Brethren, it must be getting close to the end of the year, for time has concentrated our efforts to do many things during October with little relief in sight.
October 4 was practice for the Entered Apprentice Degree. October 5 was our Order of the Eastern Star meeting, followed by the October 6 meeting to hear our Entered Apprentice candidate’s proficiency. Then we held the Entered Apprentice Degree work on October 7. As your Worshipful Master, of course, I conducted this work myself.
October 9 found us eating shrimp and grits at sunrise in Pritchardville, prepared by Craig Dopson and Howard Harris. Somehow, eating at sunrise, greatly enhances the flavor. It could also have been the company we enjoyed with breakfast, or both. After breakfast, we cut, cleaned and organized the area for the Masters & Wardens Outdoor Degree on the following Saturday. On October 11, we finalized the outdoor degree details at the Masters & Wardens meeting in Yemassee at Mt. Moriah Lodge. On October 14, we tested our Master Mason Candidate by opening the lodge at 6:00 pm, on the Fellow Craft Degree. Then we went to refreshment for supper and fellowship time, followed by our Regular Monthly Communication.
October 16 was a beautiful day, as we prepared for and preformed the Outdoor Master Mason Degree at the Huggins Farm in Pritchardville, SC. Three fine young men were raised this day, all in good fashion. The work was preformed by a conglomerate of Master Masons from the 4th Masonic District, each brother doing an excellent job and all representing one combined lodge.
Did I mention Lunch? With special pecan pie as desert, the lowcountry boil, fried whiting, onion rings and hushpuppies were a wonderful treat! Our lady visitors enjoyed bingo while the degree was being preformed.
October 18 found us back at the lodge practicing for the Fellow Craft Degree conducted on October 21. Craig Dopson was acting Master for this work, which was performed in good fashion by all officers. Of course, before work, I had to meet with and hear the candidates return their proficiency on October 20.
October 22 found us decorating the lodge for our Halloween Party that night. Brother Laurence Laughlin cleaned, cooked and served the best chili we ever tasted. It was a small gathering, but much fun and topped off with ice cream. That is an excellent dinner for me, anyway.
Such a busy month! How can we be paid for such services? Benjamin Franklin had the answer: “Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold or silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another. Sympathy begets sympathy. Kindness begets kindness. Helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.”
We are nearing the end of another year and should be looking ahead and planning for 2011. The Nominating Committee is in place and will present a slate of officers for the members’ approval at the December Regular Communication. If you are interested in serving your lodge as an officer, please let us hear from you.
We are quite busy with work and special events during the months of November and December. Ample opportunities abound for you to come out to your lodge for fellowship with several events open to your lady. A Fall Luncheon, Awards Night and St. John the Evangelist celebration along with degree work, to name a few.
If you do not currently use the 4th Masonic District website (www.sc4thdistrict.org) and have access to the Internet, you may wish to check it out. It lists Masonic activities throughout our district including Harmony 22. All ten of the lodges of our district are listed with some basic information about each, and links to other lodges with websites are also available.
I have been successful in reaching most of our craft who are currently NPD (as of October 31) and have recovered dues from them or promises of payment in the very near future. Thanks to the help of Aaron Fleming, I have located many of our active duty military brothers and have updated contact information for them. Thanks, Aaron!
Respectfully and Fraternally,
Kevin V. Ennis, PDDGM
Being of a playful bent, I have decided to challenge the brethren to a test of mental skill and memory. Here is any easy identification quiz. Please feel free to identify the following symbols (We masons all love our symbols!) by writing your answer anywhere you like on the page. If, on the other hand, you are receiving his newsletter via email (again, thank you for your email addresses), you can print it out
Benjamin Franklin, brought to us by Worshipful Moe Morgan:
Attending Lodge and participating in Masonic activities gave me confidence. I learned to work with people. I found that everyone, every single brother, had a special talent. All I had to do was bring it out. The Brother, then, saw quickly enough how to put his talent to use. And his success at Lodge work gave him confidence too! He passed it on to others, and they still to others. It wasn’t necessary to repeat a self-help motto like “I believe in me.” Just doing the work and seeing the results were enough.
Confidence in self, in the Lodge, in Masonry, in the community and nation - it caught on, and I have seen it spread farther and farther as I continue my Masonic journey in life, meeting ever more Brothers and sharing with them the confidence Freemasonry can give.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
There is, as I see it, nothing like Masonry. It is unique in its fellowship, which spreads over much of the earth, in addition to our own country. Moreover, this in-depth fellowship spans the years, even the centuries, running back into antiquity. To me it means a personal relationship with great historical personalities and, taken by and large, also with about the finest body of men whom it is possible to assemble anywhere.
They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty nor security.
Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.
To me, Freemasonry is one form of dedication to God and service to humanity. The values and ideas, the profound principles of religion, morality, and honour for which Masonry stands, mean much to me as an American.
This information comes from experience; therefore, it is the best kind of information, so pay attention.
Laurence Laughlin, Bob Baldwin and I were hungry for oyster stew, so we anxiously anticipated lunch at The Noisy Oyster in Charleston, SC. Wednesday, October 27, we left Beaufort early for the monthly meeting of the Scottish Rite in that lovely city, looking forward to a nice lunch of oyster stew at a restaurant famous for that dish.
Here is the advice: if the waitress tells you the dish is not on the menu, DON’T PUSH IT! Order something else, or go to MacDonald’s. We insisted on oyster stew, even though we were told the restaurant no longer served it. What we got were bowls of watery milk with about 4-6 canned oysters floating limply in the mix, as though newly drowned! It tasted as awful as it looked, but we were SO HUNGRY, we ate it all, two bowls apiece.
Tom Leverette, assistant to Secretary Bill Martin of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Charleston, was with us. Tom is a mighty fine fellow and is primarily responsible for the good advice I just gave you all about the waitress and her menu report. Tom had an open-face meat loaf sandwich which he did not finish. He let me taste a piece of it. Ugh! I did recognize that there was some meat in it, although it was mostly rice and was not at all tasty. What a revolting development!
We went away dissatisfied and grumpy, but we learned a lesson. Restaurants evolve just like any other form of life and sometimes that evolutionary process is down hill and backwards. Then again, perhaps the chef was having a bad day. His wife left him or his girlfriend dumped him. Perhaps both! If you want a good meal, don’t go to the Noisy Oyster in North Charleston!
What does the word hail mean, anyway? I looked it up and was satisfied to find that the synonyms of hail have meaning for our obligations, to wit:
Synonyms: cheer, applaud, honor, exalt, laud, extol.
I hope one is not revealing any Masonic truths for whose revelation one shall be criticized or, worse, have one’s self penalized! After all, hail is just one word, isn’t it?
Howard R. Harris
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