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Further Light Lodge #1130 Masonic Year 2014 to 2015
Officers to be Installed
Worshipful Master RWB Joseph W. Eaton Welcome
Senior Warden Bro Eric A. Richards Right Worshipful Brother Joseph W. Eaton
Junior Warden Bro Carlos E. Chacon
Treasurer WB Rex W. Richards Jr. Introduction of Installing Officers
Secretary RWB Richard L. Clark
Chaplain WB Leon O. Sollars Entrance of Officers to be Installed
Senior Deacon Bro Andrew G. Phillips
Junior Deacon Bro William J. Sollars Presentation of Flag
Senior Steward Bro James D. Hettmansberger
Junior Steward WB Joseph W. Dunbar Pledge of Allegiance
Marshall WB D. Dean Hesler
Tyler WB Richard C. Helck Installation of Officers
Installing Officers
Installing Master WB Sean P. McBride Introductions and Acknowledgements
Installing Chaplin WB Tracy L. Hogan
Installing Secretary RWB Scott L. Babb Closing
Installing Marshall WB Jerry H. Askren
Flag Bearer Bro Brad Williams



The Past Masters Dinner has been set for 6:30 PM at Jocko’s Pizza Inn in Danville for January 29, 2014. The Lodge will be Honouring the most recent Past Master and other Past Masters. Dutch Treat—please contact one of the Lodge Officers if you and your Lady can attend.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



The Past Master’s Night to be held in conjunction with Anchor and Further Light Lodges has been CANCELLED due to a scheduling conflict with the dining room.

The event will have to be rescheduled at a later date. The Further Light Stated Meeting will take place this next Wednesday, Nov. 20. Third Degrees will be conferred at Russell Lodge in Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 21, with dinner at 5 to 6 PM and the Degrees starting at 6. Candidates from Russell and Further Light will be raised.

Sorry for the inconvenience,

Dick Clark
Sec. Further Light Lodge #1130


I am sad to report the passing of Robert (Bob) Wayne Walters 87 who was a 56 year member of Further Light Lodge #1130.

A Masonic Service will be held at Anderson Funeral Home in Hoopeston at 11 AM on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Please make an effort to attend to honour our Brother. Bob’s two sons are members of the Lodge, Mike and Tom.

click here for Obituary

Dick Clark
Sec. Further Light Lodge

Sept 2, 2013 Labor day breakfast 6 am- 10 am Free will Donation
Sept 26, 2013 Past Masters Dinner
Sept 27-29 Taste of Downtown Danville Food booth with Anchor Lodge
Oct 4-5, 2013 Grand lodge
Nov 20, 2013 Thanksgiving Dinner
Dec 18, 2013 Christmas Party
Feb 12, 2014 Ladies Appreciation Night
Mar 19, 2014 Rusty Nail Degree/ Masonic Reminiscence Night
Apr 20, 2014 Easter Egg Hunt
May 21, 2014 Open Table Lodge

From the Secretaries Desk:

During the Meeting last Night we voted on 2 candidates for degrees that
were from invitation to petitions and read a new petition for an
invitation to partition. We also read a request to affiliate to our
Lodge. Most of the meeting was spent discussing the items needed to
have the labor day breakfast and changed the cost from 4 dollars a
person to a free will donation. Lodge also discussed the menu for the
taste of Danville event and discussed the need to set up a schedule for
the volunteers. The lodge will be working with Anchor Lodge and will
open the food booth on Friday at 11 am and serve until 10 pm on Friday
and Saturday. Sunday we will open at 11 am and close at 4 pm. Rex
Richards and Joe Eaton are Further Lights’ Co-chairs for this event. We
also decided to sponsor the Night Golfing event Hosted By Olive Branch
Lodge On Sept 7 with a $25 donation.

Further Light hosted a Blue Lightning degree in July and raised 15
entered apprentices from several lodges in our area to fellow-craft then
Master masons in the same day. There were over 75 Masons from this area
in the Blue room of the temple helping to put on the degrees. Anchor
lodge provided a great meal. Everybody had a great day in Masonry.

January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012

Interesting article written by departed Brother Ernest Borgnine:


In light of the severe weather we are currently experiencing and are expected to receive into tomorrow. I am cancelling the meeting we will move our stated meeting to the third Wed. of the month which will be 02/16/2011 at 7 pm.

Ryan Irby, Worshipful Master
Further Light Lodge #1130
109 W. North St.
Danville, Il 61832

Also, reminder that we will be having a School of Instruction on December 4, 2010 beginning at 9:00 am with coffee and doughnuts prior to. We are going over opening 1, 2, 3 and receiving the DDGM.

Reminder of our Christmas Party on December 15, 2010 beginning at 7:00 pm in the Dining Room. Please RSVP to our Secretary Todd Sowers if you plan on attending, so that we can plan accordingly. We will need to know total number attending and out of those number of children 12 and under. All you will need to bring is a covered dish. We will supply the meat and beverages.


This is to inform you that we have scheduled degree work for 12/18/2010 at 9:00 AM, with coffee and doughnuts at 8:00 am. I am currently working on a slate of officers for the Opening, Closing, and Degree itself. I would like to know who can do what parts so that I can fill them if needed. I am currently working on being able to confer the degree, however will need help with the second section. I would like to be able to have our members be able to put on this degree without any assistance from other lodges. So, please step up and take a part in helping to raise yet another good quality man and mason.


Ryan Irby, Worshipful Master
Further Light Lodge #1130
109 W. North St.
Danville, Il 61832

12/15 – We will be having our Annual Lodge Christmas Party, we will be starting at 7:00 pm and it will be at the Temple. Again, it is our hope that all can attend, and join in the fellowship of brotherhood and meet the families in our lives, that support us masons. All you will need to bring is a covered dish. We are planning on having Santa, and gift bags for the children 12 and under. If you plan on attending, please let either WM Ryan Irby or our Lodge Secretary Todd Sowers know how many, so we can plan accordingly.

10/28 – We will be having our Past Masters Dinner, honoring Todd E. Sowers this year. We will be starting at 6:00pm at the Temple. It is my hope that all will attend and join Todd in achieving this milestone in Masonry, those that have done it know what I am talking about. So please come out and support him and bring a covered dish

I find the information on these sites to be interesting reading for the historical perspectives.

Yes, “The Last Templar” miniseries was silly, but if it sparked an interest in history and some healthy debate, then it served a purpose.
Freemasons Press

outstanding Masonic web site certificate
Pietre-Stones Review of Freemasonry

The Further Light Lodge Christmas party will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. This is a carry-in dinner. Please bring a covered dish or dessert. All children 10 and under will receive a $10 gift card from Santa. Please RSVP to the lodge secretary with the number of children attending. The party will start at 7:00, The regular meeting will start 30 minutes early at 6:30.

Title: Halloween event planning
Location: Lodge
Description: Planning meeting for haunted lodge
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2008-10-08
End Time: 19:00

Rent Increase causes dues increase

    With higher utilities and repair costs, the lodge rent at the temple was increased for the first time in three years. As to the By-Laws of Further Light Lodge #1130 Article #7-Section #2 “Every member shall pay the sum of Twenty Dollars ($20.00), the rent currently in effect by the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville and the per capita currently in effect by the Grand Lodge of the State of Illinois…” Therefore our Lodge annual dues will increase six dollars ($6.00) to fifty-one dollars ($51.00) when the dues notices are mailed in November.


A few short weeks from now, Catlin Masonic Lodge #285 will celebrate its 150th Anniversary and Rededication. The Lodge is planning a full week of activities leading up to the Rededication on September 13th.

The celebration will kick off on Monday September 8th with a full evening of activities. The program will begin at 6:30PM with a Spaghetti Dinner being served, followed by a free 30 minute concert by the Catlin Community Chior, which is comprised of members from two local Churchs. The group will entertain the crowd by honoring America with several patriotic songs. The concert will be begin with the presentation of the American Flag by members of the Catlin American Legion. Following the Chior, the program will continue with a “Rite Stuff” Rendezvous, presented by the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Danville. The “Rite Stuff” Rendezvous is a Masonic information and membership generating tool, which was developed by the Valley for the Blue Lodges. The Rendezvous will feature brief presentations on Masonic history and famous Masons, but more impotantly, what the Masons do and who we are. You will hea r first hand accounts from several Brethren on what Masonry means to them and how it has impacted their life. You will laugh, find inspiration, and possibly even shed a tear at some of the stories. If you know anyone who would make a good Mason, but you don’t know how to ask or have not been able to perk their interest, this is the event you need to bring them to. The “Rite Stuff” Rendezvous is open to ANYONE, including ladies and children. Bring a perspective member for your Lodge and show them the good fun and fraternal fellowship the Masonic fraternity has to offer.

A Stated Meeting of Catlin Lodge will be held on Tuesday September 9 at 7:00PM. We would like to invite the members of any Lodge to attend. Feel free to come as a group with the officers of your Lodge and join with us. We have a goal of filling the Lodge room that evening. Would’nt that be great to see a Lodge room completely full! I understand that one of the nearby Lodges is already making plans to join us that evening. We will serve light refreshments.

The celebration will conclude on Saturday September 13th with a Rededication Ceremony performed by Most Worshipful Grand Master, Daniel C. Yandel, and the other officers of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Illinois. Lunch will be served at Noon, followed by the Rededication Ceremony at 1:00PM. Everyone is invited to attend a Cook-Out and Afterglow at the residence of W.B. Jack Kimball and his lovely wife, Gail. The Kimball house is located SouthWest of Danville, out in the sticks on Old Bristle Ridge. Please e-mail me for directions.

The officers and members of Catlin Lodge are very excited to celebrate 150 years of Masonry in Catlin. Over the course of the last several months, a considerable amount of work has been done to the building to restore the original Opera House on the first floor. The building was completed in 1898 and housed the Lodge room upstairs and an Opera House downstairs. The Opera had been closed for many decades and a wall was built in front of the stage abd a suspended celing installed in the 1970s. We have taken down the wall and suspended celing, and have refinished the original hardwood floors and stage and have installed ligths and sound, along with many other cosmetic improvements. Please come out and see it!

We look forward to welcoming each of you to our 150th Anniversary Celebration.


Sean McBride, Secretary
Catlin Lodge #285

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