The Wayne Witness
The Official Newsletter of Wayne Lodge #112 F & A M, of Westland, Michigan
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The Wayne Witness Table of Contents – August, 2010
The official newsletter of
Notes from the Editor …………………..……..…. 1
Wayne Lodge #112 Table of Contents ………………………………… 2
How to Get The Witness & Reader Contributions 2
37137 Palmer Road, Westland, MI 48186-3964
734-721-7950 Upcoming Events & Activities ……….....…. 3
www.WayneLodge112.org Short Talk Bulletin – Benjamin Franklin ……… 4
What is an Intender? ……………………………. 6-8
The Witness is published and distributed monthly, Humor ……………………………………..…… 10, 25
shortly before each Regular Business Meeting, Lodge & Temple Officers & Comm. Members 12-13
which is the 2nd Monday of each month, Poem – America For me! ……………………….. 13
by Brother Editor Paul Libke, Birthdays …………………………………………. 15
who is solely responsible for it’s content. Let’s get Going – Masonic Renewal ………… 18-20
Articles for publication must be signed, Poem – The Touch of the Master’s Hand …….. 22
but may be published anonymously, if desired, and agreed Eastern Star & Rainbow News …………………. 24
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The Bricklayer’s Accident Report (More Humor) 26
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Irish Blessing – Surgery News – Round Table …. 27
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Poem – Fraternally Yours ……………………….. 28
Cell Phone: 734-748-6464 Calendar – August & September, 2010 ... 30
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Upcoming Events & Activities ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Sep 28 6:00p Masonic Temple Association
Wayne Lodge #112 & Appendant Bodies
Tue Directors’ Meeting
Also see the Calendar on the back cover, the whole-
7:00p Wayne Fellowcraft Club
page Flyers, The Trestle Board, & our Website.
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oct 4 7:30p Wayne Lodge #112 – EA Degree
Every Mon & Tue No Lodge Mtg. Except Aug 09. Mon JW Presides
August 7:00p Discussion – Lodge Operation ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
& Ritual Practice Oct 5 7:30p Tue Royal Arch Meeting
WB David Dossette (PM) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oct 6 6:00p OES Dinner – all welcome
Sep 17 4:00p-8:00p Wayne Lodge Spaghetti Dinner Wed 7:00p Memorial Service – all welcome
Fri See Flyer – pg 9 7:30p OES Annual Elections
Aug 9 7:30p Wayne Lodge #112 Bus. Mtg. Oct 11 7:30p Wayne Lodge #112 Bus. Mtg.
Mon All other Aug Mondays – Mon JD Presides
No Mtg. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oct 11-14 Eastern Star
Aug 13-15 Alpena All Degrees Day (Sat) Mon-Wed Grand Chapter in Battle Creek
Fri 9:00a Sign-up sheet in Lodge – pg 23 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Sun 9:00p WM John Bradley 734-728-2866 Oct 12 7:30p Tue Royal Arch Meeting
Aug 28/9 10:00a- MiCHIP Program Oct 15 4:00p-8:00p Wayne Lodge Spaghetti Dinner
Sat-Sun -5:00p Wayne Wheel Festival Fri See Flyer – pg 9
WB Roger Moore (PM) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oct 16 7:00p Annual Installation of Eastern
Aug 31 6:00p Masonic Temple Association
Tue Directors’ Meeting Sat Star Officers - Refreshments After
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oct 18 7:30p Wayne Lodge #112 – FC Degree
Sep 6 7:00p Mon Wayne Lodge #112 – No Mtg
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Mon SD Presides
Sep 7 7:30p Tue Royal Arch Meeting ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oct 24 8:00a-1:00p Pancake Breakfast – Flyer pg 5
Sep 8 6:30p Eastern Star Dinner Sun Rainbow Girls
Wed 7:30p Stated Meeting ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oct 25 7:30p Wayne Lodge #112 – EA Degree
Sep 13 7:30p Wayne Lodge #112 Bus. Mtg. Mon SS Presides
Mon JW Presides ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Oct 26 6:00p Masonic Temple Association –
Sep 14 7:30p Tue Royal Arch Meeting Tue Directors’ Meeting
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 7:00p Wayne Fellowcraft Club
Sep 17 4:00p-8:00p Wayne Lodge Spaghetti Dinner
Fri See Flyer – page 9 Oct 30 5:00p MM Degree Part 1
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sat 6:00p Dinner
Sep17-19 Myrtle Lodge #89 – Flyer pg 11 7:00p MM Degree Part 2
Fri-Sun Hosting Salyersville, KY Lodge ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
For MM Degree – KY Style
Sep 20 7:30p Mon Wayne Lodge #112 – FC Degree The Main reason for creating this newsletter, The
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wayne Witness, was to bring more news about up-
Sep 22 6:00p OES Potluck Dinner – B’day & coming Events & Activities to more Members – espe-
Wed 7:30p OES Initiatory cially those Members who are a bit unsure of what is
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– happening with our Lodge, and don’t get any infor-
Sep 25 5:00p MM Degree - SW Presides – Pt 1 mation about what is going on, because they don’t
Sat 6:00p Dinner – Widows’ Night come to Meetings regularly. We want you to be in-
7:00p MM Degree Part 2 – Flyer pg 14 formed so that you will have more incentive to come
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– to Meetings – we want to see more of you! If you
Sep 26 8:00a-1:00p Rainbow Pancake Breakfast know of any Happenings that we are not publishing,
Sun please help us by letting us know about them.
Sep 27 7:30p Mon Wayne Lodge #112 – EA Degree
The Wayne Witness Wayne Lodge #112, Westland, Michigan Issue #2 – August, 2010 Page 3
Short Talk Bulletin 1730 Initiated in St. Johns Lodge in Philadelphia
1732 Drafted By-laws for St. Johns Lodge
MWB Benjamin Franklin 1732 Elected Jr Grand Warden of Pennsylvania
1706-January-17 ~ 1790-April-17 1734 Published the first Masonic book in America enti-
tled, “Masonic Book,” which was a reprint of An-
By M.J. “Doc” Van Oosten, PM derson’s Constitution of the Freemasons.
Michigan Mason 1734 As Grand Master of Pennsylvania, with the aid of
his Brothers in St. Johns Lodge, laid the corner-
O stone of the building – Independence Hall.
ne reason for wanting to study Masonry is that so
many great men have found it worthy of such deep 1735 -1738 Served as Secretary of St. Johns Lodge
study. 1738 In a letter to his Mother, he wrote, “Freemasons
have no principles or practices that are incon-
One of these greats stated that, “Masonry didn’t always sistent with religion and good manners.”
say exactly what it meant, but that the real truth of Ma- 1749 Appointed Provincial Grand Master of Boston.
sonry is hidden in the ritual rather than being revealed by 1750 Disposed as Provincial Grand Master and imme-
it.” This great Brother said, “We don’t sell the secrets of diately appointed Deputy Grand Master by his
Masonry; when a man pays for his degrees, we only sell successor.
him the tools that he might use then to dig out the secrets 1752 Appointed to committee for building the “Free-
for himself.” masons Lodge” of Philadelphia.
Many of these great Freemasons played an important part 1760 Appointed Provincial Grand Master of Philadel-
in the forming of this great nation. One such great is none phia.
other than Benjamin Franklin, who in my humble opinion, 1766 Affiliated with Masonic Lodges in France.
was the most prominent and zealous member in the history 1778 Assisted in the Initiation of Voltaire in the “Lodge
of the Craft, as well as the founding of this country. of the Nine Sisters” in Paris.
1778 Officiated in the Lodge of Sorrow, or Masonic
This Brother’s great deeds have been Funeral Services, of Voltaire.
overshadowed by the person of 1779 Elected Worshipful Master of the “Lodge of the
Brother George Washington who, Nine Sisters” and served in this station for two
while a member of the Craft, and is so years.
honored by every Mason in the Unit- 1782 Became an honorary member of the Respectable
ed States, has Masonic accomplish- Lodge de St. Jean de Jerusalem.”
ments which can in no way approach 1785 Elected honorary member of the “Lodge des Bon
those of Benjamin Franklin, whose Amis.”
birthday we don’t celebrate and very 1786 At the feast of St. John the Evangelist (December
few people even know. 27) in the dedication of a sermon delivered at the
request of the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge of
Benjamin Franklin was born on Jan- Pennsylvania by Rev. Joseph Pilmore in St. Paul’s
uary 17, in the year 1706, and was the greatest of Ameri- Church in Philadelphia, was referred to as “An Il-
can diplomats; a hero of the “War of Independence;” an lustrious Brother whose distinguished merit
author, and a philosopher. His invaluable discoveries as a among Masons entitled him to their highest ven-
scientist are to this day esteemed as fundamental additions eration.”
to prudential knowledge. 1790 On April 17, Most Worshipful Brother Benjamin
Franklin passed to the Grand Celestial Lodge
This great statesman founded the University of Pennsylva-
nia, was a founder of the American Philosophical Society,
and an organizer of the “Junta,” a debating society. He As we ponder over the many accomplishments of this busy
also received many honorary degrees: man who could find time to “follow the sessions of Free-
Doctor of Laws University of St. Andrews masonry as though he were a brother of leisure,” can we
Doctor of Civil Law Oxford really believe in our hearts and minds that our Lodge and
Master of Arts Harvard, Yale, William & Mary it’s work demands too much of our time?
He was one of five appointed to the committee to draft the Freemasonry and the United States needs more Ben
Declaration of Independence. Yet his formal education Franklins. Now that we have recently marked the 260th
was only of two years duration as a young lad in Boston, anniversary of some of his great work, why not, all of us,
Massachusetts. But true to the teachings of Freemasonry, make a pledge to try and emulate this great Patriot and
he was a lover and student of the “Arts and Sciences.” Mason, or at least try to leave our Lodge, community, and
Country with just a little something to remember our pass-
Among his more notable Masonic accomplishments are the
following, and these are only a few:
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Rainbow Girls – Wayne Assembly #72
8:30am – 1:00pm
Pancakes, Syrup, Juice
In the spacious
Lodge Dining Room
Wayne Masonic Temple
37137 Palmer Road
(Just east of Newburgh)
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What Is An Intender? Purpose of the Intender Program
Grand Lodge of Michigan
The Intender Program has but one major objective;
to teach the fundamentals of Freemasonry to every
T he term “Intender” comes to us direct from
the old operative Lodge of Scotland. More
than 119 years before the first Grand Lodge
was formed, the Intender was an important official in
the Lodges in Scotland, entrusted with the instruction
candidate, so he may become a Master Mason in fact
as well as in name. It's as simple as that!
Please note particularly the word fundamentals, for
this Program does not go beyond those elements
of new candidates. At that time the word “intend”
which are basic to our Craft, i.e., the principles and
meant: to stretch out, extend, expand, increase, in-
practices with which every Craftsman should be fa-
tensify. Therefore, the Intender was a faithful com-
miliar if he is to bear with honor the proud title of
panion and teacher whose duty it was to stretch out,
Master Mason. It is not the purpose of the Intender
extend, expand, increase, and intensify the knowledge
Program to produce Masonic “scholars” or to give
and understanding of the younger craftsman in the
the candidate advanced Masonic education. It seeks
Science of Masonry.
to have him understand the Masonic way of life, that
he may properly conduct himself as a
The Schaw Statutes, an elabo-
Mason before his Brethren and before
rate code of organization first
the world at large.
drawn up in 1598 by William
Schaw, Master of Work and
This Program supports the traditional
General Warden of the Masons
maxim that the Fraternity has the inher-
of Scotland, are found in the
ent right to insist that each of it’s vota-
minutes of the Lodge of Edin-
ries shall be well grounded in his Mason-
burgh (Mary's Chapel) No. 1.
ic duties and responsibilities; and it also
embraces the equally important idea that
These Statutes provided that
he should understand clearly the Frater-
an Intender be chosen by each
nity's obligation to him.
new Fellowcraft, while the
Lodge of Aitchison's Haven
If, during this process, there is ignited
provided Intenders for both
within the candidate that “spark” which
new Entered Apprentices and
urges him to seek more and more Ma-
new Fellowcrafts. In time the
sonic Light, and thus to become an ear-
office of Intender became so
nest and diligent student of Freemason-
important that the youngest
ry, then the Program will have a plus
Master was chosen for this ex-
value for him and for the Fraternity, for
among such Masons will be found the
future leaders of our Craft.
In recent decades the emphasis has been changing
from merely producing Masons proficient in the ritu-
In this fast-moving age with it’s many demands on
als to that of producing educated Masons – Masons
every man's time and the numerous opportunities af-
who not only love their ritual and know how to pre-
forded him for spare-time diversions, we find Free-
sent it effectively, but who also have an ample
masonry in the position of competing for his atten-
knowledge of the background, the aims, and the pur-
tion. Failure to realize this can only result in dues
poses of the Fraternity. It is here that the Intender
paying Members who never come to Lodge, receive
becomes an important factor in developing an intelli-
no positive benefit from their Membership, and
gent membership and a capable leadership to sustain
whose help to the Craft is limited.
and advance Freemasonry throughout the coming ag-
( continued )
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( continued from previous page )
Third, the Intender is charged with the responsibility
It is necessary to capture the interest of the Candidate of giving adequate fundamental instruction to each
from the start, and there is no better time to do so candidate assigned to him. He becomes his faithful
than when he is receiving the Degrees, and immedi- adviser, friend, and teacher from the time his petition
ately thereafter. This Program for Masonic Light will has been balloted upon until he becomes a proficient
do much to arouse the Candidate's interest and in- Master Mason.
crease his desire to take an active part in the work of
the Lodge. The use of this Program will make the Here is the basis of the Intender Program: The can-
Candidate a better Mason and a permanent asset to didate's source of instruction will be the five Candi-
Freemasonry and to the Community. date Booklets which are presented to him as he pro-
gresses through the degrees, and such other material
The Method as may be supplied from time to time by the Grand
Lodge Committee on Masonic Service and Education.
The Intender Program is
based upon the simple The Recommended Procedure is Quite Simple
truism that the average
man will learn more 1. After the Worshipful Master has declared a peti-
quickly and more ef- tioner elected to receive the degrees, he immediately
fectively when he re- appoints an Intender for the candidate and reminds
ceives individual and him of his duties. These duties include contacting the
personal attention signers of the petition and the members of the Inves-
from an instructor. tigating Committee, therefore these names should be
Group or class in- written down for the benefit of the Intender. The
struction has it’s Secretary can send these in a letter to the Intender
place in Masonry as informing him of his assignment.
well as in the field of
general instruction. 2. The Intender will then immediately contact his
candidate, explain to him that he is to be his Intender
But the fact remains that many advantages accrue to and make the necessary arrangements to meet with
the pupil, and the teacher, when “the attentive ear him and his wife.
receives the sound from the instructive tongue.” It is
not for naught we are reminded that “thus, through a 3. The Intender will meet with his candidate at any
succession of ages are transmitted unimpaired the convenient place, where comfort and privacy is as-
most excellent tenets of our Institution.” sured, although the most common location will be the
candidate's home. When he is satisfied that the can-
The Intender Program seeks to re-establish the “at- didate understands all the subjects discussed in the
tentive ear” and the “instructive tongue” by a method booklet “Your Quest For Light” (and having an-
that is both simple and practical in this modern day swered such proper questions as the candidate may
of rapid tempo, when time is an important factor in ask of him) he should discuss the purpose and brief
every man's life. history of Freemasonry and present the candidate
and his wife with the second booklet, “Some Back-
First, the Program places the responsibility for ade- ground For An Aspirant.” (The Investigating Com-
quate candidate instruction squarely upon the Lodge, mittee may have given the petitioner a copy of “Inter-
where it rightfully belongs. esting Facts About Freemasonry,” in which case the
Intender should be prepared to discuss this also.)
Second, the Lodge in turn delegates the responsibility
to a small group of experienced and faithful members
who are known as Intenders. A small Lodge will need ( continued )
but few Intenders, while a large Lodge will need pro-
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( continued from previous page ) As you continue to meet with the new brother, you
will discover that you will run out of topics of your
In all contact with the candidates the Intender should own and your pupil’s invention. Under these circum-
nurture an atmosphere of informality and make his stances the Intender Handbook will be particularly
pupil feel that he is a faithful friend, adviser, and useful – it is suggested that as a minimum you simply
teacher – and that such is the prevailing spirit among go over the questions and answers contained in the
all Freemasons. A stilted or “formal” approach to the appropriate section of the Handbook.
duties of instruction will do much to defeat the very
purpose of this Program. 7. After the candidate has been seated as a member
of the Lodge, the Intender’s duties increase rather
4. After this meeting, the Intender should arrange to than diminish. By this time, the Intender and the
pick up the candidate the night of his initiation or ar- candidate should be close friends and companions.
range to meet him at the Temple at a specified time. From that time on for the period of at least one year,
The pre-initiation duties thus will have been complet- the Intender should see that the Brother attends lodge
ed, but the candidate should not receive his first de- meetings regularly, explain to him the forms, cus-
gree until this has been ac- toms, and procedures peculi-
complished. ar to our Masonic meetings,
the various jewels worn by
5. During the times that the our officers, and the em-
candidate (and later “Broth- blematic meaning of the var-
er”) is at the Temple, the In- ious jewels and rod orna-
tender should act as a per- ments.
fect host, introducing him to
the brothers present and see- The Intender should careful-
ing to it that he is comforta- ly select a varied diet of Ma-
ble and at ease. Under no sonic activities, arranging to
circumstances should the take the new member on vis-
candidate be left alone ex- its to other lodges, that he
cept for the brief period re- becomes acquainted with the
quired to change clothes. procedure of visitation. He
should be made acquainted
6. The same procedure with our Masonic Home and
should be followed after the candidate has received have the Grand Lodge Home Endowment Fund and
each degree, presenting Booklets No. 3, “The Entered the Lodge Charity Fund and charitable program ex-
Apprentice,” No. 4, “The Fellowcraft,” No. 5, “The plained to him. The Intender should find out the in-
Master Mason.” terests of the new Brother and report these to the
Worshipful Master, that his talents may be utilized in
Bearing in mind that his major objective is to instruct the best interest of the Lodge. Many more means of
the candidate in Masonic fundamentals – that both service to the new Brother, and to the Craft, will sug-
the candidate and the Craft may profit thereby – the gest themselves during the year in which the Intender
alert and diligent Intender will encourage his pupil to will act as a “big brother” to the new member, ap-
ask appropriate questions. Some men by nature are pointed to guide and direct him in this new adventure
hesitant or “retiring” yet they are as eager to learn as as a member of our Fraternity.
others. In such cases, the Intender, can do much to
arouse his pupil’s interest by voluntarily giving him Remember, Brother Intender, yours is the golden op-
some of the information in the Handbook – particu- portunity to mold a new Brother into a Mason who is
larly those points which are essential to his future well qualified to travel and work as such.
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By Wayne Masonic Lodge #112
August 6, September 17,
& October 15, 2010
In the spacious
Lodge Dining Room
Wayne Masonic Temple
37137 Palmer Road
(Just east of Newburgh)
The Wayne Witness Wayne Lodge #112, Westland, Michigan Issue #2 – August, 2010 Page 9
Masonic Humor Good News … and Bad
Think You’ve Heard it?
Q : How many Masons does it take to unscrew a
light bulb? P at & Bill had been Wayne
Lodge Brothers for many
years. They had promised
each other that the first to go to
the Grand Lodge above would
A: It's a secret!
return to tell the other whether
Q: No, really, how many Masons does it take to screw there really were Lodges in
in a light bulb? Heaven and what they were like.
By and by, it came to pass that Bill went first.
A: Okay. Three. One to screw it
in, one to read the minutes of the One day shortly after, Pat was working in his garden
previous light bulb replacement, when he heard a whispered voice, “Pssst Pat!” He
and one to sit on the sidelines and looked around but saw nothing.
complain that this wasn't the way
they USED to screw in light A few moments later he heard, now quite clearly,
bulbs. “Pat! It’s me, Bill!”
Q. Come on, get serious, how many Masons does it “Bill!” Pat exclaimed, “Are you in Heaven?”
take to change a light bulb?
“Indeed I am” said Bill.
A. All right. After much research, this tricky ques-
tion can now be answered. It takes 20, as follows: Pat paused for a while to get over the shock and then
said “Well, Bill, are there Lodges up there in Heav-
1 – To borrow a ladder, donate the bulb, and install en?”
“There certainly are, Pat. There are Lodges all over
2 – To complain that the light doesn't work. and they are quite magnificent – equal or better to
Wayne Lodge #112. The meetings are well attended,
1 – To pass the problem to another committee, the the ritual is word perfect, the festive board fantastic,
Temple Board, or the Master of the Lodge. and the spirit of Masonic Fellowship is all pervasive.”
3 – To do a study on light in the Lodge. “My goodness, Bill,” said Pat, “It certainly sounds
very impressive, but for all that you seem rather sad.
2 – To check out the types of lights the Knights of Co- Tell me old friend, what is the matter.”
“Well, Pat, you are right. I have some good news and
3 – To argue about it. some bad.”
5 – To plan a fund-raising dinner to raise money for “OK, so what's the good news?”
“The good news is that we are doing a 3rd degree this
2 – To complain, “That's not the way we did it be- coming Wednesday!”
“Great” said Pat. “What's the bad news then?”
1 – To order the brass memorial plate and have it in-
scribed. “You're the Senior Deacon!”
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Field Trip (short one):
To Myrtle Lodge #89
For the Return Visit of
Salyersville, Kentucky Lodge #769
And a Special Master Mason
Degree – Kentucky Style!
(Y’all gotta see it to believe it!)
Special Invitation to all Master
Masons of Wayne Lodge #112
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Grilled Steak Dinner with all trimmin’s
$20.00 – RSVP by September 6
for Details & Reservations (required):
Contact Myrtle Lodge Secretary
WB Ken Carr – PM – 734-787-9454
Or: Paul Libke, Wayne Lodge 734-748-6464
Brothers Come from all around for this
Fantastic Master Mason Degree!
Get your reservation made early!
Myrtle Lodge #89 located at
515 Main Street,
Belleville, Mi 48111
The Wayne Witness Wayne Lodge #112, Westland, Michigan Issue #2 – August, 2010 Page 11
Lodge Officers – 2010 Lodge Committee Members – 2010
Name Last Office Candidate Instr.: George Armstrong SD
John Bradley (PM) Worshipful Master
Gil Albanice Sr. Warden Prep Steward: José Lopez (PM)
Garry Palucki Jr. Warden
Dennis Bramigk (PM) Treasurer Assoc. Stewards: Robert Halladay Paul Libke
Rick Ruhland (PGM) Secretary Harry Williams David Blinn
Herb Wyngard (PM) Chaplain Gene Rorabacher Curtis O. Scott
George Armstrong Sr. Deacon Thomas J Henley Chris Ward
Larry Casterwiler Jr. Deacon Gerald Murray Rod Johnson
Aaron Mertes Craig Nichols
Keith Anderson Sr. Steward
Bud Prough Jr. Steward Delinquent Dues: Garry Palucki JW
Sam Fite (PM) Marshall George Armstrong SD
Roger Moore (PM) Tiler Larry Casterwiler JD
Bernard Brewer (PM) Jr. Past Master
Lookout: Garry Palucki – JW
Emeriti Elliot Walters (PM)
James Zimmerman Marshall
Donald Toms Organist Masonic Home: Larry Casterwiler – JD
Robert Sumner Steward
Louie Waggoner Steward Trestle Board: Bernard Brewer (PM)
William Thompson Steward
Widows: Roger Moore (PM)
Benjamin Creech (PM)
Masonic Temple Association OES Liaison Benjamin Creech (PM)
Board Members – 2010 Public Relations Larry Casterwiler – JD
& Community Bud Prough
Name Last Office Involvement: David Blinn
David Dossette (PM) Pres. Rod Johnson
Roger Moore (PM) 1st VP Bernard Brewer (PM)
Bernard Brewer (PM 2nd VP
Richard Ruhland (PGM) Sec Beacon Project: Don Quarles
Roy Watts (PM Treas.
John Bradley Lodge Representative Driving: John Bradley (PM) – WM
Mark (Buddy) Evans (PM) Trustee Gil Albanice – SW
Donald J. Toms
Bruce Farmer (PM) Trustee
Scholarship: Rick Ruhland (PGM) Secretary
This Board meets on the Last Tuesday Roger Moore (PM)
of each month at 6:00pm. Dennis Bramigk (PM) – Treasurer
Roy Watts (PM)
Masonic Craig Nichols
Harry Williams President Education:
José Lopez (PM) Secretary/Treasurer
Dennis Bramigk (PM) Team Captain Masonic Roger Moore (PM)
Renewal: Gil Albanice – JW
The Fellowcraft Club meets at 7:00pm on the Last Tuesday of Garry Palucki – JW
each month (except July, August, and December.) Rick Ruhland (PGM) Secretary
Donald J. Toms
The Annual Meeting is in November.
Web Masters: Don Quarles
The Fellowcraft Club assists the Worshipful Master Rick Ruhland (PGM) Secretary
in conferring the Master Mason Degree. Bernard Brewer (PM)
Paul Libke – WW Editor
Every Member of Wayne Lodge #112 is extended an invitation
to join the Fellowcraft Club and labor in the quarries. The Wayne Witness: Paul Libke – Editor
( continued )
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Lodge Committee Members – 2010 America For Me
( continued ) By Henry Van Dyke
History, George Armstrong SD MM
Lecture, & José Lopez (PM) EA 'Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down,
Charges Gil Albanice – JW EA H L Among the famous palaces, and cities of renown,
Benjamin Creech (PM) FC To admire the crumbly castles, and the statues and kings,
Garry Palucki – JW FC H L But now I think I've had enough of antiquated things.
John Bradley (PM) MM H L
Bowling Tourney: Doug Gotterson So it's home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be,
In the land of youth and freedom, beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight, and the flag is full of stars.
Funerals & Memorials:
Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air;
Owen McGill (PM) Chairman 734-728-1373 And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair;
John Bradley (PM) – WM It's sweet to dream in Venice, and it's great to study Rome;
Gil Albanice – SW But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.
Roger Moore (PM)
Mark (Buddy) Evans (PM)
David Dossette (PM)
I like the German fir-woods, in green battalions drilled;
& All Officers of Wayne Lodge #112 I like the gardens of Versailles,
With flashing fountains filled;
Brethren, But, oh, to take your hand, my dear, and ramble for a day,
In the friendly western woodland,
This is the last duty we owe, and the last honor we can pay, Where Nature has her sway!
to a deceased Brother.
We should, therefore, attend funerals I know that Europe's wonderful,
and memorial services whenever possible. Yet something seems to lack!
Memorial services are generally held in the evening, The Past is too much with her,
while funeral services are held in the morning
or early afternoon.
And the people looking back.
If you wish to have your name added to the funeral call list, But the glory of the Present, is to make the Future free;
contact the Committee Chairman at 734-728-1373. We love our land for what she is, and what she is to be.
Hospitaler: Oh, it's home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that's westward bound,
Owen McGill (PM) – Chairman 734-728-1373 To plough the rolling sea,
& All Lodge Members To the blessed Land of Room Enough,
Beyond the ocean bars,
Any Brother who is sick, Where the air is full of sunlight, and the flag is full of stars.
or knows of a brother who is sick or hospitalized,
is asked to contact
the Chairman of this Committee at 734-728-1373,
or the Lodge, 734-721-7950
with such information as soon as possible.
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Degree & Dinner
& Honoring the Widows
of Masons of
Wayne Masonic Lodge #112
Saturday, September 25, 2010
First-class, Catered Dinner – Only $10.00
Brother JW Garry Palucki – 734-427-1903
Master Mason Degree – Part 1 – 5:00pm
Senior Warden Presiding
Dinner & Honors: 6:00pm
Master Mason Degree – Part 2: 7:00pm
In the Spacious and Comfortable
Lodge Dining Room
Wayne Masonic Temple
37137 Palmer Road
(Just east of Newburgh)
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Day Year Name Day Year Name
1 1960 Gus E. Mady PM 1 1963 Joseph M. Kenworthy
3 1932 Thomas P. Elliott 1 1980 Aaron J. Brown
4 1945 Frank Timpko 2 1935 Marvin S. Chandler
4 1957 Bradley Belcher 3 1920 Allan Bryson
5 1975 Samer A. Ismail 3 1921 John C. Turkily
6 1917 Michael H. Mertes 3 1945 Gary L. Vann
6 1944 Jerome E. Glass 3 1949 Darrell C. Turman
6 1969 Harold L. Rediske II 4 1943 Robert J. Stokely
7 1924 Joseph E. Bumgardner 5 1937 Hershell Elswick
7 1932 Robert K. Douglas 5 1949 Roger D. Moore PM
7 1972 Arnold R. Hunter 7 1934 Gerald R. Carter
9 1931 Ivan F. Lewis 8 1909 Awtrein O. Thorn
10 1941 Donald G. Keck 8 1930 Jean D. Larevitzear
11 1920 Roy C. Sands 8 1939 Noel R. Boone
11 1927 James H. Coleman 9 1918 Lilburn E. Alley
12 1959 Frank W. Dougherty 9 1947 William V. Hartwick
15 1928 Fred H. Schneckenberger 10 1918 Denis Scott
15 1963 Steven M. Vuletich 10 1939 Robert W. Hall
15 1983 Johnny G. Bradley II 11 1920 Harley J. Hendricks
16 1931 Jack W. Robinson 14 1927 William J. Hartley
16 1936 Gale T. Moore 14 1934 Carl R. McDaniel
16 1940 Edward E. Nawotka Jr 14 1956 Christopher W. Eder
16 1943 Jack E. Pitsenbarger 14 1971 Patrick L. Chiles
16 1947 Jerry W. Smith 15 1929 Herman E. Clark
16 1948 William F. Riddle 15 1932 Eugene L. Vowles
17 1922 Newton J. Smith 15 1945 Ernest L. Woody
18 1924 Louis Carreiro 16 1949 Reginald C. Taulbee Jr.
18 1927 Lawrence P. Lee 16 1950 Larry D. Sword
18 1942 Willie C. Downey 17 1938 Raybern E. Battles
19 1942 Robert C. Beyer 19 1922 Irvin Courtney
19 1953 Michael R. Bierbaum 19 1928 Don I. Bowyer
19 1962 Kevin J. Barthold 19 1942 Chester H. Doak
20 1936 Hugh G. Ramsay 20 1932 William B. Knight
20 1940 Harry F. Williams 21 1935 Henry B. Noble
20 1940 Robert V. Williams 21 1958 John P. Jones
20 1947 James T. Daniel 22 1927 Richard L. Jungclas
21 1931 Robert T. Glazier 22 1946 Gary J. Malaney
21 1935 Thomas Presnell 24 1950 Michael A. Johnson
21 1943 Henry W. Drouillard 25 1934 Franklin D. Gomoll PM
21 1950 Robert C. Jefferson 26 1940 Richard P. Brindle
22 1952 Claude D. Morrell 27 1942 Craig M. Bylo
23 1948 Ralph H. Bigelow 27 1947 Donald R. Goodish
24 1929 Edgar A. Mitchell 28 1922 Robert D. Thornton
24 1949 George E. Armstrong 28 1939 Lawson Nelson
25 1949 Edmond D. Dick 29 1926 Harry C. Coy Jr
25 1951 Frederick A. Thom 29 1927 Paul D. Tackett
27 1934 Jack K. Tanis 30 1918 John S. Griffith
27 1964 Harry J. Torigian 30 1963 Kevin R. Graham
28 1937 Jack L. Bell 31 1943 Benjamin F. Creech PM
28 1975 Rex A. Umney
30 1939 James E. Carr
The Wayne Witness Wayne Lodge #112, Westland, Michigan Issue #2 – August, 2010 Page 15
Want to Learn How to Run a Lodge?
Want to Study & Practice the Rituals?
Wayne Lodge #112
Come join us on Mondays & Tuesdays,
During the Months of July & August.
7:00-pm to 8:30-pm
The only exception to Each Monday Night is
The Second Monday of each Month
When the Lodge has their Regular Business Meeting.
This promises to be a lively experience,
Under the tutelage of WB David Dossette – PM
Come on Down & Toil In
The Quarries with Us!
Wayne Masonic Temple
37137 Palmer Road
(Just east of Newburgh)
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The Wayne Witness Wayne Lodge #112, Westland, Michigan Issue #2 – August, 2010 Page 17
Let’s Get Going! 2. We need to do lots of good works for the commu-
nity, and then,
Improving Masonry in
The 21st Century 3. We need to tell the community about the good
Anonymous works we are doing for them (where it isn’t obvi-
M embership in Masonry is continually de-
clining. Don’t believe it? Here’s the pic-
4. To tell the community about what good things we
do (3, above,) we must engage the talents of Mem-
bers, or outside professionals, who can positively
and consistently inform the public of our identity
and of the many good works that we do, including
a. For the community – we do many good works
for the improvement of our local community:
first, by the actual works that we do; and se-
cond, by being good men, which adds to the
value of the community. This is, without a
doubt, the most important activity of Masonry
that the public wants to know about.
b. For individual men – we take good men and
make them better – which also improves our
families and our community as a whole.
What’s the reason for this decline in membership? c. For families – we involve them in our good
It’s because: works.
A. We have lost our relevance in a modern world d. For children
with severe time constraints, and – ours and all
those of the
B. We have lost the identity that distinguishes community –
Masonry: from other men’s organizations; we help to
and as a group that practices good works for teach them,
the community – especially for children. through ex-
Why have these things happened? Because we have and benevolent experiences, the value of hav-
stopped investing our energy into Masonry – because ing good character and giving to their commu-
we have lost our identity – even in our own eyes – it’s nity, while providing them with a safe, happy,
a vicious circle! educational, and fun environment.
So, what can we do to turn things around? This is e. Our Country – we teach, and show, the value
what I suggest: of Patriotism.
1. We need to reestablish the positive identity of Ma- f. The World – it’s a better place because of the
sonry to the community, and to the men in it, so good works that we do, and because we fill it
that more men will want to be a part of our Fra- with better men, families, and kids.
ternity. To do this, we must do 2 and 3, below:
( continued )
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( continued from previous page ) f. A program that appeals to his desire to be a
better man – in his character, intellect,
5. To do good works for the community (2, above,) knowledge, and spirituality, and to that of his
we must recruit and engage young men that have spouse and children.
lots of energy and a serious commitment to do that
good work in the community. g. A program that offers Leadership skills:
training and experience.
6. To be able to recruit energetic, committed, young
men (5, above,) we must offer a desirable experi- h. A lot of fun! (Maybe this should be first on the
ence for a man that includes: list!) This goes hand-in-hand with all of the
above, and helps to generate fellowship.
a. A program that
includes his Lady i. A program that encourages his spiritual devel-
and Children, be- opment. Yes, this is a delicate subject. But
cause we have a Masonry is, without a doubt, a fraternity that
limited amount of encourages it’s members to be active in their
time to do any- own religion, whatever that may be. Indeed,
thing in this busy, the first requirement to be a Mason is the be-
frantic, modern lief in a Higher Power, whatever one perceives
world, and young that to be. We shouldn’t be so skittish about
men want to this, or be afraid to let this aspect of our
spend what time Brotherhood shine. It is one of the things that
they have with makes us unique among the various men’s
their spouse and groups – not a religion, but a spiritual atmos-
children. (Indeed, phere with freedom of religion!
the wife insists on it!) If we don’t do this one
thing, we will never be able to bring our In most of our Lodges, we do two things, rituals and
brightest, ablest, young men into active roles in business meetings! Is that why we are Masons?
We have become a group that exists only to perpetu-
b. A high degree of Fellowship – something a ate ourselves, and our rituals. Oh yes, rituals are im-
man finds very little of in this modern world. portant – extremely so. But they should not be the
We can be the alternative to some other fel- REASON we exist – they should only add to the expe-
lowship-generating, but otherwise undesirable, rience of BECOMING a Mason, and of LEARNING
activities in which young men participate. to be a better man. They contain valuable lessons
This is a result of doing all of these things: about life, and by no means should they ever be al-
working shoulder-to-shoulder, accomplishing lowed to become unimportant. Indeed, we should
goals, and having fun together. improve our ritual skills, and make sure that we all
know what their true lessons mean and offer to us.
c. A program that offers him a chance to do good
work for the community, to support his benev- We have meetings that bore
olent nature. our members so severely that
we joke about getting one
d. A program that offers him recognition for the done in the shortest, record
good work he does. We all like to get credit time! If we hate them so
for our efforts. much, why do we keep doing
them in the same format?
e. A program that offers him, and his Lady, and
his Children, a way to meet many new friends ( continued )
and community leaders.
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( continued from previous page ) I learned more about some fellow Masons and their
families doing that, in one afternoon, than I’ve done
Why not make our meetings fun, informative, and in years of Lodge business meetings or rituals. That
interesting? Let the details of our business be han- is fellowship at it’s best!
dled in executive sessions of the Officers and Commit-
tees. Anybody that wants to know what’s going on That is also the kind
can attend those sessions, but the majority of our of Lodge project that
Members don’t care! And don’t want to waste their really increases the
time with them. And that’s why they don’t show up. image, or identity, of
Masonry in the com-
Sure, there are a few business matters that need to be munity. People not
brought before the entire Membership, but it doesn’t only get the benefit of
have to take 2 hours to do it. We have become far too our service, but get to
much, creatures of habit – habits that don’t contrib- see who we are, and
ute to our fellowship, or fun, or to our good works for why it might be a
the community. great idea to become one of us.
And that brings us back to the question: how do we
stem the loss of Members, and rebuild our wonderful
Brotherhood with new, active Masons?
The key to it all is to be a group of men that strives,
continuously, to do good work for the community,
while involving our spouses and children. There it is
in a nutshell. Can we do this? Absolutely!
Let’s get going!
[This article is one of many on this topic – Masonic
Renewal – that the Editor hopes to include in every
issue of The Wayne Witness. We welcome your ideas
on the subject, and hope that you will offer them as
When do we spend any time at all just enjoying pure
comments on published articles, or as complete essays
fellowship with each other? Or just sitting around
of your own.]
and talking, or shooting pool, or watching an interest-
ing movie about Masonry? Almost never is the an-
swer to those questions. We get our fellowship in
business meetings (that we hate,) and in the very few
community projects that we offer.
Some of the best times I’ve
had in Masonry are when I
have done a community pro-
ject, like the MICHIP Pro-
gram. I felt good about doing
something for the area kids,
but I also got to work side-
by-side with my Brothers, as
well as with some of their
wives and children, and to do a lot of chatting with
them between “customers.”
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Child ID Program Sponsored by The Grand Lodge of Michigan & the:
Wayne Masonic Lodge #112
August 28th & 29th – 10:00am to 5:00pm – at the Wayne Wheelfest
The 2010 Wayne Wheelfest will be held on the grounds of
Goudy Park, 3355 S. Wayne Road
East side of Wayne Road, North of Michigan Avenue.
The 2010 Wheelfest Parade will take place
Saturday, August 28, beginning at 11:00am.
See complete details of the Festival at:
The Michigan Child Identification Program – MICHIP
– is a Lodge-based, community-action initiative that is
sponsored, scheduled, and organized by the Michigan
Masons, through the Grand Lodge of Michigan.
At a MICHIP Event, Masons set up the equipment and enlist the volunteers necessary to gener-
ate individual, completed, child-identification packages that are given to a child’s parent or
guardian to take home for safe keeping (we keep nothing but a permission form.) It is the re-
sponsibility of the parents to then provide the package to law enforcement if their child becomes
missing, as an aid to recover their child. Each child progresses through the several stations of
the Event (it takes about 10-15 minutes) generating an identifying
item at each station and placing them in his or her package. Parents
are reminded to take the package with them on trips and vacations (it
does no good leaving it home) as it can be immediately provided to au-
thorities to aid in the recovery of a child that is missing or presumed
For more information, or to volunteer to help,
Send an E-Mail to the
Chairman of the Mi-Chip Program:
WB Roger Moore – PM
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The Touch of the Master's Hand
'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile.
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who'll start the bidding for me?
A dollar, a dollar, then two! Only two?
Two dollars, and who'll make it three?”
“Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three ...” But no,
From the room, far back, a grey-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow.
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening all the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
with a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two?
Two thousand! And who'll make it three?
Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice;
And going and gone,” said he.
The people cheered. But some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand.
What changed it’s worth?” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of the Master's hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered, and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of potage,” a glass of wine;
A game; and he travels on.
He is “going” once, and “going” twice,
He's “going” and he’s almost “gone.”
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd,
Never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul, and the change that's wrought,
By the touch of the Master's hand.
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WM’s Field Trip:
Alpena-Hopper Lodge #199
For an All-Degree Day
(EA, FC, MM) – Outdoors!
Arthur K. Laatz PM, Secretary
For the Members of:
Wayne Masonic Lodge #112
Saturday, August 14, 2010
(Some of us are leaving Friday – returning on Sunday)
Details still Pending
This is our WM’s Field Trip
WM John Bradley – PM
See Alpena-Hopper Website
for latest details:
Alpena Lodge at:
1020 US Highway 23 N
Alpena, MI 49707
The Wayne Witness Wayne Lodge #112, Westland, Michigan Issue #2 – August, 2010 Page 23
The Order of the Eastern Star The Order of the Rainbow for Girls
Nankin Chapter #238 – Westland, MI Wayne Assembly #72
Calendar July thru December 2010
July & August – Dark T his past month, 15 Rainbow girls and pledges
from Wayne Assembly, went to Grand As-
sembly which was held at the Masonic Path-
ways. We had 5 adults stay the time with the girls
and were very happy to have Mom and Dad Ruhland
September 8, Dinner 6:30 PM, Stated Meeting 7:30
PM. and Dad Denis Scott join them to see Kerrie Quarles
and Lucy Szostek receive their Grand Cross of Col-
September 22, Birthday & Friends Night Celebration, or. Denise Hinch, our Pledge Mom, received an
6:00 PM, Pot Luck dinner. Call Secretary, Barb, for award for outstanding service to the order as well.
head count (734) 844-7266. Initiatory 7:30 PM. We were very proud to have Kaitie Szostek serve our
state as Grand Charity last year and are very happy
October 6, Dinner 6:00 PM, Annual Memorial 7:00 to have Valerie Oliver and Jennifer Penegor become
PM, Everybody is welcome for the memorial. Annual Grand Representatives this year. On a sad note,
Meeting & Election of Officers 7:30 PM. Kaitie Szostek and Kerrie Quarles received their ma-
October 11 – 14, Grand Chapter in Battle Creek, MI.
If you know a young lady between the ages of 11 and
October 16, Annual Installation of Officers 7:00 PM. 20 who might be interested in Rainbows, please give
Refreshments after. us a call. We also have an active pledge group led by
Denise Hinch for girls between ages 5 and 11.
November 10, Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
We wish to thank Wayne Lodge and Nankin Chapter
November 17, Practice 7:00 PM for allowing us to serve your dinners this past year.
We have enjoyed getting to know each of you and
December 1, Christmas Party 6:00 PM. Pot Luck. look forward to serving you again. Please don't hesi-
Bring $5.00 gift for a man or woman and 3 or 4 Crazy tate to call if we can be of any assistance.
December 8, Stated Meeting 7:30 PM
We will post next year’s meetings at a later date.
We hope to see you at our dinners and events. You
are always welcome.
For any information
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Royal Arch Masonry Wayne Lodge #112 Website
Wayne Chapter #182
Are you using the website of Wayne
Lodge #112? There is a lot of valuable
information there, such as:
Welcome Message from our WM
List of Officers
Mark your Calendar
Highlighted Event of the Month
Mission & Vision
History of the Lodge
This spot is reserved Petitions
for information from Becoming a Member
the Royal Arch Chapter #182 Web Links
Photos of Events
How to Contact Members of the Lodge
The Beacon Program
Wayne Lodge Social Network The Michigan Child ID Program
Masonic Amateur Radio Club
Do you want to keep in touch with the happenings of
Wayne Lodge #112? Just go to: www.WayneLodge112.org
Go to this website:
Or, go to www.Facebook.com, then enter
“WayneLodge112 in the search box. When an entry
comes up for WayneLodge112, click on that and you
will be on the Lodge’s Facebook page.
You may have to create your own Facebook account
to do this – and if you need help, just call the Editor.
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The Bricklayer’s Accident Report of the building in response to all of my screaming.
This explains why John is also absent today. He
should be healed in a cou-
ple of months.
I am writing in response to your request for ad-
ditional information in Block #3 of the Accident
Reporting Form. I put "Poor Planning" as the
cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller expla-
nation and I trust the following details will be suffi-
At approximately the same
time, the barrel of bricks
hit the ground, and the
bottom fell out of the bar-
I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the acci-
Unfortunately, the barrel
dent, I was working on the roof of a new six-story
of bricks had smashed into a pedestrian on the
building. When I completed my work, I found I had
ground that also had heard the screaming and had
some bricks left over which, when weighed later,
stepped up to see what was going on. The poor soul
were found to weigh 240 lbs. Rather than carry the
never knew what hit him, but he did have insurance,
bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a
and his wife is much wealthier now.
barrel by using a pulley which was attached to the
top of the building at the sixth floor.
Further, now devoid of the weight of the bricks, the
barrel weighed only about 50 lbs.
Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the
roof, swung the barrel out, and loaded the bricks
I refer you again to my weight. As you might imag-
into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, hold-
ine, I began a rapid descent down the side of the
ing it tightly to insure a slow descent of the 240 lbs of
building. In the vicinity of the third floor, I again
bricks. You will note on the accident reporting form
met the barrel – coming up now. This accounts for
that my weight is 135 lbs.
the two fractured ankles, broken tooth, and severe
lacerations of my legs and lower body.
Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so
suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to
Here my luck began to change slightly. The encoun-
let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a
ter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to
rapid rate up the side of the building.
lessen my injuries as I fell into the pile of bricks, and
the previously smashed pedestrian, and fortunately,
In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel,
only three vertebrae were cracked.
which was now proceeding downward at an equally
impressive speed. This explains the fractured skull,
Unfortunately, another 3 people had rushed to the
minor abrasions, and the broken collarbone, as
aid of the first pedestrian and they were now pum-
listed in Section 3, Accident Reporting Form.
meled by my limp body. It is believed that all of
them will recover.
Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent,
not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were
Had it ended there, I might have made it to work
two knuckles deep into the pulley which I mentioned
in Paragraph 2 of this correspondence.
I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the
Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence
pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, on top of the
of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in
4 injured pedestrians, and watching the empty bar-
spite of the excruciating pain I was now beginning to
rel six stories above me, I again lost my composure
and presence of mind, and I let go of the rope.
As my hands were being integrated into the upper
pulley, my head slammed into the face of my fellow
worker, John Mason, who was peering over the side
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Irish Blessing Round Table Discussion
Birmingham Masonic #44
May you always have work
For your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always
A coin or two.
May the sun shine bright
H ave you ever wondered why something is not
working so well in Lodge and wish to find a
solution to help remedy those ills?
On your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain
To follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend
Always be near you.
And may God fill your heart
With gladness to cheer you.
Your brethren at Birmingham Masonic #44 would
like to invite you to a special Round Table Discussion
being held with the goal of coming together and shar-
ing information on what works and what does not
Upcoming Surgery News work.
From Brother Robin Hinton
It is TIME that we learn from one another! Topics of
I would like to
let you know
that I will be
having my second
heart surgery on
discussion include, but are not limited to, methods,
practices, communications, events, membership, and
fellowship. Bring with you all the information you
wish to share whether it be stories of success, or the
trials and tribulations that you and your brethren
August 4th at the have struggled through.
U of M Hospital
in Ann Arbor. I Be prepared to take lots of notes, as your brethren
had the first one will undoubtedly be sharing a vast wealth of useful
in 1991 to replace knowledge to help us all Live Better. All Officers and
a failing Aortic brethren are invited.
Hosting this event will be:
Now it seems I have developed an aortic aneurysm so Birmingham #44
they are replacing my aortic arch. Thank God for on August 26th at 7pm
plastic! at Birmingham Masonic Temple,
37357 Woodward Ave,
Anyway, I will be out of commission for a while. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
I want you Brothers to know that though I haven't Help make the Craft better for all.
been as active in the lodge as I would like, my heart
(even the plastic parts) is with them. Please RSVP to
Randy Ravary at
My wife Becky will have information if anyone wants
to make inquiries. Her number is (734) 552-4607.
or call 313-530-0285.
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I met a dear old man today, “The wages of a Mason
Who wore a Masonic pin. Are never paid in gold,
It was old and faded like the man, But the gain comes from contentment,
It's edges worn and thin. When you're weak and growing old.
I approached the park bench where he sat, “You see, I've carried my obligations
To give the old brother his due. For almost 50 years.
I said “I see you've traveled East.” It has helped me through the hardships,
He said, “I have. Have you?” And the failures full of tears.
I said, “I have and in my day, “Now I'm losing my mind and body,
Before the all-seeing sun, Death is near, but I don't despair.
I played in the rubble I've lived my life upon the level,
With Jubala, Jubelo, and Jubalum.” And I'm dying on the square.”
He said, “Don't laugh at the work my son, Sometimes the greatest lessons
It's good and sweet and true. Are those that are learned anew.
And if you've traveled as you said, And the old man in the park today
You should give these things their due. Has changed my point of view.
“The word, the sign, the token, To all my Masonic brothers,
The sweet Masonic prayer, The only secret is to care.
The vow that you have taken, May you live upon the level,
You have climbed the inner stair. And part upon the square.
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Dining Room Available
In the Wayne Masonic Temple
Spacious and comfortable
Lodge Dining Room
Seats 200 comfortably
Call for a quote
Prepare Food Yourself
In our well-equipped kitchen
Hire your own caterer
Graduations, Birthdays, Meetings, etc.
Wayne Masonic Temple
37137 Palmer Road
(Just east of Newburgh)
Westland, Michigan 734-721-7950
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