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

Depot Road

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


Second Thursday each Month Supper 6:30 Meeting 7:30
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Paul S. Griffin, WM
One Cotton Court
Beaufort, SC 29907


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Kevin U. Ennis,
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Trestleboard NewsLetter, June 2012.

Paul S. Griffin, WM

Brethren, ,

This month will mark the midpoint of my term as Master of Harmony Lodge. I must say that so far it has been both a rewarding and a challenging experience, as the activities of this past month illustrate.

It has been very rewarding to see several men commence their Masonic journey on May 3, when Ernest Wade Myers, Rayford Wallace Myers, Jonathan David Radu and David Matthew Panuska were initiated as Entered Apprentices. In his inaugural effort, Brother Christian Sherbert, our Junior Warden, did a commendable job in conferring the first degree on these men. Our Steward, Brother Larry Morales, presented the working tools, WB Sonny Gay, PGS, gave the Apron Lecture in his usual moving manner and RWB Joe Giunta, PDDGM of Port Royal Lodge, lectured the new EAs in his informative style. The work was done very well and the participating brothers are to be commended.

Another rewarding experience occurred on May 24, when Samuel Patrick Keeler was raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. He stood a very good Fellowcraft proficiency, which was conducted by WB Michael Henslee of Mariner Lodge in Charleston. We are grateful to Brother Henslee, who has been providing courtesy instruction to Brother Keeler. The three basemen were RWB Chuck Weickhardt, DDGM, WB Charlie Spears, PM and WB Sonny Gay, PGS. WB Henslee played the Wayfaring Man and the three Fellowcrafts were RWB Ricky Smith, PDDGM, WB Joe Nix, PM and RWB Terrell Altman, PDDGM. WB Wayne Holsopple, PM, substituted as the Steward and RWB Joe Giunta once again presented the lecture. WB Johnny Harvey, PM, had the honor of raising Brother Keeler. It was practically a Past Masters degree with so many PMs participating and their willingness to be involved is greatly appreciated.

It was a challenge to perform the work that evening because we are still without the benefit of air-conditioning. I appreciate the perseverance of those present that night, particularly as our clothing became increasingly saturated with perspiration. Despite the adverse conditions, the degree work was well-done. Another challenge is having to bring the electrical wiring for the HVAC units up to code. This was an unexpected snag which will be resolved, albeit at an additional cost and the units will be operational very soon. Toward that end, the capital campaign is progressing nicely. To date, some 33 brothers have contributed $5300 to the HVAC fund. Thanks to all of you who have made a donation! If you have not already done so, please consider joining your brothers and make a contribution. Any amount will make a difference and will be appreciated!

We greatly appreciate the following brothers for their generous financial support of the HVAC capital campaign fund:

James C. Adams

Kevin U. Ennis

Vaughn H. Meese

Samuel T. Baker

Raymond C. Fletcher

H. H. Mills, Jr.

Arthur Gene Bellis

Harold P. Greene

R. Wayne Milner

Hal P. Cahill

John M. Griffin, Jr.

E.W. ‘Bill’ Nettles

Laron H. Cain

Paul S. Griffin

James M. Outlaw

Clayton H. Cooler

Howard R. Harris

William L. Parker

Charlie W. Dempsey

John G. Harvey

Robert V. Pinkston

Emerson G. Dickson

Ray L. Harvey

Birger K. Rasmussen

Craig B. Dopson

Robert B. Hill

Scott W. Robinson

Edward L. Emanuel

John R. Hudson

William B. Ten Eyck

George F. Emminger, Jr.

Billy Frank Johnson, Jr.

J. Howell Youmans

In Peace and harmony,

Paul S. Griffin

Worshipful Master


Why are discussions of politics and religion forbidden in lodge?

The prohibition goes back to the early history of the Fraternity. It is written in the second paragraph of the sixth “Old Charge” (Behavior after the Loge is over and the Brethren not gone); “No private Piques or Quarrels must be brought within the Door of the Lodge, far less any Quarrels about Religion, or Nations, or State policy, we being only, as Masons, of the Catholick Religion above-mentioned; we are also of all Nations, Tongues, Kindreds, and Languages, and are resolved against all Politicks as what never yet conduc’d to the Welfare of the Lodge, nor ever will. This charge has been always strictly enjoin’d and observ’d, but especially since the Reformation in Britain, or the Dissent and Secession of these Nations from the Communion of Rome.”

Freemasons today hold that the Old Charge prohibits lodge discussions of politics in the sense of partisan politics and religion in the sense of sectarian religion. [One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry, The Masonic Service Association, 2003]

Something for Everyone

Advertise your fraternal affiliation proudly! The Harmony Lodge jewelry cabinet is OPEN FOR BUSINESS. From bumper stickers to lapel pins and anything in between, all you have to do is ask your Senior Warden. Cash, check or money order, they’re all good. If you don’t see it, ask and it shall be rendered unto you via catalog order or a quick look in a box or under something else. We have Blue Lodge, Scottish Rite, York Rite and Eastern Star paraphernalia and prices, unfortunately, are reflective of current inflationary spirals.

Brethren, ,

There are many aspects of the ritual for which the candidate can hardly be expected to be prepared, and this is as it should be. Yet, even after the new Master Mason is raised, he can look back upon his recent journey with considerable curiosity and wonder, asking such questions as, “What have I done?” or “What was this all about?” So many new words, so many new concepts, so much to deal with in such a short time!

One of these concepts, which I did not take the time properly to research before publishing it in this news-letter, was to confuse “Free & Accepted Masons” with “Ancient Free Masons,” to wit, this extract from the May 2011 edition:

“The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of South Carolina met in Greenville on Thurs­day and Friday, April 28-29.  After all the formalities were gone through, the one shining star of the event was that our very own Charles Weickhardt has been selected as the new District Deputy Grand Master for District 4.  Congratulations, Charlie!”

Of course, the Grand Master himself noticed this discrepancy and made a call to our Worshipful Master Craig Dopson, who notified me forthwith.  Ignorance is no excuse and I should have known better.  Lesson learned and thinking stimulated, I believe it is time for a new column!

I hereby offer this humble beginning to what I hope will be a continuing effort toward improved under­standing for all masons, but more especially our newly initiated, passed and raised brethren in their ongoing search for more light.


In the three lectures regarding the various working tools of the EA, FC and MM, reference is made to “free and accepted masons,” to wit:  “But we as Free and Accepted Masons are taught to make use of them (it) for (a) more noble and glorious purpose(s),” etc.

1.      Is there a substantive liturgical or historical difference between “free and accepted masons” (F. & A.M.) and “ancient free masons (A.F.M.)?”

2.      If South Carolina masons are A.F.M., why does the Ahiman Rezon refer to “free and accepted masons?”

3.      Is the Ahiman Rezon specifically a South Carolina text or is it more broadly accepted and used in other states?

From Right Worshipful Brother Charles Weickhardt, DDGM, 4th Masonic District of South Carolina, these answers:

1.      AFM is specific only to The Grand Lodge of South Carolina and has been for at least 275 years.  You will take note that this makes our Grand Lodge unique, as other Grand Lodges characterize themselves as Ancient Free & Accepted Masons (A.F. & A.M.) or Free & Accepted Masons (F. & A.M.), etc.

2.      Suggested reading for this answer is A.G. Mackey’s History of Freemasonry in South Carolina.  You will note the Ahiman Rezon was introduced to the Craft in 1737 by a Charter granted from the United Grand Lodge of England.  Research about the Ahiman Rezon is readily available on line.

3.      I suggest canvassing the other 49 grand lodges to find the answer.  My concern is for our Most Worship­ful Grand Lodge.  We operate by the 36th Edition of the Ahiman Rezon with the Code and Constitution.  You will note this was originally prepared by Dr. Frederick Dalcho and revised over the years by the Grand Secretaries.

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It is hardly likely that I will begin a new effort to canvass the remaining 49 grand lodges in these United States; however, it is perhaps a task for future consideration. Many thanks are due to RW Brother Weickhardt for his astute and informative response to my inquiry and for providing further light in Masonry.

If there are brothers out there who are reading this column and are reminded of questions they may have had during their rituals and wish to seek more light by asking those questions, remember that every Master Mason you know is willing, even eager to provide answers. However, if you wish your questions to reach a broader audience, this Senior Warden and Newsletter Editor will be happy to receive them at 843-441-8317 or howardharris@hargray.com


Howard R. Harris

Senior Warden & NewsLetter Editor


It has been a busy April and May for degree work at Harmony Lodge 22 and the Stewards and I have enjoyed the opportunities to participate and be involved. As we all go through Masonry, we perceive more and more regarding our Craft. To that end, I hope you enjoy as well as Master the quiz below.

MASTER MASON QUIZ – 10 Questions

1.  What stage of Life does this degree represent?

A.  Youth

B.  Manhood

C.  Middle Age

D.  Advanced Age


2.  What does the Master Mason degree symbolize?

A.  Culmination of your Masonic career

B.  Man’s domination over man

C.  Victory over death and immortality of the soul

D.  Mortality of the soul


3. What are you reminded of at your reception at the door?

A.  All the lessons of Freemasonry

B.  The tenets of Freemasonry

C.  Your obligation

D.  Your previous degrees


4. What is considered the heart of this Degree?

A.  Entry into the Lodge

B.  The Sprig of Acacia

C.  Placement of Lodge Officers

D.  Your Obligation


5.  What is a clandestine Lodge?

A.  Lodge located in another state

B.  Lodge without its own building

C.  Lodge not in session

D.  Lodge not issued a Charter by a Grand Lodge


6.  What is meant by the term “Dotage”?

A.  Young man who is uninformed

B.  Condition in which you were expected to be found

C.  Diminished state of mind

D.  The loss of membership by the vote of the Lodge


7.  What is a Libertine?

A.  One who believes in Liberty for all

B.  One who acts without moral restraints

C.  A medal worn by Lodge Officers

D.  The sword at the Tiler’s Door


8.  What do Signs, Tokens and Words mean to a Mason?

A.  Methods of recognition

B.  Symbols of Officers’ ranks

C.  The language of Freemasonry

D.  The rewards a Free Mason can expect to receive


9.  Who was Hiram Abif?

A.  King Solomon’s son

B.  A tent designer and builder

C.  King David’s nephew

D.  The Widow’s Son worthy of imitation


10.  What is taught by the use of the Three Ruffians?

A.  Rewards can not be attained by illicit means

B.  Rewards can be attained by illicit means

C.  Good things always come in threes

D.  The three principle stages of life


The 2nd half of the quiz will follow in July.



Christian Sherbert

Junior Warden

Fraternal Greetings Brothers, ,

This Masonic year has been busy for Harmony Lodge with degree work and our Capital Campaign. Attempting to raise the money to pay for the HVAC to be replaced is no easy task; however, our Worshipful Master Paul Griffin has met this challenge head on. We have collected around a quarter of what is needed to replace the HVAC within the last month. The work is being done and we should have more comfortable temperatures in which to meet by the time you receive this newsletter. If you have not contributed to our Capital Campaign please consider doing so.

We have a number of candidates in process at this time and the work being done is very good. Please come out and join us for some of this work or one of our Regular Communications. We can always use a helping hand.

Enjoy the upcoming summer months. See you at the Lodge.


Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM


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Wit & Wisdom

“Affliction is a good man’s shining time.”

-- Poet Edward Young

“Cursing the darkness only delays the dawn.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A good upbringing means not that you won’t spill sauce on the tablecloth, but that you won’t notice it when someone else does.”

-- Anton Chekhov

“You can live to be 100 if you give up all the things that make you want to live that long.”

-- Woody Allen

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-- H.L. Mencken

“The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.”

-- Friedrich Nietzsche

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

06.02 William Lamar Betha, Jr.

06.11 Larry Talmadge Conley

06.04 Robert Burton Hill

06.13 Earnest Franklin Murphy

06.08 James Remsey

06.23 Theodore John Garbera

06.08 William Curtic Smith

06.24 Edward Leeland Emanuel

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2012.

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