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

Depot Road

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

(843)524-6697


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W/M David Scott Spears                  Robert V. Pinkston, Secretary Emeritus                  Kevin U. Ennis, PM,

909 Magnolia Bluff Circle                     Regular Communication: Second Thursday                      PDDGM, Secretary

  Beaufort, SC 29902                                                                                                                    P.O. Box 22

843-522-3502                                                                                                                                 Beaufort, SC 29901 

    843-252-1142

 



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Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter for month of December 2009
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W/M David Scott Spears


Brethren,

Greetings from the East. WOW! This year is coming to an end and what a fantastic year it was to be the Master of Harmony Lodge for the first time. I would like to thank all who helped me and the lodge to have such a good year, because without your help we couldn't have been as good as we were. I would like to say that it has been a great honor for me to be the Master of Harmony Lodge. I got my name put in a time capsule at a cornerstone laying, which is scheduled to be opened in 100 years from now. I my not do anything to get my name put in the history books, but I will have that.

2009 was a banner year for Harmony Lodge. Recently raised Master Masons are: Vaughn Howard Meese (2/3), Leslie Adam Bryson and Christopher Robert Emde (4/30), Gregory Thomas Bell (3/14), James Ryan Gilchrist (8/20), Theodore John Garbera (6/18) and Lyle McIntyre (10/17). Fellow Crafts are: Joseph Timothy Dyches, Jr. (7/31), Aaron Edward Fleming, Harry Carroll Matthews III, Birger Kristian Rasmussen II and Christian Everette Sherbert (10/22). Entered Apprentices are: Richard Brian Bruce, Matthew Patrick Jordan and Homer Kelly Stewart, Jr. (9/3), Richard Aldan Clark (9/24) and Martin Len Thomas (11/5).

To all the officers of Harmony, I thank you for your support this year and I wish you well on your future Masonic travels in the lodge as officers. I wish all of you Great Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. This has been one of the greatest years of my life and I thank you all once again for it. THANK YOU and MY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Fraternally,

David Spears

Worshipful Master




Brethren,

As Brother Howard Harris has so accurately pointed out in our newsletter for December, this has been a very busy year, and we still have more to go. It was my idea to mention all of the work that has been accomplished in our lodge so far this year; not to brag, but to show how much we have accomplished and to give thanks to all who helped. No single event was the direct result of any single person, but of many; most of these were in our own lodge, but we also enjoyed outside help. Our Worshipful Master was sure to have letters of appreciation, signed by all lodge officers, presented to those Brothers who helped many times when needed, and sometimes on short notice.

This is brotherhood at its best. Let us strive to development this can-do attitude, which can only serve to strengthen and unite us in a close-knit family atmosphere of respect and brotherly love.

Speaking of family, all Masons’ wives are invited to dine with us at all our communications, both regular and special. This will serve to enhance family ties, not to mention giving the wife a night off from cooking. But a more important reason is to pay her the respect she deserves for supporting her husband as a Mason. December 10 marks our Open Installation of Officers, following the opening of the lodge for business.

On Saturday, November 7, the Annual Awards Ceremony was held at Harmony Lodge. Certificates of Appreciation and a number of plaques and year pins were awarded to brothers whose service to masonry and their community deserved especial notice. This year the Harmony Lodge EMS of the Year was awarded to Jim Long, Senior Crew Chief of the Beaufort EMS Team.

At our awards ceremony, we were able to recognize three Masons whose service has been outstanding in our lodge this year: Howard Harris, performing as our Newsletter Editor and in-house calligrapher and instructor; Mark Campbell, filling in as Officer pro tem, and an instructor of many students; and Laurence Laughlin, as our Mason of the Year, again. Brother Laurence dedicated most of this year to preparing the meals for our regular communications, serving on many different commit­tees and being always available for advice when needed. He also invested many hours in keeping track of sick and needy brothers and sisters. A big Thank You to these three Masons is little payment for their commitment and dedication. What a pleasure it is to work with such outstanding people.

Fraternally,

Charlie Spears

Senior Warden

Brethren,

As in our previous newsletters, this section is dedicated to those brethren who have served Masonry for 40 years..

40 Year Master Masons

David William Bair Gen. James H. Leach Norman Francis (Sonny) Gay
Paul Randolph Bazemore Harold Pershing Greene, Jr. Henri Charles Monnier
Arthur Marin Berger Lavon Hair William Lewis Parker
William Lamar Bethea, Jr. Robert Clayton Heck Robert Van Pinkston, Sr.
James Watson Bradin Samuel Martin Heuertz Clinton A. Porter
Laron Hubert Cain Julian Donald Hightower William Thomas Pridgen
Harry Exley Carr, Jr. Robert Burton Hill Gerald Sauls
Royce Conard Cooler Fred Gibson Horton Richard Heyward Smith
Clayton Howard Cooler Ralph Ray Kearns William Biddle Ten Eyck
Edward Leeland Emanuel William Russell Kephart

If I have omitted anyone in my editorial enthusiasm, please do not hesitate to inform me and I will correct my error in next month’s newsletter. Thank you.

For those brethren who may have been disturbed at the mention of the names of the Three Ruffians in my November newsletter and that this may have infringed upon the secrecy of our ceremonies, I have been informed on the authority of a scholarly and trusted brother that this is not the case.

I owe an apology to the family of deceased brother Ralph Milledge Morris, whose name appeared in the November Birthday list. Such editorial errors are bound to happen due to a moment’s lack of vigilance. Please accept the sincere apology of the editor for this unfortunate mistake.

This newsletter is being sent out to 59 brethren via email and 210 brethren via the post. Instead of costing the Lodge $42.00 in bulk mail fees, it will only cost us $34.00. This month’s modest difference of $8.00 works out to an annual savings of $96.00, assuming the number of email addresses remains the same. Thank you, brothers, for your cooperation. Keep cooperating!

Fraternally,

Howard R. Harris

Junior Deacon & Newsletter Editor



November 23, 2009

Thank you Brother Harris, I am getting it [newsletter] loud and clear! I am currently serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan until March after serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom for the past four months. This has been a challenging back-to-back deployment, but I have met many Masons here.

My wife and I miss the Beaufort area for many reasons, but the brothers and lodge at Harmony 22 are one of the main reasons that I look forward to returning to the Beaufort area.


November 26, 2009

Friends and Family,

After spending the end of July and all of August, September and October in Iraq, I departed the area just west of the Euphrates in the Anbar Province early on November 9 via a cargo plane headed directly for the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

The month of November has been interesting so far to say the least! I am taking over a Marine Aviation Supply Department of nearly 70 Marines that is spread across a few different locations in Afghanistan in direct support of varied Marine aviation missions here.

What I am doing here and will be doing here in the months ahead is very different than my job in Iraq.

In Iraq I served in a Marine Wing staff job that would have normally been filled by a Marine LtCol, but since the tempo and pace of operation there had slowed so much after the successes of the 2007/2008 “Surge” prior to the U.S. elections, they later filled the job with Majors and senior Captains that had been selected for Major.

My job in Iraq involved mostly reviewing Marine aviation logistics reports and ensuring that in-country aviation logistics was prepared to support the remaining Marine aviation missions. My work also largely focused on the final disposition of U.S. Marine aviation assets in Iraq. Much of that job involved shipping items back to the U.S. for repair, continued use in a training capacity or direct shipment to Afghanistan.

I also had some involvement with the State Department in trying to codify how the U.S. would comply with changing policy from the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority as they asserted more control over air cargo shipments within their nation’s borders. It was a rewarding time to be seeing the peace and success of the “Surge” that so many doubted could pay off with a safer and more independent Iraq. I made some great friends during my time in Iraq and feel that my short time there taught me some valuable lessons.

My work here in Afghanistan will involve directly supporting the logistics requirements for Marine Aviation Squadrons as they pursue the missions now tasked by the President. The forward operating base I am going to be primarily working from was established by the British and was largely an unimproved provisional airfield area until recent months.

Our mission will certainly change based on the President’s pending decision (we have heard that he has stated that this will come sometime after Thanksgiving) on the total number of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen that he chooses to commit to upcoming operations. We have had a lot of visitors in my short time here in the form of senior flag officers, congressmen and service secretaries who are ensuring that the message from the front is being brought back to the beltway.

My cousin Caleb Brooks, a Lance Corporal Marine infantryman arrived here in-country yesterday and will be based at a neighboring outpost. I hope that I am able to see him at least once while I am here. Family reunions certainly can happen anywhere in the world!

The weather was very cold (by native Floridian standards!) at night the first few nights after I arrived, but has become milder over the past two weeks since. I do not know if that was an early cold snap, or I am enjoying a few unseasonably warm weeks before the real cold starts. We are able to again wear our uniform undershirts mid-day here (see photo) but it does dip back down into the low 30s at night, and is supposed to be getting much colder. My department took advantage of the warmer mid-day weather and played touch football in the “moondust” (it isn't even sand) earlier this week and had a great time.

I appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers, letters and birthday wishes since my arrival here. It means more to me here than you know and is one of the many things I am thankful for.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Capt Aaron J. Brooks, USMC
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FPO AE 09510-9369



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

12/13 Clayton Howard Cooler 12/01 Craig Bernard Dopson
12/31 Julian Donald Hightower 12/21 James Edwards Horton
12/02 James Edward Lamie 12/07 John W. Lovell
12/08 John E.B. McCallum 12/19 Robert Van Pinkson, Jr
12/01 David Scott Spears 12/27 Bruce Wayne Szelewa
12/30 Arthur Joseph Warren 12/04 Charles Frederick Weickhardt
12/21 Michael Clement West


And, again, one last time, just in case you missed it before:

Dues are Due
Brother Kevin Ennis, PDDGM, our faithful Secretary, wishes all brethren to be aware that the time to pay your annual dues is drawing even nigher. Please pay your dues at the December regular com-munication on December 10, at the latest. Forewarned is forearmed. A stitch in time saves nine. Act in haste, repent at leisure. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too. To thine own self be true; and it follows as surely as the night the day, that thou canst not be false to any man.

Dues for 2010 are $65.25.

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2009

November 2009 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

July 2009 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

June 2009 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

May 2009 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.


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

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

May - June 2008 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

March 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.

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

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

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

Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2006

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

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

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

Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2005

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

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2004

August 2004 New Letter for Harmony Lodge.

April 2004 News Letter for Harmony Lodge.

February 2004 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

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

Trestleboard and Lodge News Letters 2003

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

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

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

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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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