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    Illinois Freemasonry             Winter 2010 - Volume 16 - No. 1

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    Masonic Youth Leadership Rally

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(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, 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.
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                 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

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           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
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                                    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
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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
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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;
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symbols have profound and deep meanings that can say more, in a
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– 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.
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                                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

                                                        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
                                                     Be sure to visit to find out what is coming up in Illinois DeMolay!
                                                     Mark L. Rauschenberger
                                                     4681 Appell Ln.Cherry Valley, IL 61016
                                                     815-332-4126 Email:
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    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
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                                            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.
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    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.
    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
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
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                                                        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,

                                      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
                                                     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
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 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:

                                               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
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 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
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                                        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

  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
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    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
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                   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!
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                                           The Ofcers 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. Woodeld 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           
    Editorial Correspondent               Michael Fowler                    309-530-3599      
Editorial Correspondent NE Area          James McDermott                    773-627-3462         
 Editorial Correspondent E Area            Ryan D’Arcy                      217-967-5485      
Editorial Correspondent S Area           Donald W. Presley                  618-924-2194       
Editorial Correspondent W Area            Morris Dan’l Lee                                      
Editorial Correspondent N Area               David Wright                   630-553-7532        
         Photographer                    R.T. Jack Gladin                   217-356-1960         
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                                       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
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.
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                           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
               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.
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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.

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.

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                                  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.
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                                                                            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 –

                                                                                     Brother David Kuhn
                                                                               Chaplain of DeKalb Lodge No. 144

                                             Running blind
                                   By JON STYF -
  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
  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
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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.
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            Lodge Matching Funds Program                                                                          For Immediate Release
                                                                                                                           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
    or by emailing
    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 /

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50 Year Membership Anniversaries
                                                            Membership anniversaries occurring January 1 - March 31, 2010
 Julius L. Weiss              4   Harold M. Larson           155   Earl W. Marik              314    Edward T. Brown             607     William R. Sholler        832
 James A. Dellert             8   Gary C. Mitchell           155   Harold Nehmzow, Jr.        314    H. Dean Reynolds            607     Donald E. Thompson        835
 Larry D. Mabry              16   Kenneth R. Nelson          155   Charles H. Givens          319    William J. Penicook         609     Robert D. Anderson        839
 Leo R. Bobell               17   James W. Rowe              155   Franklin L. Wren           325    Bennie H. Hill, Jr.         623     Norris G. Maddox          849
 Stanley D. Sellers          17   Jerry C. Samuelson         155   Walter L. Greenwalt        333    David E. Ewaldz             633     Paul H. Heck              855
 John M. Mc Lellan           20   Charles E. Swegle          155   James C. Thornton          340    Robert N. Pratt             641     Harry A. Jackson          855
 Robert D. Humphrey          23   Floyd J. Reynolds          157   John Traub                 351    David L. Pringle            644     Alan W. Oeste             855
 Martin P. Scott             24   Richard H. Taylor          157   Lyndell G. Oller           352    Louis Broccardo             647     Robert A. Bartik          862
 Paul F. Weidauer            24   Sherwin Baker              160   Norman O. Schoeck          355    Gordon E. Perry             647     Donald R. Mc New          877
 Harold M. Cole, Sr.         25   Ronald Halpert             160   Darwin D. Yann             355    Richard L. Mc Quaid         648     John L. Junkins, Sr.      885
 Robert A. Mahan             25   Omar L. Robinson           165   George T. Moore            361    James R. Mattix             651     Stanley J. Walgreen       890
 Jimmy R. Stone              27   Leon R. Linderoth          166   Charles E. Helm            365    Robert J. Kunz              659     Willie G. Dunaway         930
 Joseph I. Claxton           31   John E. Poshka             166   Max E. Moore               365    Charles O. Provow           659     John C. Cossarek          931
 Gordon A. Mullins           38   Homer W. Read              166   Allen D. Sawyer            365    Clemit T. Peifer            665     Robert E. Jones           941
 Jack E. Oakley              49   Thomas F. Wilson           166   Gerald C. Nehring          374    James R. Whetstone          668     Terry J. Stocks           941
 Glenn R. Whited             50   Wayne L. Hoffman           173   Ronald E. Freeman          389    Gene M. Zinn                672     Brent W. Nelson           974
 Robert A. Bragg             53   Milford H. Frederick       175   Stanley E. Pugsley         392    Max B. Dixon                675     Charles R. Oler           974
 Robert N. Brewer            53   Charles A. Handley, Jr.    175   Louis E. Engel             398    George E. Flinn             675     Robert E. Ellis           980
 Forest E. Herron            53   Charles J. Erbes           176   Philip R. La Roux          404    Richard F. Balz             676     Lewis E. Hastings         980
 Charles F. Sievers          58   James J. Gay               177   Richard D. Rhodes          411    Wilmer R. Carlson           676     P. J. Pollock             980
 Chester L. Sedam            59   James R. Pinnell           179   John H. Armstrong          416    Shannon D. Stewart          684     William L. Wakeland       980
 Phillip D. Meier            63   Le Roy A. Ramsey           180   Henry J. DeHeer            416    Kenneth E. Fell             685     Gordon H. Hanson          995
 Paul H. Boecker             65   William E. Brattain        195   Robert W. Clark            417    Ronald D. Ladley            700     Fred L. Pope             1014
 J. D. Burditt               78   Harold W. Robinson         204   Robert Harmon              431    John L. Brown               704     George F. Rudolph        1027
 William D. Long             78   Emlyn E. Thomas            214   Roger E. Salamon           437    Oliver D. Bidner            710     Richard E. Newell        1046
 George R. Duncan            80   Gay E. Williamson          218   Russell L. Johnson         444    Lowell W. Dickey            710     Robert L. Fox            1057
 Ray T. McMahan              80   John W. Crawford           219   Darvin C. Prouty           448    Wilson D. Mears             710     David W. Harms           1058
 Leslie R. Woollen           84   Don W. Fairfield           220   Jack L. Johnson            454    Richard A. Martin           712     Gail W. Serig            1074
 Francis Osborn              86   Ronald R. Harsha           220   Glenn E. Johnson           456    Audie D. Calvert            716     Nicholas T. Catranis     1084
 Lloyd E. Lewis              91   James D. Swisher           220   Bernard Chope              470    Carl M. Williams, III       716     William R. Dyon          1092
 Robert C. Bast, Jr.         97   Carl D. Dalcher            222   Louis E. Kovach            473    Phillip R. Cunningham       722     Edwin A. Hedlin          1092
 Clarence H. Jestes          99   Robert D. Asherman         240   James N. Bangert           474    Richard L. Carter           729     Ralph E. Mc Coy          1112
 Kenneth Spurlock           111   James W. Rayfield          241   Karl Bangert               474    Myron E. White              734     Howard L. Appleton       1113
 Stephen D. Hunt            119   F. Ardell Starling         241   John R. Lauria, Sr.        478    G. Robert Stahl             747     Jack F. Smith            1130
 Kermit E. Jamison          119   Willard L. Klewin          244   James E. Robison           479    Guy R. Henry                763     Gaither Garrett          1133
 Loren C. Bowman            125   Donald C. Ross             244   Raymond R. Scoles          484    Bob Pierce                  763     William E. Maki          1136
 James L. Denton            126   Lowell P. Mc Schooler      250   John A. Mifflin            500    Emil C. Van Vlaenderen      763     Richard C. Martin        1143
 Robert W. Meskimen         126   Richard E. Maynard         252   Rheubin E. Richards        510    Walter Cantu                767     Robert E. Orren          1143
 Marion D. Mix              126   Frederick R. Freerking     263   Thomas W. Lane             512    Wayne E. Dreyer             767     William C. Sloup, Jr.    1146
 Walter P. Rivord           126   William H. Schwab          263   John W. Smith              512    Paul E. Mueller             787     Edward J. Waters         1157
 John M. Skaggs             126   Harold Burshtan            269   Carroll J. Henderson       519    William W. Mc Cartney       790     John R. Pfeiffer         1159
 Lawrence E. Stone          126   George E. Thomas           272   Sanford L. Bennett         522    Donald E. Rench             809     Jack B. Fisher           1162
 Larry D. Sutton            126   Henry C. Lanan             288   Bernard N. Birk            523    Billy E. Thacker            809     William R. Greenman      1162
 Donald F. Wright, Jr.      126   Ronald L. Evelsizer        296   Terry R. Nelson            536    Ronald L. Wehrle            810     James R. Monskie         1162
 Harold E. Walker           131   Robert J. Howard           296   George M. Denick           538    Charles W. Anderson         818     Arvin D. Case            1166
 Robert N. Collins          139   James W. Lester            296   Keith H. Heidenreich       554    Russell A. Agnew, Jr.       824     Paul L. Walters, Jr.     1169
 Dudley C. Dahlquist        139   Harold V. Swartz           296   Alan C. Williams           554    Donald D. Newberry          825     Everett H. Beggs         1170
 Robert F. Bern             155   Philip R. Koukol           303   Charles E. Haight, Jr.     558    Charles V. Bray             827     Ralph E. Cook            1171
 Alva J. Harler             155   Carl K. Gregory            312   Robert W. Strong           558    James A. Williams           827

77 Years     William L. Dawdy     80                                               81 Years    Charles A. Pugh      1058
                                                                                                                              83 Years
                                         79 Years     Arthur M. McGehee     206                                                           Marion M. Mc Clelland     240

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