Greetings from the East! It has been a productive and busy first part of the year and we already have conferred several degrees. Let me take a moment to recap a couple of our accomplishments since the beginning of the year.
Cornerstone laying at the Carnegie Building (Old Public Library), 701 Craven Street: If you don’t already know the history, I will briefly recap the information. In 1917, the Clover Club received a grant from the Carnegie Institution for the creation of a public library. Harmony 22 and the Clover Club placed a time capsule and cornerstone in the newly built public library in the Beaufort Township.
Now let’s fast forward to December 2017. After research and consultation, members of Harmony 22, with the assistance of a true “Operative Mason,” removed the cornerstone and time capsule for the 100th anniversary of the time capsule. The time capsule was an old bread or cracker tin that had been unexpectedly exposed to water and the elements over the years. Several of the documents were fragile and we are still waiting on them to be examined by state archeologists. After several man-hours of phone calls, meetings and conversations, the Grand Lodge of SC Ancient Free Masons conducted a public ceremony for the installation of the new cornerstone.
I have to thank the many brothers who were involved in the project, but more especially, WB Christian Sherbert, who was the contact and director of the project. Thanks to the generosity of several businesses, the total cost of the project was around $730, including the meal preparation. The Kitchen Fund covered the cost of breakfast and the 50/50 raffle brought in another $275, so the total cost incurred by the lodge was approximately $250! Job well done brothers, you have made us proud!
Additionally, we are in need of an Operative Mason in the form of a plumber. We have several leaks and drips that need to be corrected before they become serious problems. Remember Brothers, our building is almost 50 years old.
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Joint Third Degree with Port Royal 242: It came to the attention of the Worshipful Masters that Harmony 22 and Port Royal 242 would be raising a Master Mason during the same week. Myself and WB McClam from Port Royal 242 agreed to conduct a joint degree in an effort to show brotherly love and affection. Port Royal was a fantastic host lodge and we could not have had a better combined effort. The officers of Port Royal conducted the second section, while the officers of Harmony did the first half, PM Howard Harris conducting the Proficiency.
One brother stated to the lodge that this was the first time in his 50 years that he could remember a joint degree, while several others stated, “About time.” I look forward to a future occasion when our two lodges can conduct another joint degree.
What are future projects that Harmony is doing?
Yard Sale May 19, from 7 a.m. until noon: We are currently taking donations for a large yard sale at Harmony Lodge. Any brother who wishes to make a donation of good, serviceable items, can drop them off at the lodge. If you don’t have a key, give one of the officers a shout and we will make arrangements. I believe every one of us has items that we have meant to donate and just haven’t. Now is your chance to get rid of it. If it is a large piece of furniture or other item, give me a call or e mail and I will assist in getting it to the lodge. This is a great opportunity to make some money for the lodge and everything is profit which will be used back into the lodge. Additionally, feel free to come and shop!!!
Water Festival Water Giveaway: This has always been a fun morning. We will again be out in front of the old courthouse giving out free water to the community during the Water Festival Parade. Make plans to attend and be seen in the community
Thanksgiving baskets: I have asked Brother Steve Curless to be the point of contact for this project since he has several contacts in this arena. I am hoping to do three to five baskets to be given to local needy families. We are asking that you bring some non-perishable food items to the lodge to be used in the completion of the baskets. If you bring items, please make sure that the expiration dates will be December 2018 or later.
Night on the Town: We will be back on the corner of Charles and Bay Streets for Night on the Town. I believe it is going to be the first Friday of December. We will be out there selling hot food and cold drinks. Make sure to put it on your calendar!
In Closing, we currently have three EAs and one FC who are studying hard. Hopefully we will have more work in the near future. Also, I look forward to seeing and talking to each of you brothers. I have been trying to call and email more and more brothers and will be communicating with you soon! If you need anything or have any questions, suggestions or ideas, please give me a call or email at firstname.lastname@example.org(843) 812-7709.
Jeff Light, WM
CONCERNING THE BEHAVIOR OF FREE MASONS IN THEIR PRIVATE CHARACTER
V.—Of Behavior Behind a Brother’s Back, as Well as Before His Face
Free Masons have always been charged to avoid all manner of slandering and backbiting of any persons, but more especially of their brethren; to avoid all malice and unjust resentment, or talking disrespectfully of a brother’s person or performance. Nor must they suffer any others to spread unjust reproaches or calumnies against a brother, behind his back, nor to injure him in his fortune, occupation, or character. They shall defend such a brother, and give him notice of any danger or injury with which he may be threatened, to enable him to escape the same, as far as is consistent with honor, prudence, and the safety of religion, morality, and the State, but no further.
VI.—Concerning Differences and Lawsuits, If Any Such Should Unhappily Arise Among the Brethren
If a Brother do an injury to another or if any difference should arise about any private business, applica-tion must be made to the offender’s Lodge, to have the matter in dispute adjusted by the brethren. And if either party be not satisfied with the determination of the Lodge, an appeal may be carried to the Grand Lodge. But lawsuits are not to be instituted until the matter cannot be decided by the brethren. And if it be a matter that wholly concerns Free Masonry, lawsuits are to be entirely avoided, and the advice of prudent brethren is to be followed as they are the best judges of such differences.
But when references are either impracticable or unsuccessful, and courts of law and equity must at last decide, you must still follow the general rules of Free Masonry already laid down. You must avoid all wrath, malice, rancor, and personal ill will, in carrying on the suit with a brother. You must neither say nor do anything to hinder the continuance or renewal of that brotherly love and friendship which are the glory and cement of our ancient fraternity.
In this way we shall show to the world the benign influences of Free Masonry, as wise, true, and faithful brethren have done before us, and as all who shall follow us, and would be thought worthy of that name, will do, until Free Masonry shall be dissolved, with the great fabric of the world, in the last general conflagration!
These charges, and such others as shall be given in a way that cannot be written, are to be strictly and conscientiously observed. That no one may plead ignorance of them, they should be read or made known to the new brethren at their initiation, and at such other times as the Master shall direct.
Ahiman Rezon, 1737-2012, pp. 185-86.
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South Carolina Grand Lodge Official Web Site.
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Harmony Lodge history, 1756 to 1983.
Update to Harmony Lodge history from 1983 to 2000.
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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2017.
January - March 2017 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.
Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2016.
July - September 2016 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.
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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2015.
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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2014.
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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2013.
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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2012
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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2010
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