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Indianapolis, Indiana

Chartered 1907

November, 2018                    Volume 11, Issue 11


Lodge Officers

W.M. Tom Retherford     (317) 691-4299

S.W.  Sean Baber          (317) 900-6100

J.W.  Dale Wright          (317) 371-3469

Sec.  Mike Baber, PM      (317) 313-8733

Treas Allan Pool            (317) 966-1773

Chaplin Ray Glaze         (317) 523-6044

S.D.    Bob Zellers         (317) 508-3865

J.D.    Terrie Broviak       (317) 490-0594

S.S.    Whit Smith         (317) 431-5093

J.S.     Tim Baber          (317) 755-8269

Tyler   Jake Marsh        (317) 918-3138

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Financial Hardship: If you are having financial hardships, contact Lodge Secretary Baber. Assistance is available in many cases.

  • Election of officers was held on December 03 2018 at the stated meeting.
  • Installation of new officers was held on December 15, 2018 at 11:00am. Kids (of all ages) were able to meet Santa Clause following the installatio of officers.
Introducing new Lodge members in 2018:

  • William Eyster
  • Phillip Hilderbrand
  • Justin Sanders
  • Kevin Pruitt
  • Vincent Agresta

Brothers who passed in 2018:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the departed brother Masons.
  • Paul Beck
  • Clyde Carter
  • Robert Dixon
  • Earl Keen
  • John Keen
  • Jackie Lucas
  • Nolan Mullins
  • Ernest Witten



Lodge #669 Scholarships
Contact the Lodge Secretary for more information.  The Scholarship Committee selects winners at a stated meeting in June of each year.
Grand Lodge Scholarships
Contact the Lodge Secretary for more information about Grand Lodge scholarship applications.
Indiana Masons are celebrating 200 years f Freemasonry, 1818-2018.Indiana has over 50,000 Masons in almost 400 lodges throughout the state.

Freemasonry is the world's first, largest, and most legendary fraternal organization. There are twenty-four(24) Grand Lodges world-wide with an estimated membership of six (6) million.


Countries with Grand Lodges:

  • Austrailia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • England
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Phillippines
  • Portugal
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United States

Indiana Freemason 200th Anniversary Tribute Rifle

Own a piece of history as Indiana Freemasonry celebrates 200 years in the State of Indiana. This special edition Henry Silver Golden Boy 22 Rifle is being custom made for any Freemason or gun collector in honor of Freemasonry in Indiana since January 12, 1818. Contact the Grand Lodge of Indiana to place your order at: On the Indiana Freemason home page there are two links; 1) for more information and 2) a link to order a rifle.

Happy Birthday and Best Wishes to all brother's who have birthdays in November and December 2018.

If you have a birthday during the month of December 2018, attend lodge to receive your birthday gift. You must contact the Lodge Secretary the week prior to attending so that we can have your birthday present ready.

Contact Mike Baber, lodge secretary, for a Masonic license plate application: or call (317) 313-8733.

From The EAST:
If you know a brother Mason who has not attended lodge for some time, invite him to lodge. Lodge 669's Stated Meeting is the 1st Monday of the month, dinner starts at 6:30 pm and work starts at 7:30 pm. Ask a good Man to Become a Mason and to join us in lodge.

Interested in becoming a Mason? Click here Print, complete and return to the Lodge Secretary.


Indiana Grand Lodge History Bytes:

Indiana was admitted to the union in 1816. At a meeting at the Schifield House, in Madison, Indiana, the Grand Lodge was constituted, January 12, 1818. The most important step in the formation of the Grand Lodge was the adoption of the   Illustrations of Masonry, published by Brother Thomas Smith Webb, for the government of the Grand Lodges. Much of our monitorial work is taken directly from that publication.

A Freemason said:

"Not all Masons are obligated on the Christian Bible. Masonry is universal and men of every creed are eligible for membership so long as they accept the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. Therefore, the candidate should be obligated on the Book of the Sacred Law which he accepts as such since his obligation is a solemn and binding one."  -  George Washington

Words may Show a man’s wit, but actions his meaning.  - Benjamin Franklin

The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.  - Douglas MacArthur

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.  - Henry Ford

It is difficult to free tools from the chains they revere. - Voltaire

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety-first instead of duty first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich quick theory of life. - Theodore Roosevelt

The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all. - Harry Truman

50 Year Awards:

  • November 2017: Arvine Tolle. Arvine was raised to the Master degree on September 25, 1967. He received his Award of Gold on December 04, 2017
  • December 2017: Robert Dixion

Get to know our officers

Allan Pool - Treasurer

  1. What is the reason you became a Freemason? After retirement a few good friends who are Masons encouraged me to get involved.

  2. As Lodge Treasurer, what are your goals? To support the Master of the Lodge as he guides the Lodge toward functional harmony which is important for all societies but especially ours.

  3. As you see it, what are the biggest challenges facing the fraternity, in particular affecting our Lodge? That is self evident. Increasing membership and re-engaging those long time members who have not been active recently. Younger members are needed to help move the Lodge towards the digital age. The Masonic Fraternity has survived as an independent body for hundreds of years. We are at a pivotal time when we must change with the times as those Masons did who came before us.

Dale Wright - Junior Warden

  1. What is the reason you became a freemason? My decision to become a Mason was influenced by family & friends. My grandfather, uncle, and father all belonged to Beech Grove Lodge. My father-in-law belonged to Prospect Lodge and many of the people I worked with were Masons.

  2. As Junior Warden, what are your goals for 2017? To assist the Worshipful Master as needed. To provide good meals for the membership while reducing the amount spent on food.

  3. As you see it, what is the biggest challenge facing the fraternity, in particular effecting our lodge? a) Membership. As our members age, the Fraternity is not as attractive to younger men as it once was. There are more choices and more exciting options vying for men's interest and time. b) Finances. As the Lodge membership decreases the operating budget also decreases while expenditures do not. It is the responsibility of the Lodge leadership to make wise decisions and be good stewarts with the finances of the Lodge. Only then can we ensure the future of the Lodge.
Mike Baber
Mike Baber

Mike Baber, Secretary

1) As Secretary, what are your goals for 2017? As secretary of the lodge, I hope to learn more about Masonry.

2) What's the reason you became a freemason? I feel there are always things to learn in the craft.

3) Why did you decide to go through the chairs? Becoming an officer for the lodge was never planned. I had always planned on being behind the scenes working. I thought others could do that for the lodge.

4) As you see it, what is the biggest challenge facing the fraternaty, in particular affecting our lodge? The biggest challenges for the fraternaty is growth and having active members.

Jacob Marsh

Jacob Marsh, Tyler

1) As Tyler, what are your goals for 2017? To be active in the lodge and to engage with new people and form new relationships with others.

2) What's the reason you became a freemason? I became a Freemason because my father and grandfather are both Masons and I wanted to be able to experience what they have experienced and to gain new knowledge about Freemasonry.

3) Why did you decide to go through the chairs? I did not really decide to, but was asked to be the Tyler and from then I have held said position.

4) As you see it, what is the biggest challenge facing the fraternaty, in particular affecting our lodge? The biggest challenge that I see, especially in our lodge is attendance.

I encourage all brothers who have email to forward your current eMAIL address to the Lodge Secretary: Mike Baber:

History bytes

Mason Books

Several boks written referencing Masonic symbols have indicated that the pyramid is a Masonic symbol. According to an author published in "The American Lodge of Research", volume XXXVIII 2010. The initiatory rituals of the Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite or York Rite do not mention pyramids. In pre-Grand Lodge time periods Lodges did make reference to Egypt and the pyramids in connection with mythic or legendary history.

  • "The Constitutions of St.John's Lodge", Masonic Book Club 1994"
  • "The American Lodge of Research", volume XXXVIII 2010

US Capitol Cornerstone

"The United States Capitol cornerstone placement ceremony was held on September 18, 1793. President George Washington was assisted by the Grand Master of Maryland, Joseph Clark, in a Masonic Ritual.

1823 Farmer's Almanac - Definition of a Freemason

"The real Freemason is distinguished from the rest of Mankind by the uniform unrestrained rectitude of his conduct. Other men are honest in fear of punishment which the laws might inflect - are religious in expectation of being rewarded. Or in dread of the devil, in the next world. A Freemason would be just if there were no laws, human or divine, except those written in his heart by the finger of his creator. In every climate, under every system of religion, he is the same. He kneels before the Universal Throne of God in gratitude for the blessing he has received and humble solicitation for his future protection. He venerates the good men of all religions. He disturbs not the religion of others. He restrains his passions, because they cannot be indulged without injuring his neibor or himself. He gives no offense, because he does not choose to be offended. He contracts no debts which he is certain he cannot discharge, because he is honest upon principles.

Revival of 1717

1n 1723, the Rev. James Anderson, active in the Revival of 1717, published the Ancient Consitutions of Free Masons. It was reprinted in America (1734) by Benjamin Franklin of Philadelpia*. These records are the earliest sources of organized Masonry's system of government and ethics. They therefore played an essential role in the destiny of our Fraternity as we know it today.

* References: Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide

Operative Masonry

Prior to the 17th century only an Operative Mason could become a member of the Craft. During the 17th century, however, a new practice was inaugurated. Men of wealth, culture, and distinction who had no intention of ever becoming builders, or Operative Masons, were admitted to membership in the Craft Guilds.

The year 1717 is the dividing line between the old Freemasonry and the new, between a Craft which was slowly expiring and one which began to grow with new vitality.

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin, a member of St. John’s Lodge in Philadelphia, soon elected as Grand Master of Pennsylvania.  He was also a member of France’s 9 Sisters Lodge.  In the year 1779 Franklin was elected Master of the 9 Sisters Lodge.  That lodge was a strong supporter of the American Revolution, many of the wealthy give private money in support of the revolution. 

November 1793

November 1793 France abandoned Christianity as the official state religion.  To make the point Mille Malliard, a beautiful young actress was brought to Norte Dame dressed in classical robes, given a lighted candle to hold above her head, she was portrayed as the goddess of reason.  The form of this lady became the model for our Statue of Liberty.  The concept is said to be entirely a masonic inspiration.

January 1939

Physicists Lise Meitner and Otto R. Frisch describe the process by which a neutron causes the disintegration of the uranium nucleus into "two nuclei of roughly equal size." They call this process "nuclear fission."

December 16, 1944 - January 25, 1945
The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive campaign of World War II. It was launched through the Ardennes forest region.

Ask a good Man to become a Mason Contact Mike Baber, Lodge Secretary for your Masonic License plate application at MBaber@sbcglobal.netor call (317)313-8733.

Please send your current eMail address to our Lodge Secretary:

Stated meeting is the 1st Monday of each Month


From the East:  As we continue this year  I ask you all to assist the lodge officers with all of our programs, and let us continue our commitments to Masonry: 1)Faith, 2) Hope and 3) Charity. And to practice Friendship, Fellowship, and Brotherly Love everyday with all mankind, in order to strengthen our family bonds.

This year continues to hold the promise of greater achievments in the continuance of the 109 year history of this Lodge.

Come to Lodge and enjoy the Brotherhood of Masonry.

Further Light?

Did you know that obtaining further light in Masonry can be received through the York Rite of Free Masonry?

  • The West Side York Rite Group is located in the Mooresville Masonic Temple.
  • West Side Royal Arch Mason No. 138
  • Forrest A. Wakeman Council No. 110 Cryptic Masons and
  • William B. Bray Knights Templar Commandery No. 65
Ask any Brother in the Mooresville Lodge No. 78 or Indianapolis Lodge No. 669 for further information.

Happy Birthday - to all Lodge members having birthdays this month.

Directions (click here for a MapQuest Map)

  • Go South on State Rd 67 to Old 67 Road at Mooresville, IN (This is the first traffic light after the Meijer store)
  • Turn right on Old 67 Road, go approximately 1 mile
  • Turn right on Indianapolis Road (which is just before the curve)
  • Go over the railroad tracks, up the hill, approximately a half mile
  • Mooresville Lodge will be on the left.