St. John Lodge No. 18 in Pioche, Nevada will be holding a rather unique event on. We will be holding a combined special communication to receive and welcome Most Worshipful Richard M. "Mike" Hoaglin on his Official Visit and also be conferring a Master Mason Degree outdoors at a mine site located just outside of Pioche. Because of scheduling problems on the original date for the OV the Grand Master thought that doing some different would be fun! This will be a joint visitation with Caliente Lodge No. 38.
We would like to welcome as many of you who would like to make the drive to Pioche to make this special event a real experience. First, know that the dress for everyone will be VERY casual and comfortable. In August the temperature at 6,800 feet is about 20 degrees lower than Las Vegas, but out in the sun it is still very warm. Everyone should wear wide brim hats to protect the head, the ears from the sun. Several brothers brought umbrellas to protect from the sun last year. The site is on a plateau overlooking a vast valley, you can almost see all the way to Utah from the site, it is truly beautiful, almost breath taking.
A lite lunch will be provided, usually Jim Kelley's specially prepared hot dogs and other snacks. We will have plenty of iced down bottled water, but you are welcome to bring a small ice chest if you like. You can bring your own comfortable chair too, but we will have metal folding chairs available.
The plan is to meet at the Lodge building in downtown Pioche at 10:15 A. M. and then caravan out to the mine site where the Lodge will be set up. We try and keep the set up close in, small so everyone can hear what is going on.
Following the reception of the Grand Master, his Grand Officers and his address we will then proceed to do the Master Mason degree on Steve Lineroad, the brother of the Junior Warden in St. John Lodge.
I am in charge of putting together a degree team and am asking for anyone who would like to participate in the degree work to send me an email and let me know what you would like to do. Some parts have already been filled, but we like to have stand-bys just in case. The Grand Master is going to do the lecture for the degree.
Last year we had a nice crowd for the outdoor degree and we hope to have more Brothers come up this year because it is such a unique event. It will be a great day of fellowship on the mountain!
Also, if your Lodge is planning on attending, give me a heads up on just how many may be coming so Jim Kelley can make sure we have ample supplies on hand to see that everyone gets fed. Prince Hall Masons visited us last year and we hope they come back this year. We have extended invitations to Cedar City and St. George lodges as well.
More information will be made available as we get closer to the event. But make your plans now and make your intentions known as early as you can, we want to be prepared.
Mike Reinhardt P. M.