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

Depot Road

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

(843)524-6697


Second Thursday each Month Supper 6:30 Meeting 7:30
Newsletter Editor: Howard R. Harris - E-Mail: howardharris@hargray.com


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Harmony Lodge 22 Newsletter

Editor
Howard R Harris

Volume
No. XI

Issue
No. 1

A.D. 2014
January
A.L. 6014


 

Christian Sherbert, WM
1200 Brotherhood Way
Beaufort, SC 29902

843-
575-5667

Please contact your Lodge Secretary
to determine your dues and membership status.

Paul S. Griffin, Secty,

One Cotton Court
Beaufort, SC 29907
843-524-8792


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Brethren,

Happy New Year and Greetings to all our Harmony Brothers. Let's all hope for another prosperous year in 2014 just like we had in 2013 under the leadership of Worshipful Mast Howard Harris. Thank you Howard and all the Officers for their work in the Lodge in 2013.

On December 12th an Open Installation of the following officers was held:

Worship Master, Christian Sherbert                        Senior Warden, David Spears (PM)

Junior Warden, Howell Youmans (PM)                   Senior Deacon, Howard R. Harris (PM)  

Junior Deacon, Jim Outlaw                                           Steward, Clint Holmes

Chaplain, Scott Robinson (PM)                                   Secretary, Paul S. Griffin (PM)

Treasurer, Chuck Weickhardt (PDDGM)

The installation was Conducted by Robert Pinkston (PGM of SC) and Marshaled by Johnny Harvey (PM) and coordinated by Howard R. Harris (PM). A special thank you to all those who participated and to those who accepted positions as officers in Harmony Lodge for 2014. It should be noted that Johnny Harvey exchanged his office as Treasurer with Chuck Weickhardt (PDDGM). Brother Harvey has served Harmony Lodge as its Secretary for 22 years and I speak for the Craft when I say that he will be sorely missed in that capacity.

On December 19th. Entered Apprentice William Ballard was passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft with WM Elect Christian Sherbert presiding. PDDGM Joseph Giunta provided the lectures and Broth Jeff Light, Secretary of Port Royal Loge No. 242 substituted for our own Secretary, Johnny Harvey.

"Night on the Town" on December 6th was another success for Harmony Lodge. The Brothers served BBQ sandwiches, drinks, and chips and made over $500 for the Lodge treasury. A special thanks to Jonny Harvey for his efforts in organizing the logistics along with Charlie Spears (PM), Howell Youmans (PM), Sam "Copper Penny" Baker, and Ken Clapper who all helped in preparing for the event. As someone who prepares food for our Lodge, I can say this event would not be possible if it were not for the efforts of Rusty Hollingsworth. Not only does he prepare and cook all the food, he serves on the night of the event and helps with the cleanup. It does not go unnoticed that well over half the people who purchase BBQ from our booth are associated of Rusty and come for the sole purpose of buying this BBQ. Thank you Rusty!

I am looking forward to serving the Lodge as the Worshipful Master in 2014 and cannot put into words how much this means to me. I consider it an honor and a privilege that the people I respect so much have entrusted this responsibility to me. I hope to see you all at our next Regular Communication on Thursday, January 9th. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and the Meeting starts at 7:30.

Fraternally,

Christian Sherbert

Worshipful Master

Brothers:


Brethren,

Why do we walk around the Altar so much in the degrees?

Circumambulation is walking around a central point. In Masonic initiations it is always clockwise from East to West by way of South. Like so many symbols, the ritualistic explanation does not explain, except with the most elementary reasons. During this part of a degree, members of a lodge observe that a candidate is properly prepared, but circumambulation is far older than initiations. To primitive man, the sun God, The sun traveled from East to West by way of the South. Hence early many circled his stone altar on which was his imitations of the sun - fire - from East to West by way of the South, in humble imitation of the god in the sky.

Circumambulation is one of many concealed symbols of a Great Architect.

In those rituals in which in a certain part of the Master's Degree the circumambulation is in the reverse direction, Freemasonry imitates the ancient ceremony signifying death.

[One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry. The masonic Service Association, 2003]

Fraternally,

Howard R. Harris

Senior Decon & Newsletter Editor


Wit & Wisdom

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”

-- Benjamin Franklin

“The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity: An optimist see the opportunity in every difficulty.”

-- Sir Winston Churchill

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity, It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”

-- William Faulkner

“Man needs more to be reminded than instructed.”

-- Samuel Johnson

“All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness."

-- Tennessee Williams

“Life is the garment we continually alter, but which never seems to fit.”

-- Poet David McCord

"It is a fact of life that any discourse, on any subject, whatever the occasion and whatever the status of the speaker, will always please if it is five minutes shorter than people expect.”

-- Paul Johnson




Brethren,

“Grand Master's Powers”

No presiding officer, president or chairman of any secular body possesses the powers of a Grand Master. But it is a mistake to consider this high office as altogether without limitations. In the fifty Grand Jurisdictions the powers of the Grand East widely differ, albeit all have certain powers in common. All Grand Masters preside over their Grand Lodges; all can preside over any particular Lodge; all can call Special Communications; all can issue certain dispensations; all can affect charters of Lodges for cause. But in details the powers of the Grand East differ almost as much as their longitudes.

In nineteen Jurisdictions, no one in Grand lodge may question a Grand Master's ruling; what he decides is final. In twenty-two Grand Jurisdictions an appeal from a Grand Master's decision may be made to Grand lodge. In others the question is undecided, because it has never been tried.

Grand Masters have certain suspending powers; in many Grand Jurisdictions these are strictly defined. Twelve Grand Jurisdictions specifically state that the Grand Master may suspend any Master of a particular Lodge; Three permit him to suspend the Master and Wardens; three, any elective Lodge office, four, any Lodge officer. In all these the Grand Master must report to Grand Ledge, which passes finally on the matter. In certain Grand Lodges which do not badge the Grand Master with any limiting definitions of power, he may suspend a Master but it is by common consent, a brief that this is inherent in the powers of the office, not given by written law.

Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Road Island give the Grand Master the power to suspend any brother from Masonry. Tennessee expressly forbids the Grand Master to suspend a brother without trial and sentence. In the five Jurisdictions in which the Grand Master has this autocratic power over the individual, the suspension is reviewable by Grand Lodge at the next Stated Communication. It is probable that his power might be used in at least three more Jurisdictions, without authority of special enactment, merely because of the broad general powers conferred in the Constitution, or the silence of that document on any answers.

Can a Grand Master be tried? Most Grand Jurisdictions are silent on the subject, but a few have provided that he may; thus, in South Carina, any Lodge may impeach the Grand Master on the expiration of his term of office; he is then tried by the Grand Lodge, in which a two-thirds majority may convict and pass sustenance - what, if not stated. In Texas the "grand Master may be suspended from office by this Grand Lodge, for sufficient cause, after due notice and hearing." Connecticut states that the Grand Master is exempted "from trial during his term of office and afterwards, for any official act as Grand Master."

Limitations of powers of Grand Masters in various Jurisdictions are at times confusingly contradictory. North Carolina states: "The Grand Master is the creature of the Grand Lodge, deriving all his authority from that body..." Kansas states: "The Grand Master is not the creature of the Grand Lodge, the office existed before the organization of Grand Lodges."

In Virginia and the Constitution of Delaware, the Grand Master's powers are not defined or limited: in Pennsylvania a Grand Master's edicts become law. All Grand Jurisdictions regard the Grand Master as the ruler of the whole Craft, as well as the Grand Lodge; a Lodge or a brother who questions the authority of a Grand Master is so infrequent as to be remarked. Lodging great power in the hands of the Grand Master seems to grow occupants of the Grand East who measure up to their responsibilities. Few, indeed, are the Grand Masters who rule in an autocratic manner. Other organizations find it essential to fence presiding officers with rules, laws, reviews, checks, balances - making them more servants than masters. In Grand Lodges the Grand Master is to all intents and purposes as much master as is the Worshipful Master of his Lodge master in that organization. All of which is fin e tribute to the gentle teachings of Freemasonry, which has so much more of "Thou shalt" than "Thou shalt not" in her philosophy!

... And Give Them Proper Instruction" The Masonic Service Association, February, 1988

Fraternally,

David Spears

Senior Warden


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Dear Brethern,

Here is the calendar for January 2014.
(A copy in Adobe PDF form is here for easy printing and reading) Put this calendar on your refrigerator as a reminder.



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

01.02

Harry Carroll Matthews III

01.15

Billy Frank Johnson, Jr.

01.05

Richard Eugene Roper

01.17

Robert Bruce Thompson

01.06

Royce Conard Chavis

01.22

Roger D. Kinzer

01.10

Charles Lynn Pochie

01.24

Robert Van Pinkston, Sr.

01.11

Matthew Eric Simpson

01.25

Lewis Hicks Wright

01.13

Phillip Randolph Caulder

01.27

Robert Rudolph Cooper, Jr.

01.14

Jamie Xavier Martinez

01.31

Ronald Robert Nelson





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South Carolina Grand Lodge Official Web Site.

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Harmony Lodge history, 1756 to 1983.

Update to Harmony Lodge history from 1983 to 2000.

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2013.

December 2013 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

November 2013 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

October 2013 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

September 2013 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2012.

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October 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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July 2012 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.(Undergoing maintenance.)

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2009

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Dear Brethren,

Harmony Lodge By-Laws "are under construction" and are formated for WEB page presentation only. For an EXACT copy as published and approved by the Grand Lodge, please read the "By-Laws" in Adobe PDF format that you can print from the following link:

Here is the exact By-Laws in .PDF format.
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