New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 F & AM of Florida
Trestle Board MAY 2020
300 N. Riverside Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
THE COMMUNICATIONS FOR MAY 2020
HAVE BEEN CANCELLED BY
THE GRAND MASTER OF FLORIDA
FROM THE GRAND MASTER OF FLORIDA
DIRECTIVE NO. 4 April 24, 2020
To: All Particular Lodges and Members of The Grand Lodge of Florida In consequence of the ongoing orders set out by the Governor of the State of Florida concerning the coronavirus pandemic, as Grand Master, I hereby ORDER AND DIRECT that effective immediately all Stated and Called Communications, Masonic meetings and events are suspended until at least June 1, 2020. This suspension includes, but is not limited to, all Masonic Education/Masonic Leadership Training classes, Secretaries and Treasurers Seminars, Child ID Events, Social Gatherings, all Allied and Appendant Orders and Masonic Youth Groups that meet in any Lodge buildings, and Lodge building rentals. If a Brother is working with a candidate on catechisms outside the Lodge building, continuing to get together for instruction is up to the individuals; however, they should practice “social distancing” and following the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control. This Directive should be forwarded to your Lodge membership and may be considered proper notification. My Brothers, this situation continues to be fluid and moving very fast. The safety of our Brothers and their families shall be the priority and please use common sense and be safe. Take due notice and govern yourselves accordingly.
Sincerely and fraternally,
John W, Westerman III
LETTER FROM THE GRAND MASTER OF FLORIDA
To: All Members of the Particular Lodges of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Florida,
Good Afternoon My Brothers: I am quite certain all of you are wondering about our upcoming Annual Grand Communication. The Grand Master has a multitude of responsibilities; however, in my opinion none of those responsibilities should ever surpass his duty to the well-being and protection of the Craft. After careful consideration and consultation with our Grand Lodge Leadership Team I can tell you we are of like mind. I believe conducting our Annual Grand Communication at a central location as we have done in the past would incur significant risk thereby compromising the health and well-being of many in attendance. Therefore, I am informing all that for the first time since World War II in 1945 I am canceling our 191st Annual Grand Communication. I should be direct and let all know that all the Grand Lodge Officers are aware of my decision and concur. An Executive Order in conjunction with this letter concerning the 191st Annual Grand Communication is forthcoming. Our partnership with the Rosen Plaza Hotel and its staff as always has been exceptional. They understand the risks involved and once again have been great to work with. There will be no cost incurred by our Grand Lodge from the hotel as a result of this decision. The Delegates from each Lodge as well as other eligible voters will be receiving further communications from the Office of the Grand Secretary regarding how we will ensure that all individuals entitled to vote will have the opportunity via an electronic means. Additionally, a paper ballot will be provided for those unable to vote electronically. Specifically, the voters will ballot on our Grand Lodge Officers along with procedural reports associated with the election and approve the 2020-2021 Proposed Budget these Officers will operate under in the coming year. We will postpone the consideration of the Proposed Legislation and other pertinent items until after we are able to return to the Lodges. Once we can gather again there will be a mechanism by which the Craft will be able to review the Legislation and pose questions before voting with a paper ballot. Again, you will be hearing from the Grand Secretary with further details about these arrangements in the future when our next Grand Master believes it is appropriate. Please know it has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve you this year. I hope you will continue to strengthen all our Lodges utilizing our Each-One-Reach-One Program. Remember our current circumstances with COVID-19 is only temporary and will pass. The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida WILL SURVIVE AND THRIVE long after this pandemic disappears. You are the difference makers. Thank you for the many kindnesses you have extended myself and Sudy. Your support has been unsurpassed. Stay safe and I will look forward to seeing you whenever the next opportunity arises.
Sincerely and fraternally.
JOHN W, Westerman III
FROM THE EAST
Well, here we are in May: as of this writing, (April) I don’t have any information of weather to tell you, to get your suits out of the cleaners or to cancel your reservations at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. I am sure our M.W. Grand Master, will give us time to take care of that as it gets closer. I do know this, Easter has come and gone. I did not go to Church. Not open. I did not have our Children over or our Great Grand Children over to hunt eggs. Not allowed. I saw the Pope on T.V., giving a Mass to an empty Plaza in Rome. (when Kat & I were there 5 years ago, there was about 15,000 to 20,000 people in that same Plaza.) not today. How about the price of Fuel? I have not seen it this low of price, in years. Both of my cars are full, but I have nowhere to Go. Stay at home. The NFL had its draft, but not the same as usual. The commissioner Mr. Goodell was at home, and so were all the players to be selected. Not any fun for anyone. Stay at Home. The only good news I had was from my C.P.A. She had my tax’s prepared and ready to file electronically. I did not have to pay them on April 15th, as usually and the first quarter payment, usually due on June 15th, was not due till July 15th. So, I get a little extra time to pay them, But I still must pay all that is due to the United States Treasury Dept. I Miss all my Brothers, and when we can meet again. I hope and Pray that we will all show at our Beautiful Lodge Building to give Thanks, that we each made it through this Terrible Time. (Remember)” In all the great trials troubles and difficult through Life, in whom do you place your Trust? Till the next time,
R:.W:. Donald H. Tucker, W:.M:.
FROM THE WEST
Greetings from the West.
Fraternally, Henry Davis, Senior Warden
FROM THE SOUTH
Hello, from the south my Brethren.
Fraternally, Bob Segarra. Junior Warden
2019 LODGE OFFICERS
Worshipful Master: R:.W:.Donald H. Tucker (Kathy) (863)602-1182 firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Warden: R:.W:. Henry (Greg) Davis (321)383-1407 email@example.com
Junior Warden: Robert Segarra (727)623-6399 firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Stephen Kenney (908)420-6615 email@example.com
Secretary: W:.Allen J Winterwerp (AJ) (386)423-2370 NSL149@cfl.rr.com
Chaplain: Glenn E. Smith (Kathy) (386)427-4057 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marshall: W:.Walter G. Layton (Edie) (856)498-7186 email@example.com
Senior Deacon: Michael Dowell (Debe) (303)875-7480 firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Deacon: Jon T. Bodien (Angelique) (386)689-2338 email@example.com
Senior Steward: Christopher R Van Duyne (386)846-2945 firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Steward: Douglas Everson (Deborah) (407)461-0668 email@example.com
Tyler: W:. Herbert (Bud) Bacheller (Susan) (386)689-9552 firstname.lastname@example.org
Musician: W\:. Bryan P. Bassett (386)451-0895 email@example.com
FROM THE SECRETARY’S DESK
Brothers, for those who have paid you dues, thank you. For those who have misplace the dues notice or can not remember if you have paid your dues please call the Secretary and I will check and let you know if you have or haven’t. For those Brothers who want to pay with credit card PLEASE call me at the Lodge number and I can enter the information for you. We are having problems with Circumscribe. It is not that the money does not get to us but that we have no record of who pays through Circumscribe. They have stopped the weekly emails with the Brothers names and amounts paid. Grand Lodge is aware of the situation and is trying to correct it. Every time we get the bank statement with a payment from circumscribe, we call Grand Lodge and complain. If you pay though circumscribe, please drop an email to me so I can send you your dues card and mark you as dues paid.
ENTERED APPENTICE FELLOW CRAFT MASTER MASON
Kyle Pensinger Lamon Ray Owens (Butch) John Wyatt Moe,
Walker E. Powell
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NOTICES
Reading of the Resolution for Merger with Halifax Lodge No. 81 and New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 at the first Stated Communication we have in June. Congratulations to Brother Glen E. Good Past Master and perpetual member of New Smyrna Lodge 149 who will be sworn in as the 13th Masonic District Deputy Grand Master, and to Bother Tom Aiken PM, PDDGM and perpetual member of New Smyrna Lodge 149 who will be sworn in as the 13th Masonic District Instructor at Grand Lodge Communications May 25th,26th, 27th, 2020.
David E Irons Sr 5/1 James F Murphy 5/2 Edward G Kadet 5/3
Tom H Thompson Jr 5/3 George M Pilcher Jr 5/4 Peter W Gordon 5/5
Timothy S Leister 5/5 Jerry C Sapp Jr 5/5 James I Webb 5/5
Gregory G White 5/5 Leon A Pike 5/7 Hershel Venable 5/9
Hal Stuble 5/11 Hugh J Bourne Jr 5/12 Christopher L Griffin 5/18
Robert L Hart 5/18 James Baldwin 5/9 Dylan G Woods 5/21
Terry L Irwin 5/22 Chris E Hutchison 5/24 Paul E Nolan 5/25
Allen J Winterwerp 5/25 Michael F Fabula 5/27 James W Smith Sr 5/29
Raymond A Bilotta 5/30 Walter G Layton 5/30 Phillip A Hudson 5/31
Joel A Meister 5/31 Steven R Thomas 5/31
A Resolution was brought before the Craft at the March 16th, 2020 Stated Communication to Merge with Halifax Masonic Lodge No. 81. Halifax 81 will be the Merging Lodge and New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 will be the Continuing Lodge and retain its name and Charter. Halifax Lodge No. 81 will surrender its Charter and shall be referred as the Merging Lodge if approved. The Craft is hereby notified of the above Resolution and the Resolution which was accepted as written at the March 16th, 2020 Stated Communications will be read again at the April 6th, 2020 Stated Communication and will be held over for the appropriate amount of time and voted on at the May 18th, Stated Communication.
RESOLUTION FOR MERGER: WHEREAS: Halifax Lodge No. 81 has had a significant and continuing decline in attendance such that it impossible to fill Stations and Places continuing into the Masonic year 2020, and
WHEREAS: Halifax Lodge No. 81 is financially sound and desirous of merging it membership rolls with the Brethren of New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 who has had and continue to maintain a close relationship,
THEREFORE: There being sufficient grounds to warrant a merger pursuant to Section 16.04 of the Masonic Law of Florida it is proposed Halifax Lodge No. 81 merge with New Smyrna Lodge No. 149.
It is hereby proposed and planned that New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 shall retain its name and Charter and shall be referred to as the Continuing Lodge. Halifax Lodge No. 81 shall surrender its charter and shall be referred to as the Merging Lodge.
It is hereby proposed and planned that funds and property of the Merging Lodge be transferred to the Continuing Lodge in the following fashion:
- On or about five (5) business day before the date of Merger, the Secretaries of the Merging and Continuing Lodge shall assimilate records from the Merging Lodge into the records of the Continuing Lodge.
- Safeguard the papers and similar items of the Merging Lodge which have heretofore been determined by the Master and Officers of the Merging Lodge to warrant such safe keeping.
It is hereby proposed and planned that the follow schedule be followed for implementation of the Merger:
- Presented to the Merging Lodge on January 2nd, 2020
- To the Continuing Lodge on or before March 16th, 2020
- Voted on by Merging Lodge on February 6th, 2020
- Voted on by Continuing Lodge on April 20th, 2020
- To the Grand Master for approval or disapproval on May 4th, 2020
- Approved by ¾ vote of the Craft June 4th, 2020 for Merging Lodge and June 15th, 2020 for the Continuing Lodge.
- With final merge date of July 20th, 2020
SICKNESS AND DISTRESS
Keep the family of Brother Breece McCray who passed to the Celestial Lodge above on 3/25/20 in your prayers. Keep the family of Brother Bernard J. Brown who passed to the Celestial Lodge above on 4/13/2020 in your prayers. Keep the family of Brother James Francis Delaney who passed to the Celestial Lodge above on April 21st, 2020 in your prayers Keep Brother Robert Wheeler and his wife Colleen in your prayers due to contracting the Corona Virus as well as Brother R:. W:. Tommy Turlington who has been ill in your prayers. Please keep our Brothers who are now lock-ins due to the recent events and all our Brothers who have been or are sick that we don’t know about. Keep all our service personnel deployed and at home along with all first responders in our hearts and prayers.
ACTIVE PAST MASTERS
Ralph N. Flippo 1972 Charles R. Dean 1980 Ronald R. Tucker 1983
Danny K. Hatfield 1984 John W. Rodgers 1984 William F. Culbertson 1985
James R. Baldwin 1986 Joe W. Garrett 1987 Robert L. Griffis 1990
Leon A. Pike 1991 Gustav Postreich 1991 David Lawrence 1992
Jeff J. Romano 1992 James A. Greene 1993 Crag N. Albright 1994
George N. Johnson 1994 Mark A. Greene 1995 Louis W. Benishek 1996
Christopher G. Buffini 1997 Michael R. Blickenstaff 1998 Daniel E. Feagle Jr. 1999
Herbert (Bud) Bacheller 1999 Phillip A. Hudson 2001 Walter W. Greatrex 2003
Robert J. Stone 2004 William H. Evans Jr 2005 Louis W. Benishek 2006
Paul W. Dewitt 2006 Joseph G. Lockhart 2007 William G. Warrington Jr 2007
Glen E. Good 2008 Terry L. Irwin 2008 Brian R. Toung 2009
Bryan P. Bassett 2009 Stanley J. Dabrowski 2010 Ralph N. Flippo 2010
Arlington (Bruce) Young 2011 Donald H. Tucker 2012 Eric T. Ellis II 2013
Thomas W. Aiken 2013 William M. Schaeffer 2014 Allen J. Winterwerp 2015
Henry A. Woodstock III 2015 Allan J. Baker 2016 Martin J. Louis 2016/2017
Walter G. Layton 2017 Mark E. King 2018/2019
ACTIVE PERPETUAL MEMBERS
Thomas W. Aiken PDDGM Craig N. Albright PM Herbert E. Bacheller PM
Allan J. Baker PM James R. Baldwin PM Brady Benishek
Louis W. Benishek PM David L. Bessette Christopher G. Buffini PM
Howard C. Chase III PDDGM J.Mitchell Cole Richard W. Culbertson
William F. Culbertson Sr. PM Stanley J. Dabrowski PM Henry T Davis PDDGM
Glennard Decker Frank H. Dietrich Ronald L. Dreggors
William A. Drossman Eric T. Ellis PM William H. Evans PM
George O. Farrell Daniel E. Feagle Jr. PM Ralph N Flippo PM
William Q. Flippo James A. Greene PM Mark A. Greene PM
Glen E. Good PM Daniel H Haley Phillip J Haley
Robert L. Hart Michael L. Hines Leo D. Johns
George N. Johnson PM Stephen L. Kenney Mark E. King WM
David Lawrence PDDGM Walter G. Layton PM Joseph G. Lockhart PM
Martin Louis PM George R. Morris PM Lloyd W. Morris
John C. Niebielski Edgar L. Phillips Gustav Postreich PM
William J. Ptashnik PM Ian Ramsbottom William Rogers
Jeff J. Romano PM Matt Schaeffer PM Gary H. Seibert
John T. Self Timothy H. Self Clayton E. Simons Jr.
Glenn E. Smith Kenneth W. Smith Robert J. Stone PM
Brian R. Toung PM Donald H. Tucker PDDGM Richard A Turner
Christopher Van Duyne Chester E. Weichey Jeffery L. Whitlock
Allen J. Winterwerp PM George A. Wolsfelt Henry A. Woodstock PM
50 YEAR PLUS MEMBERS
James C. Allen Robert C. Bartlett Ernest Beasley Jr
Bernard J. Brown Donald L. Brown Clifton V. Butler
Harold F. Byrd Everett C. Chapman Wilber K. Corbin
Donald Doidge Sr. James R. Delk Thomas E. Duane
Miles O. Edge Jr William H. Evans Ralph N. Flippo
Joe W. Garrett Kyle F. Hall Jack H. Hayman Sr.
Tedd Jakomas Harry T. Johnson Calvin I. Lanford
Melvin L Malachoski Ben F. McGraw Edward Z. Midgett
George R. Morris Jack M. Onie George M. Pilcher Jr
Clarence E. Puckridge Henry W. Reynolds Warren A. Sets
Glenn L. Smith Gordon S. Smith J.Terrell Smith
Michael J. Strother George G. Telesh Richard Turner
Edward J. Vaissiere Ronald Village Carl J. Winterwerp
Chester E. Wolsgel George A. Wolsgel Henry D Randall
THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA F. & A. M.
M\W\John W. Westerman III (Sudy)
1417 Avenue D N.E.
Winter Haven Fl. 33881-4336
DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTER
R:.W:. Ed Slauson
2429 Haulover Blvd.
Deltona, Florida 32738
R:.H:. Tracy Chastain (Donna)
1250 Bee Lane
Geneva, Florida 32732
NEW SMYRNA LODGE COMMITTEES FOR 2019
FINANCE: Henry Davis PDDGM, A. J. Winterwerp PM, Steve Kenney, Robert Wheeler
VIGILANCE: JW Robert Segarra, Walter G. Layton PM, Robert Wheeler, Glen E. Good PM,
PETITIONS: A. J. Winterwerp PM, Tom Aiken PDDGM, Jon Bodien, Michael Dowell,
MASONIC EDUCATION: Robert Wheeler, William Ptashnik PM, Tom Aiken PDDGM, Bud Bacheller PM
BOARD OF RELIEF: Master and Wardens
CHARITY: Master and Wardens
LODGE MENTORS: Bill Greatrex PM, Robert Wheeler, Glen Good PM, Walter G. Layton PM
LODGE PROPERTY: Robert Segarra, Robert Wheeler, Henry Davis PDDGM
LODGE INSTRUCTOR: Robert Wheeler, Tom Aiken
New Smyrna Lodge No. 149
300 N. Riverside Dr.
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168