On May 8, 2014, Rob Matherly of Centerville, was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason at Jackson Lodge #42 in Centerville. Presiding over the degree work were Worshipful Master Rick Butler, Senior Warden Chad Butler and Junior Warden Keith Voss, all of Centerville. Rob is the son of Karen Matherly, husband of Denise, and father of Olivia, James and Danielle, all of Centerville.
Assisting in the degree work were visiting brethren from Paul Revere Lodge #638 of Lucas, Ottumwa Lodge # 16 and Empire Lodge #269 of Ottumwa, Antiquity Lodge #252 of Moravia, Prosperity Lodge #504 of Cincinnati, Osceola Lodge #77 of Osceola, Warren Lodge #53 of Indianola, Crest City Lodge #522 of Creston, Mahaska Lodge #644 of Oskaloosa, Bluff City Lodge #71 of Council Bluffs, and Pollock Lodge #349 of Pollock, Mo.
A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of a slide show lecture by Brother Melvin Hall of Pollock Lodge #349, Grandfather-in-law of Brother Matherly, explaining the many symbols of Masonry according to Missouri ritual.
Masonry provides a working plan for good men to become even better men. Masonry provides excellent opportunities to develop both dramatic and public speaking abilities. It helps to develop leadership skills. Masonry moves quietly to increase the stature of men and women as children of God. Creeds have their rightful function in every land. Yet it is not creed but action that Masonry emphasizes. Masonry reinforces the good works of all religions in community service. Men of all faiths wear the “Square and Compass” of this Fraternity. (Grand Lodge of Iowa)
For more information on the Fraternity or how to become a member, contact Brother Keith Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brother Rob Matherly at email@example.com.