Brother Allen Orton has passed away
Brother Allen Orton passed away on Thursday November 24th, 2016. Brother Allen was a long time member and Past Master of Belle Plaine Lodge. He had resided at the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita for several years. Funeral for Brother Allen Orton will be Friday Dec. 2nd at 10:00 AM at the Belle Plaine Baptist Church. Masonic graveside ceremony by Belle Plaine Masonic Lodge 173 will follow.
Visitation from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM (family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM) on Wednesday November 30th, 2016 at Hatfield Smith Mortuary 219 W. 2nd Ave., Belle Plaine
Belle Plaine Lodge Holds Installation of Officers
The 2016 Officers of Belle Plaine Lodge 173 were formally installed on Sunday afternoon December 20th, 2015. After a wonderful dinner at 1:00PM, Worshipful Peter Herring, Past Master of Derby Lodge 365, publicly installed the officers of Belle Plaine Lodge for their 139th year as a chartered lodge. Right Worshipful D.R. “Dale” Morrow was installing Marshall.
After the installation ceremony, Miss Willow Branch of Sunshine Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, gave Worshipful Master Chuck Ables “The Gavel Talk”.
Worshipful Master Chuck Ables introduced the officers and families, as well as guests for the afternoon.
Congratulations to the officers of Belle Plaine Lodge.
Belle Plaine Lodge Family Fun Night
Belle Plaine Lodge 173 will hold a family fun night on Saturday February 28th, 2015. The evening will begin with a meal at 6:00PM. The Lodge will provide ham for the meal. Members and guests are asked to bring a covered dish to go with the meal. After dinner, we will retire to play washers, a game the lodge members have come to love. Lodge members, their immediate and extended families, and friends are invited. This event will be held on the lower level of the building in our fellowship hall (formerly the American Legion). Hope to see everyone there.
2015 Officer Installation Held on December 21st 2014
Worshipful Brother Chuck Ables was installed the 138th Worshipful Master of Belle Plaine Lodge #173 on Sunday December 21, 2014. Jeff Bryant was installed as Senior Warden and Winston Smith was installed as Junior Warden. The remaining officers installed are: Worshipful Brother Richard Orton – Treasurer, Worshipful Brother Dale Morrow – Secretary, Worshipful Brother Lowell Brown – Senior Deacon, Brother Ken Golightley – Junior Deacon, Worshipful Brother Roger Whitney – Senior Steward, Worshipful Brother Gene Alexander – Junior Steward. Installing Master was Right Worshipful Ron Main – Grand Lecturer, Installing Marshal was Worshipful Brother Bob Willaby.
Worshipful Master Chuck Ables was honored with the Rainbow Gavel Talk by Caeleigh Harris and Willow Branch of Sunshine Assembly of the International Order of the Rainbow.
2014 Officer Installation Held
Congratulations to the 2014 Officers of Belle Plaine Lodge 173. Installation was held on December 15th 2013. Individual pictures are available on the “Officers” page.
Miss Willow Branch and Miss Caleigh Harris of Sunshine Assembly of International Rainbow for Girls performed “The Gavel Talk” for incoming Worshipful Master Roger Whitney at the Installation of Officers.
Belle Plaine Lodge Purchase Of The Belle Plaine American Legion Building Is Complete!
On Thursday January 17, Belle Plaine Lodge #173 closed on the purchase of the Belle Plaine American Legion. The American Legion is not going away! They will still be meeting in the American Legion as always. Day to day operations of the building now turns to Belle Plaine Masonic Lodge #173. Lodge Trustees Gene Alexander and Ken Golightley will be overseeing operations, and hall rentals.
Belle Plaine Lodge Membership Votes to Purchase Belle Plaine American Legion
At our October 24th Stated Meeting, the members of Belle Plaine Lodge voted to purchase the Belle Plaine American Legion’s portion of the building. Belle Plaine Lodge has owned the upper half of the building at 421 N Merchant since the early fifties. The Belle Plaine American Legion has owned the lower half of the building.
We anticipate to close on the sale sometime in November.
Congratulations to the team of Chuck Ables and Ollie Beck, they took first place at the Fall washer tournament at Belle Plaine Lodge on Saturday October 13th!
Family Fun Night
Twice a year Belle Plaine Lodge joins with Unity Lodge #273 in Clearwater for a family fun night. We begin with a carry in dinner, and then retire to the Lodge Hall for a friendly washer tournament.
This Spring, Unity Lodge hosted Belle Plaine. 32 people were in attendance. The food was excellent as always. Belle Plaine came out victorious in the washer tournament that followed.
The Fall fun night was held on Saturday October 13th. Belle Plaine hosted Unity Lodge #273. Dinner began at 6:00PM, and the washer tournament started at about 7:00PM. There were 21 people in attendance.
There were 9 teams, paired by drawing numbers, that participated in the washer tournament. You never know who will be your teammate until the draw. It may be one of the kids, or it may be someone who has never played. The tournament is double elimination. A traveling trophy goes to the winning Lodge. The trophy is currently at Belle Plaine Lodge.