Saturday, September 1, 2018

A View From The East


Well hello and welcome back. I trust that everyone had a good summer.
Your Lodge would like to welcome you back starting with our annual corn
roast on September 5th. As always, RWB Cygan finds some of the best corn
on the cob in the area and grilles it to perfection. We will also have hot dogs
and hamburgers to round things out.

We have several things to discuss at our meeting, among which is one
proposed By Laws change. It would change the number of stated meetings
from two to one. Please see page 9.

I was informed that our second stated meeting, September 19th, fell on
international “Talk like a Pirate” day. Worshipful Brother Stitak has put
together an interesting educational program about piracy, both historical and
current. It sounds like it will be informative and enjoyable meeting that you
will not want to miss, especially if you already have an eye patch. So, be
prepared to talk (and look if you so choose) like a pirate!

September 26th we will be trying out something new, “Trivial Per-Soup”.
For starts I’d like everyone to make and bring in a crock-pot of soup, DO
NOT tell anyone what you are bringing, when you arrive, you will be given a
random number and your pot set on a table, small taster cups will be available
to taste all the soups available, larger bowls will be passed out later. If you
cannot bring a pot, feel free to bring something that will accompany soup.
Everyone will then have two votes for their favorites. Meanwhile, each table in
the Lodge room will have a box of “Trivial Pursuit” cards on it. Young player
edition and “Disney” edition will be available as needed. Everyone at the table
will take turns asking and answering questions, if you answer correctly, you
keep the card. At the end of one hour, the person with the most cards from
each table will enter a showdown round where six questions will be asked and
the one who answers the most correctly will be declared the “Trivia King” (or
Queen). at that time the soup with the most votes will be announce. We hope
this will become an entertaining family night and who knows, you might even
discover a new favorite soup.

On October 10th, the Lodge will be conducting a memorial night for all our
departed Brethren and October 31st, we will be dark so as not to be “tricked”
by disappointed “treaters”.

As you can see, John W. Barkley Lodge is a very busy and active Lodge and
we look forward to seeing YOU at any, or all our events.
WB Robert Wakefield
Worshipful Master

Barkley Light: September/October 2018

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A View From The East

     Could it be spring has finally arrived at northeast Ohio? Even thou it seemed like winter would never leave, we have kept thing toasty warm at John W Barkley with our chili cook off pulling in over four hundred dollars. Thanks to everyone who participated, both cooks and consumers, and to Worshipful Brother Stitak for putting it all together. It is a wonderful event both for the Lodge and for Special Olympics. Unfortunately, we have heard no word on our missing swords, I fear the worst. Thanks to Brothers Keca and Maminskas who donated replacements for our Tyler.
    
     We passed our inspection in the Master Mason degree and the proceeds of our Annual Bake Auction went to a new charity this year called The Upside of Downs. As of this writing, I do not have the final tally.

     Coming up in this month of May, we start out with a tribute to our ladies, the Strawberry social and widows’ night. This year we will be having some musical entertainment in the Lodge followed by shortcake and ice cream in the dining room. I have decided to move Memorial night to October this year, closer to All Souls Day, and bring this event back to a celebration of all our Ladies. So please give our secretary a shout-out that you will be there (his phone# and email can be found on page 2) and join us for a relaxing evening at your Lodge.

     We will close the month of May with one of my favorites, “Dining to Donate” at Applebee’s restaurant in North Olmsted next to Great Northern Mall (see insert in this bulletin).

     June starts out with our annual trek to Toronto for the installation of officers at St. George Lodge. This 80+-year-old event is one of the highlights of the year. The Canadians have always welcomed us with open arms in true Masonic form and shown us the best of their city. Due to scheduling conflicts with Grand Lodge, I have had to move our Table Lodge to June 27th. Right Worshipful Brother Carter, Junior Grand Deacon, will be our guest speaker and has promised us a very interesting educational program. June also find us heading outdoors for a Master Mason raising and steak roast.

     Even when we are “dark”, August 4th has been marked for the “Autos for Autism” event. This year the event will be held at the city park in North Olmsted off Lorain Road. Stop on down even if you’re not into cars much, we always have a wonderful time together. My Brothers, as you can see, we are a very active Lodge. If you have not attended recently, all you have to do to get back into the swing of things is to just show up.

Looking forward to seeing you again,
Robert J. Wakefield PM
Worshipful Master

Barkley Light: May/June 2018

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

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