Summer will soon be here, even though the last few weeks have felt like the Fall. The grandchildren will soon be out of school and then the visits begin with a lot of joy mixed with a small amount of agony. For those of you who are making vacation plans for the summer, I pray you have safe travels.
We had a wonderful Mother’s Day Dinner -- the third year for this event. Everyone enjoyed an evening of good food and good friends. Thank you to my wife Darlene and to Sandy Spears for the decorations and setting up the tables. Thank you also to Christian Sherbert for the great food and to his children who kept him entertained while he did the cooking. We had about 50 guests and all the ladies received a nice gift of flowers to take home with them. I hope we continue this fine tradition of honoring those special ladies in our lives.
We held a Fellow Craft Degree in May for Cody Holloman and Michael Liberty. On June 2, we plan to raise these good men to the degree of Master Mason. I hope we have a great number of our Brothers attending to see that this matter is done properly and to join me in welcoming them into our Lodge.
I have one other thing I’d like to share with you this month. I received a phone call from our Most Worshipful Grand Master, Jay Adam Pearson, a few weeks ago. He called to discuss a few private matters with me, but he also called to discuss our newsletter. He had read our newsletter and he wanted me to know that he greatly enjoyed it and he wanted to commend our Editor on the fine content and presentation. Thank you, Howard Harris from our Most Worshipful Grand Master, from me and from everyone in our Lodge. Your hard work and dedication to our Newsletter is truly outstanding.
On June 18, starting at 8:00 am and ending at noon, Harmony Lodge will be hosting a garage/yard/shed/tent sale (no tent, however, :0) ). Please bring donations to the Lodge over the next few weeks and put them in the shed by calling your Worshipful Master, your Junior Warden, Howard Harris, your Senior Warden, Paul Griffin or Lawrence Laughlin and someone will meet you with the key. There will be hotdogs, chips and drinks for sale. All proceeds will go toward kitchen supplies, repairs and upkeep. The Eastern Star is holding a craft festival at the same time. Some of their proceeds will go to the charity of their choice.
Please remember those who endured the wrath of the tornadoes in Alabama and Mississippi. Keep them in your daily devotions, as well as our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who place themselves in harm’s way for our sakes. I hope everyone has a great summer and remembers our guardians, past and present, on Memorial Day.
As I have progressed through the chairs here at Harmony, I have encountered and used terms whose meanings are interesting yet obscure to me. I have found a book entitled Masonic Vocabulary, published by the Masonic Service Association, to be helpful and enlightening with its explanations of many words that we frequently hear and use.
The word just is derived from the Latin word jus meaning law. One of its modern usages is that it means legally valid, legitimate, true, correct, accurate. Thus, a Masonic Lodge is just when it possesses and has in use the three Great Lights, a charter or warrant, and the required number of brethren to open and conduct lodge affairs. In this context it has nothing to do with the justice of a judge or court of law.
I have been busy with preparing and submitting the appropriate IRS Tax reports for 2010. This is the first time we have been required to file a full form, and it took some time to research and answer the accountant’s questions. I am happy to report the return was filed on time. Previously, we were required to file by electronic postcard.
I have also been working on tying up some loose ends with candidates, attempting to chase down correct mailing addresses, and the normal operations for the Lodge. We have candidates spread all over the world and keeping up with them is sometimes challenging. From California to Virginia, candidates continue their Masonic Journey through the Courtesy Work of other lodges in other jurisdictions.
I hope to see everyone at our upcoming degree work this month.
Respectfully and Fraternally,
Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM
Thanks to PWM Millard Morgan for the following excerpt from “What is Freemasonry” by W. Bro. George William Speth, March 25, 1893.
Why We Meet:
We meet for the purpose of admitting members to our fellowship, to instruct them in the lessons and principles of Masonry and to strengthen each other in adherence thereto. We meet to hand down to succeeding generations the knowledge and practice of certain ceremonies, which we have ourselves inherited from our Masonic ancestors, and the analogues of which can be traced in the remotest antiquity. Lastly we meet to practice our three grand principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Bro. George W Speth
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Wit & Wisdom
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who things he’s wrong.”
-- Charles Wadsworth
“There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.”
-- George Bernard Shaw
“In youth we run into difficulties. In old age, difficulties run into us.”
-- Beverly Sills
“There are two kinds of travel: first class and with children.”
-- Julian Barnes
“Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.”
-- Benjamin Disraeli
“The less we know, the longer our explanations.”
-- Ezra Pound
“What the public wants is not passion but the appearance of passion.”
-- Roland Barthes
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Brothers, Happy Birthday to you!
Lamar Bethea, Jr.
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