Merchantville Lodge #119 F&AM
Masonic Birthdays For April 2017
Ned F. Collins 29 - Years
Ralph Conn 14 - Years
William L. Cosans - 49 Years
John A. Downes Jr. - 49 Years
Raymond L. Garrison, (D) - 34 Years
Hugh H. Gibson, III. - 54 Years
Clark R. Hewitt, Jr. - 18 Years
Jimmie S. Johnson, Jr. - 14 Years
Thomas W. Lowe, Sr. - 49 Years
Matthew D. Marrone - 2 Years
Todd Mertz, (H) - 9 Years
Edwin W. Messey - 53 Years
Francis R. Mitchell, (H) - 58 Years
Daniel J. Prosser, Jr. - 10 Years
David S. Rifkin - 26 Years
Thomas J. Sommers - 18 Years
Raymond J. Taylor - 10 Years
“Happy Masonic Birthday Brethren”
FROM THE SECRETARY’S DESK
I would first like to take a moment to thank those generous individuals who donated to my Polar Bear Plunge page. I fundraised for the New Jersey Special Olympics as part of the New Jersey Grand Lodge team “Hiram On Ice”. It was a crazy and cold day at Seaside Heights but I am always proud to be a part of it. So thank you to WB Robert Harris, Jr (In Honor of RW John G. Kristian), RW Bud Madgey, Beth Aaron, RW Ray Taylor, Christa Campbell and Margaret (Joe) Gismonde.
Next, I would like to announce that Merchantville Lodge will be implementing PayPal this month. For those who don’t know, PayPal is a service that allows individuals, businesses and organizations to transfer money to one another online. What this means for you and Merchantville Lodge is you will have the ability to pay your dues, pay for trips and dinner reservations or just make a donation all online with the click of a button.
Now I know there are those out there who do not want to input their financial information online and that is of course completely ok. All other financial options such as check or cash will continue to be available to you. This is simply another option for those who wish to use it.
The one caveat to using PayPal that I want to point out, is that like everything in life, it isn’t free. PayPal takes 2.9% of each transaction. So an additional 2.9% “surcharge” will be added to your payment;
An example: Let’s say your dues are $100. If you pay by cash or check you will owe $100. If you decide to click the “Pay Dues Online” button you receive in a lodge email because of its ease and convenience your total will be $100 + 2.9% surcharge, for a total of $102.9.
The lodge will not be receiving any extra money doing it this way, it is simply to offset the cost of doing business with PayPal. Of course if you have any comments, questions or concerns my door is always open.
Feel free to reach out to me anytime.
Ryan D. Wachter, Lodge Secretary
"2017 Masonic Home Wheelchair Pushes"
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
As well as Sunday, November 19th, 2017
All Newly Raised Brethren, New EA & FC Brethren and Officers are expected to attend and assist with getting our Wheelchair Residents to the Chapel.
Family Members are always welcome to attend and assist us.
Please mark you calendars’ accordingly.
Enter thru the Church Entrance Double Glass Doors and
Sign-in on Attendance Roster (Park in Lot near Foundation Bldg)
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Merchantville Lodge No. 119 F. & A.M.
146th Anniversary Annual Ladies Night
Saturday Evening, April 8th, 2017
Merchantville Lodge Scholarships are available to the son, daughter or grandchildren of a member of the lodge in “good standing” who possesses a 2017 dues card, to the lodge secretary’s office along with the student’s 500 word essay entitled: “Why I want to go to college”, along with a copy of their school transcript, letter of recommendation from school principal or guidance counselor, and 3 X 5 index card with student’s name, address, telephone number, sponsor’s name (member of lodge) and school of higher education student anticipates on attending (does not have to be accepted at this time). Application deadline is May 1st, 2017.
Educator of the Year & Emergency Response Officer of the Year
Applications are now available in the secretary’s office for anyone wishing to submit a name of someone to the lodge, district and Grand Lodge for consideration.
The Scottish Rite also offers a variety of scholarships. For more information Visit firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Excelsior Consistory, Valley of Southern New Jersey in Collingswood at (856) 854-1991. Deadline is April 1st, 2017.
"WHITE APRON BROTHERS NEEDED"
Merchantville Lodge will once again be conferring the “White Apron” Entered Apprentice Degree in September, 2017. This is a very special degree in which white apron brethren (those who do not hold an office or special title) confer the degree.
So if you are interested in learning some ritual (walking, talking or both!) and being a part of the initiating of your brothers then please contact the Secretary or the Worshipful Master.
We will discuss what your interests and concerns are and make sure to find a good fit for you in the degree. You will then attend upcoming officer’s rehearsals and work alongside the officers to learn the ritual.
It is a great way to support your lodge, test the waters as far as doing ritual and you walk away with a memorable experience.