Harmony Lodge, # 22, A.F.M.

Depot Road

P. O. Box 22 Beaufort, S.C. 29901


Second Thursday each Month Supper 6:30 Meeting 7:30
Newsletter Editor: Howard R. Harris - E-Mail: howardharris@hargray.com



Paul S. Griffin, WM
One Cotton Court
Beaufort, SC 29907


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Kevin U. Ennis,
PDDGM, Secretary
P. O. Box 22
Beaufort, SC 29901


O.E.S. 1st Tuesday, 8:00 PM
Rainbow Girls 1st & 3rd Mondays, 7:00 PM

Your frequent appearance at our regular meetings is earnestly solicited.

Trestleboard NewsLetter, April 2012.

Paul S. Griffin, WM

Brethren, ,

The work in our lodge has been continuing over the past month. There are several candidates being coached to become proficient for advancement to the next degree. Additionally, there are several petitioners being investigated by their committees whose reports are forthcoming at the next regular communication.

On Thursday evening, March 8th, the lodge held the annual Awards Night Banquet. We hosted a large number of guests from the Beaufort County Emergency Medical Service who were in attendance for the presentation of the EMS Employee of the Year Award. These dedicated public servants are certainly deserving of this recognition and our lodge is honored to be able to do so. Awards Committee Chairman Brother Laurence Laughlin, PJGD, presented this award to Virginia Marshall. We once again extend our congratulations to her and our thanks to all the personnel at EMS.

It was a great personal privilege for me to see our Junior Warden, Brother Christian Sherbert, presented with the Mason of the Year Award. I have known Christian since he was a little boy and have both taught and coached him in school. He is doing an outstanding job as he moves through the chairs and is making a lot of brothers happy with his oversight and preparation of our meals. If you have not eaten with us lately, then you are missing out! Brother Sherbert is always complimentary of his “kitchen crew” which consists of Brothers Aaron Stephens, JD and Larry Morales, Stewart, whom he feels are about ready to take on preparing our suppers on their own.

Recently, two brothers achieved a significant milestone in their Masonic journeys. Brothers Stephens and Morales were examined in open lodge at the March communication and were deemed satisfactorily proficient in the Master Mason degree. Congratulations to both of these young men on this accomplishment. An important contributor to their success has to be the dedicated instruction of Brother Howard Harris, SW. Congratulations and thanks to all three!

As noted in the previous newsletter, the HVAC system at the lodge is in dire straits, and it looks as if it will have to be replaced. A committee of knowledgeable brothers is developing a corrective plan which I will report on as soon as possible. In all likelihood the solution will be somewhat expensive, but I am confident that with your help we will be able to muster the financial resources to get the job done.

In Service to the Craft,

Paul S. Griffin,

Worshipful Master


Is Freemasonry a religion or has it a religion?

The answer to both questions is no. “A” religion connotes some particular religion. Freemasonry is nonsectarian. Before its Altar, Christian, Jew, Mohammedan, Buddhist, Gentile or Confucian may kneel together. If the question be phrased, “Is Freemasonry religious?” then the obvious answer is that an institution “erected to God” which begins its ceremonies and ends it meetings with prayer; which has a Holy Book upon its Altar; which preaches the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man, of course, has a religious character, although, let it be emphasized again, wholly nonsectarian.

All Grand Lodges require their initiates to express a belief and trust in God. No atheist can be made a Mason. [One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry, #6, The Masonic Service Association, 2003]

Something for Everyone

The Harmony Lodge jewelry cabinet is OPEN FOR BUSINESS. From bumper stickers to lapel pins and anything in-between, all you have to do is ask your Senior Warden. Cash, check or money order, they’re all good. If you don’t see it, ask and it shall be rendered unto you via catalog order or a quick look in a box or under something else. We have Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, York Rite and Eastern Star paraphernalia and prices are reflective of current inflationary spirals, unfortunately.


Howard R. Harris

Senior Warden & NewsLetter Editor


While walking down the hall at my church a couple of weeks ago, a fellow church member asked me the nature of the pin I was wearing on my lapel. It was the Junior Warden pin, represented by the Plumb. I explained to her I was a Mason and the pin was a symbol of my office within the organization. I could see the distressed look on her face and she began to question me on the secrecy of our Fraternity. Fortunately, I had another church member who was familiar with Masonry, as her father was a Master Mason, intervene and begin to explain her views on Masonry. Her intervention allowed me to graciously remove myself from some unfounded inquisition, but it did beg the question. Are there really people out there who think Masonry is a secret society of evildoers plotting for their own selfish ends?

As I began to research the matter on the internet, I found a revealing piece. Apparently, people have been suspicious of Masonry since its inception, using fear, and fear alone, as an argument against Masonry and its members. The insert below from United Grand Lodge of London is the oldest known Anti-Masonic document.

Having thought it needful to warn you of the Mischiefs and Evils practiced in the sight of God by those called Freed Masons, I say take care lest their Ceremonies and secret swearings take hold of you: and be wary that none cause you to err from Godliness. For this devlish Sect of Men are Meeters in Secret which swear against all without their following. They are the Anti-Christ which was to come leading Men from their Fear of God. For how should Men meet in Secret Places and with secret Signes taking Care that none observe them to do the Work of God: are not these the ways of Evildoers? Knowing how that God observest privilly them that sit in Darkness they shall be smitten, and the Secrets of their Hearts layed bare. Mingle not among this corrupt People lest you be found so at the World’s Conflagration.


Christian Sherbert

Junior Warden

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Dear Brethern,

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Wit & Wisdom

“Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.”

-- Robert Heinlein

“Sacred cows make the best hamburger.”

-- Mark Twain

“There is nothing so powerful as truth – and often nothing so strange.”

-- Daniel Webster

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”

-- PW. Somerset Maugham

“Ignorance is a voluntary misfortune.”

-- Nicholas Ling

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

-- Kimberly Johnson

“Life is not long, and too much of it should not be spent in idle deliberation how it shall be spent.”

-- Samuel Johnson

“Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”

-- John Wayne

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Brothers, Happy Birthday to you!

04.02 James Seaborn Locke

04.16 T. Gillard Pickney

04.04 Harry Harley Mills

04.24 Harry Exley Carr, Jr.

04.06 John Gary Harvey

04.25 William Andrew Lancaster

04.08 Anthony Forest Howard

04.27 Samuel Martin Heuertz

04.11 James Watson Bradin

04.28 Millard J. Morgan

04.12 Paul Randolph Bazemore

04.29 William F. Martin, II.

04.14 Charles John Winscott

04.29 Michael D. Smith

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