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Beaufort, SC 29907
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Kevin U. Ennis,
P. O. Box 22
Beaufort, SC 29901
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Trestleboard NewsLetter, December 2012.
Paul S. Griffin, WM
November and Thanksgiving have come and gone and the Christmas holiday season has arrived! Several events occurred at your Lodge this past month that are worthy of being mentioned.
Brother Matthew Simpson was passed to the Fellowcraft Degree on Thursday, November 1, and we congrat-ulate him as he progresses on his Masonic journey. Thanks to WB David Spears, PM who substituted as Senior Deacon and to WB Henry Garbade, PM of American Lodge who so ably presented the Stairway Lecture. Brother Howard Harris, SW did a commendable job in performing the ritual and I managed the Working Tools presentation, the “G” Lecture and the Charge.
On Saturday, November 3, Harmony Lodge hosted the annual Inspirational Meeting of the Fourth Masonic District. RWB Chuck Weickhardt, DDGM directed the evening and deemed it a success with each of the lodges in the district having representation. Brother Howard Harris, SW gave a brief, but insightful, keynote address and Brothers Christian Sherbert, Jonathan Radu and Matthew Simpson prepared a fine meal that everyone enjoyed. I would be remiss if I did not mention that the two great dessert cakes that Mrs. Gail Weickhardt baked were quite popular, and her table centerpieces added a festive flair.
At the Regular Communication on Thursday, November 8, the Lodge elected its officers for 2013. By unanimous ballot the following brothers were elected: Howard Harris - Worshipful Master, Christian Sherbert - Senior Warden, Bill Nettles - Junior Warden, Johnny Harvey - Treasurer and Paul Griffin - Secretary.
The annual Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, November 17. Under the direction of Brother Senior Warden Howard Harris, two awards were presented to worthy recipients. Tommy Pike was named Emergency Medical Technician of the Year. Our lodge has been honoring these unsung heroes for quite a few years now, and we are proud to recognize these professionals who contribute so much to our community. Brother Larry Morales, Steward was honored as Mason of the Year. An active duty U.S. Marine, Brother Morales always found time to serve this lodge and eagerly accepted any assignment that he was given. From kitchen duty to learning and presenting the Apron Lecture, as well as substituting in the chairs of both Deacons and coaching several candidates, we could always count on Brother Morales. He is now stationed in North Carolina, but through ‘Skype’ technology we were able to connect with him for the presentation. Thanks to Brother Christian Sherbert, JW and his lovely wife Elizabeth for making this happen. Congratulations to both of these award recipients; we appreciate their dedicated service to their respective organizations.
Our newest Entered Apprentice is Brother Herlan Cardenas who was initiated on Thursday, November 29. I performed the ritual, the final one of my term as Master of the Lodge, as well as presenting the Working Tools and Charge. Two very capable brothers contributed to the ceremony: WB Sonny Gay, PGS gave the Apron Lecture and RWB Joe Giunta, PDDGM of Port Royal Lodge presented the main lecture. Thanks to all who participated in the work, especially those just mentioned and these substitutes: RWB Chuck Weickhardt, DDGM who sat in the South, WB David Spears, PM who served as Senior Deacon, and WB Laurence Laughlin, PJGD who substituted as Secretary. Visiting WB Wayne Holsopple from Port Royal Lodge assisted as the Steward and Brother Dave Brewster, Master-elect of Evergreen Lodge, filled in as Junior Deacon.
In conclusion, I hope that each of you and your families have a joyous and safe Christmas holiday season!
Paul S. Griffin
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.
A Very Special Communication
On November 8, 2012, at our Regular Communication, Harmony Lodge was honored by the visit of a brother from “across the pond,” as they say. Brother David Mitchell, of The Birchington Lodge No. 9159 in the Masonic Province of East Kent, under the jurisdiction of The United Grand Lodge of England, paid us a visit in keeping with the highest standards of brotherly love and with kindness and generosity presented Harmony Lodge with a plaque from his home lodge. Brother Mitchell holds the chair of Junior Warden in Birchington Lodge and was forthcoming in reciting the rituals of his lodge with great eloquence. It is without doubt a most rewarding experience to hear the differences in ritual spoken by a brother who is expert in the work.
On behalf of Harmony Lodge, as Senior Warden and Worshipful Master-Elect, I would like to extend frater-nal greetings, once again, to Brother Mitchell. I hope his return journey was a safe one and that he enjoys his upcoming Christmas season with fond memories of his new-found brethren in the United States. [Ed.]
Are there women Freemasons?
No; for a woman to become a real Freemason is as impossible as for a man to become a mother, a leopard to change his spots. A female duly elected, properly prepared, initiated and obligated, passed and raised, who signed the bylaws of a regularly constituted lodge, would not be a Freemason, as all which had been done with her would be illegal, and one illegally initiated is not a Freemason. The third of the Old Charges, foundation law of the Craft, states emphatically: “The persons admitted Members of a Lodge must be good and true Men, free-born, and of mature and discreet Age, no Bondmen, no Women, or immoral or scandalous Men, but of good Report.”
There appear to have been at least two historic instances in which a woman was initiated. Prior to the formation of the first Irish Grand Lodge, an Irish lodge, meeting in the home of Arthur St. Ledger, First Baron Kilmayden and Viscounte Doneraile, had its privacy invaded accidentally by the Honorable Elizabeth St. Ledger, later Mrs. Richard Aldworth. The lodge members decided the only way to preserve secrecy was to obligate her; she was, therefore, duly obligated both as an Apprentice and as a Fellowcraft.
The second instance concerns Helene, Countess Hadik Barkoczy, born 1833, “made a Mason” in Lodge Egyenloseg, warranted by the Grand Orient of Hungary. The last of her race, at her father’s death she was permitted by the Hungarian courts to take the place of a son, receiving his full inheritance. In this was an extensive Masonic library in which she became much interested. In 1875 the lodge mentioned admitted her!
The Grand Orient of Hungary took immediate action on this “breach of Masonic vow, unjustifiably confer-ring Masonic degrees, doing that which degrades a Freemason and Freemasonry, and for knowingly violating the statutes.” The Deputy Master of the lodge was expelled, the officers of the lodge had their names struck from its rolls, and the members were suspended for various periods of time. To the honor of the Grand Orient be it said, its final pronouncement – apart from these merited punishments – was unequivocal.
Howard R. Harris
Senior Warden & NewsLetter Editor
and Worshipful Master-Elect
Please join us at our December Regular Communication to see the installation of our newly elected/appointed officers. We will conduct a little business and then hold the installation.
If you have not submitted your dues for 2013 ($65.25) please get them in as soon as possible as the lodge relies on prompt payment of dues to function. New officers must have paid their 2013 dues prior to installation.
If you have not paid your dues for 2012, you have been dropped as NPD. Please pay your dues before December 31, 2012 and you will not have to go through the reinstatement process. After December 31, 2012, if your dues are still not current, you will have to petition for reinstatement.
Harmony Lodge is busy with work and a number of new petitions have recently been submitted. Let’s pull together to get these men investigated and, if appropriate, initiated. As always, your Officers can use your help with coaching, building maintenance, meal preparation and more. Please ask what you can do to help.
This will be my last submission to the newsletter as Secretary. I have enjoyed my time in the Secretary’s Chair and will be assisting your new Secretary Paul S. Griffin, PM with his transition. I will be working behind the scenes helping him with his duties for some time to come.
Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM
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Wit & Wisdom
“It is a good thing to demand liberty or ourselves and for those who agree with us, but it is a better thing and rarer thing to give liberty to others who do not agree with us.”
-- Franklin Roosevelt
“The history of liberty is a history of the limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.”
-- Woodrow Wilson
“Not one person ever joined Masonry because George Washington was a Mason.
Not one person ever joined Masonry because Harry Truman was a Mason.
Not one person ever joined because of any of our great Masonic heroes.
Joining doesn’t make you any of those people.
Not one person ever joined in order to give a million dollars a day to Charity, or homes, or crippled children.
You don’t have to be a member to give money.
Not one person ever joined because our ritual is outstanding, or our minutes are accurate, or a hundred other things we worry about.
They don’t know about our ritual.
They joined because someone they knew and admired was a Mason.
It could have been a father, a friend, a man down the street, or someone a thousand miles away.
Who, it didn’t matter.
They admired him and wanted to do the things he did, and they did it by the millions.
Want to help our growth?
Be the kind of man someone admires. Someone will notice.”
-- Dan Weatherington, PM
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Brothers, Happy Birthday to you!
W. Lovell II
Myrick Griffin, Jr.
Van Pinkston, Jr.
Edwards Horton, Jr.
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