At our July stated meeting we had the pleasure of bestowing upon Bro. Philip Grunert PM, the Hiram Award. This was in recognition of his service not only to his Lodge but also to his community. Phil is a thirty six year member of Eel River Empire Lodge 147. Phil has been Treasurer of the Lodge since 2005 and has served on various committees and aids in degree work for the Lodge. He has also devoted many hours in an advisory capacity to the California Department of Fish and Game. He also participates in and is involved in many local fish and game activities.

Pictured above L – R: Phil Grunert, Diane Grunert and Jim Widdoes who acted as Master of Ceremonies.

There were eight other Hiram Award recipients present to honor Phil.

Pictured above L – R: Duane Plant, Dan McClelland, Phil Grunert, Jim Widdoes, Jay Grunert, Bernie Kemp, Rich Sweet and Assistant Grand Lecturer David Perry.

We had the pleasurer of having Bro. David Perry AGL, his wife and daughter visit us this evening. It was great that he could take time from his busy schedule to do so.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Masonic Picnic to be held on August 7, 2011 in Rohner Park, Fortuna. Serving will start at 12:00 noon. Bring your own uninsels, dishes, drinks and deserts.

Perhaps it is time to get more involved in your Lodge. Perhaps there are membes out there who do not wish to devote the time to go through the chairs but would be interested in helping with degrees or in the case of the Tiler, to be there for stated meetings and some degree nights. The chairs of Tiler, Marshall, Chaplain and Stewards could be filled by members who do not wish to advance through the line but could be depended upon to be there when needed. Please give some thought to this and if you are interested, we would love to hear from you.

Bro. Phil Grunert announced that in addition to the $1500 donated by the Lodge, donations following the cancer awareness program presented last month, the total has been raised to nearly $3000 to be donated to the “By Your Side” program.

Here’s hoping to see you at the picnic.


Rich Sweet, Secretary

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