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Order of the Temple Commandery Inspections Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 Ypsilanti Masonic Temple

Golden Rule Lodge No. 159, F&AM

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Ypsilanti Commandery No. 54 Knights Templar Howard H. Crumit, Jr., Grand Senior Warden Inspecting Officer

Inspection to follow luncheon Desert after the Inspection Thought for the Day In the noisy clamor of the world our wise Masonry does not strive and cry aloud, indulging in agitations and the making of programs. It works in quieter, gentler ways, teaching men the religion of the brotherly life, knowing that by as much as the world fill up with men of “the larger heart and the kindlier hand,” by so much will our dreams of a juster, gentler, happier world come true, and the final hope of the Kingdom of God on earth be fulfilled. Slowly the Temple rises, builded by the love of many hearts and the loyalty of many workers: and at last it will be completed and dedicated. Joseph Fort Newton From: A Masonic Thought for each day of the Year




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THOMAS D. HYATT Worshipful Master


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The Master’s Letter Dear Brothers: The summer is rapidly going by. It will not be long until it is harvest time and that means frost will soon be here. That’s a comforting thought on these warm humid days. Saline Lodge will not be doing anymore work during the summer months. We will begin anew, refreshed in September. It appears that we have a transfer coming in to the Lodge soon. He came for a visit and was so j.kimpressed with the reception and warm welcome that he received that he decided that he wanted to be a part of our Lodge. Isn’t it great that we are setting an example to be emulated by others. We should have plenty of work to do this fall as it appears that we are going to be having 5 or 6 new petitions coming in that we will need to act upon. Have a great remainder of the summer. Looking forward to seeing each of you up to Lodge for the Regular on Tuesday, September 1st. In the mean time, have fun and stay well. Sincerely, Thomas Hyatt Worshipful Master

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The Master’s Letter Greeting Brothers and Friends: DAVID A. REDDING……………. Secretary 913 Moore Dr., Chelsea 48118 (734) 562-2090 Cell: 517 403-9871 WEB: 2nd MONDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:30 PM, Lodge phone (734) 475-8920

Greetings Brothers:

DO YOU “JUST BELONG”? Are you an active member The kind that would be missed Or are you just contented That your name is on the list?


Shrine Hospital “He wondered where his money went” And when his kindly gift was spent He never followed day by day The dollars which he gave away. And so they said, “Let’s trace them down And go with them about the town.” They led him to a crippled child Who looked and him and bravely smiled. He gazed on doctors kind and wise, Restoring sight to little eyes. He was health start to grow again On faces that were white with pain. A brave boy stepped across the floor Who had never walked before. In haunts of misery and strife He saw the dawn of happier life. “But few of these,” they said “would live If men like you refused to give. If but one crippled chi8ld would smile You’d count you sacrifice worth while.” When asked to give, recall these scenes And understand what giving means. Edgar A. Guest

Do you attend the meetings And mingle with the flock Or do you stay at home And criticize and knock? Do you take an active part To help the work along Are you satisfied to be The kind that “JUST BELONG”? Dou you ever go and visit A member that is sick Or leave the work to a few And talk about the clique? Think this over, member, You know right from wrong Are you an active member Or do you “JUST BELONG”? Anonymous

BROTHER Be ready with a friendly greeting. Reserve night when we hold meetings, Obey the Master’s pleas and wishes, Take time to help out with the dishes, Help widow, orphans, with quickness, Ease, too, the lot of those with sickness Remember to love one another – -- and you’ll deserve the name of BROTHER Walter K. Belt

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ROBERT MURPHY, PM ……..………Secretary P.O. Box 1014, Novi, MI 48376 (248) 348-9298 WEB: st 1 THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, 7:00pm

SEYMOUR D. GREENSTONE, PM …….….Secretary 12065 Glenview Dr., Plymouth, MI 48170-3052 (734) 455-6121 Fax: (734) 254-0124 2nd WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH - 7:00 pm

Master’s Letter

Master’s Letter Greetings, Brethren and Friends, Golden Rule will have a Regular Communication this summer, on Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 PM at the Ann Arbor Masonic Temple. Two of our Entered Apprentices are slated to give their EA proficiencies, so please try to attend and show support for these young Masons. The August Regular may be the last Masonic meeting to be held at the Ann Arbor Temple, since the Temple may soon be sold. Pending approval by the Grand Master, we are planning to hold our Regular Communications at the Zal Gaz Grotto on West Stadium Blvd., beginning in September. Stay tuned for further details. Brother, if you’ve not been active in Lodge recently, now is the time to step forward and help the Lodge get through these challenging times. Decisions must be made regarding the move out of the Temple. We need to assess the needs of the Lodge as we move forward and make suitable disposition of property that is no longer needed. Your input is earnestly solicited in this process. On Thursday, August 20, running from 6 PM to 11 PM, Golden Rule will hold the annual “Stag Party,” for all Masons and their friends who might be interested in Masonry. It will be held at the picnic shelter at the Temple. Food and refreshments will be provided. The cost is $15.00, reservations are required. Contact Brother Jim Lakin for information, 248-520-2666. Please join us for an evening of fellowship and fun! Fraternal regards, Bill Krebaum, W.M. Trestle board items: Aug 6 Regular Communication 7:00 PM Aug 20 Stag Party 6–11 PM


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

Word is out that Milan was fortunate to have three new Entered Apprentices last month. This is a good sign of their continued growth and prosperity to again being the strongest little Lodge in the State. It is hoped that they will take better advantage of the Masonic News in getting the message out to their Brothers and the other Brothers around the area so that they can have an even larger turnout and better support for these new Brothers. Paul Howell

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248 Dundee Street, Saline 48176 (734) 660-5534 Donelda Hughes, PM, …………….Secretary 2859 Marshall St., Ann Arbor 48108 (734) 929-2044 2ND MONDAY OF MONTH 7:30 PM 5752 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti 48197 __________________________________

2655 Esch Ave., Ann Arbor 48104 (734) 780-4761 Henry Geiss, PM……………..……Secretary

Greetings from Ypsilanti OES East: I hope you are having a very pleasant summer. Please remember we are open for business meetings and activities. Those of you who are snowbirds are always welcome to join us. I hope to see many of you at our “indoor picnic” on July 27th at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends. Please bring a dish to pass. Meat and beverages are being furnished. We voted to donate to the Charity Golf outing by sponsoring one golf hole perhaps the 19th hole. It will benefit Abuse Centers, which is one our Worthy Grand Matron’s charities. The August business meeting is Monday, the 10th. We are finalizing the plan for the reception honoring Donna Hughes, Grand Martha and Mary Grace Gordon, Grand Committee Person, Sept. 16th. There is one month whose table needs to be decorated. On August 24th we will have an initiation and practice. Please plan to be there. Dues notices are being sent out now. These are due by October 1st. If you still need to pay 2008-2009 dues please call to let us know if you have a problem or need help. Also we need a full set of officers for next year. We need both line officers and floor officers. Please step up and join in and let us know of someone who maybe interested. Without the local newspaper it is difficult to know who has lost a loved one, or who is sick. If you know of anyone please let Marge Hyatt, Donna Hughes, or me know. I’m wishing fraternal love to anyone in sorrow or ill health at this time. God be with you, Pearl Gale, WM.


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Aug 12th – House and Board Meeting and Regular Monthly Meeting. Aug 14th – Friday Fish and other Fry 6 – 8 pm Aug 17th – Breakfast ALL YOU CAN EAT Buffet, 9 am to 1 pm Aug 20th – Golden Rule sponsored All Masonic Picnic at the Ann Arbor Masonic Temple Picnic Shelter. 6 – 11 pm. Res. Required. Aug 28th – Friday Fish and other Fry 6 – 8 pm ___________________________________

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TIM’s Thoughts Companions and Friends: CHOICES One’s philosophy Is best expressed Not in words, But in the choices One makes In daily living. Eleanor Roosevelt George Lucero has made his choice to improve himself in his Masonic knowledge and understanding. Hopefully, he will have completed his Select Masters Degree in the Council on Monday, July 20th and will be anxiously awaiting, wondering about the next Degree, the final and climatic Degree in the Council – The Super Excellent Masters’ Degree. The dates have been set for this. Thursday, September 17th we will be having our rehearsal for the Super Excellent Masters’ Degree and on Thursday, September 24th we will be conferring the Degree. Both will be done at the Ypsilanti Masonic Temple. We will be meeting for all of our Regular Assemblies and most of our Royal & Select Degrees at the new meeting place the Calvary United Methodist Church on Miller Ave. in Ann Arbor, however, the location is not large enough for us to confer the Super Excellent Masters Degree in full form therefore we will be working with Ypsilanti for this final and climatic Degree. Grand Council will be meeting in Flint on August 6th. Someone once told me that everything slows down in Masonry during the summer. Not sure who it was that told me that, but I think I should discuss with them exactly what it is that they meant. Hope this letter has found each of you in the very best of health and happiness. May the remainder of your summer be one of ease and peace. Looking forward to seeing you in our journeys through life and through Masonry.

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