December Trestleboard

posted Dec 19, 2015, 5:37 PM by Dave Coffey
From The East

Excerpt:, Master December Stated Comments
To my officers - I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and assistance throughout the year. To the Past Masters, I truly appreciate your advice and guidance and to the Brethren of Williamsburg Lodge, I am most grateful for the many roles and responsibilities you undertook in support of your Lodge. 

I am confident in the new line of officers for 2016 and hope that you will all continue your support for them and the Lodge. The building is in the best shape it has been in years, in large part due to the diligence of Bro. Gary Palmer, but much remains to be done. 

In closing, I want to express my humble thanks for the privilege you afforded me as your Worshipful Master this year! I will cherish this experience forever! 

My Brothers, Thank you! 


2nd Mon 7:30 pm   #6: Stated; Dinner 6:30
3rd Mon   7:30 pm   Yorktown Town Stated 
2nd Sat 8:00 am Breakfast@Chickahominy 
3rd Tue 7:30 pm    Mann Page Stated 
3rd. Sat (Except December)WBG Lodge Breakfast – 8-10 AM

Dec. 19th St John's Day Starting at 11:00am with an EA lodge, lunch and procession to follow.

Upcoming January Masonic Birthdays

First Middle Last MM m-d-y
Michael Vincent Schindler 1/10/2013
Henry Albert Johnson 1/11/1957
James Martin Miller 1/14/1975
Thomas Wilbut Lane III 1/15/2015
David Russell Coffey 1/19/2006
Gilbert Earle Teal II 1/20/1999
Richard Charles Arnold 1/21/1964
James H. Leighton 1/24/1963
Albert Russell Trevarthen 1/25/1965
Johnathan Andrew Jackson 1/25/1992
Richard Earle Hill 1/26/2006
Nelson Rafael Santiago 1/27/2009
Vernon Leon Dockins 1/31/2000

Brother Jim Gareau was present for his December Masonic Birthday.

December  Stated Communication:

32 Members and 4 visitors were present.

Wor. West thanked all brethren who helped with delivery of poinsettias to our widows.

Bills for 2016 have been mailed. They are payable by January 1st. Dues for 2016 are $100.

Ten brethren were suspended for non-payment of 2015 dues. Three have said they would respond within the week of Dec 20th.

Applications 1st Reading: 

The Application for affiliation of Wor. Ben Manning, a member of Bremond No. 241 in Newport News, VA was read for the 1st time. 

Petition 2nd Reading: 

A Petition for the Degrees from Daryl Wayne Daniels was held over until the January Stated due to the absence of one of the signing vouchers.


Wor. West commented that the Peyton Randolph Lodge of Research (PRLR) has requested we allow them to hold their quarterly meetings on the fourth Saturday of the respective month’s vs the third. Discussion was entertained. A voice v.ote was taken and approval granted. The PRLR will be asked to begin their meeting at 11 AM vs 10AM.

DEO Award: Brother Skip Floyd was escorted to the East where Wor. Kent Brinkley, DEO, presented him a certificate of achievement for completing course No. 4 of Masonic Education Series.

Treasurers Report:   Was submitted by Bro. Robert Phipps

Committee Reports: 

Brother David Coffey presented the 2015 Lodge Audit Report. 

MW William E. Rorer Jr. presented the 2015 Trustees Report.

Election of 2016 Officers

Wor. West nominated Brother David Russell Coffey for the position of Worshipful Master in the ensuing year and asked if there were any other nominations. No other nominations being heard a voice vote was taken and Brother Coffey was unanimously elected. Brother Coffey holds Qualification Certificate No. 5871. 

Bro. Coffey was called to the East where elections and appointments continued in like manner. The following officers were unanimously elected:

SW –    Brother Joseph William Langdale Jr.
JW–      Brother James Herbert Gareau Sr.
Treas. – Brother Robert Patrick Phipps
Sec. –    RW Victor Alan Shumaker 
SD -      Brother Peter John Booker     
JD -       Brother Ryan McLendon Young

SS – Bro. Jan Rhodri Tilley
JS – Bro. Timothy Patrick Logue
Chaplain – Wor. M. Kent Brinkley
Tiler – Brother Michael Andrew Noftsger 
Marshal – Brother Thomas Thrasher Hay
Lodge Musician – Brother David Michael Gardner.

Election of Trustees

 Wor. West nominated the following Brethren to continue as trustees of the Lodge: MW William E. Rorer Jr, RW Jack G. Jones & RW Thomas E. Lasher. No other nominations being heard, a voice vote was taken an approval given for the nominated Brethren to continue as Trustees.

A Memorial Service was performed in Ancient Form and Harmony in memory of Brothers, John Kish and John T. Brinkley and all departed brethren wherever so dispersed. Wor. West called for a moment of silence.

The Lodge of Sorrow opened at the beginning of the year was closed in Ancient Form and Harmony.

We’ll see Y’all at Lodge in January!