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

Depot Road

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

(843)524-6697


W/M John Howell Youmans III        Robert V. Pinkston, Secretary Emeritus      Kevin U. Ennis, P/M,

        P.O. Box 1152                             Regular Communication: second Thursday                 Secretary

       Beaufort, SC 29901                                                                                                    P.O. Box 22

843-525-28                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Beaufort, SC 29901

Res. 524-4803                                                                                                         843-525-1142



Meeting 7:30 PM
O.E.S. 1st Tuesday, 8:00 PM




Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter for month of August 2008


Brethren,

            A belated happy Forth of July to each of you and a heart-felt thanks to those of the armed forces, both past and present.  If not for each of your sacrifices, this nation would not be the great nation it is.

            Joseph Dyches Jr. received his Entered Apprentice degree on June 26 and on July 31, he passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft.  He did a fine job on his Entered Apprentice proficiency and it should not be long before he is ready to receive his Master Mason degree.  An Entered Apprentice degree is scheduled for August 28.  Also, several committees are investigation other possible candidates for which we will require more degree work.  So watch the mail for a notification card as to an upcoming degree and join us.

            At the end of 2007, Harmony Lodge had 178 members, with two brothers demitting and two passing, which dropped that number to 174.  With one new Master Mason and three brothers demitting to our Lodge, as of June we were still at 178 members.  With each degree this year, Harmony is well on the way to increasing this number.

            It would be difficult to list all members and visitors that have assisted this year in putting on the various degrees.  With that, I extend my sincere thanks to all that assisted with these degrees.

            Our next regular communication is August 14.  Come join us!

            Again, Thank you! 

Fraternally,

J. Howell Youmans III

Worshipful Master

 



Brethren,

            Seems that we have conferred a large number of Entered Apprentice degrees within our lodge in the last three years.  It may be of interest as to what an Entered Apprentice is, or represents.  The following information is taken from “The Lodge System of Masonic Education for South Carolina Lodges booklet.

            The Operative Masons who built the remarkable structures in Europe and Great Britain from six to nice hundred years ago needed replacements in manpower and skills as fellow craftsmen retired, were injured or died.  To obtain replacements, they would select recruits from able-bodied young goys, who had a good mind and were “under the tongue of good report.”  These boys would be trained under a Master Mason should teach the apprentice the science behind each step of work, so that when the apprentice was ready, one day he would be capable of designing and performing the work of a Master Mason.  Hence the word “apprentice” meaning “learner” or “beginner”, one who taking his first step in mastering a trade, art or profession.  The apprenticeship lasted usually seven years.  When the apprentice had enough skill and knowledge to be acceptable as a member of the society, his name was entered on the books of the lodge and was given a recognized place in the craft; and because of the official entering of his name, he was given the title “Entered Apprentice.”

            When we read the Old Charges and ancient documents that have come down to us, we are impressed by the amount of space devoted to Apprentices.  The Operative Masons knew that the Apprentice of today made the Mast Mason of the future.  As you stood in the northeast corner of the lodge during your initiation, you were taught a certain lesson concerning a cornerstone.  The meaning of this lesson should now be clear to you.  You are a cornerstone of the Craft.  The day will probably come when into your hands will fall your share of responsibilities of the lodge.  You are a cornerstone on which the Fraternity is being erected.  It is our hope and expectation that you will provide a solid foundation, tried and true, set foursquare, on which our great Fraternity may safely build.

Fraternally,

Charlie Spears

Junior warden

 



The Old Master

 

He was sitting in a wheelchair,                                                      The lodge was filled with brothers,

Looking down at the lawn,                                                           Who had come to celebrate,

I thought he might be asleep,                                                        Our guest of honor had arrived,

Then I saw the old man yawn.                                                      The eastern star had baked a cake.

 

I told him I’d come to visit,                                                          We made a special presentation,

A big smile lit up his face,                                                             That brought laughter and tears,

He said it’s not very often,                                                           For tonight our wise old master,

People visit this old place.                                                            Had completed sixty-five years.

 

Pardon my manners young man,                                                   With countless years of service,

As he offered me a chair,                                                             In this lodge in his hometown,

Would you like a glass of tea,                                                       He did it all with gentle heart,

It’s on the table over there.                                                          And the strongest grip around.

 

I begged off the offer,                                                                  His tired old voice cracked,

But I said I have a surprise,                                                          But his mind was harp and clear,

I’ve come take you to lodge,                                                        As he took the microphone,

You should’ve seen his eyes.                                                        Sitting there in his wheelchair.

 

You know, I’m past master,                                                         We all sat down at tables,

About three or four times,                                                            With hot coffee in our cups,

He said as matter of fact,                                                             He said I’d like to take you back,

I can work any chair in line.                                                          To when I was just a pup.

 

I felt proud to push his chair,                                                        You see, there’s been times,

As we headed for my car,                                                            This old lodge almost went dark,

I had already checked him out,                                                     We were down to just a few,

And signed his pass card.                                                             And some didn’t know their part.

 

When we drove into the lot,                                                         But we kept on working hard,

You should’ve heard the cheers,                                                  And doing everything we could,

I had a lump in my throat,                                                             To get more men interested,

Down his cheek rolled a tear.                                                       In the craft of brotherhood.

 

You see, it was different then,                                                      Oh, there’s all kinds of things,

Than it is this day and time,                                                          That’s changed over the years,

I remember how strict it was,                                                       But younger men not coming in,

You didn’t dare cross the line.                                                      Is one of our biggest fears.

 

About asking a man to join,                                                          I love you all my brothers,

When you knew he was good,                                                     I enjoyed being there for you,

God and family came first, this,                                                     And I’ll tell each one tonight,

The lodge understood.                                                                 You’ve been there for me too.

 

We had to wait until he asked,                                                     He talked for half an hour,

About how to become one of us,                                                 As we traveled back in time,

Then we could tell him the truth,                                                   He had taken us on a journey,

About fellowship, honor and trust.                                                And we hung on every line,

 

We worked hard and did our best,                                               It was late when we got back,

To be good examples among men,                                               But he was still wide awake,

We all know from reading the bible,                                             As I pushed his wheelchair inside,

There’s not a man without sin.                                                      He gave the nurse a piece cake.

 

So we’d take the best men,                                                          Until the old master is called,

And gently show’em the light,                                                       To the grand lodge on high,

Just look at all the brothers,                                                          His memories will be filled,

That showed up here tonight.                                                       With the celebration tonight.

 

If I could live my life all over,                                                        A few years have come and gone,

And I could rewrite every page,                                                   Since we honored him that night,

I’d hit a few bumps a little softer,                                                  The old master even helped me,

But there’s nothing I would change.                                              Raised my grandson into light.

 

Each time I was asked to teach,                                                   His kind and gentle manner,

Oh, it made me feel so good,                                                       Stands tall among the best,

To lead you gently to the light,                                                      Today he made the final journey,

Until I knew you understood.                                                       We laid the old mast to reas.

 

--Courtesy of Brother Scott Meyer



 

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

8/04     Arthur Gene Bellis                    8/19     Van Lawrence Brown

8/15     Robert Leroy Buckley              8/29     Benny William Duncan

8/25     Lavon Hair                               8/12     Ray Lee Harvey

8/19     Walter C Hodges                     8/27     D. “Rusty” Hollingsworth

8/19     Ted Presley Jones                     8/21     Ralph Ray Kearns

8/05     Laurence Edward Laughlin        8/21     William Thomas Pridgen

8/20     Stephen Paul Prince                  8/29     Tony Angelo Proctor

8/11     Richard Milton Reese               8/16     Robin Bicker Rigg

8/11     Robert Earl Roper                    8/14     Gerald Sauls

8/23     Richard Heyward Smith            8/8       Michael Brice Spade

8/29     William Russel Spaulding

 

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South Carolina Grand Lodge Official Web Site.

Harmony Lodge history, 1756 to 1983.

Update to Harmony Lodge history from 1983 to 2000.

Masonic information, "What's A Mason?"


Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2008

March 2008 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2008 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

January 2008 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.


Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2007

December 2007 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2006

January 2006 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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June 2005 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2004

January 2004 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2004 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

April 2004 News Letter for Harmony Lodge.

August 2004 New Letter for Harmony Lodge.

Trestleboard and Lodge News Letters 2003

November 2003 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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July 2003 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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April 2003 Harmony Masonic Loge No. 22 A.F.M. News Letter.

March 2003 Harmony Masonic Loge No. 22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2003 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

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November/December 2002 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

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