I was a bit dismayed to see the newsletter delivered on the 15th of the month, having placed it in the service of the Post Office on July 1. I am reminded that it is sent around the barn (to Savannah, GA) before returning to Beaufort for delivery and this takes a while. Of course, being Third Class Mail, it gets short shrift in the postal pecking order anyway. What a pity! Perhaps if more of the brethren had sufficient time to prepare their schedules, we would have had a larger gathering; one does one’s best and can only hope.
As I say, we go up there every year during the last week in June and have been doing so since 1980. We like to visit the many antique malls and restaurants and drive all over the valley sightseeing. This summer, the rains have been plentiful and “the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye.” Green is the predominating color.
The Third Degree work on Thursday, July 18 proceeded as closely as possible to perfection, barring the customary over-exertion of study and memorization on the part of yours truly, but upheld in yeoman fashion by brethren who stepped forward to fill the chairs of our officers who could not attend. Thanks are due to Brother David Spears, PM, who filled the Senior Warden’s chair; Jack Jackson, PM of Unanimity Lodge 418, who stood in for the Junior Warden as well as Third Base and Lead Fellow Craft in the work; Brother Brian Bruce subbed as our Junior Deacon and Brother Joseph Giunta, PDDGM, delivered the Legend of the Third Degree. Brother Clayton Cooler, PM, sat in the Treasurer’s chair and played the role of the Wayfaring Man; Brethren Paul Griffin (our Secretary) and Terrell Altman, PM of Crocketville Lodge 248, played the roles of Second and Third Base, respectfully. I am deeply grateful to my brethren who came forward to fill all these roles and particularly to give our newly raised Brother, Clint Daniel Holmes, the service he so richly deserved. Joshua Holmes, Clint’s brother from 68 Dawson Lodge in Georgia, came to Beaufort especially to raise Clint.
I am especially grateful to Brother Paul Griffin, Secretary of Harmony Lodge, who delivered the Master’s Charge and continues to deliver the charges for all the degrees with grace and eloquence. Brother Paul is a natural!
At the writing of the report immediately preceding, I was expectant of another successful degree work and was not disappointed at all! Due to the unavoidable contingencies of life and business, some of our regular officers could not be present; however, due also to the ready cooperation of visiting brethren, all seats were filled and the work proceeded with expert alacrity. Thanks are due to our newest Master Mason, Clint Holmes, for sitting in the Junior Deacon’s chair with unaccustomed enthusiasm; Jeff Light of Port Royal Lodge 242 performed the Steward’s tasks and our own David Spears subbed for Howell Youmans in the Senior Deacon’s chair again. Not only did Joe Giunta give his usual glorious lecture on the Winding Stairs, but he doubled as our Treasurer, despite the dearth of incoming funds from our Secretary, Paul Griffin, who also gave our new Fellow Craft his Charge. Thank you, all, brothers, for helping to pass Herlan Cardenas to his Fellow Craft degree.
Howard R. Harris
How many Grand Lodges are there in the world?
The annual Chart of Foreign Grand Lodges recognized by the forty-nine Grand Lodges of the United States lists one hundred three Grand Lodges beyond the confines of this nation.
There are, then, 5047 possible recognitions of foreign Grand Lodges by United States Grand Lodges (1963).
Have I a right to visit in any lodge under a Grand Lodge which my Grand Lodge recognizes?
If you can prove yourself a Mason by passing an examination and have a good standing card, you will have no difficulty. But your right to visit is limited. Any Master can refuse any visitor permission to visit his lodge if he believes that the visitor will injure the peace and harmony of that lodge. Many lodges do not admit visitors during election or installation communications. As a general rule, all lodges are glad to receive visitors and to make them welcome. But a lodge, like a home, is a private institution and need not admit visitors unless the head of the household (the Master) so desires.
[One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry, The Masonic Service Association, 2003]
Howard R. Harris
Worshipful Master & Newsletter Editor
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