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   22 May 2009                         Number 153




                 Rural Lodge Cookout
Sunday 28 June from 1:00-5:00pm at Point Allerton, Hull



                                   Rural Lodge AF&AM
                                   1170 Hancock Street, Quincy MA, USA
                                   www.RuralLodge.org
                                   Answering service: 781 682 8206



                                   Worshipful Master 2008-2009
                                   Wor Darrell P Rhodes
                                                                           Rural Lodge Picnic
                                                                          Sunday 28 June from 1-5pm
                                                                                  Point Allerton, Hull

                  This year we’ll be holding our annual cookout on the lawn of Bro Clay Robinson’s home
                                                                             at 67 Point Allerton Avenue

                               Clay’s house is right on the water, and is directly across from Boston Light.
                                                                           There’s nearby beach access, too.
                                                          Bring the kids, bring friends, and bring a camera.
You could also bring folding chairs, or you could bring a blanket on which to sit on Clay’s extensive lawn.
                                                  Parking is on the street, so if you can carpool, please do.

                                          Point Allerton is the large hill at the far end of Nantasket Beach.

                                       Lots to do in Hull – visit nearby Nantasket Beach, stroll the seawall,
                                                        visit Hull Village, Hull Gut, The Lifesaving Museum,
                                                     and Fort Revere, which are all at this far end of Hull…
                                                                    Or just hang out with friends and family!




                           Open invitation to brothers of all other lodges, but we do need a reservation
                                                     to insure we have enough food and refreshments!

                                                         All who plan to attend should notify:
                                                               the Master, Wor Darrell Rhodes,
                                                                 or the SW, Bro Bill McFadden
Rural Lodge Third Degrees

Thursday 28 May
Dinner at 6:00pm
Roast Beef!

Make reservations with the JW Bro Robert Huke $15 (with reservation)

7:00pm MM degree
Candidates: Brothers Miguel Urribarri, Stephen Smith & Daniel Timmons

                          Our other candidates will be raised to the sublime degree at:

                          Past Masters’ night
                          Come one, come all to the last degree work in the 2008-2009
                          Masonic Year!


                          Thursday 4 June
                          Steak or Lobster dinner $20 – make your dinner choice
                          and reservation
                          with the JW Bro Robert Huke




MA: TV reporters explore Bro Rick Newcomb’s most unusual store
Brother Rick Newcomb of Rural Lodge runs a one-of a kind Jewelry Store near the Fore River bridge. You’re unlikely
to find fancy store assistants wearing immaculate business suits though, because the store is also a Bait Shop, replete
with worms, eels and chum.

Nonetheless, Bro Rick does have an interesting selection of value-priced jewelry. If you’re on Route 2A in Quincy at
the rotary, take time to say a fraternal greeting to Brother Rick!


Go to Chronicle page
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/chronicle/19452708/detail.html

Go to first video segment (contains a clip of Bro Rick)
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/19498303/index.html

Go to 4th segment (about Bro Rick and his unusual Bait Shop/Jewelry Store!
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/19498534/index.html
MA: Donate Platelets in Raynham
 
Special Masonic Platelets drive 26 & 27 May 
                                                   
                                                  Brothers I am asking for your help to save lives and help
                                                  promote and procure platelet donations for our Masonic
                                                  Leadership Team Project.

                                                  The Raynham donation center at 275 New State Highway
                                                  (phone508-977-0201) has given our team Tuesday 26 May
                                                  and Wednesday 27 May to get as many Masons or friends
                                                  to donate platelets as possible. The process requires re-
                                                  serving a time in advance and takes about two hours to
                                                  complete.

                                                    You must be at least 110 pounds for a man or over 130 for
                                                    a woman, and don't take aspirin in the previous 48 hours
                                                    before donating. The nurses will complete a brief medical
                                                    history with you, do a mini physical, then it's time to sit
                                                    back and relax with a movie or good book, use your laptop
or cell phone and donate platelets. Blood is drawn through a needle into a sterile, disposable bag, which is
connected to a computerized machine. This apheresis machine separates the blood components and col-
lects the platelets. Remaining blood components are given back to the donor along with replacement flu-
ids. The donor's blood stays in the sterile, plastic kit and never comes into contact with the machine. The
collection bag and tubes are sterile and are used for only one donation.

Quick Facts
You can donate platelets up to 24 times a year, because your body replaces the platelets within 24 hours
and you can donate platelets within 3 days of donating blood.
The platelets last only 5 days and are used for patients who have cancer, leukemia and bone marrow trans-
plants.
Only 5% of the general population donates blood and only 1% of that 5% donates platelets. One donation of
platelets can be used by 2 patients. However, if you can't give blood-you can't donate platelets either.

Call to Lodge Blood Chairmen
Please call or e-mail potential donors (past blood donors) and organize a carpool to drive together to assist
the platelet program.
There are 10 beds set up in Raynham to give platelets on a 2 hour rotation. There are other donation cen-
ters you could use also.

Any questions call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.newenglandblood.org.

Our team is called The Beachcombers and consists of:
       Wor Alan Melanson - presiding Master of St. John's Lodge in Boston
       Brother Christian Fiore - new member of Marine Lodge in Falmouth and Mariner's Lodge in Cotuit
       Wor Ed Rooney - Past Master of Howard Lodge in Yarmouth
       Brother Jonathan Stevens - presiding Junior Warden of Delhousie Lodge who lives in Westport
       Brother James Verni of Pyhagorean Lodge who lives in Marion.
Our Team Leader is Brother Peter Culbertson, presiding Junior Warden from Union Lodge on Nantucket.

Thanks for your time and assistance with this very important project

Wor Ed Rooney
and the rest of the Beach Combers 508-367-7249.
      MA: 8th District to Walk in Flag Day Parade
Save the date – evening of Saturday 13 June




Parade starts near Quincy Masonic Building

                SAVE THE DATE!
http://www.scottishriteboston.org/teddybeargolf



                    WMASEM
     Worshipful Masters’ Association
     of Southeastern Massachusetts
                meeting.
  Wednesday 27 May. Tritown Building,
      Bridgewater , Massachusetts
 An invitation to Past Masters, Masters and Master Elect
                     to join the club.
           A fun-filled evening and dinner,
           and a chance to meet fellow WMs
               from Quincy to Fall River;
             from to Wareham to Attleboro.
      Meets 3 or 4 times a year, dues are under $10

          Contact the Editor. He’s sure to find a sponsor
              who can attest to your good standing!
                                        A Parable
                               Clay, or our Mother Earth
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag containing
dozens of hardened clay balls. They looked as if someone had rolled clay balls by hand and left
them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the
bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a
time as far as he could beyond the surf.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock.
Inside was a beautiful, precious stone! Excited, the man zealously broke open the remaining balls.
Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay
balls he had left. The glittering jewels looked beautiful on the sand in the sunshine, glinting in
different hues.

Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay
balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he
could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people.
We look at a person, and we see the external clay. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't
always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone
more beautiful or stylish or well-known or wealthy. But we never took the time to discover the jewel
hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, then the clay begins
to crack away and the brilliant gem begins to shine – whether it’s the clear light of a diamond or the
subtle glister of an opal.

It’s the same in Masonry, too.
Some candidates take the degrees, sign the bylaws and never return. They thought attainment of
the degrees was the prize, but they missed the hidden gem of friendship and fraternity. They were
deluded, and they didn’t take time to seek beyond the obvious.

There is a reason that we sit down at the festive board. Obviously, we rest and refresh ourselves, but
the real worth of the shared meal is in meeting our fellows. Brethren are drawn from all walks of life,
they are of all ages and backgrounds. They are a treasure trove of humor, richness and experience.
They are the hidden gems, and appreciating them is the real value of life. Masonry is indeed a
Mystery, and not all come to appreciate its true worth.

May you be one of those who take the time to look beyond the clay of our mother earth.
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                                                                                  Early 1900s postcard
NH: Struggling Masonic Home to close

By DAN TUOHY
New Hampshire Union Leader
18 May 2009

MANCHESTER – The Masonic Home will be closing, 105 years after admitting its first resident, the economy
having eroded its once large endowment, administrators announced. "We lost a huge sum of money out of
our portfolio in a very short time," said John C Marden, grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of New Hamp-
shire, which maintains the home. Despite the state’s aging population, the licensed 52-bed assisted-living
facility on Beech Street in Manchester has struggled over the years to meet capacity.
The Masonic Home once carried a long waiting list. The past couple of decades, however, the "guest" num-
bers dwindled to about 50 percent.

Irene . Biron, administrator at the Masonic Home, said the institution has 20 guests. She works with a staff
of about 35 employees, who were notified Thursday of the Masons’ board of trustees decision to close. Let-
ters were mailed yesterday to every Mason in the state. There is no closing date. Marden said they would
work with residents and their families to place them in another facility. Marden declined to discuss the en-
dowment level, and its recent hit. He said it costs $1.5 million to $1.75 million a year to run the Masonic
Home. Masons or their spouses or widows make up a fraction of the guests. They accept anyone, provided
they meet set eligibility, which includes people be at least 60 years old.



Fun
Sister Mary Katherine entered the Monastery of Silence.

The Priest said, “'Sister, this is a silent monastery. You are welcome here as long as you like,
but you may not speak until directed to do so.”

Sister Mary Katherine lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her,
“Sister Mary Katherine, you have been here for 5 years. You may speak two words.”
Sister Mary Katherine said, “Hard bed.”
“I'm sorry to hear that,” the Priest said, ”We will get you a better bed”

After another 5 years, Sister Mary Katherine was summoned by the Priest.
“'You may say another two words, Sister Mary Katherine.”
“Cold food,” said Sister Mary Katherine, and the Priest assured her that the food would be better in the future.

On her 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Priest again called Sister Mary Katherine into his office.
“You may say two words today.”
“I quit,” said Sister Mary Katherine.
“It's probably best,” said the Priest, “You've done nothing but complain since you got here.”
UK: New Exhibit in London




The French Revolution which began in 1789 changed forever the relationship between freemasonry and the
state. In England, freemasonry was non-political and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings was for-
bidden (as continues to be the situation today) but after 1789 English freemasons had to deal with the
consequences of revolutionary politics and Masonic lodges avoided closure only by agreeing to register lists
of their members with local authorities. [Editor: see the recent articles on the “Patriot Act of 1799” in
these pages] This remained a legal requirement until 1967 when the Labour Government led by Harold Wil-
son abolished the Unlawful Societies Act.

Freemasonry had spread from Britain across continental Europe in the early 1700s and there freemasons
were blamed for causing the Revolution and the subsequent political and social unrest which many coun-
tries experienced. The suspicion of freemasonry which arose at that time has had a long lasting impact on
politics and society. The ‘Freemasonry and the French Revolution’ exhibition at the Library and Museum of
Freemasonry traces the impact of the Revolution on freemasonry in England and Europe.

VISITOR INFORMATION
Exhibition dates: Wednesday 1st July - Friday 18th December 2009.
Exhibition free of charge to all visitors
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. Museum closed at weekends.

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London


Website
UK: Open night at Masonic Hall
Leigh Ju0rnal
Leigh UK
15 May 2009

                                                  What do you know about Freemasonry?
                                                  How many think you can catch a cold from getting wet
                                                  or cold – you can’t – (a ‘cold is a virus). Do you think
                                                  that bats are blind? – they are not? Do you believe that
                                                  putting a teaspoon in the neck of an opened bottle of
                                                  champagne retains the ‘fizz’? All of the above beliefs,
                                                  and many more, are scientifically proven to be wrong.

                                                    Now people have the opportunity to shatter another
                                                    myth – that Freemasonry is an elitist, secret society,
                                                    only interested in self-promotion and advancement.
                                                    Tony Bent, Chairman of the Leigh Group of Freemasons,
                                                    said: “For many years Masonry has suffered from vari-
                                                    ous misconceptions and this has perhaps discouraged
                                                    some decent men from joining. "Perhaps, in the past,
Leigh Masonic Hall                                  Freemasonry has not done enough dispel the myth that
                                                    it is a ‘closed’ society, only interested in helping one
                                                    another. "The truth is Freemasonry is open to any hon-
est and respectable man over the age of 21, regardless of occupation or ‘station in life’, and annually
gives more to charity than any other men’s’ organisation – typically well over £5 million pounds every
year to local and National ‘Non-Masonic’ Charities, from lifeboats to lifelines, hospitals, hospices and
many more. "Members come from every sector of society and station in life. The only qualifications you
need are that you are an honest, reputable man who likes to support your community and meet with like-
minded men. Another misconception is that you have to be rich, influential and secretive. The typical
annual subscription (to cover running costs) is less than you might think – and less than many health clubs
or golf clubs – typically around £130 a year.”

Bob Bamber is the current Master of Lilford Lodge. He said: “There are seven Masonic Lodges who meet
at the Masonic Hall, opposite Leigh bus station; all made up of ‘ordinary,’ men.

"On Thursday 28 May, Lilford Lodge invite respectable men to come along and discover the truth about
Freemasonry. "There’s no reason to be apprehensive. You could be pleasantly surprised and you might
even find a new group of friends.”

There are ‘secrets’ in Masonry that originated thousands of years ago in the days when there were no
GCSEs, university degrees or ‘craft’ qualifications.

If you want to know the simple and surprising truth about this and other aspects of Freemasonry, ring Bob
on 07846 323627 to book yourself in for an interesting and revealing evening which will include a look
around a Masonic Lodge Room and an explanation of the origins of Masonic ‘secrets’, regalia and prac-
tices.
You can ask any questions you like and it will be followed by a four-course meal for only £10 a head and
you can have an informal chat with Lodge members.
Maine Freemasons Part 8
By Ralph Pollard

The Civil War Era

The Administrations of
Josiah H Drummond 1860-62
William P Preble 1863-65
Timothy J Murray 1866-68
John H Lynde 1869-71

There is something truly providential in the way in which the Grand Lodge of Maine has enjoyed the con-
tinuous leadership of really great men and Masons. In the early years, Most Worshipful Simon Greenleaf was
the acknowledged authority on all things Masonic. His wisdom guided the Grand Lodge in the days of its
infancy. When he left the State to begin his long and brilliant career as Law Professor in Harvard Univer-
sity, his mantle fell upon the shoulders of Most Worshipful Robert P Dunlap, who gave the Craft distin-
guished leadership for nearly thirty years. Now, Dunlap was gone, but a new star was rising. Most Worship-
ful Josiah H Drummond, destined to become one of the best known and most honored figures in Masonic
history, was elected Grand Master in 1860.

                            Caricature of the Earl of Zetland

                            From Bro Yasha Beresiner’s site.


                            His first task was to bring to a successful conclusion the long argument with
                            the Grand Lodge of England over jurisdictional rights along our eastern fron-
                            tier. In his correspondence with the Earl of Zetland, he demonstrated a com-
                            mand of the English language, a knowledge of Masonic law, and a facility for
                            argument which won the immediate respect of the Masonic world.

                            In 1860, he laid the cornerstone of the Biddeford City Building with Masonic
                            rites. In the same year, the Grand Lodge adopted a resolution calling for the
                            preparation of Lodge histories. A Committee on Masonic History in Maine was
                            appointed which, during the next few years, did much toward collecting such
                            histories and thus preserving invaluable historical material for the Craft in
                            future years. The most active member of this committee was Right Worshipful
                            Joseph Covell, who was indefatigible in advancing this work.

In 1860, the Grand Lodge adopted the custom of exchanging Representatives with our sister Grand Lodges.
This system is now a fixture of modern Masonic organization.

An important decision in Masonic law was made by the Grand Lodge in 1861. Anderson's Constitutions of
1723 prescribed that no man shall serve as Master without having first served as a Warden. Many brethren
regarded this as an unchangeable landmark. Others held it to be a mere regulation, repealable by the
Grand Lodge at its pleasure. After much argument, the Grand Lodge of Maine decided in favor of the latter
view. Since that time, it has not been an absolute prerequisite to election as Master that a brother have
first served as a Warden.

Again, Maine changed her attitude in regard to a General Grand Lodge. A resolution offered by Brother
Pearl endorsing the National Masonic Congress was, on motion of Deputy Grand Master Preble, indefinitely
postponed. This was doubtless a severe blow to Brother Pearl, who had so long been the leading advocate
of such an organization.

CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE
MAINE FREEMASONS

It was in the administration of Most Worshipful Brother Drummond that the awful storm of fratricidal strife
broke over the United States. The Civil War is the great central tragedy of American history. Yet it demon-
strated, as nothing else could have done, the surprising strength of Masonic brotherhood. While political,
religious, and even family ties were burst asunder, the Masonic tie remained unbroken. Almost alone
among American institutions, Freemasonry survived the disruptive forces of secession. While the war
lasted, the teachings of Freemasonry ameliorated the horrors of war on the battlefield and in the prison
pen. When the war was over, it was Freemasonry which first stretched out the hand of fellowship and
sought to draw the severed sections back together.

Numberless stories are told of how the gentle touch of Masonry softened the rigors of war. Some of these
came close home to the brethren of Maine.

The son of a prominent Maine Mason was carried, mortally wounded, into the city of Charleston. There, he made himself
known to a distinguished physician, who was also a Mason, and who had known the boy's father in happier days. The
good South Carolina brother tenderly cared for the young Yankee, soothed his last hours, and gave his body a Christian
burial. Under flag of truce, the sad news was carried through the lines to the boy's bereaved parents.

Two members of Alna Lodge, No. 43, of Damariscotta, were captured at the Battle of Bull Run, and were sent to a Prisoner
of War Camp near New Orleans. Here they, together with other Masons among their fellow prisoners, were found by Grand
Master John QA Fellows, who supplied them with clothing, medical attendance, and every needful comfort in their hour of
extremity. This truly Masonic conduct on the part of Brother Fellows not only won for him the gratitude of the Grand
Lodges to which the prisoners belonged, but also elicited official resolutions of commendation from the neutral Grand
Lodge of Ireland. Brother Fellows also managed to send word through the lines telling the families of these prisoners that
the boys were alive, well, and in the hands of brothers.

The Masons of Columbia SC sought out their Northern brothers in the prisons where they lay captive; supplied them with
money, clothes, and comforts; and even obtained their temporary release from prison in order that they might join in at-
tending Masonic meetings.

Grand Master David Ramsay of South Carolina sent out an encyclical letter to the Lodges under his obedi-
ence, in which he outlined the correct Masonic attitude in time of war. Copies of this letter reached Maine,
were published by the Grand Lodge, and were much appreciated by the Maine brethren. Years after the
War was over, framed copies of this letter could be found on the walls of many Maine Lodge rooms.

The first effect of the Civil War upon Maine Masonry was a tremendous increase in the number of candi-
dates. Young men about to enter the service, or home on short furloughs from the Front, were anxious to
receive the degrees. Grand Master Drummond was rather liberal in granting the dispensations required to
make this possible. He apologized for this liberality in these words: " In times like these when a young man
has responded to the call of his country, and before he leaves home, desires to enroll himself among us, I
have been perhaps too easily led to believe that he possesses the qualifications to make a good Mason. It is
true, every patriot may not make a good Mason, but it is equally true that every good Mason is a patriot."

Grand Master Preble was less liberal in granting such dispensations, and the Grand Lodge adopted a Stand-
ing Regulation charging a five dollar fee for all special dispensations, but the tide of candidates rolled on in
an undiminished flood. In the year 1862-1863, there were 1,054 initations; in 1863-1864, 1,995; and in
1864-1865, 1,741.

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MAINE FREEMASONS

In the early days of the War, a great camp was established
                                                                 General
at Augusta. Under the then existing law, the neighboring         Joshua Lawrence
Lodges had a perfect right to accept candidates from
among the soldiers stationed at this camp. The result was        Chamberlain
not altogether happy. In several cases, men were admit-
ted into the Fraternity who could not possibly have sur-
vived the scrutiny of a ballot in the Lodges in their home
communities.

Certain brethren in the 9th and 13th Maine Regiments ap-
plied for dispensations to hold Military Lodges within the
said Regiments.
Such Lodges were common in the British Army, had played
a leading part in spreading Masonry in the American Colo-
nies, and had done good work during the Revolution. How-
ever, after giving the matter due consideration, Grand
Master Drummond declined to grant the requested dispen-
sations. He based his refusal upon the impossibility of such
Lodges conducting proper inquiries into the characters of
candidates, and upon the danger of such Lodges, even in-
advertently, violating the jurisdictional rights of some sis-
ter Grand Lodge by accepting material not properly be-
longing to Maine. The Grand Lodge later refused two addi-
tional requests of this nature. The sorry record of Army
Lodges in the Civil War amply justified this conservative
attitude.

Masons are charged to be true to their government and
just to their country. Maine Masons gave loyal support to
the Union throughout the War.                                   Born 8 September 1828 in Brewer ME.
Past Grand Master Jabez True served in the Army from            College Professor at Bowdoin College ME.
1861 to 1863.                                                   Spoke 7 languages.
Past Grand Master Joseph C Stevens, who had received a
professional military education at West Point, was active       Lieutenant Colonel and later Colonel of
in organizing and training the Militia, rendered valuable       the 20th Maine Regiment, later Brigadier
service to the Government, and was commissioned Major           (1 star) and Major (2 star) General.
General by the State.                                           Wounded six times during the Civil War.
Brother Horace H Burbank, later to be Grand Master,             Hero of Little Round Top, for which he
served as a Captain in the 27th Maine Infantry, and was         received the Medal of Honor. At Appo-
taken prisoner at the Battle of the Crater.                     mattox he was the General who received
Brother Augustus B Farnham, also to achieve the highest         the formal surrender of the Confederate
rank in Masonry, was an officer of the famous 2nd Maine,        Army, from Major General John B Gordon,
was repeatedly promoted, becoming Chief of Staff of the         a fellow Freemason. After the War,
3rd Division and Inspector General. He was wounded at           Chamberlain was elected Governor of
the Battle of Five Forks and carried the bullet to the day      Maine three times, later President of
of his death.                                                   Bowdoin College, a businessman and au-
Samuel L Miller, later Junior Grand Warden, served              thor.
throughout the War and was commissioned on the Field             Died 24 February 1914. Buried in Pine
for valor. He was later Department Commander of the             Grove Cemetery, Brunswick ME. There is
Grand Army of the Republic.                                     a museum about him in Brunswick.
Past Grand Master Stevens, mentioned above, had five
sons in the Service, all of whom distinguished themselves       Member of United Lodge No 8 in
at the Front. CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE                        Brunswick.
MAINE FREEMASONS

The four sons of Past Grand Master Hezekiah Williams took opposite sides. Two served in the Union army,
the other two were officers of Confederate Cavalry.

The following is culled at random from the list of "Brethren Deceased " reported in 1864:

Dispensations for Military Lodges had been refused, but Grand Master Drummond granted permission to all
Maine Masons in the Service to meet for mutual instruction, rehearse the lectures, exemplify the work, and
conduct Masonic funerals.

Many instances of such funerals conducted at the Front are reported.

In 1862, the Grand Lodge voted that one-half the amount distributed from the Charity Fund be appropri-
ated for the benefit of sick and wounded Masons serving in Maine regiments.

The Grand Master of Maryland suggested that the various Grand Lodges co-operate in the support of a Ma-
sonic Chaplain for work in Army hospitals and camps. Grand Master Drummond immediately pledged the
Fraternity in Maine to the support of this work, and the Grand Lodge approved his action.

Maine Masons loyally supported their Government throughout the War, but they never forgot the tie which
bound them to their brethren in the Seceded States. Grand Secretary Ira Berry managed to send the Maine
Proceedings through the lines to the Southern Grand Lodges, through the courtesy of Right Worshipful Sam-
uel M Todd, Grand Secretary of Louisiana, and the co-operation of the Army Provost-Marshal at New Or-
leans.

Meanwhile, in war as in peace, the ordinary life of the Grand Lodge and its subordinates went on. Officers
were elected and installed, new lodges established, new halls dedicated, erring brothers punished, ques-
tions on Masonic law answered, and worthy members interred with Masonic rites. At the request of the
Maine Historical Society, Grand Master Drummond laid a stone in the wall of Fort Popham, commemorating
the first settlement in New England. A monument to the memory of Past Grand Master Robert P Dunlap was
erected by the Masonic Fraternity in Maine over his grave at Brunswick.

On 24 June 1862 the centennial of Masonry in Maine was observed in Portland. The Most Worshipful Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts was in attendance. Some 2,500 Masons, escorted by 500 uniformed Knights Tem-
plar, marched in procession to the City Hall where the exercises were held. Music was furnished by the
Band of the 17th United States Infantry, stationed at Fort Preble. Addresses were delivered by Grand Mas-
ter Josiah H Drummond, Worshipful Moses Dodge, Master of Portland Lodge, Reverend Brother EC Bolles,
Grand Chaplain, and Right Worshipful John H Sheppard, of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, who had al-
ready addressed the brethren of Maine on so many important occasions. Most Worshipful William D Coo-
lidge, Grand Master of Massachusetts, also spoke. This was probably the largest Masonic gathering yet held
in Maine, and the largest detachment of Knights Templar to parade in New England.

Charter Oak Lodge, at Effingham NH insisted upon initiating candidates resident in Maine, despite the posi-
tive enactments of its own Grand Lodge against the practice. As a result, Grand Master Preble was obliged
to issue an edict placing Charter Oak Lodge under the ban of non-recognition. When the offenses ceased,
the edict was withdrawn.

At last the War was over. The Grand Lodge of Maine was prompt to extend the hand of fellowship to the
Southern Grand Lodges. A memorial was received from the Masonic brethren in Columbia SC. Their city had
been burned on the night of its occupation by Sherman's victorious Army, and the property of the Masonic
bodies as well as of the individual members had been utterly destroyed. Our Committee on Finance recom-
mended that $200.00 be appropriated for the benefit of the Columbia brethren.
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MAINE MASONS

Brother Burbank of Freedom Lodge rose in his place and, in seconding the motion, bore witness to the as-
sistance which the brethren of Columbia rendered to himself and other Masons while prisoners of war. The
appropriation was carried.

About this time, some of the winters were very severe. Right Worshipful Joseph Pollard, District Deputy
Grand Master of the Twelfth District, was snowbound for eight days while on his way to make one of his
official visitations. His district was one of the most difficult in the State, with the Lodges located on an av-
erage of sixty-five miles apart.

A revised Constitution was adopted by the Grand Lodge in 1865. One of its provisions prescribed a single
ballot for the three degrees, while another fixed the minimum fee at $20.00. Clergymen were still admit-
ted free.

The death of Reverend Brother Cyril Pearl also occurred in 1865. He had completed seventeen years of ser-
vice as writer of the Maine Correspondence Reports. His place on this important committee was filled by
the appointment of Most Worshipful Josiah H Drummond, who thus began a service destined to continue for
thirty-five years.


                                                                                            On 4 July 1866,
                                                                                            the City of Port-
                                                                                            land was swept by
                                                                                            a devastating fire.
                                                                                            The Masonic
                                                                                            apartments per-
                                                                                            ished in the
                                                                                            flames. Most of
                                                                                            the Grand Lodge
                                                                                            property was
                                                                                            saved through the
                                                                                            personal exertions
                                                                                            of Grand Master
                                                                                            Timothy J Murray.
                                                                                            The safe, in which
                                                                                            were contained
the Treasurer's reports, proved unsafe, and these valuable papers were lost. In reporting this fact to the
next Grand Lodge, Grand Treasurer Moses Dodge was very careful to name the manufacturers of the unsafe
safe. Great numbers of people in Portland were destitute and suffering as a result of the fire. Grand Master
Murray at once made one thousand dollars from the Grand Lodge funds available to the Citizen's Commit-
tee in charge of relief. Contributions for the aid of Masonic sufferers were solicited from the Maine breth-
ren outside of Portland, and were freely given. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania sent a munificent gift of
$1,000. The Grand Lodges of Ohio and Michigan and the Grand Commandery of New York also contributed
to the relief of the Portland brethren.
Like a phoenix, Portland rose from the flames. The next year, Grand Master Murray laid the cornerstones of
the new Custom House and Post Office.

The libraries of the Grand Chapter and Grand Commandery were merged with that of the Grand Lodge.
Maine Masonry was represented at the dedication of the new Masonic Temple in Boston in 1867, by nine of
our Lodges, the Grand Commandery of Maine, and six of its subordinates.

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MAINE MASONS

In 1868, the charter of Hiram Abiff Lodge, No. 90, was revoked for gross un-Masonic conduct. This Lodge
had presumed to elect and install an expelled Mason as its Master. When disciplined by Grand Lodge, it
proved contumacious. Grand Master Murray felt obliged to arrest its charter. The Grand Lodge confirmed
his action.

In 1869, a California Lodge demanded reimbursement for money paid out in charity in burying a Maine Ma-
son. Our Grand Lodge's reply established our policy in this matter. Maine held that Masonic charity never
constitutes a debt, that, as we were in the habit of dispensing charity freely to sojourners within our bor-
ders, without any thought of reimbursement, we could not recognize the right of any foreign Lodge to de-
mand such reimbursement at our hands.

In 1870, on recommendation of Most Worshipful Brother Drummond, fraternal relations with the Grand Ori-
ent of France were suspended. This Grand Body had long shown a most un-fraternal attitude toward other
Grand Lodges. Its immediate offense was the persistent recognition of clandestine Lodges within the juris-
diction of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. Maine had earnestly and fraternally requested the Grand Orient to
reconsider its attitude on this matter. Its failure to do so led to the punitive action by our Grand Lodge.

Beginning in 1867, the Fraternity in Maine had the benefit of a Masonic publication, " The Masonic Token,"
edited by Brother Stephen Berry. This little paper came out quarterly and filled a definite need in the life
of the Fraternity for nearly fifty years.

The five old Lodges still dormant in 1860 had been re-activated and had gone back to work. New Lodges
were rapidly formed.

The fiftieth anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Maine passed without any formal celebration by the Grand
Lodge. On 28 June 1870, the new Masonic Temple in Bangor was dedicated in ample form with 2,300 of the
Fraternity present. The Oration, by Past Grand Master Drummond, paid attention to the anniversary by giv-
ing a very full history of the Grand Lodge for the fifty years past.

In its fiftieth year, the Grand Lodge of Maine had 154 lodges on its rolls, with a membership of 14,926. The
largest Lodge was Aurora, No. 50, of Rockland, with 364 members. There were 1,130 initiates for the year.
The Charity Fund amounted to $15,600.

In 1871, Most Worshipful Timothy J Murray was again appointed Grand Lecturer.
Worshipful Brother John P Boyd and Worshipful Brother Seth Clark, the last survivors of the original mem-
bers of the Grand Lodge in 1820, passed away in 1871. This same year saw the death of Most Worshipful
Abner B Thompson, the strong man of the Grand Lodge in the days of its adversity.

Grand Master John H Lynde thus spoke of him in his address to the Grand Lodge: “His battle was never
fought until the victory was won. He had no sympathy with error, no matter how pleasant its exterior, but
was ever ready to espouse the cause of justice and truth, without regard to consequences to himself."

General Thompson had been at the head of every Grand Masonic Body in Maine. He had held high military
and civil office. His funeral was conducted by his warm personal friend, Past Grand Master Josiah H Drum-
mond. He was buried in Brunswick, in the same cemetery with Past Grand Master Humphreys and Dunlap.

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UK: Masonic Architect of the City of Bath?
City of the Square, Circle and Crescent
The Royal Crescent is a residential road of 30 houses, laid out in a crescent, in the city of Bath, England. De-
signed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest
examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a grade I listed building. To-
gether with his father John Wood, the Elder, John Wood the Younger was interested in occult and masonic
symbolism; perhaps their creation of largest scale was their joint design of the Royal Crescent and the nearby
Circus (originally called "the King's Circus"), which from the air can be observed to be a giant circle and cres-
cent, symbolising the soleil-lune, the sun and moon. The Circus, along with Gay Street and Queens Square,
forms a key shape which is also a masonic symbol.


                            John Wood, the Elder, (1704-1754) was an English architect. Born in Yorkshire,
                            he worked principally in the city of Bath. He is known for designing many of the
                            streets and buildings of Bath, such as The Circus, Queen square, Prior Park, the
                            North and South Parades, and other notable houses.
                            Many of the buildings he designed are littered with icons and symbols associ-
                            ated with Freemasonry leading many people who have studied his work to be-
                            lieve that he was a member of the organisation, even though there is no docu-
                            mentary proof.

                            Wood wrote extensively about sacred geometry, and argued that the myths of
                            the supposed founder of Bath, king Bladud, were based on truth. He claimed
                            that ancient British stone circles were the remains of once more elaborate
                            buildings designed by Bladud.


His final masterpiece was the Circus, built on Barton Fields outside the old city walls of Bath. He demon-
strated how a row of town houses could be dignified, almost palatial. The uses of uniform facades and
rhythmic proportions in conjunction with classical principles of unerring symmetry were followed through-
out the city.

Wood also left us the most important plan of Stonehenge ever made; his survey, carried out in 1740 and
published in his Choir Gaure, was annotated with hundreds of measurements, which he resolved on the
ground to one half, sometimes even one quarter, of an inch. This work has been largely overlooked, partly
due to criticisms made by the antiquarian Brother William Stukeley. Stukeley disagreed vehemently with
Wood’s interpretation of the monument; he also failed to see the significance of recording the stones in
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MASONIC DESIGNER OF THE CITY OF BATH?


However, using Wood's original dimensions it has been possible to re-draw his work on a computer and
compare the record with the modern plan of Stonehenge. His survey has immense archaeological value, for
he recorded the stones fifty years before the collapse of the western trilithon (which fell in 1797 and was
not restored until 1958).

It has been suggested that Wood (and his son, also John) were connected to Freemasonry either via one of
their building partnerships and/or via symbolism in their architecture. In his Masonic lecture and article,
Stephen B Cox (b. 1950) tentatively suggests an image for this as the square (Queen's Square), the circle
(The Circus) and the crescent (The Royal Crescent): standing for Earth, Sun and Moon, and following the
masonic path of the sun in the Lodge from east (the Master chair) to south (the Junior Warden) and exiting
in the west (the Senior Warden) as a symbol of man's spiritual progress in life from the rough to the smooth
ashlar. Cox notes that there is no direct evidence of deliberate Masonic expression in the architecture
(although there are plenty of carved signs and symbols which are important to Freemasonry). He goes on
however to say that it is interesting to note that Queen Square is lower down the hill whilst The Circus
overlooks it at the top of the hill, whilst to the west The Crescent faces out across the open space of the
park sloping away from it.

Bath is now a World Heritage Site, at least partly as a result of the Woods' sublime architecture.




NC: Masons host 4th annual Pig Jig
Garner News
Garner NC
18 May 2009

Despite what the name might imply, the fourth annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig is not a dance contest for
pigs; it is a barbecue cook-off hosted by the Masonic organizations of North Carolina. The Pig Jig will be
coming to the Got to Be NC Festival at the State Fairgrounds Saturday 30 May. Barbecued pork and
chicken will be available to the public from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Tickets for all-you-can-eat barbecue are
$10 for adults; children under 12 eat free. All proceeds will benefit the Masonic Home for Children and
the Central Children’s Home, both in Oxford.

Fifteen teams representing both the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons under Grand Lodge and the
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons will battle it out to see whose barbecue is the
best. This year’s Pig Jig is significant because it will be the largest fund-raising collaboration in the his-
tory of the two Masonic organizations. “We’re proud to be a part of this year’s Got to Be NC Festival, and
we’re excited about the opportunity to raise money for our children’s homes,” said Mike Sterling, event
coordinator for the Pig Jig. “We look forward to this event each year, and there are definitely some brag-
ging rights on the line.” Various trophies will be handed out after the competition, including the People’s
Choice award, determined by the public, and the Pig Jig Cup, given to the grand champion chosen by a
panel of expert and celebrity judges. The Pig Jig Cup will travel back to the
winning organization’s lodge, where it will remain until next year’s competi-
tion.

The Got to Be NC festival will be presented by the NC. Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services and Kerr Drugs May 29-31. It will feature
1,000 pieces of antique farm equipment, a carnival, live music and chil-
dren’s activities each day, plus a draft horse pull and classic car show on
Friday; a tractor pull and Harley-Davidson motorcycle show on Saturday;
and lawnmower races on Sunday.
‘The truth behind new Dan Brown movie Angels & Demons’

The Mirror
London UK
15 May 2009

Editor: The Mirror is a British self-described working class tabloid newspaper that’s known for its large headlines and vituperative
style that would be familiar to those who read Boston’s Herald newspaper. Nonetheless I think the following article is a fair explana-
tion of some of the more arcane aspects of Angels and Demons. The movie is bound to be a discussion point, so you might want to
read the brief summaries on the All-Seeing Eye and the Illuminati.

Villainous priests, centuries-old secret organisations, Tom Hanks running around historic buildings and
enough conspiracy theories to fuel the internet for years... it must be another Dan Brown blockbuster. An-
gels and Demons opens in cinemas today and it's crammed with mysteries and secrets.

Melissa Thompson sifts the film's fantastic facts from fun fiction…

Anti-matter
Antimatter has long been a staple of science fiction, Star Trek's USS Enterprise is powered by the stuff.
And its explosive powers are central to Angels and Demons' plot. An eighth of a gram of it is stolen from
the nuclear research centre at CERN in Switzerland, enough to cause a devastating explosion. Now here
comes the science bit, concentrate... Both antimatter and matter were created in the Big Bang. Matter
went on to create the Universe, antimatter disappeared. Matter is everything we see in the Universe, anti-
matter is the opposite. When the two come into direct contact they destroy each other in a process scien-
tists call annihilation. Researchers have successfully created antimatter, but only in such tiny quantities
that it poses no threat. Antimatter was created at CERN in 1995, when nine atoms were created over a pe-
riod of three weeks. It would take billions of years to create a dangerous quantity, and disappointingly for
sci-fi fans, it will never be used as an energy source as its creation uses substantially more energy than it
produces.

The Hassassin
This deadly killer, who terrorises Rome in the film, is a member of a mysterious Persian sect which dates
back as far as 1,200 years.
Feared during the Crusades, the sect gained a reputation for brutal political and religious executions.
Brown says: "They were renowned not only for their brutal killings, but also for celebrating their slayings by
plunging themselves into drug-induced stupors.
Their drug of choice was a potent intoxicant they called hashish." But ironically, these "Hashashins" - which
                                              became assassins - also sold life-saving medicines.

                                                         All-seeing eye
                                                         In the film, Langdon's fascination with the Illuminati starts
                                                         when he realises US currency is apparently covered with the
                                                         cult's symbols. Chief among them is the All-Seeing Eye, an eye
                                                         in a triangle. Similar symbols have occurred throughout his-
                                                         tory as far back as ancient Egypt, and are usually interpreted
                                                         as the eye of God watching over mankind. These days it is an
                                                         important symbol used in Freemasonry.


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ANGELS & DEMONS

Tomb of St Peter
                                        Situated beneath the high altar of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, this is the
                                        tomb where Christians believe Saint Peter was buried, near to where he
                                        was crucified in St Peter's Square. Almost every pilgrim who visits Rome
                                        makes their way down the curving flight of steps to visit what is regarded
                                        as St Peter's last resting place. Excavations that took place under the reign
                                        of Pope Pius XII led to the discovery of more than 20 painted tombs, in-
                                        cluding one believed to be that of St Peter, one of the 12 apostles. In 1968
                                        Pope Paul VI declared there was reason to believe that the human bones
                                        found were his.

                                 Ambigrams
                                 Found seared on the flesh of unfortunate victims in Angels and Demons,
                                 ambigrams are words written in such a way that they are readable both
                                 the right way up and upside-down.The name comes from the Latin words
                                 for "both" - ambi, and "word" -
                                 gram.
                                 Brown claims they're an art-
form but in reality were invented more recently the 1970s by
artist and designer John Langdon - after whom Dan named his
academic hero, played by Hanks. The pair met and became
good friends when the author's father gave him a copy of Lang-
don's of ambigrams, Wordplay. The real Langdon is now profes-
sor of typography and identity at Drexel University in Philadel-
phia.

Editor: Neat stuff at John Langdon’s website The Actors logo? Look at it upside down as well.

The Camerlengo
This Papal Court official, played by Ewan McGregor, takes centre stage upon the death of the Pope. Tradi-
tionally, the Camerlengo - Italian for chamberlain - determines the Pope has actually died, tapping his
head with a silver hammer three times, while calling his name. Then he takes off the Pope's Fisherman's
Ring, cuts it and destroys the Pope's official seal. Until a new Pope is elected by a papal conclave of Cardi-
nals, the Camerlengo is acting head of state of Vatican City. However, in Brown's film his role is rather
more mysterious.

Does the Illuminati secret society exist?
According to the more rabid conspiracy theorists, this shadowy group is responsible for everything from the
French Revolution to 9/11 and probably John Terry's penalty miss in last year's Champions League Final. In
the film, they are hell bent on destroying the Vatican with unbelievably powerful antimatter - a tiny grain
has the destructive potential of a nuclear bomb. In fact there was a real group called the Illuminati, Italian
for "the enlightened", a sect founded in 1776. It was a brotherhood made up of freethinkers, intellectuals
and politicians. They had the aim of overthrowing the Roman Catholic and conservative Kingdom of Bava-
ria, which they felt restricted their freedoms. The first incarnation of the brotherhood didn't last long
though - within a decade it had been banned by the kingdom for plotting to overthrow the king. In Angels
and Demons, the Illuminati returns from a 200-year "hiatus" to take up arms once again against their sworn
enemy the Catholic church. Conspiracy theorists believe that the "brotherhood" never really went away but
that it was simply forced further underground. They believe it is behind attempts to form a New World Or-
der - a totalitarian global dictatorship made of the world's most powerful people. And, er, the EU.

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ANGELS & DEMONS

Different theorists believe that the Illuminati has included Winston Churchill and Tony Blair, it has infil-
trated the British Parliament (might explain those expenses) and the US Treasury, to have formed an alli-
ance with the Freemasons and is even affiliated with Satanic cults. Some also argue that the Illuminati
have infiltrated schools, colleges, the media and the banks. It's all nonsense of course (unless the Illuminati
are telling us to say that...)

But there is a real group with some shadowy similarities to the Illuminati. The Bilderberg Group is a secret
selection of politicians and financiers, that has met annually since 1954. The latest assembly, in Athens,
ends today. In the past, Margaret Thatcher, Alec Douglas Home, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, Gerald Ford,
Peter Mandelson and Tony Blair are reported to have attended.

In Angels and Demons, the Path of Illumination is a secret route used in the Illuminati induction process.
Those who wanted to be in the brotherhood had to use their knowledge to decipher secret codes revealed
through statues and landmarks around Rome, the end of which would reveal the Illuminati's secret meeting
place. All of the landmarks used by Dan Brown exist and are real historic sites in Rome, including the
Lorenzo Bernini fountain in the Piazza Navona. But the only path they form is in the author's fertile imagi-
nation.

Editor: There’s so much written on this minuscule moment in history!
When you’re talking to the profane, when the word ‘Illuminati’ crops up, you can take it as the litmus test of their lack of
comprehension of Freemasonry. Nonetheless, it’s something you should know about. Read it from that ever-authoritative
source, the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon

http://www.freemasonry.bcy.ca/texts/illuminati.html

X-33 space plane
Tom Hanks's character Professor Robert Langdon takes an exceedingly quick trip from Boston to Geneva in
the film on an X-33 that can fly at speeds of up to 11,000 miles an hour, crossing the Atlantic in less than
an hour. In reality such a plane, said to look a little like a space shuttle, does not exist - not that any gov-
ernment is willing to admit, anyway. But in 1996, Nasa teamed up with aerospace manufacturer Lockheed
Martin to create a hydrogen-fuelled reusable aircraft with a $941million budget. It was hoped the craft
would reach speeds of more than Mach13 - 13 times the speed of sound - and launch vertically like a rocket
and land horizontally like an aeroplane. The project was cancelled in 2001 following glitches in production.
Plans have not been abandoned completely though, and tests of other prototype superfast shuttles are be-
lieved to have been carried out in secret.

NASA Shuts project down

                               The four elements
                               The stages on Dan Brown's Path of Illumination represent the four elements,
                               which means the ancient Greeks get involved.
                               It was the philosopher and scientist Empedocles (c493-433 BC) who proposed
                               that the universe was composed of four elements - fire, air, earth and water.
                               Aristotle supported it but suggested a fifth element - aether - because it
                               seemed strange that the stars would be made out of earthly elements. Over the
                               next 2,000 years the concept became the cornerstone of philosophy, science
                               and medicine. They were even used to describe the four temperaments a per-
                               son could have. Today, the four elements do stand up to the four states of mat-
                               ter that modern science has agreed on: solid (earth), liquid (water), gas (air)
                               and plasma (fire). As for Empedocles? Apparently he liked the fire element too
                               much. According to tradition, he committed suicide by throwing himself into
                               the lava-filled crater of Mount Etna.
Empedocles
Review of Academic Books on the Craft: Part 2 of 7
                      Steven C Bullock
                      Worcester Polytechnic Institute
                      Initiating the Enlightenment? Recent Scholarship on European Freemasonry
                      David Stevenson
                      The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710.

                      David Stevenson
                      The First Freemasons: Scotland's Early Lodges and Their Members.

                      Margaret C Jacob
                      Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe.

                      James Stevens Curl.
                      The Art and Architecture of Freemasonry: An Introductory Study.




Historians of the fraternity have long known that, even though seven-
teenth-century Masonic organizations were still connected to the craft, a
number of nonoperatives belonged to these groups. This apparent prefig-
uring of the later speculative fraternity was particularly widespread in
Scotland.

David Stevenson's two interlocking books on the seventeenth-century
Scottish experience provide solid information about a subject previously
known only in vague terms. The First Freemasons examines the evidence
about all identifiable Scottish lodges; The Origins of Freemasonry (besides
recapitulating the most significant findings of the other book) considers
the broader nature of Freemasonry. Stevenson, however, does more than
amass an impressive pile of evidence. He audaciously attempts to revise
the accepted view of Masonry's beginnings. If previous historians have dis-
agreed about the precise nature of the shift from operative to speculative
Masonry, they have overwhelmingly cited the creation of a Grand Lodge
in London during 1717 as a key turning point. Stevenson challenges this
view, arguing that the event was "almost an irrelevance in the long proc-
ess of development of the movement" What he prefers to call "modern
freemasonry," for reasons that will become clear later, actually began
during the previous century in Scotland. Stevenson's books represent a major advance in knowledge, mak-
ing Scottish issues more significant in the broader history of the fraternity. But they do not convincingly
overturn the more accepted view.

For Stevenson, modern Masonry emerged around the turn of the seventeenth century--during the Renais-
sance, not the Enlightenment. William Schaw, the king's "Master of Works" (essentially the government's
chief architect and construction officer), declared himself "generall Wardene" of Scottish Masons in two
proclamations that attempted to reorder the craft. According to Stevenson, these "Schaw Statutes" of 1598
and 1599 went beyond mere guild regulation (for example, attempting to limit the number of apprentices
and to require testing of craftsmen before admitting them as masters). They formed part of a larger proc-
ess in which Schaw actually "created freemasonry," establishing lodges that divided their membership into
"entered apprentices" and "fellow crafts," the terms later used by the speculative fraternity.

Furthermore, Schaw provided Scottish Masonry with rituals based upon hermetic thought, ceremonies that
would shape later speculative practices.

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PROF BULLOCK

Although the lodges remained relatively secret, Stevenson convincingly shows that at least seven lodges
were founded or first became known around the time of the Schaw statutes. In all, some twenty-five simi-
lar lodges met, or had met, in Scotland by 1710. These organizations sometimes admitted non-Masons, both
gentlemen and other craftsmen, into their fellowship. Stevenson cites Sir Robert Moray, initiated into a
lodge in 1641 and a leader in the early English Royal Society, as a central example of this new Masonic ex-
perience. Moray's letters boast about his membership in explanations of the pentangle he had chosen as his
personal symbol before his initiation and then later selected as his mason's mark. Stevenson also suggests
that the ideals of "modern freemasonry" (a term he uses because Scottish Masonry was clearly not specula-
tive), such as morality, sociability, and friendship, are visible in Scottish lodges. After surveying the far less
substantial evidence for English Freemasonry during the same period, he argues that the more developed
Scottish groups formed the basis of the speculative fraternity.

More on William Schaw


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Fun

A mom was concerned about her kindergarten son walking to school. He didn't want his mother to walk with
him. She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe. So she had
an idea of how to handle it. She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying
at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her. She said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it
would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with
another neighbor girl he knew. She did this for the whole week. As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and
twigs, Timmy's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week. Fi-
nally she said to Timmy, 'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? 'Do you know her?'
Timmy nonchalantly replied, 'Yeah, I know who she is.'
The little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'
'That's just Shirley Goodnest,' Timmy replied, 'and her daughter Marcy.'
'Shirley Goodnest? Who the heck is she and why is she following us? '

'Well,' Timmy explained, 'every night my Mom makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries
about me so much. And in the psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy shall follow me all the days of my life', so
I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'


Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked,
'How old was your husband?'
'98,' she replied, 'Two years older than me'
'So you're 96,' the undertaker commented.
She responded , 'Hardly worth going home, is it?
Bro William Wharff:
Civil War Soldier and Architect
                                                                         Neither a classicist nor an inno-
                                                                         vator, William Hatch Wharff was
                                                                         a practical downeast builder who
                                                                         incorporated the prevailing id-
                                                                         iom of the day into his designs in
                                                                         San Francisco and Berkeley.

                                                                         Born in Guilford ME Wharff
                                                                         (1836–1936) did not study at any
                                                                         architectural school, although in
                                                                         1932, at the age of 96, he would
                                                                         tell the Gettysburg Times that
                                                                         he “studied architecture in
                                                                         Maine and Massachusetts in his
                                                                         earlier years.”

                                                                         In 1864, Wharff enlisted in the
                                                                         Union Army as a private in Com-
                                                                         pany C of the 11th Regiment,
                                                                         Maione Volunteer Infantry

                                                                           His Civil War engagements in-
The Berkeley Masonic Temple                                               cluded the siege of Petersburg,
2105 Bancroft Way at Shattuck Avenue, was completed in April 1907,        the battle of Chaffin’s Farm, the
Having been designed by Bro Wharff                                        siege of Richmond, Hatcher’s
                                                                          Run, and Appomattox. He saw
                                                                        Lincoln on 26 March 1865, when
the President came to rally the troops before the march on Richmond. That night, Private Wharff wrote
in his diary, “This day I have seen Lincoln—I can never forget the care-worn face of the noble President
as he rode past, while the band played Hail to the Chief.”

Mustered out of service on 12 June 1865, Wharff returned to Guilford, eventually settling in Bangor ME,
where in 1870 the US census listed his occupation as carpenter. The Wharffs’ second son, Frederick, was
born in 1867, and eight years later, the family sailed to California, entering San Francisco Bay through
the Golden Gate. They were not the only Wharffs migrating west. William’s younger brothers—John Fair-
field Wharff, a blacksmith and veteran of the First Maine Cavalry and Joseph Hiram Wharff, a carpenter—
also made their home in San Francisco.

Charting Wharff’s architectural career in San Francisco is not an easy task, since more than 100 buildings
he designed there are said to have perished in the 1906 earthquake and fire. While he called himself an
architect in the 1880 US census, the San Francisco directory of 1889 listed him as a draftsman with an
office at 330 Pine Street. The following year, still in the same office, he was listed as contractor and
builder.

At some point, Wharff joined the American Institute of Architects’ San Francisco chapter. He was present
at the chapter’s meeting of 7 May 1904, when famed Chicago architect and city planner Daniel H Burn-
ham addressed that body on the task of beautifying the city.

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BRO WILLIAM WHARFF

Burnham had been invited by the Association for the Improvement and Adornment of San Francisco, to cre-
ate plans for beautifying the city. “I don’t know if I can do it,” said Burnham to the assembled AIA mem-
bers, “but I will do what I can. Take your own city conditions. Miles of wooden houses built as cheaply as
possible. It is not saying anything against San Francisco to say that it is very ugly. There is not much hope
of altering the downtown portion of the city.” His immediate solution was, “improve rather than ruthlessly
destroy the houses. Plant shrubs, bowers, etc.”

The following year, Burnham’s extensive plan for San Francisco was presented to the Board of Supervisors.
The 1906 earthquake and fire presented a unique opportunity to implement the plan, but it was opposed
by business interests led by Michael H de Young and his newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle. Within
three years, the downtown was rebuilt along the old lines.

Seven years before the earthquake, William and Lydia Wharff moved to Berkeley, apparently following
their son Fred, who had obtained a position as language instructor at the university. At the time, the archi-
tect was 63, an age when most other people would be contemplating retirement. Wharff, however,
launched into a fruitful period of building activity that would last another decade and a half. When he fi-
nally retired at the age of 79, he took up insurance, which he practiced well into his 90s.

The steady demand for Wharff’s architectural services can be chalked up to his enduring personal
popularity and a vast circle of connections. A lifelong Mason, in 1870 he joined the Rising Virtue Lodge
of Free and Accepted Masons in Bangor ME. In San Francisco he was a member of the King Solomon
Lodge, and after coming to Berkeley he joined the local Durant Lodge. It’s no wonder, then, that when
the Berkeley Masons wished to build a new temple, they entrusted the design to Wharff, giving him
carte blanche.

Both Wharff and his wife were high-ranking charter members of the Harmony Lodge, Order of the Eastern star in San
Francisco. Wharff was also a prominent member of the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization of Union
Army veterans who had served in the Civil War. At one time he was commander of Lincoln Post No. 1 in San Francisco,
while Mrs Wharff served as president of the city’s Lincoln Relief Corps (the women’s auxiliary to the GAR).
On several occasions, the Wharffs were delegates to the GAR national encampment and the concurrent
Women’s Relief Corps national convention. In 1904 they traveled to Boston for this purpose. “Having been
chosen the official architect of the Masonic Temple Association,” informed the Oakland Tribune on 8 Au-
gust, “Mr. Wharff will visit a number of temples in the East before presenting designs for the new temple
that is to be erected in Berkeley.

As the temple neared completion in August 1906, the San Francisco Call provided this description:
It is four stories high, with facings of cream-colored brick and granite trimmings. The lower floor is to be
devoted to stores. On the second floor will be found the supper room, ladies hall, banquet hall and armory
of the Masonic lodges.The main lodgeroom will be on the third floor, 47 x 62 feet, elaborately finished,
with Corinthian pilasters and ornamental frieze work extending around the entire room. The ceiling will be
42 feet high. This lodgeroom, with others on the same floor, are to be available Sundays for church pur-
poses or uses of similar character. On the fourth floor will be a small lodgeroom, which with the anteroom
and hall will be used for smaller lodges and societies requiring moderate accommodations.

Toward the end of his life, as the ranks of Civil War veterans dwindled, William Wharff would become a
national figure. He was president of the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, an organization composed of those
who knew or saw the Great Emancipator. Newspapers would refer to him as “Berkeley’s Grand Old Man”
and mark every birthday and anniversary of his. In 1933, at the age of 97, he was feted as the YMCA’s old-
est member. On his 99th and final birthday, Wharff was believed to be the nation’s oldest living Mason and
Civil War veteran. He died in his 100th year, having seen Berkeley grow sevenfold over the course of 36
years.
Britain’s Greatest Masonic Secret? Part 3 of 3
St Edmund’s Masonic Church might lay claim to being Britain’s greatest Masonic secret.

Labelled by experts as a “temple to Freemasonry” and “a total concept as exotic as Roslin Chapel in Scotland”, St Edmund’s
Church is one of England’s hidden gems.
So much so, that it is almost totally unknown.

Philip Coppens
http://www.philipcoppens.com/

                                                             Albert Hudson’s Masonic path began on 8 December
                                                             1847, when, at the age of 36, he was initiated into
                                                             the Lodge of Benevolence No. 273 (later No. 226) at
                                                             the Red Lion Hotel, Littleborough, near Rochdale. It
                                                             marked the start of a life in which he would join and
                                                             rise in several – if not most – Masonic rites. He held
                                                             office in the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lanca-
                                                             shire from 1850 to 1856 as Provincial Grand Junior
                                                             Warden and from 1856 to 1866 as the Deputy Provin-
                                                             cial Grand Master. In 1860, Albert Hudson Royds was
                                                             one of the petitioners for the foundation of his
                                                             “own” lodge, The Royds Lodge No. 816, which was
                                                             consecrated on 3 October 1864, still several years
                                                             before he would begin the construction of his own
                                                             Masonic oeuvre. It was not the only lodge that would
                                                             carry his name. On 30 December 1867 the Provincial
                                                             Grand Lodge met at Townsend House, Great Mal-
                                                             vern, for the consecration of The Royds Lodge No.
                                                             1204. At the consecration, Albert Hudson’s son, Ed-
                                                             mund Albert Nuttall, was appointed as Junior War-
                                                             den. He also is known to have joined both Royal Arch
                                                             and Mark Masonry, as well as being a founder mem-
                                                             ber of the St Dunstan Chapter of the Scottish Rite.
                                                             On 8 April 1862 he was elected a member of The Su-
                                                             preme Council – also known as the 33rd degree – and
                                                             appointed Grand Captain General from 1869 to 1872,
                                                             the time when St Edmund’s was built.

                                                       The specific spark that initiated St Edmund’s might
                                                       have come when on 10 August 1869 the Provincial
Grand Lodge convened in the Chapter House of Worcester Cathedral to march in procession to the Cathe-
dral where the Provincial Grand Master unveiled the new Masonic window that had been built in the north
transept. On this occasion, Royds proclaimed: “I ask you to accept this gift from the brethren of our an-
cient Craft and sometimes, when you look upon its mellowed light, may you be induced to say, ‘O, wonder-
ful Masons!’” The cost of the windows, nowadays more often referred to as The Twelve Apostles Window,
was £530.

After the completion of St Edmund’s, Royds, on 24 May 1875 proceeded to lay the foundation stone of St
Luke’s Church in Dudley. Alas, in December, he lost the use of his legs which, together with the loss of his
daughter, at first made him unable to attend, and then compelled him to resign from office on 7 March
1878.

CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE
The Church Design… There Is A Plan.
St Edmund’s is a Temple of Solomon masked as a church. Built roughly at the same time when the enig-
matic Bérenger Saunière constructed his enigmatic church in Rennes-le-Château, Saunière’s church suppos-
edly contains “hidden clues” either to the location of a treasure or to the nature of the secret as to how he
became so extraordinarily rich. But what detail is significant and might mean what precisely, is a matter of
great controversy – and subjectivity. In the case of St Edmund’s, the Masonic references are sometimes un-
derhand, but always clear to the Mason – quite often, they are straight in your face. There is, in short, no
                                                      doubt that this church is Masonic in design.

                                                      On the East wall, a reredos by Rev. EW Gilbert is inte-
                                                      grated with the stone of the building. At first sight, it
                                                      appears to be nothing more as if they are cement
                                                      leaves; on closer inspection, they are meant to grow
                                                      out of the wall, and are actually vine leaves; inside
                                                      them, you can read the words “I AM THE”. For those
                                                      “on the level”, this is supposed to be read as “I am the
                                                      vine” – the vine not written, but portrayed. It is a ref-
                                                      erence to John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the
                                                      branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the
                                                      same bringeth forth much fruit.” It appears to be a
                                                      straightforward Christian message, but only Masons
                                                      will know that this is actually a Masonic prayer, and a
                                                      famous one at that: Buzz Aldrin, the second man on
                                                      the Moon and a Mason, used it during a private mo-
                                                      ment on the Moon – leaving non-Mason Neil Armstrong
                                                      apparently somewhat perplexed as to what his col-
                                                      league was doing.

                                                       Looking up, we find the stone bond and the timber
                                                       close boarding to the roof in enigmatic patterns, al-
                                                       most like a Masonic board. It is indeed accepted that it
                                                       is to remind of the woodwork of King Solomon’s Tem-
                                                       ple, which was carved with knops and open flowers,
                                                       having a variety of geometrical designs. If there is any
                                                       doubt about this interpretation, the Masonic connec-
                                                       tion of the lectern is so obvious, it is actually often
                                                       referred to as the Masonic lectern. Indeed, the lectern
                                                       has been described as “the symbolic climax of the
whole scheme”. On an imperfect block of black marble stands a perfect white cube of ashlar marble. The
cube, of course, is already significant within the Craft. Upon that are three columns of brass: Doric, Ionic
and Corinthian, representing Wisdom, Strength and Beauty. However, engraved upon their bases are the
symbolic tools of the Craft, specifically the jewels of the Master and the Senior and Junior Wardens – the
three degrees of Masonry. On top is a horizontal brass tray, fretted with pomegranates, lilies and inter-
twined snakes (a variation on the ouroboros, but within a Masonic context symbolising unity), with a hori-
zontal design that represents the Blazing Star or glory, and finally, to carry the Volume of Sacred Law, a
pyramid formed out of square and compasses – making an obvious – Masonic – statement the congregation
was impossible to miss.

As mentioned, further straightforward Masonic imagery is present in the Royds Chapel and its stained glass
windows. But there are more hidden messages. The chapel – structurally – carries one of the massive but-
tresses which really carry the tower, which is made out of ashlar stones. The mastery that went into the
construction of this buttress – this pillar – is extraordinary. The Royds Chapel is divided from the chancel by
a screen of granite columns, their overscale capitals representing fig, passion flower and fern – continuing
a “leafy theme” that this part of the church shares with Rosslyn Chapel.
Direct references to the Craft are also present in the iron gates of Royds Chapel, which have square and
compasses and a Seal of Solomon. For Freemasons, there is – again – a secondary level of reading this
chapel. First of all, Royds chapel occupies the position in the church where the finished craftsman is placed
after his passing. In the windows, of course, Royds has depicted himself as a Master Mason; and if he at-
tended mass, he would hence sit in the position of Master Mason – inside the Royds Chapel. Furthermore, in
the opinion of Rod H Baxter, two pillars between the chancel and the chapel are meant to represent Jachin
and Boaz, though he admitted that they were placed in an unusual position if they were meant to repre-
sent them. He noted that the donor of the church would have had to look out from his sanctuary between
these two pillars to contemplate the altar – and hence that they are the best candidates for this honour.
Indeed, though the giant pillars near the lantern at first sight seem obvious candidates for the role of
Jachin and Boaz, there are four of them – alas, two too many.

Whether the church was ever meant to be used as a lodge is open for interpretation. And between intent
and execution, is another major chasm. But it is clear that the church could have been used for Masonic
rituals – or at least was designed with these rituals in mind. Take, for example, the crypt – even though the
Royds never designed or saw it as being used as a burial place. First of all, the crypt runs along the entire
length and width of the church. It does not seem to have a real purpose and must have come at an extra
cost. Entry to it is by a flight of stairs, as well as two trapdoors. In the third degree of Freemasonry, a
crypt is a functional aspect, where the initiate is “raised” after being lowered in a crypt and reborn. In
most lodges today, a tarp is laid out in the middle of the lodge temple, but could it be that the Church’s
Masonic architects rendered it more spectacularly in St Edmund’s? Even if he intended to use it for Masonic
ceremonies, Royds never much could enjoy his Great Work. In December 1875, as mentioned, he lost the
use of his legs. He walked again in 1879, but moved to Lytham in 1881, to return to Rochdale six years
later. He died on 17 January 1890 and was buried at Christ Church, Healey.

The Future of the Building
On 12 February 1985, the church became a Grade Two listed building. For a church familiar with Masonic
Degrees, it must have been a somewhat familiar step to be raised to the level of Fellowcraft. But Masonic
initiations are all about conquering death, and alas, that is currently the challenge the church is facing. In
2006, the Rev. David Finney, vicar at both St Edmund’s and St Mary’s, was informed by the diocese that the
church would close. Several services were being held without a congregation. In February 2008, the church
was therefore finally closed to the public, but being a Grade Two listed building, it cannot be demolished.
Its future is therefore uncertain, though other denominations have expressed a potential interest in secur-
ing at least the short to medium-term future of the building. What might therefore be seen by some as the
end of this church, might, of course, only be a sleep, or rebirth. Rosslyn Chapel too had numerous episodes
when it was unused, derelict and even close to collapse. Equally so, the Temple of Jerusalem had – and
continues to have – a controversial history. In the end, it will be a question of whether the Great Architect
of the Universe is willing…

I would like to thank Andy Marshall for his extraordinary efforts in photographing the church, as well as
guiding me to and through it. I would also like to thank Charlie Watson and the Royds Lodges for cata-
loguing their history and the history of their founder, as well as Andrew Gough, for providing me with
several Masonic insights, or confirmations. www.fotofacade.com

Philip Coppens

END OF THREE PART SERIES
       Pig Roast




     Saturday 20 June
at Fraternal Lodge in Centerville
     from 2-6pm, for $20.
  Contact Wor Jim Richardson
508-896-4015 for reservations.




                    Dinner on Cape Cod – all summer long!
                    If you’re summering on the Cape – or if you live
                  there, drop in one evening to the lodge in Chatham
                        and enjoy a lobster roll! Eat in or take out.
                               Lobster Rolls Scallop Rolls
                              Clam Fritters Clam Chowder
                                  And hot dogs, too!
                         Every Thursday and Saturday evening
                              from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
                           23 May through 5 September
                                    At St Martin’s Lodge
                   52 Old Harbor Road (Route 28) Chatham
                     The event is run by Nauset Light Lodge and St Martins Lodge.
11 Respect
Freemasonry is very a respectful fraternity. We respect people, we respect religions and we respect the institutions of the law and the
government. We may be the last bastion of courtliness and manners. Mannerliness is just one of the charms of the Craft – a skill and a
habit that sometimes we don’t even notice. A man can learn much to his advantage from Freemasonry.
Sometime before the age of 16, George Washington transcribed for his own use The Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company and
Conversation. Doing such was a common form of education in the 17th through 20th centuries. You gained from practicing ‘a fair hand’
and learned from the precepts at the same time. Young ladies often did the same with needlecraft.
We repeat here George Washington’s rules, ten at a time. Some are amusing, many are reflections upon life in the 18th century, but all
are valid today.

101st Rinse not your Mouth in the Presence of Others.

102d It is out of use to call upon the Company often to Eat nor need you Drink to others every Time you
Drink.

103d In Company of your Betters be not longer in eating than they are lay not your Arm but only your
hand upon the table.

104th It belongs to the Chiefest in Com-                     The Glutton
                                                             Thomas Rowlandson
pany to unfold his Napkin and fall to Meat
first, But he ought then to Begin in time &
to Dispatch with Dexterity that the Slowest
may have time allowed him.

105th Be not Angry at Table whatever hap-
pens & if you have reason to be so, Shew it
not but on a Cheerful Countenance espe-
cially if there be Strangers for Good Humor
makes one Dish of Meat a Feast.

106th Set not yourself at the upper of the
Table but if it Be your Due or that the Mas-
ter of the house will have it So, Contend
not, least you Should Trouble the Com-
pany.

107th If others talk at Table be attentive but talk not with Meat in your Mouth.

108th When you Speak of God or his Attributes, let it be Seriously & wt. Reverence. Honour & Obey your
Natural Parents altho they be Poor.

109th Let your Recreations be Manfull not Sinful.

110th Labor to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.

                                                                 Finis
CT: Quarry Degree

                                                                        Performed in an actual Quarry,
                                                                        and conducted in costume.
                                                                        The Quarry Rite, Held on or near
                                                                        the Summer Solstice is a one-of-a-
                                                                        kind degree, performed outdoors,
                                                                        by torchlight, in an operative
                                                                        quarry. Under the stars, standard
                                                                        Connecticut Ritual is augmented
                                                                        by Soliloquies written specially for
                                                                        the event. Due to much interest in
                                                                        recent years, this event is now a
                                                                        limited seating event and requires
                                                                        reservations for dinner.




Supper will be held at the Moosup Little League complex prior to traveling to the quarry. Once fed, the
candidates are taken to a remote quarry site and prepared. The craft follows about 10 minutes later, and
the lodge begins labor at the quarry. As the degree progresses, the only light shed is by 15 oil-burning
torches placed about the quarry pit. Under the flickering light of summer sky, the candidates are brought
to light in the operative quarry.

The Moosup Lodge Quarry Degree will be on June 27.
The Degree will start at 7:00pm at the Quarry.
Please bring your own seating, as none will be provided. Lawn chairs, and casual dress is what we are look-
ing for. If you have any more questions please let me know.

The meal will start at 5:00pm at the Moosup Little League field.
The meal will be $8. Cold and hot sandwiches, salads, and assorted sides will be on the menu.
There will be plenty of parking there.

Begun in 1996 as an EA Degree, The Quarry Rite has now been performed as an EA Degree and an MM De-
gree and has been visited by brothers from the neighboring jurisdictions of Rhode Island, Massachusetts,
New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, as well as by brothers from Nova Scotia and the Philippines.


                                A Tyler at a Quarry
                                Degree in Colchester,
                                England
Can a Catholic join the Craft?

Being a Catholic isn't a barrier to admission. The Church has had issues with Freemasonry in the past, and
in 1917 the Official Code of Canon Law included Canon 2335, which stated "those who joined a Masonic
sect, or other societies of the same sort, plot against the church or against legitimate civil authority, incur
excommunication."

However in 1983 the new and revised Code of Canon Law did away with Canon 2335, replacing it with
Canon 1734, which states "One who joins an association which plots against the church is to be punished
with a just penalty; one who promotes or moderates such an association, however, is to be punished with
an interdict."

...no mention of Freemasonry. And as Freemasonry doesn't plot against the Church, it appears that the
doors of understanding have been thrown open. Still, it's still an important decision. And certainly no im-
portant decision should ever be entered into without first invoking the blessing of God. So talk it over with
your Church leader to see how your membership in the Fraternity would affect your standing in the Church.




UK: Bridgewater Lodges answer police call for help
Matthew Colledge
Bridgewater Mercury
Bridgewater UK
19 May 2009

                                                       MEMBERS of Bridgwater’s Masonic Lodges have helped fund
                                                       a life-saving piece of equipment after answering a call for
                                                       help from the police.

                                                       PCSO Sam Labanc, based at Bridgwater police station, put
                                                       out an appeal for money to buy a heart defibrillator.
                                                       Thanks to support from the Lodges, who are raising money
                                                       through a series of charity initiatives to mark the 275th an-
                                                       niversary of Freemasonry in Somerset, the device has since
                                                       been bought for £1,000.

                                                       Several police officers and PCSOs from the town's
                                                       neighbourhood policing team have been trained to assist
                                                       with emergencies in the town centre.
Pictured, from left, are Nic Crocker, Sam Labanc and   Insp Nic Crocker said: "We are very grateful for the generos-
John Knight, Trevor Thomas and Mike Williams from      ity shown by the town's Lodges. “The first duty of the police
the Bridgwater Lodges.                                 is to save life and this equipment provides another way in
                                                       which we can help our community."
                                                 Readers Write
                                1. Stay out of
                                trouble            I really enjoy your newsletter. It came to
                                                   me by way of South Africa. I don't know if
                                                   you are aware that "The Godfather of Work-
                                                   out" Jack LaLanne, is a 50 year member of
                                                   Crow Canyon Lodge No. 551 here in Castro
                                                   Valley CA. Just an FYI

                                                   Fraternally
                                                   William Ferrell
                                                   Secretary, Crow Canyon #551




2. Aim for greater heights




                                                                                  Bro
                                                                                  Jack LaLanne




                                     3. Stay
                                     focused
                                     on your
                                     job




                                                  The Fraternity has no hierarchy to plot its course;
                                                           no pontiff to declare its creed;
                                                        no censor of books to check heresy.
                                                     Anyone either within or without the society
                                                  may think, believe, or write about it what he wills,
                                                   and many have taken advantage of that liberty.
                See next page

                                                                     Bro HW Coil
                  4.Exercise to
                  maintain good
                  health




                                     7. Save for rainy days.




             5. Practice teamwork.



                                                                    8. Rest and relax.




                                                               9. Always take time to smile.




6. Rely on your trusted partner to                                    10. Realize that nothing
watch your back. Take your time                                       is impossible.
trusting others.
8th Masonic District Calendar
District Deputy Grand Master of the 8th Masonic District: RW Lonnie Piper.
Master of the 8th Lodge of Instruction: Wor David Smith.

8th District Lodge of Instruction is held on the first Wednesday of each month
at Quincy Masonic Building, 1170 Hancock Street.
Candidate instruction:      6:00-6:30pm        Four different classes in different rooms.
Dinner:                     6:30 – 7:15pm. Reservations to the JW of the LOI
Meeting                     7:15pm             Meeting

Rural Lodge cipher class is held on Monday nights from 6:30 – 7:30pm in the Library at QMB.
Candidates from other lodges are welcome. Contact RW Graeme Marsden.
Mon 25 May:      No class - Memorial Day
Mon 1 June:      FC Class
Mon 8 June:      No class
Mon 22 June:     MM class
Mon 29 June:     MM class

MAY
Saturday 23       8th District Breakfast
Monday 25         DDGM at Memorial Day Parade, Randolph
Monday 25         No Cipher class at QMB - Memorial Day
Tuesday 26        Macedonian Lodge
Tuesday 26        Delta Lodge
Wednesday 27      WMASEM Worshipful Masters’ Association meeting
Friday 29         8th District Movie Night at QMB: The Man who Would be King. 7:00pm

JUNE
Monday 1          FC Cipher Class at QMB 6:30pm
Wednesday 3       Lodge of Instruction at QMB. Installation of Officers
Thursday 4        Rural Lodge MM Degree, Past Masters Night
Monday 8          No Cipher class at QMB
Wednesday 10      Norfolk Union Lodge
Thursday 11       St Paul’s-Algonquin Lodge
Friday 12         Milton Lodge
Saturday 13       Amaranth Pot of Gold, Braintree Building
Saturday 13       DDGM at Flag Day Parade, Quincy
Saturday 13       Milton Lodge Family Day at 4:00pm
Sunday 14         Grand Master’s Fair, Charlton
Thursday 18       Euclid Lodge
Friday 19         Grotto at Quincy Masonic Building
Saturday 20       Norfolk Union Lodge Golf Tournament 12noon
Tuesday 16        Weymouth United Lodge
Monday 22         MM Cipher class at QMB 6:30pm
Tuesday 23        Macedonian Lodge
Tuesday 23        Delta Lodge
Saturday 27       District Breakfast at Weymouth Masonic Building
Sunday 28         Rural Lodge Beach Party in Hill 1:00pm
Monday 29         MM Cipher class at QMB 6:30pm
Tuesday 30        Lodge of Qualification, Stoughton
JULY
Saturday 11       St Paul’s Algonquin Outdoor 3rd degree. All MMs welcome.
                  Lunch at 11:30am - reservations necessary
Monday 27         Scottish Rite Teddy Bear Classic Golf Tournament
                   Graeme Marsden is District Ambassador
                for the 8th Masonic District of Massachusetts,
        editor of this Rural Lodge Newsletter and the lodge website.
                 Your thoughts and comments are welcome.
            Please let him know if you have news, however brief.
                        Gmarsden@colehersee.com




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