Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Joint Meetings Scheduled in July, August & September


This is a reminder (or notification) of the joint stated meetings of Ogden and Homer Lodges for the months of  JULY, AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 2011.  All the meetings will be held at Ogden Lodge, and they will alternate between regular meetings nights as follows. 

IN JULY: Homer Lodge and Ogden Lodge will meet together at Ogden on Wed, July 13th at 7:00 PM.  There will be no Tuesday meeting in July for Homer Lodge.  Ogden Lodge will be responsible for opening and closing and providing refreshments.

IN AUGUST: Homer Lodge and Ogden Lodge will meet in Ogden on Tues, Aug 9th at 7:30.  There will be no Wednesday meeting in August for Ogden Lodge.  Homer Lodge will be the host and responsible for opening, closing and refreshments after.

IN SEPTEMBER:  Homer Lodge and Ogden Lodge will meet at Ogden in Ogden on Wed, Sept 14th at 7:00 pm.  There will be no Tuesday meeting in September for Homer Lodge.  Ogden Lodge will host and be responsible for opening, closing and refreshments after.

We do this because the Ogden Lodge building is easier to cool and is on the ground floor.  We had a lot of fun doing this last year, and Dispensation has been granted to both Lodges from our Most Worshipful Grand Master for these stated meeting changes.

If you have any questions, you can contact Todd Creason at

Lodge of Sorrow: Raymond Cope (56 Year Member)

PHILO – Raymond R. Cope, 89, of Philo died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday (June 26, 2011) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana, with burial in Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo. Rev. Michael Smith will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Masonic Rites accorded by Homer Masonic Lodge No. 199 at 8 p.m.
Mr. Cope was born on April 11, 1922, in Westville, the son of Boyd and Bessie (Cowell) Cope. He married Martha Josephine Van Brunt and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2000. He was also preceded in death by a sister, two brothers, a cousin, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He is survived by sons, James Russell Cope (Thresa) of Urbana and Roger Dale Cope of Champaign; daughters, Carol Beth Cope of Champaign, Evelyn Marie Bowman (Mark) of Ballwin, Mo., and Sandra Lee Cope of South Roxana; brothers, Wayne Cope (Dorothy) of Sidney and Dale Cope (Irene) of Littleton, Colo.; a cousin, Ida May Lodas of Westville; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Mr. Cope graduated from Homer High School and was a farmer. In addition to farming he worked for awhile at the Government Bin Sites and was a Building Service Worker at the University of Illinois.
He was a 56-year member of Homer Masonic Lodge No. 199, showed cattle and enjoyed riding on the railroad cattle cars, loved animals and was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
Memorials may be made to the Homer Masonic Lodge or to the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered at

Monday, June 27, 2011

Homer - Ogden Lodge Hold Joint Installation

Ogden Lodge No. 754 and Homer Lodge No. 199 held a joint installation of officers on Sunday June 25 in Ogden.  It was a huge success.  We thank all the installing officers for their support of this historic event.

Ogden Lodge Worshipful Master Aaron Ketchum and Homer Lodge No. 199 Chuck Fritz