Official Publication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri A.F. & A.M.
VOL. 59 nUMBER 4 • FALL 2014
Tempus fugit Time flies... Our lessons teach us about the passing of time with the symbol of the hourglass… “Behold how swiftly the sands run... how they pass away almost imperceptibly…” This Masonic year has almost come to a close, and I must thank all of those that have been an active part of the changes, or should I say, IMPROVEMENTS, that we have worked on together this year. I started the year talking about change, and I will end that way as well. The world is changing around us, and even if we don’t make our own changes, the passage of time alone will change us. Some changes are inevitable; senior Brethren departing this life, new Brethren joining. Other changes can be managed; old traditions lost, new ones begun, old ones found and restored. The process we take to manage that change needs to be at the forefront of our minds if we want to control our own destiny. “Where do we want to go,” is the question we asked the last two years. This year we laid the foundation for managing not only change, but the conduct of all we do… Communications, Education, and Planning. These three things are not one year and done. They, and the programs of Grand Masters to come, must layer on top of each other. If they don’t, if they are just attended to for the year that one man is in the office, then forgotten, then at some point we, as an organization, will have to restart, rediscover and rebuild that important stone that must be part of the foundation. That doesn’t mean that previous programs won’t need some maintenance. Technologies advance, new ideas can replace others, but the core of the idea remains, and must remain a part of what we do. I look back over the past year, and the 8 years prior to it starting with the year that I was appointed to the Advancing Grand Officer Line, and marvel at the advancements that we have made as Missouri Masons. Starting with MoCHIP, one of the shining jewels of our charitable activities, not only in Missouri, but nation-wide. We have 78 Fall 2014
helped to lead the way, for other states to start, and build upon what we have already accomplished. Little could we have imagined when started eight years ago in that short time we would have touched the lives of over 200,000 children and their families, giving each of them a greater sense of safety. The Lodge of Research, from a declining group struggling to find an identity, to a thriving organization regaining it place as a, if not THE, preeminent source of Masonic research information worldwide, by providing a top tier lecture series for top Masonic scholars to present as well as a Masonic library that, in 2 years, has grown to rival the top Masonic libraries in the world, finding and including in its collection rare and previously unknown works by some of Missouri’s great Masonic authors, and making much of this information available digitally to the entire world. The Masonic Home, helping so many people, the bulk of their assistance unknown, to protect the privacy and pride of those being assisted. But over the years, the completion of the move to assisting via outreach instead of with facilities of our own, a more effective solution, not only for those assisted, but for the finances of the organization as well. Recent changes resulting in better identifying different subsets of people we are assisting, and letting us tailor that assistance better to each group. These ideas are also being copied nationwide, attesting to the leadership that the Grand Lodge of Missouri shows all of Masonry. But most especially, I look as how the leadership of your Grand Lodge has evolved over the years. Many times, Grand Masters have been presented with issues or problems that have consumed most, if not all, of their time and energies, leaving little time to promote their objectives for the craft, others have had glorious successes. But during these last nine years, your leaders have made a conscious effort to lead by the consensus of all of the Grand Lodge Line Officers,
“Collective Wisdom” as once called it. Including all the officers in the decision process lets them have ownership, and allowed them to shape decisions that they could support for the future, and not feel the need to change them when they ascended to the office of Grand Master. Time is not wasted going back and forth, changing directions, dropping programs after one year. This has allowed all the officers to work together with a common vision, a common result, in the best interests of those they represent, all Missouri Freemasons. I have no doubt that this direction will continue. I want to thank each member of this fraternity for the unbelievable opportunity that I was given, to be your leader this year. This is a job no sane person would seek, no person in his right mind would accept. But a duty that a person who is passionate about serving the fraternity, and cares about its future and each member, would willingly take, and don that mantle of responsibility. I hope my service to you has been acceptable in your eyes, because it has been the needs of the fraternity that have driven my heart and what I have done for you and this great order. Sincerely and Fraternally,
Jon Broyles 2013-14 Grand Master the missouri freemason
the missouri freemason Official Publication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri Volume 59 no. 4
contents 80 From the Editor's Keyboard 81 MWB P. Vincent Kinkead GM 1986‑87 82 MWB Gordon E. Hopkins GM 1994‑95 83 What is a Lodge? 84 MO Lodge of Research Changes Announced 84 More light in Freemasonry with LAMP 85 Why By The Square? 87 Are You Barefoot or Shod? 89 Masonic Donations Initiate Ozark County 89 Grand Lodge of Missouri 193rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of MO A.F.&A.M. 90 Polar Star Rose Hill Addresses Students' Food Insecurity Issue 91 High School Grad on Friday, Master Mason on Saturday 91 Grand Lodge 2014! 92 Rainbow Girls 93 Job's Daughters 94 Missouri DeMolay 96 Masonic Home of Missouri — History is Restored 101 Masonic Home Introduces John C. Ralls Master Builders Society 101 Masonic Home of Missouri Announces Representative Luncheon Plans
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from the editor's keyboard
We have so many things competing for our time … It wasn't part of what most historians call the "golden age of fraternalism," but the post-WWII era was, by today's measure, a pretty robust time for fraternal organizations. Membership flourished in numbers we would like to see again — but probably won't. My dad's Scottish Rite class in 1956, for example, had three hundred members. Let me know the next time that happens.
ing for our time they didn't have back then. We think our jobs are more demanding and the kids have more activities. I don't know if I buy all that. My mom was a Cub Scout leader and my dad was Little League president, not to mention his role as a DeMolay adviser. They both worked really hard at their jobs and it's a little difficult to see how those things are more demanding these days. Maybe they are.
Then along came us crazy hippie baby-boomers and we, for the most part, didn't join. Maybe the Masons just weren't groovy enough, maaaan. That may have upset the apple cart but those days are gone … long gone. Today, things are turning around; maybe not as fast as we want and maybe not with the enthusiasm we want but, still, membership is on the upswing — so I'm told.
One thing, though, is for sure. Our entertainment options are light years beyond what they had back in the PWPCHE days. Many of us have that big screen TV in the living room hooked into resources that can bring us practically any movie or show ever produced whenever we want to watch it; and it's doubly-true of the younger set — you know, the ones we're trying to attract for membership — who have access to every gadget except Captain Kirk's transporter.
The thing about today, however is, as opposed to the Post-War Pre-Crazy Hippie Era (PWPCHE), we have so many things compet-
Let's see … you have the op-
tion of going to a Lodge meeting or staying home and experiencing a level of entertainment previous generations couldn't even imagine. How do we compete with that? Since books have been written on such subjects, I really can't cover it all in this measly space; but I know one thing we can do: "if you can't lick 'em, join 'em." That's right. We can take the same resources that may be pulling people away from joining and away from participating, and use those things to get them to join and participate. It's easier said than done, but there are innovative Brothers who are doing this. I don't have room to mention all of them, but just for a start, check out the Masonic Roundtable on YouTube (just search on YouTube or Google for "Masonic Roundtable"). It's a weekly show where a group of young enthusiastic Brothers get together and discuss a variety of Masonic topics. You can watch live and participate or watch their recorded post later. If you really want to boggle your mind, search for "Masonic" on iTunes. There is a world of material out there, and lets hope this trend continues. Find something you like and enjoy some stay-at-home Masonic entertainment; but go to your Lodge meeting anyway.
Fourteen of the still-living 33 Past Masters of Owensville Lodge #624 were honored June 5 at Past Master's night. Howard Brandt, sixth from left in front, received a 50-year pin. Since receiving its charter from Grand Lodge in 1912, Owensville Lodge has never had to "recycle" a Worshipful Master.
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Most Worshipful Brother P. Vincent Kinkead Grand Master 1986-1987
he one hundred Freemasons, including Past Grand Masters, Grand Lodge officers, and fellow Lodge members who gathered for the Masonic service of PGM Kinkead on April 6 were a vibrant testimony to his long and influential fraternal career. PGM Bruce Austin acknowledged this influence in Memorial United Methodist Church, Farmington, where the religious service was held the day following. Familiarly known as Vincent to family and friends, our late Brother passed away on April 2, 2014. In his long life, having been born October 20, 1921, on the family farm near Libertyville, Missouri, his years were filled with community to service and church leadership in addition to his many years in outstanding agriculture. Vincent graduated from Farmington High, Flat River Junior College, and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture. In celebrating their centennial the latter institution recognized Vincent as among one hundred outstanding farmers throughout the state. Vincent was a member and Past Master of historic St. Francois Lodge #234, Libertyville, and later a dual member of Farmington Lodge #132 and Elvins-Ionic #154, Desloge. His great desire was to be present this year at the 150th anniversary of St. Francois Lodge, which meets in its original building. Both his father, the late Gladden N. Kinkead, and his brother, the late RWB Robert N. Kinkead, and Vincent's son, David, were Past Masters of that venerable Lodge. Vincent was to head two state Masonic bodies. The Grand Lodge and the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. To borrow a phrase from a sister jurisdiction, that made him "a two-star general" in fraternal work. His other Masonic affiliations were many: York Rite bodies, which he headed as High Priest, Illustrious Master, and Commander. He was a member and officer in Missouri Priory #17, KYCH. He also belonged to the Red Cross of Constantine and the Scottish Rite where he was coronated a ThirtyThird Degree. Vincent was justifiably proud of serving on the Board of Commissioners of the Masonic Service Association of North America for eighteen years, six of which were as chairman. Vincent married Evelyn Gault Wood on August 14, 1960, and their partnership gave a firm foundation for their community and fraternal activities.
Family Survivors beside Evelyn: daughter Maude E. Kelly (Jim), of Farmington; son-in-law Bob Hahn of Bolivar; sons Willard (Bill) Wood and wife Rebecca, St. Louis; David Kinkead (Bonnie), Williamsburg, Iowa; Nicholas Kinkead (Robyn), Omaha, Nebraska; and there are ten grandchildren plus other relatives. Community activities for him include longtime membership on the board of the MCII Sheltered Workshop in Farmington. He was an avid reader and student of American History, was president of the St. Francois County Historical Society, and belonged to The Sons of the American Revolution. Vincent loved and gave great time to Memorial Church. He served thirty-one years on the Board of Trustees, was a lay speaker and Sunday School teacher. One of his Favorite jokes was that he had filled every position but president of United Methodist Women. When this writer performed the marriage ceremony for his daughter, Vincent served as surrogate father to give her away. PGM Kinkead was a loyal friend, confidant and counselor to many. He was to many not only the face of Freemasonry but a force for the best of it. May his example and Influence long endure! ~ Dr. J. C. Montgomery, Jr.
On Saturday, June 21, 2014, Worshipful Brother John J. "Jack" Wharton received a 65-year pin along with certificates of recognition from both the Missouri House of Representatives and Senate at a dinner held in his honor at Holden Lodge #262. WB Scotty Walker made the presentations, in appreciation for WB Wharton's years of service, on behalf of Holden Lodge and the Missouri Legislature. Brother Wharton's wife Jean presented his 65-year jewel
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Most Worshipful Brother Gordon E. Hopkins Grand Master 1994-1995
ct. 26, 1970, was an auspicious day for the late MWB Hopkins. It was his birthday, and It was also the day he was elected to receive the degrees of Freemasonry in Charity Lodge No. 331, St. Joseph, Missouri. If this were a gift to him, his later Masonic journey and leadership would be a gift to the fraternity in our state. We mourn his passing (Feb. 9, 2014) and are grateful for the friendship and example he set in his Masonic career and community achievements. Gordon was born Oct. 26, 1936, in St. Joseph, the son of George T. and Mary A. (Giesebert) Hopkins. With the exception of his Army service, he lived all of his life in that city. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School, St. Joseph Junior College, and the University of Missouri, where he received the B.S. in Business Administration degree. After graduation he enlisted for three years in the Army, serving at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts, being discharged with the rank of E-5. On Sept. 30, 1960, he married Beverly Shaffer of St. Joseph, who survives of the home. Gordon served as Worshipful Master of Charity Lodge in 1975, later becoming Lodge Treasurer. Prior to his appointment to the Grand line by MWB P. Vincent Kinkead, he was DDGM of the Ninth (now Seventh) Masonic District. Most Worshipful Brother Hopkins' Masonic connections were many and outstanding. In addition to being Grand Master, he was a member and later
Kearney Lodge #311 held its installation of officers for the 2014-15 term on July 22, 2014. Pictured are, first row (left to right): Tom Patterson, SD; Dale Ahle, SW; RWB Don Frazier, WM; Brett Laffey, SS; Steve Baldwin, JD; RWB Mike Wheeler, Installing Master. Second row: RWB Pat McGuire, Treasurer; Michael Botts, Chaplain; Jeff Chisam, Marshal; WB Dylan DePrenger, Secretary. Third row; Chad Downs, JS; Chris McBride, JW; Aryk Sandridge, Tyler.
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President of the Masonic Home Board. He also served on the Committee on Chartered Lodges and the Ways and Means Committee. He was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and was Personal Representative of SGIG Earl K. Dille in the Valley of St. Joseph. He was Venerable \ Master of the Lodge of Perfection as well as the Consistory. He was a member of the York Rite bodies in St. Joseph, receiving the Order of High Priesthood, likewise belonging to the Red Cross of Constantine. He had been awarded the Honorary Legion of Honor in St. Joseph Preceptory, Order of DeMolay. Gordon was active in Moila Temple of the Shrine. He had been a member and chairman of the Moila Country Club Committee. Gordon was an Eagle Scout, having received thirty merit badges plus the God and Country award and belonged to the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He 足belonged to the Host Lions Club and was past president of the Friday Morning Breakfast Club. He had shared much time in youth activities. He was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church and a member of the Finance Committee. RWB Ronald Wood, Past Grand Chaplain, conducted MWB Hopkins' Masonic service. Gordon was the owner-manager of the Jamieson Machinery Company, a firm first owned by his late father. His son Ed and grandson Justin were associated with him in the business. They supply industrial equipment for several dozen manufacturers. It was said that he never forgot a name or a face. Certainly Masons knew of his affability and devotion to the Craft. His many friends knew him by the nickname of "Cork," but for us of the Grand Lodge he was most deserving of the title "Most Worshipful." Among his immediate survivors are: his wife Beverly; son Gordon "Ed" Hopkins, Jr. and his wife, Cindy; daughter Cindy Humphreys and her husband, William; five grandchildren; and others. Our fraternity is poorer for his loss but better for the fellowship and leadership he gave. ~ Dr. J. C. Montgomery, Jr.
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What is a Lodge? by Joshua Stevens, Hannibal Lodge #188
rothers, for some time now, I have been encouraged by MWB J.C. Montgomery to apply myself in the endeavor of essays and articles for this fine publication. Being a man of modest education, I found the prospect daunting to say the least. After much internal deliberation and soul searching, being reminded of the parable "A lamp under a bushel" (Luke 11:33-36) I have decided to do just that. I would begin by posing a question. Gentlemen, for whom do we pray? As good men and faithful servants, we petition Deity on behalf of our own needs, for our family and friends. We pray to give thanks and praise, to beseech forgiveness, guidance, revelation, and as a form of communion with the Divine. These differ greatly with respect to the individual. As Freemasons we are charged, at the onset of this illuminated journey, to implore the aide of the Father in all of our laudable undertakings. At each communication we open and close our respective Lodges in prayer, but to what purpose, and what exactly is a Lodge? A Lodge can be defined as: a temporary place to stay, a local group that is part of a larger organization, to serve as a receptacle; contain. There are many variants, but for the context at hand these may suffice. So what is a Lodge? Can it not be said that the body is a Lodge for the soul?, a container, a temporary dwelling for that precious gift, that point of heart. A finite temple that works, revolves around, and holds at its center, its core, that altar of communion with the Divine, that we embrace as the immortal soul of man? As Freemasons we hold communication at our Lodges. Buildings used as temporary meeting places for each local group, all part of the whole that is the Fraternity. Temporary shelters where we may for a time dwell together, Brothers of the Mystic Tie, in unity and harmony. These we open and close with prayer. We work and revolve around an altar dedicated to the Most Holy and Glorious Lord God. We as men and Freemasons are the body, in parts and in whole of this great institution, its Soul no less than our Father the Lord God Almighty. However, just as the body of a man must whither with age and cannot hold forever the soul of man, how much less can the four walls of a building hold
the Soul of our great institution? Its ceiling is no less than the starry decked heavens, its walls as far as the east is from the west. In conclusion and summary I ask again, what is a Lodge? For a man it is the body that for a short time houses the soul of man, a precious gift through which we commune with Deity, in the privilege and duty of prayer. To a Freemason, however, a Lodge is far more than a body, or building in which we meet. From time immemorial the body of our Fraternity has existed, and held at its center, its Soul, its Light, the Almighty Creator. As the soul is to the body, the altar is to the Lodge, the Fraternity is to the world, and the Lord is to the Fraternity. Our Lodge is endless, it has no walls, no boundaries. With the Lord as its guiding point, it is the compass of humanity, the soul of mankind. As men, we may open and close the day with supplications of the comings and goings of life. What do we pray for? As Freemasons, gentlemen, we pray for the world. At seven years of age, Brother Stevens saw the Square and Compasses for the first time. Upon asking his father what a Freemason was, he received this simple answer, "Son, Masons are good men doing good things for other people." With that knowledge, Brother Stevens was raised in Hannibal Lodge #188 on July 29, 2013.
On May 22, 2014, the School District of University City held an Honorees and Retirees Reception. Under the "Superintendent's Choice" MoCHIP was one of the Groups honored for service to University City School. Joylynn Pruitt, Superintendent of Schools, said, "We have been participating in MoCHIP for seven years at Britney Woods Middle School. I guess time does fly when you are having fun. Besides MoCHIP we have expanded into other School/ Community Projects under the banner of the 'Masonic Family of Missouri." Pictured at the presentation are (left to right): WB Byron E. Hams MWPHGL of Missouri, F&AM, PHA; Joylynn Pruitt, University City Superintendent of Schools; and RWB Brian Goldman, Grand Lodge of Missouri, AF&AM.
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Missouri Lodge of Research Changes Announced
he Lodge of Research began informally in 1932, as the Missouri Masonic Research Council. It was nearly a decade later that the Missouri Lodge of Research was officially established with Grand Master Harry S. Truman issuing its dispensation on May 1, 1941. MWB Henry Chiles became the first Master to lead the LOR under its new bylaws in 1941-42. Those bylaws established the Missouri Lodge of Research as something very close to a regular Masonic Lodge but without being sanctioned to perform degree work. In 1999, WB James Williams, then Master of the LOR, directed the amendment of the bylaws to reflect various resolutions and amendments enacted over the years. Then, in 2008 the Grand Lodge of Missouri amended its bylaws to authorize the LOR to incorporate as a nonprofit corporation, after which the LOR bylaws again were amended to reflect this change. A problem, however, subsequently was discovered; namely, that this meant the LOR could no longer operate as a Masonic Lodge governed by Masonic law and tradition. Now, in an effort to best accomplish the goal of allowing for tax-deductible donations while retain-
ing its ability to continue to operate as a chartered Masonic Lodge The Missouri Lodge of Research has, under the advice of legal counsel, made the following changes: 1. The Missouri Lodge of Research has amended its bylaws to return it to Masonic Lodge status and bring us back to something very close to the original LOR bylaws established in 1941, under the dispensation of MWB Truman. 2. The LOR has established the "Missouri Lodge of Research Foundation" as a Missouri nonprofit corporation that will seek 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in order to make donations tax-deductible. The topfive officers of the Missouri Lodge of Research, as selected by the LOR membership under our traditional Masonic process, automatically will serve as the officers and directors of the new Foundation. The thrust of this action returns the Missouri Lodge of Research to a structure and status intended by MWB Truman and the other founders. Elsewhere in this edition, see "In Retrospect," a report on the founding of the Missouri Lodge of Research as it appeared in this publication in 1973. — Editor's Note: See related story inside back cover.
More light in Freemasonry with LAMP
ntroducing the Learning About Masonry Program (LAMP)! LAMP is an online education presentation tool that presents courses about various aspects of Freemasonry in Missouri. The lamp has been a symbol of knowledge since ancient times, dispelling the darkness of ignorance and illuminating the path to wisdom. To access LAMP, you must have already enrolled on the my.momason.org membership portal. The same email and password used there is used to sign onto LAMP at lamp.momason.org. Courses consist of individual lessons that present information about specific parts of the topic of the course. There is also a quiz at the end of each course, to give you feedback on how well you understood the information. You must score 80% on the quiz to complete the course. If you don't score that high, you can go back, review the information in the lessons, and attempt the quiz again. Successfully completing the course awards you an achievement badge, specific to the course. The first course "The Entered Apprentice" in the 84 Fall 2014
course group "The Degrees" is open to all Masons who are eligible to log in. There is also a guest code for EA's who have not been entered into the Grand Lodge Membership System, which controls the log in access, to take the first course, up to taking the completion quiz. Completing "The Entered Apprentice" course will give you a code so that you can access the next course, "The Fellowcraft". Completing "The Fellowcraft" course will give you a code to enroll in "The Master Mason" course. All other courses are open to all members. Current topics include: • The Officers ➝ Individual courses for each officer of the Lodge detailing his duties and ideas for responsibilities • Leadership ➝ Techniques and ideas on how to become a better leader • Planning ➝ Techniques and ideas on how to plan the course & future of your Lodge There will be more courses coming soon. Try it out and learn something new today! the missouri freemason
Why By The Square? by Douglas Reece
aving been a District Deputy Grand Lecturer, I know we have a tendency to concentrate on the words of the ritual and not the meaning of those words. Yes, I am guilty of the same thing. I can remember sitting in the Lodges in my district and correcting the Senior Warden when asked "why by the Square?" The responses, over the course of my masonic career as a lecturer, have been enlightening to say the least, however, we still must ask, "Why by the Square?" I sat in Temperance Lodge #438 and listened as the Senior Warden gave a perfect answer to the question, which starts off … BECAUSE. It's like my parents when we would be corrected and ask why. They would always say "BECAUSE I SAID SO." Remember those famous sayings? And most of them started with the same word — because. Was a ritual writer of long ago angry with his student and started that sentence with "Because?" Or is it due to the continuation of an explanation that started in the Entered Apprentice Degree? In the Entered Apprentice Degree the Mason is taught that the square is one of the great lights of our Fraternity. As a Fellowcraft he learns that it is a working tool and is to be used a certain way. As a Fellowcraft he learns that squaring your work is a vital and important part of making sure that the stones making up the edifice are correct and true. In the Master Mason degree we learn the importance of forming a square. Let's take a look at some of the meanings of the square. A few keywords on "square" as a symbol include: grounding, stabilizing, structure, foundation, basics, community, elemental, balance, pragmatic, direction, dependability and integrity. One such meaning according to Rowena and Rupert Shepherd in their book, 1000 Symbols: What Shapes Mean in Art and Myth, a square is a symbol of the heart in Islam. Each side of the heart-square symbolizes an aspect or opening for awareness and inspiration: i.e. Angelic, Diabolic, Human, and Divine. Remember the Atari game Pong with that little ball you could bounce between two parallel lines (presumably representing a ping-pong paddle)? Our awareness can be that point bouncing between the aspects of duality housed within each side of our experience (dark, light, up, down, physical, spiritual, etc.). We can branch off from there by observing the four-sided structures that surround us in our environment. Like: the four cardinal directions (north,
south, east, west); the four major seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn); the four cosmic elements (suns, moons, planets, stars); the four common phases of human life (birth, child, adult, death); the four prime elements (fire, earth, air, water). In the Kabbalah it means "Spirit/God hidden in matter." And the list can go on and on depending on your faith, social upbringing, education, etc. The Square and Compasses, one of the most common symbols of Freemasonry, are architect's tools, and to some symbolize God as the architect of the universe, among other things. As measuring instruments, the tools represent judgment and discernment. The compasses, which is used to draw circles, can represent the realm of the spiritual - eternity. It can be symbolic of a defining and limiting principle, and also of infinite boundaries. To some the angle measures the square, the symbol of earth and the realm of the material. Based on some of the explanations we have given, and through the adoption and expansion of these explanations through history; the square represents fairness, balance, firmness, etc., which is reflected in phrases such as "on the square" and "squared away." Something that is squared is something that is stable, a foundation for building upon. W.Bro. Kent Henderson, Past Junior Grand Deacon, A. F. & A. Masons of Victoria, Australia; in his article titled "A Journey Through the Second Degree," states: "In the Second Degree the Lodge is opened on the Square that great Masonic emblem of the Golden Rule, of doing unto others as in Similar cases we would wish that they should do to us, or as we Freemasons put it, of acting on the Square. This is the way of life that Freemasonry teaches, and has ever taught, that is, to so harmonise our conduct in this life as to render us acceptable to that Divine Being, from whom all goodness springs, II is thus fitting that the candidate for the Second Degree should gain admission by the assistance of the Square." He further states: "In the earliest known Masonic catechism there is this question: "How many make a Lodge?" and the answer is given as: "God and the Square, and five or seven right or perfect Masons." This sounds like a riddle, but it is easily explained. "God and the Square": knowing the meaning of the Square, we are immediately reminded of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man. To See Square, next page …
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Square, from previous page … love God and our neighbor is to keep all the commandments, which, of course, is what Christ meant when he said "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." And now for the rest of the answer: "with five or seven right or perfect Masons." Five is right and seven is perfect, because "five hold a Lodge" and so five is the right number to form a Masonic quorum; and seven is perfect because, as the First Tracing Board tells us: that is the number of "regularly made Masons, without which number no Lodge is perfect." Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Volume 2, Page 963, 1929, A Short History About the Square and Compasses, says, "THE SQUARE...Morality." Throughout history, correctly or incorrectly, man has been guided by what he believes more so than what he knows — by faith more than reason. When you examine what has happened in your life, you may be able to agree with this statement. However, few take the time to determine whether what they believe has been proven to be accurate. If we study and apply all that is taught as a Fellowcraft, we will acquire all the skills necessary to improve upon our talent to exercise morality, truthfulness, and virtue. Coupled with this we learn and understand how to use reason and love. The Holy Bible lies open upon our Altar of Masonry, and upon the Bible lays the Square and Compasses. They are the three Great Lights of the Lodge. We can relate it as the Divine warrant and chief working tools. Together they work as symbols of Revelation, Righteousness and Redemption, teaching us that by walking in the light of Truth, and obeying the Law contained within the Volume of Sacred Law, the Divine in man wins victory over the earthly. Concentrating on how to live is the one important matter we find as a constant theme in all the degrees of Masonry, and sometimes the Mason will search far and wide looking for a wiser and better way, but not being able to find a better tool than that shown us by the Great Lights of the Lodge. "To properly form the angle of the square, it is absolutely essential that we practice, practice, and practice yet again so that reason and love become as habitual to our behavior, as faith is to our spiritual nature." (Advanced Meditations on Masonic Symbolism by John R. Heisner, Publish America, page 69.) Because…it is an Emblem of Virtue … "Virtues" are morally good habits of acting which reside in individual souls. Cardinal comes from carde, Latin for "hinge." In traditional Catholic 86 Fall 2014
philosophy all other virtues hinge, turn or depend on four cardinal virtues because they describe the fundamental structures of health of the soul. First clearly formulated by Plato in The Republic, repeated and expanded by Aristotle, they became a classical commonplace and were adopted by all major medieval philosophers. They are also mentioned in Scripture in the deutero-canonical, or apocryphal, Book of Wisdom of Solomon. Their basis is in human nature itself, in the soul, which directs bodily actions in its three parts or functions. First, intelligence, or reason, is perfected by the virtue of prudence, or practical wisdom. Second, will is perfected by the virtue of fortitude, or courage. Third, appetites are perfected by the virtue of moderation, or self-control (sophrosyne, there is no good English equivalent to this Greek notion, with its strong aesthetic overtones of harmony and beauty). The fourth and overarching virtue, justice, is the harmony, integration and correct functioning of the three parts. Rightness or righteousness might be closer to the original meaning, for justice connotes to the modern mind almost exclusively social justice, fairness in relations between individuals rather than right relations within a single individual, that is, among parts of the soul. The cardinal moral virtues are distinguished from the intellectual virtues, or virtues of the speculative intellect (wisdom, science and understanding), and both are distinguished, as natural virtues, from the three supernatural or "theological virtues" which have God as their object: faith, hope and charity. Phillipians 4:8 tells us, "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." While his own life may have fallen far short of the ideals of virtue, Benjamin Franklin was certainly right when he wrote, "There was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous." We cannot then completely agree with the man who said "great men have great faults." While some believe only Jesus Christ was perfect, true greatness must be built upon character and in tegrity. Looking at this subject from a Pastor's perspective we learn in the Greek the expression: arête (Pronunciation: ahr eh TAY) means virtuous. We have all heard it said, "he is a virtuous man" or "she is a virtuous woman." Such comments are praises of a person's moral character. The Greek word for "virtuous" is arete; it was used all the time in Greek literature, but only rarely in the New Testament. See Square, next page … the missouri freemason
Are You Barefoot or Shod? by Sam L. Land, 32°, KT
rom time immemorial it has been the custom to approach God barefooted. The most frequently quoted Bible passage that expounds upon this idea is found in Exodus 3:5 where God tells Moses, as he approached the burning bush, "Draw not nigh hither, put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."i A less known incidence of this is recorded in Joshua 5:15, where the Captain of the Lord's Host said, "… Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thy standest is holy." Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher and mathematician who lived from 569 BC to about 475 BC., told his disciples, "Offer sacrifice and worship with thy shoes off."ii Maimonides, the great expounder of Hebrew law, believed, "It was not lawful for a man to come into the mountain of God's house with his shoes on his feet …"iii Finally Bishop Patrick stated, "Moses did not give the first beginning to this rite, but it was derived from the patriarchs before him, and transmitted to future times from that ancient, general
tradition; for we find no command in the Law of Moses for the priests performing the service of the temple without shoes, but it is certain that they did so from immemorial custom; and so do the Mohammedans to this day."iv In the world of Freemasonry this act is called discalceation; from the Latin word discalceatus meaning "unshod." Dis*cal`ce*a"tion\, n. — The act of pulling off the shoes or sandals. [Obsolete] ~Sir Thomas Browne.v We use it as a means of preparation in all three of our degrees. In the First Degree the candidate is slipshodvi on his right foot with his left foot bare. In the Second Degree the candidate is prepared just the opposite. In the Third Degree the candidate is barefoot. Why is there a difference and what does it mean? It must be understood that the use of footwear in the first place is to protect the foot from harm. In the early days people went barefoot because they had to, as there was no alternative. There was little See Shod, next page …
Square, from previous page … Though "virtue" is said to have been possessed by various people, it is a quality that comes from God. In his first letter Peter used arete to describe the excellent nature or "excellencies" of God (1 Peter 2:9). In his second epistle, Peter uses "virtue" three times in the opening chapter. The first instance is in 2 Peter 1:3, where there is a significant textual variant. Some manuscripts indicate that the believers are called "by" God's glory and virtue; others indicate that they are called "to" God's glory and virtue. The first reading denotes that we are attracted by God's glory and virtue as expressed in Jesus Christ to follow Christ and become like Him. This reading suggests the means by which the divine call is exercised in our lives. The "virtues" refer to the qualities in Jesus which attracts believers to Him. The glory (doxa) which John saw in Jesus (John 1:14) was His authority and power; that which Peter saw probably refers to the Transfiguration, described in 2 Peter 1:16-18. Jesus' virtue (arete) is that moral excellence which so continually awed His disciples. The second reading means that we are called by God to participate in His very own glory and virtue. The rest of the passage in 2 Peter 1 primarily affirms the second reading—because this section tells us that we have been given God's divine power
so that we can become partakers of His divine nature. One significant feature of the divine nature is "virtue." From this meaning from the New Testament it show us that Masons, Christians, and others cannot produce this from themselves; it comes from the divine nature, of which we can partake by means of the Spirit of God. Because … we can, if we so choose, make the connection that since the Square is placed on the Volume of Sacred Law, maybe, just maybe we should square our actions by the Volume of Sacred Law, which becomes our "Square of Virtue." ■
On April 12, eight members of California Lodge #183 along with two guests participated in the MoDot No More Trash Bash. They picked up 31 bags of trash, a full sheet of plywood, and a sheet of tin from their two miles of US Highway 50 in Moniteau County.
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Shod, from previous page â&#x20AC;Ś need for footwear as their feet were toughened and calloused from continually walking over rough and hard ground. It was the wealthier of the people who first had need of shoes as they no longer walked continually over the hard ground. As the feet softened the need for footwear arose and the sandal was born. In the First Degree our left foot is bare and our right foot slipshod. This is to indicate to us that we are now safe in the First Degree as we follow our conductor because our trust is in God and we are there to make better men of ourselves. In our studies we acknowledge the material world is a problem with so many temptations that we must learn to overcome. We learn we will be doing the work for ourselves with guidance from without. Yet we are still in much darkness and even must have the Lodge pray for us as we do not yet have the education and experience to pray for ourselves. This work sets the foundation for the important work to come. In the Second Degree the right foot is bare and the left foot is slipshod. While the left foot has started the education of the First Degree, it is yet young and still needs protection. Our right foot is now on the safe path as we begin to recognize our own problems dealing with our poor reasoning ability and our poor control of emotions. We are watched over by God and our Brothers. We learn to circumscribe our passions and bring them under control by use of our ability to reason. In the Third Degree we are barefoot just as our early ancestors were. This is because we no longer need the protection of artificial things as we have learned to control our actions and desires and are building that house 88 Fall 2014
not made with hands. We have moved from the mental arena to the spiritual and the final stage of life before our opportunity to rejoin God. In the degrees we were literally barefoot. After that experience we are no longer barefoot as we have left the material and mental spheres behind. We are now in the world of spirituality where things of this world do not matter all that much except for our uneducated Brothers. They do not know of the need to go barefoot spiritually, to protection, and must be taught. That now becomes our duty and will continue to be as we enjoy the remaining days of our lives. We arrived in this world barefoot and were perfectly contented to remain so. Our tender, soft feet either became toughened by wear or protected by artificial external coverings. So it is with our inner being when we first discover it. We need to be protected by the artificial external coverings of personal gain, power, sex or drugs until we finally recognize that they are not satisfying or of real benefit for us. Then we must thrust them off by means of recognition, evaluation, and correction until we are able to
successfully control our egos and begin thinking of our brothers around us who need help. This is when we know we are moving into that spiritual realm where the things of this world do not matter as much as the things of the spiritual world. Look closely at your own life and see if you are slipshod or barefoot. Do you need material things to make you happy? Do you place your trust in wealth, power and other things of this world? If you are not happy with your evaluation, then begin the process that will bring you out of the darkness and into satisfaction with your life. Freemasonry has the answers you are seeking but you must look for them; actively seek them. Ask a Brother for help and you will receive it. That is the covenant the Lodge made with you when you took upon yourself that first solemn obligation and started your path through Freemasonry. We must yet learn to play well with others; especially the ones who have needs that we can help fulfill. i Holy Bible, Master Mason Edition. Wichita, Kansas: Heirloom Bible Publishers, 1991.
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In May, Union Masonic Lodge #593 made a donation to the Franklin County Missouri Habitat for Humanity. WB Clarence "Buzz" Barrows, Secretary, is shown presenting the check to Joyce Martin, a local Habitat for Humanity Director.
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Masonic Donations Initiate Ozark County Sheriff's Department Granny Care Project
ampson Lodge #298 in Theodosia, Robert Burns Lodge #496 in Gainesville and Eastern Star Chapter #432 in Gainesville, with the support and assistance of the Masonic Home of Missouri; Creating A Partnership Program presented a donation in the amount of $1,200 to the Ozark County Sheriff's Department. The purpose of the donation was to provide funding to initiate the Sheriff's "Granny Care Project." Many times when criminal suspects are arrested in their homes, infants and young children have to be taken into protective custody and transported to the Sheriff's Office where they are cared for until they can be placed in the care of responsible family members or transferred to Missouri Children and Family Services personnel. Sometimes this results in the children remaining at the Sheriff's Office for several hours. Children who are removed form "drug houses" may also have to go through a decontamination process. Three local ladies have volunteered to be on call to respond to the Sheriff's Office whenever these unfortunate situations occur, to care for the children and attempt to make their stay at the Sheriff's facilities as comfortable as possible. The Creating A Partnership funding will
Brethren: On behalf of M.W.B. Jon B. Broyles, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri A.F. & A.M., 2013-2014, I would like to extend to you an invitation to attend the 193rd Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri A.F.&A.M. The event is to take place at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia, Missouri, on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, September 28th, 29th and 30th, 2014. Registration will begin at 10:00 A.M. Sunday, and will require your valid barcoded dues card. Room reservations may be made by calling the Holiday Inn at 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
be used to purchase diapers, age appropriate clothing and non-perishable food items for the children. A sufficient number of children's car seats will also be acquired to provide for the safe transportation of these young people. Toys or other unnecessary items will not be purchased with these funds. The check presentation was made on April 7.
Pictured from left to right are: Wes Frazer, Senior Warden of Sampson Lodge #298; Paralee Rea, Worthy Matron of Eastern Star Chapter #432; Bob Arnett, Worthy Patron of Eastern Star Chapter #432 and member of Robert Burns Lodge #496; Art Stone, Worshipful Master of Robert Burns Lodge #496; Darrin Reed, Ozark County Sheriff and Senior Steward of Sampson Lodge #298; Bobby Grisham, Treasurer of Robert Burns Lodge #496; Gail Reich, Administrative Secretary of the Ozark County Sheriff's Department and recently elected Mayor of the City of Gainesville; Len Modlinski, Worshipful Master of Sampson Lodge #298.
Quinta Inn & Suites (573.445.1899). Details regarding Ladies’ events, the All-Masonic Banquet and Achievement Awards, and Order of the Past Master will be posted on the website at www.momason.org as they become available. The Annual Communication of the Missouri Lodge of Research will take place on Monday afternoon at 4:15 PM. Tuesday morning’s Lodge of Research Breakfast and Truman Lecture Series will feature Dr. S. Brent Morris. Dr. Morris currently serves as Managing Editor of the Scottish Rite Journal. An authority on Masonic research, Dr. Morris was the first American to serve as Worshipful Master of Quatuor Coronati, the oldest Masonic Research Lodge in the world. Limited tickets for this event will be available at a cost of $30.00. Please pass this information on to your Lodge members. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your stay in Columbia, please feel free to contact the Grand Lodge Office at (573) 474-8561 or by E-mailing Ron Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adriene Price at email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you in Columbia, and hope to remind you that each of you is a valuable member of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Sincerely and Fraternally, Ronald D. Miller, Grand Secretary
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Polar Star Rose Hill Addresses Students' Food Insecurity Issue by Randy Davis, PM, Polar Star Rose Hill Lodge #79
olar Star Rose Hill Lodge #79, along with many other Masonic Lodges throughout the state of Missouri, have been helping to organize, contribute to, partner with, and actively participate in backpack food programs. It is not only a worthwhile endeavor, but also helps our Fraternity to make a huge positive impact within the communities that we serve. First, I would like to give you a few facts to keep in the back of your hat while you read. Food insecurity is defined as a situation where people are not guaranteed access to food on a reliable basis. This means they do not always know when or from where their next meal is coming. According to the St. Louis Area Foodbank website (http://www. stlfoodbank.org/AboutHunger/ChildrenandHunger.aspx) more than one in six children live in a situation where there is not reliable access to food; and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a report in September 2013 about the state of food insecurity (http://www.ers.usda.gov/ publications/err-economic-research-report/err155.aspx). Its statistics show that Missouri has household hunger rates at or above 16 percent of households in the state in 2012. That statistical average has increased more than 9.5% from 2000 to 2012. With the Creating-A-Partnership program from the Missouri Masonic Home, all Lodges have the capability of directly affecting lives of children in a food insecure situation, by starting, organizing, or contributing to a food program at the local school level. While many of these children are able to take advantage of free or low-cost school meals, they do not necessarily have access to food on the weekends. These food programs directly address this issue by packing food into a bag that the child will take home and use over the weekend. Many organizations call these types of programs a backpack food or food pack program. The best way to get started is to gather information about the needs of your local school district. Polar Star Rose Hill contacted the guidance counselors of the school district in which the Lodge is located and were able to determine the closest elementary school definitely had a segment of children that were at risk. Keep in mind this is not just 90 Fall 2014
an urban problem; many rural school districts have just as high or higher percentage of children that are in a food insecure situation. Lodges throughout Missouri have an opportunity to make an impact in this regard. The next step your Lodge should take is to find out if there is already a backpack food program or food pantry in operation at your local school. In Polar Star Rose Hill's case, there was no program in place. In talking with a Past Master of CrestwoodAnchor, they approached their school district and found the school district was already operating a food pantry. They were able to establish a connection and make an immediate impact in their school district. Polar Star Rose Hill had the good fortune to find that the church, which was across the street from the school, also wanted to work on this project, so we started a partnership with them. They already had a 501(C)(3) set up and they were willing to take on the food storage and delivery aspect. The school guidance councilors provided our group with the information that is needed to put together the food packs, which might be abbreviated name or identify information, grade, and whether there are any food allergies. We do not have any contact with the children. The food is delivered to the guidance counselors and they determine how the food is delivered to the children on the last day of the week. At Polar Star Rose Hill, we contribute matching money from the Create-A-Partnership program and help with the food packing. We started our program in 2012 and initially were serving 13 children that fall. The program has grown by this spring to include a middle school; and as of May, 2014, we are serving 40 children. It appears that our program will be growing again this fall, as we may be taking on one or two additional elementary schools and we are looking at the potential of impacting 75 to 100 children. In addition to helping these children, the program has also given a sense of accomplishment to many Brothers in Lodge. We know that we are directly and profoundly making a difference. The Creating-A-Partnership program is a wonderful tool See Food, next page â&#x20AC;Ś the missouri freemason
High School Grad on Friday, Master Mason on Saturday
n Saturday, May 17, 2014, 28 Master Masons representing five south central Missouri Masonic Lodges, assembled in a secluded pasture about nine miles west of Theodosia to confer the Third Degree for Brother Colton Wayne Jenkins Burton. Officers and members of Sampson Lodge #298 conducted the degree, with assistance from Past Masters of Robert Burns Lodge #496 and Bayou Lodge #365. RWB
Royce Wheeler, District Deputy Grand Lecturer of the 42nd Masonic District of Missouri, delivered the Master Mason lecture. Brother Burton, the 18 year old candidate, had graduated from Ava High School the night before the ceremony. After the degree work everyone traveled back to Sampson Lodge in Theodosia for a meal that Colton's mother and grandmother had prepared.
Grand Lodge 2014! Sunday thru Tuesday September 28-30 Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia, Mo Registration begins 10AM Sunday, September 28 Formal Opening Monday, 9AM Call (573) 445-8531 for room reservations and discount rate See www.momason.org for details on all activities Lodge of Research annual meeting, Monday @ 4:15PM Truman Lecture Series with Brent Morris, Tuesday Morning ($30) Bring your barcoded dues card. Call (573) 474-8561, for more information.
Food, from previous page … that is available to all Missouri Masonic Lodges. I heartily recommend your Lodge look into making use of it to make a difference. I'm including a list of references that you may examine to help you put your own program to work. There are as many ways to do this as there are school districts.
Buddy Packs Columbia http://sharefoodbringhope. org/buddy-packs/ Start A Backpack Program https://sites.google. com/site/snackinabackpackorg/start-snack-in-abackpack-in-your-community ■
References: Creating-A-Partnership Program http://mohome. org/Creating-A-Partnership--CAP--Program.html St. Louis Area Foodbank http://www.stlfoodbank. org/AboutHunger/ChildrenandHunger.aspx Missouri Food Banks http://feedingamerica.org/ foodbank-results.aspx?state=MO Ozarks Food Harvest http://www. ozarksfoodharvest.org/backpacks.html BackSnack Kansas City http://www.harvesters.org/ WhoWeAre/Index.asp?Reference=BackSnack
Missouri Sculptor and Mayor of McKittrick, Missouri, Joey Los presents a sculpture to WM Dan Flynn of Daggett Lodge #492 in appreciation of the Lodge's work in creating and facilitating the town's new annual "McKittrick Olde Time Music Festival" as a joint effort to revitalize the local community.
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North, South, East, West... Missouri Rainbow is the Best! Hello Missouri Masons! On June 30, 2014, I became Missouri Rainbow's 89th Worthy Advisor. Were you there? Did you enjoy our ritual work, Cavalcade of Flags, Pledge Ceremony and other events at our Grand Assembly? I had a wonderful time and hope you did, too. My theme for my Grand Year is "Let There Be Learning." I will be using the primary colors of red, yellow and blue with the symbols: apples, school supplies, numbers and letters. This past May I finished my Associate of Arts in Teaching degree at Maple Woods Community College and will be moving onto the Northland campus of Missouri Western this fall to become an elementary teacher. I am so excited! I work with kids in a summer program and they are always making me think and laugh — while providing both of us (them and me) learning moments. I am a Past Worthy Advisor of North Kansas City Assembly and have loved growing up with my Rainbow Sisters there and across Missouri for the past 9 years. My first event was to attend the Masonic Youth Day on August 2. I find I laugh so much and make many new friends at this event. Before I come to Grand Lodge in September, I will have my first reception at Leadership Assembly (representing our
Most Worshipful Brother John Hess, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, installed RWB A. Freeman Stanfill, Past Grand Orator, as Master of Amsterdam Lodge #141 on July 8, 2014, with RWB Aaron Shoemaker, Past Grand Orator, acting as Marshal.
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District 3). This will be September 27 at 1:00pm. I hope you will come by. Serving with me this year in the office of State Dean of our Grand Cross of Color will Anna Marie Kulback. The Grand Cross of Color, an honorary degree that many of you may have, is like the Honor Society of Rainbow. Anna Marie's theme this year will be "Strive to be the Ultimate Role Model" and she will be using shades of blue, silver and white. The Nativity Scene will be her symbol while she adds dogwood blossoms and daffodils to her decorations. Anna Marie is from the Pulaski County/Waynesville area. Because she is also in teaching (and because she's a really great lady), I am looking forward (very much) to seeing her throughout the state this year and serving with her. Together Anna Marie and I have chosen the State Service Project which is to collect school supplies for Elementary Schools around the state of Missouri. So many children and their families just can't afford school supplies. We hope Assemblies and Preceptories will have ongoing projects to keep a box filled at their local Elementary Schools of all the necessary supplies: pencils, notebook or other paper, crayons and more. We hope many of our members will be creative and find more ways to provide their local schools and children with supplies. There is a website: http://www.school-supply-list.com/states/missouri/ which shows a school list for each school in Missouri. If you aren't near a Rainbow Assembly (which can be found on our improved website: www.moiorg.org), would you please pick up a few (or many) things and take them to your local school? Even if you just deliver a big bag of tissue boxes a couple times of year — it will help! Then, please email our Supreme Inspector, Catherine Dent (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can share the information with me . While I would like to keep some kind of records, I know that may not happen! There are a lot of people helping Missouri's children prepare for school (and to continue having supplies throughout the school year) that keeping track may be difficult. Please remember we greatly appreciate your support — time, thoughts, financial, anything you can share. Please remember, too, that you are welcome
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A New Beginning for Missouri Job's Daughters On June 27, 2014, members of Missouri Job's Daughters were installed into their new Grand Bethel officer and representative stations. This installation takes place every year in Jefferson City, Missouri, at our Grand Session. My name is Kaarin Hoogstraten, a Past Honored Queen and Majority Member of Bethel 33 in North Kansas City, and I have the pleasure of being the Grand Bethel Honored Queen for Missouri Job's Daughters for the 2014-2015 term. I will be spending the next year traveling around the state with Judy Royce, Grand Guardian, and Jim Kelly, Associate Grand Guardian, as we look to further Job's Daughters in Missouri.
The 2014-2015 Grand Bethel Trio (left to right): Brianna Hall, Grand vethel Senior Princess; Kaarin Hoogstraten, Grand Bethel Honored Queen; and Becca Hairer, Grand Bethel Junior Princess.
Summer is a very busy season for Missouri Job's with a lot of events occurring in three months. Grand Session is a time for girls from around the state to come together and reunite with friends they do not often see. They compete in ritual, performing arts, and arts and craft competitions and have the chance to be selected for a Grand Bethel office. On July 19, the girls got together again, this time in Columbia, Missouri at the Masonic Complex, for our Grand Bethel workshop. This is an opportunity for the girls to have any questions they may have about ritual, proper attire, promotion, etc., answered by older members of the Order. Masonic Youth Day is always a fantastic time, and this year was no exception. I love being able to have the chance to see all three Masonic youth groups interact with each other. It is a day I look forward to every year. This year members of Missouri Job's Daughters, as well as Daughters from all over the world, traveled to Spokane, Wshington, for our Annual Supreme Session that was held August 6-9. We congratulated our very own Brianna Hall on the completion of her Miss International Job's Daughters term while cheering on Caitlyn Washington,
Miss Missouri Job's Daughters, as she competed for the MIJD title. Our busy summer concluded with a night out at the River City Rascals ballpark where we sang the National Anthem before enjoying the game. My term will be spent raising money for two wonderful charities: HIKE and the St. Louis Shriners Hospital for Children. HIKE, which is an acronym for Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund is the philanthropic project of Job's Daughters. Job's Daughters around the U.S. raise money to help provide hearing assistive devices for families who have difficulty affording them. Missouri is very proud to be one of the top grossing states when it comes to collecting donations. The St. Louis Shriners Hospital is very close to my heart. I have spent the last few years donating stuffed animals and other necessary objects to the hospital with Job's Daughters and my Ladies Oriental Shrine Court. With construction going on for the new building, it is an exciting time for the Hospital. It is my hope to be able to provide more for both of these wonderful charities throughout my term. This year it is my goal to continue the growth of Job's Daughters throughout the entire state. My mascot is dragons, so my motto, "Get Fired Up!" goes handin-hand with my fiery companions. I am looking for the girls of Missouri Job's Daughters to 2014-2015 Grand Bethel Officers Get Fired Up! and get excited about bringing their friends into this amazing organization for girls. We do require Masonic heritage for our members to join, so we ask your help in bringing in prospective members. Girls can join at any age between 10-19 years old, or they can be a Jobie-to-Bee leading up to 10 years old. You can visit our website at www.MissouriJDI.org to find information about local Bethels or upcoming events. I welcome questions and enjoy getting to know more about our Missouri Masonic family, so I look forward to meeting you all throughout my travels. Respectfully yours, Kaarin Hoogstraten, PHQ Grand Bethel Honored Queen 2014-2015
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Missouri DeMolay On Memorial Day Weekend, Missouri DeMolay had one of the best Conclaves in its history. The festivities started off with an initiation put together by the whole State Officer Corps, which brought in over 30 new members. The weekend continued with sports and ritual competition between the chapters that joined us in Jefferson City. The sports included basketball, volleyball, billiards, bowling, track and field and even tug-of-war. The ritual competition consisted of individual and team ritual from our public and secret ceremonies. The best part of DeMolay is that we can all have fun and still show respect through our Seven Cardinal Virtues. We ended the weekend with a Hall of Fame banquet that had huge support from the Grand Lodge of Missouri. It was a great joy to have two Grand Masters with us the whole weekend to share the spirit of Missouri DeMolay. We had the Grand Master of DeMolay, Dad Mike Salazar, as well as Most Worshipful Brother Jon B. Broyles, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Special thanks for all of the Master Masons who help make the Missouri Youth Groups the best in the world. Missouri DeMolay and the local chapters are always here to help so don't hesitate to ask.
Part of the group of 33 new DeMolays initiated at the DeMolay Conclave on Memorial Day weekend.
Dad Robert Cockerham (right) honors Missouri Grand Master Jon B. Broyles with the Mason of the Year award at the DeMolay Conclave in May.
Fraternally, Brandon Rarey, State Master Councilor Missouri DeMolay
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Jon B. Broyles, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, is shown with Ben Polen, president of the Carroll County Trust Company. The Grand Lodge performed the traditional cornerstone ceremony on Saturday June, 21, 2014, at the Carroll County Trust Company Bank in Carrollton, Missouri. The host Lodge was Wakanda Lodge #52.
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v Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682) Sir Thomas Browne (/ braʊn/; 19 October 1605 – 19 October 1682) was an English polymath and author of varied works which reveal his wide learning in diverse fields including science and medicine, religion and the esoteric. http://www. luminarium.org/sevenlit/browne/ vi Wearing loose shoes or slippers. http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/slipshod, 26 Mar 14. ■ the missouri freemason
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specifically those Loyalists who preferred to remain citizens of their home country, while continuing to live here). This situation is best understood by a single example: A businessman was declared a Traitor just became he opposed the separation and remained loyal to the British King. He was hassled unremittingly until he found it necessary to abandon his business and his home and property and flee for his life to England. His property was confiscated and his name forever branded as a Traitor. Willard M. Wallace, who states that Arnold became a Freemason in the West Indies where he lived in the early days before the Revolution, chose to call his book Traitorous Hero (1954). There were numerous Freemasons among all of these groups: members of military Lodges attached to French and British or Scottish soldiers and sailors, as well as members of newly established Masonic Lodges founded in each of the 13 states. The story of Benedict Arnold should be considered in light of these circumstances. Let us remember his defection to the British and active fighting with them against our country. With that always in the back of our minds, let us view Benedict Arnold’s life as a Patriot. The renowned Masonic scholar, Charles W. Moore, Grand Secretary of Massachusetts for 33 years, made
the following statement in his Freemasons’ Monthly Magazine XXVI.12 (Oct. 1, 1857), p. 381: “It is a singular fact, that while its roll is graced with the names of David Wooster and other patriots, it has also the name of Benedict Arnold, who, for his great crime of treason to his country, has covered that name with infamy. Yet a true Mason, who would give to each ‘according to his due,’ should be glad to know that even Arnold possessed some Masonic virtues. His patriotism and his bravery up to the time of his great fall, were undoubted. He, more than any other one man, turned the tide of battle at Saratoga that decided the struggle for our national independence, so that Arnold became both the savior and betrayer of his country” (quoted by Walter M. Callaway, Jr. in AQC). In 1774 Arnold was elected captain of the Lexington militia company, proposed the capture of Ft. Ticonderoga, and was named colonel by Washington in 1775 and authorized to proceed with his plan. Ethan Allen has been given the same commission and Arnold stepped down from command and joined Allen as a volunteer. After a successful attack, Washington gave Arnold command of an expedition to Québec, marching with 700 men through the Maine wilderness, made a joint attack with General Richard Montgomery, with disastrous results. Montgomery was killed and Arnold
Branson Masonic Lodge served over 75 people at its first Spaghetti dinner on June 15, receiving great reviews on the meal. Branson Lodge will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on the third Sunday of each month and invites everyone to come out and support this fundraiser, which helps fund various community programs such as Christmas Baskets, the Scholarship Program, the Missouri Child Identification Program (MoCHIP) and a lot more. RWB Herb Terrill, chairman of the event, thanked the Lodge members and community for their support.
was severely wounded. Congress promoted him to brigadier general; after continued siege of Québec he was forced to retreat. After his success against a superior enemy fleet on Lake Champlain (October 11, 1776), he returned home a hero, arousing the envy of other officers. In 1777, Arnold as the ranking brigadier was passed over when five major generals were created before him. Washington continued to support Arnold through all of these events. Even when he was successful against the British at Danbury, Congress promoted him to major general but without his seniority. After the siege of Ft. Stanwix, Arnold commanded the left wing in the first battle of Saratoga; in the second battle, he fought “brilliantly and decisively” until he was seriously wounded. His proper rank was restored and since his injuries left him crippled, Washington placed him in command of Philadelphia (1978). Some charges of state and military violations, referred to Congress, were thrown out; the remaining four prompted Arnold to ask for a speedy courtmartial to clear him. The postponed trial (1779) found him guilty of two minor offenses and sentenced to a reprimand by Washington. Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of books on American history for teens only last year wrote, The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery (2013), which won two national awards for non-fiction, depicted Arnold as one of America’s greatest war heroes. ■
Rainbow, from page 92 … at any Rainbow event anywhere in Missouri at any time. Ms. Dent can answer questions or concerns you may have, please do not hesitate to contact her. I hope you continue to enjoy good weather and good fun. I'll be looking for you at Missouri Rainbow events! There is ALWAYS something to Learn! Shelby Baker, Grand Worthy Advisor State of Missouri International Order of the Rainbow for Girls ■
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History is Restored The 125th Anniversary Open House event was held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Masonic Complex in Columbia, Missouri. The premier exhibits were the nine art glass pieces form the Order of the Eastern Star Chapel on the Delmar Avenue Campus, along with the other four previously restored and displayed art glass panes. All of the art glass will remain on permanent display for visitors to the Complex to enjoy. The history of the art glass is intermingled with the history of the Masonic Fraternity, the Masonic Home and the Order of the Eastern Star. The beginnings of the Masonic Home started during Grand Lodge Annual Communication in the fall of 1875, when John C. Ralls introduced a resolution that was adopted recommending, "a select Committee be appointed to enquire (sic) into, and report upon, the expediency and necessity of making suitable provision for the erection of a 'Home' for the indigent widows and minors (orphans) of worthy (deceased) Master Masons... to be located in some suitable and healthy place." Various calls for action were made over the next decade. At the Annual Communication in October, 1885, Grand Master Stevenson forcibly stated the following: • 46 Masons were dependent, in whole or in part, upon their respective Lodges • 101 widows of Master Masons are under similar circumstances • 82 orphaned children are receiving some attention from the Craft • 37 out of the 147 aged persons are reported as only able to attend to personal necessities "These are your brothers, your widows, and your orphans in charge. If you take them in the manner proposed, duty will not permit you, by acts of omission, to suffer them again to fall upon the cold charities of the world around them. Now is the time for you to determine what duty requires of you." Following the Annual Communication in 1888, the committee appointed to select a location for the Home acquired a site at the edge of St. Louis at a price of $40,000. The property consisted of fifteen acres near Forest Park which at the time was 96 Fall 2014
considered to be in the country. The only transportation to the Home at the time of purchase was the "narrow gauge R.R." that ran on what would become the Hodiamont Street car tracks. Delmar and Union Boulevards did not exist, and it would be later that Enright Avenue would open. Initially, Enright Avenue would be known as Von Versen Avenue; the name would change to Enright Avenue during World War I. The property had a two and a half story brick mansion with about 20 rooms, a good sized barn and a gardener's cottage. The grounds extended north to Smith Academy, and contained an apple orchard. The grounds to the west contained a garden and vineyard. It is this area that would later be developed for the "old people's building" and the power house. For some time after the Home was opened, there were no residents. Then, on July 12, 1889, the Masonic Home welcomed its first child into the Home's family. She was a young girl named Della Gale Farthing, age 12, from Greenville, Missouri. She was admitted on the application of Greenville Lodge #446. After a while, those in need began to come in earnest. At the 20th Annual Order of the Eastern Star meeting held in Chillicothe in October, 1894, Past Grand Master and then current Secretary John D. Vincil, the first Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star of Missouri, advised those in attendance of the need for a chapel at the Masonic Home. The Grand Chapter appropriated $500 to begin the fund raising efforts.
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When the members returned home, they reported the need to their Chapters and interest was awakened throughout the state. The plans for the chapel with a 500 seating capacity were drawn by Brother G.U. Heimberger, and the cost was $3,533 to build the chapel. At the time of its building, it On October 21, 1897, the Chapel was dedicated by Grand Master B. Tygard and Grand Lodge officers. The following words were spoken by the Worthy Grand Matron in her address at the dedication ceremony: "It is a building dedicated to God, for the edification and happiness of the orphans and the aged, who are under the protecting wings of the noblest order on earth." In 1924, the Order of the Eastern Star built a playground for the 136 children in the Home. That same year the O.E.S. Advisory Board would bring to the attention of the Grand Chapter concerns that the original chapel was having structural issues, such as mildewed walls and a leaking roof, along with natural decay. A letter was sent to each Chapter in the state, and it brought in response the amount of $3,286.61. The Order of the Eastern Star would continue to raise funds to build a new chapel, while also furnishing items needed in the operation of the Home. During the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge in 1928, the new Order of the Eastern Star Chapel was dedicated. All art glass had been carefully removed from the original chapel, repaired as needed, and installed, along with 7 new pieces. This new chapel cost $85,000-$90,000 and it was again funded by the Order of the Eastern Star Chapters and Clubs. It was built on the foundation of the original chapel with a seating capacity of 450 and children's platform of 140. The architect was Brother H.L. Clymer. After many years of assisting children, widows and indigent Masons at the facility in St. Louis, the upkeep on the old buildings, declining attendance, and neighborhood safety concerns required the Masonic Home of Missouri's Board of Directors to
make the difficult decision to close the facility and relocate the residents living there. On December 30, 1991, the Masonic Home sold the property to the State of Missouri. When the State tore down the buildings, the Order of the Eastern Star paid $21,000 to remove the art glass from the Chapel for preservation and possible future usage or display. The art glass was stored in St. Louis until the current Masonic Complex was completed and then moved to storage in the basement. In 2013, the Board approved the restoring of the nine pieces of art glass that were stored in the basement of the Masonic Complex. Quotes were obtained from art glass restorers and eventually Art Glass Unlimited, located in St. Louis, Missouri, was selected for the restoration project. Words cannot express how photographs of the art glass do not do justice to their beauty. "The Guardian" Children were an important part of the Masonic Home of Missouri. Several of the restored art glass windows depict small children and reflect the charity's beginnings as a 'Home for Orphans'. This pane of art glass was originally presented by Missouri Lodge #1. There is evidence this window may have been damaged in the past. Look closely at the Angel's wings. The one that arches to the left is painted in a reverse method where the artist made the entire wing dark colored, then removed paint to make it look like feathers. The right wing is painted with feathers, making it more stylized. The faces of the children and angel show the reversed method of painting. St. Louis Missouri Lodge #1 funded the restoration of this pane of art glass. "The Gift" This memorial pane of art glass was dedicated in memory of Clifford C. Baker, longtime Superintendent of the Masonic Home. Mr. Baker was Superintendent from 1912 to 1915 and upon his death, his widow Mrs. Harriet Baker became Superintendent from 1915 to 1918.
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With the first child of the Home being a twelve year old girl named Della Gale Farthing, this pane of glass seems to reflect that advent. The young girl is holding a small bouquet token to Jesus. Bonhomme Lodge #45 funded the restoration of this pane of glass. "The Ascension" This pane of art glass representing Christ's Ascension had the most work performed on it due to chemicals being sprayed on it during a past cleaning of the brick at the chapel. If you look closely at some of the faces, you will see what appears to be tears which are actually chemical smears but seem to add to the overall artwork. The face of Jesus in this artwork has an estimated replacement cost of $15,000 if something should happen to it. St. Louis Commandery #1, K.T. originally donated this art glass pane. Funding to restore this pane of glass was provided by St. Louis Missouri Lodge #1. "The Nativity" This art glass piece portrays the nativity scene or crĂ¨che of the birth of Jesus as described in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. This piece of art glass was originally purchased by Tuscan Lodge #360, which also funded the restoration. It measures approximately 27" x 79." "Children's Window" While doing research for our 125th Anniversary Book, a photograph was found that revealed the inside of the original chapel. It clearly shows the large round signet window bracketed by two other panes. Upon magnifying the window, it was discovered that the two guardian windows were actu98 Fall 2014
ally ones that had been chosen for restoration and display. It made sense to reunite the three windows in our current building for all to see. The Children's Signet Window was restored in 2002, as part of the museum addition. Presented by the Children of the Home on October 1897, it was the signet window in the original chapel. The symbols pertain to the Order of the Eastern Star. This window is not back-lit but has natural lighting and is supported by columns to help balance the immense weight of the glass. It overlooks the staircase at the Complex and is purposefully set higher than the guardian panes to better duplicate their positions in the original chapel. "Repose in Egypt" "After they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt and stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to look for the child to kill him'" (Matthew 2:13). This art glass panel shows an inspiring scene of Christian faith, which illustrates Jesus and his family as they take flight to Egypt as they were commanded to do. This pane was originally presented by Moolah Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. to the Masonic Home in 1897. It has been graciously restored through funding by the Moolah Guides, Swing Dance Club, Ceremonial Cast, Noble Lodge #684, Gregory Gates, and Oliver Steed. "Blessing of theÂ Children" With the central theme of children, these three windows attest to the Masonic Fraternity's love of helping children. Notice the child to the extreme left of the window and how different the face is. It is the belief of the restorers that the face was damaged and replaced or that harsh cleaning chemicals were used which destroyed the face. It may also be an angel because the "skin" is so translucent. This window was presentthe missouri freemason
ed by Ascalon Commandery #16 Knights Templar in 1897. Through a generous anonymous donor, this window has been reunited with the Signet window. "The Good Shepherd" This art glass panel depicts Jesus holding a sheep, which is symbolic of his role as Shepherd of God's flock. The inscription for this art glass pane states: "In memory of Dr. Morris Leftwich, First Superintendent of the Masonic Home of Missouri, 1888-1898; Presented by the Eastern Star Chapters and Masonic bodies in which he held membership." The Board of Directors hired medical doctor, Morris Leftwich, and his wife, Ella D. Leftwich, as the Home's first Superintendent and Matron. On April 1, 1889, they moved to the property located on Delmar, bringing with them their much needed expertise to set up and operate the Home. In addition, they furnished the Home with all of their own furniture. Dr. and Mrs. Leftwich valued education, household chores, recreational activities and social obligations. The children that lived in the Home would attend public schools during the day, and then return to the Home to help in the kitchen or with the yard and building maintenance. They went on picnics and to fairs, played games and took up hobbies. Dr. Leftwich resigned from his position with the Home a few months prior to his passing on December 4, 1898. Their skills and compassion would set a standard in raising children and caring for the elderly that would become the foundation for the Home in the years to come. Marge Carney, Worthy Grand Matron 2014, Grand Chapter of Missouri, Order of the Eastern Star funded the window's restoration. "Martha" In the Bible, Martha is the one "given to hospitality," for we read she "received Jesus into her house" — her house, suggesting she was its owner. Then, when Jesus was sent for to hurry to the aid of her sick brother, Lazarus, we read that when Martha heard that Jesus was coming "she met Him,"
and bade Him welcome (John 11:20, 30); and the provision of that home meant much to Jesus. One day we have Him saying, "The Son of man hath not where to lay his head," but the next day, "He came to Bethany … and Martha made him a supper." (BibleGateway.com) As the Matron of the Home, Mrs. Leftwich, would have been hospitable and caring, as she was tasked with the well-being of the children and social hostess for the Home. This previously restored panel has been on display in our museum since its dedication. Mr. Leftwich's memorial piece is now displayed next to it, reuniting the spouses. "Esther" Esther was of Jewish descent during a time in when Jews were held in captivity within the Persian Empire. The King searched through the empire to find the most beautiful woman to be a successor to his divorced wife. Esther became the choice and her Jewish heritage was hidden form the King and his court. In time, the King gave an edict to destroy the entire Hebrew race. Upon hearing this, Queen Esther went to the King, defying all edicts of not approaching the King. She bravely requested the King's audience and requested that he revoke his edict. The King, admiring Queen Esther courage and beauty agreed and the Hebrew people were spared. This window portrays Queen Esther's beauty and robes of royalty. Her robe of white symbolizes Light, Purity and Joy. The Lion depicts the Persian Empire. This panel was donated by Nellie D. Hamilton, Past Grand Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and was previously restored during the initial museum project.
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"Job's Daughters – Honored Queen" This window most prominently features the Honored Queen of the Bethel, who represents the third Daughter of Job, Keren-Happuch. "KerenHappuch literally means the horn of adornment and is a reference, therefore, to the outward beauty that comes from an inward character" (http:// www.raystedman.org/). The word Reward is also featured and refers to the third word in the Order's watchwords. The two windows not found were the Junior Princess who represents Job's first daughter, Jemimah, with the watchword "patience" and the words "of Missouri" and the Senior Princess who represents Job's second daughter, Keziah, with the watchword "faith" and the word "Job's." Together the Art Glass Windows read "Job's Daughters in Missouri." Job's Daughters is based upon the Book of Job, with special reference to the 42nd chapter, 15th verse; "and in all the land were no women found so fair as the Daughters of Job and their father gave them inheritance among their Brethren." This panel was restored by Missouri Job's Daughters. "The Shepherd" East Gate Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star originally purchased this art glass window for display in the chapel. The window portrays Jesus holding a lamb. The lamb is an important symbol throughout the Bible, either referring to a sacrificial offering or as Jesus being the Lamb of God. This art glass window measures 27"x79" and has been graciously 100 Fall 2014
restored by Tuscan Lodge #360. "Chaplain's Windows" The Chaplain's Window, depicting the Open Bible on the Altar, was originally restored several years ago at the request of the Order of the Eastern Star. The window was restored and framed in a lighted box by Creed Marriott. There was a stipulation that the window would be permanently displayed in the lower level of the Masonic Complex, where it has remained on display since the Complex was dedicated in 2003. Since that time, the Order of the Eastern Star has built office space in the lower level of the Complex. This beautifully restored window is now permanently displayed in that space. The Board of Directors and staff of the Masonic Home of Missouri would like to extend their appreciation to all of the patrons of the art glass and invite all to come to the Masonic Complex and see these truly beautiful art glass pieces in person. A booklet on all the pieces of art glass is available for download on the Masonic Home of Missouri's website at www.mohome.org. ■
Pendleton Lodge #551 held its annual Past Masters' night on April 28. Past Masters in attendance are shown, front row (left to right): WB Keith Hodges, WB Keith Hunt, WB Norman Barnhouse, WB Darrell Huff, WB Jack Cade, WB Steve Copeland, and RWB Jim Sitze. Back Row left to right: WM Bryan Eaton, WB Jim Woodfin, WB Homer McBride, WB Ray McBride, WB Jim Watkins, and WB Eddie Watkins.
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Masonic Home Introduces John C. Ralls Master Builders Society
he Masonic Home of Missouri is celebrating the important milestone of 125-years of charitable service to Masons, their wives, honored widows, female members of the Order of the Eastern Star and children in need throughout the state. During our 125th Anniversary year, a new Lodge Giving Program was introduced to reflect the commitment and strong foundation set forth by Masons before you and to create an opportunity to continue the growth and benevolence of this charity for future generations. The "Most Worshipful John C. Ralls Master Builders Society" was created by the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home of Missouri in recognition of Past Grand Master John C. Ralls, who made the original call to the Grand Lodge Assembly in 1875 for the creation of the Masonic Home. This program will recognize the Lodges who support the Masonic Home during this historic celebration as our predecessors were asked to do in
1889. The levels of support are as follows: Supporter Level - Bronze Level - Silver Level - Gold Level -
less than $1.00 per member $1.00 per member $3.00 per member $5.00 per member
A special plaque commemorating the 125th Anniversary and your Lodge's level of support will be permanently displayed at the Masonic Complex. In addition, each participating Lodge will receive a certificate of appreciation denoting the level of support in the Most Worshipful John C. Ralls Master Builders Society. Some certificates were given out at the 125th Open House but Lodges can continue to participate and receive recognition at the Representative Luncheon during Grand Lodge Annual Communication on Monday, September 29, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the Most Worshipful John C. Ralls Master Builders Society, please contact Julie Kirchhoff at 1(800) 434-9804.
Masonic Home of Missouri Announces Representative Luncheon Plans
he Masonic Home of Missouri will hold its Annual Representative luncheon on Monday, September 29, 2014, during the Annual Communication at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. Exact time and room location of the luncheon will be announced closer to the event. Last year, over 100 Masonic Home of Missouri Representatives attended the luncheon and received training material including a new brochure booklet, the Annual Report, and several orientation items for referring and making applications for those in need. A presentation on the packet and introduction of the Outreach Programs was given by staff of the Masonic Home of Missouri. President Broyles and Vice-President Haywood presented the Masonic Home of Missouri's CreatingA-Partnership Program and Representative of the Year awards. Masonic Home of Missouri Representatives from each Lodge are being requested to please reserve their seat for this year's luncheon as important information will be given out regarding the current Outreach Programs and the addition of the John C. Ralls Lodge Giving Society.
Due to room seating capacity and training materials available, only one representative from a Lodge will be able to attend. To reserve your seat, please contact the Masonic Home of Missouri at 1-800434-9804 and ask for Rhonda Stone Lightfoot.
On May 12, 2014, WB Jeff Engel obligated as Swope Park Lodge #617 raised its newest Master Mason, Matt Vogel. Pictured front row (left to right): Daniel Best, Brother Vogel, Jim Spencer of Clay Lodge. Back row: WB Engel, RWB Glenn Burrows and Mark Martinez.
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Ninth Annual Truman Club Dinner Announced
he Ninth Annual Truman Club dinner will be held on September 27, 2014, at the University Club in Columbia, Missouri. This annual black-tie event celebrating donors is sponsored by the Masonic Home of Missouri and honors those who have supported the Home by making a financial contribution over the past year. The Truman Club recognizes those individuals and couples who support the Masonic Home and its programs through ongoing annual giving. With the support of the Truman Club members, we are able to transform the Masonic tenets into reality for our fraternal brothers and sisters in need across the state. Annual Membership — to be eligible for annual membership in the Truman Club, a donor must give at least $100 in tax-deductible donations during the calendar year. Annual memberships are renewable on January 1, each year. Benefits of annual Truman Club Membership include: • Welcome Packet • Membership Pin • Invitation to annual Truman Club Dinner • Special mailings and advance registration for events • Annual membership gift
Truman Giving Societies – Once an annual member's cumulative giving (since January 1, 2004) reaches $1,000, that member may join the Truman Giving Societies at the Lewis and Clark Level. Levels and benefits for each Giving Society are listed below: Level Amount Lewis and Clark Society $1,000 - $4,999 Thomas Hart Benton Society $5,000 - $9,999 Samuel L. Clemens Society $10,000 - $24,999 Charles A. Lindbergh Society $25,000 - $49,999 Omar Bradley Society $50,000 - $99,999 The greatest benefit of membership in The Truman Club is the satisfaction of knowing your collective financial support facilitates the transformation of Masonic tenets into reality for your Masonic brothers and sisters in need throughout Missouri. Membership is open to Missouri Freemasons, Order of the Eastern Star members, widows, spouses, descendants and friends. If you have questions or would like more information about the Truman Club, please contact the Masonic Home of Missouri at 1-800-434-9804 and ask for Julie.
On Saturday, July 12, 2014, WM Harvey Turner and the Brethren of Strafford Lodge #608, in conjunction with Units of Adou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple, and the Strafford Fire Department provided the Fair Haven Children's Home in Strafford with the Annual BBQ and Carnival. Brothers Bob Dawson (pictured) and Rick Headlee provided the meal. The Kids had a blast soaking the Lodge Secretary, WB Rick Thompson and the Home Administrator Barney Crawford in the dunk tank. Since the temperature was 94 degrees, Brother Tony Warnke and other members of the Strafford Fire Department furnished plenty of water from the fire trucks to keep all the kids cool. Shrine Temple clowns were also a big hit. Administrator Crawford said it best, "This is the most fun these kids have had all year and I want to thank the Masons for their generosity."
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From the archives: Missouri Freemason, 1973
Truman Constitutes Research Lodge Most Worshipful Broth er Truman in his address to Grand Lodge on September 29, 1941, said, "I am going to have the very distinct pleasure and privilege of consecrating and setting the Missouri Lodge of Research to work under Charter, for this evening, a dispensation for which was issued by me on May 1, 1941. Brother Truman had been a student of history since an early age. In fact, it was estimated by some of his teachers the "he had read more than 6,000 books by the time he graduated from high school." On becoming a Master Mason, Truman began a life-long hobby of combining his interest and study of all history with a study of Masonic history. It was an interest he was to maintain until his death. On December, 28, 1940, Grand Master Truman wrote to Past Grand Master Henry Chiles, "I am enclosing a check for Five Dollars ($5.00) for a charter membership in the Missouri Lodge of Research." Only seven days earlier, a letter from Truman had been transmitted to each Lodge in the state telling of the proposed Lodge of Research and encouraging any Brother interested in the work to contact Brother Chiles. Truman ordered that his letter be read in Lodge at the next stated communication. On April 28, 1941, Truman wrote Chiles, "I am signing the petition for the Lodge of Research, and sending it to Dr. Mather. He will go through with
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the necessary procedure and forward it to you." Then Truman added, "I had expected to be with you and set the Lodge at work in Kansas City (earlier in April), but this National Defense business has really got me tied to a point where I cannot leave at the present time. Best wishes for a most successful Lodge of Research." Then, on September 16, 1941, the Charter Master, Chiles, advised Truman, "This is to inform you of your appointment as one of two Marshals of the Missouri Lodge of Research and I trust you will accept the same. The other Marshal is going to be Forrest (Donnell), and it will be quite a distinction to have a U.S. Senator and a Governor thus serving in our organization." The appointment pleased Truman. "I am delighted to accept the position of Marshal of the new Lodge of Research," He wrote, and then observed, " I must warn you that you will have to give me some training, because, as is usually the case, the Grand Master knows nothing about the work." MWB Truman opened a Specific Convocation of the Grand Lodge of Missouri at 4 pm on September 29, 1941, in the Masonic Temple in St. Louis. In brief, but appropriate ceremonies, the Grand Master formally constituted the Missouri Lodge of Research, installed the offices and was himself installed as one of the Marshals. The minutes show that seventy-five Brethren were in attendance for the ceremony.
Truman was regularly advanced in line in the Missouri Lodge of Research. In 1950 he was elected Master and became the first President of the United States to be Master of a Lodge while serving in the White House. Truman was unable to be in St Louis for the annual meeting of the Lodge of Research, September 2, 1951. He wrote to Past Grand Master and Senior Warden Donnell asking that he preside for the business meeting and the annual breakfast session. Donnell, on October 1, 1951, advised Truman that he had presided and remarked, "a very interesting address was made at the breakfast by MWB Antonio Gonzales of the Philippine Islands. I am sorry you could not be present." Truman responded, "I Appreciated most highly your acting for me at the meeting of the Lodge of Research. I understand that they made a very good report and it looks as if we are really accomplishing something. I know you will have a most interesting year (as Master). I wish very much that I could have been present at the meeting of the Lodge of Research and of the Grand Lodge." During his term as Master, Truman secured the cooperation of the Library of Congress to furnish the Lodge with copies of the large number of references on Freemasonry in that institution. The copes were microfilmed and placed in the Lodge of Research library. ■
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A whimsical remedy for pre- nold’s wife wholly responsible for his venting tooth decay defection. states: “Run three times Here is a typical ciaround a church withtation about Benedict out thinking about a Arnold: Encyclopaedia fox.” The catch is that Britannica, 30th edition the thought of a fox be(1963): “American ofcomes a mindset which ficer in the Revolutionprecludes the promised ary War who deserted result of the action. to the British…,” but Can we really think the 11th edition (1910) about Benedict Arnold starts with “American without associating the soldier….” William R. name with treason? If I Denslow’s 10,000 Fasuggest that you rememmous Freemasons (1957) ber his many patriotic Benedict Arnold…died in Lon- begins: “America’s most June 14, 1801. His last actions previously, your don traitor…volwords were reported as: “Let notorious mind jumps at once to me die in the old uniform in unteered for service at “Yes, but he became a which I fought my battles for the outbreak of the Revtraitor.” We cannot de- freedom. May God forgive me olution….” James Royal for putting on any other.” fend his treason by refCase in The Case Collecerence to his patriotism nor rational- tion (1986) starts with his Masonic ize his actions because of repeated history, quoting from the minutes of unfairness regarding his promotions Hiram Lodge #1 in New Haven, Conor the sentiments of his Loyalist wife. necticut: “Visiting Brother Benedict Books have been written to promote Arnold was proposed by the Master one or other of these defenses. Even Nathan Whiting and became a memthe “best general account” by Isaac ber on April 10, 1865,” citing various Newton Arnold in Life of Benedict Ar- visits that he made to this Lodge. nold (Chicago, 1880) emphasizes the This was ten years before his first provocations of denying him proper action in the Revolution. “After his promotion or other recognition, defection the Lodge erased his name whereas Charles Burr Todd in The from membership and he was abanReal Benedict Arnold (New York, 1903) doned as a Mason” (Denslow). Other makes a curious attempt to make Ar- Lodges with which he was connected
took the same action. After all, “murder and treason alone excepted, and they left at my election” clearly exempted these actions from what can be held confidential among Freemasons. He was already a member of the Fraternity when he joined Hiram Lodge. Case states: “Nowhere does it appear that his dishonesty and treason were ever the basis for his being charged with any Masonic offense.” It is difficult to appreciate the uncertainty of the nation and of the fraternity in the New World which was being developed in the late 1700s. Immigrants coming into this country, not only from England, but also from other countries, were of divided loyalty. The Founding Fathers, determined to chisel out a new nation from the disenchanted and disparate multitudes, often found strong opposition. It is simplistic to categorize everyone into to Loyalists (committed to British or French Royalty of their homeland, from which they had fled for a better life) and Patriots, who supported separation from the mother countries in order to form an American Nation. Those in charge of the new government determined by definition who were Patriots and who were Traitors (anyone not committed to support the new nation and Benedict Arnold cont’d on page 95