Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lodge of Sorrow: Clifford Guthrie

SIDELL – Clifford D. Guthrie, 84, of Sidell passed away at 7:24 a.m. Friday (Dec. 9, 2011) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
Clifford was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Indianola. He was the son of Charles and Fern Place Guthrie, but was raised by his stepfather, T.O. Dillon.
He married Rhea Bennett on March 19, 1950, in Sidell. She survives of Danville. Also surviving are one son, Gene Guthrie of Danville, Ind.; two daughters, Sue (John) Batts of Yucca Valley, Calif., and Leslie (Henry) Vasquez of Weston, Fla; one brother, Ray (Kaye) Dillon of Veedersburg, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Chad Batts, Brandon Batts, Geoffrey Guthrie, Ryan Vasquez, Greggory Guthrie, Gretchen Guthrie, Brittany Vasquez, Gary Guthrie, Gina Guthrie and Gabriela Vasquez; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Fae Guthrie; one brother, Gene Allen Guthrie; and daughter-in-law, Jill Guthrie.
Clifford graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's and a master's degree. He was a teacher at Fairmount for one year. He taught and was an administrator at the Danville public schools for 12 years. Then he was a teacher and administrator for the Bassett Unified School District in California for 20 years. After retiring in California, he returned to Illinois and taught at the Jamaica School for nine years. He also coached elementary basketball and Little League baseball. He taught night school and worked recreation on the weekends.
He was a member of the Sidell United Methodist Church, was a 50-year Mason, and was a life member of the California and Illinois Teachers Associations.
He enjoyed sports and was an avid Cubs and Illini fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Sidell United Methodist Church with Pastor Charlie Graul and Pastor Gene Guthrie officiating, with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Sidell United Methodist Church.
Robison Chapel, Catlin, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Lodge Secretary Issues Warning

Secretary for Life - Illustrious Todd E. Creason, 33rd and all that jazz, has issued an order to members of Ogden Lodge No. 754: "You must obey my commands or risk finding me in your dreams"...
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Joe Silkey Recieves Honorary Past Master

One of the October meeting highlights was when Brother Joseph W. Silkey was recognized for his contributions to Ogden Lodge No. 754 over the last 71 years he has been a member by being awarded with the title Honorary Past Master and receiving a Past Master's gavel from Worshipful Master Aaron Ketchem.  As you can see, Joe was even working the night he received the award--sitting in the chaplains chair.  Congratulations Joe and thank you for all you've done! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Come and join us on Saturday for our world famous pancake breakfast on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 between 6 AM - 10 AM.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Blood Drive Saturday

Ogden Lodge No. 754 will host a blood drive:

Saturday September 17 9am-1pm
Ogden Masonic Lodge.

Monday, August 22, 2011

First Degree Tuesday August 23

Ogden Lodge will hold a first degree on Tuesday August 23 at 7pm in Ogden.  Come join us!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Spring 2011 Newsletter

April 2011 Color

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ogden and Homer Lodges to Hold Joint Meetings July, August, and 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

Monday, June 27, 2011

Ogden-Homer 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

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ogden Celebration: Ogden Lodge Holds a Successful Pancake Breakfast

The Village of Ogden held its annual community celebration today, and Ogden Lodge No. 754 held a pancake breakfast.  We had a good turnout despite the rain this morning.  I thought I'd share a few pictures.

The fun part of the pancake breakfast is it just isn't about the pancakes.  Often the residents of Ogden hang around and socialize with their neighbors and friends.  They laugh and sometimes make a lot of noise.   

Here's WB Brandon Lewis at the head of the table.  He's getting married very soon, and we wish him all the best.  That's his soon-to-be bride Britanny on the right.

The Ponytail Brigade!  The Girl Scouts meet in our building, and they always come and help us with the pancake breakfasts.  They take out the pancakes and sausage, ask if the diners want seconds, and even clear off the tables.  They always do such a good job.  Thank you girls!  And moms and dads too!

This is WB Sean McBride of Catlin Lodge in the suit.  I was glad to see he got out of jail yesterday in time to come to the breakfast this morning.  Considering his dress, I'm wondering if the man he's talking to is his probation officer.  Just kidding.  Sean was in jail yesterday, and he did call all his friends for bail money, but he was in jail for Jerry's Kids.  He does that every year. 

This is a dangerous bunch.  You see the way he's shaking his finger at me?  I think that may be the leader.  These are a few members of Catlin Lodge.  They always come over for our pancake breakfasts, and this morning, I believe they were leaving there to go over to St. Joe Lodge to perform 4 3rd Degrees this morning.  They do a lot of good work all over.   

That's it.  It was a fun morning.  Thanks to everyone that come over for pancakes, and that's to everyone that helped out.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ogden Lodge Holds Election of Officers

Every year, we hold elections to determine our officers for the upcoming year.  Ogden held theirs during their May meeting.  The officers for next year are:

Worshipful Master:  Aaron Ketchum
Senior Warden:  Greg Knott
Junior Warden: Steve Guess
Treasurer: WB Stephen Hooper
Secretary:  WB Todd E. Creason
Chaplain: Butch Schreyer
Senior Deacon: WB Carl D. Lewis
Junior Deacon: RWB Denver Phelps
Senior Steward: WB Dave Harry
Junior Steward: WB Brandon Lewis
Marshall: Brad Edwards
Tyler: Carl D. Lewis

Date of Installation of new officers will be announced when it's determined.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ogden Community Blood Drive: April 30th

Ogden Lodge No. 754 is sponsoring the Ogden Community Blood Drive at the Masonic Lodge in beautiful downtown Ogden, IL between 9 AM - 1 PM on Saturday, April 30th.  Come by and drop off a pint if you can spare it.  There will be cookies.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

WB Denver Phelps Honored by Valley of Danville

Denver Phelps receives 'Mason of the Year' plaque from D. Michael Brandenburg.

At the conclusion of the Valley of Danville's Spring Reunion on April 2nd, a very surprised Denver Phelps was called to the stage during the reception, and in the presence of the Grand Master of Illinois, Richard Swaney, was presented with the Mason of the Year Award by Danville Commander in Chief, D. Michael Brandenburg. 

WB Denver Phelps is a Past Master of Ogden Lodge No. 754, and serves as Secretary for both Ogden Lodge, and Homer Lodge No. 199.  He is a Past District Deputy Grand Master, and currently serves as an Assistant District Deputy for the 7th Eastern District. 

Congratulations, Denver! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

DDGM Visits Ogden Lodge

7th Eastern District Deputy Grand Master Raymond Cummings made his official visit to Ogden Lodge this month and was presented a copy of Famous American Freemasons Vol I and II by Worshipful Master Todd Creason who is author of this book.