Q: How many Masons does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: Three. One to screw it in, one to read the minutes of the previous light bulb replacement, and one to sit on the sidelines and complain that this wasn’t the way they USED to screw in light bulbs.

MD CHIP program

Members of Scouters #236 participated in the MD CHIP Program held at the Reisterstown Festival this past weekend.

Here, our Treasurer, Bro. Rick Smith, mans one of the stations:


While our Secretary, Bro. Stephen Mintz contemplates the glorious works of creation and prepares for his upcoming wedding…


Scouters Lodge Raffle

Hi, all!

We are having a raffle this year for an NRA firearms training course, given by Athenian Services. It is for the winner and their guest’s choice of NRA Basic Pistol – with MD HQL, or a Rifle or Shotgun course.

The pistol course is outlined here:

and the Rifle/Shotgun courses are outlined here:

Raffle tickets are 1 for $3 or 3 for $5 Best part is that even if you don’t win the prize, your losing ticket still entitles you to 15% off the course price!

The drawing is to be held on November 21, 2016

Help support Scouters Lodge #236!

pistol shooting

From The East

I want to thank everyone for their efforts and support during my exemplification and installation as Worshipful Master.Bob

2016 is off to a flying start for Scouters Lodge!  I am happy to announce that our lodge apron design has been finalized and they have been ordered.  They are scheduled to arrive by mid-March.  They will then be sent out to Geri’s Screen Printing for final processing.  We should receive the completed aprons before the end of April.

On Monday, March 28 at 7:30pm we will be visited by PGM Stephen J. Ponzillo, III, who will speak to us on the George Washington National Masonic Memorial.  Then on April 9th, we will Visit the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, in Alexandria VA. (you can see more at  This is a multi-lodge event with Ionic Lodge# 145 and Sharon Lodge# 182.  We will be leaving from the Ionic Lodge Temple located at 85 Main Street, Reisterstown, MD 21136. Please see Brother Treasurer, Stephen A. Mintz for additional information.

On another note, we have been contacted by Bill Soucy who is asking for some help with a special needs unit.  Bill is the Unit Commissioner for Troop 337 in the Milford Mill area of the Arrowhead District.  They are a small special needs unit, of maybe 5 or 6 Boy Scouts, and one Cub Scout.  Because of the special problems associated with special needs, most of the parents are unable to afford dues.  All of the parents are having problems with funds and the troop is unable to engage in any fundraising at this time.  Remember that we are admonished to have “Faith in God, Hope in immortality, and Charity to all mankind. The greatest of these is Charity”.  I am asking the lodge to make a financial donation to the unit and ask each of you to suggest other ways we can support them in the future.

We pray for a happy and healthy New Year to all Lodge Members, brother Masons, their families, first responders, and all service men both here and abroad.


Traveling Gavel

It is my pleasure to announce that Scouter’s Lodge #236 has captured the Traveling Gavel. On Wednesday January 6, 2016 the following brothers traveled to Odenton Lodge #209 to claim the Traveling Gavel: Worshipful Master Ronald Jacobson P.M., Worshipful Master Elect Senior Warden Robert Frey Jr., Senior Steward Fred Rossmark Jr., Chaplain John Ertel P.M., and Ritualist Stuart Cordish P.M.
The Gavel began originated its travel from Manchester Lodge #73 of Manchester, CT on Wednesday June 2, 1976 after it was used to commemorate their 150th anniversary. The hope was the gavel would travel throughout their territorial jurisdiction of Connecticut and even beyond, and that it would once again be retrieved and used again when Manchester Lodge celebrates is bicentennial in the year 2026.
Inside the wooden box under the lid are instructions for claiming the gavel which are as follows:
1) Three or more visitors from a lodge, to the holding lodge, traveling the greatest distance on that evening may claim the gavel for their lodge.
2) A lodge may claim the gavel only once during the any master’s term.
3) To allow Manchester Lodge to know the whereabouts of the gavel at all times, it is requested that the holding lodge and the claiming lodge notify the secretary of Manchester Lodge within 10 days that the gavel has changed hands. (mailers are provided)
Below, protected by plexiglass, is the secured gavel. There is a plaque next to the gavel which says the following: Presented by ~Brother George R. Ouillette~ Worshipful Master 1976.
Thanks to Brother Fred Rossmark for the idea and arranging for our visit to Odenton Lodge and for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of the history of this gavel.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Ronald Jay Jacobson, P.M.
Worshipful Master
Scouters Lodge #236 A.F. & A.M.
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