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The Arizona Keystone Scientia Coronati Research Lodge #4 F. & a. m. Newsletter July – Sept 2008 A.L. 6008

Volume 1, Issue 3

The Arizona Keystone Volume 1, Number 3 Jul-Sep 2008 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Christopher Campbell, Master MANAGING EDITOR George E. Weil, Secretary The Arizona Keystone is an official publication of Scientia Coronati Research Lodge #4 F. & A. M. and printed quarterly. Unless otherwise noted, articles appearing in this publication express only the private opinion or assertions of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of Scientia Coronati Research Lodge #4 F. & A. M. or the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Arizona. Articles are subject to editing and becomes the property of Scientia Coronati Research Lodge #4 F. & A. M. No compensation is allowed for any article, photographs, or other materials submitted for publication.



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Marion McDaniel Lodge #56 celebrates two events.

6 THE GRAND LODGE ANNUAL COMMUNICATION Downtown Prescott Arizona, becomes the showcase for 126th Annual Communication.

773 S. Maple Lane Chino Valley, AZ 86323

8 ANNOUNCEMENTS Scientia Coronati Research Lodge No. 4 unveils a new Commemorative coin.



elcome to the third edition of the Arizona Keystone. Our Lodge of Research has not been stuck in Neutral, on the contrary we have been very busy getting our Lodge recognized and established among Arizona’s Freemasonry landscape. We have reached a milestone. Our Lodge has been in existence for over one year and still going strong. It is through everyone’s dedication and labor that we succeed. I would like to thank all the family members and significant others that have played a role in our success story so far. Without their support, we would not be able to reach our goals and without them our small victories in life would ring hollow. Our Lodge is focused on Freemasonry being a progressive science. Its mission is to disseminate light, and to dispel darkness. It holds in reverence every man’s temple; desecrates no man’s altar. Its march is ever upward to the full fruition of knowledge. The spirit of our Lodge is the spirit of confidence, the spirit of trust and, above all, the spirit of brotherly love. This issue is a Western themed issue and centered around our colorful Western heritage. It’s also dedicated to a very special brother who epitomized the symbol of the Cowboy and of our strong American values. In more than 200 films made over 50 years, John Wayne saddled up to become the greatest figure of one of America's greatest native art forms, the western. He won an Oscar as best actor for another western, "True Grit," in 1969. He is an example of Masonry, and although the history of the man is covered in a few brief lines, the principles which he illustrated in his life are the proud heritage of the noblest Craft in history. The members and guests of Marion McDaniel Lodge #56, celebrated Bro. Wayne’s 101st birthday on Armed Forces Day! More on this within the pages of this newsletter. The Grand Lodge Annual Communication was incredible! Scientia Coronati directly contributed by being actively involved in the production of a “History of Freemasonry in Arizona” computer presentation . It was proudly showcased and played during the social and dinner event for all the Grand Lodge officers and their guests. Well done, to all who contributed towards the production of the presentation! O.K. enough of my chatter. Enjoy this issue and hopefully, it has some areas of interest that you find worth while. My brothers, I end with this; That our faces are always turned toward the eternal Light, with hope in humanity and faith in T. G. A. O. T. U.

George E. Weil

M A RIO N Mc DA NI EL LODG E #56 TUSCON - In celebration of its 50th anniversary, on Saturday, May 17 2008, MW Bro. Dave Luebke, Grand Master of Masons in Arizona presided at the Marion McDaniel Lodge #56 Rededication Ceremony. In addition to the 50th anniversary celebration, Marion McDaniel Lodge honored one of its most well known members, John Wayne, with a celebration of his 101st birthday. He was born Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. When Marion was six, the family moved to California. There he picked up the nickname Duke - after his Airedale. He rose at 4 a.m. to deliver newspapers, and after school and football practice he made deliveries for local stores. He was an A student, president of the Latin Society, head of his senior class and an all-state guard on a championship football team. Duke had hoped to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and was named as an alternate selection to Annapolis, but the first choice took the appointment. Instead, he accepted a full scholarship to play football at the University of Southern California. There coach Howard Jones, who often found summer jobs in the movie industry for his players, got Duke work in the summer of 1926 as an assistant prop man on the set of a movie directed by John Ford. One day, Ford, a notorious taskmaster with a rough-and-ready sense of humor, spotted the tall USC guard on his set and asked Duke to bend over and demonstrate his ball stance. With a deft kick, knocked Duke's arms from his body and the young athlete on his face. Picking himself up Duke said in that voice which then commanded attention, "Let's try that once again." This time Duke sent Ford flying. Ford erupted in laughter, and the two began a personal and professional friendship which would last a lifetime. Countless others were also touched by his strength. Although it would take the critics 40 years to recognize what John Wayne was, the movie going public knew all along. In this country and around the world, Duke was the most popular box-office star of all time. For an incredible 25 years he was rated at or around the top in box-office appeal. His films grossed $700 million-a record no performer in Hollywood has come close to matching. Yet John Wayne was more than an actor; he was a force around which films were made. As Elizabeth Taylor Warner stated when testifying in favor of the special gold medal Congress struck for him: "He gave the whole world the image of what an American should be." When doctors told Duke there was no hope for his cancer, he urged them to use his body for experimental medical research, to further the search for a cure. He refused painkillers so he could be alert as he spent his last days with his children. When John Wayne died on June 11, 1979, a Tokyo newspaper ran the headline, "Mr. America passes on." "There's right and there's wrong," Duke said in The Alamo. "You gotta do one or the other. You do the one and you're living. You do the other and you may be walking around but in reality you're dead." Duke Wayne symbolized just this, the force of the American will to do what is right in the world. He could have left no greater legacy. (Reprinted from Reader’s Digest, October 1979)


MWGM David Luebke presides at the Rededication Ceremony of the Marion McDaniel Lodge #56 in Tucson, Arizona.

MWGM Dave Luebke performed the 50th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony of the Lodge with the assistance of 3 Grand Lodge Officers. In accordance with Masonic tradition, WB Charles Barnes, as the Lodge Rededication Architect, certified the building to be Masonically sound.

Bro. John Wayne receiving his Masonic Bible at Marion McDaniel Lodge 56 in Tucson, AZ, July 1970.

● John Wayne was raised in Marion MacDaniel Lodge No.56. July 11, 1970 Worshipful Master Dr. Seneca Erman, Presiding ● Entered Apprentice, July 9, 1970 ● Fellowcraft, July 10, 1970


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Bros. Keith Rosewitz and Lon Thomas will be refining the next version of our Lodge’s website. To those who are questioning why we are changing the present version I offer this explanation. As an organization that promotes forward thinking on research and trying to keep the professional standard high it seems most appropriate to raise the level of our website.

WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER One of the greatest fears we have when giving our dues to the Research Lodge is the thought of producing a research paper. It’s a fear that may come from not knowing how to write one, or how to format one. It maybe that we have been so far removed from ever writing anything longer than a postcard letter that we are at a loss to what is required for a quality product. Well fear not my brothers! We have guidelines on what a research paper should have, and some of the other nit-noid details that make the paper a thing of beauty. The guidelines on writing a research paper for Scientia Coronati Research Lodge #4, F. & A.M. is on the web. Please go to and review the document at your leisure. Or, if you have enough paper, print the entire document for future reference. A Research Lodge is aptly named because its focus is on research. Therefore, it would make sense that the members actively participate and develop that skill set called “Research.”

As we enter our 2nd year in existence we look at improving the Lodge both internally and externally. So… my brothers, stay tuned for an even better looking website. By the way if you have ideas to make the website even better, please send those ideas to the editor of the newsletter.


Nothing’s wrong with Masonry. It’s what’s wrong with Masons. There are many things that are a part of the decline in attendance and enthusiasm of Masons for their tenets and the building of better men and making better men out of good men. They have lost sight of their goals that were theirs when they first became Master Masons. They have accepted the negative philosophy that the end of Masonry, as we know it, is inevitable. It is very easy to do this. It is the path of least resistance. Stay home and watch television. You think that your presence is of no value in the lodge room. You won’t be missed.

Brother, how wrong can you be? Our ancient Brethren used their craft to build, not to let things deteriorate. Use our craft to build your own character, as a man of distinction, integrity and as a man who serves his fellow man. It is not only our goal, but it is our duty to serve not only our fellow man, but also to serve our Great Creator. What better way can we do this than by attending lodge meetings to share our tenets and values of Brotherly Love, friendship and charity. — Warren F. Lee, The New Hampshire Freemason, Fall/Winter 1998-99

ANNOUNCEMENTS & OTHER THINGS Our Research Lodge has produced a Commemorative Coin that is available to all membership levels as a benefit of membership. Members will be given one coin as part of their benefit package, and will be required to pay for any additional coins or replacements. This coin is available to non-members for $7.00. Some of the meaning of the coin should be mentioned. Colors: •

Red = Fortitude

Gold = Valor

Blue = Loyalty

White = Leadership, Light

Black = Ignorance, Darkness

The Motto around the coin means : WHOM VIRTUE UNITES DEATH CANNOT SEPARATE Shield: A Mason’s protection against ignorance and the profane. The colors on the shield represent moving from darkness to light. 16 Stars plus 50 Leaves: Total 66. 65 = The number of Arizona Lodges in existence at the time of the issuance of our Lodge’s Charter 1 = Star at the top of the shield represents the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Arizona Level, Square, Plumb: The honorable jewels of our craft ON THE LIGHTER SIDE Question: How many Masons does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: After much research this tricky question can now be answered. It takes 20, as follows: 2 to complain that the light doesn’t work. 1 to pass the problem to either another committee, the Temple Board or the Master of the Lodge. 3 to do a study on light in the Lodge. 2 to check out the types of lights the Knights of Columbus use. 3 to argue about it. 5 to plan a fund-raising dinner to raise money for the bulb. 2 to complain that “that’s not the way we did it before.” 1 to borrow a ladder, donate the bulb and install it. 1 to order the brass memorial plate and have it inscribed. (Reprinted from Masonic Daylight Lodge #79)