Friday, September 7, 2012

Homer Lodge Changes Meeting Night to 4th Monday

Homer Lodge No. 199 will now meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 PM beginning with their October 2012 meeting.  The September 2012 meeting will be held at Ogden Lodge No. 754 on Wednesday, September 12th at 7 PM--the last of the joint summer meetings with Ogden Lodge. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Homer Lodge No. 199 and Ogden Lodge No. 754 Joint Installation

Homer Lodge No. 199 and Ogden Lodge No. 754 held a joint installation of officers on Sunday June 10 at Ogden Lodge in downtown Ogden, Illinois.   WB Dave Harry was installed as Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 and WB Aaron Ketchum was installed as Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754.

Lots more pictures here

Monday, May 21, 2012

Homer Lodge No. 199 Installation 6/10/12 @ Ogden

The installation of officers for both Ogden Lodge No. 754 and Homer Lodge No. 199 will take place at Ogden Lodge on June 10th.  We'll have dinner at 5 PM with installation to begin at 6 PM.  Congratulation to Aaron Ketchum having been elected Worshipful Master of Ogden Lodge for a second year, and to Dave Harry, who was elected Worshipful Master of Homer Lodge.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Homer Lodge Meeting Reminder: 4/10/12

Don't forget that tonight (Tuesday Night, April 10th at 7 PM) is Homer Lodge No. 199's regularly stated meeting, and that tonight, there is a big topic on the table--moving our meeting night.

So if you'd like to be a part of that discussion be sure and attend tonight.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Homer Considers Changing Meeting Night

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Attached is a calendar listing the meeting nights of various other lodges.  Homer Lodge has decided to consider changing our meeting nights.  Several members of the Homer Fire dept have expressed interest in our fraternity and there is presently a conflict between meeting nights.

Please use this calendar to mark the days that would not work well for you and bring it to our next stated meeting or get it to one of the officers that will be there.

This decision will be taken under discussion at our April Stated Meeting  on April 10th.

Please pass this on to any member that you do not see on the send to list as everyone's  input is very important.  Thank You.

Steve Hooper, JW
Homer Lodge No. 199

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Work On The Fellowcraft Degree: Tuesday, February 28 @ 7 PM

Homer Lodge No. 199 will have work on the Fellowcraft Degree on Tuesday, February 28th, at 7 PM with refreshments to follow. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Reminder: Meeting This Week Tuesday 2/14 at 7 PM

Just a reminder that Homer Lodge No. 199 will have its regularly stated meeting at 7 PM on Tuesday, February 14th. Come and see the improvements that have been made to the lodge, and join us in the discussion about where we go from here.

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

January Newsletter


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Exciting Things Are Happening At Homer Lodge No. 199

Lodge Renovations Have Begun
It's only natural that after 120 years of continual use, there's a few things at Homer Lodge that could use a little attention.  It's been decided that there is no time like the present, and Homer Lodge is slowly being renovated--this effort is being led by Secretary Denver Phelps, WB Dave Harry, and Senior Warden Eric Bensken.  Fortunately, the lodge was built like fortress, and the building as a whole is in very good shape.  Most of the work that needs to be done involves spackle and paint, and a few minor repairs.  The first project was the preparation room, which was in bad need of attention.  The windows were sealed and caulked, the walls were patched and painted, and carpet was installed. 

This will be the big job--the lodge room
Then they went to work in the hallway where they patched and painted, fixed the flourescent lighting, and installed new brass lightswitch plates.  They've even got some stuff up on the bulletin board there.  They also fixed the florescent lighting in the dining area.  I overheard somebody say Saturday at the degree "Maybe we should have left the lights alone in here. I never noticed how bad the paint looks. I guess we're going to have to paint in here as well."

The next area they plan to hit is the Tyler's room.  I'm afraid the days are numbered for that lovely minty green paint.  They were planning on taking all the pictures off the walls over the weekend, and patching and painting this week.

Of course the big job (the really big job) will be the lodge room with its towering ceiling--that's going to be a lot of paint and spackle.

The Homer Lodge Library and Museum
One of the most interesting ideas is to convert the large storage room off the hallway into a library/museum.  There are already some glass display cases in there, and it would be an ideal place to preserve many of the old items that have been stored in cabinets for the past 120 years--not to mention the large collection of books the lodge has in the attic. 

If you'd like to help out, please contact the lodge secretary, Denver Phelps at


Preparation Room with fresh light blue paint

Hallway floor shining, the lights fixed, and fresh paint, too!

Next area to be renovated--the Tyler's Room
say goodbye to that minty green paint . . .

Another shot of the Tyler's Room
We'll post "after" pictures once it's finished

Tyler's Room (before)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2nd Degree

Homer will be having a 2nd degree on Saturday February 21st at 10am.