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Degree work for the month of February
Meals for Degrees and Stated Meeting Begin at 6:00 PM

2/6 - Stated Meeting

Tuesday, February 6th
Meal at 6:00 PM & Meeting to Follow

2/13 - Practice

Tuesday, February 13th
Practice at 7:00 PM

2/20 - Master Mason Degree

Tuesday, February 20th
Meal at 6:00 PM & Degree to Follow

2/21 - District 20 Lodge Officers' Training @ Bright Hope

Wednesday, February 21st
Meal at 6:00 PM & Meeting to Follow

2/27 - Practice

Tuesday, February 27th
Practice at 7:00 PM

3/5 - Stated Meeting

Tuesday, March 5th
Meal at 6:00 PM & Meeting to Follow

Lodge News

Congratulations to Fountain City York Rite on the formation of a new Commandery of Knights Templar! This new Commandery, named Appalachia Commandery, was organized Nov. 15, 2023, and held their first meeting on Nov. 20. They meet the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm, with either a meal or practice at 6:00 pm. the first Commander of this Commandery is Sir Knight Kevin Boles, and a number of members hail from Bright Hope Lodge.

The formation of our own Commandery has been discussed and hoped for by the York Rite for many years, and finally is a reality. We look forward to great things from this Commandery, and we are proud that we now host the full complement of York Rite Bodies.

District 20 News

The District 20 Lodge Officer's Association will meet for the month of February at Bright Hope Lodge on February 21st.
Meal at 6:00 PM & Meeting to Follow. All Lodge Officers are Encouraged to Attend!


Bright Hope History

Recently, while searching through the records of Bright Hope Lodge, a copy of bylaws was found dated 1905.  These bylaws had been submitted for consideration by the Lodge, by a committee of Bros. JW Drummond, SL Tillery, and WM French, and were subsequently approved.  Included in the copy were handwritten changes and comments.

Below are some clauses from these bylaws; italics and notes have been added for clarity:

Article 1. Stated Meetings. The stated meetings of this Lodge shall be held on the Tuesday night on or before the full moon.  From the 1st of April to the 1st of October the Lodge shall be opened at 7:30 and at 7:00 during the remainder of the year.”

  Note: this was changed from the “third Tuesday of the month”

Article 2. Officers and Elections. Sec. 3. No person shall be Office of W.M. for more than two successive terms.”

Note: written comment states, “9 for op[posed] 3”

Article 9. Each member shall pay annually the sum of two dollars into the funds of the Lodge, at or before the stated meeting in December.”

Note: the original article set the dues at “two dollars and fifty cents,” and a written comment states this passed, “12 for 0 against”

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