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


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

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, August 2012.

Paul S. Griffin, WM

Brethren, ,

I hope all is well with you and your families. Activities at our lodge are keeping us busy. The routine business of the Lodge is being handled efficiently and effectively by your officers at the Regular Communica-tions. Degree work in the Special Communications is going smoothly with several of the officers rotating in the chairs. Brothers Rayford W. Myers, Jonathan D. Radu and Lucas L. Warner were passed to the Fellowcraft Degree on July 26th. SW Howard Harris performed the ritual, JW Christian Sherbert presented the Working Tools, and RWB Joe Giunta, PDDGM took the candidates up the Winding Stairs. Brother Larry Morales, Steward, has done a very good job in coaching these men and is commended for his diligence. Why not plan to attend some of the communications that your Lodge is having? As you know, your attendance is earnestly solicited!

Sadly, I must report the recent death on July 26th of John H. Youmans, the father of our Past Master, Wor-shipful Brother Howell Youmans. Also, Worshipful Brother Otto Haversat of Unanimity Lodge on Hilton Head passed away July 27th. Our condolences go out to the families of these men; please keep them all in your daily prayers.

On a more pleasant note, the Low Country Masters and Wardens Club recently awarded college scholarships to two Low Country residents. Each year the Club provides scholarships to the children or grand-children of Masons in the Fourth Masonic District. This year’s deserving recipients, each receiving a $1000.00 scholarship, are Alicia Louise McAlhaney of Varnville and Laura Pinckney Chambers of Beaufort. Miss McAlhaney, who plans to attend Clemson University, is the grand-daughter of our deceased Brother Bradley C. McAlhaney of Evergreen Lodge in Hampton. Miss Chambers, who plans to attend the University of South Carolina, is the grand-daughter of Worshipful Brother Henry C. Chambers, Past Master of Harmony Lodge. Congratulations to both of these young ladies! We are fortunate to be able to provide this bit of financial assistance to college-bound young people and recommend that you consider supporting the growth and expansion of the scholarship fund by making a financial contribution to it.

The July heat has been much more bearable now that the new HVACs are operational. The capital campaign to pay for them continues on a positive note. To date we have raised over $9600 toward our $16,000 goal with contributions from some 44 brothers. I am truly grateful to all who have participated; to those who answered the call and contributed a second amount, I am doubly appreciative. Keep up the good work and let’s reach our goal! Any amount would be helpful! Here is the list of contributors so far:

James C. Adams

Kevin U. Ennis

Vaughn H. Meese

Samuel T. Baker

Raymond C. Fletcher

H. Harley Mills

Arthur G. Bellis

Harold P. Greene

Michael H. Mills

William L. Bethea

John M. Griffin, Jr.

R. Wayne Milner

Hal P. Cahill

Paul S. Griffin

E. W. "Bill" Nettles

Laron H. Cain

Howard R. Harris

James M. Outlaw

Robert D. Cathey

Ray L. Harvet

Robert V. Pinkston

Chapman Living Trust

John G. Harvey

R. Lynwood Polin

Clayton H. Cooler

Robert B. Hill

Birger K. Rasussen

Charlie W. "Dempey" Dempsey

Delmar "Rusty" Hollingsworth

Scott W. Robinson

Emerson G. Dickson

John R. Hudson

Charles G. Spears

Craig B. Dopson

Billy Frank Johnson, Jr.

Robert W. Squires

James M. Dukes

Laurence E. Laughlin

William B. Ten Eyck

Edward L. Emanuel

Earl K. Lawing

J. Howell Youmans

G. Frank Emminger

Jamie X. Martinez

In Peace and harmony,

Paul S. Griffin

Worshipful Master

Something for Everyone

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 a box or under something else. We have Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, York Rite and Eastern Star paraphernalia. Prices, unfortunately, reflect current inflationary trends.


What are "A Master's Wages?"

According to the ritual, corn, wine and oil are symbolic of the payment a Freemason earns today by “good work, true work, square work.” “A Master’s Wages” may be the same, may be different, for every brother. They are the friendships formed through Freemasonry; the consciousness of unselfish work; taking part in movements and actions for the betterment of the condition of neighbors; inherent in learning and in making it possible for other men to learn that men of widely different beliefs, convictions, circumstances, education, skills and character may live and work, play and love together in peace and happiness. A Master’s Wages are intangible, but the more real because any brother may earn as much as he will.

“I worked for menial’s wages Only to learn, dismayed, Any wage I asked of lodge, Lodge would have paid.”

This is the paraphrase indicating that there is no limit to the Master’s Wages any brother may receive, except that which he may put upon himself. [One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry, The Masonic Service Association, 2003]

In Memoriam


From Brother Craig J. Poff: Charles “Jack” Ford, 57, formerly of Beaufort and husband of Mary Jo Ford, died Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Fryburg, PA.

Jack and I were friends, and I participated in his Degree work, I seem to recall. We had been largely out of touch after he and Mary Jo (with whom I did a number of theater projects, like “My Fair Lady” in 1992) left this area. He was not a good ‘ole boy, to speak of, but he took his Freemasonry seriously, helped get Harmony 22 into the digital age a bit (that was the dawn of the Web back then) and I hope he was active in Pennsylvania Masonry after he moved. I have no idea what caused his death at such an age (same as me!).

Jack (MUCH unlike me!) was also very good with technical stuff, phone wiring, electric issues and of course computers and he freely lent his services to the Lodge. He could rub some people the wrong way, but never knew him to act other than on the square.

From WB Laurence E. Laughlin PJGD, Past President, Low Country Scottish Rite Club: The news of the passing of WB Otto Haversat last Friday night brought a tear to the eye of all of his Brothers who really knew him. Otto was well liked and respected and his presence among us will be sorely missed.

Otto was the founding Secretary-Treasurer of the Low Country Scottish Rite Club from the day of it’s founding until his duties in Unanimity Lodge caused him to give up the job, a job which he performed in an excellent manner.

Otto was a Mason’s Mason. He exhibited all the traits and characteristics that the Craft espouses and the Brethren will truly miss his cheerful spirit. We have lost a loyal Brother and the times that he shared with us will be long remembered.

Sir Knight Haversat was a Knight Mason and a member of Frampton Council No. 85 and Past Master of Unanimity Lodge No. 418 of Hilton Head.


In the July edition of this newsletter, I published the obituary of Harry Gresham Rountree III, and assumed it was that of our Harry G. Rountree, Past Master of Harmony Lodge and former Chief of the Burton Fire District. The announcement was of our Brother Rountree’s father. The Editor apologizes for this mistake and promises to be more vigilant in the future


Howard R. Harris

Senior Warden & NewsLetter Editor


As we are all watching the great spirit of sport inculcated in the Olympic Games, I thought you might be interested in how Masonry has played a role in this event.

The flame carried by Olympic Torchbearers is the most iconic symbol of the Olympic Games. This flame will be carried by thousands of Olympic Torchbearers in its journey to the Opening Ceremonies in London. The entire world will be watching as Olympic Torchbearers carry the Olympic flame.

Perfectly innocent, one may think, but the London Olympics will be a massive esoteric ritual. The Olympic torch is actually a Masonic symbol representative of the Eternal Flame. This Eternal Flame is also known as the Light within Freemasonry and the Olympic flame symbolizes this Light.

The day and generation in which we live pulsates with power, the world is held in place by dynamic oppositions, the universe is vibrant with force and man is a part of the Divine energy. The greatest thing in God’s created universe is man. In him, according to the teachings of Freemasonry, is the Eternal Flame, the indestructible image of the living God. The power of man cannot be defined, cannot be fenced in, because it transcends all finite standards of measurement.


Christian Sherbert

Junior Warden

Fraternal Greetings Brothers, ,

It is getting to be the time of year for your Secretary to begin hounding you to pay your dues before you are dropped for NPD. Please check your Dues Card now. If your Dues Card does not say you are current through October 31, 2012, your dues must be paid as soon as possible. I will begin sending letters later this month or early in September to the Brothers that have not yet paid. Please save us the cost of sending letters by paying your dues now.

If you find yourself in a situation making it impossible to pay your dues, please contact me so that I can help. You may contact me by calling my office at 843-838-5907, my cell 843-252-1142 or by e-mail: kevin.ennis@rocketmail.com

We are busy with numerous candidates progressing through the various degrees and the work is outstanding. Our officers are very proficient with the work. Please come out and join us for a degree.

We have received about 50% of what it cost us to replace the HVAC. Please consider sending a donation to help with the cost of the HVAC if you have not already done so.


Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM


Note: Your newsletter editor needs your correct/updated email address; please send it to him at 843-524-0981 (home) or 843-441-8317 (mobile) or howardharris@hargray.com.

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Dear Brethern,

Here is the calendar for August 2012.
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Wit & Wisdom

“There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.”

-- 19th Century political boss Mark Hanna

“Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.”

-- Actor and author Quentin Crisp

“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family; there are no massage parlors with ice cream and free jewelry.”

-- Jerry Seinfeld

“When the mouth is open with laughter you can insert a bitter medicine.”

-- George Bernard Shaw

“Morality is moral only when it is voluntary.”

-- Lincoln Stevenson

“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”

-- Adlai Stevenson

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want,and deserve to get it good and hard.”

-- H. L. Mencken

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

08.01 Paul Spivey Griffin

08.15 Richard Charles Donathan II

08.04 Arthur Gene Bellis

08.16 Robin Bicker Rigg

08.04 Miguel Angel Suarez

08.21 Ralph Ray Kearns

08.05 Laurence Edward Laughlin

08.21 Craig Poff

08.08 D. Henry Garbade, Jr.

08.21 William Thomas Pridgen

08.08 Michael Brice Spade

08.23 Leslie Adam Bryson

08.09 Tyler Adndrew Melnick

08.25 Anthony Epperson

08.09 Michael Grier O'Neill

08.25 Lavon Hair

08.11 Birger Kristian Rasmussen II

08.27 Delmer "Rusty" Hollingsworth

08.11 Richard Milton Reese

08.29 Benny William Duncan

08.12 Ray Lee Harvey

08.29 Tony Angelo Proctor

08.14 Sgt. Cody Wayne Holloman

08.29 William Russell Spaulding

08.14 Gerald Sauls

08.30 Stephen Pasul Prince

08.15 Robert Leroy Buckley

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