Thursday, March 1, 2018

A View From The East

Greetings friends, after a somewhat shaky start we seem to be moving at a steadier pace now. Having just enjoyed the “After Holiday” party with several members of the Lodge and their spouses crossing the Cuyahoga River, I am looking forward to the next open event, the “Chili cook-off”.

My friends, we have a bit of a mystery to solve. Our two Tyler’s swords, one that was donated to North Olmsted Lodge #741 over 50 years ago and has served the Tyler all that time, the other, part of the set donated by Brother Keca to Barkley and St. George Lodge have been missing since the Children’s Christmas party in December. We are hoping that someone, thinking that they might be dangerous, had hid them and we have not been able to find them. If anyone has any idea where they might be at, please let me or one of the officers of the Lodge know.
March 24th is our inspection in the Master Mason degree, the degree will start at 5:30 with a dinner at the break about 6:30 and your reservation to Brother Chuck Johnson.

April is shaping up to be a great month starting with the Bake auction
on April 11th; we will begin with dinner at 6:30 followed by and exciting evening of fellowship and a “sweet Auction”. This event is open to the public and has always been an enjoyable night. Later in the month on April 21st brings us the Grand Masters reception with our districts own Most Worshipful Brother Schau.

The Masonic Service association is looking for Lodges to volunteer to visit the patients at the Veterans’ Hospital. If you wish to volunteer your time with your fellow brethren, please contact our secretary for times. Last year a few members of our Lodge participated in this event, one brother even brought his wife and children. It was an enjoyable
evening for all. If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in, contact our secretary, WB Bob Hubert or stop in on Wednesday and we will make it happen.

Looking forward to and wishing you a happy spring.

Robert J. Wakefield
Worshipful Master

Barkley Light: March/April 2018

Below is a link to the March/April edition of the Barkley Light.  Enjoy and we look forward to seeing you at the Lodge!

Barkley Light: March/April 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Barkley Light: January/February 2018

Below is a link to the January/February edition of the Barkley Light.  Enjoy and we look forward to seeing you at the Lodge!

Barkley Light: January/February 2018

A View From The East

As I step from the Treasurer’s place to the East, I am both humbled and honored that the Lodge has entrusted me to lead this great vessel of brotherhood. It has grown in many ways since I last occupied this seat 18 years ago.  It fills me with hope for the future of our Lodge and the Fraternity in general.  The officers of this Lodge are truly a remarkable group. They are the real reason why we have been, and will continue to be, so successful. My Brothers, if you have not been to Lodge recently, you really need to experience it for yourself.

The installation was well attended.  The Lodge room was completely filled with added chairs from the dining room. A highlight from the night was Worshipful Brother Chatwell with Right Worshipful Brother Sabourin and a contingent from St. George Lodge in Toronto presented Brother Dillon with an honorary membership. To paraphrase WB Chatwell;

“There are very few moments in a Mason’s career where he gets the opportunity to make a difference in a senior member’s journey.  Investing George Edward (Fast Eddie) Dillon with his apron was one of those moments. There was not a dry eye in the room. Every person had a glimpse of what our yearly visitation means to the brethren. Fast Eddie has always been a part of that tradition.”

Saturday morning found us at the home of WB Stamper for “Self defense” training and some delicious chili prepared by his wife (Hmmm, new Chili Cook-off competitor?) After lunch, we then traveled to Castle Noel where WB Harold Siburt (83) and Bro George (Fast Eddie) Dillon (93) went down the “Christmas story” slide. Proof is on the wall at Castle Noel and in our Tyler’s room. Come to Lodge and see for yourself! All in all, it was an exceptional weekend.

This year I would like to reintroduce some old customs to renew meaning to some of the things we do. I hope to improve the Lodge experience for everyone. Again, I would like to thank the Lodge for their confidence in me to lead this great vessel we call John W. Barkley Lodge.

Worshipful Master
W B Robert Wakefield