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EA Degree with Special Guest

On November 9, 2009, two EA candidates were initiated, as well as a 40 year pin and proficiency card was presented. John Niana of Morganfield #66 and John Hartsburg of Jerusalem #9 received their Entered Apprentice degree. The degree was conferred by PM James Wedding. Many Guest were in attendance as well as DDGM McGennis E Adair. The meal was prepared by Bruce Trice. A fine meal and a good time was had by all in attendance.

A check was presented to Riverview School in the amount of $600. This money was earned by the members who volunteered at the Little Sturgis Rally.

Rob Toerne, board member of Riverview School receiving a $600 check from

WM John Gish & PM James Wedding.

Hugh Ligon received his 40 yr pin.

Kevin Hazelwood received his proficiency card and certificate.

L-R: McGennis E Adair DDGM District 5, Morganfield 66 EA John Niana, John Gish WM Jerusalem 9, Jerusalem 9 EA John Hartsburg, & James Wedding PM Jerusalem 9.

Past Masters Night 10-26-2009

On 10-26-2009 Jerusalem Lodge #9 recognized our Past Masters as well as our senior members by giving out Member pins. We were Honored to have so many Past Masters in attendance as well as 1 brother receiving his 60 year pin and 2 brothers receiving their 50 year pin. 40 year and 25 year pins were also presented.

Past Masters of Jerusalem Lodge #9

Visiting Past Masters with WM John Gish and Secretary James Roll

Worshipful Master John Gish

25 Year Pins Tommy Melton, Bobby Oliver

40 Year Pin, Bobby Oliver, Ronnie Nunn

50 Year Pin, Mack Hunter, Pin Presented by WM John Gish
50 Year Pin, Cletis Raleigh, Pin Presented by Matthew McConnell
Harold Hill Receiving His 60 Year pin presented by his wife.

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Master Mason Degree

On Saturday August 29, 2009 Matthew K. McConnell received his 3rd / Master Mason degree. Several visitors were in attendance from around Kentucky & Indiana. A breakfast was served at 8 am and the degree started around 9 am. The degree team did a great job, even with some new guys that hadn’t done their part before and one former member, Bill Huddleson, jumping in and doing his old part, Zephaniah.

A great time was had by all.

Pictured left to right, Cletis Raleigh presenting his ring to his grandson, Matthew K McConnell, after he received his degree. A special moment indeed.

July 27, 2009 Lodge Meeting, Fellow Craft Degree

On Monday July 27 2009 a fellow craft degree was held for Matthew K McConnell following a short business meeting. Several visitors in attendance. We were all treated to a great staircase by brother Edward Anderson.
We are looking forward to Matthew’s master mason degree. This is going to be held Saturday August 29th. Breakfast at 8 am with degree to follow. You won’t want to miss this one.
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Fraternally yours
James T. Roll, P.M., Secretary
Jerusalem Lodge No. 9

June 22, 2009 Lodge Meeting / EA Degree

On June 22, 2009 we were honored to initiate Matthew K McConnell into our fraternity. It was 50 years to the day that his grandfather, Cletis Raleigh, received his entered apprentice degree. Needless to say, Cletis was very happy to have his grandson come into our lodge and it was even more special being it was exactly 50 years to the day that he received his.

There were several visitors in attendance. We had two other recently made entered apprentices in attendance. One from Corydon 799 and one from Newburgh, IN Lodge 174. We also had visitors from Henderson 958 and Bailey-Onton 538.

Carl Grossman from Henderson 958 assisted us with the degree as a steward, presenting the charge, and a word when needed. He was a big help and was really appreciated.

A meal was prepared by Steve & Joe Hall, father & son duo, and served at 6 pm, with deserts prepared by Ike Potts & Dale Fritts. We were all well fed and enjoyed the fellowship that this night had to offer.

The only down note was the few brothers that we read out for non-payment of dues. Brothers, remember your dues are due January 1st. Your lodge needs this money to operate, so your prompt remitance is greatly appreciated.

Pictured: W.M. John M. Gish, E.A. Matthew K McConnell, Cletis Raleigh.

Fraternally yours

James T. Roll, P.M., Secretary
Jerusalem Lodge No. 9

Masonic Lodges of Henderson County ~ Poker Run

A lot of brothers will be pitching in tomorrow (no rain no rain) to help make our 9th Annual Poker Run benefit for a local charity a success. Jerusalem 9, Corydon 799, and Henderson 958 are working together.

Meeting for breakfast at 7 am at the Downtown Diner located on 1st St near the Post Office. After breakfast we will go to the lodge and load up some table & chairs needed at the Audubon Mill Park.

Schedule of Events-Trestle board.

May 25, 2009
Lodge Dark – Observed Holidy.

June 8, 2009
Regular Lodge Meeting. Eat at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m. Master Mason Degree.

June 13, 2009
9th Annual Henderson County Masonic Lodge Poker Run to benefit a local charity. Widows Sons & Masons all, come out and enjoy the fellowship. Live Band, Cash & other prizes available. Contact webmaster for more details. Rain Date June 20, 2009.

June 22, 2009
Regular Lodge Meeting. Eat at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m. Entered Aprentice Degree.

June 29, 2009
Family Night (potluck dinner) 9, 799, 958, Eastern Star, Rainbow. All Master Masons & their family are welcome.

July 13, 2009
Regular Lodge Meeting. Eat at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m.

July 27, 2009
Regular Lodge Meeting. Eat at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m.

August 10, 2009
Regular Lodge Meeting. Eat at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m.

August 24, 2009
Regular Lodge Meeting. Eat at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m.

Our Lodge History

200 years

Local Masons, founded in 1804, celebrate lodge’s bicentennial

By JUDY JENKINS, Gleaner ColumnistSeptember 19, 2004
Both George Bibb and his horse were no doubt exhausted when they finally reached Henderson in September, 1804, but it’s for sure they were royally welcomed by a group of local men whose ideologies were shared by the likes of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
Bibb, who was Grand Master of the then-04-year-old Grand Lodge of Kentucky, presented the residents with an elaborately handwritten charter that established Jerusalem Masonic Lodge No. 9, which celebrates its 200th birthday today with a public celebration at the Klutey Park Plaza facility.
The framed charter, which hangs in the building that has been home to Henderson Masons since 1976, begins with the words, “Whereas it hath been fully represented that in the town of Henderson in the county of Henderson, there resides a number of brethren, Free Masons, who are desirous of associating together agreeably to the Constitution of Ancient Masonry….”
Bear in mind this birth of a lodge occurred only seven years after members of the Transylvania Company had laid out the streets of Henderson, and it was six years before the city was incorporated and before a talented painter named John James Audubon moved his family here for a 10-year-stay.
In a national context, the event was a mere 28 years after colonists declared independence from England, and a year after the U.S. purchased 800,000 square miles of land from France at a cost of $15 million in a transaction known as the Louisiana Purchase.
The Henderson Masons were the ninth Masonic Lodge established in the state, with members who embraced the Masonic creed of friendship, morality, truth and brotherly love, as well as allegiance to God.
Washington and Franklin were Masons. Rudy Walker, a 52-year-member of the local lodge, relates that “16 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Masons.” He believes that likely “75 percent” of the nation’s leaders have been Masons.
The list of world famous Masons includes Mozart, Kit Carson, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Irving Berlin, folksinger Burl Ives and movie cowboy Gene Autry.
Walker, who has been a Jerusalem Lodge member so long he’s now excused from paying dues, says Gerald Ford was the last president who was also a Mason. He quickly adds that Kentucky Gov. Louis Nunn was a Mason too.
The Jerusalem Lodge members cherish their history, which is evident throughout the lodge. There are, for example, pictures of the many lodge Masters who have served over the last two centuries. Their images evolve from stiff-colored shirts with cravats to contemporary suits, and from long, middle-parted hair to the flat-tops of the 1950s and the styles of the 21st century.
A large book in which minutes of meetings were recorded shows that among other business on Sept. 10, 1900, the members agreed to pay The Gleaner $1.50 for “printing summons.”
An oak altar bearing the familiar square, compass and letter “G” of the Masonic emblem sets in a revered spot and is believed to be the original altar used by the lodge. Flanking the lodge’s Senior Warden’s chair are two ornate columns — also believed to be original to the lodge — that represent the columns of King Solomon’s Temple. “The beginning of Solomon’s Temple was the beginning of the Masons,” says Rudy.
The organization’s lodge roots go back to London, England, where, in June, 1717, the Grand Lodge of England was formed. That creation marks the beginning of Freemasonry as it is known today. By 1730, Freemasonry was practiced in the American colonies.
In Kentucky, Lexington was the site of the first lodge, which was established via a charter from Virginia in 1788, four years before Kentucky became a state. In 1800, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky was formed, and its current Grand Master, Percy Brown, will be here today to join the birthday celebration with lodge Master Dan Andrick and many others.
Lodge No. 9 has given the state four Grand Masters: C.H. Johnson in 1878; B.G. Witt, 1885; Henry Barret, 1907 and Joe McClanahan, 1965.
A number of the lodge Masons, including James Roll, George Combs, Dr. Edward Anderson and Frank Cavanah, met with me Wednesday afternoon and presented me with enough lodge history to fill a book or two. I regret that we can use only a smidgen, including the fact that the lodge for many years met in the Citi-Center building whose facade still bears the Masonic symbols.
Over the decades the lodge — one of three in Henderson and one of 13 in the Tri-county area — has supported numerous worthy causes that today include the Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, St. Anthony’s Hospice, The Children’s Advocacy Center, Riverview School, and scholarships to the Henderson Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program.
A number of the lodge’s Masons are also Shriners and as such raise funds for the famous Shriner hospitals.
The lodge also has the women’s division, the Eastern Star, and a Rainbow Girls unit for youths 11-18 years of age.
The Masons are accustomed to those who think the organization is a “secret society.” They stress that it is not. The only “secret,” Rudy says, is “the modes of recognition. That’s so Masons can recognize each other anywhere we go.”
Nor do they recruit members. Potential members have to ask to join, hence the slogan, “2b1ask1.”

Open house today
By Gleaner staffSeptember 19, 2004
You don’t have to be a Mason to help the local Jerusalem Masonic Lodge No. 9 celebrate its 200th birthday today.
The public is invited to the 1 p.m. birthday party at the lodge at 461 Klutey Park Plaza Dr., where a free light meal, beverages and desserts will be provided.
A number of state Masonic notables, including Grand Master Percy Brown, will attend the bicentennial observation of the lodge’s founding on Sept. 19, 1804.

By Frank Boyett, Gleaner ColumnistSeptember 19, 2004
75 years ago
Henderson’s first Masonic organization, Jerusalem Lodge No. 9, celebrated its 125th anniversary on Sept. 19, 1929, according to The Gleaner.
The lodge is 200 years old today. Congratulate a Mason if you know one.

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