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Ann Arbor Masonic News Ann Arbor Masonic News (USPS 595-570) 4551 N. Maple Rd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-9614

VOLUME NO. XLXIV

Serving the Masonic Fraternity of Washtenaw County USPS 595-570 February 2009

The Old Man As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open. The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty five feet away. I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm, walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too and took a few steps towards him. I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something. The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade and then turn back to the old man and I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying, 'You shouldn't even be allowed to drive a car at your age.' And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot. I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then went to his wife and spoke with her and appeared to tell her it would be okay. I had seen enough and I approached the old man. He saw me coming and stood straight and as I got near him I said, 'Looks like you're having a problem.' He smiled sheepishly and quietly nodded his head. I looked under the hood myself and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me. Looking around I saw a gas station up the road and told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and went inside and saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them and related the problem the old man had with his car and offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him. The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine) I spoke with the old gentleman. When I shook hands with him earlier he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, 'What outfit did you serve with?' He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal . He had hit all the big ones and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me and I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card. He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket. We all shook hands all around again and I said my goodbye's to his wife. I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them

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back up to the station. Once at the station I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me. One of them pulled out a card from his pocket looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then, that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off. I had gone about two blocks when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name....... "Congressional Medal of Honor Society." I sat there motionless looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together, because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage and an honor to have been in his presence. Remember, old men like him gave us FREEDOM for America. America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them! Remember, Freedom isn't Free, thousands have paid the price so we can all enjoy what we have today. IN GOD WE TRUST!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA ____________________________________________ This story reminds me of what Masonry is all about. I attended a Chapter meeting, on the coldest day of the year, th so far, Friday morning of January 16 . At that meeting one of the Companions was very late in arriving. In speaking to him, he indicated that he could not get his hands to warm up or to get feeling in them. On the way to the meeting he stopped to help a lady, whom he did not know, who was in difficulty. She had a flat tire. Because everything was frozen, it took much longer than it should have to change that tire. When he arrived at the meeting his hands were still frozen. Several hours later while having lunch with him he indicated that he was still having troubles with them. Hopefully, they have come back to normalcy by now. He gave of himself, as all Masons are taught, for a stranger in need. Perhaps Masonry should have a “Medal of Honor” that it can give to its members for services to the craft and the community. Then perhaps it already does. That “Medal of Honor” is knowing that you helped someone in distress.


SALINE LODGE N0. 133

MANCHESTER LODGE N0. 148

OLIVE LODGE N0. 156

109 West Michigan Ave, Saline 48176

135 E. Main St., P.O. Box116, Manchester

113 W. Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118

THOMAS D. HYATT Worshipful Master

GILBERT E. PORTERFIELD, JR. Worshipful Master

LYNN M. HELDT, PM Worshipful Master

46000 Ceddies Rd. Lot 109 Canton 48118 734.495.9363 cell: 734.216.8010 WILLIAM E. HOLIFIELD, JR. Secretary 8750 Melbourne, Saline 48176 734.461.6019 Cell: 7343.260.4858 gholifield@gcamerican..com

12410 Miller Hwy, Brroklyn 49230 517.592.4824 GUY GILBERT …………….………Secretary 207 W. Duncan, PO Box 4, Manchester 48158 (734) 428-7036 gugilb@hotmail.com

13301 Pleasant Lake Rd., Manchester 48158 (734) 428-0763 Cell (734) 216-0842

1st TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:30 PM

The Master’s Letter Saline held their Installation of Officers on Saturday evening, December 20th. The Ceremony was conducted by Paul Howell (262), Tommy Short (13), Allen Christ (159), Fred Schneider (13) and Carl Rufus (133) and we appreciate their excellent work and dedication to Masonry and the Masonic Fraternity. On January 23rd Saline conducted their first degree work of the year by raising a new Brother as j.ka Master Mason. Although this has not taken place yet, I have been assured by several phone calls that we will have visitors from several Lodges in the area to assist us with the work. Many hands makes light work and also goes a long way in further impressing the candidate. It appears that we will be having 3 new petitions coming in by the February Regular Meeting and will then be put out for investigation. I am setting the 3rd Friday of each month aside for Degree work. None in February, however, we should have several candidates for the March 20th Degree. Make sure that you mark your calendars. Charles Webster is working with the Saline School District in setting up a Child Identification program. The Saline administration appears to be very excited about this Grand Lodge Program. No date has yet been finalized, however, hopefully the plans will be completed by the February Regular. Stay in good health and spirits. Tom Hyatt, WM

1st MONDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:30 PM except July & August

The Master’s Letter Greeting Brothers and Friends: Brothers: Happy New Year. Hope the holidays were good to you. Well Mother Nature has started this year off on cold and snowy beginning. All the new officers have taken their chairs and we are off and running. Things are beginning on a good note for Manchester, by the time you read this we will have raised a new Brother to the sublime degree of MM. Hopefully we will have at least one petition to read at the Feb. meeting. Feb. 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd we will be hosting a Texas Hold-em tournament at Chelsea Lanes in Chelsea, Mi. Cash games start at 5:00pm and tournament play starts at 7:00pm. Any Manchester Brother who can work from 5-9:30 or 9:30-2 please contact Guy Gilbert at 734-255-3747. We need all the help we can get. It is easy work, no lifting, pulling, pushing or physical exertion required. We still have several outstanding dues unpaid. Please remit them to the Lodge. If there is some problem where you can't please notify Guy Gilbert or any other officer to discuss the situation. Any Brother that has an email please notify Guy Gilbert at gugilb@hotmail.com as he is trying to compile an email list to send out notifications of upcoming events. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Lodge.

garlicu@aol.com DAVID A. REDDING……………. Secretary 913 Moore Dr., Chelsea 48118 (734) 562-2090 Cell: 517 403-9871 DavidARedding@gmail.com WEB: www.grandlodgemi.org/michiganlodge.cfm?cID=0MI00156 2nd MONDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:30 PM, Lodge phone (734) 475-8920

Greetings Brothers: The Installation for Officers of Stockbridge Lodge No. 130 and Olive Lodge No. 156 was hosted at Stockbridge Lodge on Saturday, January 17th. Lots of great food and fellowship was had by all. Paul Howell and the Installing Team of Fred Schneider, Carl Rufus and Tim Forche did a great job. We were pleased to have visiting Brothers from both Mason Lodge No. 70 and Manchester Lodge No. 148 to join with us. To see so many smiling faces on the sidelines makes the day even that much more enjoyable and heartwarming, which was necessary because they had to travel through a blinding snow storm. Even though the weather was bad on January 10th, we still had a good turn out for the Entered Apprentice Degrees. We had 1 candidate from Chelsea and 2 from Stockbridge Lodge. WM Jim Miller II of Stockbridge Lodge had the roughest ride in the snow storm, coming from Kalamazoo, that morning. I am glad that he left most of the snow in Kazoo. We will be having a Fellow Craft degree in February, hosted by Stockbridge Lodge. It is scheduled for the 21st at 9:00 AM. Hope that you can make it and enjoy the day with us. Please contact me if you have any changes in address or you would like to begin receiving this Masonic News via the email. It is faster and looks even better. Our next Regular Communication will be on Monday, February 9th. Hope you are able to join us for this evening of fellowship. I still have a few petitions remaining, should you need one, don’t be afraid to ask. Don’t be afraid to speak to your next door neighbor about the benefits of joining the Fraternity. Wishing everyone the very best in health. Stay warm.


1474As GOLDEN RULE LODGE N0. 159 ‘r 2875 West Liberty Rd., Ann Arbor 48103 WILLIAM KREBAUM

ANN ARBOR-FRATERNITY NO. 262

MILAN LODGE NO. 323

310 S. Ashley St., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

37 N. Tolan St., Milan 48160

CHRISTOPHER FULTZ

MATTHEW TOMECEK

Worshipful Master

Worshipful Master

Worshipful Master

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ROBERT MURPHY, PM ……..………Secretary P.O. Box 1014, Novi, MI 48376 (248) 348-9298 -device6@sbcglobal..net WEB: gr159.com 1st THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00pm Electronic Trestleboard (734) 913-9510

Master’s Letter

------------------------------------------Secretary’s Note: Author Unknown Forget the hasty, unkind word: Forget the slander you have heard; Forget the quarrel and the cause; Forget the whole affair, because, Forgetting is the only way. Forget the storm of yesterday; Forget the knocker, and the squeak; Forget the bad day of the week. Forget you’re not a millionaire; Forget the gray streaks in your hair; Forget to even get the bluesBut don’t forget to Pay Your Dues!

SEYMOUR D. GREENSTONE, PM …….….Secretary 12065 Glenview Dr., Plymouth, MI 48170-3052 (734) 455-6121 Fax: (734) 254-0124 seymourg@comcast.net

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Master’s Letter Brethren: This month, Ann Arbor - Fraternity conducted its first meeting in our new location at 310 South Ashley Street in downtown Ann Arbor. This was also our first meeting on our new night, the SECOND Wednesday of the month. Regretfully, I was out of town on business, but I am deeply grateful to Senior Warden Bob Blackburn for coordinating and conducting the meeting from the East. From what I understand, the weather that evening was blustery, but many braved the cold to attend the memorable event. Brother Senior Warden reported this about the evening “The feeling of friendship and joy last night was one I've rarely seen at lodge anywhere. I hope and trust it will continue. We are still getting oriented, but we found it to be everything we had hoped it would be. The lodge set up and break down was relatively quick with so many hands and the social space on the second floor proved a nice place to share some sandwiches before lodge.” Our first degree of the year will be an Entered Apprentice on the FOURTH Wednesday of the month (January 28th). The degree will begin at 7:00pm, however as per tradition food and refreshments will be served beforehand. In our new location, we are continuing many of our time honored traditions. However, we will also be starting new traditions and have already received several suggestions including utilizing the second floor of Hathaway’s Hideaway for socializing before and/or after meetings and degrees. Suggestions have included presenting Masonic papers and playing cards, and we always welcome additional ideas. For further details on scheduled lodge events, please check the trestle board at aaf262.org. Please keep in your thoughts our brothers and family who may be in sickness or distress. Sincerely and fraternally, Chris Fultz

STEVE COBURN, PM ….…………..…..Secretary 10247 Crane Road, Milan 48160 734 231-7127 milanlodge323@yahoo.com 1st WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH Special Communications, 3 rd Wednesday 7:30 pm, Lodge Phone (734) 439-1020 _______________________________________

Milan Lodge held their Installation of Officers on Saturday evening, January 10th. The Installation was conducted by Worshipful Brother Tom Short of Phoenix Lodge in Ypsilanti. Thank you Tom and your Installing Team for coming out on such a miserable night and for doing such a beautiful installation. The weather outside was frightful, however, the Brothers and family members inside were so delightful of a wonderful job done by Brother Short to get them off to such a great start for the coming year. They are all anxious to see the sidelines filled at their next meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4th. Please contact the Secretary Steve Coburn for any other activities of the Lodge in the coming months. Also please send him your updated email address. This will make it much easier and faster to keep you informed of all of the activities of the lodge and of any last minute changes. Stay warm and well. -----------------------------------------

HEADS OF ALL MASONIC BODIES ---PLEASE NOTE!!!! All articles for the March Issue of the Ann Arbor Masonic News MUST be in to the editor PRIOR to MIDNIGHT February 9th. I will be leaving for Texas for 2 weeks on the 11th. It means I will have to work around the clock for two solid days in order to get this completed. Remember you are writing the article for MARCH !!!


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ANNUAL STOCKHOLDERS MEETING The Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of the Ann Arbor Masonic Temple will be meeting on Monday, January 26th at 7:30 PM at the Ann Arbor Masonic Temple. The purpose of the Meeting is to conduct such business as would normally come before the stockholders and to elect the Members of the Ann Arbor Masonic Temple Board to serve for the upcoming year. After the Shareholders meeting then the new Board will meet and will elect their officers to serve for the coming year and to determine the goals, objectives and direction of the Temple Board for the coming year. Anyone who is a member of any body owning shares in the Ann Arbor Masonic Temple is welcome to attend this, or any other, meeting of the Temple Board. ________________________ THE SMILING FACE A smile costs nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. Pittsburg Bulletin, June 1990

ZAL GAZ GROTTO JAMES “TURK” TURKINGTON , MONARCH 2655 Esch Ave., Ann Arbor 48104 (734) 913.5889 rw4cars@hotmail.com Henry Geiss, PM……………..……Secretary 3436 Yellowstone, Ann Arbor 48105 2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:30 PM 2070 West Stadium Blvd. (734) 663-1202

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Monarch’s Letter Greetings Prophets and Brothers, We had a fine installation of officers for this year on Jan. 3 followed by the Monarch's Ball. It is good to see some new blood and younger members becoming active in the Grotto. Many thanks to outgoing Monarch Rick Wresche for all his help. Also, kudos to all the members and friends of the Grotto who so generously volunteer to help keep our club going. We have fun at the Grotto and we do community and charitable work. All Masons and there friends are welcome at the Grotto, so everybody, COME ON DOWN! In February we will have a Spaghetti Dinner on the 4th. We will have our "all you can eat" Breakfast on the 15th. Our Friday Frys will be on the 13th and the 27th. Our Friday Fry is not just fish and chips, we always have several other menu choices, not just fish. All dinners are a value to consider in these difficult economic times. We always can use more help for the events that we put on for the betterment of the club, so sign up when you can. Sincerely, Jim "Turk" Turkington


WASHTENAW CHAPTER NO. 6

YORK CHAPTER NO. 150

5752 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti 48197

37 N. Tolan Street, Milan

PAUL C. HOWELL, PHP

DAVID A. KONDOR, PHP

High Priest

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11009 Platte Road, Milan 48160 734.439.7567 JOHN F. MIDKIFF, PHP ……… Secretary 326 E. River St., Deerfield 49238 (517) 447-3258 midkiffcarol@yahoo.com

STATED CONVOCATION 2nd THURSDAYOF THE MONTH 7:30 PM Joint with Excelsior Chapter

High Priest Address

Greetings Friends & Companions, We had our first joint meeting on our new meeting date the 2nd Thursday of the month and at our new location the Ypsilanti Masonic Temple. It sure did feel strange. We have been working very closely with the York Rite Bodies of Ypsilanti for some time now, but, this is really close. Most of those attending our meetings on a regular basis have expressed a concern to me that although Ypsilanti has been so generous to allow us to meet with them, we are afraid that if we overstay our welcome and do not find a suitable location in the Ann Arbor Area, we could end up loosing our identity. We sure don’t want that to happen. Masonry is a melting pot, however, we do not want it to be that closely mixed. We have some petitions out there in the mill for additional work. Hopefully we will have them back in by the first of February and be able to begin the work upon the new aspirants, bring them more light and instruction in the Masonic Degrees. If you have not yet taken out, or filled out a petition for the degrees, perhaps you should consider doing so. The more work and members the better chance we have of staying as one body in Ann Arbor. It is our sincere hope that all within the Ann Arbor area are doing well both mentally and physically. Sandy Elden is still in the Ann Arbor Area recovering from back surgery, but he is hoping to get on his way to warmer climes, quickly. Can’t blame him for that. Best to all. Paul

STATED CONVOCATION 2nd WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH 7:30 PM

At the degree work on the 16th of December we had three (3) new Companions come into our Chapter. Hopefully this will be the start of something new and exciting for York Chapter and will be the beginning of the resurgence of Royal Arch Masonry in Milan. We have many new Brothers in the Lodge and in the surrounding area from other Lodges that should give very strong and serious consideration to the benefits of the Royal Arch for furthering their Masonic knowledge and understanding. At the degree work on the 16th, in Ann Arbor, we discussed briefly the possibility of setting up degree teams with the various Chapters in the area and again putting on a certain degree by each Chapter. York Chapter used to be the very best and most impressive Chapter in Southeastern Michigan in putting on the Most Excellent Master Degree. Perhaps that degree or one of the others would be the way to go. I know that York Chapter, with your help, can do it. The Holiday Season is over, the new calendar year is started. Let us start 2009 in York Chapter with the same dedication and enthusiasm as it ended in 2008. That spark is ignited, let us spread the flames and the warmth to all of our uninformed Brothers. Hoping that all are staying well and warm in this our coldest, snowiest winter in years. Please inform Secretary John if you have an email address. We can therefore get the Masonic News sent to you in that manner and it will also mean that the Chapter can contact you more readily and speedily about its events and activities.

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PAUL C. HOWELL, PTIM……………….Recorder 17635 Manitou Beach Road Addison, MI 49220 (517) 262-5140 pch43@comcast.net STATED ASSEMBLY 2nd THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

7:30 PM Joint with Union Council

TIM’s Thoughts Companions and Friends: We have several candidates for the Cryptic Degrees in Masonry. We will begin setting up the dates for conducting these degrees at our Stated Assembly on the 12th of February at the Ypsilanti Masonic Temple. It sure sounds strange to be saying that, that is why I must repeat it so often, to remind myself that that is where we are currently meeting. The degrees within the Chapter are beautiful, impressive, instructive and very informative, without a doubt, but many believe, and rightfully so that the lessons taught and learned in the three degrees of the Cryptic Rite are by far the most beautiful and impressive of all of the degrees of Masonry. No Mason should ever neglect his furthering his education and enlightenment in the Masonic Fraternity, once he has become a member thereof. Therefore no Mason should ever consider himself fully and completely educated in the Masonic teachings without having attained the rank and title of being one of the Select. Most Brothers that have gone through the various bodies of Masonry agree that the last degree conferred by each of the bodies is the most impressive of all of the degrees to which they have ever witnessed. Have you joined the Scottish Rite? You were a member of a class, and witnessed very impressive ritual and degree work. Now you can receive equally impressive work, locally, put on by your fellow Brothers and Companions of the area just for you. Up close and personal as were your first three degrees in Masonry. We hope to see each of you in our travels through the Masonic Fraternity and find you spreading light and instruction to your less informed Brothers. This can and is done through the York Rite. May each of you and your stay well in body, mind and spirit. Remember that it will not be long before all of this snow is gone and the sun is shinning upon each of you and yours.

ARTHUR W. DAVIDGE, MSA ………….Recorder 4551 N. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105-9614 (734) 769-6982 adavidge@umich.edu STATED CONCLAVE 1st THURSDAYOF THE MONTH 7:00 PM Joint with Ypsilanti Commandery

Commander’s Comments Greetings Sir Knights and Ladies! Have you ever considered what it took to be a Knight Templar in the days our Order was founded? What were the requirements? Were they Honor, Integrity, Fortitude, Courage, or simply Faith? I put it to you that all were important. Each and every one has its’ place. But which of these is most important? I say it boils down to two; Faith & Honor. Faith teaches us to look outside of ourselves for salvation. Honor teaches us to look within ourselves for so much else. Honor is a thing that no man can give you, nor take away. All who have it are kings, though not all kings have it. It’s a gift a man gives to himself. You must never mistreat a woman or malign a man, nor stand by and see it done by another. Or at least so was thought in days of yore. [Paraphrased from Rob Roy] Our Lord has given us the task of living with honor. Work diligently, live creditably, eat no man’s bread for naught. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Turn the other cheek. Whosoever is without sin amongst you, let him cast the first stone. Forgive them father, for they know not what they do. I’m sure you can add several things to this list. Part of our honorable task is to preserve & transmit those tenets that define our Order. Recognizing the sanctity of our task, we must be good stewards & do our bit. There is an indefinable something about our Craft that is, and will always be, current & precious. We are warriors for Christ, but who/what are we fighting? Are we struggling against aggression? Terrorism? Ignorance? Apathy? Listen to your heart & you tell me. Years ago our Order followed a military bent because of the times in which it existed. We must also maintain a warlike spirit for our cause. We must be ever ready to put ourselves in the thick of it for the betterment of the Craft.

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We must encourage & promote our art. To honor those who have gone before, we must acknowledge what they offered & stood for. We must ask ourselves what we stand for, and do just that, stand up for what we believe! I believe our Lord & Saviour lived, did God’s work, was crucified, is risen, and ascended. I believe he died for the remission of sin. My sin. My belief is faith. I honor his sacrifice & holding to what he believed in. He believed in his heavenly father. That He had a purpose for him. How can we believe anything less? We must take up the banner and raise it high! Share our beliefs with the next generation. All of Masonry is beautiful, but, I believe ours is most so. It offers hope for a glorious immortality, through Christ our Lord. Remember Him in our daily walk & strive to let his light shine through. Let the world see the good effects of his wisdom. Let them see that service to Him is not a chore, but a blessing. In short, spread the gospel!


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While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” The teacher said, Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help. The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:

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Ann Arbor Masonic News | February 2009