History – The Minutes of the First Session of the Grand Lodge of Michigan

The depth of Masonic history is almost never ending. From the exoteric to the esoteric there is almost always something interesting to discover. The treasures you can find are sometimes amazing. At the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library in Grand Rapids you can find many rare books and tomes to help on your studies. The other day while visiting, Dirk Hughes the Director, was getting out the original copy of the minutes of the first Grand Lodge of Michigan from the 1820s. This well preserved book will be on display in the future at the museum. I suggest you go visit and see it first hand. The history contained in its pages alone is amazing and well worth your attention.

For more information on the Michigan Masonic Museum and Library visit the following links:
http://www.masonichistory.org/
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George Washington Memorial Society – Free Copy of Rules of Civility

civility-bookletThe George Washington Memorial Society is offering a free printed copy of George Washington’s Rules of Civility. All you have to do to get yours is sign up to their mailing list.

The Society named above is tasked with maintaining the George Washington Masonic Memorial. They are a great source of information both on Freemasonry and history in general. Also, if you are a Freemason $1.00 of your annual dues goes to support the memorial. So why not keep up on what they are doing?

Take a second to sign up.

http://gwmemorial.org/civility/

Grand Rapids Masonic Temple Centennial Celebration

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On July 18th the Grand Rapids Masonic Center will be celebrating their 100th anniversary.

Free commemorative aprons available to first 300 Masons. Luncheon ($10.00) and refreshments available. Limited number of commemorative coins and programs available for purchase. Parade length one half mile. Free parking available for Masons at Masonic Center and nearby designated parking lots.

Celebration Activities
10:00 AM — Grand Masonic Parade
11:00 AM — Time Capsule Placement
12:00 PM — Luncheon and Building Tours

Parade begins at the corner of Ionia Avenue and Louis Street. CWD Building, 50 Louis Street, Grand Rapids, MI. (Original Masonic Temple Building) and ends at the current Masonic Center. It is suggested that you arrive at least an hour early (9 AM) to get good parking.

Fundraiser – Mobile Freedom For Makenzie

3571898_fb_1425503043.066_fundsOn Saturday, May 16th, at 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM there will be a fundraiser to help raise money to help convert a van for wheelchair access for Makenzie. This fundraiser is not being hosted by the Muskegon Masons but because of Makenzie’s family’s close connection to Freemasonry here in Muskegon we feel it is important to support this effort.

Makenzie is the granddaughter of the late Brother George H. Shoup. As well as having a family connection to Freemasonry, Makenzie is also a member of Job’s Daughters.

The benefit will be held at the Muskegon Heights Eagles. The event will include a taco buffet, karaoke, a 50/50 Drawing, silent auction, and face painting. The cost for the taco bar is $8 for adults, and $5 for kids. If you cannot attend you can also show your support by donating to the Go Fund Me campaign.

For more information you can join the Facebook event page. You can also call Kelly Aney at (231) 327-9224.

What is a rear entry handicap conversion? Watch this video for some more information.

Venue Address – 465 W Broadway, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444
Event Time – 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/763440627087948/
Go Fund Me Page – http://www.gofundme.com/nv5i14
Jobs Daughters – http://www.michiganiojd.org/

Michigan Masonic Museum and Library

mmmlThe Michigan Masonic Museum and Library was established to preserve Michigan fraternal history and to allow for a place of study for those interested in the history of Freemasonry. It was founded on June 27, 1980. The Museum and Library is funded by the Grand Lodge of Michigan and the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The private library is open to the public and it houses over 8,000 print volumes. Along side the books you will find an archive of over 6,000 photographs, a collection of officer jewels, antique Masonic aprons, charts, and carpets. There is also a collection of rare Masonic books, which are not allowed outside of the library.

The Museum and Library is open to the public, even non-Masons, and has free admission. So stop by and visit Director Dirk Hughes and learn a little Masonic History.

233 East Fulton Street, Suite 10, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Mon – Closed
Tue – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wed – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thu – 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fri – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sat – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sun – Closed

For more information click here to follow the Museum on Facebook.

Shriner Circus 2015

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Come help raise funds for the Shrine Childrens Hospitals! The annual circus is upon us here in Muskegon. Tickets are just $10.25 and profits go to help provide free healthcare for children suffering from severe burns, bone issues, and much more. It will be located at the LC Walker Arena.

March 6th
– 10:30 am, 7:00 pm

March 7th
– 10:00 am, 3:00 pm, 7:00 pm

Downtown Muskegon at the LC Walker Arena

Tickets will be $10.25

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Passing of Brother Jack H. Kline

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you of the passing of Brother Jack H. Kline. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was a great man and will be missed.

Kline, Jack H. 11/8/1924 – 12/11/2014

Jack H. Kline, age 90 of Muskegon, passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon. He was born on November 8, 1924 in Muskegon to his parents, Leslie and Ellen Kline. Jack worked as an Electrician at CWC for over 30 years and was also a proud veteran of the United States Army during WWII. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge and a past patron of the Eastern Star. Jack was a member and served as an usher at Central United Methodist Church in Muskegon and also volunteered many hours at Hackley Hospital. Jack will be remembered by his family as a wonderful artist, who loved to paint, draw cartoon characters, and wood working.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings. Jack is survived by his wife of 66 years, Barbara; his children, Joanne and John Charencky, and Judy (Butch) Romans; his grandchildren, Buffy (Tony) Slater, John (Dana) Charencky, Stacey Bramer, and Anne Ryzanca; his great grandchildren, Ashley, Laura, Jakob, and Alec; his great great grandchild, Conner; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 1pm at Central United Methodist Church, 1011 2nd Street in Muskegon. Officiating will be Reverend Mark Miller. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service, beginning at 12pm.

See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/muskegon/obituary.aspx?n=jack-h-kline&pid=173451362&