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26 August 2011 Number 242
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Rural Lodge AF&AM
1170 Hancock Street, Quincy MA, USA
Answering service: 781 534 9554
Wor Matthew Piper
Masonic Health System 866 657 7000
Lodge of Research
MLoR meets quarterly at different venues around the state.
All Massachusetts brethren can become members.
Saturday 17 September
at Quincy Masonic Building,
courtesy of Rural Lodge
Installation of RW Graeme Marsden as the third Master.
Such business as shall regularly come before the Lodge.
An exemplification of
the Long Form of the Middle Chamber Lecture
by Bro Chris Hallstrom
Followed by a discussion on the same
This particular meeting is closed to Master Masons
Refreshments at 9:00am
Lodge Opens at 10:00am
Lodge closes at 12 noon
Any Mason may visit at no cost
the WM: Wor John Soderblom
or the Master-Elect RW Graeme Marsden
Quincy, Milton, Braintree & Weymouth
Save the Date
30 September 2011
8th District Oktoberfest
to benefit Interfaith Social Services
The 8th Masonic District invites all to the Third Annual Quincy Oktoberfest
sponsored by the 8th Masonic District and Quincy Elks
Friday 30 September from 5pm to 11pm
Featuring traditional Oktoberfest food, entertainment
and several styles of traditional Oktoberfest beverages.
This year we will have the Tirrell room for the traditional Oktoberfest
and a Biergarten downstairs in the old members lounge with contemporary entertainment.
The ticket price again is $20 per person
and covers entertainment and substantial buffet
Brethren, as we all know the economy is tough
and the numbers of those who are in need is great.
Interfaith Social Services food bank services every city and town in our district.
Their purchasing power is seven dollars of food for every dollar donated.
Over the past two years we have raised over $14,000
that enabled ISS to purchase almost $100,000 in food.
Please take this opportunity to feed the hungry in your city or town.
This will be a timely donation right before Thanksgiving.
For tickets please contact your lodge secretary
or go to interfaithsocialservices.org.
We hope to see you all there;
it will be a great time for a great cause.
Quincy, Milton, Braintree & Weymouth
8th Masonic District Calendar
District Deputy Grand Master of the 8th Masonic District: RW Richmond Peter Carlson.
Master of the 8th Lodge of Instruction: Wor Arthur Dunham.
8th District Lodge of Instruction is held on the first Wednesday of each month
at Quincy Masonic Building, 1170 Hancock Street.
Candidate instruction: 6:45pm to 7:15pm
Officer instruction: 6:45pm to 7:15pm
Dinner: 7:15 to 7:45
Main session 8:00pm to 9:00pm
LOI Dinner Reservations
Make personal reservations with your lodge JW.
Lodge Junior Wardens: make a list of these names and give them to the JW of the LOI, Wor John Knox.
Each reservation needs to be by name and lodge. Those with named reservations can purchase a dinner ticket at
the LOI. Those without reservations will be able to purchase a ticket only if extra food is available, after all with
reservations have been served.
A reminder. Lodge of Instruction is free and open to all (including wives and other non-Masons) except where
specified as a closed meeting. The Dinner, however, is not free. The cost is usually $15, consisting of a substantial
buffet, and reservations are required. All are invited free of charge to the collation after the main session.
Wed 7 Sep 8th Lodge of Instruction NOTE
Thu 8 Sep St Paul’s-Algonquin Regular Communication Rural Lodge Regular Communication
Thu 8 Sep Rural Regular Communication in September is Thursday 8.
Fri 9 Sep Milton Regular Communication
Sat 10 Sep Rural Lodge open Installation Our bylaws state that the September
meeting must follow Labor Day.
Wed 14 Sep Norfolk Union Closed Installation
Wed 14 Sep Grand Lodge Quarterly
Thu 15 Sep Euclid Regular Communication
Fri 16 Sep MOVPER Grotto
Sat 17 Sep Massachusetts Lodge of Research at Quincy Masonic Building
All Master Masons may attend this closed meeting. MORE INFO HERE
Tue 20 Sep Weymouth United Regular Communication
Sat 24 Sep St Paul’s-Algonquin Lodge open Installation
Tue 27 Sep Delta Regular Communication
Tue 27 Sep Macedonian Regular Communication
Quincy, Milton, Braintree & Weymouth
Wed 5 Oct 8th Lodge of Instruction
Thu 6 Oct Rural Regular Communication
Sat 8 Oct Weymouth United Masonic Lodge open Installation
Wed 12 Oct Norfolk Union Official Visit
Thu 13 Oct StPaul’s-Algonquin Official Visit
Fri 14 Oct Milton Lodge Open Installation
Sat 15 Oct Square & Compasses Day
Tue 18 Oct Weymouth United Masonic Lodge Official Visit
Thu 20 Oct Euclid Regular Communication
Fri 21 Oct MOVPER Grotto
Tue 25 Oct Macedonian Regular Communication
Tue 25 Oct Delta Regular Communication
Sat 29 Oct Scottish Rite Boston One Day Class
Wed 2 Nov Lodge of Instruction
Thu 3 Nov Rural Lodge Regular Communication
Wed 9 Nov Norfolk Union Regular Communication
Thu 10 Nov St Paul’s-Algonquin Regular Communication
Fri 11 Nov Milton Official Visit VETERANS’ DAY
Thu 17 Nov Euclid Regular Communication
Fri 18 Nov MOVPER Grotto
Tue 22 Nov Weymouth United Regular Communication
Tue 29 Nov Delta Regular Communication
Tue 29 Nov Macedonian Regular Communication
Thu 1 Dec Rural Official Visit
Wed 7 Dec Lodge of Instruction
Thu 8 Dec St Paul’s-Algonquin Regular Communication
Fri 9 Dec Milton Regular Communication
ME: DeMolay state master with a mission
By Kathryn Skelton
22 August 2011
LISBON FALLS — Samuel Goldsberry is an
18-year-old with a tuxedo and a busy year
He was elected state master councilor in
June to the Maine DeMolay Association,
the top state seat of a fraternal group for
boys aged 12 to 21 that’s about courtesy,
comradeship, patriotism and, sometimes,
Sea Dogs and paintball.
It’s also about protocol — the tux is for his
official state master duties. Twice-
monthly chapter meetings are suit-and-tie
affairs for all, which, Goldsberry said, can
strike some teenagers as a little too for-
mal.“Most kids don’t really want to get
dressed up in suits — ‘Oh, that’s no fun’ —
but we do also have fun activities. We
have to find that balance,” he said. Plus:
“It is kind of cool going out in tuxedos.”
Samuel Goldsberry, 18, of Lisbon Falls is the new state master councilor for the
Goldsberry graduated from Lisbon High
Maine DeMolay Association, which meets in the Auburn Masonic Hall on Turner
Street. School in June, where he ran track. He
joined DeMolay in 2007 (the organization
is named after a grand master of the Knights Templar killed in 1314).
The state has roughly 40 members in four chapters, including one in Auburn that meets in the Masonic Hall.
One of Goldsberry's platforms when he ran for the top office was increasing membership.Massachusetts has
16 chapters. He recently spoke in front of that state’s leaders, bringing greetings from Maine.“Seeing them
thrive and be successful was, ‘I want to bring that to Maine,’” Goldsberry said. “Bring back the ideas that
turn them into a powerhouse.”
Before joining, “I was a really shy kid, I would never talk in front of anyone,” he said. “It’s kind of opened
the world of public speaking.”
His chapter often has one charity it supports at a time. Teens plan their own fundraisers and fun events, such
as a Sea Dogs game on Sunday and paintball next month. They’ve toured the Blaine House, visited Six Flags
and gotten a peek around the Shriner's Hospital in Massachusetts.
“It was touching,” he said. “It was really nice to see what your money goes to.”
Goldsberry will enter Central Maine Community College this fall. He has his classes piled into three days to
free up the rest of his schedule for DeMolay travel and duties, and for squeezing in a little disc golf. He'd
love to end 2011 with 100 members. Some, like him, apply to be Masons when they turn 18, some don't. Next
year, Goldsberry would like to transfer to the University of Maine, maybe for computer science, where the
tux can stay tucked in his closet.
UK: Police in the Freemasons lead the attack against Cameron
Freemasons in the police leading the attack on David Cameron's riot response
Leading police officers have set up a national Masonic lodge where they can meet in secret in defiance of
fears about the influence of the secret society on the criminal justice system.
By Jason Lewis
20 August 2011
The founding members include senior officials from the Police Federa-
tion, the police staff association, which is currently fighting the Gov-
ernment over its plans to cut budgets.
The new Masonic lodge is led by John Tully, a Metropolitan Police offi-
cer, who has given numerous interviews in recent days accusing the
Prime Minister of "fighting violence, arson and looting on our city
streets with sound-bites".
Other founder members include officers from the Metropolitan Police,
Essex Police, Thames Valley Police and from other forces including
Northumbria, Dyfed Powys, South Wales, South Yorkshire and even a
high ranking officer from the Royal Gibraltar Police.
The "Sine Favore" Lodge was opened despite the conclusions of a Par-
liamentary inquiry which warned of public fears that "Freemasonry can
have an unhealthy influence on the criminal justice system".
The inquiry followed questions about masonic involvement in the aban-
donment of an investigation into a shoot-to-kill policy in Northern Ire-
land and with the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad, which was dis-
banded after evidence of police malpractice.
Membership is open to all serving and retired officers across Britain
The new Masonic lodge is led by John Tully, a and others working alongside the police, including lawyers, criminolo-
Metropolitan Police officer gists and even the financial advisers who manage officers' retirement
The idea for the new police Masonic lodge grew out of a series unoffi-
cial get-togethers in hotel bars during Police Federation annual conferences.
Masonic rules require members to do all they can to support each other, to look after each other and to keep
each others' lawful secrets.
New members of the so-called Brotherhood are blindfolded, a hangman's noose placed around their necks
and they are warned their throat will be slit and their tongue torn out if they break their oath. Critics argue
this could put them at odds with discharging their duty to serve the public.
The inquiry by the Home Affairs Select Committee in 1998 called for a public register of police officers who
joined the Freemasons, although in the end the then Labour government proposed that officers could make
voluntary disclosures about their membership. Few did.
The new "Sine Favore" lodge, is named after the Latin motto of the Police Federation, "Without Fear, With-
The founders include Police Federation Treasurer Martyn Mordecai, John Giblin, chairman of the Federation's
Sergeants Central Committee, and Steve Williams, general secretary of the Federation's Inspectors Central
Earlier this year Mr Giblin told the Federation's annual conference that government ministers "hate the police
service" and wanted to "destroy" it.
Other founding members include solicitor Tristan Hallam, a personal injury lawyer who specialises, according
to his firm Russell Jones and Walker, in "road traffic accidents and public liability cases for both private cli-
ents and associations including the Police Federation". CONTINUED
Mr Hallam said: "Membership of any organisation is a personal choice. Russell Jones & Walker are aware of
Stewart Imbimbo, an ex-Thames Valley police officer and now a senior official at Milton Keynes council,
Robert Taylor, a financial adviser, Eric Misselke, director of a police credit union which provides cheap loans,
savings accounts and insurance, and the Metropolitan Police's resident criminologist Dr Attilio Grandani.
Dr Grandani sits on the Metropolitan Police Authority's equality and diversity sub-committee and is behind
the Met's new controversial statistical-led policing model, which aims to combat areas of high crime as op-
posed to more thinly spread bobbies-on-the-beat territorial policing.
Lodge number 9856 was officially opened by a senior Masonic official, Russell Race. He is the Metropolitan
Grand Master, head of the Grand Lodge of London, a corporate financier and chairman of a construction firm
behind the huge Westfield shopping centre in west London and The Pinnacle office development, which,
when complete, will be the tallest building in the City of London.
The lodge is based at 10 Duke Street in central London, which is also the headquarters of the Supreme Coun-
cil of the 33rd Degree, one of the most important and mysterious bodies in international Masonic circles,
which has an elite membership of only 75 people.
The building, known as Grand East by Masons, contains the "Black Room", the "Red Room" and a "Chamber of
Death", used for Masonic rituals.
The Police Federation last night refused to discuss whether any of its officials had disclosed their involve-
ment with Freemasonary.
A spokesman said: "Being a member of any organisation is a matter for the individual, so long as membership
of that organisation does not compromise their duties and responsibilities as a police officer."
Lodge Secretary Mr Tully, vice chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation refused to comment.
Gibraltar: Leading Police Officer is founding mem-
23 August 2011
A senior officer of the Royal Gibraltar Police is among the founding members
of a new Masonic lodge established by top UK policemen, according to a re-
port published at the weekend by the Daily Telegraph.
The report said those behind the new lodge included senior officials from
the Police Federation, which is fighting the British Government over its plan to cut police budgets. The Tele-
graph said the group also included officers from police forces around England and Wales “…and even a high
ranking officer from the Royal Gibraltar Police.”
Membership of the new ‘Sine Favore’ Lodge is open to all serving and retired officers across Britain and oth-
ers working alongside the police, including lawyers, criminologists and even the financial advisers who man-
age officers’ retirement plans. The idea for the new police Masonic lodge grew out of a series of unofficial
get-togethers in hotel bars during Police Federation annual conferences, the newspaper said. The ‘Sine Fa-
vore’ Lodge was opened despite the conclusions of a Parliamentary inquiry which warned of public fears that
Freemasonry could have “an unhealthy influence” on the criminal justice system, the newspaper said.
In Gibraltar, RGP officers are free to join organisations that do not impact or compromise on their duties as
policemen. This includes Masonic lodges and a spokesman said officers were not required to disclose their
membership. Gibraltar has an active Masonic community of around 500 freemasons, with 15 lodges from Eng-
land, Scotland and Ireland represented here.
UK: Masons assist charitable movie
Matlock, Derbyshire, UK
21 August 2011 08:55
A Dales charity has received £500 towards a film it is produc‐
ing. The Arkwright Lodge and the Provincial Grand Lodge of
Derbyshire Freemason have donated the money to Two Dales
based First Taste.
The cash will go towards the cost of Where’er You Walk, a film
of stimulating sights and sounds for use with frail, older peo‐
ple with dementia, as well as those in care homes or attending
day care centres. The film is being shot across Derbyshire and
will feature well known beauty spots, with former Blue Peter
presenter Simon Groom undertaking appropriate readings of
well known texts.
First Taste Chairman, Shirley Davison, said she was delighted
to receive the £500 cheque from Alan Kay of the Arkwright
Lodge. She said: “The charity is very appreciative and grateful
to have this demonstration of support from the Freemasons towards its work for one of the most overlooked and vulnerable sections
of society.” Familiar and well loved music will also feature in the film which although an hour in length will be able to be used in short
segments. The film is to be launched in April, 2012 and will be made available to care establishments both locally and nationally.
Philippines: New Masonic Lodge to open
Reynaldo G Navales
22 August 2011
MAGALANG – A Lodge Temple will be built here to be the center of Freemasonry teaching, said a top official
of a mason group. The proposed Masonic Temple will be constructed in a 1,000-square-meter land in Baran-
gay Dolores here.
The Mason Magalang Lodge # 391, headed by its Worshipful Master Dennis L. Cunanan, said the establishment
of the lodge is historical because only a few are able to construct new lodges for its various masonic activi-
The groundbreaking rite for the temple will be held Tuesday on the eve of Magalang’s town Fiesta, Cunanan
said. Most Worshipful Juanito P. Abergas, Grand Master of all Masons under the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
of the Free & Accepted Masons of the Philippines, and other Grand Lodge officers, including other officers in
Central Luzon and Masonic District RIII-A, will lead the rites. Other dignitaries from other organization were
also invited to join the event.
Other Masonic lodges in the Pampanga include Pampanga Masonic Lodge # 48, which was established in 1919
under its charter master Pedro Abad Santos; Leornard Wood Lodge # 105; Jose Abad Santos Memorial Lodge #
333 established in 2000, and Tiburcio Hilario Lodge # 394 established in 2010. The Magalang Lodge was also
established in 2010.
Masons and Masonic-sponsored blood drives are the largest single donor of blood in the US
The American Red Cross has issued an appeal for blood donors of all types due to a critical blood shortage across our nation.
While demand for blood products remains steady, donations to the Red Cross this summer are the lowest we’ve seen in over a decade. We need your
help to reverse this trend.
The Red Cross has responded to more than 40 major disasters in more than 30 states over the past three months alone – delivering help and hope to
people affected by floods, tornadoes and wildfires. There’s another, more personal, kind of disaster which can happen to anyone at any time if blood i
needed and it’s not available.
Eligible donors of all blood types are asked to make a donation as soon as possible.
As a sponsor of an upcoming blood drive, you can assist by reaching goal on your upcoming drive. If double red cell donation is available at your blood
drive, encourage donors who meet the eligibility requirement to consider doubling the difference they can make with a double red cell dona-
tion. Please note there are specific eligibility requirements for double red cell donation.
Please check out this important video message from Jim Cantore, Meteorologist, as he thanks blood drive sponsors and emphasizes how critical addin
a blood drive can be to restoring the community supply.
Thank you for your continued support.
The perfect barbecue for your yard…
the 56 Ford grill
If You Go: Bath, England
If you go
Visiting Bath, England?
Then visit the Masonic Hall
12 Old Orchard Street may be one of the more anonymous buildings in
this city of architectural gems, but behind the door opening onto what is
now one of Bath's quietest cobbled backstreets, is a unique history that
has over 260 years been the first Theatre Royal outside of London, a
Catholic Chapel where bishops were ordained, and since 1865 the home
of one of England's oldest provincial Masonic Lodges.
The building is still used regularly as the Bath Masonic Hall, and since
2009 has become one of Bath’s tourist attractions, being open to the pub-
lic on selected days each week for Guided Tours together with the Ma-
sonic Museum housed in the vaults under the Theatre. The magnificent
Masonic Temple is also used as a top venue for arts events, exhibition
and conferences in Bath. If you are visiting Bath as a tourist, or are a lo-
cal interested in Bath’s historical buildings, The Old Orchard Street
Theatre is one of the “must see” places to visit in Bath.
Chris Hodapp says:
The Masonic Hall in Bath is nothing short of drop-dead, falling-down
magnificent, and is now being opened to the public for tours. The Hall
began life 260 years ago as the Royal Theatre in 1750, and then as a
Catholic Church in the early 1800s.
If You Go: Bath, England
Guided tours will be available between 10am and 3pm. These will
include, for the first time, admittance to the Masonic Museum that
had been tucked away in a garret room of the building since 1925.
The museum collection has now been moved to the vaults below
the building. The vaults have been excavated over recent years to
provide an atmospheric home for possibly one of the finest collec-
tions of rare Masonic artifacts in the World.
The vaults once housed the burial chambers where members of the
Catholic Chapel congregation were buried, including exiled
French nobility who had fled the French Revolution. The building
was the main Catholic Chapel for the City of Bath between 1809
and 1863. During much of that time it was closely associated with
Bishop Peter Augustine Baines, the founder of Prior Park School.
Freemasonry has a long and distinguished tradition in Bath dating back to the early 1700's with Lodge minutes
existing for a meeting held on 28 December 1732 at the Bear Inn. The present Masonic Temple is housed in a
beautiful listed building, formerly the original Theatre Royal at Old Orchard Street in Bath's historic center.
There are currently seven Craft Lodges meeting at the Masonic Building, plus the Somerset Masters Lodge.
It is also home to:
the Royal Cumberland, Royal Sussex and St Luke's Royal Arch Chapters
the Royal Cumberland and Royal Sussex Mark Masons
the Bath Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners
the St Peter & St Paul and the Antiquity Chapters Rose Croix
the Antiquity Encampment and Bladud Preceptory Knights Templar
the Antiquity and Bladud Priory of Knights Hospitaller
the King Edgar Tabernacle Knight Templar Priests
the Commemorative Order of the Knight of Acon
the Wessex Council of Royal and Select Masters
and the Allied Masonic Degree of the Frederick Lace Council
Article in the UGLE MQ Magazine
The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference.
He acquired his size from too much pi.
I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island,
but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .
She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. MORE?
Bro John Stafford Smith More at the Smithsonian
Smith, John Stafford (bap. 1750, d. 1836), musician and musical anti-
quary, was baptized in Gloucester Cathedral on 30 March 1750, the son
of Martin Smith (c.1715–1786), organist of Gloucester Cathedral from
1739 to 1781, and Agrilla Smith, née Stafford. Smith was first taught
music by his father, who in 1761 sent him to London to sing as a treble in
the Chapel Royal under James Nares, and to complete his musical educa-
tion with William Boyce, a boyhood friend of his father.
On 16 December 1784 he was admitted a gentlemen of the Chapel Royal
as a tenor, and in the following year he also became a lay vicar of West-
minster Abbey. On the death of Samuel Arnold he was appointed organ-
ist of the Chapel Royal on 1 November 1802. About 1800 he published
Anthems, Composed for the Choir-Service of the Church of England, a
collection of twenty of his anthems. He succeeded Edmund Ayrton as
master of the children on 14 May 1805, resigning in 1817, but he re-
mained organist of the Chapel Royal until his death.
Smith was a skilful exponent of catches and glees, two species of part-
song which were peculiar to England, performed in the main by men, and
fashionable during the period of Smith's creative life. Smith was five
times a winner of prize glees awarded annually by the Noblemen's and
Gentlemen's Catch Club winning a prize each year from 1774 to 1777
and in 1780. He published five collections of catches and glees, the first
appearing in 1776.
The fifth book (1799) contains his harmonized version of ‘To Anacreon
in Heaven’. Smith composed this song, which was the constitutional
hymn of the convivial Anacreontic Society founded in 1766, which met
at the Crown and Anchor tavern in the
Strand. The song became known in
America where new words were sup-
plied in 1814 by Francis Scott Key,
who renamed it ‘The Star-Spangled
Banner’. In 1931 it was adopted as
the national anthem of the United
States of America.
Smith died at Paradise Row, Chelsea,
on 21 September 1836 and was buried
in St Luke's churchyard. At his death
his library and estate were bequeathed
to his daughter Gertrude who eventu-
ally became insane, and the entire li-
brary was sold at auction on 24 April
1844 for her benefit.
Photography within a Lodge
Cameras have now become tiny and ubiquitous, and it is quite likely that brethren may want to record sig-
nificant lifetime events such as a raising. However, Masters are reminded that no photographs may be
taken during a degree. Once degree work is complete the Master may agree to photography.
Masters might want to add a sentence to their cellphone warning at the beginning of meetings that photo-
graphs are not permitted during degree work.
Chapter and verse for Massachusetts Masons:
Grand Master: M.W. Donald G. Hicks, Jr.
Date Issued: September 11, 2002
Proceedings Reference: 2002: page 115
Text of Ruling/Edict:
“There has been a long-standing tradition that only Masons should approach the East of a
Lodge. In our efforts to be more open in our public meetings, it is my opinion that it is
permissible for guests, male or female, to be escorted to the East of a Lodge, on the level, to
make presentations or to be present during a presentation. However, only Masons may be seated in the East of a Lodge.
It is also my opinion that it is permissible for photographs to be taken within a tyled Lodge, with the permission of the
Master. However, no photographs are to be taken during degree work.”
MW Don Hicks with Wor Jim Bennette
at the cornerstone laying of
the Plymouth County Courthouse
Editor: If I may comment on such an august ruling, the Grand
Master’s edict makes eminent good sense.
However, it is increasingly important that photographs
should be taken in the Lodge and of Masonic events, within
those guidelines. There are many electronic ways of publish-
ing photographs to the edification and entertainment of the
brethren, not to mention for publicity and archival purposes.
Masters may want to appoint a Lodge Photographer, who
undertakes to bring a camera and make a record of the
Lodge’s events and good works.
VA: Masons honor Eagle Scouts.
Fredericksburg Masons honor Eagle Scouts from four troops
The Free-Lance Star
21 August 2011
Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4 AF & AM honored local Eagle
Scouts recently at the Masonic Temple.
Bruce "Ziggy" Hollmann, a past master and Free Mason,
who has supported the Boy Scouts for more than 50 years,
coordinated the event. He brought together four local Boy
Scout troops and parents for the event. In addition to
Lodge No. 4, other Masonic organizations supporting the
event included the International Order of Job's Daughter,
the Heroes of '76 of the National Sojourners, and the Fred-
ericksburg Commandery of the Knights Templar.
Following dinner, the Scouts and their families were
treated to various programs, including one on the Ameri-
can flag. Later in the evening, Hollman asked each Eagle
Scout to talk about their community service project they completed for their award. Each Scout also re-
ceived a certificate of achievement from the Grand Lodge of Virginia. Hollmann was Scout master for Dahl-
gren Troop 1404 from 1973 to 1995, and has overseen the Grand Lodge of Virginia's Eagle Scout program in
the Spotsylvania, Stafford and King George area since 2000.
A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a
weapon of math disruption.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
Two silkworms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the
other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'
I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center read: 'Keep off the grass.'
MO: Masonic Lodge collapses in New Bloomfield
19 August 2011
NEW BLOOMFIELD, MO -- Bad news tonight
for the owners of the historic building
that collapsed in New Bloomfield. An ad-
juster visited the site today and told them
the insurance company won't pay a dime
because the policy only covered wind and
The Masonic Lodge crumbled to the
ground around 6:00pm Thursday, sending
bricks and debris onto Route J and the
front porches of apartments across the
street. Mike Backer, who attends the
Lodge, says the 43 members will have a
hard enough time just coming up with
money to clean up the collapsed building,
yet alone financing a rebuild. Had the building collapsed just hours later, during the strong thunderstorms,
the insurance company would have covered the losses, according to Backer.
Backer said the group noticed a crack in the exterior stucco recently, so the group called contractors to give
estimates on fixing the crack and reinforcing the walls. One such contractor stopped by on Tuesday to look
over the building and another contractor, HandyMan Solutions, was scheduled to inspect it Friday morning.
"We were told is was mostly cosmetic," Matthew Burnett of HandyMan Solutions said. "We thought we were
being called out to replace some bricks. We didn't know the building was going to fall." "We were glad that
our guys were not up on scaffolding when the building collapsed," Burnett continued. "When a building col-
lapses it shoots a lot of debris out at the base and it would have knocked over the scaffolding and we could
have lost of couple of guys.
Just an hour and a half before the building collapsed a member of the masonic lodge was inside the building
to get a set of keys. As the member left, he barricaded the door because he felt the building was not safe.
Backer reports that the leaders of the lodge have gone through the rubble and recovered a safe that con-
tained the history of the lodge, which dates back to its founding in 1854.
If you jumped off the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine .
A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons.
The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per
Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the
craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your
kayak and heat it too.
FL: Doughnuts for the Heart?
Florida Today (Gannett)
20 August 2011
Talk about a dichotomy.
The Masons of the 26th Masonic District (Brevard
County FL) are planning a Doughnuts for the Heart
Challenge for Saturday 12 November at the Wick-
ham Park Pavilion in Melbourne.
That's correct. A Doughnuts for the Heart Chal-
lenge in which runners will run two miles through
Wickham Park, then sit down and eat a dozen
Krispy Kreme doughnuts -- that's right, a dozen --
and run another two miles, all in less than an hour.
The winner will be the first person to cross the fin-
ish line who well, never mind, while running the
second two miles.The event is modeled after the
Krispy Kreme Challenge held in Raleigh NC since
2006 to benefit the North Carolina Children's Hos-
pital. The Brevard event will benefit the Cardiac Research Institute at the Masonic Medical Research Labora-
tory in my hometown of Utica NY.
Organizers are offering three levels of participation:
Challengers, who get a T-shirt and a dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; eat all 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts;
run the complete race course in under one hour and keep the doughnuts down.
Casual runners, who get a T-shirt and a dozen doughnuts. They are not required to eat a dozen, but may
eat as many as they like and then run, walk or roll (wheelchair) the course.
Supporters, who get a T-shirt, a dozen doughnuts, do not run or walk but show up to watch and cheer.
More than a few Masons have volunteered -- bless their hearts -- to act as monitors along the course -- along
with EMTs -- to aid runners and relegate any Challenger runner competing for the top prizes who upchucks
the doughnuts to casual runner status meaning they won't be eligible to win. The entry fee is $28 in advance
for all three categories and $35 day of race for just the casual runners and supporters. No race day registra-
tion will be accepted for Challengers. After all, they'll need a few days before the race to get good and hun-
gry if they are going to attempt the whole deal.
Milk and coffee will be available to help competitors get the doughnuts down. And before anyone thinks of
skirting the rules by feeding a few treats under the table to their dog or little kid, race organizers will moni-
tor the boxes of
Brethren, the Challengers
Is this something your lodge could be doing?
1. Figure out what charity you want to support with an event every year.
2. Figure out what event you can readily organize, that’s appropriate for your lodge and city (clearly
it shouldn’t be similar to any other event that’s already being organized in your locality)
3. See if you can get a sponsor. This promotion really is an unusual connection, and it takes the prize
for sheer ingenuity and brazenness!
Readers Write: From Filey, Yorkshire, UK
Good morning Bro Graeme,
One of our members, Robert Hartley, has "found" your newsletter and we are
fascinated that you have included the piece about our "Open Evening" held to
celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Consecration.
I am the Philip Harrison in one of the photos and he was, of course, Master
Our Lodge is in good health and we are able to keep up our "profile" in the
town of Filey but there are still far too many people in this country who view
Freemasonry with suspicion.
Filey is a small seaside town just south of Scarborough on the Yorkshire
Coast and is a popular holiday resort. Sadly its fishing industry is disappear-
ing but it still retains much of its old character.
May I send to you and your Brethren fraternal greetings and best wishes.
Also, if you think your members will be interested, I will try to send an occa-
sional "report" on what's on over here.
I have been a member of the Craft for nearly 46 years and I'm a Lewis. My
Mother Lodge is Legiolium No. 1542 which was consecrated in 1875 in Cas-
tleford which is where I was born.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
This followed a report in the pages of RLNewsletter on the ‘Portus Felix’
Lodge, based on a report in the local paper
Portus felix was the name the Romans gave to Filey. It translates to
‘happy port/harbor’, although ‘good port’ might be a better translation,
maybe even with the subtext that the location was a felicitous discov-
The town name is pronounced ‘file-y’ (not fill-y).
NSW: Masons celebrate 100 years
The Northern Star
24 August 2011
THE Freemasons were out in force in
Eltham last night celebrating the centen-
ary of the opening of the village's Ma-
sonic Lodge and hall.
One hundred years and 10 days ago Sam-
uel McLean (from McLeans Ridges) was
installed as the first master during the
dedication and consecration ceremony of
About 70 members, guests and spouses
from across NSW attended a commemo-
rative dinner coinciding with the lodge's
annual installation where current master
Bob Duncan was installed to serve an-
Historical display: John Frazer puts the finishing touches to Eltham Masonic
Lodge ahead of the centenary celebrations.
Lodge trustee John Frazer was putting the finishing touches to the hall yesterday, which included a fasci-
nating array of historical photos and documents chronicling the group's strong relationship with the village.
“Eltham was originally called Midgee Grass – all these “grasses” around the Big Scrub were cleared land
where the Aborigines used to camp – and this area was about 30 or 40 acres (12 or 16ha) and included what
was to become the village of Eltham,” Mr Frazer said.
“It was a dairy farming village after the cedar getters cleared a lot of the land, but it really got going in
the 1880s – then the railway opened in the 1890s.
“There was nothing there but the odd farmhouse and workers' huts for when they were building the rail-
way, but a farmer, William Walmsley, donated the land for the lodge and the hall.”
In its heyday, Eltham boasted a railway station and a general store as well as the closest pub to Lismore for
“bona fide travellers” looking to “wet the whistle”.
While the lodge and the pub survive and prosper, the general store is now an antique shop and the station
has been replaced by the tennis courts.
Before man can be free, and equal, and truly wise,
he must cast aside the chains of habit and superstition;
he must strip sensuality of its pomp, and selfishness of its excuses,
and contemplate actions and objects as they really are.
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792 – 1822
CO: Masonic Lodge delivers backpacks to elementary school
By Juley Harvey
Estes Park Trail-Gazette
Estes Park CO
23 August 2011
Binders and glue sticks and pencils and wet
wipes and erasers and colored markers and
graham crackers -- school is back for the
autumn. Some students will have the
above-named items, thanks to the Masonic
Lodge. Members delivered 18 backpacks full
of school materials to the elementary
school on Friday.
Marvin Hart of the Masonic Lodge said that
every year the Estes Park Masonic Lodge
puts together three backpacks full of sup-
plies per grade at the elementary school,
for students in grades K through 5. The
backpacks contain every elementary stu-
dent's needs -- from calculators to tissues.
"It helps out the low-income kids," he said.
The teachers determine which kids have the
most need and distribute the supplies ac-
Marvin Hart, center left, of the Masonic Lodge, holds one of the backpacks cordingly, with any remainder kept to sup-
donatd on Friday to the elementary school with principal Karen Glassman. plement general classroom needs. Hart said
Rafel Ferrando, also of the lodge, and his wife, Margaret, a member of Eastern there is more need this year than ever.
Star flank them, holding some of the lodge's contributions of donated school "Normally, it takes $30 to do per bag," he
supplies. said. "This year, it takes $45. The packs are
more expensive and smaller. There's always
a need for more. We're spending $600 this year, through voluntary contributions. It's a good thing we do."
He said the Masonic Lodge also provides an annual scholarship.
The midget fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small me-
dium at large.
The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a
A backward poet writes inverse.
In a democracy it's your vote that counts.
In feudalism it's your count that votes.
Ireland: Open House in Cork
Open house for Cork Heritage Day
14 August 2011
MEMBERS OF the public are to be given the opportu-
nity to tour some of Cork’s most historic buildings for
free as part of Cork Heritage Day, which will take
place later this month. Among the historic buildings
open to the public on Saturday, August 27th, are the
Masonic Hall on Tuckey Street, which has been the
home of Freemasonry in Cork since 1844, and Princes
Street Unitarian church which is the oldest docu-
mented surviving building in Cork.
The heritage day, organised by Cork City Council,
means more than 38 historic and cultural buildings will
open their doors to the public for free for one day
only. The city’s heritage day was officially launched
yesterday at Cork City Hall.
File photo (further details omitted).
The Masonic Hall
The Masonic Hall is located at 25-27 Tuckey Street.
This building has been the headquarters for Freema-
sonry in the province of Munster since 1844.
This is an end of terrace, seven bay, four storey build-
ing, with a slate pitched roof. It was built c.1770, in
the then recently developed Tuckey’s Street 
and is shown as ‘The New Assembly Rooms’ on a city
map of 1771. The ground, first and mezzanine floors of
this building were constructed at this time: there were
3 shops on the ground floor, generating income for the
maintenance of the building, while a sweeping stair-
case led to the Assembly Room [now the lodge room]
and upward to the gallery [now a storage room]. The
upper floor was available for rental by various socie-
ties and clubs, among them the First Lodge of Ireland which, in 1844, purchased the entire building for its
use, and that of the quarterly general meeting of the province. In 1925, when all other city lodges came to-
gether at this premises, the top floor was added [now Royal Arch Chapter Room] to provide additional capac-
ity. From the outside this building may seem unassuming, even austere, but behind its walls lies an interior
of vast beauty and history.
In the Supper Room on the ground floor there are many display cabinets containing historic items relating to
important events in the life of the Masonic Order in Cork, Ireland, and overseas, including old Masonic
aprons, levels and badges dating back to the eighteenth century. One of the levels displayed there was used
at the laying of the foundation stone of St Patrick’s Bridge and St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. A section of this
room is devoted to the Hon. Mrs Elizabeth Aldworth (nee St Leger) who was reputedly the only female ever
to be admitted to the Masonic Order. CONTINUED SEE MORE ON MRS ST LEGER
Ireland: Open House in Cork
The Lodge Room is reached via the original
1770 staircase, which is lined with fascinat-
ing pictures depicting many important his-
torical events in Cork City. On entering the
Lodge Room it feels as if one has stepped
back in time. The stalls and panelling are
over 300 years old having come from the for-
mer St Fin Barre’s Cathedral (demolished
The armorial banners on the walls are the
coats of arms of some of the highest ranking
members in the Freemasons; those over the
stalls belong to current stall holders, while
those higher up towards the ceiling belonged
to members now departed.
The figures which surround the large mosaic
are the plaster casts used in making the fig-
ures of the four Evangelists which surround
File photo the west window in St Fin Barre’s Cathedral,
and examples of craftsmanship by Cork firms
past and present are on display on all sides.
The Lodge room is used every month from
September to May by the eight Lodges which
meet in Cork City. Every Friday morning,
there is a coffee morning (10.15am to
11.45am) to support various charities, at
which general members of the public are
Welcome address from the Munster website
Provincial Grand Master of Munster
RW Bro Alan J Campbell
You are warmly welcome to the website of the oldest Masonic Province within the Irish Constitution
that of Munster which dates from 1751. Today, our province comprises the City and County of Cork
and that portion of the County of Kerry lying south of a line drawn from the head of Tralee Bay to
Clydagh Bridge, including Milltown and the town of Tralee. Prior to 1842 when the province of
North Munster was established the province of Munster also included County Limerick, County
Clare, part of County Tipperary and all of the County of Kerry.
Freemasonry is much older in Munster than 1751. The earliest mention in existence is 1656 when
one John Champion is recorded as ‘Master of ye society of Freemasons He was a wealthy land and
property owner of the time. In the early days of the 18th Century there were sufficient lodges oper-
ating to have necessitated the creation of a GRAND LODGE OF MUNSTER. The date this Grand
Lodge was established is unknown as its earliest minute, which is dated 1726, is obviously not that
of its foundation. CONTINUED
Ireland: Open House in Cork
In 1733, Lord Kingston of Mitchelstown was elected Grand Master of Munster while being at the same time Grand Master of Ireland and
in this way the two Grand Lodges were amalgamated. While being happy and content to give their allegiance to the Grand Lodge of
Ireland, the fourteen Munster Lodges retain a form of working which differs somewhat from that used by other Lodges of the Irish Con-
stitution. Within the United Grand Lodge of England, the province of Bristol uses a rather similar working. It is believed that this similar-
ity of working came about because of the close maritime trading links between Cork and Bristol in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
The Masons of Munster are always delighted to welcome visiting Brethren to their meetings. Likewise any man of goodwill interested in
joining our ancient and honourable society will be given all the help and advice he may require.
Mrs St Leger, Freemason
In or about the year 1710, long before
the foundation of the Grand Lodge of
Ireland in 1729-30, a Lodge was being
held at Doneraile Court, Co. Cork -
where Miss St. Leger, then a young
girl, being by accident or design, a
witness, from an adjoining apartment,
of some portion of the mysterious
ceremonies, took alarm, and made an
attempt to withdraw, which attracted
the attention of the Tyler, and the
brethren were warned of the presence
of an intruder.
The Lodge, presided over by her fa-
ther, Lord Doneraile, and her brother,
his successor, and Mr. Aldworth, after-
wards her husband being also, it is
said, present, determined to carry out
the only possible course under the cir-
cumstances, and initiate the lady,
Doneraile Hall, the location where the incident took place.
who afterwards attained eminence in The ancestral home of the St Leger family.
the Craft, and was a well-known fig-
ure in Masonic Ceremonies, and pro-
cessions on public occasions.
Note - On the male line failing by the death of her two brothers and nephew, Mrs. Aldworth's second son, St.
Leger Aldworth inherited, and, assuming his mothers' surname of St. Leger, was created Lord Doneraile in
The following account, derived from a memoir of her life, published in Cork in 1811, describes the dramatic
development which ensued . . .
"Part of the wall dividing the Lodge Room from the library was being removed for the purpose of making an
arch and thus connecting the two room; some of the bricks in the dividing wall had been removed and only
loosely replaced. While the alterations were in progress, Viscount Doneraile and others met in the Lodge
Room for Masonic purposes and to confer degrees.
Mrs St Leger, Freemason
On this particular afternoon, Miss St. Leger had been
reading at the library window and, the light of the
winter afternoon having failed, fell asleep. The
sound of voices in the next room restored her to con-
sciousness and from her position behind the loosely
placed bricks of the dividing wall she easily realised
that something unusual was taking place in the next
room. The light shining through the unfilled spaces
in the temporary wall attracted her attention and,
prompted by a not un-natural curiosity, Miss St.
Leger appears to have removed one or more of the
loose bricks, and thus was easily enabled to watch
the proceedings of the Lodge.
"For some time her interest in what was transpiring
was sufficiently powerful to hold her spell-bound;
the quietness of her mind remained undisturbed for
a considerable period and it was not until she real-
ised the solemnity of the responsibilities undertaken
by the candidate that she understood the terrible
consequences of her action. The wish to hide her
secret by making good her retreat took full posses-
sion of her thoughts, for it must be fully understood
that although she was perfectly aware that her fa-
ther's Lodge was held at the house, she had no idea on entering the library that on that evening a meeting
was about to be held in the adjoining room. Her only means of exit was through the Lodge Room and we can
well understand what must have been the feeling of the young girl when she realised that the only way to
escape was through the very room where the concluding part of the Second Degree was being given. The
door being at the far end of the room, she had sufficient resolution to attempt her escape that way. With
light and trembling step, and almost suspended breath, she glided along, unobserved by the Lodge, laid her
hand on the handle and, softly opening the door, before her stood her father's butler, the grim and faithful
tyler, with drawn sword in his hand, guarding the entrance. Her shriek alarmed the Lodge and the Brethren,
having a carried the young back into the library, learned what had occurred. Leaving her in charge of some
of the members, they returned to the Lodge and discussed what course, under the circumstances, they had
best persue. The discussion was carried on for a considerable time, after which they returned, and having
acquainted Miss St. Leger with the great responsibilities she had unwittingly taken upon herself, pointed out
that only one course was open to them. The fair culprit, with a high sense of honour, at once consented to
pass through the impressive ceremonials she had already in part witnessed."
Elizabeth St. Leger was the daughter of Arthur St. Leger, 1st. Viscount Doneraile and his wife, Elizabeth
Hayes. She married Richard Aldworth at Newmarket Court, co. Cork on 7 April 1713.
Two hydrogen atoms meet.
One says, 'I've lost my electron.'
The other says 'Are you sure?'
The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at
least one of the puns would make them laugh.
No pun in ten did. MORE?
25 August 2011
Advisors Conference Weekend
September 24 & 25th
The Advisors Conference is Saturday and Sunday, September 24th & 25th at the Doubletree Inn, 5400 Com-
puter Drive, Westborough, Massachusetts. The event includes Saturday lunch and dinner and Sunday break-
fast and lunch. The cost of the weekend is $90 and includes the meals, lodging and material for the Confer-
ence. The Conference is open to all Advisors.
Dad Jeff Northrup, Director of Advisor Training and Retention has crafted an outstanding program with a pro-
fessional team. This is a quality program and an important source of training and information to help advi-
sors make a difference in their chapters and more importantly in the lives of our young men. Make the
weekend commitment. Visit the Advisor Conference Web information here.
Registrations need to be in by September 16th. We do expect the conference to sell out so getting your reg-
istration in well before the deadline is a good idea.
The State Officers first event is Saturday, September 10th from 9 am to 3 p.m. at Friendly Fire Paintball.
The details are on the website. The cost is $55 which includes the needed equipment and 500 paintballs.
(Additional paintballs may be purchased throughout the day.)
Conclave is History
Conclave 2011 is in the history books. The weekend attendance was 255 DeMolays, Advisors and out of state
guests. The Sunday attendance was 366. This is a three year record.
Conclave was fun filled with a very intense schedule. We will be distributing a survey this week to collect
opinions and suggestions so that we can make the program better next year. Continuous improvement is bet-
ter than delayed perfection.
Nichols College reported that we were their largest group to use the campus all summer. There was not a
speck of damage, even accidental, and not a single key was misplaced. They were very impressed with the
way we left the campus cleaner than we found it. Thanks to all, especially Lowell and J.G. Whittier Chap-
ter, for their efforts during and after the weekend.
Employing State Officers in Your Chapter
The State Officers are ready, willing and able to perform Chapter Installation of Officers and/or provide fill
in officers for your Chapters’ degrees. They do request at least one months notice and requests for using the
State Officers should be directed to the State Master Councilor at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Master Councilor Timothy W. Nogueira mailed a copy of his term program to every Chapter's “mail to”
contact. The plan is marked “DRAFT.” Tim wanted to give as much notice about planned events to every
chapter but also to remain flexible in order to meet unanticipated requests or requirements. Updates to the
Calendar will be posted to the Massachusetts DeMolay Calendar which is visible on the Massachusetts DeMo-
lay website or if you use Gmail™ or Google™, is available as a Public Google Calendar. It also automatically
publishes to the DeMolay International website under Jurisdictional Events. The “Draft Term Program” will
only be updated on the DeMolay Calendar.
Square and Compasses Day is Saturday 15 October
The Grand Lodges of New England are promoting Saturday 15 October as Square and Compasses Day where
they will hold Open Houses in all of the Masonic Buildings across New England. The Open Houses will be sup-
ported with television advertising and thus drive traffic to the open houses. This will be a great time for
your Chapter to join in and set up an informational table about DeMolay in your sponsoring body's lobby. If
you need banners, pamphlets, petitions, etc. please contact the DeMolay Office in Boston at 617-426-6040
x4231 or email@example.com.
The “Got Members," membership drive began at Conclave and will culminate with a Statewide Double De-
gree on December 10th. The main feature of the drive is the return of the "Prospect Party-in-a-Box", which
the State Master Councilor and Dad Matt Gerrish, the membership director, will be hand delivering in the
next month. The box contains items that will assist the chapters with holding a prospect party, as well as
giving the members some useful tips on how to speak about DeMolay to their friends and prospective mem-
bers. The State Master Councilor will be confirming dates with the Master Councilors as to when it is conven-
ient to deliver and explain the contents of the box to the chapter.
The State Officers are organizing DeMolay University on Saturday 29 October. DeMolay University is open to
all DeMolays. More information soon.
A Chevalier Degree will be conferred at Old Colony Chapter, Quincy on Saturday 17 September at 7:00pm
with a light collation to follow. Bro. Jacob T. Yanovich is the Chevalier designate. The Quincy Masonic
Building is located at 1170 Hancock Street, Quincy.
The Degree of Chevalier will be conferred on Friday 14 October on two dedicated DeMolays; Bro. Winston O.
Joseph and Bro. Douglas P. Rankin, III in Middleborough Chapter, at 7:30pm at the Middleborough Masonic
Building, 46 South Main Street in Middleborough.
Bay State Court of Chevaliers Observance
The Bay State Court of Chevaliers will hold the Annual Observance and Installation of Officers on Saturday
evening, 12 Novembe at the Westwood Masonic Building, 655 High Street, Westwood 02090. For information
and reservations contact Dad Eugene B. Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut’s DeMolay Brotherhood Weekend
Connecticut has invited any and all interested Massachusetts Chapters to participate in Brotherhood Week-
end on 30 September – 2 October at Camp Hazen in Chester, Connecticut.
The weekend includes a Double Degree, Alpine Climbing, Archery, Ultimate Frisbee, Dodgeball, Skateboard-
ing, Tennis, Basketball, Obstacle Course, Capture the Flag, Man-hunt, Canoeing, Kayaking and Ultimate Soc-
cer. The weekend is open to DeMolays, Candidates, and Advisors. It starts at 5:00pm on Friday 30 Septem-
ber and goes through 10:00am on Sunday morning, 2 October. The cost of the weekend is $60 for active De-
Molays and Advisors and $45 for candidates.
There are several downloads for this event including:
Promotional Flyer that lists who, what, where and how much
Advisors Release and Consent Form
DeMolays Release and Consent Form
Group Liability Waiver and Medical Release Form CONTINUED
Rhode Island Brotherhood Weekend
Rhode Island DeMolay is planning a Brotherhood Weekend on Friday to Sunday 16 17 $ 18 September starting
at 3:00pm on Friday. They are holding the event at the Masonic Yourth Center, 116 Long Street, Warwick,
RI. The cost of the weekend will be $20.00 per person. There is a registration form and health release form
on the Rhode Island DeMolay Website at www.ridemolay.org. This is a camping weekend. Tents and sleeping
bags need to be brought. For more information contact Dad Keith Moan at 401-232-2789 (home) or 401-426-
0107 (cell) or via email at email@example.com. Registrations need to be to RI DeMolay by 12 September.
The regular Management Meetings occur on the last Monday of the month. August's meeting will be held on
Monday evening, 29 August at 7:15pm at the DeMolay Office in Boston.
Management Meetings are open to all members of the Management Team of Massachusetts DeMolay, Chapter
Advisors and Chairmen. Others are welcome by invitation.
AB: Everything there is to know about Masonry
By Ed Moore
13 August 2011
You probably won't be shown any secret handshakes, but you will learn more about the work of Masons in
your community and about the order when members of the Edson Masonic Lodge celebrate their 100th anni-
versary on Aug. 20. Members of the public are invited to a barbecue, which starts at 4:00pm outside the
hall, located at 4725 Ninth Avenue.
Masonic members will gather at the hall starting at 1:00pm. for a reconsecration ceremony. At 3:00pm
there will be the unveiling of a 100-year plaque in front of the hall, followed by a meet- and-greet session
prior to the barbecue.
The event is an officially sanctioned Town of Edson Centennial event. Mason secretary/treasurer Bob Carter
said Masonic dignitaries from across the province, along with local and regional guests will be present.
"We've invited special guests from the Town of Edson and Yellowhead County. We've also invited members
of the Centennial Committee."
Carter said the Masons had their first meeting in the old Methodist Church, which was believed to be lo-
cated on 50 Street. The fraternal organization moved into its current building in the mid-70s. The club's
Immediate Past Master Greg Templeton said the club has extensively renovated its current building, with
the latest reno being a black and white tile floor. "We re-floored the whole lodge." Prior to that an addition
was made at the rear of the hall.
The tile floor replaces the former carpet, and is more representative of the fraternity, in that the floor col-
ours represent the good and bad in all, said Templeton.
The current head of the lodge is Worshipful Master Brad Becker. His one-year term will end later this year
at which time Brian Poltorak will become the next worshipful master. Carter said the lodge currently has 63
He said the Masons may have secrets but they're not the only organization that does. "We have secrets but
so does Wal-Mart but we all believe in a supreme being."
When it comes to the barbecue Carter said come one, come all."We're inviting the whole community to
celebrate with us." Children will be well entertained, as Carlo Klemm will be making balloon animals
throughout the event. In the event of inclement weather a tent will be in place
Brother Kit Carson
Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson was born 24 December 1809 and passed away on
23 May1868. He was an American frontiersman. Carson left home in rural present-
day Missouri at age 16 and became a trapper in the West. He gained renown for his
role as John C Fremont's guide in the American West. Carson also played a minor role
in California's Bear Flag Revolt during the1846–1848 Mexican-American War.
Born in Madison County, Kentucky near the city of Richmond in 1809, Carson moved
at the age of one year with his parents and siblings to a rural area near Franklin, Mis-
souri. Carson's father, Lindsey Carson, a farmer of Scots-Irish descent, had fought in
the Revolutionary War under General Wade Hampton. He had a total of fifteen Car-
son children: five by Lucy Bradley, his first wife, and ten by Kit Carson's mother, Re-
becca Robinson. Kit Carson was the eleventh child in the family. He was known from
an early age as "Kit". The Carson family settled on a tract of land owned by the sons
of Daniel Boone, who had purchased the land from the Spanish prior to the Louisiana
Purchase. The Boone and Carson families became good friends, working, socializing,
and intermarrying. Carson was eight years old when his father was killed by a falling
tree while clearing land. Lindsey Carson's death reduced the Carson family to a des-
perate poverty, forcing young Kit Carson to drop out of school to work on the family
farm, as well as to engage in hunting. At age 14 Carson was apprenticed to a saddle-
maker in the settlement of Franklin, Missouri. Franklin was situated at the eastern
end of the Santa Fe Trail, which had opened two years earlier. Many of the clientele
at the saddleshop were trappers and traders, from whom Carson heard stirring tales
of the Far West. At sixteen, Carson secretly signed on with a large merchant caravan
heading to Santa Fe with the job of tending the horses, mules, and oxen. During the
winter of 1826–1827 he stayed with Matthew Kinkead, a trapper and explorer, in
Taos, New Mexico, then known as the capital of the fur trade in the Southwest.
Kinkead had served with Carson's older brothers during the War of 1812, and he
taught Carson the skills of a trapper. Carson also began learning the necessary lan-
guages. Eventually he became fluent in Spanish, Navajo, Apache, Cheyenne, Arap-
aho, Paiute, Shoshone, and Ute. After gaining experience as a teamster along the Sante Fe Trail and in Mexico, Carson signed on with a party of forty
men, led by Ewing Young which in August, 1829 went into Apache country along the Gila River. There, when the party was attacked, Carson first saw
combat. Young's party continued on into California trapping and trading from Sacramento to Los Angeles, returning to Taos in April, 1830 after trap-
ping along the Colorado River.
At the age of 25, in the summer of 1835, Carson attended an annual mountain man rendezvous, which was held along the Green River in southwest-
ern Wyoming. He became interested in an Arapaho woman whose name, Waa-Nibe, is approximated in English as "Singing Grass". Her tribe was
camped nearby the rendezvous. Singing Grass is said to have been popular at the rendezvous and also to have caught the attention of a French-
Canadian trapper, Joseph Chouinard. When Singing Grass chose Carson over Chouinard, the rejected suitor became belligerent. Chouinard is reported
to have thrown a fit, disrupting the camp to the point where Carson could no longer tolerate the situation. Words were exchanged, and Carson and
Chouinard charged each other on horses while brandishing their weapons. Using a pistol, Carson blew off Chouinard's thumb. His opponent barely
missed killing Carson with his rifle shot; it grazed below his left ear and scorched his eye and hair. Accompanied by Singing Grass, he worked with the
Hudson's Bay Company, as well as the renowned frontiersman Jim Bridger, trapping beaver along the Yellowstone, Powder and Big Horn rivers. They
trapped throughout what is now Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Carson's first child, a daughter named Adeline, was born in 1837.
Singing Grass gave birth to a second daughter but developed a fever shortly after the birth, and died sometime between 1838–1840.
He attended the last mountain man rendezvous, held in the summer of 1840 (again at Ft. Bridger near the Green River) and moved on to Bent's Fort,
finding employment as a hunter. Carson married a Cheyenne woman named, Making-Our-Road, in 1841. She left him only a short time later to follow
her tribe's migration.
By 1842 Carson met and became engaged to the daughter of a prominent Taos family: Josefa Jaramillo. After receiving instruction from Padre Anto-
nio Jose Martinez, he was baptized into the Catholic Church in 1842. At 34, Carson married his third wife, 14-year-old Josefa, on 6 February 1843. They
had eight children together, the descendants of whom remain in the Arkansas Valley of Colorado.
Carson decided early in 1842 to return to Missouri, taking his daughter Adeline to live with relatives near Carson's former home of Franklin, to provide
her with an education. That summer he met John C Fremont on a Missouri River steamboat. Fremont was preparing to lead his first expedition and
was looking for a guide to take him to South Pass on the Continental Divide. As the two men became acquainted, Carson offered his services, as he
had spent much time in the area. The five-month journey, made with 25 men, was a success, and Fremont's report was published by Congress. His
report "touched off a wave of wagon caravans filled with hopeful emigrants heading West. CONTINUED
Brother Kit Carson
Fremont's success in the first expedition led to his second expedition, undertaken
in the summer of 1843. He proposed to map and describe the second half of the
Oregon Trail, from South Pass to the Columbia River. Due to Carson's proven skills
as a guide, Fremont invited him to join the second expedition. They traveled along
the Great Salt Lake into Oregon. They determined that all the land in the Great
Basin (centered on modern-day Nevada) was land-locked, which contributed
greatly to the understanding of North American geography at the time. Farther
west, they came within sight of Mount Rainier, Mount Saint Helens and Mount
Hood. One goal of the expedition had been to locate the Buenaventura River, what
was believed to be a major east-west river connecting the Continental Divide with
the Pacific Ocean. Though its existence was accepted as scientific fact at the time,
it was not to be found. Fremont's second expedition established that the river was
a fable. When the expedition ventured into California, they crossed into Mexican
territory. The second expedition became snowbound in the Sierra Nevadas that
winter. Carson's wilderness skills averted mass starvation. Food was so scarce that
their mules "ate one another's tails and the leather of the pack saddles." The expe-
dition moved south into the Mojave Desert, enduring attacks by natives, who
killed one man. The threat of military intervention by Mexico sent Fremont's expe-
dition southeast, into Nevada, to a watering hole known as Las Vegas.
The party traveled on to Bent's Fort. By August 1844 they returned to Washington,
over a year after their departure. Congress published Fremont's report on his expe-
dition in 1845. It added to the national reputations of the two frontiersmen. Along
the route, Frémont and party came across a Mexican man and a boy who had sur-
vived an ambush by a band of natives. They had killed two men, staked two
women to the ground and mutilated them, and stolen 30 horses. Carson and fel-
low mountain man Alex Godey took pity on the two survivors. They tracked the
Native band for two days, and upon locating them, rushed into their encampment.
They killed two Native Americans, scattered the rest, and returned to the Mexicans
with the horses.
On 1 June 1845, John Fremont and 55 men left St. Louis, with Carson as guide, on
the third expedition. The stated goal was to "map the source of the Arkansas
River", on the east side of the Rocky Mountains. But upon reaching the Arkansas, Fremont suddenly made a hasty trail straight to California, without
explanation. Arriving in the Sacramento Valley in early winter 1846, he sought to stir up patriotic enthusiasm among the United States immigrants
there. He promised that if war with Mexico started, his military force would "be there to protect them." Fremont nearly provoked a battle with Mexi-
can General Jose Castro near Monterey, California. Castro's troops so outnumbered the US expedition that they could likely have destroyed it. Fre-
mont fled Mexican-controlled California, and went north to Oregon, making camp at Klamath Lake. On the night of 9 May 1846, Fremont received a
courier, Lieutenant Archibald Gillespie, bringing messages from President James Polk. Reviewing the messages, Fremont neglected the customary
measure of posting a watchman for the camp. The neglect of this action is said to have been troubling to Carson, yet he had "apprehended no dan-
ger". Later that night Carson was awakened by the sound of a thump. Jumping up, he saw his friend and fellow trapper Basil Lajeunesse sprawled in
blood. He sounded an alarm and immediately the camp realized they were under attack by Native Americans, estimated to be several dozen in num-
ber. By the time the assailants were beaten off, two other members of Fremont's group were dead. The one dead attacker was judged to be a Klamath
Lake native. Fremont's group fell into "an angry gloom." Carson was furious and smashed the dead warrior's face into a pulp. To avenge the deaths,
Fremont attacked a Klamath Tribe fishing village named Dokdokwas, which most likely had nothing to do with the attack, at the junction of the Wil-
liamson River and Klamath Lake, on 10 May 1846. Accounts by scholars vary, but they agree that the attack completely destroyed the village struc-
tures; Sides reports the expedition killed women and children as well as warriors. Later that day, Carson was nearly killed by a Klamath warrior when
his gun misfired as the warrior drew a poison arrow. Fremont trampled the warrior with his horse and saved Carson's life. Turning south from Klamath
Lake, Fremont led his expedition back down the Sacramento Valley, and promoted the Bear Flag Revolt, an insurrection of United States immigrant
settlers. He took charge of it once it had adequately developed. When a group of Mexicans murdered two American rebels, Fremont imprisoned Jose
de los Santos Berreyesa, the alcalde, or mayor of Sonoma, two other Berreyesa brothers, and others he believed were involved.
Brother Kit Carson
In November 1864, Carson was sent by General Carleton to deal with the natives in western Texas. Carson and his troopers met a combined force of
Kiowa, Comanche, and Cheyenne numbering over 1,500 at the ruins of Adobe Walls, Texas. In what is known as the Battle of Adobe Walls, the native
force led by Dohasan made several assaults on Carson's forces which were supported by two mountain howitzers. Carson inflicted heavy losses on the
attacking warriors before burning the natives' camp and lodges and returning to Fort Bascom. A few days later, Colonel John M. Chivington led US
troops in a massacre at Sand Creek. Chivington boasted that he had surpassed Carson and would soon be known as the great Indian killer. Carson
expressed outrage at the massacre and openly denounced Chivington's actions. The Southern Plains campaign led the Comanches to sign the Little
Rock Treaty of 1865. In October 1865, General Carleton recommended that Carson be awarded the brevet rank of brigadier general, "for gallantry in
the battle of Valverde, and for distinguished conduct and gallantry in the wars against the Mescalero Apaches and against the Navajo natives of New
Carson died at the age 58 on 23 May 1868 in the presence of Dr. Tilton. He died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm in the surgeon's quarters in Fort
Lyon, Colorado, located east of Las Animas. He was buried in Taos, New Mexico, next to his wife. His headstone inscription reads: "Kit Carson / Died
May 23, 1868 / Aged 59 Years."His last words were: "Adios Compadres" (Spanish for "Goodbye friends").
Brother Kit Carson received his Masonic degrees in 1854 in Montezuma Lodge #109, Sante Fe, New Mexico. In 1860 he demitted to Bent Lodge #204,
Taos, New Mexico when it was chartered and became its first Junior Warden.
Of interest to Masons in New Mexico and elsewhere is the Kit Carson Home and Museum located in Taos, New Mexico, which is owned by Bent Lodge
No. 42 of Taos and operated by the Kit Carson Memorial Foundation, Inc. The Kit Carson Home is now one of the most popular attractions in the old
historic town of Taos and is gaining much renown throughout the United States.
May We Meet Upon The _|_ Act By The ! And Part Upon The |_
W. Bro. Dwight D. Seals
Camden Lodge #159
I am pleased to announce that Brockton now has a
Masonic Book Club
A chance for a relaxed couple of hours to meet in fellowship
and an opportunity to learn a little more about our craft.
It's simple ....
Read a few chapters of the books listed on the attached flyer.
Come to the dinner meeting at the Cape Cod Cafe. On Monday Sept 26th) and discuss.
R.S.V.P. by email or call me at 508-801-9252
(We will all have to chip in for food & beer)]
Spread the word...any MM can participate!
Hope to see you all there.
Fraternaly & Sincerely,
Kevin D. Miller
Kevin Miller [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The Catholic Encyclopedia (1910)
For footnotes, see the online source
Topic: Masonry (Freemasonry)
I. Name and Definition
II. Origin and Early History
III. Fundamental Principles and Spirit
IV. Propagation and Evolution
V. Organization and Statistics
VI. Inner Work
VII. Outer Work
VIII. Action of State and Church
Serialized in RLNewsletter in eight sections corresponding to the original divisions.
1. Name and definition
Leaving aside various fanciful derivations we may trace the word mason to the French maçon (Latin matio or machio),
"a builder of walls" or "a stone-cutter" (cf. German Steinmetz, from metzen, "to cut"; and Dutch vrijmetselaar).
The compound term Freemason occurs first in 1375 — according to a recently found writing, even prior to 1155  —
and, contrary to Gould  means primarily a mason of superior skill, though later it also designated one who enjoyed
the freedom, or the privilege, of a trade guild.  In the former sense it is commonly derived from freestone-mason, a
mason hewing or building in free (ornamental) stone in opposition to a rough (stone) mason.  This derivation, though
harmonizing with the meaning of the term, seemed unsatisfactory to some scholars. Hence Speth proposed to interpret
the word freemasons as referring to those masons claiming exemption from the control of local guilds of the towns,
where they temporarily settled.  In accordance with this suggestion the "New English Dictionary of the Philological
Society" (Oxford, 1898) favours the interpretation of freemasons as skilled artisans, emancipated according to the me-
dieval practice from the restrictions and control of local guilds in order that they might be able to travel and render
services, wherever any great building (cathedral, etc.) was in process of construction. These freemasons formed a uni-
versal craft for themselves, with a system of secret signs and passwords by which a craftsman, who had been admitted
on giving evidence of competent skill, could be recognized. On the decline of Gothic architecture this craft coalesced
with the mason guilds. 
Quite recently W. Begemann  combats the opinion of Speth  as purely hypothetical, stating that the name freema-
son originally designated particularly skilled freestone-masons, needed at the time of the most magnificent evolution of
Gothic architecture, and nothing else. In English law the word freemason is first mentioned in 1495, while frank-mason
occurs already in an Act of 1444-1445.  Later, freemason and mason were used as convertible terms.
The modern signification of Freemasonry in which, since about 1750, the
word has been universally and exclusively understood, dates only from the
constitution of the Grand Lodge of England, 1717. In this acceptation Free-
masonry, according to the official English, Scottish, American, etc., craft
rituals, is most generally defined: "A peculiar [some say "particular" or
"beautiful"] system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols."
Mackey  declares the best definition of Freemasonry to be: "A science
which is engaged in the search after the divine truth." The German encyclo-
pedia of Freemasonry, "Handbuch"  defines Freemasonry as "the activity
of closely united men who, employing symbolical forms borrowed principally
from the mason's trade and from architecture, work for the welfare of man-
kind, striving morally to ennoble themselves and others and thereby to bring
about a universal league of mankind [Menschheitsbund], which they aspire to
exhibit even now on a small scale". The three editions which this
"Handbuch" (Universal Manual of Freemasonry) has had since 1822 are most
valuable, the work having been declared by English-speaking Masonic critics
by far the best Masonic Encyclopedia ever published. 
Continued next week in RLNewsletter
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