My Brothers, this month I choose not to tell you of what is coming up, or how good we are doing. I would like to remind you of why we are Masons. At Grand Lodge this year, I had a low blood sugar problem within 15 of opening ceremony’s start. Within the next 15 minutes, I was learning first hand why we become Masons and stay Masons.
My low blood sugar was much different, with taking insulin for Diabetes Type II. More severe than anything I had experienced before very severe. Help and concern from fellow Masons was abundant. Two Brothers drove me to the hospital and stayed with me for 4˝ hours; then drove me back to Grand Lodge. Two offered to drive me to my house in Beaufort, right then. Forget Grand Lodge.
Each Mason whom I have met since then and who knows of this has spent time with me, expressing his concern for my health. This concern is very humbling, especially when coupled with the willingness of each Mason when asked to help with our Degree Work. I feel honored to walk among and with such good men, and Masons. Thank you for this honor. This includes each Mason since day one.
From the West
May has been a very busy month for Harmony. Mother’s Day, the yard sale and degree work have kept us on our toes. For those who missed it, the yard sale was a great success. Our ladies made over $900. They intend to purchase dishes, glasses and a microwave for our kitchen. Thank you to them and their support to us and our Lodge.
We had about 60 people for our Mother’s Day dinner. The food was well received and each lady left with a china cup filled with baby roses as a small gift from Harmony.
Belated congratulations to Matthew and Patty Jordan on their newest addition to our Masonic family. Their baby girl, Freya, was born in April.
June looks to be just as busy as the month of May. We have a lot of candidates for degree work. During this period of summer vacations, family reunions and relaxation please remember our troops in your daily prayers. Without them, we would not be able to worship as we please nor enjoy this beautiful country of ours during our summer travels.
From the Secretary's Desk
I am pleased to announce that the Hermitage Road Property sale is complete. We grossed just over $57,500. After the expenses we incurred with the property, I am estimating a net gain of around $30-35,000. I am waiting on the final figure from Brother Treasurer, John G. Harvey, PM.
My report to the lodge for June will be an update as to our membership and will look very much like the following:
We do have Master Mason Degree work scheduled for May 27, so we should show a slightly larger increase than indicated above, so long as we show no decrease more than what is presented.
For those of you who have access to the Internet, I encourage you to read the blog by Grayson Mayfield, DDGM http://www.palmettomason.blogspot.com concerning “The Lifecycles and Personalities of Lodges” as well as “Dues vs. Fundraisers” by our Grand Master Barry A. Rickman. I think you will find them interesting and thought provoking.
I am pleased to serve as your Secretary and to be able to present you with such positive news about our lodge.
Respectfully and Fraternally,
Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM
From the Northeast
It has occurred to me that my birthday lists are over two years old and I may not have current information, especially on our more recent brothers. I try to keep an updated listing, but nobody’s perfect; therefore, I am doomed to fail. So, if you have noticed that your birthday (month/day) is not included at the end of the newsletter, please remind me by sending me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or giving me a call: 843-524-0981 (home) or 843-441-8317 (cell). Thank you.
“Flattering as it may be to the human mind, and truly honorable as it is to receive from our fellow citizens testimonies of approbation for exertions to promote the public welfare, it is not less pleasing to know that the milder virtues of the heart are highly respected by a Society whose liberal principles must be founded in the immutable laws of truth and justice. To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the Fraternity, as well as those publications that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the great object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.” George Washington
Howard R Harris
Senior Deacon & Newsletter Editor
contribution from PM Millard J. Morgan:
By Rudyard Kipling