Monday, March 20, 2017

The Midnight Freemasons: Masonic Wisdom: Winning

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Jack B. Miller - Gibson Lodge

FOOSLAND – Jack B. Miller, 74, of rural Foosland passed away at 5:48 p.m. Friday (March 17, 2017).
Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, March 22, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with Pastor Neal Houser officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery, Foosland.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Jack was born on March 30, 1942, in Bloomington, the son of Harry Edwin and Leta Maude Ethington Miller. He married Lyndia McPherson on Sept. 26, 1971, at the Methodist Church in Gibson City. She survives.
Along with his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Christine (Jim) Mays of Peoria; one son, Travis Edwin (Tammy) Miller of Dewey; five grandchildren, Michelle Schultz, Jordyn Schultz, Dylan Michael Miller, Jacob McReynolds and Kirstin Mays; one great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Pearce; and one brother, Robert (Debra) Miller of Johnston City, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harry Edwin Miller.
Jack spent his childhood in rural Foosland. He graduated from Fisher High School and served six years with the Illinois National Guard, Urbana.
After his marriage, he and his wife lived in rural Gibson City before moving to the farm in rural Foosland in 1986.
He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 703.
Jack was the owner of Jack's Auto Repair, 115 E. 8th St., Gibson City.
Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Scottish Rite NMJ Names New Director of Development

Michael C. Russell, CAE,  
Named Vice President of Advancement/
Director of Development
 


The Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, is pleased to announce that Michael C. Russell, CAE, has been named Vice President of Advancement/Director of Development effective July 1, 2017. The announcement is made jointly by Sovereign Grand Commander John Wm. McNaughton and incoming Grand Commander David A. Glattly, 33°.

Brother Russell, presently the Executive Director of DeMolay International, oversees governance for more than 19,000 DeMolay members and registered Adult Advisors. He has spearheaded expansive technological growth for the organization during his tenure.

"I am pleased that Brother Michael Russell has agreed to assume this position with the Scottish Rite at such an important moment of change," said Sovereign Grand Commander McNaughton. "He is a dedicated Freemason who cares passionately about the craft. As my tenure as Sovereign Grand Commander comes to an end, I know the responsibilities Michael will carry in the Development area are in the good hands. "

As the Director of Development, Brother Russell will manage day-to-day operations of the Scottish Rite Development team and look to grow funding for these major areas: The Grand Almoner's Fund, the Children's Dyslexia Centers, Leon M. Abbott scholarships, and the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library.

 "In his role as Executive Director of DeMolay International, Michael not only achieved outstanding results in fundraising." said incoming Sovereign Grand Commander, David A. Glattly, "He also managed with great effectiveness the complete restructuring of the organization. Michael will be a key member of my leadership team. His energy and experience will help us continue to build support for the mission and the vision of the Scottish Rite. I look forward to forging the future with him."

Said Brother Russell, "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Scottish Rite team under the tremendous leadership of Commander McNaughton and Brother Glattly. Every day I serve this Brotherhood and the charities therein, I will seek to fulfill my obligation to our members. Together with Scottish Rite membership and leadership, we will ignite the power of our shared commitment to support our amazing fraternity - and each other."

Brother Russell received a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Northwest Missouri State University. He earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Jack Welch Management Institute, Strayer University. He attained the prestigious non-profit designation Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 2015, through the the American Society for Association Executives.

Brother Russell was raised as Master Mason in Calvin W. Prather Lodge No.717, Indianapolis, IN, in 2010. He is a member of the Valley of Indianapolis Scottish Rite, NMJ, and is a Noble from Ararat Temple.

Brother Russell will reside in Kansas City, MO with his wife Megan. His last day with DeMolay International is June 30, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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H. Gene Yeazel - Sidney

SIDNEY – H. Gene Yeazel, 73, of Carmel, Ind., formerly of Sidney, passed away at 10:57 a.m. EST Tuesday (Feb. 28, 2017) at home.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Sidney United Church, Sidney, with the Rev. Mike Picklesimer officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Sidney, with military rites being accorded. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Freese Funeral Home, Sidney, is handling arrangements.
Mr. Yeazel was born April 15, 1943, in Danville, a son to Harold and Verniece Sylvester Yeazel. He married Susan Collins on July 31, 1971, at Clarksville, Ind.; they were married for 45 years; she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Adam Yeazel of Bloomington, Hans (JP) Yeazel of Bloomington and Lucas (Damari) Yeazel of Carmel; four grandchildren, Ashlyn and Emmy Yeazel and Aiden and Lillian Yeazel; a brother, Bob (Diane) Yeazel of St. Joseph; two stepbrothers, Kent (Linda) Krukewitt of Homer and Lynn (Kathy) Krukewitt of Texas; and a stepsister, Jo (Case) Mazic of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Gene served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. He was an insurance producer for 31 years for Country Companies in the Homer/Sidney area. After retiring from insurance, he worked in real estate for six years. He was a member of Sidney Lion's Club and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Free Mason.
He loved taking long drives and traveling with his wife and children; he especially enjoyed San Belle Island in Florida. As a young man, he was a great trumpet player; he played taps at many Memorial Day celebrations and local military rites and also played in dance bands. He played football for Jamaica during the team's undefeated season in 1959.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Area Announcements

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MARCH 4, 2017 FARMER CITY 1 ST DEGREE 9:00 AM BREAKFAST 8:00 A.M.
MARCH 6, 2017  LODGE OFFICER’S SCHOOL CATLIN 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
                             5 MEMBERS INCLUDING PRINCIPAL OFFICER FOR PLANK     
                                    MUST ATTEND 2 SCHOOLS                       
                                    TYPE 2 SCHOOL – 1ST SECTION 1ST DEGREE
MARCH 7, 2017 VILLA GROVE 3RD DEGREE 6:30 P.M. DINNER 5:30 P.M.
MARCH 9, 2017 MAHOMET LODGE 2ND DEGREE 7:00 P.M. DINNER 6:00 P.M.
ST. JOE LODGE TO CONFER
MARCH 11, 2017 GRAND LECTURER SCHOOL MATTOON – ALL DAY
                         NEED 3 TO 4 PEOPLE TO GO TO GET PLANK.  TYPE 1, 2 SCHOOL
MARCH 11, 2017 GEORGETOWN BREAKFAST 6 – 11 A.M. AT GEORGETOWN FIRST            CHURCH OF CHRIST COMMUNITY BLDG
MARCH 16, 2017 HI 12 NOON URBANA GARDENS
MARCH 23, 2017 ST. JOE 3RD DEGREE FOR JACOB WOLFE 6:30 P.M.
                         DINNER 5:30 P.M.
MARCH 26, 2017 TOLONO BREAKFAST 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
MARCH 30, 3017 ADMIRATION CHAPTER U.D. R.A.M. 7:00 P.M.
APRIL 7, 2017 WESTERN STAR FISH FRY 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
APRIL 7 & 8 VALLEY OF DANVILLE SPRING REUNION
APRIL 8, 2017 TOWN HALL MEETING ALL DAY STEPHEN DECATUR LODGE
                        MASTER, PLUS 2 PRINCIPAL OFFICERS AND 2 MEMBERS
                        FOR PLANK
APRIL 9, 2017 ESCORT AT DANVILLE VA
MAY 20, 2017 IL CHIP PROGRAM

                         6 MEMBERS OF THE LODGE FOR PLANK
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