I just returned home from our first 3rd Degree of the year. On this beautiful spring-like Saturday morning, we had 28 attendees, which I thought was great for so early in the morning. Among the Brothers who enjoyed a breakfast of shrimp and grits were two Past District Deputy Grand Masters and Brother Grayson Mayfield, the present District Deputy Grand Master. I want to thank each of you for your attendance and wish more Brothers would join us in our endeavors.
Please join me in extending a heartfelt Masonic Welcome to our new Brothers: Anthony Key, Birger Rasmussen and Miguel Suarez. The Degree Team did a great job. As for myself, I realize I need a lot more practice on introductions. I’d like to extend a special Thank You to Brothers Clayton Cooler and Terrell Altman for their participation. They did excellent jobs, as always.
We celebrated our 3rd Annual Valentine’s Day with our lovely wives and friends on February 12. The turn-out was very good. Brother Christian Sherbert and his wife Liz created a wonderful dinner that was greatly enjoyed. I hope that we can continue this tradition of honoring those special women in our lives.
Over the next several weeks, we hope to make some physical changes to Harmony Lodge. Our plans are to provide a handicap-accessible ramp so more of our Brothers and loved ones may enter the Lodge more conveniently. We will need some help with this project. Please call and let me know if you can assist us.
Thank you once again for your support of me and our officers. We are only as strong as our members.
January and February went by so fast, what with all the end-of-year reports, etc. Our Annual Report is correct and has been submitted. The final numbers were a bit lower than previously reported due to a mistake on my part in counting a courtesy degree and two ballots for advancement. Thus, we finished the year with 179 members as opposed to the 182 as I originally reported. Our Annual Report includes a list of every member, every Past Master in good standing, 40-year life members, every degree on every candidate, demits, reinstate-ments, expulsions, affiliations and deaths, etc. As you can imagine, this is sometimes a laborious task, but it must be precise. Checking and re-checking to make sure the lists are correct is tedious work. The Annual Report must be correct and submitted prior to February 1 of each year.
Next is the Annual Audit which must be completed and reported to the Lodge at the February Regular Communication and then submitted to Grand Lodge prior to April 1 of each year. The Secretary’s and Treasurer’s books are reviewed by the Audit Committee along with the report form for the Grand Lodge, signed and submitted. A copy is presented to the Worshipful Master for the year being reported, one copy retained for the Lodge and one copy sent to Grand Lodge.
We then submit a statement to the IRS; typically this is done electronically and reports that our income amounts are less than the required amounts for filing. This year, however, we exceeded the amount and must submit a completed Form 990 to the IRS. So, as you can imagine, your Secretary has been busy with reports and gathering the appropriate documentation for each of the reports and forms to be submitted.
Respectfully and Fraternally,
Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM
Freemasonry is alive and well at our own Harmony Lodge, as well as in the Lowcountry!
At Harmony, petitions are being acted upon and several fine men are being instructed in the work by dependable coaches. We anticipate degree work to be scheduled in the coming weeks.
The Lowcountry Masters and Wardens Club met recently at Mount Moriah in Yemassee and was well-attended. New officers for 2011 were elected and a college scholarship was awarded. We also practiced for the upcoming Lodge of Sorrow scheduled for March. Additionally, the District’s Instructional Meeting was recently held at American Lodge in Ridgeland. It too was well-attended. Worshipful Brother Henry Garbade from American Lodge led the instruction for the Wardens and was both informative and helpful. It was also a pleasure to meet the Grand Master of South Carolina who was in attendance and gave us all words of encouragement and appreciation.
As you can see, good things are happening at your lodge; please come and join us at the next communication!
The South Carolina Masonic Research Society will hold its First Annual Banquet and Symposium on April 22, 2011, at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mt. Pleasant, SC, at 7:00 pm with keynote speaker Brother Michael Halleran, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature; Freemasonry in the American Civil War. Tickets are $25.00 per person. For more information, see the website at http://www.scmrs.org/banquet.html or contact the Second Vice President, Brother Joshua M. Bowers, at 843-599-5219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 27th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge A.F.M. of South Carolina will be held April 28-29, 2011 in the Embassy Suites Greenville, 670 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville, SC 29607. Hotel phone number is 864-676-9090.
The Religious Service will commence at 9:00 a.m. conducted by The Reverend Jerry L. Phillips, Grand Chaplain.
The Grand Lodge will be officially opened at 10:00 a.m. by the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Barry A. Rickman, assisted by the other Grand Lodge Officers and Brethren.
The Annual Banquet will be held Thursday night, April 28, at 700 p.m. at the Embassy Suites. Tickets are $40.00 each.
For your Masonic Enlightenment, here is a contribution by Millard Morgan, PM, Port Royal Lodge 242:
Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many important decisions regarding our nation’s history than any of the 42 Presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.
The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.
When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an ‘allowance’ and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.
After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was no Secret Service following them.
When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”
Later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”
As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.
Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.
Harry Truman observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!”
Initiated: February 9, 1909, Belton Lodge No. 450, Belton, Missouri. In 1911, several Members of Belton Lodge separated to establish Grandview Lodge No. 618, Grandview, Missouri, and Brother Truman served as its first Worshipful Master. At the Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, September 24-25, 1940, Brother Truman was elected (by a landslide) the ninety-seventh Grand Master of Masons of Missouri, and served until October 1, 1941. Brother and President Truman was made a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, and Honorary Member, Supreme Council on October 19, 1945 at the Supreme Council A.A.S.R. Southern Jurisdiction Headquarters in Washington D.C., upon which occasion he served as Exemplar (Representative) for his Class. He was also elected an Honorary Grand Master of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay. On May 18, 1959, Brother and Former President Truman was presented with a fifty-year award, the only U.S. President to reach that golden anniversary in Freemasonry.
Note: In general, due to the publication date of your Harmony Lodge Newsletter (Trestle Board), it is often impossible to know when upcoming events are to be scheduled. Therefore, you can expect to receive special post cards announcing such events which do not otherwise appear on your Newsletter Calendar. I just thought I would mention this perfectly obvious fact.
I know I speak for all the Brethren when I express my own personal gratitude and appreciation for the yeoman efforts of our Lodge Secretary. If it were not for his report, herein published (thank you, Kevin!), we could not hope to understand his behind-the-scenes undertakings nor his all-too-frequently unsung devotion to duty!
Howard R. Harris
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Wit & Wisdom
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-- Ingmar Bergman
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-- Albert Einstein
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-- Mortimer Adler
“Do not be too moral. You cheat yourself out of much life so. Be not simply good, be good for something.”
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