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

Depot Road

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

(843)524-6697


W/M John Howell Youmans III        Robert V. Pinkston, Secretary Emeritus      Kevin U. Ennis, P/M,

        P.O. Box 1152                             Regular Communication: second Thursday                 Secretary

       Beaufort, SC 29901                                                                                                    P.O. Box 22

843-525-28                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Beaufort, SC 29901

Res. 524-4803                                                                                                         843-525-1142



Meeting 7:30 PM
O.E.S. 1st Tuesday, 8:00 PM




Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter for month of September 2008


Brethren,

            Communion is an essential part of maintaining a relationship.  This holds true for the relationships among the member of a lodge, and especially between the members and the lodge itself.  Well, that sounds good and important, but what does it really mean?  It means that people need to keep in touch with each other to maintain a close, current friendship.  Sure, your brother is your brother even if you have not heard from him in ten years, but the brother you see all the time, call to check on, meet for lunch or go fishing with enriches your life by being an active part of it.  If you attend lodge regularly, chances are that you have gotten to know a few brethren better than the rest.   Have you noticed brother who stays off by himself or attend infrequently?  Maybe just letting him know that you care enough by asking why would be enough to help him get through a rough spot, or past his shyness.   I know it wouldn’t take too many lonely lodge nights before I started wondering if my time wouldn’t be better spent elsewhere.

            Likewise is the relation ship between the lodge and its member.  If the lodge doesn’t let the membership (even those who don’t or can’t make meetings) know what’s going on, they won’t feel like they’re really members of a loving organization.  And if the members don’t let the lodge know what they do and don’t like, the officers are likely to just carry on.  What works?  What doesn’t?  What should we try to improve, and how?  What should we consider doing for a change?   Some of us are able to go to most or all of our lodge meetings and we tend to be well informed and make our opinions known.  But what about the brethren who, for whatever reason, don’t get to lodge very often?  Even if they can’t come and help, I’m pretty sure that they’d like to know what the lodge has been up to and if there are any special meetings that they should make an extra effort to attend.

            Brother Howard Harris has done a wonderful job with the newsletter this year, reminding me when my article is due.  For that I am thankful.  Brother Harris has done an outstanding j0ob trying to keep all of our members informed with the newsletter and meeting reminder cards.

            Our August meeting highlight was visiting Brother Stephen Skull of Harmony Lodge in Plymouth, England.  Brother Skull has visited our Lodge several times over the last couple of years, joining us for our 250th anniversary and his visits are always enjoyable.

            I am proud to say that our lodge continues to be busy this year.  On August 28, and Entered Apprentice degree was conferred on two new candidates by Brother Charles Spears as Mast of the Lodge, David Spears as Senior Warden and Craig Dopson as Junior Warden.  Soon we will be conducting a Fellow Craft degree for these ne Entered Apprentices.  Watch the mail for a notification card.

Fraternally,

J. Howell Youmans III

Worshipful Master

 

 



Brethren,

            According to Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, F.& A. M. in Savannah, Georgia, founded February 21, 1734  by the English statesman, philanthropist and Freemason Br. James Edward Oglethorpe, it is the oldest continuously operating English constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the western hemisphere.  Solomon’s Lodge has in its possession a 1733 John Baskett Bible, which was actually signed and given to the Lodge during its earliest days by Oglethorpe, the found of the Colony of Georgia.

            Solomon’s Lodge No.1 is situated at the hard of Bull Street on Bay in the Old Cotton Exchange, a dark red sandstone edifice of imposing character.  Brother Laurence Laughlin and I have visited Solomon’s No.1 more than one to witness the small but interesting difference between the English ritual our own special way of doing things.  It is an educational experience, one that I urge you to pursue.

            Concerning the oft-heard statement by some that Freemasonry is a religion, the Supreme Court of Nebraska, in deciding a case some years ago, used the following illuminating language:

            “The guiding thought is not religion but religious toleration…  The Masonic fraternity refrains from intruding into the field of religion and confines itself to the teaching of morality and duty to one’s fellow men, which makes better men and better citizens.

            “The distinction is clear between such ethical teachings and the doctrines of religion.  One cannot espouse a religion without belief and fain in its peculiar doctrines.  A fraternity broad enough to take in and cover with its mantle Christian, Moslem and Jew, without requiring him to renounce his religion, is not a religious organization, although its members may join in prayer which, in the case of each, is a petition addressed to his own Deity.  Neither can the belief in the immortality of the soul be denominated religious in the sense that it is typical of any religion, of any race, or of any age.  It constitutes ne of the most beautiful and consoling features of our own religion, but it is equally found in almost every other. It is so unusual and spontaneous that it is not so much belief or dogma as it is an instinct for the human soul.  Neither does it imply or require adherence to any system of religious worship.

“The fact that belief in the doctrines of deity of no particular religion is required, of itself refutes the theory that the Masonic ritual embodies a religion, or that its teachings are religious.”

            I would like to thank our Past Master Henry C. Chambers for his generosity in allowing me to use the color-copy machine at Beaufort Realty to prepare the 250 copies of this newsletter each month.

Fraternally,

Howard Harris

Senior Steward & Newsletter Editor

 

 



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

9/02     James Charles Adams                           9/02     Hartford Franklin Capps

9/02     Virgil Lawrence Davis                           9/28     Eugene Fairey Duncan

9/12     George Frank Emminger                       9/09     Marion William Howard

9/16     John Randolph Hudson                         9/20     James Larry Jordan

9/14     Ernest Jackson Kirkland                       9/20     William Lewis Parker

 

 

 



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South Carolina Grand Lodge Official Web Site.

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Update to Harmony Lodge history from 1983 to 2000.

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Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2008

March 2008 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2008 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

January 2008 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.


Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2007

December 2007 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

November 2007 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

Fedruary 2007 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.



Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2006

January 2006 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

March 2006 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

May 2006 Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 22 A.F.M. News Letter.



Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2005

June 2005 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

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February 2005 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

January 2005 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.



Trestleboard Articles and Lodge News Letters 2004

January 2004 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2004 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

April 2004 News Letter for Harmony Lodge.

August 2004 New Letter for Harmony Lodge.

Trestleboard and Lodge News Letters 2003

November 2003 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

September 2003 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

July 2003 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

June 2003 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

May 2003 Harmony Masonic Lodge No.22 A.F.M. News Letter.

April 2003 Harmony Masonic Loge No. 22 A.F.M. News Letter.

March 2003 Harmony Masonic Loge No. 22 A.F.M. News Letter.

February 2003 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

Trestleboard Articles 2002

November/December 2002 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

September/Octobert 2002 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

July/August 2002 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

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November/December 2001 Trestle Board message for Harmony Lodge.

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