Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Meritorious Service Award Winners

Left to right: RWB Denver Phelps and WB Stephen Hooper
I thought I'd share this photo--these are two members of my Lodge, Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL) that were awarded the MSA Award last weekend by the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville.  Both of them are Past Masters--Stephen Hooper currently serves as Treasurer, and Denver just left the East a couple weeks ago for the second time.  I believe they are the first two recipients of that award in our Lodge's history.  And there aren't many more deserving.  They are instrumental in running our Lodge, and they travel sometimes two or three nights a week doing degree work all over our area--they've been made honorary members of I couldn't guess how many Lodges at this point.  They've been doing this for as many years as I've been a Mason.  And they're both active members of Homer Lodge No. 199, too!  Both Past Masters there also, and Hooper currently serves as Secretary and Denver as Marshall.  As you can see, these are two very busy Masons.

These two have been a very good model for members of my Lodge, and I just wanted to point them out.  They do a lot of work, and have received very little recognition for it in the past--so this was a very long time in coming!

Congratulations!

~Todd E. Creason

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The New Book!

Over the last few months, I've been working with Midnight Freemasons Senior Contributor Greg Knott on a new book.  This new book will be a collection of short pieces on a variety of topics relating to Freemasonry, a few new, but most of them previously published on the Midnight Freemasons blog and elsewhere.  Greg Knott will have several pieces in the book as well, and his tremendous photographs are featured throughout the book.  We're hoping it's a book people enjoy reading, but Masons can also use in their Lodges. 

It's been a fun project to work on--a real trip down memory lane!  I founded the Midnight Freemasons for a dozen years ago, and the first seven years, I wrote all the pieces myself (three pieces a week).  The book talks a little bit about the Midnight Freemasons blog, and how it evolved into what it is today.  I've included in the book some of the pieces that in the beginning got the blog noticed, and made it a "must read" for so many Masons today.

We're looking at a Fall 2018 release, so stay tuned!

~Todd E. Creason

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mattoon Lodge No. 260 (IL) Stained Glass

Stained glass windows at Mattoon Lodge No. 260 A.F. & A.M. Illinois
I noted on a recent visit to Mattoon Lodge No. 260 for a Secretary's Workshop, these beautiful round stained glass pieces inset into the wall between a seating area in the entrance foyer and their large dining room.  It was not the first time I noticed them.  They're beautifully lit from behind by track lighting on the other side of the wall.  As you can see they are stunning.  There are actually five of these, but sadly I botched the photo of the Eastern Star window.  I apologize.

Long time member Charlie Coffey (and I believe he's a Past Master there) filled me in on their history.  They were part of the original Mattoon Lodge building.  They were inset into the exterior wall over the entrance doorway of that Lodge and served as the meeting lights.  When they were illuminated it was a meeting night.  I assume each stained glass panel had it's own bulb and switch and were illuminated according to which body was meeting at the old building that particular night. 

When the Lodge left the old building, and took residence in a more modern building, they brought those stained glass panels with them, and installed them in the dining room wall so that future generations of Mattoon Masons could enjoy that legacy.  Great story, and a really nice feature of their Lodge.  I would have loved to have seen them as they looked in the old Lodge building.

~Todd E. Creason

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Masonic Ink: New York

WB Richard Vesperman, Yorktown Lodge, No. 1154, New York
I haven't done one of these for awhile.  I posted a series of these Masonic ink photos some time back that Masons would send me.  You can find all of those by clicking the "Masonic Ink" tag below. 

I'm not sure traditionally how popular Masonic tattoos have been in the past, but they are certainly very popular today.  If you have some ink you'd like to share, send it to me at webmaster@toddcreason.org and I'll put it up.  Be sure and include your name, your Lodge, and a bit about yourself (and who did the art would be nice as well). 

This ink belongs to WB Richard Vesperman from Yorktown Lodge No. 1154 F & AM, Yorktown, New York!

Thanks for sharing, Bro. Rick!

~Todd E. Creason, 33°
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