Can you believe it is April already? This year is going a little too fast. There are not enough hours in the day and never enough hours in the night. Spring is in the air along with this miserable pollen that plays havoc with everyone’s sinuses.
We had a good number of Brothers at our regular meeting this month. Brother Christian Sherbert once again fed us very well with a St. Patrick’s feast of cabbage and corned beef. Thank you again, Brother Christian, for your terrific culinary skills.
I was sorry I could not attend the Lodge of Sorrow this year. I had already committed myself to attend the Knights Mason degree work in Charleston. I understand this year’s Lodge of Sorrow was one of the best yet. I hope we will be able to carry on this tradition.
On the 24th we held another EA Degree. We had a fair number of Brothers in attendance. Nevertheless, we need to work on our attendance. Once again Brother Christian Sherbert outdid himself with a dinner of steak, a spinach casserole and escalloped potatoes.
As I have listened to the news this month about the tragedy in Japan and the wars overseas, it made me think about how fragile life is. We are on this planet for such a brief moment in time, we should make the most of every precious minute. Please remember these people in your daily prayers. We as American husbands, fathers, brothers, sons and Masons have much to be thankful for.
Dear Junior Warden, Howard,
Darlene I have greatly enjoyed your emails of late. We appreciate your encouraging our new Brothers to assist in the cleaning of the Lodge after meals. It is a time-consuming task, but one that must be done. Masons are not guests in their Lodge where they are waited on, but are Brothers where each does his part to help with the routine chores and duties.
After some discussion, Darlene and I would like to donate the breakfast on the morning of the Third Degree (Saturday, February 26) of shrimp, grits and biscuits to the Lodge. I hope everyone enjoyed it.
Thank you very much.
The South Carolina Masonic Research Society will hold its First Annual Banquet and Symposium on April 22, 2011, at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mt. Pleasant, SC, at 7:00 pm with keynote speaker Brother Michael Halleran, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature; Freemasonry in the American Civil War. Tickets are $25.00 per person. For more information, see the website at http://www.scmrs.org/banquet.html or contact the Second Vice President, Brother Joshua M. Bowers, at 843-599-5219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your continued Masonic enlightenment, another contribution by Millard Morgan, PM, Port Royal Lodge 242:
The Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial is a monument located in the annex of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Built by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, it commemorates Confed-erate Brigadier General Lewis Addison Armistead entrusting Union Captain Henry H. Bingham with his per-sonal effects, most notably a pocket watch, on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, during Pickett’s Charge.
Pickett’s Charge was an assault upon the Union Army center on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The charge, the high tide of the Confederate States of America, was repulsed. Confederate general Armistead, under George Pickett’s command, personally led his men up the hill to the Union position. Armistead was shot twice. Severely wounded, and fearing that his personal effects would be stolen by Union soldiers, he “gave a Masonic sign asking for assistance”. Union Captain Bingham, an aide to Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, a per-sonal friend of Armistead, then came to his aid as he lay wounded: Armistead, Bingham and Hancock were all Freemasons. After ensuring Armistead that his possessions would be sent to his family, particularly his pocket watch, Bingham took Armistead to a field hospital, where Armistead died two days later on the George Spangler farm.
Friend to Friend
A Brotherhood Undivided
The monument was sculpted by Ron Tunison of Cairo, New York, who was himself a Freemason. The sculpture is made of polychrome bronze and was dedicated by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on August 21, 1993.
The Lodge enjoyed a repast of exceptional quality in anticipation of our Entered Apprentice degree work Thursday. Not only did we have rib-eye steaks prepared on the grill, but there were side dishes of escalloped potatoes and a spinach casserole fit for royalty! As desserts, we had a cheesecake with berry fruit compote prepared on the spot by our gracious chef in addition to a homemade cake provided by Mrs. Chuck Weickhardt. What a lucky man Chuck is with a wife who can bake like that! I fail to recall what he called that cake, but it was rich and layered, with walnuts (or pecans) all over the icing and tasted like heaven itself.
Harmony Lodge is making advances in the culinary arts! We have a new Junior Deacon in Christian Sherbert who is excited about being a chef and is dedicated to his art. Take note, you who pass up the chance to attend your lodge on a regular basis! You are missing something, here, something very special. We have begun to feed your stomach as well as your spirit and the quality of the fare is wholesome and good.
Howard R. Harris
Junior Warden & Newletter Editor
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“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.”
-- Jean-Paul Sartre
“.”In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince’s part to pard.”
-- Francis Bacon
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-- Alofred North Whitehead
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-- Mark Twain
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