G Illinois Freemasonry Winter 2010 - Volume 16 - No. 1 G G G G G G G G Masonic Youth Leadership Rally G G G G G G G G G G Page 2 G (on the cover) MASONIC YOUTH LEADERSHIP RALLY 20 years...that’s right, for the last 20 years Illinois Masonry has sponsored the Masonic Youth Leadership Rally. And this year was no different. Taking place at the DeMolay Brotherhood Center (Mason Point) Rainbow’s, Job’s Daughters, and DeMolays selected by their respective leaders joined together for a week end of learning, laughing, and fun. Starting Friday night, they formed teams, made up of all three organizations, to participate in team building exercises, planning challenges, communication discussions, and leadership training. Each team selected a leader, established a motto, and a logo, and worked all weekend in their team structure. Also, a motivational speaker made a presentation that featured the theme of “how to treat one another”. This year’s Rally included a trip to the Mennonite community of Arthur where the young people toured the downtown area, enjoying a Green River at Dick’s Pharmacy and a glimpse into the past in the various shops that feature items popular in Arthur. Dinner at an Amish restaurant completed their visit of Arthur. As a Sunday wind up, everyone attended worship services at Mason Point in the morning and then, after breakfast, took part in a question and answer sessions with the young leaders fielding questions from their peers and then the adult leaders answering questions from the entire group. It was a rewarding week end, once again illustrating we have an outstanding group of young people in our youth organizations. Illinois Masonic Childrens’ Home Murphysboro Christmas Party LaGrange Christmas Party What a Party...er, ah... Reception With over 400 guests registered to honor the Most Worshipful Grand Master Richard Lewis Swaney, a cold, blustery winter evening out- side in Carbondale, Illinois was a hot time inside for everyone attending. With His Honor the Mayor, Brother Brad Cole performing the duties of Master of Ceremonies, the evening moved along at an enjoyable pace with the usual number of Masonic introductions. Ainad Potentate Steven Kibler spoke briefly about the Grand Master and his positive contribution to southern Illinois followed by dignitaries from several Illinois state organizations and Past Grand Masters. The AINAD Drum and Bugle Corp performed several numbers and “rocked” the house. This outstanding Shrine unit recently was named Champion at the Imperial Shrine session Drum Corps Association competition in San Antonio. It was obvious the audience appreciated the talents of these men as they offered a standing ovation at the conclusion of their performance. Grand Master Swaney took over the podium and presented a stirring message reminding everyone in the room he was asking all masons in Illinois to be responsible for one new member before Grand Lodge in October. G Page 3 Grand Master’s Message In my travels around the state as a Grand Lodge officer and now as Grand Master, I have had the privilege and pleasure of visiting many Illinois lodges, big and small, rich and poor, active and inert, and while they vary greatly in many features, in the lodges where Freemasonry is richest and most appealing, the men there exhibit two characteristics in ample form: Respect and Responsibility. The Brothers of these lodges act with respect in their dealings with everyone; they know that without meeting on the level they cannot part upon the square. From the Worshipful Master to the youngest Entered Apprentice, they treat one another as brothers. They also give the officers their due, in recognition that each one has stepped forward to give of his time in service to his lodge and our beloved Craft. Each one has taken Responsibility, and affirmed that he will do his very best to fulfill the requirements of his office. Those officers, in keeping with their solemn obligation, carry out their commitment to be the best men and Masons they can be, in service to their Craft, their lodge, and one another. They, and their lodges, thrive as a result. They serve as an example to all of us. As your Grand Master, I take inspiration from these men, for they show what it takes to make Freemasonry work. They regularly attend stated and special meetings, work to learn the ritual, and have a vision for the future in which the vitality and growth of Illinois Freemasonry is a model for others. Our Grand Lodge is committed to that vision. To that end, we have asked each and every one of you to submit to your Lodge one petition this year. Find one qualified man who will gladly petition for his degrees because of what Freemasonry has been, is, and can be. Live the Craft, Brethren, and act with Respect and Responsibility. Remember, “If it is to be, it is up to me.” Richard Swaney Grand Master r’s ste a n d M ptio an e Gr Rec Grand Master Richard L. Swaney & R.W Brother Tracy Bandy Eastern G.M. Swaney with Most Worshipful Brother Otis Area Deputy Grand Master, W. Cromartie Sr. Most Worshipful Grand Master of Prince Hall Masons in Illinois. Right Worshipful Brother Brad Cole & Ms. Krista Farmer Most Worshipful Grand Master Richard L. Swaney singing God Bless Ainad Shriner Drum and Bugle Corps America with the Ainad Shriner Drum and Bugle Corps Page 4 G What came you here to do? By Jonathan Horvath, Masonic Education We have all been asked that question, at least once, and have These are lofty questions indeed, many may never ask them, but probably heard it more times than we can count. How many times we as free and accepted masons must if we are to work on the have you stopped to reflect upon it though? house not made with hands. Further, we must not merely ask Take a moment and ask yourself “for what purpose did I join Ma- them, but fully dedicate ourselves to truly answering them if we sonry? We all join for various reasons, many of us have multiple are to call ourselves Masons. This is a lifetime journey but let us reasons for joining, but what did we come here to do? begin here, now. Again, many of us have come to do many different things, but we The dictionary says “improve” is to bring something into a more all answered “to learn to subdue my passions and improve myself desirable or excellent condition; basically, to make something in Masonry.” So on this we can, or should, all agree; if not, then better. One origin of this word is improuen/emprouen and this these are empty words indeed that we speak. I refuse to believe, translates as “to turn into profit by reanalysis of its beneficial refuse to accept that they are so; I believe they have great impor- use”. This suggests that true improvement is not an end but tance, to us as Masons, to our Craft and to our GAOTU. rather the result of a process of continuous evaluation. For the Mason this evaluation is self evaluation, examining oneself in the To understand their importance we must study them arduously. context of the truths laid out by the GAOTU in the VSL. In doing In our Ritual we say “to learn to subdue my passions” as a single so, one must necessarily inquire “who am I?”. My high school phrase and this refers to points of our obligations and keeping math teacher used to say “you are only who you are when no one ourselves within due bounds. It says that Masons are in control else is looking” – by that measure I’m a couch potato who reads of their passions, act morally, walk uprightly and be models for too much and exercises too little. But I don’t think he meant this society. It also states that we will be wary of letting our wants quite so literally. When there is no one to judge us, aside from our and desires rule our actions, a lesson we learn more about in the own conscious and the GAOTU, then we truly see who and what 3 Degree. It further alludes to meeting on the level, 3rd acting we are in the decisions we make and the actions we take. It has by the plumb and parting on the square – thereby ensuring the become clear already that to “improve oneself” is a daunting task, harmony of the Lodge. It is when passions are not subdued that it is difficult and intimidating, perhaps even unrealistic for us to disharmony arises and from disharmony we fall – what is the true measure our every thought and action by that standard, but that lesson of the 2nd Section of the 3rd Degree? does mean we should not try. This is a task that is truly laudable, Before we look into that let’s break this down further. Suppose it one worthy of a Mason. were written “to learn, to subdue my passions”. In this case we This brings us to the question of Masonry itself, what is Masonry are talking about two separate actions, and I have often heard the that I am to improve myself in it? And why “in” Masonry argument made that this is how it should be as we then came here as opposed to “with”, or “through”, or “by” or “because” of to do three things as opposed to two; three ostensibly being a Masonry? Surely we cannot be speaking of operative masonry, rather significant number. Taken in this context we are assuming otherwise we’d all be building temples; and while that might not that a man already knows how to subdue his passions before be a better thing and perhaps the world would be better if we built even petitioning a Lodge and that once a Brother will endeavor more temples than we are, I don’t think that is the intent. Neither to always do so. To this however is added the general charge do I think it is only in our allegories of operative masonry. The “to learn”. What, one might ask, am I supposed to learn? The oldest extant definition of freemasonry states that “masonry is a “secrets” of Freemasonry? The rituals, floor work or bylaws? beautiful system of morality, veiled inmallegory and illustrated What? by symbols”. Thus in order to understand Masonry, we must In the Second Degree we are instructed that an education in understand what is meant by morality, veiled, allegory, illustrated the seven liberal arts and sciences is an essential element in our and symbols. development as just and upright Masons. And of course, we A system is simply a structure or method, a manner in which we should learn, by ardent study, the lessons of the Great Light in can act, create, destroy, think, learn, etc. Morality in its mundane Masonry, the VSL. If one truly studies and learns these lessons, is sense is subjective, what may be moral to you may not be moral transformed by them, then he is incapable of acting outside of due to me; we may both agree that an immoral act is not so, or perhaps bounds and will always subdue his passions. But perhaps there is less so, if it serves a greater good (i.e. the taking of a life to prevent something more… what is the true lesson of the 2nd Section of the deaths of thousands). But in its Masonic sense, morality refers the 3rd Degree? to the ethical and virtuous – that is, to the GAOTU. The GAOTU Again, before we continue, let us look at the last part of our first is amoral, that is to say, above morality, to say He is moral is to statement of what we came here to do – “to improve [ourselves] suggest he is something less than he truly is. Morality can change in Masonry”. To be sure, this is a loaded phrase: in fact, one might from time to time and place to place, but what is ethical and ask “what does improve truly mean?”, “who/what truly am I?”, virtuous, that which is of and from the GAOTU does not change. and “what is Masonry?”. Our actions and thoughts can be in accord with this or not, there G Page 5 What came you here to do continued is no grey area, no culpable deniability, no justification. Thus, we are Donation to Childrens Home incapable of judging and hence in the VSL we learn “judge not lest ye be judged”, for justly only the GAOTU is capable of true and final P.M. Kenneth Waller, judgment. Sumner Lodge #334 To be veiled in allegory means to be covered, obscured or hidden presents coolers of deer in allegory. Our allegories of operative masonry are a veil in which meat to the Murphysboro Masonry’s true teachings are hidden. And they illustrated by symbols; Children Home donated illustrated because they cannot be conveyed by word alone. The by Howards Processing, symbols have profound and deep meanings that can say more, in a more direct fashion, than words are capable of. The symbols are many Bridgeport, IL. Also in – our operative craft tools are obvious, less obvious are the other words, the picture is Joe Waller phrases and ties found throughout our Rituals and obligations. They and Tina Brooks of the provide a full understanding of why we study the seven liberal arts and Home. sciences, why we have 3, 5 and 7 steps. Gaining this knowledge prepares us to have a true understanding of morality wherein we may, through ardent and sagacious application of that knowledge and understanding gain the wisdom to behold the true teachings of Masonry, as laid out Brother Don Lockhart the Mayor by the GAOTU and enjoined upon all men that we might improve of Marengo Plays Chef ourselves in Masonry, and from better men, becoming truly Good men. As you read our Rituals, if you read them, question everything, ask The Mayor of Marengo, yourself “is this what it really means?” and “is this all it means?” find IL.plays chef at Marengo out if there might be something more, something deeper. Speak to your Lodge #138 annual Masonic picnic in warmer days. Brethren, ask questions in Lodge, questions such as “what is the true Also pictured is Manfred L. lesson of the 2nd Section of the 3rd Degree?” The answer just might Lindow, Worshipful Master. surprise you. Three Degrees of Masonry at St. Clair Lodge After receiving a dispensation from The Most Worshipful Grand Master, Boatswain’s Mate First Class Jeffrey Melvin Morris, A member of the United States Navy, Stationed In Newport News Va., received the three degrees of Masonry at St. Clair #24 in Belleville Il. Brother Jeff came home on leave to accomplish this before being shipped to places unknown. He was raised to the sublime degree of aMaster Mason while his father, James R. Morris, was Grand Master Swaney and Chairman of the Board of Grand Examiners Michael Jackson presents an Honorary Grand still Master of the lodge! Lecturer certificate to Worshipful Brother Carroll Newman during their visit to Polk Lodge, McLeansboro. Army Leader returns home for one day The gavel dropped at 1 p.m. There were approximately 25 brothers in the Lodge with a couple going and a couple showing up over the course of the day. The work was completed by 7 p.m. And what work was it that was being performed? By special dispensation of Most Worshipful Grand Master Swaney, Jeremy Riegel received the three degrees of Masonry in Lewistown Lodge #104. Riegel, a West Point graduate, holder of three bronze stars, graduate of Ranger School as well as Airborne School flew home for a single day to receive his degrees. Bro. Riegel who is married (his wife is also a West Point graduate) has returned overseas. We pray for his safety. Page 6 G Job’s Daughters provide big surprise at Medinah At the annual Medinah Christmas Party, the young ladies of Job’s Daughters gathered to run coat check and brought along a surprise for every little girl. The Job’s Daughters set up a table and handed out tiaras to every princess in attendance! Santa even stopped by their table to thank the girls for their Christmas cheer. Job’s Daughters is a Masonic Youth Organization for girls ages 10-20 who are the daughters, step-daughters, grand-daughters, nieces, cousins or related in any way to Master Masons. They have many Bethels that meet in various Masonic Lodges all over the state of Illinois. For more information about Job’s Daughters, or to get you or someone you know involved, please contact: Brother Troy Evans at (312) 550-8206 or tccevancs@comcast. net. Job’s Daughters teaches young girls leadership skills and gives them the opportunity to learn, grow, give to others and have FUN while doing it! Thanks to your efforts, the Jobies col- lected almost $400 in tips that they donated to the Shriner’s Hospital and to the Job’s Daughters Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund (HIKE). It was thrilling to see so many tiaras running around the Shrine Center that day. Thank you to the Job’s Daughters of Illinois for their special surprise for all the little girls at this years Christmas celebration. Pictured are Jobies at the Medinah Christmas Party Is there anything Illinois Job’s Daughters can do to assist your Lodge or Shrine Center? Just ask! with Potentate Ron Stephens, front row center. Change of Leadership Since November 2005, WB Brian Golwitzer has lead Illinois DeMolay as Executive Officer. On November 29, 2009, DeMolay Grand Master Robert Cockerham appointed WB Mark Rauschenberger to take over and lead Illinois DeMolay. Brother Rauschenberger is a Senior DeMolay from Washington State and serves on the DeMolay Advisory Councils of Rockford Chapter in Illinois and Lorraine Chapter in Butler Pennsylvania. Mark currently serves as Worshipful Master of Cherry Valley Lodge #173 and is the Junior Warden of the Valley of Freeport Lodge of Perfection, Scottish Rite. To contact Brother Rauschenberger you can call 815-312-0981 or email EO@ILDeMolay.org. Winners Young and Old Where can you combine first class ritual presentations with a rubber ball being flung at high speed at your body? Illinois DeMolay FallFest, that’s where! The 2009 FallFest Ritual Tournament and State Dodge ball competition was held in Bloom- ington Illinois over Thanksgiving Weekend with 75 participants. This 3 day event included first class ritual presentations in both team and individual competitions, a late night “broth- erly” game of dodge ball at the YWCA, and a formal dinner banquet and dance at the Miller Park Pavilion attended by WB Gregory L. Clark, Worshipful Senior Grand Deacon for Illinois. Top points were received by Stanley Garrity Chapter of Riverside, who won the Ritual Su- premacy award followed by C.E. Dagenhart Chapter (Bloomington), Templar Chapter (Rock Island) and Lakes Chapter (Waukegan). Exceptional speeches were written and given by An- drew Mertzenich of Rockford on DeMolay’s first Precept, filial love, describing his love for his parents. Kendra Shambaugh, Sweetheart from C.E. Dagenhart Chapter gave her winning speech on how Sweethearts and Sweetheart courts benefit DeMolay. This year, many first year DeMolays won their competition coming close to word perfect. If any Mason knows of a young man who would benefit by being a DeMolay, contact your local Chapter or contact Dad Mark Rauschenberger at 815-312-0981 or EO@ILDeMolay.org. Be sure to visit http://www.ildemolay.org to find out what is coming up in Illinois DeMolay! Mark L. Rauschenberger 4681 Appell Ln.Cherry Valley, IL 61016 815-332-4126 Email: email@example.com G Page 7 How Masonic Community Days can work for your lodge all year long Proof positive of the benefit of using the Masonic It has never been easier to use Masonic Community Days Community Days theme and logos for all public events throughout the year comes from Bromwell Lodge No. 451 Masonic Community Days banner is displayed in Assumption. Participation certificates have been awarded prominently in the lodge dining room where to this lodge for six Community Days events conducted by many public events are held. the lodge during the months of July through December of 2009 – and more events are planned for 2010. “We make all our public activities Masonic Community Bromwell Lodge’s IL CHIP Masonic Days events to boost our lodge’s visibility among our Community Days event, was one of the neighbors and to replace the aura of ‘Masonic secrecy’ lodge’s most successful activities with 145 that sometimes surfaces with a real sense of openness and child kits prepared.. transparency,” says Secretary Chuck Banning. “We know that we have received at least two petitions as a result of our events held in the last six months.” The Masonic Community Days logo is displayed on a large banner in the dining room where the public is invited to “stop in” for coffee on weekday mornings. And, it was used for such special events as 1] an IL CHIP event at the local grade school, 2] a Hunter Safety program, 3] a “Coats for Kids” program, and 4] a Community Auction event that was held with other community groups and at which two A successful fundraising public auction boosted visibility of the lodge used fire trucks were sold. and built relationships with other civic groups “We feel that the logo and theme help to tie all of our Any public event, held at any time of the year, will qualify for a Masonic community events together,” he adds. “We plan our social Community Days Participation Certificate if: events to support our sense of community involvement • The event is planned with both the public and lodge members involved. and we publicize them with articles and pictures in the • The Masonic Community Days logo is used at the event. newspaper and signs in the community. • The event is registered with the Masonic Awareness Committee within But most important, it has helped us form relationships with two weeks following the activity. other civic and church groups and has helped us find new friends who now view ‘local’ Masonry as alive, well and All basic materials (the logo, registration forms and guidelines) may be growing.” downloaded from the Grand Lodge web site. Additional materials are available from the office of the Grand Secretary. Again, this is an outstanding example of how any Masonic lodge in Illinois (in towns much larger and even smaller than A Certificate of Participation will be issued to the lodge for each qualified Assumption) can effectively benefit from the cumulative and registered Masonic Community Days event. These certificates effect of using Masonic Community Days. Next time you may be included with the application for the Grand Master’s Award of are in town, stop in for coffee and see how it works. Excellence and will meet one of its secondary requirements. Coming Soon: Boy Scout Troups My name is Patrick Reeves, and I am a member of Boy Watch for the “Lewis Jewel” and how you may qualify Scout Troop 1068 in Princeton, Illinois. I am currently to receive one. According to MWGM Richard Swaney, working on achieving my Eagle Scout rank, and as a authorization to wear the jewel will be given to each Mason requirement, I had to oversee a community service by the office of the Grand Secretary. The criteria to wear project. For my project, I chose to build a handicap the Lewis Jewel is that, at the time of the son’s initiation, accessibility deck and ramp, and pour a sidewalk leading his father was a Master Mason in good standing. Should the from the ramp to the road on the back of the Prairie Arts Master Mason’s father be deceased at the time of the request, Center, a local theater. The Prairie Arts Council and I his son will be given permission to wear the jewel provided his reached an agreement that we would each raise half of the funds. With help from the Masons in Princeton Lodge father was in good standing at the time of his death. Another 587 and the community itself, I was able to raise the funds important aspect of eligibility to wear the jewel is that father I needed, and completed the deck and ramp in November of 2009. I’m looking at and son do not have to be members of the same Lodge or even getting the sidewalk done soon. the same Grand Lodge. Thank you again for the donation towards my project! It is still in the design stage but we hope to have a full description with a photo in the next issue. Yours sincerely, Patrick Reeves The editor Troop 1068 Page 8 G If Walls Could Talk By Dan’l Lee If walls could talk, what would they say? Lodges across the state are filled with one-of-a-kind historical treasures without a well documented history. How many times do we see pieces of history furnishing our lodge rooms, but fail to acknowledge their significance. Unless written down or passed down by word of mouth, the history of the pieces would be lost. The furniture used by Morning Star Lodge #734 in Canton, Illinois may be some of the most unique pieces, but their origins are poorly documented. Through word of mouth, lodge members have passed down a history that the chairs used in Morning Star Lodge came from the World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago. Further investigation revealed a slightly different history. The history of the furniture in Morning Star Lodge can be best understood by first looking at Masonic activity at the World’s Fair and then the history of Morning Star Lodge #734. The 1893 World’s fair brought approximately 1/3 of the United States population and people from around the globe to Chicago. It was also here at the world’s fair the first Ferris wheel was designed and constructed by George Ferris. The wheel, which served 1.5 million people at .50 a ride, was the only profitable exhibit at the fair. Hundreds of elaborate buildings were constructed specifically for the fair; the majority of the buildings were torn down following the completion of the fair. There is no record of any building being designated for Masonic use on the fair grounds, but a Fraternal Congress of Mason’s did hold meetings at the Preceptory of Oriental Consistory (a Scottish Rite building) within a few blocks of the Fair grounds. A Fraternal Congress of Mason’s; also known as the Masonic Congress is comprised of multijurisdictional Masonic bodies from throughout the world. Today Grand Masters from North America meet yearly under the title of, “Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America”, with the same principles as the Masonic congress in 1893. Seeing an opportune time for Mason’s from around the world to meet, the Grand Lodge of Kentucky took the initiative to secure a meeting of a Masonic Congress in Chicago at some time during the World Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago’s World Fair. A resolution was passed during the Grand Lodge proceedings in Kentucky in 1891. Notice was sent to the Grand Master of Illinois, Monroe C. Crawford, who agreed. Since the congress was to be formed and meeting in Illinois, it was only fitting Grand Master Crawford act as president of the Masonic Congress. Grand Master Crawford sent communication requesting delegates from Grand Lodges and Jurisdictions in the United States and around the world that were recognized by the Grand Lodge of Illinois. The Preceptory of Oriental Consistory was secured for these meetings. These delegates met for 4 days, August 14th through August 17th forming the first Fraternal Masonic Congress recorded in the United States. It is believed the chairs from these meetings were purchased by Morning Star Lodge at an unknown date following an unfortunate event. Morning Star lodge #734 was dedicated by then Grand Master Monroe C. Crawford on Feb. 24th, 1892. The lodge room was located on the 3rd floor of the Oprah house located on the east side of the city’s square. At this time, coal was carried up to the 3rd floor to heat the upper rooms. It is believed coal popping from the furnace ignited the carpet and destroyed most of the 3rd floor on September 19th, 1893. It is thought that Grand Master Monroe C. Crawford, also being the president of the Fraternal Congress of Mason’s, recognized Morning Star’s need to re-furnish their lodge and proposed the furniture being used at the Preceptory of Oriental Consistory during the World’s Fair be made available for purchase to Morning Star Lodge at the conclusion of the Fraternal Congress of Mason’s meetings. Although there is no direct evidence of this, there are several references recorded in lodge minutes at Morning Star Lodge #734 indicating the furniture came from a Masonic function in the Chicago area. Continued on next page G Page 9 The chairs were purchased by Morning Star lodge and remain in the lodge today. The chairs pictured, which seat the Worshipful Master, wardens, deacons, and stewards, are all handmade of solid hardwood. The Worshipful Master’s and warden’s chairs are elegantly hand carved featuring unique designs. The symbolism or Masonic significance behind the carvings on the chairs, if any, is unknown. What would Masonry be without its rich history? As we look around our lodges, remember to take in the historical significance of what makes up our lodges. Let us not forget our history and that we continue to write the history of Masonry with our participation today. References; 1893 Masonic Congress, Chicago Journal Printing Company, Steam Press Freeport, Illinois Grand Lodge of Kentucky Grand Lodge proceedings 1891, 1893 Grand Lodge of Illinois Grand Lodge proceedings 1891, 1892, 1893 Morning Star Lodge #734 Stated meeting minutes 1893 The Dream City – World’s Colombian Exposition N.D. Thomas Publishing Company 1893 GRAND LODGE CHARITABLE GIVING SURVEY LOYAL SUPPORT FOLLOWED BY CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM Each year, your Grand Lodge sends out two charitable appeals for our Illinois Masonic Charities, one in the spring and one in the fall. Given the fact that charities in general are constantly requesting donations, I elected to survey the brethren in our Grand Lodge who have email addresses. Not only would this type of survey generate quick responses, it would also be much less expensive than mailing out 4,654 surveys. It was my intention to gauge charitable giving opinions from the brethren. Those opinions would also provide feedback to our Grand Lodge Charities Committee. Although most of the feedback was very supportive of our Grand Lodge Charities, some responses were critical. The critical responses have been interpreted on my part as good constructive criticism. With limited space in this column, not all responses can be reported. However, here is a snapshot of what was returned to us. • The main reason for attending a lodge is for fellowship, followed by “Further developing myself as a loyal Mason.” • Promoting community vitality followed by the importance of “Spiritual inspiration.” • Attending a member celebration event followed by “Planning/discussing fundraising proposals.” • Sixty one percent of those surveyed spend up to 4 hours per month donating to charitable work on behalf of the Masonic fraternity. The remaining 39 percent spend more than 4 hours per month with charitable work. • Fifty percent of those surveyed are donating to our Masonic charities. • Those who cannot contribute to charity have limited resources (50%), others do not know enough about our Grand Lodge Charities (12%), some have stopped all charitable giving this year (10%), some stated that outside charities are more deserving (8%), Some feel that the Grand Lodge already has enough money to support our charities (4%). Seventy percent of the brethren felt that the Children’s Homes were “Extremely Worthy” of support, yet only 37% sent in a donation in the past year for the homes. The other charities had similar responses. Several brethren felt that there should be more disclosure on how their donations are spent and that more compelling stories should be told about our charities. Brethren should be given more facts about our charities in order to make informed decisions about charitable giving. Please be assured that this “Eye Opening” survey will be taken very seriously by your Grand Lodge Charities Committee. And please continue to give me your valued feedback. Thank you to all brethren who completed the survey. Tom Lucchesi, Fund Development Director, Grand Lodge. (217) 529-8900 ext. 214 Page 10 G NEW MEMORIAL LOGO Since its inception, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association has used as its logo the Washington Family crest with a Masonic square, compasses and “G” emblem and the motto “In Memoriam Perpetuam.” For a new century of service, a new logo has been created. Keeping the same elements, it enhances the Association’s Masonic identity. Virginia artist Christopher Erney began his design by enlarging the Washington family crest to make it the focus of the seal. Rather than a generic Masonic emblem, the new logo employs the one carved into the Memorial’s 1923 cornerstone. The cornerstone was laid by then president, Calvin Coolidge, and every U.S. Grand Master, using the same trowel as used by Washington for the U.S. Capitol. The new design replaces the foliage that surrounded the crest with tools, emblems and symbols of Freemasonry. On either side of the crest are pillars representing Jachin (strength) on the left and Boaz (to establish) on the right. The pillars are toped by terrestrial and celestial globes representing Freemasonry universal and a Freemason’s charity. Acacia vines of remembrance encircle the pillars. Complementing the globes is the sun in its glory above and the crescent moon below. Connecting the two lesser lights as the crest’s boarder is a cable tow. At the right, pomegranates represent abundance; on the left a sheaf of wheat represents wealth. Within the wheat are five of the six working tools. The sixth, the Square of the Master, is found resting upon Washington’s crest. The new logo is now the Association’s trestle board to labor “In Memoriam Perpetuam.” The new logo will be used in Association publications and web pages and widely available on new items in the Memorial’s gift shop. CONTACT: George Seghers Executive Director George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301 703 683 -2007, firstname.lastname@example.org GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION Centennial Celebration On February 22, 1910, George Washington’s 178th birthday, Masonic leaders from across the nation met in Alexandria, Virginia and formed an association for the purpose of building a great memorial to honor America’s foremost Freemason. February 22, 2010, the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association, will be a day of great festivities. In honor of the occasion, the Conference of Grand Masters of North America, hosted by the Grand Lodge of Virginia, will be held in nearby Arlington. Delegates will attend the Association’s Annual Meeting and celebrate the 100th Anniversary and Washington’s 278th birthday at the Memorial. At the Annual Meeting, a new portrait of George Washington as a Freemason will be unveiled. Painted by local artist, Christopher Erney, the portrait will be a new interpretation of Washington. Prints of the portrait will be available at the meeting. Complementing the portrait is a new video. It presents George Washington as the inspiration for the founding of America and explores the founding of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association. Underwritten by the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma, it will be available on DVD and as a download from the Memorial’s website for Masonic education. The Memorial’s new logo to commemorate the occasion was also designed by local artist Christopher Erney. The logo combines the Washington Family Crest with numerous Masonic symbols. Its Square and Compasses is taken from the Memorial’s 1923 cornerstone affirms the Association’s motto “In Memoriam Perpetuam” as it supports Freemasonry in a new century of service. Following the Annual Meeting, the International Order of DeMolay will rededicate the The George Washington Masonic National Memorial colossal bronze statue of George Washington in Memorial Hall and reaffirm the role of DeMolay young men in Freemasonry. The statue was a gift to the Memorial from the DeMolay and 2010 marks the 60th Anniversary of its unveiling by President and Past Grand Master Harry S. Truman. Continued on next page G Page 11 GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION Continued On display during the celebration will be the Trowel and Gavel used at the 1793 Cornerstone Laying of the United States Capitol by George Washington and the 1752 Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4 Bible upon which a young Washington took upon himself his Masonic obligations. The new White House Stones Exhibit will be inaugurated at the celebration. Each stone in the exhibit is marked by one of the Scots Masons who helped build the White House in the 1790s. The stones were discovered during the restoration of the White House by President Harry S. Truman in 1948. President Truman had the stones labeled and one was sent to each U.S. Grand Lodge and other Masonic organizations. The Exhibit reassembles nearly 50 stones. The Exhibit also includes minute books from Lodge No. 8 of Edinburgh recording the stonemasons’ marks and noting those who have “gone to America.” A matching Minute Book of Federal Lodge No. 1 will show those Scots masons forming the first lodge in 1793 on White House grounds. The exhibit is supported by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, Valley of Washington, Orient of the District of Columbia, and by the Grand Lodge, F.A.A.M., of the District of Columbia. A gala reception will be held in Grand Masonic Hall and while the Annual Meeting is being held the ladies will enjoy an entertaining program in the North Lodge Room. A Centennial Celebration souvenir booklet containing a brief history of the Association including historic and current photographs will be distributed and several commemorative gift items will also be available and on display. 2010 is a unique celebration year for the Memorial Association. Together we are celebrating 100 years of dedication to Freemasonry’s greatest brother and honoring the countless brothers who built and sustain the Memorial. Equally important, 2010 marks a pledge of rededicated service, trusting in God that the century ahead will be filled with success and achievement. The Association shines as a bright light of Masonry as it fulfills its mission: “To inspire humanity through education to emulate and promote the virtues, character and vision of George Washington, the Man, the Mason and Father of our Country.” To learn more, please visit the Memorial’s website: www.gwmemorial.org ILLINOIS MASONIC ACADEMIC BOWL Tournament Locations Finalized by Dale Thayer, Chairman, Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl The Sectional Tournament Sites for the 27th annual Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl have been finalized. They are listed below: Site 01 – Galena H.S. in Galena Site 13 – Paris Cooperative H.S. in Paris Site 02 – Morrison H.S. in Morrison Site 14 – Greenville H.S. in Greenville Site 03 – Oregon H.S. in Oregon Site 15 – Newton H.S. in Newton Site 04 – Rockridge H.S. in Taylor Ridge Site 16 – Cobden H.S. in Cobden Site 05 – Henry-Senachwine H.S. in Henry Site 17 – Rockford Auburn H.S. in Rockford Site 06 – Seneca Township H.S. in Seneca Site 18 – Wheaton Warrenville South H.S. in Wheaton Site 07 – Macomb H.S. in Macomb Site 19 – Fenwick H.S. in Oak Park Site 08 – PORTA H.S. in Petersburg Site 20 – Oswego East H.S. in Oswego Site 09 – Eureka H.S. in Eureka Site 21 – Moline H.S. in Moline Site 10 – Schlarman H.S. in Danville Site 22 – Normal Community H.S. in Normal Site 11 – Carlinville H.S. in Carlinville Site 23 – Mattoon H.S. in Mattoon Site 12 – St. Teresa H.S. in Decatur Site 24 – Althoff Catholic H.S. in Belleville Sites 01 through 16, inclusive, are Class “A” (small schools) sites. Sites 17 through 24, inclusive, are Class “AA” (large schools) sites. This is the first year for our tournament to have two classes. As this article is prepared, all 257 high schools entered are being assigned to the above 24 tournament sites and will be posted on our website by Jan. 18th. Check the Grand Lodge website at www.ilmason.org and click on the link in the lower left corner titled Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl to determine where the schools will be competing or go to http://www.masonicbowl.org. Please note that this is a new web address for the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl. Sectional Tournaments will be Saturday, February 20th and will start at 8:00 am. The awards ceremonies will commence between 3 pm and 4 pm. Teams will be competing all day as the competition will be “round-robin” format. The winners of the 24 Sectional Tournaments will advance to the State Tournament Saturday, March 6th at Riverton High School in Riverton. The State Tournament will also start at 8:00 am. If your Lodge is sponsoring a school in our tournament, please plan on attending their Sectional Tournament site. If your team advances to the State Tournament, please plan to attend that competition also. Our attendance and our actions make valuable statements about how Illinois Masons support high school academics in Illinois! The students and coaches appreciate the attendance of Masons at these tournaments. They also notice the lack of attendance by Masons. If your Lodge did not sponsor a team, you are still encouraged to attend one of the tournaments to show your support and find out more about the tournament. You will be amazed by the knowledge of the student team members and how well they conduct themselves! Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Providing Positive Recognition for Academic Excellence Page 12 G Presenting Plaque and Permanent Title Worshipful Master Mark Rauschenberger, Cherry Valley Lodge #173, presents a plaque and permanent title of Chaplain Emeritus to WB Kenneth Armor. At 98 years old, Kenny is still an active officer in Cherry Valley and currently serving as Chaplain providing exceptional ritual during opening/closing and degree work. Should the time come where Kenny feels he must slow down, there will forever be a seat for him at the left hand of the Worshipful Master St. Clair Lodge Donates Funds Kewanee Member Receives Scouting Award G Pictured are, left to right Master James Morris, Center Director Brenda Hunter, and Treasurer R.W. Bro. Ralph Bauer The Members of St. Clair Lodge #24 presented a check for $5,000.00, or the cost to tutor one child Donald M. Tomsic of Kewanee a member of for one year, to the Valley of Southern Illinois 32nd Kewanee Masonic Lodge 159, was recently degree Masonic Learning Center for Children at a presented the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter recent open house. The open house was held for the Award by Daniel C. Yandel, Most Worshipful Past Fall Class students, family and friends. Grand Master of the State of Illinois. Brother Tomsic Pictured are, left to right Master James Morris, received the award for his more than 50 years of Center Director Brenda Hunter, and Treasurer R.W. involvement in Scouting. Bro. Ralph Bauer Amateur Radio Lodges in England As an Illinois Mason (Evans 524) who has been living in England for some time, I thought you might be interested that there are three lodges in the United Grand Lodge of England for amateur radio operators, Radio Fraternity, Call Sign and Radio Millennium. As Past Master of Radio Millennium, I can inform you that we, as a lodge, run an on air net on Sunday morning as does Radio Fraternity. We also run a stand every year at the NORBEC computer and amateur radio show in Blackpool to promote the work of Freemasons and encourage visiting computer buffs in the value of amateur radio. We are an international lodge having members throughout England, myself originally from Illinois/Indiana and a resident of Utah, thus proving that Freemasonry is universal as is amateur radio. I look forward to receiving the Illinois Freemasonry, you are doing a good job. The Rev. Fred Roeschlaub G Page13 The Sparrow and the Elephant THE BEGINNING by, George D. Kladis, 32° One day an elephant was walking thru the great forest Senior Warden - Oak Forest Masonic Lodge No. 832 when a lone sparrow flashed by the elephant as fast as He was talking to an associate at his place of work when his co- it could go. worker noticed the unique design on his ring. “Unusual ring that you are wearing,” he commented. “Not really” was the reply. In a moment the little bird flew by the other direction “What does it stand for?” His answer: “A group of brothers.” Said with a drop of water in its beak. the associate: “Oh! Something like a family crest.” “ No, more Wondering, the elephant trudged on. like a union of brothers.” “I understand,” said the friend, “like the teamsters or auto workers.” The gentleman with the ring responded: Again the tiny sparrow flashed by the elephant, going “Actually you’re fairly close; however, the similarity stops there as fast as it could ... and moments later returned with because we are a union of men in a brotherhood whose goal is to another drop of water in its beak. become men of honor, truth, charity, and brotherly love. We are Freemasons.” Now the elephant was really mystified. He stopped “Well, now, you’ve thrown me for a loop. All the masons that I and waited and sure enough the sparrow headed back have known belong to the union of bricklayers.” “My friend, please at break neck speed. This time the elephant could not notice that that there are some tool icons on my ring. These are the contain his curiosity and stopped the sparrow. symbols of the tools used by operative Masons; namely, the square and compasses around the letter “G”, the trowel, and the common “Where are you going with those drops of water” gavel. Today’s Masons are speculative Masons. We use the symbols asked the elephant. The sparrow, fluttering madly re- of the operative Masons to describe the virtues of Freemasonry plied “the forest is on fire and I am helping to put it and to give us the directions necessary to fulfill our lives.” The out.” The elephant chuckled and said “How do you associate was confused. “Well, now, you’ve gone and mixed me up again. Operative. Speculative. What does all that mean?” expect a couple of drops of water to help fight a great fire?” The sparrow replied, “I am not sure but every “The meaning is simple. Masons are men who believe in a Supreme Being, whether this Being is God, Allah, or one of the many other drop will help and everyone doing his part will help... deities of different cultures. We apply their sacred guidance in our and that’s me” he said brightly. daily lives in order to become upright citizens of the world. We, That is how it is in Masonry...if we all do a little, we Masons, are philanthropic, enlightened, caring, and forgiving. For instance, I’m sure you have heard of the Shriners and the hospitals will be successful and thrive. When was the last time they have for children.” “Of course, everyone knows about them,” you brought in a petition to the lodge, or worked at the concurred the colleague. “Well, did you know that they must be annual pancake breakfast, or just attended lodge. Masons before they can become Shriners?” “Now I’m beginning to understand,” declared the friend. “You fellows join to become Let’s all be sparrows. Let’s all support Masonry better men so that you can help others through difficult times, and you use your Masonic teachings to guide you.” “Well, now that you are getting a grasp of Freemasonry, how would you like to observe it close up by becoming a Mason, as I have done?” “Um, it sounds like you guys have a good thing going, and it does seem to be interesting. Maybe I should get involved.” “I will be glad to sponsor you and assist with your undertaking. CHECK OUT THE “LEARNING CORNER” ONLINE Why don’t you stop by our lodge and meet some of the fellows before making your final decision. They come from all walks of Go to ilmason.org. life, including construction workers, doctors, engineers, policemen, Click on Member Resources, then Masonic Education. ministers, salesmen, etc. By the way, many of our country’s Founding You’ll find a growing collection of informative Fathers were Masons, such as George Washington, Benjamin articles about our beloved Craft. Franklin, Paul Revere, and John Hancock. Our membership also includes distinguished statesmen, American presidents, military officers, Hollywood actors, and societal leaders. As you get more involved, you will be amazed at the names you’ll find that were or are Masons. Freemasonry has contributed significantly to the development of our nation and to the culture of the world. I am extremely proud to have become a Masonic brother, and I will be happy to assist you in becoming a member of the world’s largest fraternity, that of Freemasonry.” And so it begins! Page 14 G The Ofcers and Members of Landmark Lodge No. 422 Cordially Invite You to a Reception Honoring Brother Anthony R. Cracco Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden to be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Medinah Shrine Center 550 Shriners Drive Addison, Illinois 60101 5:30 pm - Social 6:30 pm - Dinner Guest Room Accomodations Available at the Hilton Garden Inn 551 North Swift Road Addison, Illinois 60101 Please Call (630) 691-0500 for Reservations by April 1, 2010 Specify “Grand Lodge” for $69.00 rate (plus tax) Advance Reservations Required by April 16, 2010 Checks should be made payable to “Landmark Lodge No. 422” Please complete the reservation form and mail along with payment to: Scottish Rite, 1375 E. Woodeld Rd., Suite 200, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5449 For further information and dietary concerns, please call (847) 969-9400 Ext. 301 Member Name ________________________________Lodge No. ________ Ladies Name (First & Last) _______________________________________ Please reserve _____ Dinners @ $40.00 each........................................... ________ Total Enclosed..................... ________ I wish to be seated with: _________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Title Name Phone Number E-mail Address Editor Dave Poffenbarger 309-787-4966 email@example.com Editorial Correspondent Michael Fowler 309-530-3599 firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Correspondent NE Area James McDermott 773-627-3462 email@example.com Editorial Correspondent E Area Ryan D’Arcy 217-967-5485 firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Correspondent S Area Donald W. Presley 618-924-2194 email@example.com Editorial Correspondent W Area Morris Dan’l Lee firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial Correspondent N Area David Wright 630-553-7532 email@example.com Photographer R.T. Jack Gladin 217-356-1960 firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Layout Christina Calhoun email@example.com G Page 15 The Not-So-Secrets of the Temple by HOLLY BRUBACH Published: January 7, 2010 - Pittsburgh In the final days of a year dominated by repeated — and mostly unheeded — calls for full disclosure on the part of Wall Street banks, pharmaceutical companies, the N.F.L. and any number of other organizations, transparency arrived out of the blue from an unlikely quarter if ever there was one: the Freemasons. Thanks go not to Dan Brown, whose latest novel, “The Lost Symbol,” focuses on the notoriously mysterious fraternal order, but to Tom Sturgeon, a career law-enforcement officer, who was installed as Right Worshipful Grand Master for Pennsylvania on Dec. 28. His ceremony, in a break with centuries-old Masonic tradition, was held at a convention center here and open to the public. “We need to make Freemasonry more contemporary,” Mr. Sturgeon told me, “to make it reflect 2010, not 1910 — or 1810.” Nonetheless, the audience of about 1,200 people seemed to consist primarily of members and their families with a sizeable contingent of Masonic dignitaries from 13 other states and Canada. Many had come in full regalia, sporting tailcoats, purple moire or black velvet “collars,” satin aprons embroidered with esoteric symbols, white gloves, swords — all telegraphing distinctions of rank legible only to insiders. Freemasonry in America is organized by state — there is no higher governing body — and Pennsylvania is the largest Masonic jurisdiction in the world, with a spectacular temple in Philadelphia, completed in 1873, as its headquarters. Mr. Sturgeon was sworn in reciting the same oath, or “obligation,” Benjamin Franklin recited 275 years ago when he took the same office. If the ceremony at the convention center was any indication, it appears that not much has changed in the interim, although the torches around the altar are now electric and the musical repertoire has been updated to include “Beer Barrel Polka” and “No Man Is an Island.” Membership has been declining (currently 120,000 in Pennsylvania, down from 260,000 when Mr. Sturgeon joined in 1965) and the median age has been steadily climbing (now 68). “Brethren, ladies and friends,” Mr. Sturgeon greeted the audience for his installation. “The 21st century Masonic Renaissance starts today!” The “renaissance” is Mr. Sturgeon’s agenda for reform, jump-starting a membership drive with a new strategy that permits “selective invitation,” replacing the old “To be one, ask one” policy that forbade Masons to proselytize. He also decreed a lifetime dues exemption for any Mason over 60 who brings in two new members under 30. Like other Pennsylvania grand masters before him, Mr. Sturgeon designed a necktie, to be distributed as a token of appreciation. Typically, the ties are a vehicle for the Masonic insignia; his is more in the style of Jerry Garcia, something he thinks younger guys might be more inclined to wear. In his most radical move, Mr. Sturgeon has mandated that the ritual be published in book form. In Pennsylvania, since the order’s beginnings, each Mason has learned his obligation from another Mason, one on one. The ritual had never been written down. For the two lowest ranks of Freemasonry it lasts 30 minutes or so; for the third and highest degree it takes roughly an hour and runs to some 8,000 words. “It might take a man away from home maybe 50 nights to sit and learn it,” he said. Though candidates will still be required to perform the ritual from memory, the printed text allows them to learn it on their own. Mr. Sturgeon assured his fellow masons that photocopying will be prohibited, that all copies will be signed out and strictly audited. Even so, this announcement met with silence, a response he had foreseen. “Many Masons will tell you that one of the great bonds of this fraternity happens when I meet with you 40 times to go over this work, and I become your mentor,” he said. “Now, that’s true. But for the greater good, we have to make a decision.” Not a secret society but “a society with secrets” is how the protagonist of “The Lost Symbol” describes the Masons. Has that secrecy served a purpose? Is the famous Masonic bond based, at least to some extent, on shared information that nobody else knows? If that was once the case, it seems safe to say that it isn’t any longer, now that detailed accounts of the Masons’ procedures have been posted online, including YouTube videos of the secret handshake. The drama seems to be in short supply. Any Dan Brown fans who came to the convention center in Pittsburgh expecting daggers pressed to bare chests or red wine drunk out of a skull surely left disappointed. Mr. Sturgeon says that he thought Mr. Brown made that stuff up until a friend reminded him that in one ceremony they attended for a branch of Masonry called the Scottish Rite there had indeed been a skull; he is, however, quite certain that he didn’t drink wine out of it. And if there is a pyramid with Freemasonry’s highest secrets inscribed on it, as “The Lost Symbol” purports, he has yet to hear about it. Some Masons may regret losing the mystique — though surely not as much as the conspiracy theorists, who now have less room for speculation about the order. While it’s hard to put much store in allegations that Freemasonry is Satan worship or a plot to dominate the world when its membership has included such disparate characters as Count Basie, Daniel Boone, Winston Churchill, Paul Revere, Clark Gable, J. Edgar Hoover, Mozart, Colonel Sanders, Peter Sellers, Cy Young, Pushkin and Brad Paisley, those suspicions thrived nonetheless. The conspiracy theorists, it seems, needed the Masons’ secrecy even more than the Masons needed it themselves. Holly Brubach is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Page 16 G MEMBERSHIP AND THE LETTER “G” By Brad Koehler, PM Our great Fraternity is slowly dying because our membership is dwindling. What are you and your Lodge doing to prevent this from happening? WHAT IS THE STATUS OF YOUR LODGE? There are four classes of Lodges: Growing, Getting by, Gathering moss, and Going under. Which is yours? Last year, how many members died? How many demitted? How many did you kick out? Add these numbers together and this is called your Lodge’s “LOSS”. How many Master Masons did your Lodge raise last year? Now let’s determine the status of your Lodge. Growing: Take your LOSS number and multiply by 2, if you raised this many or more Master Masons last year, then your Lodge is Growing. If so, congratulations, continue what you are doing to be successful, but also take the time to see that your neighboring Lodges are growing as well. If not, offer them all the help you can for the good of our Fraternity. Getting By: If your newly raised Master Masons was equal to your LOSS number but less than the LOSS number multiplied by 2, then your Lodge is just Getting By. If so, then there is a good chance for you to become a Growing Lodge with a little work. Gathering Moss: If your LOSS number is greater than the number of new Master Masons raised, then your Lodge is merely Gathering Moss. If so, and you cannot increase your membership soon, then your Lodge is destined to Go Under. Going Under: If your Lodge hasn’t raised a Master Mason in years, and you don’t start G immediately, your days are numbered. G FINDING GOOD MEN TO JOIN Go-getters: Identify the members in your Lodge who are willing and able to make a change in the Lodge status to a Growing Lodge. Gleaning: Many members will say that they’ve exhausted their list of friends to ask to join, but we have developed a Gleaning list to help you to think about people that you may have overlooked in the past, a thought provoking prospect list. INTRODUCING PROSPECTS TO MASONRY Get-together: Once you’ve identified potential members, invite them and their wife to Lodge a function(s), introduce them to the brethren, and answer any and all questions they have. If your Lodge doesn’t have a function on the agenda, then plan a friends night for the sole purpose of bringing prospective members there. Have a meal or light refreshments and a guest speaker about Freemasonry. Greeter: The fellowship should start at the front door. Have a designated Greeter to meet everyone as the enter the building, this a wonderful thing for the Worshipful Master to do, if he is not a warm or outgoing person then have someone who is be the Greeter. Guide: Take them for a tour through the Lodge, the Lodge room, and even the preparation room. Remembering that aside from passwords, grips, and due-guards & signs, there really isn’t anything that you can’t tell them. Many things that aren’t secret have been kept secret for much too long! Gently: Prospects should be carefully handled, if they say they are not interested or at anytime you sense that they aren’t, DO NOT pursue them any further. We don’t want to be considered as harassing, hounding, persistent or pestering. The last thing we want is to turn off someone who, in the future, may reconsider joining our Fraternity. G Page 17 CANDIDATES Garden: The candidates are seeds in the Garden of Masonry. They should be educated about all the things in Masonry through the Intender Program. Gardener: An Intender or Mentor should be assigned to every candidate to see that he is aware of all activities, degree work, catechism, and education provided in the Intender Program. Greenhouse: Let your Lodge become the Greenhouse where the Gardener can tend to and nurture the Garden of Freemasonry. REASONS FOR LOSS OR NON-PARTICIPATION Gang: Do you have that same old Gang of members that keeps rotating around in the Oriental Chair, never allowing change and therefore driving away new members? Gag-orders: Where new ideas aren’t discussed for fear that they will be rejected as other new and innovative suggestions have been in the past. Gelatin Gang: Those that will occasionally try something new, just to say they tried, but will sabotage it to make it fail, like Gelatin they can spring right back into their old shape or ways. Goliath: That one member who wields self-imposed dictatorial power over the entire Lodge, he’s ran things so long that other members are afraid of him. Give-up: The hopelessness of good members yielding to the Gangs and Goliaths of the Lodge. Gangrene: That is what all the above reasons are, and like real Gangrene if allowed to persist will eventually kill the Lodge. Remember, the Master runs the meeting not the Lodge, and as long as a Gang can be out-voted, then those with positive ideas should make a motion, second it, pass it, and proceed with a new and positive change for the betterment of the Lodge. G G CHANGES FOR THE BETTER Greeting: If the members of your Lodge don’t Greet each and every member with a smile, handshake, and a kind word at every Stated and Special Meeting of the Lodge, then start! Gain: Read an Invitation to Petition or Regular petition at every Stated Meeting. Gamble: Take a chance by trying something new and different. What do you have to lose? Visit other Lodges that are doing well, don’t be afraid to ask for their help or ideas. Generosity: Charity is a wonderful place to start. Have a Lodge fundraiser for a worthy local charity. This not only helps the charity but gives your Lodge positive public exposure and makes non-Masons aware you are there and interested in you, and helps bring your members together on a common project that will promote fellowship. Growth: Form a self-appointed Lodge Growth Committee to implement these new membership techniques, new Lodge activities and to confront those members (Gangrene) who are standing in the way of progress for the ultimate survival of your Lodge. Guardian: Always remember that you are the Guardian of your Lodge, it will only fail if you and others like you allow it to happen. Page 18 G David Kuhn trains for the Chicago Marathon on Nelson Road southwest of DeKalb on Sept. 30. Although legally blind, Kuhn is able to make out the white line on the road as a guide. (Beck Diefenbach – firstname.lastname@example.org) Brother David Kuhn Chaplain of DeKalb Lodge No. 144 Running blind By JON STYF - email@example.com SYCAMORE – Ever wonder what it feels like to run in the dark? Not a street lamp, sunlight or full moon to guide you. Just steps into the unknown. That’s been DeKalb resident David Kuhn’s reality the past 28 years, as he lost his eyesight one rainbow, one sunset, one pothole at a time. Then it hits him, out of nowhere. He stumbles but doesn’t fall. A speed bump he didn’t see, another obstacle from the unknown. His foot grazes a bump as he heads out of Sycamore Park on a late September training run for the Chicago Marathon, causing him to let out a loud squeak and startling his running guide, Dennis Haile. It’s his first run with a group, his first time outside the 1-mile secluded stretch of Nelson Road in rural DeKalb where he runs alone through the cornfields. A few more steps and the 57-year-old Kuhn – wearing a homemade neon green running shirt with the words “BLIND RUNNER” in big black block letters – regains his balance and forgets it ever happened. For years, life has taken potshots like that at Kuhn and for years, he’s been fighting back. He fought back when his father left home at 15, leaving Kuhn without a male role model as he dropped out of school to work at a metal-plating factory. He fought back when the first two factories he managed shut down before he turned 22 and he continued to fight after a Datsun B210 darted into his life – powered by a drunk driver – in November of 1981. The car spun out in front of Kuhn’s Mack Truck, sending him into a cement guardrail toward incoming traffic. “I was dead,” Kuhn recalled thinking. The accident left him with several broken ribs, a concussion and retinas that slowly tore apart “like a wet napkin” as his doctor described it. The other driver left without a scratch. He has slowly lost his eyesight during the past three decades, going from a truck driver with 20/20 vision to a blind man whose vision is measured in shadows. He passed out when the doctor gave him the news. But after hours of sitting and listening to the radio in his car outside Dr. Charles Vygantus’ office that night, he came to one truth. “Like in poker, this is the hand I’ve been dealt,” Kuhn said. “It’s what I do with it that counts.” The line on the side of the road How does a blind man run without any help? It’s as simple as looking down. Kuhn faintly can make out the white traffic line on the side of the road, seeing it for up to 40 feet in front of him. That’s what he follows, hour after hour. This summer and early fall, that 1-mile stretch on Nelson Road has become Kuhn’s escape. It’s the picture of serenity, corn stalks rustling in the light breeze as the road goes up and G Page 19 down over light hills. In the distance to the east is a clear view of the high rise dorms and water tower at NIU. To the west, wind turbines slowly churn. But Kuhn sees none of these. Instead, he relies on what he hears. When a car approaches, he slows down, hoping they’ll move to the other side. Getting hit by something he can’t see remains one of his main concerns. He’s on a mission, to finish the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon in less than five hours, hoping to qualify to run in Boston next spring. So he stares bullets at the white line for hours. He runs so intently, he once ran into the vehicle of a friend who had parked on the white line that Kuhn didn’t see until it was too late. The same happened with two different construction workers this summer. They didn’t think as Kuhn approached during a training run and he ran directly into them, too. Kuhn stares at the line as he runs south to Fairview Road, near a farm house lined with trees that signals it’s time to turn around. Then he follows it again the other way, back to Malta Road, where his black Radio Shack crank radio is blaring. After much trial and error – times when he kept running past the stop sign at Malta Road – Kuhn found out that hearing the radio’s noise could signal him that it was time to turn around. Once he hears the radio, he counts down from 50 and then knows it’s time to turn again. Someone to guide him Kuhn was set to run the marathon, his training had gone well. But two weeks before the race, he got a call from his guide – DeKalb High grad Matthew DeBall – that sent him into panic. DeBall had injured his knee and had to drop out, the second guide Kuhn had lost to injury. At that point, Kuhn would have given up. But he decided his charity work was more important than that. He’s attempting to raise $700 to pay for scrub tops for homemakers with DeKalb’s Family Service Agency’s Senior Service Center, where he works teaching everything from computer skills to chess to the elderly. So he called the New York-based Achilles Track Club and sent an e-mail to Dick Pond’s sports in Geneva. In less than a week, Kuhn had 100 responses and was set up through Achilles to run with 25-year-old Chicagoan Brian Landau. Landau ran the New York City Marathon last year – finishing in less than four hours – and saw several disabled runners with guides making the trek, as well. Landau decided being a guide was more important than any time goal. “I feel fortunate that I can train for a cause now and ultimately there is a reason,” Landau said. “That reason is helping David along the way.” The pair will be connected by an 18-inch piece of rope, attached to a finger on each of their hands. Landau will be Kuhn’s eyes for a day – keeping him away from danger as he runs a course filled with obstacles, like water stops filled with cups, spilled water and banana peels. Finishing strong Now, it’s just a matter of finishing. There are plenty of questions and hesitations that could enter his mind. How will he deal with the crowd at the start? What will he do on the grated bridges? How will he react to all the fans yelling and screaming, the other noisemakers and radios, when his navigational tool is sound? And what will he do when he hits the wall between 20 and 22 miles? “I usually don’t think things through,” Kuhn said. “I just decide I want to do it and then I go out and do it. Later, I reflect back and that’s when I break into cold sweats.” Chicago and scrub tops are just the start. Kuhn has run between nine- and 10-minute miles in training and knows five hours is a reasonable goal. What lies ahead after mile marker 20, however, is anyone’s guess. At that point, finishing is all about will. If Kuhn does finish in less than five hours and qualifies to run in the Boston Marathon, he plans to increase his charity work to raise money for cystic fibrosis research, which his granddaughter has, the Shriner’s Hospital for children, or local charity Caps 4 Sam, which raises money for Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. Page 20 G G Page 21 Illinois Masonic Outreach Service 217-529-8900 x 212 Page 22 G Lodge Matching Funds Program For Immediate Release Contact: Karla Carwile New Program January 15, 2010 Illinois Masonic Outreach Services llinois Masonic Outreach Services program unveils Matching Grant program to assist Lodges. The participation of each Lodge when identifying and providing assistance to members in need is an integral part of the Illinois Masonic Outreach Services (IMOS) program. In December, the Board of Managers approved a matching grant program where, under certain circumstances, One-Time-Payment funding is available to assist a Lodge with these endeavors. The IMOS program offers one dollar of matching funds for every one dollar of cash contributed over $250.00 up to $1,000.00. (i.e. Initial Lodge Investment of $450.00 less the $250.00 Lodge Contribution results in $200.00 in Matching Funds) ** Please Note- Donated labor does not count toward the Lodge’s contribution. To qualify for a Matching Grant, the following requirements must be met: Application: Submit completed application attaching any documentation necessary to support the request. While there are no limits on the number of applications submitted in a calendar year, preference will be given to those applications of a critical nature. Minimum Lodge Contribution: An initial investment of $250 must be contributed by each Lodge. Please note this amount is not eligible for matching funds. Any amount over $250.00 up to $1,000.00 is eligible for matching grant participation. Requirement - To qualify for a Matching Grant, the Lodge must have made, or anticipates making, a minimum of a $250 contribution in cash or purchased goods which will then be utilized to provide necessary assistance to support an aging Illinois Mason in good standing or a Widow of an Illinois Mason who was in good standing at the time of his death. Applications can be downloaded at http://ilmos.org/forms_and_documents.htm or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Applications should be submitted to: Karla Carwile, Director, Illinois Masonic Outreach Services 2866 Via Verde, Springfield, IL62703 Karla K. Carwile, MA, MA, LCPC, DCC - Director Phone: 217-529-8900 - ext 12 / Toll Free- 1-800-530-8856 / Fax: 217-529-0242 email@example.com / www.ilmos.org Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation The Illinois Freemasonry (Pub. # 1014-656) is published four times a year (February, May, August, November) by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Illinois, the subscription rate of $1.00 per year. The offices of publication and headquarters and general business offices of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Illinois, 2866 Via Verde St., Springfield, IL 62703. 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