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June 2010 Newletter for Ogden Lodge No. 754
June 2010 Newletter for Ogden Lodge No. 754

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Pancake Breakfast Packs ‘Em In
Saturday was a beautiful spring morning— sometimes nice weather can really kill a pancake breakfast, but not this time. Hungry folks started showing up as soon as we opened the doors, and we stayed busy all day.

Thank You Worshipful!
On behalf of a grateful lodge, I’d like to take a moment to thank Worshipful Brother Tim Nichols for a job well done. He accomplished a great deal during the past year as Master of Ogden Lodge. On top of the usual fare (pancake breakfasts, BBQ’s, blood drives, roadside pick-up, etc.) we planned two IL-CHIP Programs. One we did at the Prairieview Grade School in Royal, and one we’ll do later this month in Ogden during the 140th Anniversary Celebration. At his last meeting as Master, he managed to slip another IL-CHIP in there—we’ll be co-sponsoring an event with St. Joseph Lodge at the Prince of Peace Early Learning Center in June. We also held a very successful Past Masters Dinner, with a wonderful meal provided by Bro. Doug Behrens, and a special visit from Brother George Washington. And this newsletter was another one of his ideas. But by far his greatest accomplishment was the completion of two endless projects—the signs, and the window. Since I joined in 2005, two topics came up and were discussed every meeting. The signs and window. It got to be a running joke. But in Tim’s year as Master, he resolved them both. Today, Ogden has Masonic Lodge signs hanging on both ends of town, and the “Ogden Window”, which survived the 1997 tornado has been restored, framed, and is on display in our lodge room. And now that we have nothing to talk about in our lodge meetings, our future is uncertain . . . just kidding. I hope to follow up on a few more of Tim’s ideas over the next year—I’m used to following Tim. It’s going to be strange as Master this year, and not
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Brekfast? Okay, who was in charge of the sign? Please tell me we were just out of “A’s” . . . The Girl Scouts did a great job serving as always—they stay right on top of it, and many times were delivering the pancakes and sausage right as the diners were sitting down. Local residents always seem to enjoy our breakfasts—they show up and eat, and sometimes will stay an hour or two visiting with friends and neighbors and drinking coffee. å

Who Is This Freemason?
Excerpted from Todd Creason’s books Famous American Freemasons: Vols I & II Grantland Rice was a popular sports writer for the Atlanta Journal. One day he received a telegram from a man identified as “James Jackson, news-tipster.” The telegram was concerning a young man from Royston who had just begun playing for a team in Anniston, Alabama. The telegram described him as seventeen years old and a “phenom.” Laughing, Rice tore up the telegram. He’d never heard of either the kid or the newstipster. Rice later sent back a telegram, informing the tipster that the regular mail was good enough for news about this “phenom.” But the telegram wasn’t the last time Rice would hear about this kid. Soon Rice was receiving a steady stream of letters from admiring fans from Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. “Keep your eye on [him] . . . he is one of the finest hitters I’ve seen,” one said. Rice got reports of games he played. Another writer calling him “a sure big leaguer in the making.” And the letters just kept coming. And coming. And coming. Grantland Rice finally wrote a blind article about him without seeing him play, and as it turned out, the kid was a wonder, and his career proved to be one of the most impressive in the sport—unparalleled then or now. Nearly fifty years later in 1951, Grantland Rice, at age seventy-one, attended a banquet honoring this ballplayer. There, he learned he’d been tricked all those years earlier. The player himself had written all those letters, in different styles of handwriting and on different paper, to convince Rice to write about him. Rice was angry, but eventually forgave him, but by then, the ballplayer had earned the reputation of being the kind of ballplayer he’d described in his letters. He’d also earned the reputation of being the most competitive, contemptuous, and difficult ballplayer in baseball history. Lou Gehrig of the Yankees was one of the most gentlemanly men in baseball, but when he was asked about this ballplayer, he became angry enough to say, “[He] is about as welcome in American League parks as a rattlesnake.” Years later, Jimmie Reese of the New York Yankees described his career which lasted from 1905-1928 as “a rampage.” This ballplayer once said, “I’ve got to be

Brothers: It’s Time To Pass The Torch
Included with this newsletter, you’ll find something shocking—a petition. At least a few years ago, the idea of handing someone a petition and asking them to join the lodge would have raised a few eyebrows. The rules have changed—it’s no longer just 2B1ASK1. Now we can ask! It’s true! Our Grand Master of Illinois, Richard Swaney has issued a challenge. He challenges every Mason in Illinois to invite somebody they know to join the fraternity. Surely we all know somebody that we think would be a good addition to the lodge—maybe a son, or a grandson. If not a relative, then maybe a co-worker. Maybe it’s the guy that delivers packages to your house, or the chiropractor that always seems to have time to work you in at the last minute. We all know these men that stand out in our community. I urge you to take this opportunity to invite them to join our fraternity. Freemasonry is making a comeback in Illinois, so join us in this effort. And take our word for it, if

“Sometimes in politics one must duel with skunks, but no one should be fool enough to allow skunks to choose the weapons.” ~Uncle Joe Cannon Olive Branch Lodge No. 38 Danville, Illinois XE "Wallace, George C."

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JUNE 5 @ 9 AM - 1 PM

Give the gift of life at Ogden Lodge at the Ogden Community Blood Drive at Ogden Lodge. See the story on this page. OGDEN/HOMER OFFICERS INSTALLATION

Here We Go Again With Something New!
Ogden Lodge No. 754 and Homer Lodge No. 199 To Hold Duel Installation We’re trying something different again—we’re always right on the cutting edge. We’ll be going in with Homer Lodge No. 199, and installing our officers in a duel installation ceremony at Ogden Lodge on June 6 at 5 PM. W.B. Sean McBride and his installation team will be performing the ceremony. And if you think that’s a neat trick, stick around afterwards, and watch the encore—when they make several chickens disappear at the dinner to follow! It’s open to the public, so feel free to bring your family, potential members, friends and join us for this unique installation followed by a terrific dinner and home-made desserts.

Come watch the public installation ceremony as Ogden & Homer Lodge’s Officers are installed in their chairs in a unique dual ceremony seldom seen. Meal will be provided afterwards. REGULAR STATED MEETING OGDEN LODGE

Come join us at our monthly meeting. We’ve invited our brethren from Broadlands to attend, so we’re hoping for a great turnout. We will be getting to the lodge early this month @ 6 PM for IL-Chip training to prepare for two IL-Chips we have coming up. You don’t have to be a Mason, so bring a friend, a wife, a girlfriend (but not both) and we’ll teach you what you need to know to help out. OGDEN’S 140 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Give the Gift of Life
Ogden Lodge will be sponsoring the Ogden Community Blood Drive on Saturday, June 5th from 9AM – 1PM at the Ogden Masonic Lodge. We encourage you to come out and give the gift of life, and support this important event. We’ve been sponsoring these blood drives for many years, and the community’s donations are much in need, and very much appreciated. Remember to eat within 4 hours PRIOR to donating, drink extra water, and don’t forget to bring your identification. If you have any questions about your ability to donate blood, you can contact the Community Blood Services of Illinois That Mason? or 1-800-217-GIVE. They Who Was at 217-367-2202 (Answer also have from Page 2) a website at www.bloodservices.org. å He was known as the “Georgia Peach” Ty Cobb. He became a Mason in 1907 at Royston Lodge No. 426. He joined the Scottish in Detroit, Michigan, on January 25, 1912, and received the 32°. He became a Shriner in 1912 when he joined Moslem Shrine Temple
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OGDEN, ILLINOIS June 19 Ogden Lodge is planning an entire day of festivities. We will host a pancake breakfast at the lodge between 6-10 AM. Later in the day, we’ll be holding a IL-CHIP (Child Identification Program) between 11AM – 1PM. We’re also going to participate in the parade—come out and join us. It should be a lot of fun. PRINCE


PRINCE OF PEACE DAYCARE, ST. JOSEPH June 18 between 5 PM and 8 PM Setting up Child ID program at Lutheran Church daycare, so come help out. Members of Ogden Lodge will be leaving

Ogden’s 3rd Annual BBQ
Congratulations Bro. Doug Behrens--each year, the BBQ gets better and better, and we certainly couldn't do it without you. Doug does cater, so give him a call.

Special Invitation To Our Broadlands Brethren
In 2008, Broadlands Lodge voted to merge with Ogden Lodge. Since then, we haven’t seen many of our Broadlands brethren in lodge, and we haven’t done very well at communicating our meeting times and upcoming events with our newest members either. We’d like to rectify that. We’d like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to the Broadlands members to join us at our next stated meeting on June 9th (with a fine dinner afterwards as usual). We’re all one big happy family now—come and join us, meet some new friends, and make yourself at home. We look forward to seeing you. Å

Our BBQ Master Bro. Doug Behrens The doors opened at 4:30, and the hungry diners began showing up . . . and they kept coming, and coming, and coming.

Results of the Ogden Lodge Officer Elections
They came from all over- we had a great crowd At our regular stated meeting on Wednesday, May 12th, the brethren of Ogden Lodge held their annual elections and selected new officers. The officers-elect for the upcoming year are as follows: Worshipful Master Senior Warden Ketchum Junior Warden Treasurer Secretary Phelps Chaplain Senior Deacon Junior Deacon Senior Stewart Lewis Junior Stewart Marshall Tyler Bro. Todd E. Creason Bro. Aaron Bro. Greg Knott W. B. Steve Hooper W. B. Denver Bro. Butch Shreyer Bro. Steve Guess W. B. Carl W. Lewis W. B. Brandon Bro. Doug Behrens Bro. Brad Edwards Bro. Carl D. Lewis

Steve Hooper W.M. Homer & Tim Nichols W.M. Ogden were in charge of quality control

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A Look Back . . .

Worshipful Master Tim Nichols and his officers 2009-2010

Bro. Greg Knott took this stunning photo of Broadland Lodge’s altar. Broadlands merged with Ogden in 2008.

We put somebody else in charge of lettering the sign for the BBQ Dinner— remember what happened at the BREKFAST! Nice job, Katie.

Chief Pancake Flipper and Past Master Steve Hooper—the apron says “Cat: it’s what’s for dinner.” Our pancake wait staff—the Girl Scouts do a tremendous job slinging pancakes and sausage. Thank you, girls! After cooking sausage all morning, Carl D. Lewis finally got the chance to eat some! This is really all you need to know about Ogden Lodge.

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Truman P. French
First Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754
It was a very different world when Truman P. French snapped his gavel and opened Ogden Lodge No. 754 for the first time on October 4th, 1877. The big news of the day was most likely about America’s new President-elect, the legendary General from the Union Army Ulysses. S. Grant. But the tradition of Freemasonry in Ogden that Worshipful. Brother French began so many years ago continues on to this day unbroken. He would probably be surprised at the fact his picture still hangs in Ogden Lodge 133 years, and 74 Worshipful Masters later, and that men he never knew, from

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