January has started out a little slow this year. The weather has been so unpredictable; I guess being slow has been a blessing. It looks like February will start speeding things up. We have several candidates for advancement into the degrees. It takes a lot of effort on the part of the candidate and the coach to get ready to stand before the Lodge. I appreciate and understand the time and dedication of the new apprentices, but the coaches need to be applauded for their work also. It takes a special person to coach and teach and sometime prod someone along. These men dedicate their time and energy to our Craft and to their students and for that I am truly grateful to them.
I met with some of our Brothers and their wives to plan a few dinners that are coming up this year. During the meeting, we discussed having some Saturday morning meetings. I would appreciate your feedback on this idea.
I also want to invite your wife, mother, lady or friend and her guest to come to our Third Annual Valentine’s Day Dinner. It will be held at Harmony Lodge on February 12 at 5:00 pm. This is our annual opportunity to show our “loves” how much we appreciate them. Please call (843) 838-3281 by February 7 to let us know how many will be attending. Your lady may bring you as her guest. Our officers and I look forward to seeing you both for an evening of great food, fun and friendship.
We have several Brothers in our area who are in the hospital and on our sick list. Please remember them in your daily devotions.
Freemasonry is alive and well at our own Harmony Lodge, as well as in the Lowcountry!
At Harmony, petitions are being acted upon and several fine men are being instructed in the work by dependable coaches. We anticipate degree work to be scheduled in the coming weeks.
The Lowcountry Masters and Wardens Club met recently at Mount Moriah in Yemassee and was well-attended. New officers for 2011 were elected and a college scholarship was awarded. We also practiced for the upcoming Lodge of Sorrow scheduled for March. Additionally, the District’s Instructional Meeting was recently held at American Lodge in Ridgeland. It too was well-attended. Worshipful Brother Henry Garbade from American Lodge led the instruction for the Wardens and was both informative and helpful. It was also a pleasure to meet the Grand Master of South Carolina who was in attendance and gave us all words of encouragement and appreciation.
As you can see, good things are happening at your lodge; please come and join us at the next communication!
Your new (2011) Junior Warden has been reminded that “the superintendence of the craft during the hours of refreshment” is not my only duty and/or responsibility. The following are also included:
“Chapter XVI – Of the Wardens of a Lodge!
Article 122. It shall be the duties of the Wardens to assist the Worshipful Master in the government of the Lodge, and in his absence to preside according to seniority, unless through courtesy they relinquish the right of presiding to a Past Master present.
Code Sec. 71. The Junior Warden [will] represent the Lodge, in conjunction with the Worshipful Master and Senior Warden, at all the communications of the Grand Lodge.
The Junior Warden [will] take charge of the Craft during the hours of refreshment; and also to take cognizance of all complaints made by the brethren of un-Masonic conduct and irregularity in members, and bring the same before the Lodge for its action, if in his opinion necessary or expedient: Provided, This shall not be a bar to any brother bringing his complaint directly before the Lodge.
Code Sec. 72. Wardens Acting as Master.- A Warden, when acting as Worshipful Master pro tem. in the absence of the Worshipful Master, has the same power and authority as Master, but is still a Warden, and is so acting simply in the discharge of one of the duties of his office as Warden; and his signature should give his office as Warden, adding ‘Acting Master.’
If a Warden, in the absence of the Master, through courtesy, place a Past Master in the chair, such Past Master becomes, pro hac vice, Worshipful Master, and his rulings are the law of the Lodge. The Master is absent, so as to justify a Warden in acting, when he is not present at a communication of the Lodge, either stated or called. Or, when the Master is absent from the jurisdiction or unable to do official acts when necessary to be done.”
I would just LOVE to have someone explain that last paragraph to me! There’s lots more, but I’m going to spare you the rest and go study.
Howard R. Harris
Junior Warden & Newletter Editor
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