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

Depot Road

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

(843)524-6697


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


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Harmony Lodge 22 Newsletter

Editor
Howard R Harris

Volume
No. X

Issue
No. 4

A.D. 2013
April
A.L. 6013


 

Howard R Harris, WM
5 Chesterfield Drive
Beaufort, SC 29906

843-
441-8317

Please contact your Lodge Secretary
to determine your dues and membership status.

Paul S. Griffin, Secty,

One Cotton Court
Beaufort, SC 29907
843-524-8792


Your frequent appearance at our regular meetings is earnestly solicited.



Howard R. Harris, WM

Brethren,

Having presided over the first Entered Apprentice degree work of 2013, it is my pleasure to welcome into the ranks of the Craft Brothers Christian Gonzalez, Ronald Robert Nelson and Dr. Niko Olavi Vahamaki. I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the following brothers who played their roles with the excellence that is always expected and achieved by dedicated brethren: Brother James Outlaw, Steward; Brother Martin Thomas, Junior Deacon; Brother PM Charles Spears, Senior Deacon; Brother PM Henry Chambers, Junior Warden; and Brother Christian Sherbert, Senior Warden. RW Brother Charles Weickhardt sat at the Treasurer’s desk in the absence of Brother PM Johnny Harvey. An especial thank you is rendered to Brother Terrell Altman, PDDGM, who provided yet another splendid lecture and charge to the new brethren.

It has been brought to my attention and I have also observed that some brethren of Harmony Lodge, as well as visiting brethren, occasionally ignore the guidelines pertinent to dress and behavior of all freemasons. Therefore, it behooves the brethren to attend to the following relevant extracts from the Ahiman Rezon 275th Anniversary Edition, pp. 181-82:

SECTION II.

Concerning the Behavior of Free Masons

As Members of a Lodge

I.—Of Attendance.

Every brother ought to belong to some regular Lodge where he resides, and should always appear therein properly clothed, and in clean and decent apparel, subjecting himself to all its By-Laws, and the general regulations.

II.—Of Working.

Free Masons should perform their duty without murmuring or mutiny, nor leave the Lodge until the labor is finished.  They must avoid all unbecoming modes of expression, and call each other Brother, both within and without the Lodge.

III.—Of Behavior in the Lodge While Open.

While the Lodge is open for work, no brother shall hold any private conversation, nor talk of anything foreign or impertinent to the work in hand; he shall not interrupt the Master or Wardens, or any brother addressing himself to the chair; nor act with levity while the Lodge is engaged in what is serious and solemn; but every brother shall pay due reverence to the Master, the Wardens, and all his fellows.

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There is no need to name brethren or embarrass anyone who has allowed his better judgment to wane.  Let the above serve as a reminder to those of you who know who you are to reflect and recall that however unfortunate it may be, one’s outward appearance and manner often give observers pause.

In addition, I have been asked to remind the brethren, in the most friendly manner, to attend to the following instruction, also from the Ahiman Rezon, Code of the Grand Lodge, p. 391:

Chapter IX.

Of Petitions for Degrees, Balloting and Candidates.

Section 102.  Candidates.—

6.  If any brother shall disclose to any person whomsoever how he voted on a petition, or accuse a brother of casting a black ball [cube], or shall disclose the rejection of a candidate to any person but a Master Mason, he shall be guilty of unmasonic conduct, and be liable to be dealt with accordingly; and if a visiting brother shall make such a disclosure, he shall thereafter be excluded from visiting the Lodge so rejecting the candidate, and his own Lodge shall be notified of the fact.  Whenever a rejection shall occur this section shall be read.

It is not an easy task to generate readable copy for this newsletter. It takes a lot of time and energy. Would any brother like to share this task, I would be happy to receive your offering. Anything of interest to the brethren, whether anecdotal or historical, informational or humorous, is worthy of sharing and would make a valuable contribution to the newsletter. Please do not be shy! Send me your copy. Someone you know may have done something memorable and worthy of reporting, masonically valuable and honorable, etc. Tell us about it in your own words; inquiring minds wish to know! Thank you.

April is a busy month; please take a good look at the calendar and plan your days accordingly.

Fraternally,

Howard R. Harris

Worshipful Master



Brethren,

In my Masonic journey over the past few years I have come across many informative and enlightening works. The following poem by Will Allen Dromgoole, while not a Masonic writing, I believe reveals the heart of what we as people and especially as Masons should be doing every day to help our fellow man. I hope you find it inspiring.

An old man going a lone highway,

Came, at the evening cold and gray,

To a chasm vast and deep and wide.

Through which was flowing a sullen tide

The old man crossed in the twilight dim,

The sullen stream had no fear for him;

But he turned when safe on the other side

And built a bridge to span the tide.

 

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,

“You are wasting your strength with building here;

Your journey will end with the ending day,

You never again will pass this way;

You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,

Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

 

The builder lifted his old gray head;

“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,

“There followed after me to-day

A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been as naught to me

To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

 

 

Fraternally,

Christian E. Sherbert

Senior Warden

Something for Everone,

Advertise your fraternal affiliation proudly! 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 (no plastic – sorry). If you don’t see it, ask and it shall be rendered unto you via catalog order or a quick look in the cabinet. We have Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, York Rite and Eastern Star paraphernalia. Prices, unfortunately, reflect current inflationary trends. [Ed.]

Your Worshipful Master has just laid in a supply of bumper stickers which are proving very popular among the fraternity:Real Men Wear Aprons.”  The stickers include an apron graphic overlaid with the Square, Compasses and G all in blue.  These bumper stickers sell for $5.00 and support the Low Country Masters & Wardens Club Scholarship Fund.  Please see me to purchase your bumper sticker.  Thank you for your support!

If you have not been observing your birthday celebrated on our Happy Birthday list near the end of this newsletter, please call or send me an email and I will include you in that list. Just the month and day; I don’t need the year. [Ed.]


Brethren,

Why are Masonic rituals not the same in all States?

Freemasonry came to the United States from several different sources (England, Ireland, Scotland) and its spread westward formed Grand Lodges from lodges which sprang from the thirteen original colonies. These admixtures of rituals produced variations which were occasionally increased by actions of Grand Lodges acting on recommendations of Grand Lecturers and Ritual Committees. In the early days of Freemasonry in the United States many travelling lecturers brought their own conceptions of the true Masonic work to far areas and taught these.

All rituals are correct. What a Grand Lodge approves as its ritual is correct for its lodges. No rituals in the United States contradict each other; they vary in words and details, not in essentials.

What is legal (or lawful) Masonic information?

Legal or lawful Masonic information can be obtained in three ways: Legal Masonic information that A. is a Mason is attained by (1) sitting in lodge with him; (2) when he is vouched for by someone with whom a brother has sat in lodge; and (3) when he passes an examination before a committee appointed by the Master (or the Grand Master).

A letter from a friend introducing Brother A as a Mason is not legal Masonic information. The real Brother A may have lost the letter and it may be presented by a stranger. No brother is at liberty to accept an avouchment that a man is a Mason by talking over the telephone with one who knows him to be a Mason. Unless in his presence, and that of the man vouched for, no one can know that the Mr. A spoken of over the telephone is the Mr. A in mind.

Only by strict adherence to these principles can Masons be sure that no cowan or eavesdropper sits in their lodges.

[One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry, The Masonic Service Association, 2003]

Fraternally,

Howard R. Harris

Newsletter Editor & WM


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Dear Brethern,

Here is the calendar for April 2013.
(A copy in Adobe PDF form is here for easy printing and reading) PUT THIS CALENDAR ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR AS A REMINDER.


Wit & Wisdom

“You can’t keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, then move on.”

-- Homer Simpson

“Only the shallow know themselves.”

-- Oscar Wilder

“Real strength is not just a condition of one’s muscle, but a tenderness in one’s spirit.”

-- McCallister Dodds

“Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.”

-- Margaret Thatcer

“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for the very little.”

-- George Carlin

“By dint of railing at idiots, one runs the risk of becoming idiotic oneself.”

-- Gustave Flaubert

“In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.”

-- Paul Harvey

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


04.04 Harry Harley Mills

04.24 Harry Excley Carr, Jr.

04.06 John Gary Harvey

04.24 Jonsthan Daniel Radu

04.08 Anthony Forest Howard

04.25 William Andrew Lancaster

04.11 James Watson Bradin

04.27 Samuel Martin Heuertz

04.12 Paul Randolph Bazemore

04.28 Millard J. Morgan

04.14 Charles John Winscott

04.29 Wiliam F. Martin, II

04.16 T. Gillard Pinckney

04.29 Michael D. Smith




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South Carolina Grand Lodge Official Web Site.

South Carolina Masonic Research Society Official Web Site.

Harmony Lodge history, 1756 to 1983.

Update to Harmony Lodge history from 1983 to 2000.

Most current Update to Harmony Lodge history from 1984 to 2009. - Under construction

Masonic information, "What's A Mason?"



Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2013.

March 2013 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2013 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

January 2013 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.



Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2012.

December 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

November 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

October 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

September 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

August 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

July 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.(Undergoing temp maintenance.)

June 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

May 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

April 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

March 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

January 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.



Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2011.

December 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

November 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

October 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

September 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

August 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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March 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

January 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2010

Trestleboard Articles for 2010.

Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2009

Trestleboard Articles for 2009.

Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2008

Trestleboard Articles for 2008.

Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2007

Trestleboard Articles for 2007.

Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2006

Trestleboard Articles for 2006.

Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2005

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2004

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Trestleboard and Lodge News Letters 2003

Trestleboard Articles for 2003.

Trestleboard Articles 2002

Trestleboard Articles for 2002.

Trestleboard Articles 2001

Trestleboard Articles for 2001.

Trestleboard Articles 2000

Trestleboard Articles for 2000.



Dear Brethren,

Harmony Lodge By-Laws "are under construction" and are formated for WEB page presentation only. For an EXACT copy as published and approved by the Grand Lodge, please read the "By-Laws" in Adobe PDF format that you can print from the following link:

Here is the exact By-Laws in .PDF format.
(A copy in Adobe PDF form is here for easy printing and reading).



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