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2020 Election Results and MWGM Visit

It was quite an event last night at University Lodge #408: we were honored by a vist from MWGM Dwight M. “Mack” Sigmon who gave a presentation on the Baltimore Convention of 1843, which set up certain guidelines to standardize aspects of masonry for lodges acrossthe U.S. It was the MWGM’s first time at University Lodge #408.

In addition, we elected officers for 2020, as follows:

Tyler Singleton, Worshipful Master
Dace Bergen, Senior Warden
MC Russell, Junior Warden
David Collins, Treasurer
Jeff Troccoli, Secretary

Brother Dace Bergen also was elected as a trustee. He will serve a three-year term.


MC Russell Named Mason of the Year

Bro. MC Russell

Bro. MC Russell has been named “Mason of the Year” by University Lodge #408. He was recognized in a ceremony prior to October’s Stated Communication, in front of family and friends.

MC currently serves as Junior Warden.

MC was instrumental in the rehabilitation of the north wall of the lodge, which had endured severe water damage. Many photographs of past masters had been ruined; the paint was buckling and peeling.

MC coordinated contractors and oversaw work crews as they repainted the interior of the lodge; installed new lights; corrected exterior roof issues; and installed larger drainpipes below-ground.

Damaged photographs of past masters were restored and hung back in place this month, after being down for more than a year.

MC also sat in the South for a 1st Degree and, as JW, performed the yeomen’s work of coordinating Fellowship Dinners before every Stated.

All the brothers of University Lodge #408 extend our sincerest thanks to Bro. MC Russell, who truly deserves recognition as Mason of the Year!


EA Degree Held — with More Singing!

EA Degree for David Slezak, 9/9/19.

On Monday, September 9, 2019, University Lodge #408 initiated a new brother, David Slezak.

WM Tyler Singleton presided. WM Jason Lentz of Mosaic Lodge #762 served as Senior Deacon. DDGM Ronald Bowling graciously served as a Steward.

Other special guests included Edgar A. Gonzales, founder of Masonic Revival; DDGL J. Watkins; and WM Ed Moore of Columbus Lodge #102.

Special thanks to WB Jeff Troccoli for bringing his beautiful Martin 12-String so the brothers could sing during the degree, which really added to the atmosphere and made the evening special.


WB Troccoli Now Certified Lecturer

University #408 officers (Left to right): Jim Lilly (Chaplain), Evan Watson (Librarian), Dace Bergen (Senior Deacon), WB Jeff Troccoli (Worshipful Master), WB Danny Ferguson (Secretary), Tyler Singleton (Senior Warden), MC Russell (Junior Deacon), David Collins (Tyler).

WB Jeff Troccoli passed his Certitfied Lecturer Examination on Saturday, August 10, 2019. He is now a Certified Lecturer – Class A.

WB Troccoli is the current Secretary for University Lodge #408 in Chapel Hill and the Tyler for Columbus Lodge 102 in Pittsboro.

Congratulations brother!


University #408 Gets a Fresh Paint Job!

After water damaged our north wall, we fixed the roof and repainted the lodge room. Special thanks to Bro. M.C. Russell for taking on this project!


408 Welcomes DDGM

WM Tyler Singleton and DDGM Ronald Bowling

On Monday, May 20, 2019, University Lodge #408 welcomed District Deputy Grand Master Ronald Bowling of the 19th Masonic District to their regular Stated Communication. DDGM Bowling offered inspiration on how the brothers could get more involved in their community, and also closed the lodge.

Additional special guests that night included two Shriner brothers, who gave a presentation on the all the good work happening at the Shrine.

Special thanks to the brothers of Eagle Lodge #19 and Mosaic Lodge #762 for helping make this a very successful evening!


RIP WB Lindy Pendergrass

WB Lindy Pendergrass, a past master of University Lodge #408, traveled to that unknown country on Sunday, May 19. He was 83.

A Visitation will be held at the Chapel Hill Bible Church ‪on Thursday May 23rd at 11:00 a.m.‬ followed by funeral services ‪at noon‬, also at the Chapel Hill Bible Church, located at ‪260 Erwin Road in Chapel Hill‬. Burial will follow at Westwood Cemetery on Davie Road in Carrboro.

Obituaries and tributes abound, including:


University #408 Hosts Breakfast for First Responders

Sharing laughs and a meal with first responders

On Saturday, May 18, the brothers of University Lodge #408 hosted a free breakfast for first responders, at the lodge.

Around thirty guests–including the Sherrif’s Department, local Chapel Hill police, firemen, and paramedics–dug into biscuits and eggs, pancakes and coffee, and a smorgasbord of hashbrowns and breakfast meat.

It was an uplifting day with so many brothers spending time together at the lodge.

Special thanks to WB London Ivey, WB Al Jones, and MC Russell for making it happen.


RIP, Bro. Dick McCallum

Worshipful Brother Dick McCallum passed away on January 23.  He was 94.

WB Dick was Master of University Lodge #408 in 1963 and a lifetime member; he also was a founding member of Mosaic Lodge #762. He was a mason for 59 years.

Services were held at Carrboro United Methodist Church and WB Dick was buried at Westwood Cemetery with Masonic Funeral Rites.

For the full obituary, click here.

Donations in honor of WB Dick can be sent to:

Shriners Hospitals for Children
Attn: Office of Development
2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607


RIP Bro. James Jennings

Brother James Jennings

Brother James Jennings

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brother James Jennings, a member of University #408 and Mosaic #762.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 12:00pm at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 2016, Mt. Carmel Church Road (correct spelling of Road), Chapel Hill. Officiating will be Rev. Barrett Freeman.

A Masonic Burial will follow in the church cemetery on Parker Road. The graveside ceremony will still be at held 1:00 PM.

The family will receive visitors prior to the service, from 11:00 – 12:00pm in the church.

Please make an effort to attend if you are able.

Click here for his obituary.


2019 Officer Installation

2019 Officers

On Monday, December 3, University #408 installed our officers for 2019, as follows:

Master: Tyler Singleton

Senior Warden: Dace Bergen

Junior Warden: MC Russell

Treasurer: WB Stephen H. Sparrow

Secretary: WB Jeff Troccoli

Senior Deacon: Evan Watson

Junior Deacon: Charles Fiore

Tyler: WB London Ivey

WB Larry Aydlett of Eagle Lodge #19 served as Master for the installation. WB Rickie Williams of Mosaic #762 served as Marshall. WB Brian Curran of Mosaic #762 served as Chaplain.

The installation was preceded by a catered dinner that included brisket so tender you could cut it with a fork; gourmet macaroni and cheese, homemade mashed potatoes, flash-boiled green beans, and cornbread.

Special thanks to WB London Ivey for taking care of the catering and WM Tyler Singleton for organizing the event.


First Degree Held — with Singing!

University #408, with an assist from Mosaic #762, initiated our newest brother on Monday, October 1, in an Emergent Communication.

The evening was made all the more special as Bro. Dale Bailey sang the circumambulation in a way that’s very rarely done. Many brothers agreed it was a powerful and moving experience.

WB Danny Ferguson cooked a delicious dinner beforehand, including ribs that offered just the right amount of slow-burn.

It was a great turnout; thanks to everyone who came out and made it a special evening for our candidate!


University #408 Honors Newly Minted Eagle Scouts


After our August Fellowship Dinner, University #408 honored new Orange County Eagle Scouts in a ceremony prepared by the North Carolina Grand Lodge.

This was only the second time this ceremony had ever been performed.

University #408 gave new Eagle Scouts certifcates and recognized their great accomplishment in front of their family and friends.


University #408 and Mosaic #762 Host July 4 Cookout

On Monday, July 2, University Lodge #408 and Mosaic Lodge #762 held the 1st Annual July 4 joint Cookout at University Lodge. Many brothers, friends, and family came to eat burgers and dogs, corn on the cob, homemade pies, and more.

Every table in the fellowship hall was full–an incredible turnout for what turned out to be a wonderful evening of fellowship.

Thanks to all the brothers and wives who made it happen, especially SW Tyler Singleton and JW Duane Sinquefield!


University #408 First Responder Appreciation Breakfast

WB London Ivey with First Responders

On Saturday morning, May 5, 2018, University #408 sponsored an appreciation breakfast for Police, Fire, and EMS workers. We provided pancakes, bacon, sausage links, and patties, scrambled eggs, hash browns, home fries, biscuits, orange juice and coffee. We had about 15 area First Responders attend and all left well fed to start their day!

I want to thank the Brothers responsible for helping this event be a success:

  • WB Al Jones who supplied the bacon, sausage and coffee.
  • Senior Warden Tyler Singleton for preparing the pancakes and helping setup
  • Senior Deacon Dace Bergen for making some excellent scrambled eggs.
  • WB London Ivey designed and donated our banner which can be used again.
  • WB Rickie Williams who kept the home fries and hash browns supplied.

Please check our photo gallery for pictures.


University Lodge Library Is Now Online!

Nobody knows exactly how many books University Lodge #408 holds in our library, but we’re confident there’s enough text collected on our shelves (and on nearby tables and chairs) to keep an interested mason busy reading for a good long while.

Thanks to the vision and dedication of brother Evan Watson, the University Lodge library is being cataloged online! Already, Brother Watson has logged ninety-five books.

The entire catalog can be reached from the Lodge’s website, or by clicking here.

Brothers can search by keyword or subject matter. Or, brothers can simply browse by title. Most books are able to be checked out; some will need to be read only on-site due to their rarity or delicate condition.

To check out a book, we’ll still use the old-fashioned library card system, for now. When you want to check out a book, write your name on the card inside the book, and leave the card for brother Watson to log.

Titles range from history to esoterica to fiction and more.

We hope brothers from all around the district, and beyond, come to enjoy one of the crowning jewels of University Lodge #408: it’s deep and still burgeoning collection of Masonic resources.


New Street Sign!

Thanks to Brother MC Russell, University Lodge #408 has a new street sign!

They dug the hole for it a while back, and we’ve been eagerly anticipating the sign placement. There were tons of civic hoops to jump through, and Brother Russell was the right man for the job.

This Saturday, Caroline Ferguson, the daughter of PWM and current Secretary Danny Ferguson, will be selling plants in the front yard of the lodge. Why not come check out the sign and, while you’re at it, take some greenery home with you?


April’s Showers Bring…a Mandatory Lecture Service!

April showers might bring May flowers, but they also welcomed a Mandatory Five-Hour Lecture Service for the brothers of University #408!

PWM Al Jones and PWM London Ivey provided a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuits, and a smorgasboard of meat, along with requiste coffee and juice.

After the meal, we convened upstairs, where WB Bobby Handcock instructed us on the finer points of degree work and opening and closing the lodge, and shared other educational gems.

Thanks to all the brothers who came out and made it a fun morning!


Three Lodges Dine, Rehearse First Degree

On Monday, March 5, following a lively dinner at University Lodge #408 in Chapel Hill, brothers from three District 19 lodges–Fellowship Lodge #687, Mosaic Lodge #762, and University Lodge #408–got together to rehearse the First Degree.

Nothing remained of the delicious dinner, which was pork ribs, mashed potatoes, salad, and Texas Toast, plus two desserts. All the serving trays went back to the kitchen empty..

Bellies full, members of all three lodges came together in friendship to mark through the First Degree, prompting one another as needed, working through the sticky parts, and yes, occasionally cutting up. It was inspiring to see the good work that lodges can do when we come together to focus our attentions on a higher purpose.