A bright idea came from She Who Must be Obeyed just the other day. We have a problem with the entrance to the parking lot. If you hadn’t noticed, there is a small canyon opening up in the earth at what otherwise might be considered our driveway. In order to avoid falling into this little declivity, one must swerve around it either to the left and avoid hitting a road sign or a tree, or to the right and avoid hitting a parking barrier, or whatever you call those concrete forms placed to stop a car from rolling forward. On a rainy day and for a couple of days afterward, this hole in the ground becomes a pond with such muddy water that the bottom is quite invisible. On dry days, the clay is so hard that an automobile’s suspension system is in real danger!
So, what’s the bright idea, you may ask? It is this: “Bring a Bucket of Gravel to Lodge Night.” For those of the brethren who cannot heft a full bucket, which would probably weigh more than 50 pounds, half a bucket will do just fine. Number 2 gravel, if I’m not mistaken, would be the right size for the purpose. If any amongst the brethren know better what size gravel is best and how many buckets will do, please inform us at the next regular communication.
It’s only my opinion, but I believe this is probably the Number 1 priority at the moment, and is probably the least expensive, too. Feedback is always appreciated, as well as any new variations on the basic idea. Also, if y’all want to meet your Senior Warden this coming Saturday, January 28th and assist him in the use of a shovel in shaving down the hills and filling in the valleys of this geological deformity, he will be most grateful. Be seeing you.
What are the "Old Charges?"
The first book of Freemasonry, printed in 1723, is known as Anderson’s Constitutions. In it appear six “Old Charges” which are a statement of the old laws of operative Freemasonry concerning a Mason and his conduct. These six Old Charges are titled: Of God and Religion; Of the Civil Magistrate Supreme and Subordinate; Of Lodges; Of Master, Wardens, Fellows and Apprentices; Of the Management of the Craft in Working; Of Behavior. The last, sixth Old Charge is concerned with behavior: “in the Lodge while constituted; after Lodge is over and the Brethren not gone; when Brethren meet without Strangers, but not in a Lodge; I presence of Strangers not Masons; at Home and in the Neighborhood; towards a strange Brother.”
Many “Books of the Law” – Constitutions, Codes, etc. – of Grand Lodges print these Old Charges. They can also be found in Mackey’s Encyclopedia and in the Little Masonic Library.
[One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry, #6, The Masonic Service Association, 2003]
From Darlene Dopson:
It’s almost that time of the year when we celebrate the “Loves” in our lives: our wives, mothers, daughters, sisters; our husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, and those friends who are so very important to us. Please join the Men of Harmony Lodge 22 and the Members of Beaufort Order of the Eastern Star on February 11 at 6:30 for a wonderful evening of dining and celebrating Valentine’s Day. We celebrate those wonderful “Loves” that are present with us as well as those who have left us for a more wonderful “Love.”
Please call and let me know how many will attend so we can prepare enough food. We look forward to seeing each of you for an evening of good food and good friendship.
MenuCharbroiled Rib Eye SteakEncrusted Baked Potato with side barAsparagus Spears
Howard R. Harris
Senior Warden & NewsLetter Editor
January was a busy month for your Secretary, with all our reports needing completion. Hopefully February will not be as hectic.
Our new slate of officers is hard at work with degree work and practice, preparing for events and putting together a calendar for the upcoming year. Please help them when called upon.
Currently, I am busy dealing with dues coming in and trying to update our Widow’s list, along with finalizing our financial numbers for 2011.
See you at the Lodge!
Respectfully and Fraternally,
Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM
In studying for my Third Degree return, I came across the following explanation of the working tools of an Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason. I thought it was simple and informative. I am sure there are more complex outlines of the working tools of masonry, but sometimes it is good to know the basics. The following is taken from “Symbolical Masonry” by H.L. Haywood.
The Entered Apprentice, who can make only a beginning at the task of shaping the ashlar, needs only the gavel and the gauge; the Fellow Craft, to bring the stone into completeness of size and form, requires the plumb, square and level; the Master Mason’s task is to set the finished stone in its place and bind it there, for which purpose the trowel is his most necessary tool.
Therefore the Master Mason has been given the Trowel as his working tool because it is most symbolic of his function in the great work of Temple Building; when that tool has done its work there is nothing more to do, because the structure stands complete, a united mass, incapable of falling apart. The stones which were many have now, because of the binding power of the cement, become as one.
The stone represents an individual man and the Temple represents the Fraternity as a whole. Then it is evident that the Trowel is the symbol of that which has power to bind men together.
Therefore, we may say that so far as the Fraternity itself is concerned, the trowel and the cement spread by the trowel, is the kindly, pervasive, irresistible spirit and power of Brotherhood. True it is that “Fellowship is heaven; the lack of fellowship is hell.”
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“The cable tow is thus a symbol for the cord or bond of love, which should unite the whole fraternity. Its length or the length of your cable tow is the sacrifice you are willing to make on behalf of your brethren. It is in your heart, not to be measured by miles. It is not gauged by distances, but by the deed. It should correspond to immensity of the monitorial Lodge, and to do so should span the earth, touching wherever there is sorrow or distress. This is only a small part. I hope to have this available on our website in full. Please look for it, as you read our By Laws at www.AFM22.org.”
From Home Page WEB Manager
Here is the calendar for February 2012.
(A copy in Adobe PDF form is here for easy printing and reading) PUT THIS CALENDAR ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR AS A REMINDER.
Wit & Wisdom
“Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way around.”
-- David Lodge
“The obscure takes time to see, but the obvious takes longer."
-- Eddward R. Murrow
“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.”
-- Aldous Huxley
“I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.”
-- Susan Sontag
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point.”
-- C.S. Lewis
“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
-- George Carlin
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Brothers, Happy Birthday to you!
Philip Cahill, Jr.
Whilden (Bill) Nettles III
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Harmony Lodge history, 1756 to 1983.
Update to Harmony Lodge history from 1983 to 2000.
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Masonic information, "What's A Mason?"
Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2012.
January 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.
Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2011.
December 2011 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.
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