)
December 1st – Leesburg, VA
No further business appearing, the minutes were read and approved and the Lodge was closed in Ancient Form and Harmony at 11:30 A.M..
Richard C. Radi, Secretary W. Gary Laing, Worshipful Master
AFTER THE MEETING:
After lunch at the Lodge, we proceeded to the Visitor Center at Fort Monroe for a guided tour of the Casement Museum.
A good time was had by all!
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