High Noon Lodge No. 38


 John Chobrda, PM   Worshipful Master
 Abraham Rivera, PM   Senior Warden
 Jon B. Cottrell, PM   Junior Warden
 Charles G. Morgan, PM   Secretary
 Vernon E. Hanby, GLAH   Treasurer
 Richard L. Shehorn   Senior Deacon
 Lee A. Russykevizc   Junior Deacon
 Scott A. Melvin   Senior Steward
 Peter P. Wolff   Junior Steward
 Harry Hanevitz   Tiler
 Milton I. Weisman   Chaplain

Past Masters

Abraham Rivera 2022 Michael J. Ratcliff, PM 2021
Charles G. Morgan, PM 2020 Jon B. Cottrell, PM 2019
Bruce A. Beck, PM 2018 Michael J. Ratcliff, PM 2017
Jon B. Cottrell, PM 2016 Jon B. Cottrell, PM 2015
Jon B. Cottrell 2014 Terrence A. Van Gorder, PM. 2013
Terrence A. Van Gorder, PM 2012 Terrence A. Van Gorder 2011
Robert L. Vawter 2010 Charles F. Mitchell, Jr., PM 2009
Charles F. Mitchell, Jr. 2008 Peter Tyrrell, PM 2007
Carl H. Carlson, Jr., PM 2006 Carl H. Carlson, Jr., PM 2005
Milton Landis, PM 2004 Milton Landis, PM 2003
Milton Landis 2002 Carl H. Carlson, Jr., PM 2001
Carl H. Carlson, Jr. 1995 Harry A. Hopkins, Jr. 1990
Arthur W. Archer 1987 Jay Hartloub 1984
Peter Tyrrell 1982


One of the newest Lodges in Delaware, High Noon Lodge No. 38 was formed out of a desire to have a Lodge for those brothers who did not like to drive at night, could attend and take part during the day.

At a meeting held on May 3, 1978 in the Newport Masonic Temple, the committee charged with exploring the idea voted to petition Grand Master Holland for a dispensation to form a daylight Lodge in Newport, Delaware jurisdiction. On May 17, 1978, Grand Master Holland granted the dispensation. Under the dispensation, weekly meetings were held until September 1978, then, if chartered at Grand Lodge, to hold monthly Stated Communications, which would open at 12:00 Noon. They chose to name the Lodge “High Noon Lodge No. 38, A.F. & A.M”.

     On October 4, 1978, Grand Master Holland granted a charter to High Noon Lodge. The charter was hand printed by Brother Harold Barker of St. John’s Lodge No. 2, in beautiful calligraphy. It is really a work of art.

     On November 25, 1978 High Noon Lodge was constituted, and the officers installed by Grand Master James H. Hutchins and the Grand Lodge Officers. Including the Grand Master, there were fifteen members of the Grand Staff in attendance as well as approximately 110 brothers and visiting brothers. The following officers of High Noon Lodge have been elected or appointed were installed. Worshipful Master – PM Frand Van Luvannee, Jr., Senior Warden – PM M. Raymond Loose, Junior Warden – Floyd France, Secretary – Harry E. Garraway, Assistant Secretary – PGM Arthur G. Craign, Treasurer – PM Frank A. Battaglia, Senior Deacon – David Marianelli, Junior Deacon – Carson Stoneman, Senior Steward – James F. Peterson, Junior Steward – Charles A. Lockwood, Chaplain – Jay F. Hartlaub, Tiler – William J. Sublett, Assistant Chaplain – Donald S. Smith.

     There were seventy-one charter members of High Noon Lodge. Many were unable to attend Lodge but joined just to financially support the Lodge. It should be noted that the Newport Hall Company and the four other Newport Lodges gave encouragement and financial support, as did other Delaware Lodges during its formative stages.

     On July 11, 1979, the first petition for membership was from Charles Henry Smith, who was elected to receive all the degrees conferred in a Masonic Blue Lodge.

     It should be noted that High Noon Lodge continued to open their meetings at 12:00 Noon until 1987 when it was decided to open at 11:30. The Lodge was open year round until 2004 when it was decided to go dark in July and August.

     One of the highlights of Hign Noon Lodge’s history was being the host of the North American Conference of Daylight Lodges on August 21, 22, and 23, 1992. They welcomed visitors from England, Canada, and fourteen United States Lodges.

     Of the original seventy-one charter members, twenty-seven are still members of High Noon Lodge in 2004. Three dual members of the Lodge were or have become Grand Master of Masons in Delaware; Arthur G. Craig in1965, Frank A. Battaglia in 1986, and David Marianelli in 1989.