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

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


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Harmony Lodge 22 Newsletter

Howard R Harris

No. XI

No. 7-9

A.D. 2014
July - Sept
A.L. 6014


Christian Sherbert, WM
1200 Brotherhood Way
Beaufort, SC 29902


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

Paul S. Griffin, Secty,

One Cotton Court
Beaufort, SC 29907

Your frequent appearance at our regular meetings is earnestly solicited.


It is hard to believe that the first half of 2014 is over. In the first three months of the year Harmony Lodge lost Wayne Bradley Anderson to the Celestial Lodge above and conducted Masonic Rites for Brother Anderson on March 30. Brother Anderson will be missed and his work done for the lodge and Masonry will not be forgotten. To honor our deceased and living Brethren alike, we are working on a Memorial Garden where bricks with the names of Brethren may be purchased. Details of timing, eligibility, and cost will be available by the end of summer 2014. Worshipful Brothers Craig Dopson (chairman), Howard Harris, and Junior Deacon James Outlaw will have their committee report with details at the August regular communication. Please plan on attending this meeting to ask questions, see samples, and review the site plan of the Memorial Garden.

In March we voted in the affirmative for the affiliation of Brother Jeff Light and for the Initiation of Bob Bundy and Mark Stokes. Mr. Bundy and Mr. Stokes became newly made Brethren on May 22nd. Shortly thereafter on May 24th, a Saturday morning event, Brother Bill Ballard was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason and is now an active Brother in Harmony Lodge. Harmony Lodge Brothers portrayed all the parts of our ritual with the exception of the lead Fellow Craft played by Worshipful Brother James Johnston of Mt. Moriah Lodge in Yemassee; and yet another exemplary lecture was delivered by Right Worshipful Brother Joe Giunta of Evergreen Lodge in Hampton.

Please remember our deceased Brethren and their families in your prayers; and welcome our new Brothers with words of encouragement and Masonic mentoring.

We have also had more than our share of infirmed Brethren: Craig B. Dopson, PM, Leonard Wilson, Henry Padgett, PDDGM, Fred G. Horton, PDDGM, Mrs. Jim Outlaw, Mrs. Joe Giunta, Wayne Holsopple, PM, and Mrs. Emerson Dickson.

On April 21st, Mrs. Emma Adams passed away; and on May 22nd, Mrs. Betty Pinkston, wife of Most Worshipful Bobby Pinkston, lost her fight with cancer.

Lastly, my Brothers our attendance has been up all year long and it is exciting to see so many Brethren in Lodge. Your presence and fellowship is the essence of Masonry and it is much appreciated by all of your lodge officers. We are looking forward to seeing you in lodge at our July 10th Regular Communication and be on the lookout for an August or September Fellow Craft degree for Brothers Bundy and Stokes.


Christian Sherbert

Worshipful Master


The Apron

An emblem of innocence and the badge of a Mason; more ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle, more honorable than the Star and Garter or any other order that can be conferred upon you at this or any future period, by king, prince, potentate, or any other person, except he be a Mason.

In these few words Freemasonry expresses the honor she pays to this symbol of the Ancient Craft.

The Order of the Golden Fleece was founded by Philip, Duke of Burgundy, in 1429.

The Roman Eagle was Rome’s symbol of ensign of power and might a hundred years before Christ

The Order of the Star was created by John II of France in the middle of the Fourteenth Century.

The Order of the Garter was founded by Edward III of England in 1349 for himself and twenty-five Knights of the Garter.

Mackey believed color and material to be of paramount importance, and inveighed as vigorously as his gentle spirit would permit against decorations, tassels, paintings, embroideries, etc. Most Grand Lodges follow the great authority as far as the Craft is concerned, but relax strict requirements as to size, shape, color and material for Lodge officers, and Grand Lodge officers.

It is a far cry from the “lambskin or white leather apron” of the Entered Apprentice, to such an eye-filling garment as is worn by the Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts and New York – an apron so heavily encrusted with gold leaf, gold lace, gold thread, etc., that the garment must be worn on a belt, carried flat in a case and weighs about ten pounds.

Many Lodges clothe their officers in embroidered and decorated aprons. The Past Master’s apron, bearing a pair of compasses on the arc of a quadrant, may be found at all prices in any Masonic regalia catalogue.

The Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia is the only Grand Lodge in the United States the officers of which wear pure white lambskin aprons, edged in white silk, with no gold silver, or other colored embroidery, tassels or emblems. The use of the apron is very old – far older than as a garment to protect the clothing of the operative craftsman, or to provide him with a convenient receptacle in which to keep his tools.

Girdles, or aprons, were part of the clothing of the priests of Israel. Candidates for the mysteries of Mithras in Persia were invested with aprons. The ancient Japanese used aprons in religious worship.

Words grow and change in meaning with the years; a familiar example is the word “profane” which Masons use in its ancient sense, meaning “one not initiated” or “one outside the Temple.” In common usage, profane now means blasphemous. So has the word “innocence” changed in meaning. Originally it connoted “to do no hurt.” Now it means lack of knowledge of evil – as an “innocent child”; the presence of virginity – as an “innocent girl”; also, the state of being free from guilt of any act contrary to law, human or divine.

“An emblem of innocence” is not, Masonically, “an emblem of ignorance.” Rather do we use the original meaning of the word, and make of the apron an emblem of one who does no injury to others. This symbolism is carried out both by color and material; white has always been the color of purity, and the lamb has always been a symbol of harmlessness and gentleness.

Truly he has been a real Mason, in the best sense of that great word, who has worn his lambskin apron during his manhood “with pleasure to himself, and honor to the Fraternity.”

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


David Spears, PM

Senior Warden


Why is a Master addressed as “Worshipful”?

Few Masonic matters are less understood by the non-Masonic public than this. The word “worchyppe” or “worchyp” is Old English, and means “greatly respected.” In the Wycliffe Bible “Honor thy father and thy mother” appears as “Worchyp thy fadir and thy modir.” English and Canadian mayors are still addressed, “Your Worship.” In some of the Old Constitutions of Masonry is the phrase, “Every Mason shall prefer his elder and put him to worship.”

“Worshipful,” therefore, in modern Masonry continues an ancient word meaning “greatly respected.” A Grand Master is “Most Worshipful,” that is, “Most greatly respected” (except in Pennsylvania, where the Grand Master is “Right Worshipful,” as are Pennsylvania’s and Texas’ Past Grand Masters).

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


Howard R. Harris, PM

Senior Deacon & Newsletter Editor

In Freemasonry, as in all other areas of life, women play an important role. The opportunities for women to participate in Freemasonry are widespread and meet a variety of needs, from social interaction in the Orders for both men and women, to the unique needs met in the “women only” Masonic-related organizations. The moral and ethical values that Freemasonry encourages are universal and not gender-based.

Masonic Lodges maintain today a long-standing tradition of restricting membership in Freemasonry to men. This tradition is based on the historical all male membership of stonemasons guilds. During the Middle Ages, men traveled far from home and lived in lodges while constructing great cathedrals throughout Europe.

However, in the middle 1800s the fraternity took the progressive step, for that time, of creating organizations that included women, so that men and women could share Masonic fraternalism. The Order of the Eastern Star (the largest of these Masonic-related groups) was established in 1855, the Order of the Amaranth in 1873, and the White Shrine of Jerusalem in 1894.

Two national Masonic-related youth organizations are for young women: the International Order of Job’s Daughters, founded in 1920, and the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, founded in 1922. Rainbow and Job’s Daughters are involved with local charities, community services and educational programs.

Other Masonic-related organizations limit their membership to women only, such as the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Daughters of the Nile, the Daughters of Mokanna and the Social Order of Beauceant. These Masonic-related organizations, like many organizations in North America, both social and professional, base their membership on gender. Junior League, P.E.O., National Association of Female Executives and Girl Scouts, for instance, are organizations created exclusively for women, established to fulfill their unique interests and specific needs.

Brethren, Note: Your newsletter editor (WM) needs your correct/updated email address; also your birthday (MM/DD). Please call him or send it to him at 843-441-8317(cell) or jabberwocky1943@gmail.com.

ALSO: Harmony Lodge is in need of a cook. Please call or email your Worshipful Master to step up to the plate and fill this important position.

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Dear Brethern,

Here is the calendar for July - September 2014.
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Wit & Wisdom

“You can always count on the U.S. to do the right thing – once it has exhausted the alternatives.”

-- Winston Churchill

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."

-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

-- George Orwell

“It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.”

-- Actor Peter Ustinov

“Peace on earth would mean the end of civilization as we know it.”

-- Joseph Heller

“Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”

-- Arthur Miller

“You only need two tools in life, WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn’t move and does, use the duct tape.”

-- Anonymouse

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


John Howard Hogue


Cody Ryan Leake


Martin Len Thomas


Robin Bicker Rigg


Richard Brian Bruce


Craig Poff


Clint Daniel Holmes


William Thomas Pridgen


William Biddle Ten Eyck


Anthony Epperson


Charles Anthony Bush


Lavon Hair


Charles Gary Spears


Delmer “Rusty” Hollingsworth


Denver Gerald Gulledge Jr.


Tony Angelo Proctor


Henry C. Chambers


Stephen Paul Prince


Homer Kelly Stewart Jr.


James Charles Adams


Robert Dysart Cathey II


Gregory Lee Bash


Paul Spivey Griffin


Hartford Franklin Capps


Arthur Gene Bellis


Vaughn Howard Meese


Laurence Edward Laughlin


John Randolph Hudson


D. Henry Garbade Jr.


Herlan Cardenas


Michael Brice Spade


George Frank Emminger


Tyler Andrew Melnick


Earnest Jackson Kirkland Jr.


Michael Grier O’Neill


James M. Outlaw


Donald Martin


Gregory Thomas Bell


Birger Kristian Rasmussen II


Eugene Fairey Duncan


Richard Milton Reese


Aaron Edward Fleming


Ray Lee Harvey


John James Harter III


Gerald Sauls


Robert Leroy Buckley

Events of Masonic Interest in the Fourth Masonic District

Each year, the Low Country Masters and Wardens Club of the Fourth Masonic District awards a scholarship to a deserving student who is starting his or her college education. The award may be used to pay tuition or anything else related to the recipient’s educational pursuits. The Scholarship is awarded to students who are related to masons in the Fourth Masonic District. They are chosen on the basis of scholastic achievement.

For 2014, the Scholarship has been awarded to Wade Hampton High School’s Ms. Abbey Renee Harrison. Ms. Harrison is to start College in the Fall to pursue the Nursing Degree Program at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina.

As a courtesy reminder, please know that according to the law of our Grand Lodge, dues for 2014 are due and payable in advance by December 31, 2013. If this deadline has slipped your mind, then won’t you please take care of your financial obligation by remitting $65.25 to your Lodge? Checks can be made payable to Harmony #22 and mailed to the Lodge address at P.O. Box 22, Beaufort, SC 29901-0022. If you have any questions about your status, please contact me and I will be happy to assist you. My home phone number is 843-524-8792 or better yet, my email address is E-mail: griffinpauls@gmail.com.


Paul S. Griffin, PM


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