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Volume 57 No. 4

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OfďŹ cial Publication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri A.F. & A.M.







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John W. Hess Grand Master






VOL. 57 NO. 4

Official Publication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri

FALL 2012

Published and copyrighted under the direction of the Committee on Masonic Publications

CONTENTS 96 History Goes Digital 96 St. Louis Grand Master's Breakfast Tradition Continues 97 Presentation on Ancient Masonic Landmarks Compiled from many knowledgeable sources by Jeffrey A. Parrotte 99 In Support Of Our Masonic Youth 99 Scholarship Recipient Elizabeth Marquart Graduates Summa Cum Laude 100 Legacy of a Family 101 Rising Sun Lodge Celebrates 160 years of Service 102 Justice and Judgment 104 Missouri Masonic Child ID Program (MoCHIP) Reaches 150,000 105 Did You Notice … 106 The Attentive Ear and the Instructive Tongue 106 Masons Honor DeMolay Hero 107 Integration of the Self 108 191st Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF&AM 109 Leading The Way In DeMolay 110 Job's Daughters 111 Rainbow Girls 112 The Masonic Home of Missouri President Ramsey Outlines Key Programs 112 Masonic Home Announces New Financial Counseling Program 113 The Masonic Home Enhances Its Social Media Presence 114 The Work of our Craft 116 Masonic Service Awards

From The Editor’s Keyboard The more research I do on this Fraternity, the more amazed I become about the impact and positive influence our Craft has had on world history. We may not have the membership numbers we did in the past, but I don’t have to tell you that the character of our Brothers remains as high today as it ever was. Still, as I look at historical events I always wonder if there is some Masonic connection — and I have learned not to be too surprised when I find one. Sure, the odds are better as you travel back in history but you don’t have to go back that far. Starting in about the ’50s and ’60s you really begin to hit some significant Masonic gold nuggets. Go back beyond that and you feel like you’ve hit the "mother load." Not long ago I had lunch with Aaron Shoemaker, Grand Orator and also Editor of the Missouri Lodge of Research. Aaron is a genealogy enthusiast and has uncovered several ancestors who fought on the side of the Colonies in the Revolutionary War. Of these, he has discovered two who were officers in the Continental forces. We wondered if they might have been Freemasons and speculated, given their positions and the historical context, odds were high. I had the same thought about my own great grandfather, John Harrison, who was a prominent 19th century citizen in his community. I knew where his grave was, but before becoming a Mason, I never bothered to pay attention to his Masonic status. I made a trip to the cemetery to find out. The huge square and compasses on his imposing headstone gave me my answer. I’m writing my next book about Freemasons and the interesting, amazing and you might even say weird incidents in their lives — it’s kind of a "Believe It Or Not" of Freemasonry. When I started, I wondered if it wouldn’t be a really small book. Now I’m wondering if it’ll ever end. The point is this: We’re all aware Freemasons have played an important role not only in American but also in world history. The fact is, it’s a bigger role than we think; and overwhelmingly positive. This edition of the Missouri Freemason has its own examples of this, starting with the auspicious life of Henry Clay on the back cover… and more. As to our future role in shaping the positive aspects of world affairs, I’m optimistic, as are most Brothers I know. Let’s all stay tuned and see what happens; in fact, let's make it happen. Steve Harrison, Editor

On The Cover: The cover piece is a John Pine engraving depicting John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster, passing the scroll of Anderson's Constitutions to his successor, Philip Wharton, 1st Duke of Wharton. The archway in back opens to the Red Sea parting, signifying the survival of a long-standing tradition, the culture of the Israelites as they escaped the Egyptians. The flanking pillars represent the five orders of architecture. In the foreground the word "Eureka" sits below a representation of the 47th problem of Euclid. Above, the sun approaches its meridian height in the form of Apollo on a chariot. See page 97 for further light on the issue of the Ancient Landmarks and Anderson's Constitutions by RWB Jeffrey A. Parrotte.


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History Goes Digital The study of history is critical for the understanding of how we got to the present, and how we should advance to the future. The history of the actions of this fraternity is contained in the volumes of the Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. These annual volumes are distributed to each Lodge for its record and reference to the actions that took place at the previous year's annual meeting. This includes reports of all the actions of committees and entities of the Grand Lodge for the preceding year, a report of the finances of the Grand Lodge, statistical information, all legislative actions taken by the voting members of Grand Lodge and the report of the Grand Master as to his activities and actions and the state of the craft in the jurisdiction. It is like a set of minutes for all the Grand Lodge related activities, programs, and functions for the year. The problem with a set of volumes that spans just short of 200 years is the availability of a complete set of the documents (there are two complete sets at the Grand Lodge office in Columbia, along with an untold number of individual volumes, printed but not distributed, or returned from now defunct Lodges) plus only a handful of known sets at Lodges in the state. The condition of many of the older volumes obviously could be fragile and/or deteriorating. Searching for information would obviously require reading one volume at a time, several over 200 pages in length, for each year in the range that the information is suspected to be in, until the desired information can be found, if it is indeed found. Access to complete, usable documents and the sheer volume of information to search has made researching the Proceedings a difficult, if not impossible task … Until now. Under the direction of MWB John Hess, part of the proceeds of the Grand Lodge Directory project, which a significant number of Brethren participated in, was used to contract with a service provider to digitally scan and perform

optical character recognition on a complete set of Proceedings culled from the extra issues that were in storage at the Grand Lodge office. Now, 196 PDF files contain the Proceedings documents that chronicle the details from the first meetings in 1821 to organize and form the Grand Lodge of Missouri, to 2011, where the current Grand Lodge officers were installed. Due to their size, several of the documents were split into two sections for ease of use. The files are available for viewing and searching online through, the same service website that hosts the Missouri Freemason magazine and the Lodge of Research newsletter. Issuu presents the documents in book format, just as if you were reading them from the original paper document (including some handwritten annotations that were on the original copy of the documents that were used to be scanned). To find the list of individual Proceedings documents, go to and click on the "Resources" menu item. To access them directly from Issuu, go to . There are Issuu smartphone apps available for iOS and Android devices to read the documents natively on these devices. Searching is done via the Issuu system. This effort was the first step in bringing Masonic historical and educational materials to our membership in digital format. Many more collections of historical and current documents will follow, including: every version and revision of the Constitution and By-Laws, the Missouri Grand Lodge Bulletin (the predecessor to the Missouri Freemason magazine), books that were published by the Grand Lodge and the Lodge of Research, and the Missouri Freemason magazine. These documents, both in their original paper form as well as digital, will become the core of the collection of the Missouri Masonic Research Library, now under development, and will serve as a powerful tool for research into the history of Freemasonry in Missouri as well as into its future.

St. Louis Grand Master's Breakfast Tradition Continues On April 22, 2012, the sixtieth annual St. Louis Grand Masters Consecration Breakfast was held in the main dining room of the Scottish Rite Cathedral in St. Louis. The idea for a breakfast to honor the Grand Master and the advancing line and to show the support of the St. Louis area Lodges was born in about 1951, with the first breakfast being held in 1952. The breakfast is preceded by an inter-faith service. The event has been held every year for the last sixty years without interruption. This year the breakfast was held in honor of WMB John W. Hess and was attended by Masonic leaders from throughout the State. The featured speaker this year was Brother Byron DeLear, speaking on little known aspects concerning the foundation of the United States. 96 Fall 2012


Presentation on Ancient Masonic Landmarks Compiled from many knowledgeable sources by Jeffrey A. Parrotte We've all heard about the Ancient Landmarks of Freemasonry. Indeed, in our 3rd degree charge, we are told that "Our Ancient Landmarks you are carefully to preserve, and not to suffer them to any pretense to be infringed, or countenance a deviation from our established customs." These Ancient Landmarks must be serious business. Not only are they to be carefully preserved, but they are not, ON ANY PRETENSE, to be infringed. They must be of incredible value since each and every one of us is charged with their preservation. Surely they must be written in stone, behind bullet-proof glass, under constant guard in an unreachable and unbreachable fortress somewhere. So it begs the question, since these Ancient Landmarks are of such incredible importance to Freemasonry, "What are they?" In ancient times, it was the custom to mark the boundaries of lands by means of stone pillars, the removal of which by malicious persons would be the occasion of much confusion. These "landmarks" were the only way by which men could distinguish the limits of their property. To remove them, therefore, was considered a most serious crime. "Thou shalt not," says the Jewish law, "remove thy neighbor’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance." In fact, in some societies, the penalty for moving or removing landmarks was death. It is, however, the Landmarks of our Ancient Fraternity that separate us from the uninitiated. It is also generally agreed that to attempt to alter or remove these Sacred Landmarks, by which we examine and probe a Brother’s claims to share in our privileges, is one of the most heinous offenses that a Freemason can commit. Most parties agree, however, that the first requirement of a Landmark is that it must have existed from "time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary." Its antiquity is its essential element. Secondly, Landmarks must be unchangable and irrevocable and lastly universal. What they were centuries ago, they still remain, and must so continue in force until Freemasonry itself shall cease to exist. They are said to be the foundation on which Freemasonry stands; In other words, they are the core beliefs that define us and cannot be altered, repealed, or removed without doing major damage to the Fraternity. Landmarks are supposed to be principles on which all Masons would agree. Unfortunately Masons and Grand Lodges have not unanimously agreed which items should be included on the list of things that are universal, unchangeable and existed in antiquity. So let's look to history - the saga of our Ancient Landmarks officially begins in the year 1723. We find the first mention of Masonic Landmarks in the writing "The Constitutions of the Free-Masons," by Dr. James Anderson, a Scottish minister. In it he included a THE MISSOURI FREEMASON

compiled list of 39 of what was termed "General Regulations." According to Dr. Anderson the list was first compiled by George Payne, the 2nd Grand Master of the Premier Grand Lodge of England, in the year 1720, when he was Grand Master. The quandary arose because neither George Payne nor James Anderson, or anyone else of the era, ever wrote down or in any other manner specifically communicated what the Ancient Landmarks were. Perhaps they were not recorded because everyone of the time knew what they were and assumed every following generation would as well. Perhaps they were at some point recorded, but somehow lost in the mists of time. Regardless of their historical beginnings the fact that there was no definitive list or enumeration of the old Landmarks eventually set off a flurry of efforts by Masonic authors, committees and thinkers to define them. The first known attempt to define the Landmarks as such was made by the Grand Lodge of Minnesota. On January 9, 1856, this 3 year old Grand Lodge adopted a new constitution, of which Section 8 contained a list of 26 Landmarks. Shortly thereafter, in 1858, Dr. Albert Mackey first published his well known list of 25 ancient, universal and immutable Landmarks. Dr. Mackey may claim to be first in publishing the Ancient Landmarks but he obviously wasn't. In all, at least 12 prominent Masonic authors presented works detailing what they believed to be the definitive list of Masonic Landmarks. The result was that none ever rose to the level of universal acceptance. In reviewing the Landmarks of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota and of Dr. Mackey I found that many of the Landmarks are more like bylaws defining the duties of the Grand Lodge, Master and Wardens of a Lodge. But there are a few that are worth mentioning: Some of Minnesota's Landmarks are (may not be exact quotes): 1. That belief in the Supreme Being, "The Great Architect of the Universe," who will punish vice and reward virtue, is an indispensable prerequisite to admission to Masonry 2. That obedience to the Masonic law and authority being voluntarily assumed, is a perpetual obligation 3. That charity is the right of a Mason, his widow and orphans, when poor and destitute and the duty of his brother to bestow 4. The Lodge-made Mason must be of mature age, freeborn, of good report, hale and sound, not deformed or dismembered, and no eunuch ('Unicks') 5. It is the duty of every Mason to be a contributing member of some Lodge 6. And One for Missouri's Grand Master: That the Grand

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Landmarks, from previous page … Master may make Masons at sight. Some of Dr. Mackey's Proposed Landmarks are (may not be exact quotes): 1. A belief in the existence of God as the Grand Architect of the Universe 2. The "Book of the Law" shall constitute an indispensable part of the furniture of every Lodge 3. The modes of recognition 4. The division of Symbolic Freemasonry into three Degrees 5. The Legend of the Third Degree and belief in a resurrection to a future life 6. The necessity for Freemasons to congregate in Lodges 7. The necessity that every Lodge, when congregated should be duly tiled 8. That no visitor unknown to the Brethren present… can enter a Lodge without first passing an examination according to ancient usage 9. Every Freemason is amenable to the laws and regulations of the Masonic Jurisdiction in which he resides 10. The secrecy of the Institution. In the 1950s at the Conference of Grand Masters of Masons in North America - they upheld three "Ancient Landmarks": 1. Monotheism — An unalterable and continuing belief in God 2. The Volume of The Sacred Law — an essential part of the furniture of the Lodge 3. Prohibition of the discussion of Religion and Politics (within the lodge). Of the 50 States and the District of Columbia only 20 have documented what they believe to be the Ancient Landmarks – Missouri not being in that list. The fewest number of Landmarks being in Michigan with 3 and the largest number of 54 being in Kentucky. No Grand Lodge outside the United States is known to have adopted Landmarks. Of course we are concerned about more than just the organizational Landmarks of Freemasonry, we need to consider also what might be called the personal Landmarks of a Master Mason. These are the moral lessons and fraternal obligations taught in our ritual and which must ultimately reside in our hearts. These Landmarks should guide our thoughts, words and actions, and define for us what it means to be a Freemason and how to act like a Master Mason. The Grand Lodge of Virginia asked each subordinate

Lodge to consult with its Brethren and identify the ten attributes they believed best defined the behavior of a Master Mason. They defined the following 10 attributes 1. Believes in a Supreme Being 2. Has Moral Values 3. Exemplifies Honor and Integrity 4. Believes in the Brotherhood of Man 5. Fulfills Masonic obligations 6. Practices Charity 7. Exercises Brotherly Love 8. Is committed to Family 9. Demonstrates Patriotism and 10. Supports Widows and Orphans. We start with a belief in a Supreme Being, that there must be something to which we answer that is not only greater than ourselves, but greater than our Fraternity as well. To our brotherhood – there are obligations we take on with respect to each other – from keeping a confidence and providing advice and guidance, to more tangible and material support. And these obligations extend to the wives and widows, children and orphans, of our Brethren. We are religious and patriotic, but our Lodges are nonsectarian and non-political. And we seek to be virtuous and honorable men. We believe that every human-being has a claim upon our kind offices and we see it as our duty to assist in making the world a better, more loving, and more compassionate place. So we search for truth, we support justice, we show toleration, and we act charitably. In my view, these are a few of our personal Landmarks, some of the things that distinguish us from social clubs and what makes our Fraternity so special and makes Freemasonry a force for good in the world. Author's note: This article stems from an oral presentation. Therefore, in some cases it uses text taken from the sources below, without quotes or direct reference. RWB Jeff Parrotte was Raised October 13, 1994. He is a Past Master of Ferguson Berkeley Lodge #542 and Bonhomme Lodge #45, DDGM 27th Masonic District Division B, MoCHIP Technical Coordinator, member of the Grand Masters Breakfast Committee, recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor, Grand Sr. Custodian of the International Order of Job’s Daughters Grand Guardian Council of Missouri, Associate Bethel Guardian Bethel #44, member of the Scottish Rite, KSA and York Rite Oriental Chapter, Jeremiah Council and Ascalon Commandery.

Credits / Sources – Quotes and Reference Ancient Landmarks of Freemasonry: A Brief History - Committee on Masonic Education Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri

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In Support Of Our Masonic Youth By Dennis W. Spears, Alpha Lodge #659 Whether we gain in membership through the youth groups or not pales when we understand that these young people are and will be the future, the leaders of our country and the world. If they fail, it is on US because we did not take the time and put out the effort to prepare them to be leaders. As with any Masonic work, if we want to build leaders we must lay the foundation upon which leaders can be built. Without a proper foundation no superstructure can be built or raised. We are the parent organization and as such it is OUR responsibility to support, care for and prepare these young people to take their rightful place in the world. If we do OUR job, we hope the world will be a better place by reflecting those great moral principals inculcated in our Fraternity and in their organizations. The stronger the youth groups, the stronger the Lodge and Fraternity. A Lodge that offers youth groups and the other Masonic bodies has the ability to give its younger members an option to involve their families in the Masonic experience. The Lodge and the Fraternity have the opportunity to gain a family not just a man. I hope you will take a moment to support YOUR Masonic Youth. Youth Groups — A Thought Or Two I have attended several functions of the Job’s Daughters and Rainbow Girls, and have commented many times it is

always a pleasure to watch these young people perform their Rituals. They are as dedicated and concerned about their performances as we are ours, to some extent even more so. DeMolay is starting up again at Alpha and I hope to see great success from these young men and their adult leaders. I recently attended the reception of the Grand Bethel Guardian at Alpha, our own Sandy Flannery. It was quite an affair. Bethel #33 (Alpha) and Bethel #7 (Smithville) held a joint meeting with the officers of both sharing the work. Both Honored Queens lead the meeting by alternating the work and did an excellent job. After the meeting they donned their costumes and participated Halloween activities. Kudos to both Bethels and the adults who support and work with these young ladies. Alpha Lodge has been extremely fortunate to have both an excellent Rainbow Assembly and Job’s Bethel. Both of these groups have brought considerable notice and honor to our Lodge by their successes. Both have won many honors and trophies for their work and have provided numerous State and Grand Officers. This speaks not only to the quality of the young ladies in both organizations but also to the adult leadership they have had in Sheila Baker (Rainbow) and Sandy Flannery (Job’s), and the support and assistance of all the parents and adults who have been involved and continue to be involved. All who have given freely of their time, effort and money See Youth, next page …

Scholarship Recipient Elizabeth Marquart Graduates Summa Cum Laude Editor's note: The Masonic Scholarship Fund, one of the Crown Jewels of Missouri Freemasonry, offers scholarships to graduating high school students to assist with their higher education. On occasion we receive feedback from recipients indicating how much the scholarships have helped them to attain their educational goals and launch their careers. The following letter was recently received from one of our recipients. You may contact the Grand Secretary, Ron Miller, for information on requirements for the scholarships. Dear Mr. Miller, I just wanted to thank you one last time for all your support throughout my college career. I graduated on May 12, 2012 Summa Cum Laude with a 3.9 GPA. I now have a Bachelor of Science in Administration with a major in Accounting degree. Your generous scholarship has really helped me to succeed these past four years. This summer, I will be studying for and taking the four parts of the CPA exam. In September, I start full time at BKD, a CPA firm in St. Louis. I couldn't have done it without your generous support. Thanks again! Sincerely, Elizabeth M. Marquart THE MISSOURI FREEMASON

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Legacy of a Family By Dr. Ty G. Treutelaar, WM, Saint Louis Missouri Lodge #1, as told from R. Miguel White, DDGL 27B As the gavel rapped to close the special communication of Kirkwood Lodge #484, three generations of the same family exited the Lodge Room as Master Masons. Daniel J. White, was raised that 12th day of May, 2012, by his father Juan A. White (PM-DDGL 27A); in the presence of his grandfather M. Wayne White (PM), his uncles R. Miguel White (PM-DDGL 27B) and Esteban A. White and his brother Tony White. Three generations of Master Masons all in one Lodge. The journey of three generations began when another uncle, Carlos, decided to follow his friends in joining the Kirkwood Chapter Order of DeMolay at the age of 14 in 1975. Carlos was the first member of the White family to be involved in any way with the Fraternity and his father, Wayne, was very supportive of his son. As Wayne helped with all of the fundraisers and activities for the Kirkwood Chapter, he had the opportunity to become aware of Kirkwood Lodge and its members. Wayne so enjoyed working with the Lodge members that in time he asked how to become a Mason. A Brother of Kirkwood Lodge was waiting for Wayne to ask to become a Brother and he carried a petition to every event so that he would be ready for Wayne if he asked the question of how to become a member of the Lodge. On that certain day, the petition was so worn and tattered that it would not accept pen to paper, so they wrote the answers to the questions on a dinner napkin and later transferred the information to a fresh petition. Wayne petitioned in late 1975 and became a Master Mason in 1976. He went on to become the Worshipful Master of Kirkwood Lodge and he personally raised each of his four sons in the Third Degree. While as Master in 1981, in a space of three months he learned to obligate in all degrees and to raise in the Third Degree, so as to be able to bring Juan in the Lodge as a Master Mason exactly five years to the day from when Wayne became a Master Mason. Wayne eventually raised each of his four sons, and Juan has accomplished the same achievement for both Tony and Daniel. Learning and teaching the work of the Craft has lead to Juan and Miguel both serving as District Deputy Grand Lec-

Youth, from previous page … to ensure that these young people learn the principals and skills needed to have successful and productive lives, these young people will one day be the leaders of the future and the world. All of us, the Brethren, the Lodge and the Fraternity owe a huge debt to the selfless work these people have done on our behalf. I try to attend as many of the youth group meetings and special functions as I can. I have found many reasons to attend their meetings: I enjoy their Ritual; I am fascinated at watching these young people work and strive at perfection; it is important to teach our youth the Masonic principals that 100 Fall 2012

White family members (front row, left to right): Tony White, Danny White, DDGL Juan White. (Middle row): DDGL Miguel White, Esteban White. (Back row): PM Wayne White.

turers, respectively in 27A and 27B, for the 2011-2012 year. Juan’s sons, Tony and Daniel, have also been learning the Ritual and have demonstrated all three parts of subdivision one, with both of them demonstrating part three during the same meeting of Kirkwood Lodge. Ritual work and support of the Masonic Family for the White family has not been limited to the Blue Lodge, as all of Wayne’s sons and grandsons joined Kirkwood DeMolay and held the position of Past Master Councilor. Five have received the Chevalier honor which recognizes outstanding membership as a DeMolay, and Daniel has recently been nominated to become a Chevalier. The Legion of Honor for continued service to DeMolay was awarded to Carlos, Juan and Miguel; and the PMC Meritorious Service Award is held by Carlos and Tony. The state office of Area Master Councilor has also been held by Tony. The desire among the White family in learning ritual has brought up many informal and non-scheduled study sessions. Stories abound of cars being repaired with more attention to the Masonic Cipher than to the vehicle repair manual, or games of spades where the table talk becomes a round robin of practice. It is remarkable to realize that the legacy of this family all began with a father without any Masonic background, helping support a son in a Masonic youth organization. Each generation has added to this heritage, and we can only look forward to wonder how each successive generation will add to the legacy of these first three generations. are inculcated in each group’s beliefs. It is essential that we support our young people because the day will come when we will want and need their support. I enjoy young people, even though they look funny, dance funny and listen to silly music (funny, I heard the same thing when I was their age, some things never change). They are fun to be around and, most importantly, I care, about them, their futures, the future of our Lodge, their organizations and the Fraternity, all of which we should take care to protect and nurture. Brethren no one is asking, nor does anyone expect you to attend every meeting of the youth groups, but do yourself a See Youth, next page … THE MISSOURI FREEMASON

Rising Sun Lodge Celebrates 160 years of Service By Joseph Russell, Junior Steward, Rising Sun Lodge #13 On May 5, Cinco de Mayo, Rising Sun celebrated its 160th Anniversary in what the Brothers described as grand form. Grand Lodge officers present were Missouri Grand Master John Hess, District B Grand Lecturer Michael Wheeler, 17th District DDGL Michael Allen and 17th District DDGM Jack DeSelms. The Lodge also had distinguished guests from the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Missouri including Most Worshipful Past Grand Master Rodney Terry, Junior Grand Warden Malcolm Morris and Junior Grand Deacon Mario Gaitan.

Missouri Grand Master John Hess welcomes Past Grand Master Rodney Terry and RWB Mario Gaitan, representatives of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Missouri.

The night started out downstairs with fellowship, a feast of tacos (you expected differently?), homemade dishes and desserts followed by the 160-year history of the Lodge presented by RWB R.L. Tichenor. The downstairs festivities ended with the Lodge presenting WB Jack T. Ehrhart his 50year pin and certificate with his wife Sonja by his side.

WB Jack T. Ehrhart (center) and his wife Sonja receive his 50year pin and certificate from 17th District DDGM Jack DeSelms.

Youth, from previous page … favor and attend as often as you can. The youth truly appreciate and want your support. Remember the youth groups are a part of our Masonic family and as such deserve the attention and support of their parent Blue Lodges and their members. A Brother once told me that young people come to these meetings to learn to be adults and the old people come to learn to be kids again, a wise man I think. I attend to see the sparkle in their eyes from the wonder and enthusiasm of THE MISSOURI FREEMASON

Left to right: Missouri Grand Master John Hess, Rising Sun Junior Steward Joe Russell (author) and Rising Sun Worshipful Master Mike Allen.

The events then moved upstairs where the Lodge celebrated its Past Masters by having a round-robin to open the Lodge. MWB John Hess delighted attendees by participating as the Junior Deacon and RWB Malcolm Morris serving as Senior Warden. Everyone seemed to change chairs at least once. During Masonic education, RWB Malcolm Morris shared how his Lodge has adopted a mentorship program for the older Masons and Past Masters to get more involved with the Lodge by being an active mentor for a new Mason and helping that Brother not only through the degrees, but also through the chairs. The thought behind this is not only to get the older Masons and Past Masters actively involved in Lodge again, but also to share the veteran's knowledge with the new Masons, teaching them properly. The Past Masters are also there to answer any and all questions the new Masons may have, bonding both old and new Masons and forming lifelong friendships. So far, this seems to be working and RWB Morris reported his Lodge is becoming stronger. He emphasized it is not the size of the Lodge that makes it strong but the active participation of its members. This author even got involved with the night's festivities by having the pleasure of being installed as Junior Steward with MWB John Hess presiding and RWB Michael Wheeler presenting. It was an honor and moment this writer will never forget. As the Lodge was closed and the night came to an end, many new friendships were formed and the ties of brotherhood that define Missouri Freemasonry were made stronger. All the members of Rising Sun would like to thank all of the distinguished guests for attending, participating, and making this a memorable night. youth, the sparkle that has faded from mine over the years and for a brief time I hope to get back. The real question is who loses the most: the youth from our lack of support, or us from our failure to support and then our confusion as to why the world is as it is. Brethren, support our youth groups. They will be our leaders before long and we want them to have kind thoughts about us old people. Fall 2012 101

Justice and Judgment By Douglas Reece Proverbs 21:3 says; “To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Our desire for justice for ourselves and for others often complicates the issues, builds up factions and quarrels. Worldly justice and unworldly justice are quite different things. The supernatural approach, when understood, is to turn the other cheek, to give up what one has, willingly, gladly, with no spirit of martyrdom, to rejoice in being the least, to being unrecognized, the slightest. (Dorothy Day, “Reflections,” Christianity Today, Vol. 44, no. 10. See: Matthew 5:39; Matthew 20:24-28; Philippians 2:1-8). One of the main lessons of the of the 3rd Degree, according to the volume of the Sacred Law as found in Matthew 7:1, is to reinforce the lesson contained within the Entered Apprentice degree and teach us to act uprightly in our dealings with all mankind, and never fail to act justly toward ourselves, our Brethren, or the world. Justice is the cornerstone upon which we are instructed to erect our Masonic superstructure. For justice in a great measure constitutes the cement of all civil societies. Without it, universal confusion could reign, lawless force could replace equity, and social intercourse might be eliminated. Through His wisdom, God has given us an opportunity to follow His plan for just relationships. A Freemason need look no farther than the Volume of the Sacred Law on how we may participate in His plan. If tempted to steal what belongs to another, we are to resist. If we give in to the temptation, we are to repay what was taken, make amends with our neighbor and sin no more. Man is tempted by many passions arising from lust, greed and vanity. Freemasons are taught that it is not only forbidden to grant control of oneself to one’s passions, it is unjust. To the law of God, Freemasonry adds an imperative contract obligation upon every Mason. Upon entering the Order, or fraternity, the initiate binds himself by a solemn vow to every other Mason in the world. The initiate becomes a brother to others he does not and may never know. He becomes responsible to families he may never see and to aid widows and orphans who are not yet widows or orphans. In essence he becomes obligated to people other than himself to whom he owes duties of kindness, sympathy and compassion. In return for his vows, he is entitled to call upon every other Mason in the world for his assistance when in need, 102 Fall 2012

protection when in danger, sympathy when in sorrow, attention when ill, and a burial when dead. The reciprocal responsibilities, of the fraternity are emblematic of the just dues to be given as a standard or boundary of right to every man by every Mason. A Freemason, while performing his just duties, is uniquely guided by the principles of impartially especially when acting toward other men, women and children without regard to their race, religion, creed, or political beliefs. It is not for the error in such beliefs or the different walks of life for which we chastise our brother (they are his beliefs and as such are his to hold), but for his intolerance of others and his lack charity towards all mankind. Masons do not accuse fellow Brethren for believing in a different philosophy. We accuse a lack of kindness to others, a lack of sympathy, or a lack of integrity. Freemasons do not love their Brethren because they think alike but are loved simply because they are Brethren. And, we, as Masons, do not return an unkind act with yet another; we help to restore troubled souls with compassion. Freemasons are expected to treat all human beings as brothers; especially those who are hateful, spiteful and wish everyone ill. All societies establish laws to guide the people who live within them. God, through the Volume of the Sacred Law, established laws for all to follow, regardless of the society within which one lives. Freemasonry extend its “laws,” or rather its harmonious tenets, that every Mason may know that he is as much “at labor” outside of his Lodge as he is inside. There was once a wise old man sitting at the gate of an ancient city. A young traveler stopped before entering the city and asked the old man, “What kind of people live in this town?” The wise man answered with a question, “What kind of people were in the town you just came from?” “Oh, they were liars and cheats and thugs and drunks, terrible people,” the young traveler replied. The old man shook his head, “The people in this town are the same way.” Later another stranger paused to ask the same question, and again the wise man questioned his questioner, “What kind of people did you just leave?” The second traveler answered, “Oh, I left a fine town. The people were good and kind and honest and hardworking.” The wise man smiled and said, “The people in this town are the same way.” People who are kind and forgiv-

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Justice, from previous page … ing toward others usually experience tolerance from others themselves; those who are harsh, censorious and critical toward others find that others exhibit much the same disposition toward them. Of course, when our Lord warned, “Judge not,” He was not talking about exposing the sins of the ungodly — we must do that. Neither was He talking about withdrawing from the immoral, or restoring erring Masons, or resolving civil disputes, or “knowing a tree by its fruits.” He was forbidding illegitimate judgments that stem from a self-righteous, haughty, puffed-up, hypocritical spirit (Matt. 7:15; Luke 6:37, 38; Rom. 2:1–3). He was forbidding judgments based on inadequate information (John 7:21–24). He was forbidding judgments in which the person assumes the position of God, trying and sentencing Brethren, in regard to eternal salvation (Josh. 4:11, 12; Rom. 14:3, 4, 10, 13; 1 Cor. 4:5). What kinds of Masons attend your Lodge? As Freemasons, we are also taught to regard the laws of the land in which we respectively live as deserving of our complete and unhesitating devotion. Thus, it is not for the Freemason to pick and choose which laws to follow, but to follow all of them and make equal application of them all. Masons are expected to act for the preservation of freedoms whether in the form of public education, or the selection of houses of worship, and to judge each other by the extent of charity freely given. When given in a great measure, the good it serves is limitless. The old are comforted, the ill healed, orphans have fathers, widow are not alone, and God’s justice is meted out to every man, woman, and child. Thus, the verse, “Judge not lest ye be judged,” has a double meaning for the Mason. He must measure his judgment of others with Diligence, Prudence, Temperance, and Discretion in balance with his own charity and wisdom from the Volume of the Sacred Law. To illustrate this point I am reminded about the boy who failed all his college work. He texted his mother; “Failed everything; prepare Papa.” His mom texted back, “Papa prepared; prepare yourself.” Ruth E. Knowlton tells this on herself: “Years ago I lived in an apartment building in a large city. The building next door was only a few feet away from mine, and I could look across the alley into the apartment on the same floor as mine. There was a woman who lived there, whom I had never met, yet I could see her as she sat by her window each afternoon, sewing or reading. “After several months had gone by, I began to notice that her windows were dirty. Everything was indistinct through her smudged windows. I would say to myself, ‘I wonder why that woman doesn’t wash her windows? They look dreadful!’ “One bright morning I decided to do my spring housecleaning and thoroughly cleaned my apartment, including washing the windows on the inside. “Late in the afternoon when I was finished, I sat down by the window with a cup of coffee for a rest. What a surprise! Across the way, the woman sitting by her window was clearly visible. Her windows were clean! “Then it dawned on me. I have THE MISSOURI FREEMASON

been criticizing her dirty windows, but all the time I was observing them through my own dirty ones!” In most things we are reasonable enough to withhold judgment until we have examined them in their entirety. For instance, no man attempts to judge as to the vastness and grandeur of the ocean because he has seen a cup of its water; no man judges the beauty and strength of a building from a bit of the brick of which it is built, or of the purpose of the author from a word cut here and there from one of his books. When we look at our own lives, however, logic seems to weaken, and we draw the most unreasonable conclusions. We plunge into some dark cavern and lament, “Oh that all my labor and pains should have come to this! Oh that God should have turned a deaf ear to my pleadings!” If we would wait long enough, we would see that we have been gently forced into the only avenue through which the light we asked for can be reached. As Masons we sometimes fall into the trap of negative judging. Let us not be like that man who is always quick to judge his fellowmen: If he is poor, he is a bad manager. If he is rich, he is dishonest. If he needs credit, he can’t get it. If he is prosperous, everyone wants a favor from him. If he’s in politics, it’s for pie. If he is out of politics, you can’t place him, and he’s no good for his country. If he doesn’t give to charity, he’s stingy. If he does, it’s for show. If he is actively religious, he is a hypocrite. If he takes no interest in religion, he’s a hardened sinner. If he shows affection, he’s a soft specimen. If he seems to care for no one, he’s cold-blooded. If he dies young, there was a great future ahead of him. If he lives to an old age, he has missed his calling. Those who speak evil of others are usually too quick to draw conclusions. If they see a man coming out of a bar, they immediately decide he must have been drinking. They lack the charitable nature that would let them consider that he may very well have gone in to distribute Christian tracts in a place where they were desperately needed, or he may have gone in to try to persuade a weaker brother to leave the place and go home. In closing I am reminded about a small orphaned boy lived with his grandmother. One night their house caught fire. The grandmother, trying to rescue the little boy asleep upstairs, perished in the smoke and flames. A crowd gathered around the burning house. The boy’s cries for help were heard above the crackling of the blaze. No one seemed to know what to do, for the front of the house was a mass of flames. Suddenly a stranger rushed from the crowd and circled to the back where he spotted an iron pipe that reached an upstairs window. He disappeared for a minute, then reappeared with the boy in his arms. Amid the cheers of the crowd, he climbed down the hot pipe as the boy hung around his neck. Weeks later a public hearing was held in the town hall to determine in whose custody the boy would be placed. Each person wanting the boy was allowed to speak briefly. The first man said, “I have a big farm. Everybody needs the outof-doors.” The second man told of the advantages he could See Justice, next page … Fall 2012 103

Missouri Masonic Child ID Program (MoCHIP) Reaches 150,000 The FREE child ID program, MoCHIP, sponsored by the Masonic Children’s Foundation has reached a major milestone, having ID’d its 150,000th child during a routine event in St. Roberts, Missouri that turned out to be anything but. The MoCHIP event, sponsored by Waynesville Lodge #375 and Richland Lodge #385 was one of three area events (the other two taking place in Fayette and Wentzville) held June 16, and having calculated that this would be THE weekend, MoCHIP’s State Coordinator, Nick Cichielo had prepared his teams accordingly, regional coordinators calling in every half hour until the location was realized. Then, David Collignon, Dale Roller’s second in command of MoCHIP team #4, counted the necessary number of children in line until number 150,000 revealed herself. Sevenyear-old Jayme from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was our girl, her stepfather having just returned from his tour in Afghanistan. These milestones are not only a measurement of MoCHIP’s success, but also a clear indication of the continued value parents place on the MoCHIP program. “We are not just IDing children new to MoCHIP,” reveals Nick Cichielo, “Parents are becoming more diligent about having their children’s MoCHIP packets updated.” (MoCHIP recommends that children under 4 update packets annually, 5 and over every two years to age 12, then annually once again through age 21). And the demand for MoCHIP events has increased steadily each of the nearly seven years of its existence, “We are 94% booked for 2012 and more than half booked for 2013,” adds Cichielo, explaining that the program books events no more than 2 years out. With what began as a dozen enthusiastic Freemasons and

a few borrowed laptops, today MoCHIP consists of 7 regions throughout Missouri, 101 regional coordinators and team members, 87 computers, 17 fingerprint scanners, and has held a whopping 919 events with the support of 18,992 volunteers. Additionally, MoCHIP’s comprehensive program has become the prototype for all Masonic child ID programs internationally, and a recognized partner of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). MoCHIP also celebrated its 3rd statewide MoCHIP Child ID Awareness day on June 23, a proclamation set forth by Governor Jay Nixon in 2009; no small feat in what will be MoCHIP’s 7th anniversary in August! No parents want to believe that the unimaginable could happen to them, though nearly 2,000 children are reported missing or abducted in the United States each day. MoCHIP has been tested eight times in Missouri that we know of, with every one of those children returned home safely to their families. The peace of mind MoCHIP provides to Missouri families is invaluable. It’s important to note here that GIRLS and BOYS ages 11-21 are statistically most susceptible to become missing, and though we cannot release details on the recoveries, each of the seven children were between the ages of 11-21. The program consists of five major components — digital photographs, digital fingerprints, vital child information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression, and two laminated ID cards. The photographs, fingerprints and child data are burned onto a mini-CD that is compatible with the AMBER ALERT system already in place. The dental impression provides a virtual diagram of the child’s biting surface. It, like fingerprints, is unique to each individual and further

Justice, from previous page … provide. “I’m a teacher. I have a large library. He would get a good education.” Others spoke. Finally the richest man in the community said, “I’m wealthy. I could give the boy everything mentioned tonight: farm, education, and more, including money and travel. I’d like him in my home.” The chairman asked, “Anyone else like to say a word?” From the backseat rose a stranger who had slipped in unnoticed. As he walked toward the front, deep suffering showed on his face. Reaching the front of the room, he stood directly in front of the little boy. Slowly the stranger removed his hands from his pockets. A gasp went up from the crowd. The little boy, whose eyes had been focused on the floor until now, looked up. The man’s hands were terribly scarred. Suddenly the boy emitted a cry of recognition. Here was the man who had

saved his life. His hands were scarred from climbing up and down the hot pipe. With a leap the boy threw himself around the stranger’s neck and held on for life. The farmer rose and left. The teacher, too. Then the rich man. Everyone departed, leaving the boy and his rescuer who had won him without a word. Those marred hands spoke more effectively than any words. It is the actions of the Mason who lives by the justice and charity taught in this degree that has the scared hands from building his moral and Masonic edifice.

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RWB Doug Reece is Past Master of Temperance Lodge #438. He has a long list of Masonic accomplishments and affiliations with appendant bodies and is the District Deputy Grand Lecturer of the 7th Masonic District.


Did You Notice … The April, 2012, edition of the venerable Short Talk Bulletin, published by the Masonic Service Association of North America reprinted the article "Most Excellent King Solomon" by MWB J.C. Montgomery. Dr. Montgomery's original article appeared in the Missouri Freemason magazine's Winter, 2011 edition. MWB Montgomery served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri in 1978-1979. He is a Fellow of the

Missouri Lodge of Research, where he also served as Master. He is a former editor of the Royal Arch Mason International Journal as well as the Missouri Freemason magazine. A 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Dr. Montgomery has been recognized as an outstanding Masonic author. He holds a doctor of divinity degree from Central Methodist College and is a retired United Methodist Minister.

CHIP, from previous page … supplies enough saliva to provide a DNA sample that can also be used as scent source for trained canine search teams. Combined, this five-part process provides a dramatic, timesensitive recovery tool for authorities. Once the child is processed through the program, which generally takes only 15 minutes, the parent is armed with a single pre-printed envelope that instructs authorities in the event of an emergency. This is something a parent in crisis would undoubtedly have trouble with, and a proactive measure to combat the time sensitivity involved in recovery. Within a matter of minutes the MoCHIP CD can be loaded into a computer directly from a police officer's automobile and entered into the Amber Alert system. On the day of the MoCHIP event, parents are urged to gather pertinent information such as doctor, dentist, emergency contact phone numbers, allergies, medications, parent work, cell, and assorted phone numbers. Information Col-

lection Forms and Permission Slips can be downloaded from the website and filled out ahead of time. Height charts and scales are available at the event to facilitate the most current details regarding the child. As would be expected, security and privacy are of utmost importance. All information and specimens are collected on site, processed and provided to the parent or legal guardian in a yellow envelope. At the end of each event, databases are erased using state-of-the-art software. The only item retained by the Masonic Children’s Foundation is the signed permission slip. Please visit our website ( for more information, to find an event in your area or to schedule an event. Friend us on Facebook! We are also a featured cause on Facebook and you can find us on Twitter too! For more information on becoming a corporate partner or to make a donation, please contact MCF Coordinator, Nicholas R. Cichielo (636-530-6069, email nick.mochip@

Clay, from back cover … he declined a public reception, several thousand persons gathered to greet him on his arrival, demanding a speech, which he declined. Since the property did not sell after several weeks, he built a house on it for his son, James B. Clay, who occupied it for several years. This house is still used by the Calvary Cemetery Association. In about 1800, Henry was raised in Lexington Lodge #1, Lexington, Kentucky. This Lodge was chartered on November 17, 1788 as Lexington Lodge #25 by the Grand Lodge of Virginia, four years before Kentucky was admitted into the Union. The petition for charter was made by three surveyors: Henry’s cousin, Green Clay; Richard Clough Anderson, who was its first Master; and John Fowler. In 1800, permission was given by the Grand Lodge of Virginia for the five Lodges in Kentucky to form a Grand Lodge, at which time Lexington Lodge was renamed #1. He was Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in 1806, 1807 and 1809. Grand Lodge documents record that in 1820, Henry Clay served as Master of Lexington Lodge #1 and at the same time was Grand Master of Kentucky. “This unusual honor that was conferred upon the illustrious ‘Harry of the West’ has never before or since been extended to another Kentucky Mason.” He participated in a Masonic conference held in the U.S. Senate chambers in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 1822, the only Masonic meeting on record ever held in that room. A resolution for establishing a general Grand Lodge was offered and defeat-

ed. Although he presented the proposal, some report that he opposed it and later wrote that he motivated the state Grand Lodges to vote it down. He was an honorary member of St. John’s Lodge #1, New York City. During the anti-Masonic period he flirted politically with members of that party. When questioned as to his views on Masonry he answered, “But it must not be said that I concur in the denunciation of Masonry. Nor must it be expected that I will make any formal renunciation of it. I believe it does more good than harm, although it does not practically effect all that it theoretically promises. I would not denounce and formally renounce it to be made President of the United States.” During this period he demitted from his home Lodge, but was reinstated and was present at the Grand Lodge sessions in 1829. In 1825 Henry’s friend, the Marquis de Lafayette, toured the nation and visited the Grand Lodge of Kentucky in the unfinished Grand Masonic Hall in Lexington. Lafayette presented Clay with a Masonic apron that he had been given when he participated in the laying of the cornerstone of the monument at the Bunker Hill Battlefield. Henry Clay was in the National Hotel in Washington, D.C., on June 29, 1852, at the time of his death from tuberculosis. He was buried in Lexington with Masonic honors and his monument was dedicated by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky on July 4, 1858. On Clay’s coffin was placed this apron, which now hangs in the Henry Clay Bedroom at Ashland, the family home in Lexington.


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The Attentive Ear and the Instructive Tongue By WB Anthony J. Kerns (King Hill Lodge #376 / Temperance Lodge #438) There I stood; blindfolded, dressed in clothing that was too small for me, my left pant leg rolled above my knee, my shirt halfway open exposing my left breast, no shoe on my left foot and a sandal on my right. I had been asked to remove all my jewelry and to trust the two men that had just helped me get “ready” for my initiation. Is this a bad dream? Do I really want to belong to this organization? What are they going to do? What am I going to have to do? Does any of this sound familiar? I am sure we can all relate to this very situation (at least once…or maybe three times). For several years I have been talking to new candidates after being Initiated, Passed and Raised. I wanted to know what their experiences were and how they felt about our Rituals. I inquired about what was going on with their minds while preparing. We discussed what they felt and heard during the Ritual. We also reviewed what they remembered and understood from the Ritual. I was not being nosy or trying to ruin any of their experiences. Each Brother was aware that our conversations were confidential. My intent was to collect important information that could be used to help provide a better experience for candidates and produce better men for the Fraternity. After compiling and reviewing all this data, I formulated

a “plan of attack” for studying and administering the Obligations. My goal was to address several issues I found common among the candidates’ experiences and to provide an overall better Ritual for future Brethren. But first, like all great plans, it had to have a name. I thought for a while and decided that I could be a P.E.S.T. (Pause, Enunciate, Slow down and Teach ) and provide that great experience that I have come to know and love. It sounds pretty obvious and simple, but we all know or remember listening to that “Robotic Obligation” that just could not get done fast enough. I do not mean to offend anyone or make fun of someone’s ritual work, but I found that this is the cause for much of the candidate’s confusion. Pause. Wikipedia tells us this is to rest, hesitate, or temporarily stop. I remember my earliest grammar teacher explaining to me that I should pause whenever I see a comma in a sentence. I think you will all agree that there are an abundance of commas in our Cipher. The grammatical lesson aside, pausing during all Ritual work is crucial. It allows each Brother to soak in the message, to form that mental picture associated with that message and to form his own thoughts and responses to that

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Masons Honor DeMolay Hero On June 19, members of the Swope Park York Rite bodies lay Chapter, went back into the house to find a five year old honored a brave DeMolay boy with a plaque and cash award girl as soon as they determined she had not gotten out. The for action taken last April 11. On that day a fire broke out girl was functionally dead, not breathing and with no heart in a two story home at 210 W. Dakota street in Butler while beat. She was revived by CPR and suffered broken ribs. Daseven people slept. Thanks to the quick actions of two teens, kota was admitted into the hospital having suffered from everyone escaped the fire that eventually consumed most of smoke inhalation. The brave action of the boys got everyone out alive, especially the little five the structure. Two adults year old girl, whom Dakota saved. were downstairs while Additionally, WB Jim Payne prefive children upstairs sented Dakota a financial reward were trapped by flames on behalf of the Lodge. Butler in the stairwell. Fourteen Lodge members who support the year old Dakota Hulse, DeMolay chapter are justifiably who was spending the proud of a fine group of young night, along with another men who compose the memberteenager, acted quickly by ship of Thirteen Brother DeMolay lowering the other chilChapter, and who welcomed the dren from a second story visitors of Swope Park Masonic window onto a rooftop, then safely to the ground. Tom Holmes, Past Commander Knight Templar Commandery Lodge with genuine Masonic hosDakota, a member of #68 and Roy Thomas, Secretary of William F. Kuhn Chapter #284 pitality and courtesy. Thirteen Brothers DeMo- Royal Arch Masons with DeMolay hero Dakota Hulse. 106 Fall 2012


Integration of the Self By Sam L. Land, 32°, KT We have discussed over the past months the fact that each of us observes and interacts with our world in three ways: physically, mentally and spiritually. We receive material input from our five senses: seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling and touching. We mentally utilize both a system of reasoning and a system of emoting (using our emotions). Spiritually, we connect with our Creator. Now it is time to begin using this knowledge to help ourselves understand and live comfortably. To do this we need to know how these systems work together to provide for our needs. We must live and operate in this material world as it is the only one we have. In this world we exist, work, eat, breathe, play, buy things, sell things, have children, intermingle and die. We only know we do these things because our senses tell us we do. If we had no senses we could not know we do these things. It also stands to reason that if we had no senses we could not do these things functionally. Oops! Did I say “stands to reason?” Sure I did because we also have the ability to think. When we move into our mental state and use our minds to reason, we move a step higher in our abilities and begin to evaluate our world in an orderly fashion using reason. Now we evaluate things as good, better, best; good and bad; and

profitable and unprofitable. We invest much of our time in education so that we can make better decisions based on expanded knowledge. Our emotions are the tools we use to create, imagine and fantasize. Our emotions have no boundaries and we must use our ability to reason to evaluate and control them. This alone is no easy task. We become much better at it with practice by making errors and correcting them, which hones our ability to reason to a fine edge. With these two abilities can’t we live well? We know deep in our understanding that what we have on this Earth is not all there is and we feel the void that this creates. We cannot always understand it or talk about it or explain the feeling but we know that it is there. That is because we are created to feel that way and to seek the solution. It is at this point that we must learn to utilize our spiritual abilities. We are created in this life with a very strong need to fulfill our ego. We want what is good and pleasant for us. We seek to maximize our pleasure and to minimize our pain. We are, after all, an animal of Nature. It is the very basis of Nature to instill in all creatures the desire to protect and advance ourselves. We see this very well defined throughout the entire world today. What’s in it for me? We even go a

Ear, from previous page … message. All of us have the ability to pick up the Cipher and read the words, but the Master (or whoever is obligating) should utilize this trait to control the flow of the Ritual and make sure each and every Brother has the best experience that can possibly be given to him. We only have one time to initiate an Entered Apprentice, one time pass a Fellowcraft and one time to Raise a Master Mason. Enunciate. tells us this is “to pronounce words… to state or declare definitely… to announce or proclaim.” I have witnessed way too many times someone mumbling words under his breath because he is nervous or not sure of himself. This is a huge disservice to the candidates. Remember how you felt… you had no idea what to expect, you were blindfolded and your other senses were working overtime. We need to make sure we are working hard to learn the Ritual correctly and know how to pronounce words and enunciate them for the candidate to repeat. There is no shame in taking that extra week or two to practice and make sure that you are aware of things that are plural and “the” versus the “thy.” I agree and understand that perfection is extremely difficult to achieve, but we as a Fraternity must always strive for it. The goal is not personal satisfaction or awards, but to give that candidate the best and most knowledgeable experience we can. Slow Down. I really do not think I need to review a definition for this trait. I have witnessed Lodges open in record time. Degree after degree put on as fast as we can run the

candidates through and get them dressed. Lodge should be a place that we slow down life, appreciate the company of our Brethren and utilize our time to provide a more meaningful experience to the candidates. Slowing down also means speaking slower and allowing your pauses and enunciation to be utilized. Have you ever seen a person obligating have to continually repeat words or sentences at the altar? This should be a clue that one or all of these traits are missing or need improvement. Teach. Merriam-Webster tells us this is “to guide the studies of… to impart the knowledge of… to instruct by precept, example, or experience.” This one trait is what makes our Fraternity survive and grow. The only way our Ritual is passed on from generation to generation (correctly) is to pass along our knowledge. This should be the number one goal of every man who belongs to the Fraternity. This should be the focus of every Worshipful Master of every Lodge across the world. WE WILL NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT TEACHING. This does not mean that every person in Lodge is a ritualist, but we all have something to teach and pass on. We all have different life experiences and come from different backgrounds. We all should meet upon the Level, act by the Plumb and part upon the Square. Tony Kerns is a second generation Mason raised November 11, 2006, at King Hill Lodge #376 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is currently serving as Master of that Lodge. WB Kerns is a dual member of Temperance Lodge #438 in Smithville, Missouri, and holds a prized Sub III card.


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June 27, 2012 Brethren: On behalf of MWB. John W. Hess, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF&AM, 2011-2012, I would like to extend to all Missouri Masons an invitation to attend the 191st Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF&AM. The event is to be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, Missouri, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, September 23, 24 and 25, 2012. Reservations may be made at the Holiday Inn by calling 573.445.8531. Please inform the hotel at the time of your reservation that you are attending the Grand Lodge Session so that you will receive the Grand Lodge of Missouri group rate. Other nearby hotels include the Drury Inn (573.445.1800) and the La Quinta Inn & Suites (573.445.1899). If you plan to attend the Monday Night Grand Lodge Banquet, tickets may be purchased at a cost of $35.00 during the Grand Lodge Session. Menu for this event includes roasted pork loin in port wine reduction, baked potato, broccoli, salad with choice of dressing, rolls with butter, and choice of either chocolate layer cake or ultimate orange cake. On Tuesday morning, Master Masons and their

Ladies are invited to attend the Missouri Lodge of Research Breakfast and Truman Lecture Series, featuring Guest Speaker Brother Clifton Truman Daniel, oldest grandson of Harry S. Truman. Cost for the Breakfast and Lecture is $20.00 per person. All tickets may be purchased from the Grand Lodge Office Staff tables located in Piccadilly’s at the hotel. Ladies of the membership are also welcome to participate in the Ladies Events during the session, including a Monday morning breakfast and Monday luncheon and social time. Ticket prices for Ladies’ Events will be announced closer to the event. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your stay in Columbia, please feel free to contact the Grand Lodge Office by phone at (573) 474-8561 or by E-mailing Ron Miller at or Adriene Price at

Self, from previous page … large step further and say, “Not only must I win, but you must also lose!” We cannot change our egoistic ways as they are rooted deeply in us by the Creator. They grow and expand, fulfilling our desire but the result is only short term pleasure and we must be swiftly off to another opportunity to give to ourselves. How can we win at this rat race? What is needed is the desire to change. Let me give you a story to illustrate what this means. A man wished to be kind to his friend and show his gratitude for his friendship. The man invited his friend to dinner and served him everything the friend liked, every item a favorite. When the friend sat down to dinner he saw all the wonderful items: meats, breads, wines, fruits, nuts and vegetables. The friend was

so taken aback at this offering that he knew he could never repay, felt a deep guilt and said he could not accept this great gift. The man explained that he had done this out of friendship and love for the friend. The friend saw that the man was truly hurt that he had not accepted this offering and felt greater guilt. The friend decided to accept the gift, not to satisfy his own egoistic desires, but to cause the man joy. That is the deciding factor that we need to understand. We will move into the spiritual world of “loving our neighbors as ourselves” when we can put the needs and feelings of others above our own. This is the highest and best we can do with our lives: meet on the level, act on the plumb, and part upon the square. We need to join all the individuals in the world onto one world of brothers.

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Sincerely and Fraternally, Ronald D. Miller, Grand Secretary


Leading The Way In DeMolay The greatest reward a young man has the opportunity to gain from membership in DeMolay is growing into a high quality leader. Our members in Missouri have the tools and resources to set the standard for DeMolay across the globe. As we have been blessed with so many tremendous, hard working youth and adult leaders, we cannot give enough thanks to the Grand Lodge for the countless years of help and support. The pride and success of our order comes from the strong bond we have with Freemasonry, the foundation of our youth organizations. We are truly building Freemasonry through DeMolay and are able to do so because of the commitment of our Masonic Family in Missouri. Many of our members have already joined Freemasonry to extend the brotherhood of our fraternal organizations beyond their youth. While Freemasonry is our foundation, DeMolay is the future of Freemasonry! Time rapidly passes by unexpectedly as we are already halfway through a new term. The progress we have made during this time has made the improvements in our jurisdiction very evident. The State Officer corps has been redeveloped and condensed, offering us all a much more successful flow of communication and performance. On a much larger scale, communication has taken off and given our entire state a way to keep up with a very eventful term plan. We have implemented various social media tools including FaceBook, Twitter and our very own Seven Times electronic newsletter. We trust that you will take an interest in this new and exciting development and stop by our site to check it out. In addition to the exciting state events we have planned, the interaction on a district and chapter level has been outstanding. At this point, the reader is probably expecting a recap of the past several months. If so, please enjoy looking through our website, This will give you the opportunity to browse through our Seven Times newsletter, THE MISSOURI FREEMASON

which includes articles from November through July and will be updated again in September! The newsletter is only one of the many devices we have implemented. Our entire website is full of exciting news and information, constantly being updated and presented in a visually positive manner. As the summer is coming to a close, we have much excitement to reflect upon in Missouri DeMolay. This season started off with a most successful State Conclave over Memorial Day weekend, run by our Deputy State Master Councilor, Dustin Sanders. As delegates of the DeMolay International Congress, Dustin and I attended the International Supreme Council Session in Louisville, Kentucky, where we shared with others the great connections of our Masonic Family in Missouri. At the end of July, Missouri hosted its annual DeMolay Leadership Training Conference in Potosi, which over 100 DeMolays attended. Among the countless people we have to thank for our success in Missouri DeMolay, we owe our greatest appreciation to the Master Masons of Missouri. We look forward to sharing the experiences that are to come and once again would like to thank you all for everything you do for DeMolay. God bless you! Brother Brandon Cockerham, 32° Scottish Rite Mason (State Master Councilor)

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Hello Missouri Masons! Missouri Job’s Daughters just recently held its annual session at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. I am Tiffany Hudson, Past Honored Queen from Bethel #19 in Webster Groves, and was just installed as Grand Bethel Honored Queen. I will be serving this year with Mom Linda Meunier, Grand Guardian from Bethel #43 in Fenton, and Dad Doug Anderson, Associate Grand Guardian from Bethel #44 in Ballwin. We were honored to have MWGM John Hess attend our Formal Opening and get the opportunity to meet our members. At our Session we had Ritual, arts & crafts and performing arts competition. We also had an awards ceremony, Cosmic/Crazy Bowling, Grand Bethel Installation, and our Annual Grand Bethel Meeting with election and selection of officers and representatives for 2012-2013. The year started off with a bang! HIKE (Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund) was given the opportunity to present a young lady, Amber Perkins, and her family with a check for the purchase of hearing aids or other devices we hope make school easier and life more enjoyable for her. In the state of Missouri over the last twelve months our girls raised just over $13,000 which sounds like a lot but remember that dual programmable hearing aids can often cost one family as much as $3,500. July took us to our Grand Guardian Council Workshop at the Grand Lodge in Columbia on July 21. We were able to visit with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, put out a real fire with the Boone County Fire Department, have a Q&A session on our new Ritual and much more. The Grand Bethel had a night out with the River City Rascals baseball team on July 27. Our members got to go out on the field to sing and we had a wonderful evening to watch a game. Then July 28 was Masonic Youth Day at the Grand Lodge in Columbia. Our girls look forward to this day every year to hang out with all our friends and to see what kind of amazing prizes are handed out at the end of the day. August began with our Supreme Session in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a wonderful opportunity to travel to the East coast to visit with my Sisters from all over the world. I represented the girls from our State at Supreme Session and our Miss Missouri, Ashlee Brannin, represented our state in the Miss International Pageant. I would like to wish happy birthday to Dad Doug Anderson, AGG, whose birthday is on August 29. September is laid back since everyone is back in school and our member’s education is very important. On September 15 we will be hosting the Lincoln-Truman HIKE when Illinois and Missouri get together to raise money for hearing impaired kids. Anyone can raise money or give a donation to HIKE. I’m looking forward to Grand Lodge this year; it 110 Fall 2012

Amy Bush Grand Bethel Senior Princess, Tiffany Hudson Grand Bethel Honored Queen and Kaarin Hoogstraten Grand Bethel Junior Princess.

will be my third year being there and it’s so nice to meet the Masons of Missouri. October picks up the pace a bit starting with our Miss/ Jr. Miss Missouri Pageant on October 6, at the Scottish Rite in St. Louis. Here we will get to see all our beautiful young ladies representing their Bethel while competing. The next day, we will have our Live, Laugh, Love and Be Kind Statewide Church Service at Bethel #43 in Fenton. We will keep all that excitement going while we welcome our Supreme Team (Supreme Bethel Honored Queen, Miss International, Supreme Guardian, and Associate Supreme Guardian) On October 9 - 10. On October 13, we will get to meet with some of the members of the Scottish Rite in St. Louis and I believe we may even be making a presentation of some sort; we hope to see some of you there! I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to let Missouri Masons know what the Job’s Daughters are doing in the state. Please know that all Masons and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend these and all Job’s Daughters events. Looking forward to meeting and greeting you during my travels this year and remember — you are our heritage. Live, Laugh & Love, Tiffany Hudson, Grand Bethel Honored Queen 2012-2013


Every Day is a Celebration! I've just returned from Missouri's Grand Assembly and am getting ready to attend Tennessee's Grand Assembly (and then will attend our Supreme Assembly in Grand Rapids, Michigan). It's an exciting time in my home … and, before I go any further, please let me introduce myself. My name is Chelsea Thomason and I am the 86th Grand Worthy Advisor in the State of Missouri. My Installation was held Monday evening, June 25, at the John Q. Hammons University Plaza Convention Center. I am using Precious Moments as my symbols and the pastel colors that go with them. I was born in July, 1991, in Illinois. We lived a while in Tennessee (where my younger brother and sister were born) and then moved to St. Charles, Missouri, when I began first grade. I am a HUGE sports fan and, for as long as I can remember, my family has always run from one sporting event to another. Growing up I played soccer, tee-ball and ran track. Ask me about the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues — I am one of their die-hard fans! My Rainbow journey began on October 22, 2002, when I was initiated. I held most of the offices before being installed as the first Worthy Advisor of Wentzville Assembly #114 on February 4, 2006. I am a second generation Rainbow Girl and a third generation Eastern Star member. My father is a Mason, my sister is a Rainbow Girl and my brother is in DeMolay. I am proud to share that my family has been part of the Masonic Family for over 35 years. I saw many Masons at my Installation or earlier on Sunday at our Grand Opening — I hope those present enjoyed the drills, the excitement of awards and the dancing. A special thank you to Mr. John Hess for attending our Initiation of new members! It was a privilege to have you present — you and your Brothers are welcome to as many Rainbow events as you'd like to attend in the future! For those who attended any part of our Grand Assembly, you saw rolls and rolls of toilet paper. Thousands of rolls were collected by our Rainbow Girl and Grand Cross of Color (Honor Society) members. They have all been delivered to Camp Barnabas in Purdy, Missouri. This was the State Service Project of the (now) Junior Past Grand Worthy Advisor, Brianne Sisco and (now) Junior Past State Dean Jeanette Pierce. My State Service Project will be the Scottish Rite Clinics for Childhood Language Disorders in Missouri. I know many of you have a special place in your heart for these clinics. Specifically, we will be collecting books that are targeted for 2-6 year olds. The new State Dean of the Grand Cross of Color, Bobbie Harris, will be working with me on this project and we hope to report that hundreds of


books are filling the needs of the children who attend the Clinics. Books may be new or very gently used and the Rainbow Girls may deliver them throughout the year (reporting to Bobbie or me the numbers delivered). They can also bring them to any of my visits and I will make certain they are promptly delivered. My schedule of visits is on our website ( and you are welcome to join me at any (or all) of them. Rainbow Gets Girls Ready for Life! We are striving through Rainbow to build a better womanhood — striving to elevate leadership, mentoring our younger members, service, integrity, forever friends, tightening our ties with our Rainbow Sisters while welcoming new ones, FUN and much more. Remember to check out that calendar to come see us! We love visitors and always try to do our very best. Every Day IS a Celebration! Chelsea Thomason Grand Worthy Advisor State of Missouri International Order of Rainbow for Girls

Chelsea Thomason, Grand Worthy Advisor (left) and State Dean of the Grand Cross of Color Bobbie Harris.

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President Ramsey Outlines Key Programs Closing out his year, outgoing Masonic Home of Missouri President Dave Ramsey thanked the Board and staff members for their service and dedication to those the MHM programs serve. "We have a dedicated group of staff who may have joined us for a job… but have seen that job turn into their mission. I am blessed for having had the opportunity to know and work with them," he said. In his final message as President he reminded members of the Craft of all the services the Home provides. "In a marketing class in college, " he said, "I was taught that on average, a person needs to see or hear something seven times before retaining it. Therefore, I thought it was appropriate for me to share, one more time, the eight wonderful programs available through the Masonic Home Outreach Services." President Ramsey went on to outline the following key programs: Short Term Financial Assistance Program - provides short term financial relief such as, help with dental needs and eyeglasses to eligible Missouri Master Masons, their wives/widows and female members of the Order of the Eastern Star. Long Term Financial Assistance Program - provides financial assistance for longer periods for such things as assisted living care to eligible Missouri Master Masons, their wives/widows and female members of the Order of the Eastern Star. Children’s Financial Assistance Program - provides financial assistance for the medical care and needs of legal dependents of Missouri Master Masons or female members of the Order of the Eastern Star. Creating-A-Partnership Program (CAP) - is a matching

funds program through which the MHM partners with the local Lodge/Chapter to assist children with needs in their communities. Social Services Program - helps individuals locate needed services throughout the state. Provides Lodges with directories of the various services available in their districts. Widow’s Program - developed to bring Masonic Widows, the local Masonic Home Representatives and the Masonic Home of Missouri together to recognize and assist our Masonic Widows when needed. The MHM hosts luncheons throughout the state to inform and educate the widows of the available MHM programs. Masonic Family Cares - This program connects Lodges and Chapters with members of the fraternity that don’t necessarily Outgoing need financial assistance but might need Masonic Home President a helping hand around the house or just a Dave Ramsey friendly face to visit and check on them. Financial Counseling - our newest program, it works in conjunction with the Financial Assistance Programs to help our members learn life skills, such as budgeting and debt management. Right Worshipful Brother Ramsey, who is also Deputy Grand Master, reiterated that the MHM's motto is “We are where you are!” He emphasized that more information about the programs is available on the MHM website at or by calling 1-800-434-9804.

Masonic Home Announces New Financial Counseling Program The Masonic Home of Missouri recently announced that it will offer a new program through Outreach services. This new Financial Counseling Program will work with Master Masons, their wives, widows and female members of the Order of the Eastern Star who have applied or are receiving assistance through the MHM's Financial Assistance Programs. During the past several years the Home's Board of Directors and staff have noticed an increasing trend of younger members who require short-term financial assistance. Loss of employment or health problems have been among the main causes of this need. Home representatives realized some of the financial distress could have been avoided had clients been more aware of their spending, had adequate savings, and adjusted their budgets to reflect changes in income. A home representative noted, "The economic downturn has caused financial distress for people all across the country. As of May 2012, real estate trends show that 1,427,669* 112 Fall 2012

homes are in foreclosure in the United States; 2,509* of those homes are in the state of Missouri. That translates to 1 in every 1081* mortgaged homes in Missouri currently in foreclosure." Eligible persons who apply for short-term financial assistance and who are referred to the Financial Counseling Program will receive advice on budgeting, prioritizing payment of expenses and debt, lowering variable expenses, identifying and eliminating unnecessary expenses and determining solvency. They will also learn about the principles of net worth and basic liquidity and receive assistance in creating financial goals. In addition, MHM staff will help create a plan to obtain those goals and refer members to other financial services that the Home cannot provide (such as debt consolidation and bankruptcy). A staff member noted, "The

See Financial, next page … THE MISSOURI FREEMASON

The Masonic Home Enhances Its Social Media Presence It seems that everywhere you turn nowadays, there are ads asking you to "Like Us" on Facebook, "Follow Us" on Twitter or go to a special website where you can ďŹ nd out more information. Recent trends show that consumers of products and services prefer the "fastness of communication" that results from being able to look at what is happening around them simply by using their smart phone or by logging onto a computer. With portability and mobility of computers, people can access their information while grocery shopping or picking up their children from daycare. According to the statistics on FaceBook's website, on average it has over 526 million daily active users with 488 million using the mobile products which allow them to download their applications on smart phones. "Liking" one non-proďŹ t on Facebook can result in over 500 people ďŹ nding out about your event or mission. Whether you agree with or even understand this new world of social media, it is a boon for non-proďŹ t marketing. Many non-proďŹ ts cannot afford to have large-scale marketing departments that update on social networks non-stop. Just simply getting the word out about their mission, services and fund development is a full time job. Choosing the right social media outlets is vital to stay competitive with other non-proďŹ ts and to compete for the "donor dollar." The Masonic Home of Missouri understands this and has developed a tight social network to assist in promoting its special events and updating supporters on what is happening

in its non-proďŹ t world. We have also re-designed our website to include pages that will allow our Masonic Home of Missouri Representatives, donors, supporters and others easily to navigate around and read about our Mission and Outreach Programs. At this time, we have accounts set up on some of the more "popular" social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and Blogger. You can access these pages by going to the following web addresses for each: s &ACEBOOKHTTPSWWWFACEBOOKCOM MasonicHomeofMissouri s 4WITTERWWWTWITTERCOM -ASONIC(OMEOF-/ s "LOGGERMASONICHOMEOFMISSOURIBLOGSPOTCOM s 7EBSITEWWWMOHOMEORG We have already seen some of the connections that can be established through our social media efforts. In March, we noticed that someone in France was spending a lot of time on our website and, after some investigation, our webmaster found out that person was translating our information into French and posting it on a French Masonic website. In particular, the French site was advertising our 10th Annual "Leaves of Autumn" Golf Outing. After a few exchanges between that webmaster and ours through our Twitter account, we had a "new" friend on Facebook and on Twitter. In the end, over 1,000 followers of the French website were introduced to your Masonic Home of Missouri's efforts. We will continue to update on a weekly or monthly schedule on all of the social media pages and our website. Please stop by and "Like Us", "Follow Us", "Read About Us" and even sign our guestbook.

Financial, from previous page ‌ Financial Counseling Program was born from the growing need for short-term assistance for younger members, realizing that by helping members to organize their ďŹ nances and set ďŹ nancial goals, they would not need ďŹ nancial assistance in the future. They would be prepared should their ďŹ nancial situation unexpectedly change again." The Financial Counseling Program will also be beneďŹ cial for those applicants applying for long-term ďŹ nancial assistance. These clients are Masonic widows, elderly Master Masons, and elderly female OES members. Financial Counseling will focus on budgeting, understanding Medicaid eligibility rules, referral to other services that they might qualify for (such as Missouri HealthNet, VA beneďŹ ts, etc.). It will also focus on other ďŹ nancial services the Home cannot provide (such as investment services, estate planning, retirement strategies, etc.). Financial Counseling will help participants to organize their ďŹ nances and create a budget, with the goal of helping to continue independent living. This will also be helpful for older couples, widows, Master Masons, and female OES members who are planning to make major changes to their lifestyles, such as moving to an Assisted Living Facility. Financial Counseling can assist them in determining if their income and assets are adequate for the move, how the move will change their expenses and

monthly budget, and assist in identifying additional potential income sources. The Home plans for one if its Outreach Caseworkers, Carly Dibben, to become an accredited ďŹ nancial counselor. Carly has experience with Goodwill Industries and has helped its clients manage money. This background will be helpful to all who require this new program’s services. "We help people every day, "said Carly, "and this will enable them to do much more with their resources. If we teach people how to use their ďŹ nancial resources in a more efďŹ cient way, they will be able to manage the unexpected expenses such as an increase in property taxes.â€? Carly, who has been a member of the Masonic Home staff since April of 2006, already has a few clients and is expecting to have the program fully operational by early September. An old proverb says “Give a man a ďŹ sh and he eats for a day. Teach a man to ďŹ sh and he eats for a lifetime.â€? Taking that to heart, the new program hopes to "teach people" basic ďŹ nancial principles that they can use of manage their ďŹ nances for a lifetime. It is the sincere hope of the Masonic Home that the Financial Counseling Program will help to improve the lives of the people we serve by giving them the skills and knowledge to make sound ďŹ nancial decisions, thereby allowing them to live more independent lives.


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Butler Lodge #254 raised Robert Stephen Dixon a Master Mason on June 14, 2012. Standing in for Worshipful Master Monty Moore was Robert's father, RWB Steve Dixon.

Butler Lodge #254 raised Jack Lee Bearce a Master Mason on June 7, 2012. Standing in for Worshipful Master Monty Moore was WB Rick Hurshman who is shown congratulating Brother Bearce on his conferral.

On May 1, 2012, Grandview High School had its scholarship awards presentation. Grandview Lodge #618 presented Joshua Brown a $1,000 dollar scholarship. Michael Dolan, Worshipful Master of Grandview Lodge, is shown making the presentation.

Hale City Lodge #216 recognized RWB Harold R. Shatto for outstanding Service to the Fraternity, exemplifying the principals of Freemasonry and for commitment to his family, his community and the Craft. RWB Lloyd G. Lyon made the presentation.

Hale City Lodge #216 recognized RWB Lee A. Fisher for outstanding Service to the Fraternity, exemplifying the principals of Freemasonry and for commitment to his family, his community and the Craft. RWB Lloyd G. Lyon made the presentation.

On March 17, 2012, Widows Sons “Men of Tyre� took part in the Fredericktown School Masonic Cornerstone Laying. From left to right is Ben Sweet, Men of Tyre President Russ Busby, Dru Reeves and Donald Black.

Past Masters gathered at Algabil-Freedom Lodge, #636 on May 1, 2012, to celebrate Senior Warden Pat Chaney's night in the East. Brother Chaney is shown with the assembly of Past Masters.

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Farmington Lodge #132 celebrated Past Masters night on May 24. Thirteen Past Masters were present and Christopher Haley Thomas received his Master Mason degree.


Joachim Lodge #164 held its family night with a dinner and program on March 27, 2012. Worshipful Brother Thomas Puritte and Sister Earline Puritte were presented with a plaque for their dedicated service to the Lodge. Pictured (left to right): Worshipful Brother Tom Puritte, Sister Earline Puritte and Worshipful Master Dannie Patterson.

Union Masonic Lodge #593 held a Hawaiian banquet on June 8. Attendees shown assembling for the dinner are (left to right) Luther McDonnell from Beacon Lodge; Roger Westerhoff, Junior Steward; WB Buzz Barrows, Secretary; George Taylor; WB Don Hall, Chaplain; Daniel Nordin, Senior Steward; WB Bruce McGlasson, Marshall; Mike Gills, Junior Deacon. Photo by Warren Dixon, Worshipful Master.

Bill Cape, Worshipful Master of Lebanon Lodge #77 in Steelville, congratulates Connor Mahurin on receiving the Lodge's annual Masonic scholarship. Connor is the grandson of Seena Simmons and the late Brother Paul Simmons. Connor will be attending Missouri State University.

On May 19, 2012, Arnold Lodge #673 cosponsored a MoCHIP event with Algabil Lodge #636 at Lindbergh High School's Spirit Festival. Also volunteering were Bethel #47 and women from Missouri College. Volunteers processed 140 children and provided parents with materials for use in the tragic event one of their children becomes missing. Pictured are WB Rick Braun, left, and WM Matt LaRussa attending the event.

On June 9, 2012, Hale City Lodge #216 hosted a Fish and Mountain Oyster Fry at the farm of J.D. Wagy near Bosworth, Missouri. Forty-nine people including nine Past Masters representing the old Bosworth Lodge #597 and Hale City Lodge #216 were present. The Brother with the white hat is 91 year old Ralph Dooley who was the Master of Bosworth Lodge #597 in 1948.

On Friday, June 1, the Missouri Widows Sons Sublime Knights Chapter escorted the University of Illinois head Basketball coach John Groce and Illinois Gymnastics head coach Justin Spring from Shriners Hospitals for Children St. Louis to the Moto Museum. Missouri State President Mark Klein also joined the event. Special thanks to the local and St. Louis Police Departments for clearing the travel path.

Belle Lodge #373 installed its officers for the 2012-13 term on June 26, 2012. They are, front row (left to right): Josh Newton; Oral Seymour; RWB David Watkins, installing Master; WB Donald Vandegriffe, Master; Paul Ridenhour; WB Tim Lehnhoff, Secretary. Back row: Tyler Midkiff; WB John Crossley; Brandon Thompson; James "Porky" McKinney; WB Rodger Janes; WB S.R. "Sonny" Spurgeon.


Lanes Prairie Lodge #531 at Vichy, Missouri held its installation of officers for the 2012-2013 term on June 30, 2012. The new officers line includes (front row, left to right): WB Dwayne Elrod, WB John Crossley, WB Rodger (Norman) Janes, Todd Elrod, WB Donald Vandegriff. Back row: Dustin Elrod, WB David Elrod, WB Joe Osbourne III, Thomas Kliever.

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Wakanda Lodge #52 presented WB Bill Boelsen with his 50-year jewel and Grand Lodge Certificate. Making the presentation was RWB Bruce McWilliams, DDGL of the 14th Masonic District.

Donald Burke received his 50-year pin and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri at Monticello Lodge #58 on April 15, 2012. His wife Becky presented his jewel.

Brother Ray Hartrup received his 50-year Grand Lodge pin at Farmington Lodge #132 on June 14. DDGL Rick Kaiser presented the pin and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri.

Lanes Prairie Lodge #531 in Vichy, Missouri, Presented Harry Hill his 50-year pin and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri on April 14, 2012. Worshipful Master David Watkins is shown making the presentation.

On March 29, 2011, Belle Lodge#373 awarded Martin Jones his 50-year pin and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Pictured left to right are WM John Crossley, Martin Jones and RWB John Bayless.

Elvins-Ionic Lodge #154 presented Brother Thomas Zoellner with his 50-year award and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri on May 7, 2012. Michael Sundhausen, Worshipful Master, officiated. Brother Zoellner's wife Nancy presented his pin.

WB William “Bernie” Wehmeyer, Sullivan Lodge #69 Master in 1968, received his 50year pin, certificate, letter and card from RWB H. Ray Wise, DDGM of the 24th Masonic District of Missouri at an open ceremony held on May 18, 2012.

RWB Tony Battaglia, PDDGL #9, presents The 50-year Jewel and Grand Lodge Certificate to WB Maurice "Stretch" Owen at Breckenridge Lodge #334 on April 26, 2012. Shown left to right: WB Maurice S. Owen, Mrs. Owen, RWB Tony Battaglia, PDDGL #9.

On May 15, 2012, Kansas City Lodge visited Worshipful Brother Bert O'Neal at John Knox Village Care Center to present him with his 50-year pin. Pictured from left to right Brad Fowler, Secretary; Worshipful Brother Bert O'Neal; Michael Wheeler, Senior Warden; James Lowman, Treasurer.

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Lebanon Lodge #77 recently presented a 60-year pin to WB Bill Newman. Showing off the pin is WB Bill and his wife, Charlotte.

Liberty Lodge #31 awarded Worshipful Brother Daniel Edward Dodson his 50-year pin and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri on April 9, 2012. WB Edward Marrow presided as Master and RWB Rick Clevenger officiated. Betty J. Dodson, WB Dodson's wife, presented his pin.

On June 26, 2012, Washington Lodge #9 presented Nelson Morgan (who will be 103-years of age on November 4th) a 70year pin and Charles Iselin a 60-year pin. Shown (left to right) are Brothers Morgan, Iselin and Worshipful Master William B. Stephenson, who conducted the ceremony.

On May 8, 2012, Brookfield Masonic Lodge, on behalf of Monticello Lodge #58, presented Brother Dean English with an honor that comes to few men, his 50-year jewel and certificate. It was followed by an ice cream social in the dining room. Pictured (left to right) are Brothers Bob O'Dell, Dean English and Bobby Wilcox.

Fellowship Lodge had the great honor of presenting Brother Carl R. Davis his 50-year certificate and pin at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Lodge on Thursday, June 28. RWB Richard Lowrey (conducting the ceremony), presented Brother Davis with his 50year certificate and commemorative pin recognizing his milestone accomplishment. Pictured (right to left) are Brother Carl Davis and RWB Richard Lowrey.

Jim Duzan (left) and John McCormack (right) present Robert (Buck) Taylor with a 50-year certificate of membership from the Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF&AM and Sedalia Lodge #236. Duzan and McCormack, Past Masters of the Lodge, presented the certificate at a ceremony at the Taylor family residence in LaMonte, Missouri, on May 23. Photo by David Miller, PM, Sedalia Lodge #236.

On October 9, 2011, Montgomery Lodge #246 Presented 50-year pins and certificates from the Grand Lodge of Missouri to (left to right) George W. Hubbard, Robert H. Boemler and William R. Plummer.


On April 17, 2012 William Tempel received his 50-year award and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri at Lexington Lodge #149. DDGL William Siegfried gave the presentation with DDGM Bob Hayes and Doug Harvey, Sr. assisting as Chaplain and Senior Deacon, respectively.

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Pete McCauley received his 50-year pin and Certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri on March 15, 2012. Chris Harrelson, DDGM of the 19th Masonic District of Missouri made the presentation and Kenny McCauley, the recipient's Brother presented the pin on behalf of Raytown Lodge #391. Shown (left to right): Pete McCauley, RWB Harrelson, Kenny McCauley.

On May 15, 2012, in open communication at Hermitage Masonic Lodge #288, RWB David Turner presented a 50-year pin to Brother Dale Cain, posthumously. WB Turner made the presentation to Brother Cain's son, Larry. Brother Dale Cain had passed prior to receiving this award from his Lodge and the presentation was made to his son in order to honor Brother Dale for his many years of service to the Lodge.

On June 26,2012, Belle Lodge #373 awarded Walter Harold Shockley his 50-year pin and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri. His sister, Janice Gallager presented his jewel. Harold, as we all call him, loves working with his cattle each day and recalling his days going through the chairs of the Lodge. He is an example to all young Master Masons.

Weston Lodge #53 presented WB Robert E. (Bob) Kottman his 50-year pin at a stated communication on May 17, 2012. Presenting the pin was RWB Larry Cook, PDDGM and secretary of the Lodge. Assisting in the presentation was WB Chris Marcum, Master of Weston Lodge. WB Kottman was the treasurer of his Lodge for more than 20 years and was Master of the Lodge in 1967.

Henderson Lodge #477 in Rogersville recently presented service awards to the following Brothers: Bill Davis, John Morris Tillman, Roy R. Bryant, Tom Jerry Allen, Jerry Inman and James Roland Blunt.

On May 25, 2012, Schell City Lodge #448, Schell City, Missouri, Master Paul Palmer (left) and Secretary Dale Stark (right) traveled to Columbia where they presented a 50-year Grand Lodge pin and certificate to Vannis Gray. Following the presentation, Brother Gray, was the guest at a luncheon attended by Paul and Dorothy Palmer and Dale and Janice Stark. Vannis was very appreciative that his Brothers traveled to make the presentation in person.

Branson Masonic Lodge donated $250 to the Boys and Girls Club toward the operation of the club. The donation was presented to Billy Rader, Executive Director of the Ozark Boys and Girls Club, by Worshipful Master Bob Stapleton and other members as shown in the picture. This is just one of the many programs that Branson Masonic Lodge supports throughout the Branson and Hollister Communities.

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Wakanda Lodge #52 recognized its 60-year members with a pin presentation on Sunday June 24, 2012. Those present to receive their pins were: (front row, left to right): Jim Heitmeyer, WB Paul Barry, Wally Mallory and WB Glen Miller. (Back row): Lloyd Miller, Ray Willis, Worshipful Master Joe Arnold and DDGL Bruce McWilliams. Those 60-year members who were unable to attend were Harry (Bud) Ball, Joe Freeman, WB Bob Hart, Ernest Mayer, Albert Ward, Jr. and Sydney Willis.


On June 5, 2012, at Elvins-Ionic Lodge #154, RWB Dan Ward, DDGM of the 37th Masonic District of Missouri, presented Edwin L. “Dag” Copeland his 50-year Grand Lodge Certificate and Pin. His wife Laverne proudly attached his pin to his shirt.

Brother Ralph Walker, Granby Lodge #514 at Granby, Missouri, received his 50-year pin in a ceremony at the Lodge hall on April 14, 2012. District Deputy Grand Master Glen Clifton officiated, assisted by John Bailey of Anderson Lodge #621 as Senior Deacon and Granby Lodge Secretary Stan Johnson. Pictured: Brother Walker’s wife Ellen pins on the jewel as Brother Bailey looks on. Brother Walker’s Masonic adventure began at Overlook Lodge #163 in Summit, New Jersey, in 1961, where he received his Master Mason degree in April, 1962. He transferred to Giblem Lodge #322 in LeMars, Iowa, and later to Delaware Lodge #96 in Kansas City, Kansas. He came to Granby Lodge 25 years ago, where he has held several offices, including Worshipful Master.

On May 26, 2011, WB Rich Kraus received his 50-year pin and certificate. The evening included a dinner and a very nice Masonic cake at Arnold Lodge #673. WB Kraus is a dual member of Arnold Lodge #673 and Algabil Lodge #636. He is very involved with both Lodges serving as Treasurer of Arnold Lodge #673 and playing the organ for both Lodges. Pictured with him is his wife Barbara and DDGM Peter Couchon.


On June 11, 2012, Laclede Lodge #83 presented Robert C. Fisher his 50year Certificate and Pin. Brother Fisher was raised on December 19, 1961. RWB Michael Day, DDGM of the 30th Masonic District made the presentation. Others present as identified in the picture from left to right are as follows: Dean Cook; James Morgan, DDGL of the 30th Masonic District; Mary Lou Fisher, a 50-year member of the OES; Robert Fisher; RWB Michael Day, DDGM; Randall Jones; William Brenneman, PDDGM and PDDGL. Our Brethren returned from the home ceremony with a Petition for the Degrees from Brother Fisher’s son, David L. Fisher. David said he had been thinking of joining for several years and now was the time to do so. His father (age 90 years young) vowed to be at the degree work for his son.

Brother Gary Hanson received his 50-year pin from his wife Rita in a presentation at Swope Park Lodge #617 on May 10, 2012. Brother Hanson is Past Worthy Patron and Rita is Past Worthy Matron of Swope Park Chapter #520 OES.

Belle Lodge #373 presented Jerry Mason with a 50-year jewel and certificate from the Grand Lodge of Missouri on June 13, 2012. Brother Mason is shown with his wife Marge on the left and his mother Alice Schirman, right, who assisted with the ceremony in his home.

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Missouri Freemason Magazine - v57n04 - 2012 Fall  
Missouri Freemason Magazine - v57n04 - 2012 Fall  

Fall 2012 Issue. v57n04. Offical publication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Copyright © 2012 Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Maso...