Official Publication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri A.F. & A.M.
VOL. 59 nUMBER 3 â€˘ summer 2014
Ray V. Denslow, Grand Master, 1931-32 STORY ON PAGE 59
Excellence in Planning The third of the goals this year is for our Lodges to achieve Excellence in Planning.
s the season turns from winter to spring (at least by the calendar, hopefully we’re done with snow now), Lodges continue their work and officers that may move up to higher duties, start to make plans for those responsibilities. The third of the goals this year is for our Lodges to achieve Excellence in Planning. A Lodge or a leader without a plan is like traveling without knowing where they are going. You will end up someplace, but is it closer to where you should be? Where you want to be? Obviously, the first part of any plan is where do you want to go? This is the “vision”of the plan. The vision of a Lodge is larger than any one leader. It must reflect ALL members of the Lodge. This vision can often decide the level of participation of the members in all the events of the Lodge. It can determine the success of all other activities that would create a direction toward the goal of the vision. Everyone needs to participate and help come to a consensus of the vision and goals 50 Summer 2014
of the Lodge. Then each leader can create his own idea of the path to get there and the activities that will help take the Lodge there. Many times this path will require difficult decisions. Ones that, again, may require all members to have input into, to gain that all important consensus. This can involve things that could be hard decisions to make, the hardest is often financial. If the Lodge plan has to be changed because of the availability of funds, then it is high time to discuss your dues structure. Often the decision is easy when everyone sees exactly where the money is to be used. Is the cost to succeed too high? What is the price of failure? Remember, the presiding officer is not planning HIS term, he is planning to lead the Lodge members where they want to go, for the term he was elected for, by the Lodge. Your DDGM has tools to help guide you through this planning process. Many have already worked with their Lodges. He should be contacting you soon to work with you on your strategic
plan… a process to help decide on the vision of your Lodge: your direction, your path, your goals, and how to get there over the next several years. This is not a one year plan, it should contain objectives for three, five, even seven years. It is a plan that must be reviewed to how effective it has been being followed, and if necessary, revised to correct the direction for the Lodge. This is what will make your plan excellent. This is what will make your Lodge survive and thrive. This is what will make your Lodge not only good, but excellent.
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the missouri freemason Official Publication of the Grand Lodge of Missouri Volume 59 no. 3
contents 52 From the Editor's Keyboard 53 Biographies 53 Missouri Freemason Deadlines 58 Masons Gather For Grand Master's Breakfast 59 The Reminiscences of Ray V. Denslow 60 Are You Hoodwinked? 62 Why do we have a Grand Master anyway?
65 We Work With Stone
Hundreds of Freemasons from across the state attended the Grand Master's Breakfast at the St. Louis Moolah Shrine Temple on April 27. Shown (left to right): Grand Master Jon Broyles, Past Grand Master 2005-06 John Nations, Deputy Grand Master David Haywood, Senior Grand Warden Brent Stewart, Junior Grand Warden Richard Smith, Grand Treasurer Nicholas Cichielo, Grand Secretary Ronald Miller and Junior Grand Deacon Tim Thomas. Photo by WB Randy Davis. (See page 58.)
65 Tuscan Lodge Facilitates MoCHIP Donation
Published and copyrighted under the direction of the Committee on Masonic Publications
63 Branson Honors Lodge Widows 64 Walking a Mile in Their Shoes
67 Mason submerged … 68 Rainbow Girls: A Part of the Masonic Circle of Life 69 DeMolay: A Great Summer for Missouri DeMolay 70 Job's Daughters 72 The Masonic Home of Missouri: Open House Event 72 Patron Dinner & Children's Reunion 73 Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future 74 Displaying History 74 Ladies Luncheons and Teas 75 50-Year Service Honor Roll Back Cover — Lord Byron, G.M.
Committee on Masonic Publications David W. Haywood, Senior Grand Warden C. Brent Stewart , Junior Grand Warden Ronald D. Miller, Grand Secretary Steven L. Harrison, Editor, Chairman Editor Steven L. Harrison P.O. Box 1120 • Kearney, MO 64060-1120 816-558-0436 / Call for Fax firstname.lastname@example.org The Missouri Freemason (USPS 573-920) is the official publication of the Grand Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri, and is published four times yearly. Articles to be considered for publication should be e-mailed to editor@momason. org, not later than the first day of the month preceding publication in February, May, August, and November.
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On the cover: Ray V. Denslow. Story on page 59. Photo by Russ Pense.
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from the editor's keyboard
Denslow â€” a name that is iconic in the world of Freemasonry.
Almost every Freemason during the past century has been touched by that name even if he doesn't know exactly who "Denslow" is. A little confusion about Denslow's identity is understandable since there are, in fact, two of them; and if you're even a casual reader of Masonic works it's almost a certainty you've run across something that referenced one of the Denslow's works or was written by either of them. Together, the Denslows have left us a wonderful treasure of Masonic literature as well as fine examples of Masonic achievement. What's more, to put that proverbial cherry on top of the sundae, both of these world-renowned authors are not just Freemasons, they are Missouri Freemasons. William R. Denslow (19161993) was Missouri Grand Master in 1967-68. Among his many other Masonic accomplishments, he was Master of the Missouri Lodge of Research in 1976 and edited the Royal Arch magazine for several years beginning in 1960. He is best known, however, for his epic four-volume work, 10,000 Famous Freemasons, a publication of the Missouri Lodge of Research. Ray V. Denslow (1885-1960) served as Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Missouri in 193132. He joined the Masonic fraternity on his twenty-first birthday, the very first day he was eligible for membership, and went on to become one of the most prominent Masons in Missouri, if not the world. He edited the Royal Arch magazine and his Masonic resume was so extensive he was said to hold "active and honorary memberships in practically every Masonic organization known both in the United States and abroad," including serving as Master of the Missouri Lodge of Research in 1942-43. He was the father of William R. Denslow and together they became the first two Fellows of the Missouri Lodge of Research. MWB Ray Denslow kept extensive notes during his years as a Freemason. These are notes which chronicle not only his own activities but also those of the Grand Lodge of Missouri and other important events. They are valuable insight into otherwise unrecorded Freemasonry; and until recently, they were lost.
many of those Denslow notes. The recovery of this information is invaluable to Missouri Freemasonry. MWB John Hess, Grand Master in 2011-12 and Lodge of Research Librarian, is reviewing and compiling the information in this new-found treasure. In the cover article on page 59, MWB John gives us some insight into what he has found. I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our past and I'm sure you can look for more to come from MWB Hess and the Lodge of Research.
Steve Harrison, Editor
In 2011, another Master and Fellow of the Missouri Lodge of Research, Jim Williams, passed away. He left an extensive Masonic Library. Now, as Brothers are sorting through the Williams Collection, they have found See page 74.
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Jon Blake Broyles
on Blake Broyles grew up in Kirksville, Missouri where he attended school, graduating from Kirksville RIII High School in 1978. He graduated from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) in 1982 with a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science. He is a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kirksville. He has served the church as a Deacon and parent in the LOGOS youth program. He works in information technology consulting, specializing in systems management and networking. MWB Broyles married Anna Spalding of Kirksville in 1981. They have three children, Maria, Alexa, and Sara. MWB Broyles was raised in Adair Lodge #366 in 1990. He moved to St. Louis in 1995 and became a dual member of Rose Hill Lodge #550 (now Polar Star-Rose Hill #79), where he served as Worshipful Master in 1996-1997. He created the first Grand Lodge Internet website and
Grand Master served as its webmaster from 1996-1999. He is a Past Master of the Missouri Lodge of Research. His many Masonic affiliations include: Caldwell Chapter #53, Kirksville Council #44, Ely Commandery #22, Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis (KCCH), Moila Shrine, Moolah Shrine and Order of the Eastern Star. He has been active with Job's Daughters and DeMolay. He returned to Kirksville in 2012. MWB Broyles is the honorary Chairman of the Masonic Home board of directors.
David William Haywood
avid William Haywood was raised in Webster Groves, Missouri, where he attended school, graduating in 1969. He was a Boy Scout and obtained his Eagle Scout award in 1965. He married Diane Walleman in 1974. He attended Meramec Community College and the University of Missouri at St. Louis, earning a BA in Biology and a BS in Chemistry. He currently is the Microbiology Lab Supervisor for Sensient Colors, Inc. David and Diane live in Fenton, Missouri
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and have one daughter, Alicia; son-in-law, Brian; and grand-daughter, Carina. Dave attends Southminster Presbyterian Church where he has been a Deacon and Elder. He was a DeMolay at Rabboni Chapter and served as Master Councilor in 1968. He has received the Chevalier and Legion of Honor awards and has been Dean of the St. Louis Preceptory. Dave was raised in Webster Groves Lodge #84 in 1974 and served as Worshipful Master in 1986. His other Masonic affiliations include: Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis (33°), Moolah Shrine, OrientalRabboni Chapter #78 Royal Arch, Jeremiah Council #43, Ascalon Commandery #16, Ray Von Denslow Council #102 AMD, St. Louis Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, the Bruce Harmon Hunt York Rite College #162, Ashland Chapter #309 of the Order of the Eastern Star and St. Louis Chapter #22 of the National Sojourners.
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Charles Brent Stewart
orn in 1960 in Columbia, Missouri, RWB Brent Stewart graduated from the UMC School of Law in 1987. He was the Staff Director of the Missouri Public Service Commission, in private law practice, for sixteen years and currently is counsel for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. He married his wife Kris in 1981 at the Newman Center. He was raised in 1985 in Twilight Lodge #114, was Master in 199899, and also is a member of Acacia Lodge #602 and Fayette-Howard Lodge #4. He is a past President of the Masonic Children’s Foundation, Vice President of the Board of the Masonic Home, and Marshal of the Missouri Lodge of Research. He joined the York Rite in 1988, is a KYCH, and is a member of Jurisprudence Committees of the Grand York Rite Bodies. He was the SGIG Personal Representative in the Columbia Valley Scottish Rite and received the 33° in 2003. He received the Order of the Purple Cross,
Richard L. Smith
Senior Grand Warden
is Past Governor of YR College #188, Past Sovereign Master of AMD Council #392, and a member of the OES, Knight Masons, Royal Order of Scotland, MSRICF, St. Thomas of Acon, Order of Athelstan, Red Cross of Constantine, Yeomen of York, Order of High Priesthood, Order of the Silver Trowel, Past Commander's Association, SRRS, Philalethes Society, Shrine, and Grotto. He also is a past P.E.R. and Trustee of the Elks, Secretary of the Mo 10-33 Benevolent Fund, and has served on the Boards of several charitable organizations.
Junior Grand Warden
ight Worshipful Brother Richard L. Smith grew up St. Louis and received his BS Degree from Washington University there. He and his wife, June have a daughter, Holly and a son, Benjamin, also a Missouri Master Mason. RWB Smith is a Residential Loan Officer with a St. Louis area bank, and is the Business Development Officer at that bank's Pacific, Missouri Branch. He served in the Navy aboard an Aircraft Car-
rier at Pensacola Naval Air Station as well as in the Panama Canal Zone, where he joined the Order of DeMolay. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Truman Medallion. He served as Master of Rose Hill Lodge #550, Master of the Missouri Lodge of Research, the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home of Missouri, and Associate Guardian Bethel #4 of Job’s Daughters. He is Past Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the Committee on Chartered Lodges, the Committee on Masonic Education and Past President of the Mid-West Conference on Masonic Education. RWB Smith is affiliated with the Scottish Rite Valley of St. Louis (33°), Moolah Shrine, National Sojourners and Hero’s of ‘76, Order of Eastern Star, and the Grand Master's Consecration Breakfast Committee in St. Louis.
The Masonic Home of Missouri and Mt. Zion Lodge # 327 at West Plains contributed $2000 to the West Plains R-7-Bridges program through the Creating-A-Partnership effort. The contribution helped provide food, clothing, school supplies, hygiene items and shoes for the needy children in our community. Shown are, front row, left to right: Chase Smith, Junior Warden; Bob Sargent, Treasurer; Michael Topliff, Worshipful Master; Cyndi Wright, coordinator for West Plains R-7-Bridges; Rhonda Singletary. Second row: Lenny Eagleman, Senior Warden; E. Wayne Calhoun, District Deputy Grand Master of the 42nd Masonic District; Owen Lunn; Jerry Marsh, Secretary.
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Nicholas R. Cichielo
rand Treasurer Nicholas Cichielo made a job related move to St Louis over 20 years ago. At that time he became an active member of Rose Hill Lodge, coming there from the Grand Lodge of New York. In New York he served as Master of Knickerbocker Lodge #182 in NYC in 1988-89, District Deputy Grand Master in 1990-91, Grand Lodge Convention Chairman, President of the District Deputy Association and Trustee of the Dumont Masonic nursing Home. In 2003, MWB Stanley Thompson appointed RWB Nick Cichielo Grand Chaplain and he has been the State Coordinator of the MoCHIP Program for the last eight years. He was elected Grand Treasurer in 2009 and was also elected Master of the Missouri Lodge of Research in 2012. He is a member of the Scottish Rite, Moolah Shrine and Jesters. Nick and his
Ronald D. Miller
WB Ronald D. Miller has served as Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Missouri since 1997. He has been a member of the Masonic Education Committee since 2007 and has served as Chairman of Grand Lodge Achievement Award program. A member of Adair Lodge #366 since 1980, he served as Master in 1990 and is a dual member of Ashland Lodge #156. He served as District Deputy Grand Master, 2nd District, 1992-94. He led each of the York Rite bodies in Kirksville , and has received the KYCH designation. RWB Ron is a member of the
Grand Treasurer wife Lori have been married for 25 years. Nick's son Nicholas III is a Master Mason at Polar Star-Rose Hill Lodge #79. Nick has two older children, Robert and Ronda. In 2008, Nick was recipient of the Truman Award. Nick retired in 2007 from the coatings Industry. He was President of Dutch Boy Paints and CEO of the Paint Association.
Grand Secretary Scottish Rite, 33Â°, Columbia. He is a member of Molia Shrine Temple, St. Joseph, and a member of the local Shrine Club in Columbia. He is a Past Patron of Kirksville Chapter #184 and Ashland Chapter #309, Order of Eastern Star. He has served as Associate Guardian of Bethel #30, Job's Daughters. He is also a member of the Missouri Lodge of Research, (serving as Secretary/Treasurer), Allied Masonic Degrees, Red Cross of Constantine, York Rite College, Knights Cross of Honor, National Sojourners, Heroes of '76, Rainbow Grand Cross of Color, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests, Order of High Priesthood and the Grotto. He was honored by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel. RWB Miller received a BSE Degree from Truman State University, Kirksville, in 1964 and an MA Degree in 1967. In addition to his Masonic service he has been active in many community and church activities.
On February 27, 2013, RWB Kenny Best conferred the first degree on Matthew Leon Vogel. WM Jeff Engle assisted by giving the lecture and charge at Swope Park Lodge #617.
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Ronald D. Jones
Senior Grand Deacon
ight Worshipful Brother Ronald D. Jones was born in Buffalo, Missouri, and grew up in Springfield. He and his wife Susan have two children, Jeff and Melissa. The Jones family resides in Odessa, Missouri, where they are members of the Christian Church. In 1992, RWB Jones was raised in Mount Hope Lodge #476, Odessa, Missouri, where he served as Master in 1995. For five years following, Ron served as DDGM for what is now the 15th Masonic District. Ron has served the Grand Lodge in many capacities, serving 3 years on the Ways & Means Committee, 4 years on the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home, 4 years on the Masonic Scholarship Committee, 5 years as Chairman of the Public Relations Committee, and the Long Range Planning Committee. RWB Jones was also the Chairman of the Midwest Conference on Masonic Education Planning Committee for the year 2010. This year, he is president of the
Masonic Children's Foundation. His other Masonic memberships include: Heroes of '76, Old Glory Encampment, National Sojourners Chapter #63, Kilwinning Council #19, AMD; Charlemagne Council #79, Knight Masons, Royal Order of Scotland, Harry S. Truman York Rite College, Missouri Lodge of Research, Independence Chapter #49 RAM, Council #49 Cryptic Masons, Palestine Commandery #17 Knights Templar, Ararat Temple AAONMS and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Kansas City.
Robert T. "Tim" Thomas
obert T. "Tim" Thomas was born in Kissee Mills, Missouri. He attended Forsyth High School where he served as Student Body President. After graduating in 1976, he enrolled at the College of the Ozarks, but his college education was cut short when he had to return to the family farm to assist after the death of his father. RWB Thomas served the country as a member of the Missouri National Guard from 1978-84. RWB Thomas was employed by the
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Missouri State Water Patrol in 1981. He resides in Crane, Missouri with his wife Kathryn and Daughter Shelby. His son Andy is also a Master Mason at Galena Lodge #515. RWB Thomas retired from the Patrol in 2012 after a 31 year career. RWB Thomas was raised in Galena Lodge #515 in 1993 and served as Worshipful Master in 1997. His extensive Masonic activities include service as DDGM 43rd Masonic District, Missouri Lodge of Research, Masonic Children’s Foundation, and the Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin, (32° KCCH). RWB Thomas is a member of Kimberling City Chapter #164 of the Order of the Eastern Star. He is a York Rite Mason and a member of Springfield Chapter #15 RAM, Zabud Council #25 R&SM, and St. John’s Commandery #20 KT. He is a member of Abou Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield.
Forsyth Lodge #453 hosted its annual Past Masters' night in March. As a part of the evening's activities, RWB Bill Cox presented Lee Wikoff his 50-year pen on behalf of Illinois Lodge Lanta #165. Past Masters in attendance: RWB Bill Cox, WB Lynn Behrends, RWB Johnnie Essary, WB Rick Treese, WB Noel Campbell, WB Clayton Cooper and, visiting from Branson Lodge #587, WB Bob Hindbaugh and WB Rick Hutchinson. See page 74.
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Stanton T. Brown II
tanton T. Brown II was born in Independence, Missouri, grew up in Sibley and graduated from Fort Osage school in 1965. He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia prior to joining the military. He subsequently worked for the GSA, returned to college where he earned an accounting degree and began working in banking. In 1991, he began working for American International Aluminum, where he works today as an administrative manager. Stan is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. He became a Master Mason in 1971 at Buckner Lodge #501, where he served as Master in 1978. He has served on several Grand Lodge committees, was District Deputy Grand Master of the 19th Masonic district in 2010-2011 and helped develop the DDGM manual. In addition to his many civic activities, he has memberships in the following: Independence RAM #12 (Past High Priest), Independence Cryptic Council #49
Barry V. Cundiff
WB Barry Cundiff was born in Kirksville, Missouri in 1961. He attended Truman State University graduating in 1983, with degrees in history and economics. He subsequently attended law school at the University of Missouri in Columbia graduating in 1986. He has been engaged in the practice of law since his graduation. WB Cundiff married his wife Audrey in Jefferson
Poplar Bluff Lodge #209 held a blood drive on March 8, 2014. Thirty-nine members, family and friends donated. Brother Dan St. Lawrence is shown kicking off the event.
Senior Grand Steward (Past Illustrious Master), Palestine Commandery #17 (Past Commander), Kansas City Valley Scottish Rite, Harry S. Truman York Rite College #167, Charlemagne Council #79 Knight Masons, Kilwinning Council #19 AMD, Mary Conclave Red Cross of Constantine, M.S.R.C.I.F. (Rosicrucian's), Royal order of Scotland, St. Thomas of Acon, Missouri Lodge of Research, K.Y.C.H., Court of Discovery #80 Masonic Order of Athelstan, National Sojourners KC Chapter #63, Order of the Silver Trowel, and H.R.A.K.T.P.
Junior Grand Steward City in 1992. They have one son, Brody, who was born in 2008. He was initiated, passed and raised in Adair Lodge #366 in 1983. He served as Worshipful Master in 1998 and 2001. RWB Cundiff is a member of the Kirksville York Right bodies and has served as High Priest of Caldwell Chapter #53, Illustrious Master of Kirksville Council #42 and Eminent Commander of Ely Commandery #22. He is also a member of York Rite College #188, Heart of Missouri, Tipperary Council #62, Knight Masons, and St. Chrysostom Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. He is a 32Â° KCCH, member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbia. He was DDGM of the 3rd Masonic District from 2003-2007. He served on the Masonic Home Board from 2009-13 and has held a variety of other Grand Lodge offices. On January 11, 2014, Baby Vincent became the youngest child identified by the MoCHIP program. Brother Stefan Petrov set up MoCHIP's equipment in the hospital room and recorded Vincent's information at 10:15PM, a mere 43 minutes after Vincent was born. For the record, Vincent weighed in at 5 pounds 9 ounces and 19.5 inches tall. Both Vincent and his mother Ellie were reported doing well after the birth.
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Ty G. Treutelaar
WB Jon Broyles appointed Dr. Ty G. Treutelaar to the advancing line in 2013. RWB Treutelaar (pronounced"TroitLar") has lived in Missouri 31 years and has been married to his wife Cecily for 29 years. They live in Clayton with their two sons Max (18) and Adam (15). Ty consults with physicians and attorneys on health care regulatory issues, and has served for over 20 years on various oil industry committees and boards Raised in 1984, and a Past Master of Saint Louis Missouri Lodge #1, RWB Treutelaar has been active in the long range planning and strategic direction of the Lodge. The discovery and research of Masonic Relics is a particular interest to RWB Treutelaar. He has served
Senior Grand Marshal various Grand Lodge committees and was a Grand Chaplain in 2013. RWB Treutelaar serves on the Preservation Board for the St. Louis Scottish Rite, and is a member of the Saint Louis Grand Master's Breakfast committee. He is a member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, the Royal Order of Scotland, and is a C2A moderator.
Masons Gather For GrandÂ Master's Breakfast In 1952, a few Masons in St. Louis started what has become a premier annual event known as the "St. Louis Area Grand Masters Consecration Breakfast." This year, the 62nd annual breakfast was held at the Moolah Shrine Center, honoring MWB Jon B. Broyles. The event this year was attended by 300 Masons from all areas of Missouri. Following the usual format, an Inter-Faith Worship service, lead by RWB James Fiete, was held in the Oasis Room. Afterward, breakfast and the program were presented in the ballroom. Featured speakers were Special Agent Doug Roberts of the U.S. Secret Service and Detective Sgt. Adam Kavanaugh of the St. Louis County Police Department, who spoke on credit card fraud and child abuse. The topic tied in very well with the Masonic Childrens Foundation, MoCHIP program. MWB Broyles is pictured with the breakfast committee from left to right Harvey Soule, Rick Kern, Ty Treutelaar, MWB Broyles, Brian Goldman, Jeff Parrotte and Kevin Fuller.
On Saturday, March 1, 2014, California Lodge #183 raised Brothers Jay Rush and Don Bolin as Master Masons. Members of California, Hickory Hill, Twilight, Versailles, Jefferson, and Poplar Bluff Lodges joined for breakfast followed by the degree work.
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Swope Park Lodge #617 had the great honor of greeting RWB Corky Griggesby, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma at its March 13, 2014, stated meeting, where he was able to watch Swope Park obligate a new Entered Apprentice. Shown (left to right) are: RWB Kenny Best, DDGM of the 18th Masonic District; RWB Corky Griggesby; RWB Gary Dryer, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Missouri; and WB Charlie Farris.
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The Reminiscences of Ray V. Denslow by John W. Hess PGM In March of this year, the Missouri Masonic Research Library received 4 three ring binders of Ray V. Denslow's personal reminiscences from 1920 through 1953. These hand typed pages tell the story of Missouri Masonry through a man who served the craft as Grand Master, Grand High Priest, General Grand High Priest, and Grand SecretaryRecorder of the York Rite Bodies in Missouri for a period of 30 years. They are a singular account of the public and not so public, or rather, perhaps a behind-the-scenes look at Missouri Freemasonry. It was Denslow's intention that the works would not be published while any of the people mentioned in the works were still alive, since he kind of told it like it was from his perspective. He talks about appointments to advancing lines, historical events like the dedication of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial, the Bicentennial of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, to the cornerstone of the new Post Office in Kansas City. In this short article I will try to give you a feeling for the volume of work he has left for Masonic researchers and general lovers of the history of the craft in Missouri. On October 15, 1932, Ray Denslow was invited to observe the conferral of the Royal Arch Degrees by the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, he was seated for lunch before the conferral and had this to report: At noon a luncheon was served through the courtesy of the Grand Chapter to visiting guests. I was placed at a table next to Andrew W. Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury and one of the most wealthy men in America; I was told that he was to be one of the candidates at the conferring of the capitular degrees that afternoon. I found him a quiet and unobtrusive old gentleman, retiring disposition, but a very keen and active mind; he is probably seventy years of age, slender in build and his head is white. His brother, R.B. Mellon was another of the candidates, while the third candidate was the son of the Grand High Priest. The conferring of these degrees was the only order of business of the Grand Chapter; the Mark and Most Excellent were conferred in the afternoon (the Grand Chapter does not confer the degree of Past Master), and in the evening in Renaissance Hall, was conferred the degree of Royal Arch. Nothing was omitted in the preparation of these three candidates or in the conferring of the degrees, with the exception that the Grand High Priest waives the formality of the bal-
Harry Truman (left) and Ray V. Denslow.
lot and the statutory time. I have a vivid recollection of several of us joking about the failure of AWM to have the necessary half shekel, and of him in shirt sleeves carrying a pick. On Saturday May 8, 1932, while serving as Grand Master, Denslow had the occasion to lay the cornerstone for the new Post Office in Kansas City. Following is part of the article that was published by the Kansas City Journal detailing the event: Two thousand attend ceremony staged by Masonic Grand Lodge To the patter of rain, and the rumble of distant thunder, the cornerstone of the Kansas City terminal post office was laid Saturday afternoon in the presence of nearly 2,000 spectators by officials of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Missouri. As the Masons, squared, leveled, and plumbed the granite, and poured on the corn of nourishment, the wine of refreshment, and the oil of joy, Ray V. Denslow, Grand Master intoned: "May the all bounteous Author of Nature bless the people of this place with an abundance of the necessaries, conveniences and comforts of life; assist in the erection and completion of this building; protect the workmen against every accident; long preserve the structure from decay, and grant to us all a supply of the corn of nourishment, the wine of refreshment, and the oil of joy." The mayor of Kansas City went on to say during the ceremonies… A city growing from a town of 300 population with a post office in a desk, of one of its citizens, to a metropolis of nearly 500,000 population, with a post office through which daily mail from 100 incoming and outgoing trains will be handled... This is just a small taste of the wonderful Masonic stories, some told with much humor and some told with stark reality that will be found in the Reminiscences of this outstanding figure in the history of Missouri Masonry and that will be available for study in the Missouri Masonic Research Library. ■
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Are You Hoodwinked? by Sam L. Land, 32째, KT
fter looking in several popular dictionaries and discovering that each one presented the definition of the word "Hoodwink" as, "to cheat, scam, and defraud," I decided that there was something wrong. I went to the Internet site www.ask.com and found the same definition as the others, but with this difference: it also provided an archaic definition for hoodwink as "being blindfolded or covering the eyes." "Religious rites and initiations of civilizations and tribes dating back centuries before the believed or known origins of Freemasonry used blindfolds to represent going from darkness (ignorance) to light (knowledge). Hood: The word, 'hood,' in old German and Anglo Saxon refers to a head covering, as in a hat, or helmet. A hood might also be of cloth. To 'hood' is to cover. Hooded garments have been worn throughout history. Wink: The word, 'wink,' in old German and Anglo Saxon refers to a closing of the eyes. The word, "wince," , is similarly derived from the word 'wink.' The word 'wink' pertains to the eye. Therefore, a hood (to cover) wink (eyes) was a head covering designed to cover the eyes." (http://www.masonic-Lodge-ofeducation.com/masonic-hoodwink.html) The Masonic hoodwink is one of the first actions that candidate is introduced to when he is preparing for the First Degree. He has been deprived of all his metal (coins, rings, and whatever else), his clothing, and his 60 Summer 2014
pride. He is told to assume new clothing that represents his present condition. He is slip-shod; then he is hoodwinked. In this state he is now in darkness and must be led by the arms so that he will not harm himself. He can still hear, touch, taste and smell, but his primary sense is gone. He reverts to the state in which he existed before he was born. He is not allowed to speak for himself, his conductor speaks for him. He is not allowed to pray for himself by himself; the Lodge prays for him. He is introduced but is only asked if he is doing this action of his own free will and accord. His conductor answers all his other questions for him because he does not know the answers. He is in a state of helplessness, darkness, and ignorance which coincides with the very same state we all arrive on this Earth. Why all this attention to darkness? It is to induce an understanding of what being without knowledge is all about. When we are very young we can control very little about our lives. We have no muscle control and must have our head constantly protected. We are carefully cleaned and oiled at certain maintenance intervals, fueled and allowed to sleep as much as we wish. It is through the uncontrolled muscle usage that we very slowly learn to control the muscles. We slowly learn to make certain noises to get the attention we require. We eat and sleep on. All this time we are learning about our self and our environment. We hear the sounds of speech and will slowly put them into our minds and connect them to objects and actions to be repeated when needed. We get to know Mother and Father by proximity as they sup-
ply our needs. We work and we grow. Soon we can sit up, then move about, then crawl about, then walk about, then run with the wind. We make noises, then we speak, then we talk, then sing and shout for wonder. We can finally pray for ourselves and about ourselves and begin learning who we are. This is the same process as the Masonic initiation. We stumble around in the dark of our minds learning to obtain and control all the material wonders of our world only to find that they do not satisfy or hold our attention for very long. After a time of increasing dissatisfaction and doubt, we begin to question the meaning of our lives and our particular purpose in it. This leads us to begin asking questions of ourselves. We look for answers from religion, groups, clubs, organizations and societies. We finally find ourselves at the door of a local Masonic Temple and ask them the same questions that are troubling us. They tell us they have an answer if we want to hear it. We do. That is how we get to that particular hoodwink. But we fail to understand that we have always been in the hoodwink. We are blinded to the things that are meaningful to us by the glitter and glamor of the toys and trinkets all around us. We find our senses injected with daily doses of fun seeking and joy making only to end up in the empty condition mentioned earlier. We are tied into money, power, lust, wheels, homes, games and many other things. When they do not satisfy we turn to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weed; the missouri freemason
After the third trip to the Maanything to divert our attention to our misery. We travel through sonic alter, we discover that not the darkness seeking the light unonly do we have to deal with the til we finally find ourselves kneelmaterial and mental parts of our ing at a Masonic altar for the selves but we also need to adjust very first time. Our first glimpse our thinking to dealing with our out of our symbolic hoodwink is spiritual hoodwinks. We learn when we are brought to light for that the two great philosophies the first time and taught that we of Freemasonry are the Unity Of have not been the master of our God and the Immortality of the own fate; the things of the mateSoul. We do not seem to quesrial world have been. We discover tion our religious beliefs and tethat the world has been deceiving nets, we just know we have some us into believing all those things and leave it at that. Now we find are important and necessary for that we must find truth, justice, our satisfaction and peace. We and happiness have seen a spark not through of light. The Masonic ourselves but After kneeling before the through othhoodwink is one Masonic altar a ers. We discover of the first actions second time, we that God really that candidate is discover that not meant it when only is it posintroduced to when He said to love sible to be deHim first and he is preparing for ceived by others totally, and to but we can easthe First Degree. love each other ily deceive ouras ourselves. The selves. We make lasting happiness we seek will the turn from the outer world only be found in helping others. to the inner world of our mind Our ego has hoodwinked us into and conscience where our ability believing that we are the most to think and reason are Lodged. important but God informs us We discover that even with the that it is not so. physical hoodwink of the first We have now learned that we degree gone, we can still not see have been hoodwinked from all things clearly. We find that we have been hoodwinked by birth by our egoistic, materialourselves. We have done this istic nature, by our inability to through our thoughts and declearly reason the truth and set cisions by justifying our deeds true limits to our lives, and by by altering the circumstances not placing our own egoistic to suit our mind. We know that wants behind the needs of othwe should go to our son's baseers. We learn it is truly up to us to ball game but we are tired and do the work and that we can be deserve to rest. After all, we earn helped and led but must do the the money that allows him to work ourselves. No one can do it play and live and eat. In this for us. If we do not ask, no one way we ease around the barriers will answer. If we do not knock, we know to be true and slip into no door will open. If we do not the egotistic world of "me-ness." remove our own hoodwink, it We know we should go to Lodge will stay in place our entire lives this evening because we always and prevent us from finding the feel so good when we leave but peace, satisfaction, and joy that watching the game in our favorite chair takes priority. God wants for us. ■
Byron, from back page … and, therefore, stands on quite another footing, historically speaking, from the earlier portion of the same publication. “The passage referred to is as follows: — ‘Grand Master Byron was very inactive. Several years passed by without his coming to a Grand Assembly, nay, even neglected to nominate his successor. The Fraternity, finding themselves intirely (sic) neglected, it was the Opinion of many old Masons to have a consultation about electing a new and more active Grand Master, and assembled for that Purpose….’ “The Deputy G.M.—Fotherley Baker—was present at all the Meetings which took place during the absence of Lord Byron, and presided at each of them, except on March 7th, 1748, when the chair was filled by Lord Ward, a former Grand Master…. “Lord Byron, ‘who had been abroad for several years,’ proposed Lord Carysfort as his successor, on March 16th, and the latter was duly proclaimed and invested as Grand Master, on March 20th, 1752, ‘all expressing the greatest joy at the happy occasion of their meeting, after a longer recess than had been usual.’” In a footnote, Gould refers to his newly published History of Freemasonry, in which the same passage is quoted. The reference to Multa Paucis intrigued me and my search led to finding two important documents related to Lord Byron. Gould’s excerpt from The Complete Free Mason, or Multa Paucis for Lovers of Secrets, was verified by the copy in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, apparently published in 1764. Multa Paucis means “to say much in a few words.” The anonymous author intended “to form a true Idea of this Fraternity,” praise the historicity and value of Freemasonry by reference to “the most illustrious Kings, Princes, Dukes, Nobles, Eminent and Learned” men, starting “from the Creation of the Universe.” It is clear that Gould quoted from this book, and accepted the brief state-
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Why do we have a Grand Master anyway? by MWB Jon Broyles, Grand Master Why do we have a Grand Master anyway? I was asked to give a talk, as the Grand Master, to my AMD chapter. The subject was not specified, so I talked about something I already know something about. If you've heard me talk before, I prefer an open, interactive presentation, often asking questions and the responses driving the direction of the talk. So I asked them: "Why do we have a Grand Master anyway?" The first response is always the bestâ€Ś "To take the blame!" As with most organizations, the designated leader usually IS the person that has to take the blame, so it was not completely inaccurate. Another said "To lead or set the direction of the craft." That is one of the things the Grand Master does, but not why we have one. At this point, I said that perhaps we should answer another question first, "Why do we have a Grand Lodge?" The best answers were the most technical or operational. "To issue charters," and "to conduct Masonic business between individual Lodges and other jurisdictions," among others. This got to a portion of the reason, but the larger reason was to create a system of what is considered Masonic for this jurisdiction. What our ritual would be. What our by-laws would be. To create a governing body to decide how Freemasonry would operate in the State of Missouri. Who is the Grand Lodge? In our jurisdiction it is all current Masters and Wardens along with all Past Masters, who meet together at least once a year at an Annual Communication. Consider that our Masonic constitution was crafted in the early 1820s, and what the times there were like then. For travel, for communication, for the availability of resources to run an organization. The ability to notify members and hold a statewide meeting was an enormous undertaking. Many factors made it practically impossible to have the entire Grand Lodge membership meet very often, so the constitution was crafted to have the Grand Master be solely responsible for the welfare of the 62 Summer 2014
Craft and to make all necessary decisions or take any actions that might be required between Annual or Special Communications. In so doing, the Grand Master often is called upon to interpret, apply, and enforce the Constitution and By-Laws. He may do this by looking at other Masonic Law, such as tradition, usage, and other written sources such as Edicts and Decisions issued by his predecessor Grand Masters. Taken together, all these constitute what is the binding Masonic Law in Missouri. A Grand Master may issue an Edict when he feels that there is the need to declare what the law is on matters that arise from time to time that are not specifically covered under Masonic Law. He also may issue a Decision that interprets and applies Masonic Law when individual or general statewide questions arise. This may well be his primary, and in some cases, his most important and difficult duty. All Edicts and Decisions once issued by a Grand Master are binding law unless the Grand Lodge membership votes to revoke the Edict or Decision at the next Annual Communication. If not revoked by the membership, the Edict or Decision remains valid law until it might be overturned by either a specific change to the Constitution and By-Laws or action by a later Grand Master. I hope that understanding this will help remove the false idea, as some brothers often charge, that "Grand Lodge" (meaning only the Grand Lodge officers) enacted some change. If a change was made by "Grand Lodge," it was approved by a vote of all Masters, Wardens and Past Masters in attendance at a Communication. Or it was a decision or edict made by a Grand Master and approved by a vote of the membership. The discussion at the meeting thus far lead to some questions regarding why some variations of Masonic practices or ritual that are used in other jurisdictions couldn't be used in Missouri. The simplest answer is, if you do not follow the rules the missouri freemason
and practices as laid out in the Grand Lodge of Missouri Constitution and By-laws, then you would not be practicing Missouri Masonry. The by-laws give us the standards so that all the Lodges chartered by our Grand Lodge function within the same rules, with the same practices, and with the same equal considerations. The same is true of our ritual. This allows for the presentation of a nearly identical experience by each candidate who becomes a Mason in one of the Lodges in our state. Certain other rules and practices are reserved for the use and interpretation by the Grand Master, with the ratification of the Grand Lodge, often to correct some incorrect or improper action by a brother or a Lodge. As an example, only the Grand Lodge can issue a charter. The Grand Lodge cannot do certain things such as confer a degree, which is only allowed to be done by the subordinate Lodges. These powers of the Grand Master are given to him by the members, through the Grand Lodge of Missouri Constitution and By-laws, that have been approved by the voting membership of Grand Lodge. There are powers that the Grand Master in Missouri does not have, in comparison to other jurisdictions. The power to create a Mason "at sight," without form or ceremony is not one the Grand Master in Missouri has. Nor may he "pull someone's card," to suspend or expel a member without due process or a trial. If there is enough interest in adopting some other practice or changing the Masonic Law, longstanding procedures set forth in the Constitution and By-Laws that are available to any Grand Lodge member that
Branson Honors Lodge Widows
ach year, Branson Masonic Lodge honors the Widows of Master Masons by joining in with the Masonic Home of Missouri to show appreciation for the widows and also to showcase what the Masonic Home has to offer. At this year's event, Rhonda Lightfoot Masonic Home Membership Relations Coordinator, gave the Masonic Home presentation, highlighting the programs the Home offers within each community. The local Rainbow Girls Assembly assisted the Lodge in the preparation and service of the meal. The group New South, regular performers at the area's Grand Country, provided the entertainment. Brother Kenny Goodman also provided entertainment and served as a dance partner for the ladies.
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Walking a Mile in Their Shoes by WB Kevin M. Fuller, St. Louis Missouri Lodge #1
his year I have the great opportunity, and sometimes unenviable task, of directing the Lodge Achievement Award program for the Grand Lodge. In the performance of my duties, I have traveled with the Grand Lodge officers to the Area Meetings around the state of Missouri as they shared the details of this year’s new programs and the continuation of others. While traveling between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, St. Joseph and Springfield was tiring, meeting brothers from across the state is a privilege with memories I will long cherish. From one opportunity sprang another. Traveling with the Grand Lodge officers afforded me the chance to observe our Grand Lodge officers in a way that most people do not get to experience. I saw a new side of each man and concluded my trips with a brighter expectation for the future of our fraternity. I would like to share some of my observations in the hopes that it will encourage you as much as it did me. First and foremost, I was taken aback by how much time each officer devoted to our fraternity. Each man has a family that sacrifices its time, sometimes with children still at home. The devotion to our fraternity from each man was evident by the support that each received from his family and his home Lodge. In addition to the Area Meetings, they each travel to various board meetings such as the Masonic Home of Missouri, strategic planning meetings, and special requests, such as cornerstone ceremonies. It still amazes me how these men continue to support their families through their occupations, engage in a meaningful home life, and still effectively direct the operation of our Missouri Grand Lodge. Another aspect I observed is that each Grand Lodge officer is fiercely devoted to being our voice. There is a special connection between each of the Grand Lodge officers that is hard to articulate. They experience challenges similar to subordinate Lodges, but the gravity of the problems are often much greater. As such, they rally behind each other. At the same time, each represents a different part of the state, each with unique challenges and desires for the fraternity. As much as it may shock you, the changes to the Lodge Achievement Award program were hotly contested at times and your respective Grand Lodge officers candidly and respectfully brought your concerns and issues to the forefront. 64 Summer 2014
They were your strong voice in those discussions as they are with every other issue that rises to the state level for consideration. Any man who has traveled through the chairs of his Lodge to arrive in the East knows it takes a strong leader to focus a group of Masons on a common goal. This challenge is magnified in the Grand Lodge with a member base of more than 40,000 (with plenty of Past Masters to go around). Despite this challenge, I have watched our Grand Lodge officers exhibit the very definition of servant leadership. Even when I have been the one asking, I have not witnessed a single officer turn away from a brother who is asking for help. Their time, energy, and support are all given without hesitation so long as they can deliver on the request without defaulting on a commitment to someone else. Their unwavering leadership and support to the fraternity cannot be overstated. Despite all of the accolades mentioned, at the very core each man is merely that… a man. I have seen each display a range of emotion from excitement to concern and from hope to anger. They are no different than any of us; they just get to wear a purple and gold collar. We each have our own opinions on how goals should be accomplished and the ritual performed. We each disagree with some decisions made in our local Lodge as well as the Grand Lodge. Taking issues with decisions is one thing, but we should each be careful to recollect that attacks made against an officer of any Lodge is an attack against a brother. Verbal blows can land with See Walking, page 73 …
Members of Lutie School's "Future Business Leaders of America" helped serve the "First Saturday of the Month" community breakfast on February 1, 2014, at Sampson Lodge #298 in Theodosia. Their work at the community breakfast was a way to show appreciation to the Lodge members for their financial contribution which helped fund their trip to Texas to attend the FBLA national convention in November, 2013.
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We Work With Stone by Dennis W. Spears – Alpha Lodge #659 & Moberly Lodge #344
rom time immemorial Operative Masons have worked with stone. From the Tower of Babel, the Pyramids, King Solomon's Temple, to the Castles and Cathedrals of Europe and the world Operative Masons have built with material stones. Tangible stones that could be seen, touched, pointed to, stones of granite and marble, stones of the world. The Speculative Mason works with stones that are both of this world and of the spiritual world. Our stones are the stones of character, ethics, morality, which result in actions and have consequences in the real world. The spiritual stones are used to build a moral, Masonic and spiritual edifice. They are stones of the world which are not seen with eyes or touched with hands. The stones presented to the Freemason must either be worked, shaped, squared and prepared for placement in his Masonic edifice or be discarded because of their gross deformity or the magnitude and number of their flaws. Stones are so important to Masonry that the applicant, even though he does not realize what they are or how they are to be used, is presented with them in his petition. The stones of honesty, trust, honor, truthfulness and faith are set before him. Honesty and truthfulness in his answers to the questions posed. Trust that those answers will
be properly used and kept in confidence. Faith in Deity and that the purpose of our Fraternity is for the betterment of humankind. These are stones of character, ethics and morality they form the foundation on which his edifice, if he be accepted, will eventually be built. Some stones are so important the Speculative Mason is reminded to work on them continually to fit them for his use. These stones require constant and continual labor to ensure they are smooth and square. Some require a lifetime of work and are never finished, but it is the labor upon them that is important. The goal is important though never reached but the quest is the true purpose of a Freemason. For Freemasons believe that labor is the worship by which we pay that rational homage to the Great Creator of the Universe which is our duty and our happiness. In the preparation room he is again presented with the stones of honesty, trust, truthfulness as well as the stone of integrity that his motives are honorable, not mercenary. On his first admission into a Lodge he is presented with the stones of integrity, fidelity and courage. He is instructed to be faithful to the Fraternity and his Brethren, to have the integrity to keep our secrets safe and the courage to do so in the face of pain or injury.
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Tuscan Lodge Facilitates MoCHIP Donation Recently, in the City of St. Louis, a charter school was closed and its incorporation dissolved. This school was the "Imagine Academy of Careers." When a charter school dissolves there is an abundance of funds that must be donated to a laudable charity or for charitable purposes. Brother Ryan M. Branson, Sr. recommended the MoCHIP program to the academy's board of directors. On January 21, 2014, at Tuscan Lodge, Brothers Ryan M. Branson, Sr., Dr. Reynaldo Anderson, Damon E. Wallace and Wayne Harvey, Esq., presented a check to MoCHIP in the amount of $5,000 in the name of: Brother Reynaldo S. Anderson, Chairman of the Board and one of Tuscan's newest members.
Pictured at the presentation are (left to right): RWB Richard L. Smith, Ryan M. Branson, Sr. (Tuscan Lodge #360), RWB Ty G. Treutelaar, Dr. Ramesh Raghavan (Tuscan Lodge #360 Senior Warden ), Dr. Reynaldo S. Anderson (Tuscan Lodge #360), WM William "Bill" Kiphart (Tuscan Lodge #360), RWB Wayne Harvey (MWPHGL of Missouri, PHA), Damon E. Wallace (Tuscan Lodge #360) and RWB Nicholas R. Cichielo.
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Stone, from previous page â€Ś As he moves through the degree of Entered Apprentice he is given other stones to labor upon and is provided with the tools to make them ready for adjustment as a Fellow Craft. Again the stone of trust is presented to teach him to have trust in the Deity and a brother Mason to aid him in avoiding danger. The Tenet stones of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth which teach a realization that all human kind are our family entitled to our aid, support and protection. That to relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on Masons and that truth is the basis of all virtues, and our actions and words should always reflect this divine attribute. He progresses to the stones of the Cardinal Virtues temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice. He is taught temperance in all things concerning his passions, affections and interests. Fortitude to undergo any danger designed to make him cease his work upon the stones and justice to give all their just due. Stewardship of our Mother Earth to appreciate its beauties and wonders, to respect and tend to its care for the day will come when we all will again become the dust of the Earth. He is given the gauge and gavel to measure and lay out his work and to break off the rough corners to prepare them for the Fellow Craft. He is presented with the stone of indiscretion and warned to set it aside for it has many flaws and no place in his Masonic edifice. In the Fellow Craft degree he is again given the stone of integrity and told to continue his work upon it, the stone of charity to aid a distressed Brother and a member of the human family. He is warned against using the stone of deceit due to its many flaws and gross deformity. He is given the working tools: the plumb, the square and the level to finish the stones for their use in his Masonic Temple. The plumb for perpendiculars and to act uprightly before Deity and man, the square to square the stones and to do unto others as he would wish them to do unto him, and the level to level his stones and treat all as members of the same human family. He is instructed to use the principals used
at the building of King Solomon's Temple that he might build his material and spiritual temple with a strong body and an educated mind. Particularly in the Liberal Arts which instructs us in practical as well as ethical, moral and spiritual lessons. He is warned against ignorance and violence as these stones always lead to destruction and waste, and that the stone of faith will aid us in avoiding these pitfalls. The degree of Master Mason again presents us with the stones of integrity, discretion, brotherly love and charity. We are again cautioned not to use the stones of indiscretion, deceit, dishonesty, violence or lust as these are not fit for our Temple. As Master Masons we are reminded to continue our work on all the stones using all our tools â€” so that when these stones are finally properly prepared they are cemented into our Masonic edifice by the trowel of brotherly love and affection. We should always be aware that our time is limited and that to complete our work we must constantly toil upon our Temple according to the plans of the Supreme Architect as revealed in the Volume of Sacred Law. It teaches that if our labor and actions are true, if we hold fast to our principles and faith that our reward will be everlasting rest and refreshment in that House not made with hands eternal in the Heavens. Our labor is not to make stones beautiful but to reveal the beauty that already exists in them. Like any artisan, we are to labor removing the excess, breaking off the rough corners, smoothing and squaring them to bring to light that inherent beauty placed there by Deity and which we are charged by Him to restore. The ethical, moral and spiritual are already within us we have but to labor to reveal what already exists and expose it to the light. Labor long and diligently so that when we are at last called to the Grand Lodge On High and are met at the door by the Tyler he will greet us with a smile and say, "Welcome Brother, enter and take your place among the Builders, your Brethren, the Sons of Light." â–
This past March, Pendleton Lodge #551 installed its officers for the 2014-2015 term as follows: WB Bryan Eaton, Worshipful Master; WB Jim Watkins, Senior Warden; Tom Everett, Junior Warden; Steve Copeland, Senior Deacon; Josh Counts, Junior Deacon; Tony Freeman, Senior Steward; Brandon Freeman, Junior Steward; WB Eddie Watkins, Secretary; WB Darrell Huff; Treasurer; RWB Jim Sitze, Chaplain; Harold Hall, Tyler; WB Bill Holloway, Marshal.
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hile scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea in November, Worshipful Brother Dan Flynn was caught revealing a Masonic secret. WB Flynn is Master of Daggett Lodge #492 in McKittrick, Missouri. The text on his shirt reads, "We don't control everything. Only the important stuff."
Missouri Freemasons Restore Stained Glass Windows As a part of the June 14 open house celebrating 125-years the Masonic Home's service, attendees Will be able to see nine of the original stained glass windows from the Eastern Star Chapel on Delmar Street in St. Louis. Generous benefactors have stepped up to sponsor the restoration of these beautiful and historic pieces of art, which will eventually be on permanent display at the Masonic Complex in Columbia. The Eastern Star rescued these windows when the chapel was scheduled for demolition. For years, they have been in storage. Now, for the first time in years, Brothers, their families and the general public will have an opportunity to see them prior to the restoration. Pictured at left are two of the windows which depict Biblical scenes. See the full story, "Displaying History," on page 74.
Why GM, from page 63 … desires the change. If a majority of the membership agrees with the proposed change at an Annual Communication, Missouri has new binding law. The talk concluded with a discussion of how the last several Grand Masters have used the direct input of the craft to create a direction for our organization and how future plans would be directed by those and other input from the membership. The comments after a presentation like this of-
ten tell you how well you've touched a topic that is meaningful to members. The response I heard from several of those attending was that, they knew most of the individual pieces of Masonic Law that was discussed, but never considered how they all fit together to make the Grand Master's responsibilities what they are. ■
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North, South, East, West... Missouri Rainbow is the Best!
Rainbow Girls: a Part of the Masonic Circle of Life. Hello Missouri Masons! I'm winding down my year… it won't be long and our 88th Grand Assembly will be here. I look forward to serving as the Grand Worthy Advisor, although I'm a bit nervous. I sure hope some of you are present to boost my confidence! April 6, was Rainbow's 92nd birthday. In 1922, Rainbow was created for young women and their girlfriends or whose fathers were members of the Masonic Lodge. Although a Christian minister named W. Mark Sexson founded the organization, today the leaders of Rainbow Girls respect and welcome all girls from every religion. Their main focus is more on the spiritual principles of being a kind and caring person. While the Rainbow practices and programs continue to evolve, the basic teachings of faith, hope and charity remain a cornerstone of this dynamic girl's youth group. I'm very proud to represent Missouri Rainbow. To celebrate this 92nd birthday, Rainbow Assemblies around the world took time to attend church together. I have heard from every part of Missouri about church services our ladies attended — and of course, their families and friends also took part in this special day. In fact, most of them met for breakfast before the service or caravaned to lunch afterwards. I think you'd agree that "breaking bread" together is an important part of any celebration. Did you know there are more than 850 Rainbow Assemblies across the world that have bimonthly meetings? Missouri enjoys having 23 very active Assemblies. Twenty-three Assemblies means there are a lot of young ladies needing adult leadership. If you or your wife have a free evening… even once a month… please consider volunteering at your local Rainbow Assembly. Whether it's "just" being a sideliner that can be counted on or volunteering to bring refreshments a couple times a year, those local Rainbow Assemblies could sure use some support. I've attended or seen pictures of Installations with hardly anyone on the sidelines and some where more chairs have to be brought in. I'd sure like these Rainbow Girls to have more of the ones 68 Summer 2014
where chairs have to be brought in — please pass the word to your Masonic Brothers across Missouri; and while you're talking about Rainbow, please know that many of these Assemblies need Advisory Board members. Our Mother Advisor contact information can be found at www.moiorg.org or you can send an email to our Supreme Inspector, Catherine Dent at email@example.com. She always welcomes questions. Our Supreme Assembly (International) will be held in late July in Baltimore, Maryland. The following Rainbow Girls have been chosen to represent Missouri Rainbow. Maybe you know them: Shelby Baker (North Kansas City) will be Acting Supreme Associate Drill Leader, McKenzie Lodholz (St. Louis) will be in the Cavalcade of Flags and Erin McCann (Columbia) will "perform" Missouri's Jurisdictional Skit. AND THEN there is the really exciting news that 10 of our young Missouri Pledges will be performing their Pledge Ceremony at Supreme. These young ladies are all 11 years old and will also join Missouri Rainbow at Supreme Assembly. What an honor… what memories they are making! There have been several coin drills to help fund these little ladies' trip and we hope they greatly enjoy every moment they are in Baltimore. If you are at our Grand Assembly Opening Ceremony in June, you will see them… it will "knock your socks off." Time to close and tell you farewell. This is my last report to you. Please accept my thanks for all you've done for Missouri Rainbow this past year. Please hear my plea that these ladies need you — I ask you to take time to step inside your closest Lodge and visit them at least once this next year. Rainbow Girls… I'm glad we're part of the Masonic Circle of Life. Rachel DeLashmit Grand Worthy Advisor State of Missouri International Order of the Rainbow for Girls the missouri freemason
Missouri DeMolay A Great Summer for Missouri DeMolay With the seasons changing and the weather warming up, you can tell that summer is coming and it is almost time for Conclave. Conclave is Missouri DeMolay’s State Convention and it is held in Jefferson City, during Memorial Day Week-
end. Since we have so many State Officers, we are blessed to be able to have District Conclaves. In Missouri, we have five districts, so we are able to have five District Conclaves. These events last from one day to a weekend and invite all the members in that said district. These have the same events as our State Conclave just on a miniature level. District One is located in the St. Louis area, since all of the chapters are so close to each other, they are able to meet over a couple of days and put on a great district convention. These District Conclaves prepare our members for the excitement of State Conclave. Quentin Cockerham, our Deputy State Master Councilor is the Chairman for the Conclave Committee. This year a lot of things have been switched
around and I believe the members will enjoy the changes and surprises we have in store for them. We are always looking for sponsors to help the boys pay their way, or if you would like to judge our ritual competitions you will be able to find more information on the website: modemolay.org. Conclave is just the start of an outstanding summer we have planned for the boys. In the works we have a Worlds of Fun and Six Flags day, an outing at the ballpark in St Louis, and even a Co-Ed Softball tournament held with the Job’s Daughters and Rainbow Girls August 9 in Columbia. As always, we end our summer with the best Leadership Training Camp in DeMolay, and then we relax with Masonic Youth Day. These amazing opportunities by which Missouri DeMolay have the opportunity to grow in the next few months are immense. I encourage all Masons to get their families involved with DeMolay, which can benefit all groups. I thank you for your help and continued support. Sincerely and Fraternally, Brandon Rarey State Master Councilor — Missouri DeMolay
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issouri Job's Daughters have been incredibly busy since my last article. The Grand Guardian Council and Grand Bethel calendars have been full of fun events and opportunities to visit with daughters from all over the state. February 22 and 23, we visited Bethel #60 in Jackson, Bethel #36 in Bonne Terre and Bethel #56 in Hillsboro for their official visits. March began with Bethel #49 in Crestwood and Bethel #5 in Kirkwood for official visits. A crazy winter storm followed that trip. The following weekend members of our St. Louis Area Line Officers Club (SLALOC) rode on a float in the Shriner's parade in old town St. Charles. On the opposite side of the state, our Grand Guardian, Mom Julia Wallace, Associate Grand Guardian, Dad Gary Dryer and Grand Bethel Senior Princess Kaarin Hoogstraten promoted our organization to a Springfield area Lodge. The following weekend many of us traveled to the Kansas City area for the official visits at Bethel #7 in Smithville and Bethel #33 (which is meeting at the Missouri City Lodge momentarily). On Thursday, March 20, Bethel #43 had an excellent official visit with a Majority Member ceremony and a Proficiency Examination. That weekend Bethel #43 in Fenton, hosted two receptions. The first honored our Junior Miss Missouri Job' Daughter, Stephanie Bube, followed by dinner and then they honored our Miss Missouri Job's Daughter, Caitlyn Washington. March ended with a big finish as we had our annual Mini Session. Mini Session is a fun-filled, casual weekend that is planned and executed by the Grand Bethel Honored Queen. My Mini Session was held March 28-30, at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia. The theme I selected was "Make Every Connection Matter," which emphasizes the importance of the connections we make from face to face interactions, social media and media. There were over 200 daughters and adults in attendance, and we had special guests of our Job's Daughters International Supreme team for our state's official visit. We were honored to have our very own, Brianna Hall, Miss International Job's Daughter, at the event. Other dignitaries included Supreme Bethel Honored Queen Amber Galaz (from Washington), Supreme Guardian Patty Reardon (from Washington) and Associate Supreme Guardian Gary Sema70 Summer 2014
niuk (from Alberta). The weekend's events consisted of a mall scavenger hunt in the Columbia mall, jamming with Sheltered Reality, an inspirational, choreographed drum band, and finishing the night off with our own Cupcake Wars, showing of Frozen and swimming. Mini Session 2014 was a success as we raised over $1,000 for the Ruth Mary Leavitt Scholarship Fund and around $500 for JDI's philanthropic project of Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund (HIKE). In addition the daughters were able to rekindle old friendships and make new from all over the state. April 12, we joined our fellow Masonic youth group leaders for the State Officers' Reception in Kansas City. And later in the month, my Bethel (#49 in Crestwood) honored my term as Grand Bethel Honored Queen with a camp themed reception. After my reception, over 15 daughters and adults donated at least 10 inches of hair each to my charity, Locks for Love. After growing my hair for three years, I was very happy to donate about 15 inches to kids with cancer. The first weekend of May hosted the annual MidAmerica HIKE a hike to raise money among Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri Job's Daughters. This year the HIKE was held in Ashland, Nebraska. Following the HIKE, we honored our Grand Guardian and Associate Grand Guardian with a joint reception. After the reception, the Grand Guardian Council Promotion Committee hosted a princess party and sleepover as a KC area prospect party. May 17, the Grand Bethel held a trivia night to raise funds for the Grand Bethel budget and the Ruth Mary Scholarship Fund. We concluded the month with visiting the Missouri DeMolay State Conclave, which is always a blast. Finally, this Grand Bethel term is near its end after a long, challenging yet amazing year. In the beginning of June, Missouri Bethels have regime change with multiple installations the first couple weekends. Grand Session is June 25-29 as Missouri Job's Daughters come together to compete, meet and have a wonderful time. I will be retiring as Grand Bethel Honored Queen, and will be handing over the reins to Kaarin Hoogstraten. This year has been an experience of lifetime and I feel so for-
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Byron, from page 61 … ment about Lord Byron, though the work is not one of much authority, must have had some foundation in fact. The next reference to Multa Paucis was in AQC VI (1893), pp.17-20. The article was written by Henry Josiah Whymper (1845-1893), a member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, a founding member of two Lodges and Master of one, in Punjab, India, a Deputy District Grand Master, who was noted for his extensive knowledge of Masonic bibliography. Bro. Whymper had “carefully studied the facts available regarding Lord Byron with the object of discovering whether the ‘Multa Paucis’ theory could account for the formation of the ‘Ancient’ body, my conclusion was and still is, that it will not hold water at all, there is not an atom of bottom in it.” Quoting Gould’s comment and excerpt from Multa Paucis, Whymper states: “Now if any one will refer to the only published information regarding the period which Lord Byron held actual office, he will discover that although ten meetings of Grand Lodge were held, extending over a period of five years, only five private Lodges were erased, and three which had been erased before Lord Byron’s appointment to the Grand Mastership were replaced on the list. The net loss was thus two Lodges under Lord Byron’s ten meetings as against fifty-eight losses attendant on the preceding and ten subsequent meetings. It is impossible to reconcile these figures with the accusation that during Lord Byron’s term of office there was an aggravation of discontent ‘by the summary erasure of numerous Lodges.’ * * * There are entries in Grand Lodge
records which would show that… he was distinctly popular during his term of Grand Mastership, and that his non-attendance at six out of the ten Grand Lodges held during that term was owing to his being absent from England, possibly on some State mission.” This was a period of uncertainty and conflicting ideas of leadership and authenticity in the fraternity of Freemasons. Lodges existed throughout the countries round about, established by local Freemasons without considering their origin or affiliation. When in England a few Lodges explored organizing as a Grand Lodge, only four joined in this first effort. No obligation for any other local Lodges to conform to regulations was expected, certainly not those Lodges which did not join in forming the Grand Lodge. The Grand Lodge of 1717 was established to serve only Lodges in and around London and Westminster and to standardize the ritual and rights of who could charter other Lodges and who could make new Freemasons. Discord arose when this Grand Lodge claimed that all Lodges wherever located should be subject to its regulation. Some of these separate Lodges resisted efforts to force them into compliance and formed their own Grand Lodge. In an attempt to make their Grand Lodge appear to precede the other and therefore be considered more authentic, they called theirs “Antient” and designated the other, original one as “Modern.” This situation has been referred to as “the Schism,” not exactly properly, since it was not a split off from the 1717 Grand Lodge. Some of the blame for this conflict fell upon Lord Byron, Grand Master, because
Swope Park Lodge #617 imitated Entered Apprentice Uriel Pagan on February 13, 2014. Worshipful Master Jeff Engle gave the lecture, WB James Lowan obligated Brother Pagan and Clayton Stiff gave the Charge.
his duties for the House of Lords took him away much of the time that he was serving as Grand Master. Regarding the so-called Schism, Whymper states: “A Schism was thus evidently in full swing long before Lord Byron assumed office in 1747, and in that year Lodge No. 9 was restored to the list, in the following year five Lodges were erased and in 1751 two Lodges were restored. This period, as before stated, did not thus witness ‘the summary erasure of numerous Lodges.’ Some other cause for the Schism must be sought for….A study of the records I have noted I think will convince most Brethren that the great schism started from what is termed the ‘Irregular Makings’ of Masons….” William Preston adds in Illustrations of Freemasonry (1772): “During five years that his lordship presided over the fraternity, no diligence was spared, on his part, to preserve the privileges of Masonry, to redress grievances, and to relieve distress. When business required his attendance in the country, Fotherley Baker, Esq., the Deputy Grand Master, and Secretary Revis were particularly attentive to the Society in his absence. The first gentleman was distinguished for his knowledge of the laws and regulations; the latter for his long and faithful services. Under the direction of these gentlemen the Society continued till the year 1752, when Lord Carysfort accepted the office of Grand Master.” As for our poet Lord Byron, the web site of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London, states: “There is circumstantial evidence to suggest that Lord Byron was a member of an unidentified Italian Lodge under the Grand Orient of France.” The minutes of a meeting of the Lodge des Trinosophes dated June 1, 1824, include a memorial address referring to him as a Freemason. The evidence is discussed by Brother Andreas C. Rizopoulos, in AQC 109 (1996), 247-249. He concludes: “I feel that we may safely assume that when the Trinosophes decided to honour the memory of ‘Brother Lord Byron’ they had at least at their disposal indications that he was a member of the Fraternity.” ■
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Open House Event On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the Masonic Home will have an Open House event at the Masonic Complex beginning at 2:00 p.m. This free event will include self-guided tours of the complex, ribbon cutting, children's activities and special museum exhibits, including the formal presentation of the restored art glass windows from the 1897 and 1928 chapels from the Delmar Avenue Campus in St. Louis. Special guest speakers will include Grand Master Jon B. Broyles, Past Grand Master Vern H. Schneider, and RWB Timothy A. Fowler, a past client of the Masonic Home of Missouri's Outreach Programs
and current DDGM for the 22nd Kansas Masonic District. RWB Fowler has been an ambassador for the Missouri Outreach Programs and has been instrumental in introducing the programs to the Kansas Grand Lodge. Make sure your Lodge, Chapter and family is represented at this historical event and be part of history. More details, including times of events, are available at our website at www.mohome.org. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Rhonda at rlightfoot@ mohome.org or call (800) 434-9804.
Patron Dinner & Children's Reunion During the evening of Friday, June 13, 2014, the Home will be hosting a special Patron Dinner at the Masonic Complex in Columbia. We are hopeful that many of our former children who lived at the Masonic Home on Delmar Avenue will be able to attend; thereby making this a Children's Reunion as well. This fundraising event will start at 6:30 p.m. and will feature appetizers, wine, live & silent auction
items and a buffet-style dinner. A private advanced showing of the newly restored art glass windows from the 1897 chapel and rebuilt 1928 chapel from the Delmar Avenue Campus will be held for attendees of this event. The Home has several live auction items that include a 14 carat white gold diamond necklace and a St. Louis Cardinals Party Pack, which includes buffet, open bar, front row seats behind home
Jobs Daughters, from page 70 … tunate to have had the opportunity to serve Missouri Job's Daughters. It has also been my great pleasure to write these past couple of articles to bridge our two organizations closer. Thank you for your wonderful support. I hope Missouri Job's Daughters will keep you on your toes as we venture to bigger and better endeavors in the future. Respectfully yours, Amy Bush, PHQ Grand Bethel Honored Queen 2013‑2014 72 Summer 2014
plate, concierge attendant, and reserved parking. The game is August 2, 2014, at 6:15 p.m. vs. Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets for the Patron Dinner & Children's Reunion are $60/ each or a table for eight may be reserved for $400. To purchase a ticket or table for this event, please contact Julie at jkirchhoff@ mohome.org or call (800) 4349804.
Poplar Bluff Lodge, through the Creating A Partnership program, donated checks for $500 to both Eugene Field Elementary and Lake Road Elementary schools in Poplar Bluff. WB Mitchell S. Penn is shown presenting the checks to representatives from each school.
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Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future
fter wrapping your tongue around the word "Quasquicentennial" a couple of times, we want you to start thinking about something: Quasquicentennial means "pertaining to or marking a period of 125-years." The very amount of years the Masonic Home of Missouri will be celebrating on June 14, 2014. In the year 1889, the United States was 113 years old, Coca-Cola Company was incorporated, Grover Cleveland was President, there were 42 States and Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture. Social Services, as we know them today, did not exist. If a spouse passed away, there were no survivor's benefits, no Social Security, no Medicare/Medicaid or Dependent Children's aid. If a Mason passed away, his wife was responsible for finding a way to raise their children with many times no job skills or experience working outside the home. It's no secret that Masons take care of Masons... and their families. In 1889, it was no different and some very fore-thinking men came together to incorporate, build and run the Masonic Home for Orphans and Widows. These men began the process of building the foundation of a durable charity that continues to help those in need today. Throughout the years, the Masonic Home of Missouri's Board of Directors continued to build on that foundation of assisting "eligible adults and children
Walking, from page 64 … just as much force as physically striking a brother, which we have each sworn never to do. Finally, and this one cannot be underscored enough, before our Grand Lodge officers were appointed or elected, they were, and will always be, Missouri Master Masons. As such, we should treat each of them with the same respect that we give the men sitting next to us in Lodge week after week. We should also be willing to open up to them and share our concerns as we would any other fellow brother. They are officers of OUR Grand Lodge, a Grand Lodge that does not exist without us because we ARE the Grand Lodge. Do not think for a moment that even one of our Grand Lodge officers has forgotten that fact. I am convinced that this opportunity to serve their fellow man is what motivates each of them to perform the important work that they do. ■
through the practice of Freemasonry." They chose pathways that allowed them first to operate homes that could assist people if they moved to St. Louis or Kansas City and then through programs that come to a person's own hometown. Throughout the 125-years of existence, the Masonic Home of Missouri has continued to embrace the future but always celebrate our past. Our current Board of Directors and staff would like to extend an invitation to you to attend our 125th Anniversary on June 14, 2014 at the Masonic Complex. There will be a host of events during the day including a charity golf tournament (to be played on Friday, June 13, 2014), a Patron's Dinner, special displays of the original stained glass from the Order of the Eastern Star Chapels from the Delmar campus, silverware, newspapers, brochures, photos and other items from the former residents of the Home, guided tours, and much more. We will have a commemorative book and collector's coin for sale during the event to mark the occasion. The collector's coin has been designed from the original 1889 dedication coin and will be displayed, along with the original, in the Masonic Home's museum. As more plans are finalized, we will inform everyone of times, etc., on our website at www.mohome. org, which was re-launched on January 1, 2014, with a new design, to celebrate this special event. ■
Several members and visitors were in attendance on March 10, 2014 when Pendleton Lodge #551 sponsored a Bib and Lantern night.
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he premier exhibit that will be celebrated for the 125th Anniversary Open House will be the display of nine of the original art glass pieces that belonged in the Order of the Eastern Star Chapel on the Delmar Avenue Campus. When the building was marked for demolition, leaders within the Order of the Eastern Star recognized the importance of rescuing and preserving the art glass windows and took the steps to save it. The effort was taken to remove, crate and transport the art glass pieces to the Scottish Rite Temple for storage until they could once again, be displayed. When the Masonic Complex opened, arrangements were made for the art glass to be moved to Columbia. Since then, the art glass has been safely stored in the basement with the exception of a few pieces that are on display in the museum and the large signet piece that overlooks the stairway. After much debate and looking at photographs of
Ladies Luncheons and Teas
uring the Masonic Home Representative's luncheon in September of 2013, staff introduced a new way of reaching out to the Lodge members, wives, honored widows and Chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star. The Masonic Home wanted to replace the "old" presentations at the Lodge with holding Ladies Luncheons and Teas, with the area Lodge sponsoring the event and staff from the Masonic Home of Missouri presenting the program. These meetings have become very successful and well attended over the past year. Since January 2014, Staff has scheduled eighteen meetings and presented at the State meeting of the Missouri Widows Sons. Each Lodge has presented a new way of holding the meetings, including several Sweetheart Din74 Summer 2014
the original 1897 chapel and the rebuilt 1928 chapel, nine pieces of the art glass were selected for display in conjunction with the Masonic Home's 125th Anniversary. The art glass was originally sponsored by various Lodges, Chapters and Masonic Appendant Bodies. These original donors were contacted to help fund the restoration. The response has been positive. Each piece of restored glass will have an affixed placard in honor of the generous donors that funded its restoration. Art Glass, Unlimited, the St. Louis-based company that originally removed and crated the glass from the chapel was chosen to clean, re-grout, and build light boxes around the nine panels. The nine stunning windows chosen for restoration will remain on permanent display at the Complex as part of the Masonic Home of Missouri's heritage. A PowerPoint presentation on the art glass will be available for viewing on the website in the future and a public unveiling will be done at the Complex on June 14, 2014.
ners, District meetings, open meetings and actual teas. The Masonic Home Representatives have been instrumental in setting up the programs and inviting the attendees. Information is shared with attendees on the Masonic Home of Missouri's current programs, eligibility and how the assistance has impacted the lives of Missouri Master Masons, their wives, widows, female members of the Order of the Eastern Star and children throughout the State of Missouri. Several programs will be featured in upcoming editions of the Missouri Outreach magazine and on the Masonic Home's website at www.mohome.org. If your Lodge is interested in sponsoring a program, please contact Rhonda Stone Lightfoot at (800) 434-9804 to schedule a date and time. the missouri freemason
50 Year Service honor roll Brother Lodge Anderson,James M. Herculaneum #338 Ashby,Isaac Leon Ava #26 Vienna #94 Bagley,Larry S. Adair #366 Barks,Melvin Zalma #545 Barks,Ralph E. Zalma #545 Barnes,William Glen Blue Springs #337 Barnett,Rex Nodaway #470 Bartlett,James F. Butler #254 Bartlett,Walter C. Gate of the Temple #422 Bartley,Monroe Mokane #612 Bartrom,F. Eugene Meramec #313 Bay,Gordon Mountain Grove #158 Becker,Donald L. Independence #76 Begemen,Larry J. Montgomery #246 Blake,Gerald T. Charity Zeredatha #189 Botkin,James D. Bridgeton #80 Brandt,Howard E. Owensville #624 Brock,James M. Sikeston #310 Brokenicky,James H. Temperance #438 Brown,Robert Olen Hartford #171 Burris,Leslie Vernon Equality #497 Bush,James Richard Stockton #283 Campbell,Billy L. Nodaway #470 Caton,Lowry L. East Gate #630 Clithero,Louis B. Vandalia #491 Coder,James A. III La Belle #222 Coleman,Daymond Shekinah #256 Collier,Ernest L. Compass #120 Craig,Michael B. Versailles #320 Crouch,Robert W. Overland-Occidental #623 Curnutt,Homer E. Gate of the Temple #422 Des Combes,William D. Corinthian #265 Dille,Earl K. Warren #74 Dobbins,Paul E. Belton #450 Dowdy,Norman W. Overland-Occidental #623 Elledge,D. Clinton Sikeston #310 Emmons,Robert P. Lebanon #77 English,Bernard L. Craft #287 Freeman,Otis D. Latimer #145 Gault,Larry G. Belton #450 Gibson,Lee Kansas City #220 Goostree,Bill J. Pythagoras #383 #11 Gruben,Clay H. Summersville #555 Hauser,Jack St Louis MIssouri #1 Hayman,Albion S. Salem #225 Heins,Mark Albert Gate of the Temple #422 Hemenway,Charles F. Hermitage #288 Higginbotham,Frederick W. Jr. Corinthian #265 Hoagland,Donald H. Clay #207 Horine,Paul A. Hermann #123 Hupp,Walter G. Independence #76 Jackson,Russell Meridian #2 James,Jerry L. King Hill #376 Jenkins,Gerald L. Alpha #659 Jobe,Glenn E. Crestwood-Anchor #443 Jones,Billy Dean Mc Donald #324 Jones,Eugene W. Excelsior #441 Jones,J. Grey Jr. Tuscan #360 #155 Kamp,Robert A. Corinthian #265 Kelley,James B. Independence #76 Kelly,Theodore B. Jr. Moberly #344 Kersey,Robert L. Belton #450 Kidwell,Ross J. Versailles #320 Kinder,Gary E. Lakeville #489 Krull,Milton F. Arlington #346 Lawrence,James W. Mineral #471
Brother Lodge Lewis,Robert W. Overland-Occidental #623 Majors,Richard L. Fidelity #339 Malott,James Walter Independence #76 #32 Marrs,Donnie W. Trenton #111 Mathias,Wayne E. Sullivan #69 Mc Glynn,Michael E. Easter #575 Mc Intosh,C. H. Hamilton #224 Mc Kinney,Jack K. Pleasant Hope #467 Mc Reynolds,Bob Sikeston #310 Merkle,George M. Crestwood-Anchor #443 Miller,Harold R. Mansfield #543 Milligan,Charles J. Webster Groves #84 Nance,Lyman J. Henderson #477 Norris,Ralph A. Jr. King Hill #376 Oakley,Wesley Eugene Grandin #579 Parks,Thomas M. Sikeston #310 Patterson,Vernal W. Riddick #361 Peters,Walter F. St Louis MIssouri #1 Petty,Conley R. Moberly #344 Pickett,James H. Rising Sun #13 Plaisted,Leroy C. Overland-Occidental #623 Powell,James C. Mt Vernon #99 Powell,Robert Earl Poplar Bluff #209 Pugh,Gary L. Gate of the Temple #422 Pyles,Patrick D. Barnesville #353 Rendleman,George F. Jr. Tuscan #360 Rivers,Robert P. St James #230 Robbins,Max B. Blue Springs #337 Roberson,Lewis H. Temple Gate #299 Roberts,Curtis I. Christian #392 Rogers,Leroy St. Charles #241 Rose,Kenneth D. Mc Donald #324 Sammann,Bobby D. Anderson #621 Schell,Russell J. Sr. Jasper #398 Criterion #586 Schlup,Clyde L. St. Charles #241 Schmidt,Earl Carl Jr. Mizpah Mt. Moriah #40 Shain,M. Gene Poplar Bluff #209 Shaw,Carl J. Algabil-Freedom #636 Shepherd,Edward A. Compass #120 Shubert,Hugh E. Temple Gate #299 (W). Sheffield #625 Slavens,Ralph H. Solomon #271 Smith,Ernest E. Fenton #281 Smith,Joe L. Galena #515 Smyrniotis,Byron F. Naphtali #25 Sohn,Louis T. Raytown #391 Sheffield #625 Staton,Roy B. Wakanda #52 Stewart,Jimmie E. Wakanda #52 Strodtman,James R. Lexington #149 Sweeney,Edward Francis Swope Park #617 Symington,StuartJr. Kirkwood #484 Talbot,Donald L. Montgomery #246 Terhune,Chester W. Shawnee #653 Tettaton,Arthur S. Olive Branch #576 Tindall,Clayton K. Herculaneum #338 Vaughn,Donald E. St Markâ€™s #93 Vincent,William D. Clifton #463 Wade,Elijah F. Union #593 Wayman,Jerry Kirksville #105 Whitaker,Roy E. Polar Star Rose Hill #79 Wilk,Samuel D. St Louis MIssouri #1 Wilson,Clifford W. Raytown #391 Wilson,Donald L. Kennett #68 Worley,Donald R. Montgomery #246 Worley,Granville Austin Bridgeton #80 Zierenberg,Ernest H. Meridian #2 Zimmerman,Franklin Jefferson #43
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POSTMASTER: Please send Address Forms 3579 to Grand Secretary, 6033 Masonic Drive, Suite B, Columbia, Missouri 65202-6535.
Lord Byron, G.M.
Dr. E. Otha Wingo, PDDGL 38, FMLR
email@example.com George Gordon Noel Byron Byron’s writings in college and tenure of office as Grand Master (1788-1824) is acafterwards, I never extended from April 30, 1747, knowledged to this saw any connection until March 20, 1752, was only day as one of the of Lord Byron with present in the Grand Lodge on foremost poets of the Freemasonry. He does those dates, and on March 16, Romantic Movement not appear in any of 1752, when he proposed Lord in early 19th century the standard collec- Carysfoot as his successor. During England. At the age of tions of famous Free- the presidency of this nobleman, 10, he inherited the masons (Denslow, which lasted for five years, the title “Baron” from his Coil, Mackey). Look- affairs of the Society were much great-uncle William ing into R. F. Gould’s neglected, and to this period of Byron and was offiHistory of Freemasonry misrule — aggravated by the sumcially recognized as George Gordon Byron, 6th (1882, 1936), my puz- mary erasure of numerous Lodges Byron (1788-1824), Lord Byron, as he has Baron zlement was cleared — we must look, I think, for the the poet simply known as been known through- Lord Byron. up in Vol. 2, pp. 94- cause of that organised rebellion out the world. At 12 96, “The Grand Lodge against authority, resulting in the he entered Harrow School, fol- of England, 1723-60.” The Lord great Schism…. lowed by sporadic periods of edu- Byron who was a Grand Master “In The Complete Freemason, or cation, including Trinity College, was the poet’s great-uncle, Wil- Multa Paucis for Lovers of Secrets Oxford. At age 21 Byron took his liam (ob. 1798), who [1763-641, a statement seat in the House of Lords and succeeded to the title occurs, which, though soon afterward set out on a grand as 5th Lord Byron in the work is one of very tour through the Mediterranean 1736, and from him doubtful authority, I Sea, which was the basis of his the poet inherited think must have had poem, “Child Harold’s Pilgrim- the title as the 6th some foundation in age.” His unconventional lifestyle Baron. A footnote led fact, the more espeled both to notoriety and fame, me to see an earlier cially, as the event it such as his greatest work, “Don comment by Gould professes to record is Juan,” a satirical poem of 16 can- in AQC Vol. 5 1892 only said to have haptos, which was unfinished at his (Ars Quatuor Corona- William Byron, 5th Baron pened about eleven or Byron (1722-1798), Grand twelve years previously, early death. torum), pp. 96-97: Master. But wait! In all my study of “Lord Byron, whose See Byron, page 61
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