LOGAN, W.Va. — Members of Logan Chapter 41, Royal Arch Masons, had some special guests on Thursday, May 19 during their regular monthly meeting. Deputy District Grand High Priest Ira Jerry Earls, John “Rick” Elam and Ray Chaffin from Huntington Chapter Number 6, Royal Arch Masons stopped by to visit and to take the much coveted “Traveling Gavel” back to Huntington with them.
The gavel, a large and impressive wooden mallet, has been used over the course of the past year to encourage members of different Royal Arch Masonic Chapters to visit other Chapters within the state and to promote Royal Arch Masonry. For much of the past year the Traveling Gavel has traveled between the Chapter in Wayne and the Chapter in Logan. Ironically members who hold the artifact are happy to see it go as it means they have gotten visitors from other chapters across the state and have enjoyed renewing old friendships.
The Royal Arch of Freemasonry is the continuation of the Masonic fraternity. Its members, called Companions, meet in Chapters under a Grand Chapter. Royal Arch Masonry is for Freemasons of a Christian background and is largely based upon the Old Testament telling of the return to Jerusalem from the Babylonish captivity to rebuild the city and temple.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.