Brethren, our Senior Warden, Craig Dopson, just demonstrated that he fully understands how to conduct a Fellowcraft Degree and close the Lodge in due form. This is a big achievement for Brother Dopson, because he was out of the Lodge last year for eight months while his wife underwent treatment for cancer. We are all proud of him. Our Junior Warden, Paul Griffin, just did an outstanding First Degree, also. My point is that the Lodge promises to be in good hands for at least 2011 and into 2012. Our Senior Deacon, Howard Harris, should be relieved of his duties and responsibilities as Newsletter Editor. If he is selected as the Worshipful Master (in 2013), then his duties as Newsletter Editor, Coach, Calligrapher and Worshipful Master may be too much, even for Howard. So, we are starting to look for a Newsletter Editor in this time period. Please consider this.
Please come and take part in our Entered Apprentice Degree on 29 April, our Yard Sale on 1 May, our Mothers Day Dinner on 7 May at 6:30 pm, and a Master Mason Degree on 27 May. Of course, don’t forget our Regular Communication on 13 May. RWB Ricky Smith is scheduled to explain the MSA to us, and answer questions.
From the Northeast
As the summer draws near, I would like to inform the brethren that my wife and I will be taking the month of June for our vacation. The generous salary awarded me by the administration of Harmony Lodge for my services as Senior Deacon and Newsletter Editor will allow the two of us to visit my brother Arthur in Goleta, CA, just west of Santa Barbara and then, following the adventure of a drive across the desert through Reno, NV and perhaps Yosemite National Park, to Idaho Falls, ID, to visit Joan’s brother, Tom.
After returning from our west coast trip, we will hop right back in the car and drive up to Harrisonburg, VA, for a week at our time-share in the mountains with our daughter Margot and grandson Jesse.
Getting to the point of all this sharing, it may be necessary for this newsletter to go dark for June, unless my contributing Worshipful Master and Senior Warden can get their copy to me in time, say, by the third week in May.
April’s newsletter was sent out on April 2. My grandson, Jesse, helped me label the newsletters while I folded them. Then he helped me stick on those little circular seals that hold the papers together on their voyage through the postal system. Without his assistance, it would have taken twice as long to do! Thanks, Jesse!
Even then, the main Post Office only deals with bulk mail between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. April had exactly 200 pieces of mail, so we met the minimum number of items to take advantage of the bulk mail privilege at the least expense, $34.40. Thank you, brethren for sending me your email addresses, all 93 of you!
I am trying to amass a file consisting of all the Freemasons in the Fourth District. If you know of anyone in the district who has an email address, please tell him to send it to me. If you know that you are not on my email list, please send me your email address. I have been told that my newsletter is good enough to share with every-one in the Fourth District, so who am I to disagree? If I get your email address, you get the Harmony Lodge newsletter within seconds! And in color, too! How cool is that?!
As many of you already know, I belong to the Harbormasters, a barbershop harmony group that entertains at many local events. On May 7, the Harbormasters will sing for us at our Mother’s Day dinner. They will arrive a little before 6:30 and entertain us with a few lovely songs appropriate to the holiday. Please come early and enjoy the singing. Barbershop is close-knit, four-part harmony including tenor, lead, baritone and bass. – Ed.
I am also a member of the Low Country Chorale, which will perform at Lady’s Island Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 15 at 7:00 pm. The name of our Spring show is Let Freedom Sing – A Patriotic Tribute, and is dedicated to all our service members who have defended and are still defending our freedoms in wars both past and present. Admission is free and I will be handing out tickets to everyone I meet. Those of you who attended our Christmas concert know you can expect some quality entertainment! – Ed.
Know your lodge officers: [Thanks to Ed Smoak, PGSwdB (ACGL) of Pythagorean Lodge No. 21]
Their Stewards’ Jewel is the Cornucopia. The Cornucopia signifies the “Horn of Plenty.” It is a goat horn filled with the “fruits of your labors” and represents a job well done.
On the night of installation, the Junior Warden shall appoint the two Stewards. They shall, under the direction of the Junior Warden, prepare and superintend the banquet in the hours of refreshment. They shall also be entrusted with the preparation of candidates and the examination of visitors. They are to have charge, under the direct order of the Worshipful Master, of the furniture, jewels, and other property of the lodge. Under the superintendence of the Junior Warden, they are to provide light, fuel and refreshments for the comfort of the brethren. They are to have special care to cleanliness in the hall and anterooms. (Ahiman Rezon, 2007)
The Stewards are often tasked with understudying the Deacons to fill those positions in the absence of the Deacons.
Both Stewards carry rods, atop which are the jewels of their offices. The rods represent England’s Lord High Steward’s rod in the House of Lords.
The use of Stewards in a Masonic Lodge dates back to the Goose and Gridiron in London in 1728 to assist the wardens with the arrangement and management of the feast.
I recently had occasion to visit Signature Gallery of Savannah on the promenade. They exhibit some fine craftsmanship in many media, but my eyes were particularly drawn to a display of liquid-ball pens crafted by John Diamond of Hilton Head. Mr. Diamond uses woods of various species to turn out some lovely pens!
I communicated with Mr. Diamond and discovered that, among the species of wood he uses, Acacia was not to be found. I searched the web and discovered a source of Acacia. I let him know. He is now ordering some pen blanks from this source and will be fashioning a small number of these pens for retail distribution at Signature Gallery of Savannah.
This seems to be a good beginning. I have ordered a couple of these pens and urge you to visit Signature Gallery in the near future. I’ll try to find out exactly when* Mr. Diamond plans to finish his run of pens and let you know. The pens will cost $30 plus tax.
*Mr. Diamond has informed me (4/19/10) that he will have some pens ready by around the last week of May.
If you wish to order a pen directly from Mr. Diamond, his price is $33, including shipping and handling. His address is:
John Diamond, Woodturner
16 Kings Tree Road
Hilton Head, SC 29928
Howard R Harris
Senior Deacon & Newsletter Editor
A Contribution from Sonny Gay
Who Would Not Be A Mason?
By Charles F. Forshaw
Who would not be a Mason, and wear the apron white?
And feel the bonds of friendship the rich and poor unite?
To know Masonic virtues, to do Masonic deeds?
And sympathetic, minister unto a Brother’s needs?
Who would not be a Mason, and join the brethren true?
To see our noble teachings their glorious work pursue?
To feel a bond Fraternal is theirs where’ere they go?
And find a hearty welcome as they journey to and fro?
Who would not be a Mason, a craftsman just and fair?
To meet upon the Level, and part upon the Square?
To hear the voice of Charity, where’ere our Lodges be?
And to know our Grips and Passwords, and share in all our glee?
Who would not be a Mason, to labor, day by day?
And laboring, try to lessen the thorns upon life’s way?
To help to form a column, all perfect and complete?
Fit for building that great Temple, wherein we hope to meet?
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