From The East
are now fairly well along into the New Year and rapidly
nearing the end of the Masonic year and the time to renew
your Lodge membership by payment of your dues.
the 2001 Grand Lodge session last November, the Grand
Lodge Finance Committee reported that for fiscal year 2002
there will be a shortfall in Grand Lodge charitable
funding for the support of the Alabama Masonic Home.
After much discussion of several options, a motion
was passed to assess all Lodges $15.00 per member.
This assessment is on all members and will include
Lodge Life Members and Perpetual Life Members.
While we have heard much discussion that this
assessment might be lifted, it has not been. Helion Lodge will have to pay this assessment.
Without any assistance from you, it will cost the
Lodge approximately $9,000.00.
Our Lodge has no option but to pay the assessment,
but for you, as a member, it is strictly voluntary.
your dues notice will be mailed out and with it will be a
letter asking that you come to the aid of the Lodge and
pay an extra $15.00 along with your dues to help offset
the Grand Lodge assessment.
We are asking for your help in this.
Brother, paying the $15.00 assessment is strictly up to
you as a member. Please
add this assessment to your payment when remit your dues.
in the faith,
you all for your outstanding support during the year; I
have been afforded the tremendous honor of sitting in the
East during some degree work in pro tempore, and I
certainly enjoy the work in that role.
are all so proud of Helion’s history- it is something
that we cherish as Lodge members here, and it enriches the
experience of being a Mason in Huntsville. Presently, I am
writing an article for a historical review on cornerstone
ceremonies, which have taken place here in the Huntsville
places of which I had never heard have been uncovered in some of our
Have you ever heard of Methodist High School in New Market?
Our Grand Lodge conducted a cornerstone ceremony for that
building in 1892, the same year that they placed a cornerstone at
Hampton Springs Bluff Academy near Meridianville.
place in which you might be interested which has one of our
cornerstones is the Federal Building, formerly the Old Post Office
at the corner of Holmes and Jefferson Streets, which had its
cornerstone laying in 1935, complete with a photo of the ceremony in
the local newspaper.
Go by the building and take a look at the Southwest Corner of
The Third Courthouse, the High School on West Clinton,
the old Madison County High School are a few other examples of local
public buildings, which have had our cornerstones marking them.
Our Madison County Archivist, Mrs. Ranee’ Pruitt, has been
of tremendous assistance in researching the newspaper accounts of
our heritage as Masons is one of the best tools by which we may
initiate conversations about the virtues of being a member of our
HAS BEEN LIFTED REPEAT THE WARNING HAS BEEN LIFTED
it is now safe for you once again to don your aprons and attend
lodge prayers because your prayers have been answered.... HENLEY
HAS LEFT THE KITCHEN !!! Yes I am now serving as your
Jr. Deacon. For those of you have spent time in the kitchen I feel
your pain. I was fortunate to have some great chefs to teach me.
(Thanx Eddie and Dan.) who taught me to plan for forty and feed
twenty twice. I was living the bachelors life, cooking for one
out of a can. Then I had 40+ brothers to feed! Well I am out of the
kitchen now and hope you all survived without many gastrointestinal
come join Worshipful Master Pavlick and the rest of the brothers
at Helion. We miss sharing a cup of coffee and a few stories or
two with you. I promise to not be in the kitchen but I will greet
you with a grip and welcome you back to Helion where you belong.
M. Henley, Jr.
Into Spring Dance"
Temple, April 20, 7pm
859-4470 for more information
following Brothers were recently raised to the sublime degree of
Master Mason to become true and faithful brothers among us. All of
Helion Lodge congratulates them on their preferment.
following brethren have dropped forever the working tools of life
and now reside with the Supreme Grand Master. We shall forever hold
them in our memories and will truly miss them at our gatherings.
information concerning this publication contact Garry Smith,
Secretary Helion Lodge at the address on the top of this page, or by
phone at (256) 837-5277 or by email at J_GSmith@bellsouth.net
or Rick Storey, Editor at (256) 536-0458 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.