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The Louisiana FREEMASON VOL. 36 SPRING 2008 NUMBER 2 M: W: Lloyd E. Hennigan, Jr.,

The Louisiana

FREEMASON

VOL. 36

SPRING 2008

NUMBER 2

The Louisiana FREEMASON VOL. 36 SPRING 2008 NUMBER 2 M: W: Lloyd E. Hennigan, Jr., Grand

The Louisiana

 
COVER STORY

COVER STORY

FREEMASON

The LOUISIANA FREEMASON is the Official Publication of The Grand Lodge of the State of Loui- siana, F & A.M., 5800 Masonic Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71301. Published quarterly for members of Lodges in Louisiana. U.S. rate only. Mailed ‘Non-Profit Organization’ third class, prepaid at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The LOUISIANA FREEMASON will accept unsolicited articles, with the right to edit, and use when space permits. Articles and pictures become the property of the magazine. Authors are requested to sign articles and include their name, address, phone number and, if a member, the name of their Masonic Lodge. Articles that are printed do not necessarily reflect the views of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. Address Changes should be sent to the Lodge Secretary who will notify the Grand Secretary on the proper form. DO NOT send changes of address to the Louisiana Freemason. Send all email, mail and /or material for consideration for publication in the Louisiana Freemason to:

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

 

Grand Master’s Message

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Feature Article

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Editor’s Pick

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Commentary

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Not to be disrespectful or to sound crass, I can say with 100% certainty that there will always be deceased Past Grand Masters to feature on the cover of this magazine. I have gone so far as to ask many of our living PGMs to provide an autobiography or someone in their family to begin writing a biography for the editor to use in this publication in the far distant future. The Business Plan includes community involvement and publicity as a key compo- nent. The general public should know that we still exist, who we are and the moral values we inculcate. Bossier City provided an avenue and venue to feature Louisiana Masons. It is naturally fitting to have that story featured on the cover.

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GRAND MASTER’S MESSAGE

Brethren, words are inadequate to express the deep sense of gratitude I feel for the confidence and esteem you have shown by selecting me to serve as Grand Master of Masons in Louisiana, and thereby bestowing upon me the highest honor that free Masonry has to offer. I am keenly aware of the high responsibility of this office, and of the great trust reposed in me and the Elected Grand Line. Such great honor is accompanied by commensurate responsibility. The stewardship of Louisiana free Masonry has therefore become my constant care and charge. In consideration of that responsibility, I, in conjunc- tion with your Grand Lodge Officers, have adopted an ambitious program for this and the coming years. This Business Plan encompasses general areas of Committees, Community Involvement, Membership and Finances. We have previously toured the State to present, discuss, and solicit comments relative to the Plan. You have had an op- portunity to study it, and you approved the resolutions we requested to put the Plan in motion. It is a work in progress. One of my main efforts will be in working with you to make sure that the activities of the Grand Lodge will go forward

smoothly this year, and in the years to come. Ten years ago, we adopted the treatment of childhood learning disorder Dyslexia as our primary charity. The Center system has been met with enthusiasm by parents, teach- ers, Masons, and the public, to the extent that we now have in excess of thirty Centers presently in progress under the leadership of M:W:B: Roy Tuck. We see the need for the establishment of full time management of this Program and the need to employ a professional administrator to oversee day to day operations. The continued successful growth of our Dyslexia program is fully dependant on the dedication and support, both financial and otherwise, of the Brethren of this State; its future success rests squarely upon our shoulders. We have come to realize a continuing deterioration in the quality of the information stream between the Brethren, the Constituent Lodges, and the Grand Lodge. You have approved the establishment of the Permanent Information Technology Committee, which is currently overseeing the upgrading of the Grand Lodge web page, upgrading our Internet reporting capabilities and information transmission systems. We will continue our Education Program for Lodge Officers and Secretaries. On August 16th, we will hold our Annual Educational Retreat for Wardens and Secretaries at Wood- worth, LA, as well as several secretaries workshops around the State again this year. We will continue to study the highest and best use of our Grand Lodge property in Alexandria, and will, through our Gifts, and Wills, and Legacy Committee, encourage and promote donations to Grand Lodge Fraternal and our Charities through bequeathals. We will strive to build the Grand Lodge Endowment fund, continue our Masonic pen and Medallion fundraisers, and the “two cents a day” Program. We will continue our support for our youth programs including Demolay, Rainbow, and Job’s Daughters. I also encourage every Blue Lodge Mason to join in and become active in our Appendant Bodies, such as the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, the Shrine and the Order of the Eastern Star. Brethren, with the awesome responsibility comes an equally awesome opportunity. How well we take advantage of that opportunity depends totally upon the degree of your support. I pray that each of you will remember your Masonic obligations and be as generous of your time, efforts and finances as your individual circumstances will allow.

Lloyd E. Hennigan, Jr. Grand Master State of Louisiana

Lloyd E. Hennigan, Jr. Grand Master State of Louisiana

Sincerely and fraternally, Lloyd E. Hennigan, Jr. Grand Master, 2008-09

MASONIC ETIQUETTE by Clayton J. Borne III, PGM W hy is there so much confusion

MASONIC ETIQUETTE

by Clayton J. Borne III, PGM

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hy is there so much confusion over the subject of Masonic Etiquette? Is there a difference between Masonic Etiquette and Decorum or Pro- tocol? In general as appalling as it may be, society today is a reflection

of disrespect, an unappreciative and uncaring disease that migrates into all aspects of our culture. The cure as with all other social problems is education. Aprons worn inside the coat, addressing the Worshipful Master seated are com- mon place. What is correct and to what do we look for direction? Etiquette can be defined as standards controlled by stated rule or law. Masonic Etiquette are standards controlled by stated Rules of Masonic Law. Decorum on the other hand is a standard which reflects basic concepts of respect and are therefore under our personal control. The Masonic Fraternity is the oldest and largest fraternity in the world. Do we ever stop to think what makes us different from the other fraternal organizations? The things that set us apart from all others are found in our Traditions and Ritual, both Esoteric and Exoteric. One of the most important aspects of our traditional history is in fact our Masonic Etiquette. Masonic Etiquette actually encompasses the concepts of decorum, respect and good manners, together with certain particulars which are peculiar to Freemasonry. Etiquette should be known and practiced because the basic rule of respect has the power to maintain harmony in our lodges. It is a form of courtesy to the individual members and a manifestation of respect to the entire Craft. Harmony is the chief strength and support of the Lodge and the Worshipful Master should in a compas- sionate way demand it when he accepts the responsibility of the East. The dictionary defines Etiquette as: The forms and practices prescribed by so- cial convention or by authority or, the established rule of procedure, etc. Masonic Etiquette therefore mandates that we should actively move for greater proficiency and higher standards in our work, lectures, constitution and understanding of its law. Brothers should execute proper Masonic Etiquette not only for their Lodge itself but also for their Lodge Brothers. I know that many of us have seen members act in an un-Masonic way toward another Brother totally ignoring Masonic Etiquette. The only avenue in my opinion that can be used to achieve our goal to upgrade our lodges is through a more intense respect and understanding of all aspects of the rules of etiquette. Remember to subdue your passions and improve yourself in Masonry is prob- ably the most difficult tasks as Masons we are obligated to perform. Differences, especially with our Brothers will always exist; however the Brother who makes the matter personal does not know or does not care about etiquette of the Brotherhood and is probably not a true Mason at heart. It is only by demanding a higher standard are Brothers reminded of the respect that is due one another.

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Masonic Etiquette from page 4: Another major concept that actively promotes standards or etiquette is

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Another major concept that actively promotes standards or etiquette is that of mentoring. How can we fault our newly raised Masons who see this un-courteous, disrespectful behavior and repeat the same thinking that is the norm? To the newly raised Brother: “Should a mistake or error occur and you are respectfully corrected by another Brother, we should not be offended by his words or wisdom for this Brother cares about, practices and has respect for the Masonic discipline achieved, Masonic Etiquette.” Our Fraternity would not exist without the wisdom of our elders maintaining these standards. Where a group of Masons act in unity, as in a Lodge Communication, etiquette takes the form of proper decorum. Loud talk, restless moving about, laughter, smoking, flippancy, irreverence toward the Worshipful Master and other constituted officers of the Lodge, passing between the Altar and the East, giving no heed to the business at hand and improper entering and retiring results in no need to con- sult a book of etiquette in order to accept the fact that such indecorous behavior is dangerous to the harmony of the Lodge. It is in such an atmosphere that ill will and hard feelings, not to mention the more serious menace of splits and feuds, are most likely to take root to the great danger of the Craft. This paper will address some major areas that demand education. Landmarks and Ritual: The most basic tenant of Masonic etiquette and decorum is that it is a two way street. It must be demanded, by a well informed Worshipful Master. The Worshipful Master who is uneducated or ill informed and who permits the intrusion of such in decorum is not faithful to the duties of his office. Our Masonic Ritual governs opening of Lodges, therefore it is the Wor- shipful Master’s judgment that creates and maintains the standards, dignity and practices of our Ancient Landmarks and Masonic Law. A basic example would be the addressing the Worshipful Master. The Brother who as anything to say to the Lodge, whether it be to enter discussion or to make or second a motion, must rise to his feet, give the proper sign, wait to be recognized by the Master, speak directly to the Master. When this concept is ignored, it should be taught and then immediately required to be used by the Worshipful Master. Inside Lodge Hall: Within the lodge there are areas of etiquette that through lack of education or disrespect are ignored. No Brother shall pass between the Altar and the East while the Lodge is at Labor, except when required to do so by ritualistic performance. The Great Lights are the particular responsibility of the Worshipful Master; no Brother should ever obscure his view of them. This lesson is usually taught as a diversionary tactic preceding the lesson of caution. Further when called to refreshment the Junior Warden, Tyler and Junior Deacon stay in the Lodge until the Lodge is vacated. The Junior Warden then is responsible for the Craft during the hours refreshment. Outside Lodge Hall/Anteroom/Preparation Room: As soon as a Brother enters a Masonic Hall to attend a Communication, he immediately comes under the traditions of Masonic Etiquette. If he is late, he should not indulge in loud talking

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Bossier City & Freemasonry by Steven A. Pence ast year the City of Bossier City

Bossier City & Freemasonry

by Steven A. Pence

ast year the City of Bossier City contacted Bro George McAnn, Masonry’s ambassador to the City, about Masons joining them in ceremonies sur- rounding the 100th anniversary of the city. Their reasoning was that we

have the expertise and knowledge of time capsules, plaques, cornerstones and related ceremonies. The City remembered our ceremonies for the cornerstone on the Bossier City CenturyTel® Arena in 2000 and again in 2005 on the City’s park- ing garage connected to the Louisiana Boardwalk Shopping Center. Pam Glorioso, Bossier City’s Project Coordinator and Chairperson of the Centennial Committee, wanted to replicate those ceremonies at the close of the celebration in 2008. Bro George, never passing an opportunity to showcase our fraternity, provided my name as the liaison and contact for the fraternity’s involvement in the centennial program. The year long celebration began on April 7, 2007 at the Louisiana Boardwalk in 30° weather and concluded on April 9, 2008 at the Municipal Complex-City Council Chambers, again under the threat of inclement weather. Ms. Glorioso extended the services of the Director of Building Maintenance, Richard L. Dubois who is also W: Bro Dubois, PM-Secretary of Temple Lodge #448 and a good friend. The plaque was to be placed adjacent to the Liberty Garden, a memorial honoring fire fighters, police officers and sheriff deputies

who have died in the line of duty and paying tribute to those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The granite used for the plaque was salvaged by Richard from the Bossier Bank and Trust Building, which also home of the original Bossier City Hall. The two and a half inch thick granite is balmoral red coarse grained or Taivassalo from Finland. Richard designed a pedestal with separate areas for the City and Masonic time capsules. After the stone was cut and polished, it was turned over to Leo and Carolyn Perry of Dixie Monument for Carolyn’s artistry and Leo’s craftsmanship. The photograph on the cover does not provide justice to the beauty of their work. The plaque ceremony began with Ms. Pam Glorioso welcoming the over 200 people in attendance and introduced the Centennial Committee. She welcomed and introduced our distinguished Grand Lodge officers and Masons. The brethren attending the Grand Master were R: W: Jules F. Webb-DGM, R: W: Woody D. Bilyeu-GSW, R: W: B. J. Guillot-GJW, R: W: Clyde Stout-DDGM 1st Masonic District, M:W: Bro Roy B. Tuck-PGM Grand Secretary, W: Thomas P. Brown- Grand Chaplain, W: Frank N. DuTreil, Jr.-Grand Marshal, W: James E. Steen-GJD, W: Gary L. Gribble-Associate Grand Photographer and Worshipful Master of the 1st Masonic District Lodge, W: James P. Allen-WM Temple Lodge #448, W: Bro Richard L. Dubois-PM Secretary Temple Lodge #448, M: W: Bro Roy B. Delaney- PGM, M: W: Bro Ballard L. Smith-PGM, M: W: Bro Charles H. Penn, III-PGM, M: W: Bro S. Bruce Easterly-PGM and of course Bro George A McAnn. Mayor

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Lorenz J. “Lo” Walker addressed the gathering and spoke of a time when Bossier City

Lorenz J. “Lo” Walker addressed the gathering and spoke of a time when Bossier City was defined as a honky tonk town and how the City has evolved from that reputation to being one of the most progressive and growing cities in the state. Bossier City Council President Jeffery Darby told everyone that Bossier City con-

tinues to set itself apart and establish benchmarks for progress that are unattainable in other metropolitan areas, due mainly to the citizens living and working here. The program then turned to the centennial plaque ceremony that was conducted by M: W: Lloyd E. Hennigan, Jr., Grand Master. Temple Lodge #448 was host for the Emergent Communication of the Grand Lodge. M: W: Hennigan-GM thanked the officers of Temple Lodge for their hospitality. The Grand Master thanked Mayor Walker and Pam Glorioso for the opportunity to be included in their celebration. M: W: Hennigan-GM provided ceremonial trowels to members of the Centennial Committee, Mayor Walker, the three City Councilmen in attendance, Bros McAnn, Allen and Dubois. The Grand Master thanked W: Frederick G. Gregory-WM and Bro Kenneth M. Hamm, of Martin McClanahan Lodge #384 for providing the police escort from the lodge hall to the ceremonies.

Publicity for this event was provided by the 4 local television stations, Bossier Press-Tribune, Shreveport Times, NPR radio and Tom Pace of The Talk of the Town. The event was featured on the front page of the Tribune, 5 and 10 P.M. news broadcasts by 3 of the television stations and a major feature on the Talk of the Town webpage. It provided Masonry a prominent display to the general

public. Bro McAnn advised the Grand Master that there will be an additional five Ma- sonic plaque ceremonies in Bossier Parish, during 2008 and two have already been scheduled. R: W: Webb was told that there are already two plaques scheduled for 2009. Bro McAnn took the opportunity to provide a tour of the Liberty Garden for which he played a pivotal role establishing while he served on the former Clean City Committee, now the Keep Bossier Beautiful committee. One quarter of the brick foundation is reserved for Masonry. Bricks are still available for purchase by lodges, members or family. The Grand Master and Grand Senior Warden purchased individual bricks. Deputy Grand Master Webb indicated he would need more time to study and gather additional information before committing. A reception was held in the Mayor’s conference room immediately following the ceremonies and M: W: Bro Chuck Penn then took members of the Grand Line for a tour of the Shrine Hospital. Upon their return, lunch was hosted by Temple Lodge for everyone that attended the morning’s event. Temple Lodge then provided lunch for the entire Bossier Police Department.

provided lunch for the entire Bossier Police Department. M: W: Hennigan-GM with Ms. Pam Glorioso and

M: W: Hennigan-GM with Ms. Pam Glorioso and Mayor Lo Walker

The Parable of the Talents by Dr. Larry C. Wade-PM St. James No. 47 E

The Parable of the Talents

by Dr. Larry C. Wade-PM St. James No. 47

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very Christian Freemason is familiar with The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14 - 30). In summary, a master departs on a journey to a distant land. He leaves his assets unevenly distributed among his three

servants; one servant receives five talents, another receives two talents, and the third receives only one talent. (Verse 27 dispels any possible doubt that the “talent” is a unit of money.) Servant one takes risks but is able to double his wealth, by the time of the mas- ter’s return. Likewise, servant two doubles his bequest. But servant three only manages to protect and preserve the meager asset with which he was entrusted; rather than assertively trying to use his wealth to acquire greater wealth, this cow- ardly man buries it in a hidden place, to preserve it intact, fearing the wrath of the master, should he lose it. Of course, the master is pleased with the productivity of the first two. To both, he proclaims the immortal words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” The master heaps scorn, though, on the head of the third servant, saying, “Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather

where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” On June 24, 1717, the GAOTU left a few “talents” in the hands of a few men who had gathered at The Goose and Gridiron Ale House, in London, England. These were “good and faithful servants”, who were not “risk-avoidant”. In an era when a man could have lost his freedom (or even his head), as punishment for simply taking a stand against tradition, against his monarch, or against the church, these men and many others like them across the face of Europe, aided and supported by the enlightened and courageous women of the time, dared to create a new world - a world of freedom and human rights, the likes of which had previously existed, if at all, only in the imaginations of very wise and enlightened men. Bro. John Theophilus Desaguliers; The Baron de Montesqueiu ; Cesare Bone- sana Beccaria ; Bro. William Preston; Bro. Voltaire; Bro. George Washington; Bro. Benjamin Franklin; Bro. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Bro. Ignaz von Born; Bro. Thomas Smith Webb; Bro. Paul Revere - these men did not hide behind the cowardly mantle of some notion that “divisive” topics such as politics must be

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The Parable of the Talents from page 4: avoided. They were not risk-avoidant. Rather, they

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avoided. They were not risk-avoidant. Rather, they took on political and social issues and debated them, guided by their unshakable faith in the same tool of Reason that had been at the heart of the establishment of The Craft, from the start. Thus, they created the very milieu in which the most meaningful issues of human history were courageously discussed, dissected, and subjected to scrutiny under the microscope of Reason, and then courageously acted upon; such was the milieu of their Freemasonry. Like the signers of the Declaration of Independence, after them, our Masonic forebears risked all, to reshape the world in the image of their Enlightened vision - the vision that we claim to hold as the greatest ever conceived by human minds - the vision that we call “Civil Democratic Society” . Like the servants in the parable, succeeding generations of Freemasons have been left with a very remarkable bequest. If we apply an analysis in the light of the par- able, some generations of Masons have managed their bequest in such a way that the end result was a measurable increase in that bequest - from 1717 until 1960, Masonry grew, quite remarkably. By this same measure, on the other hand, the generations of Masons since 1960 would have to be likened to the third servant - the “wicked and slothful” servant. Our careful, risk-avoidant, secretive approach to the management of our bequest has resulted in great loss. We are so mesmerized by the beauty of ritual and ceremony, by the symmetry and elegance of the Masonic system of morality, by the power of Masonic tradition, that we miss the point of it all, quite entirely. To our forebears, the structure, the ideals, the principles of Freemasonry were not the end purpose of The Craft. Rather, all these aspects of Freemasonry were tools - instruments for social good - ways to make the world a better place for themselves and for generations that would follow them. Rather than having the courage to recognize and confront social ills that are an affront to Masonic truths - indeed to all decency - we hide away in our Lodges, where we impotently meander through repetitious, empty ritual. At our worst, we polish ourselves up, don tuxedos and white gloves, and parade around in candlelit darkness, in some solemn but empty parody of what once had some meaning. And, we presume to take this nonsense seriously, while the world around us regresses into a state so devoid of morality, so totally misguided, that the real Masons of old, whose shoes we are not worthy to tie, would find it abhorrent and insufferable. Is it any wonder that our “talents” have not multiplied? Are we, indeed, slouch- ing toward “the outer darkness”? Wouldn’t that be ironic, now? - to have our “search for light” lead us off the precipice and into “the outer darkness” because in our indolence, we allowed ourselves to be mesmerized by the “shiny toy” that the Masons of old left to us, and thus to idly squander our bequest - everything Masonic lost forever, due to our lack of real vision (it being hard to see, with one’s head buried in the sand)!

The Old Charges Kenneth Bond deMoss, PM Hope Lodge #145 The Old Charges, Ancient Constitutions,

The Old Charges

Kenneth Bond deMoss, PM Hope Lodge #145

The Old Charges, Ancient Constitutions, Old Manuscripts, Gothic Constitutions or Old Records, are the basis from which we have developed our constitutions, laws and rules that regulates our lodges today. There are approximately 125 of these old manuscripts, the bulk of which are housed between two libraries, The British Museum library and the Masonic Library West Yorkshire, England. These are found in many forms, many with common ori- gins written by hand either on parchment scrolls, or loose sheets of vellum. Some were cut and sewn into books, while others were written into the record books of various lodges. Those produced later were printed into bound books. We should be thankful that so many of these old legends and traditions, usages and regulations of the operative guilds were preserved. When or by whom they were compiled we may never know for certain because no signed copy has ever been found. Some scholars have looked to these manuscripts in search of a point of demarcation so as to ascertain when we became speculative freemasons. We, as

a fraternity, are but a child in terms of history and have been in a constant state of change and development from then to now without an exact reference to the time of our origin. However, we can find evidence of the roots of freemasonry firmly planted in operative Masonic guilds. These roots become evident when studying the manuscripts written before the formation of the Grand Lodge of London in 1717. While the precise point in time when we first became speculative masons may not be accurately determined, we can follow its metamorphosis into the institution as

it exists today.

The oldest and most famous of these manuscripts are the Halliwell and Matthew Cooke manuscripts. The Halliwell manuscript is better known as the Reguis Poem, which dates to around 1390 A.D. However, this dating comes from the handwriting analysis rather than carbon dating or other scientific means. Both the Reguis and

Cooke manuscripts are written in what is know as “Middle English”, the name given by historical linguistics to the diverse forms of the English language spoken between the Norman invasion of 1066 and the mid-to-late 15th century, when the Chancery Standard, a form of London-based English, began to become widespread,

a process aided by the introduction of the printing press into England by William

Caxton in the 1470s, and slightly later by Richard Pynson. The Reguis is the only one of the old manuscripts found to be written in verse and is thought to have been written by a priest. The first 576 lines are Masonic in nature; the remaining 219lines are some form of sermon. Though thought to be the oldest of all ancient Masonic manuscripts, line one hundred and forty three is troublesome, for it states, “By old time written I find” which leads one to believe there must be an older manuscripts out there which is not yet discovered. Unfor- tunately these older referenced manuscripts may never be found for there are at

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The Old Charges from page10: least fifteen that are known to have existed and are

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least fifteen that are known to have existed and are unaccounted for. It is feared that they are all now been lost or destroyed. The Cooke Manuscript was written around 1450 A.D. and contains 960 lines. It is much more elaborate and detailed than the Reguis. It introduces the seven liberal arts and sciences, has an explanation of geometry and a more detailed legend of freemasonry. However, like the rest it is quite fanciful in nature. This manuscript, like many others, ends with a number of articles, points and charges. Like the Reguis manuscript, there is evidence the Cooke manuscript may have been compiled from an earlier work. One point of interest is that each ends with the phrase “so mote it be.” It is thought among some scholars that each lodge had a copy of the Old Charges and that they may have been read to the candidate as part of his initiation. We have no proof of this or that some lodges treated the Old Charges as a warrant or constitutions they were clearly intended to regulate the Craft and it workings. These charges were similar in many ways but no two were exactly alike, there are variations in all, but also agreement that shows a common origin and purpose to the manuscripts. Many of the words and phrases that are found in our working rituals of today come from these ideas and traditions which link us to our past with the operative guilds that is our foundation. In 1721 four years after the formation of the Grand Lodge, Grand Master, John Montagu the 2 nd Duke of Montagu made a request that the old manuscripts to be brought to the Grand Lodge for formal review. He found fault with all of the Old Charges, Gothic Constitutions and General Regulations, and wanted them di- gested and rewritten into a more usable document. Dr. James Anderson requested permission from the Grand Lodge to write and publish a new Constitution which was granted and the first edition was published in 1723 as a private venture. It was sanctioned for printing after a favorable review and approval from the Grand Lodge committee. As referenced above, these various literary works are the basis from which we have developed our constitutions, laws and rules that regulates our lodges today. We can point directly to these various works to find examples of our modern us- ages. The following are but a few examples:

• The Cooke Manuscript was the first to state that we are not to commit adultery,

not to slander a mason’s name, but to keep his counsel truly, and that a mason must

be a freeman.

• The Dumfries Manuscript was the first to reference the square and compasses and the Bible together in a Masonic writing.

• The Harleian No.1492 is important for it contains an oath of secrecy.

• The Harleian No. 2054 was the first to mention in writing the use of Masonic words and signs.

• The Edinburgh Register House Manuscript contains the words, “[t]o hail and

conceal”, the “five points of fellowship”, and an early version of the penalty of

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Masonic Etiquette from page 5: that may be heard inside the Lodge. His demeanor toward

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that may be heard inside the Lodge. His demeanor toward other Brethren, whom he may meet there, should be courteous and respectful; there as well as elsewhere, Masonry does not give any man license to take personal liberties with another! This

is especially true if any candidates are present, waiting their call to the preparation room; to give the impression that vulgar condct, levity, practical joking or others forms of disrespect are countenanced by the Craft is a misrepresentation of the Lodge. Further, no Brother should enter the preparation room when a candidate is present except the Senior Deacon, Junior Deacon and Worshipful Master or a Brother acting for them. Lodge Furnishings: Edict demands a lodge be properly prepared. It must be situated ‘due East and West’ and maintained as it were your personal home. It, in essence, should be an extension of our homes; clean and orderly. As for the fur- nishings the Grand Lodge Constitutions make discussion of the ballot a Masonic Offense. Except for the Holy Bible, the ballot and the box in which it is taken is the most sacred thing in the Lodge. Every Mason owes to his Lodge the duty of protecting it against poor quality material and every Mason owes to every petitioner

a fair ballot. which is the only protection a petitioner has against unfair discrimina- tion and unreasonable prejudice. Other etiquettes dealing with Lodge furnishings include never dip the Flag of our contrie and nor should the Altar be draped unless there is a Masonic Emblem on it. There are many others. Discussions Within the Lodge: Discussions within the Lodge also has its etiquette. Etiquette for the Fraternity is set forth with great weight and feeling in the old charges and constitutions, as early as 925 A.D. All offensive personal remarks, all expressions of bitterness or ill will and all or any slurs upon the Lodge or its Officers, Grand Lodge or its Officers and the Fraternity itself, and all flippant, unseemly, or discourteous remarks addressed to the Lodge or to its officers are condemned alike by the principals of common courtesy and ettiquette and by the disciplanary laws of the Craft. Another often ignored principle is that

a Brother should speak only to the Master, never to each other unless ordered to

do so by the Master. Unless the Brother originates the motion, a Brother should, under proper etiquette, speak only once. Another is never speak the Name of The Lord in vain. Also a general rule of etiquette often ignored is that no one speaks after the ranking officer speaks. Personal Conversations Outside the Lodge: Speaking outside the lodge also has etiquette. It must be remembered that “Brother” is a title. In the usage’s of Freemasonry, Brother is neither a sentimental nor familar form of address but is an actual title, the same as Worshipful, Right Worshipful and Most Worshipful and must always be used as such. A man does not attend a Lodge communication in his capacity as a private individual. He is there in his capacity as Master Mason and for this reason, one should refer to Bill Jones as Brother Jones in the same literal sense as any other officer in Lodge or Grand Lodge. Further, speaking ill of a brother should never ocurr. We are defined by our conduct therefore such negative comments destroy the persona created by our Masonic discipline and its

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continued from page 12 Masonic Etiquette convictions. Personal Attire: At no time should a brother

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convictions. Personal Attire: At no time should a brother enter a lodge hall without proper dress. The matter of attire depnds entirely upon circumstances and is a point Grand Lodge usually leaves to each constituent Lodge to decide, though much may be said in favor of formal attire, since it is a mark of respect for the Fraternity. One thing is certain: if any of the officers are required to wear formal attire, all of the officers should wear the same without exception; and if he and his colleagues wear formal attire, the Worshipful Master should use a hat to correspond. The members will dress according to private tastes, normally a jacket with tie and etiquette would require that all brothers enter the Lodge room with apron regalia and jewels properly arranged beforehand. When wearing clothing that would conceal the apron, always wear the apron on the outside of the garment. A Grand Lodge Officer should always wear the apron of his office. Not only to pay proper respect to the Grand Lodge but also as a means to identify the office he holds or the highest office held. An exeption would be that at Masonic Memorial Services, all Lodge Officers and Brethren, regardless of station shall be clothed in white aprons. This is not followed in all jurisdictions. Further dress should show your respect for the institution. No shorts or tank tops, no frivolous hats, i.e. no baseball caps, straw hats or soft hats should ever be worn. The Worshipful Master is to specify and insist on the dress. Most researched authorities state that Masonic rings should be worn facing outward, although I have read source materials and been instructed by my mentor as to the reverse. When receiving my grandfather’s ring from my father, who had received it from my grandfather when my father was raised, I was instructed to wear the ring facing inward as a constant reminder of the principle we are to stand for “And so subdue our passions, etc”. When I raised my son, I gave him the ring with the same instructions. There is a philosophy in dress, as in so many other things, ad the dress proper to Masonic occasion is no exception. Its principle is good taste; its practice is to wear such attire that shows respect to the Brotherhood and expresses the dignity of Masonry. In closing, I want you to reflect on your personal experience for it is an experi- ence common to every member that even allowed himself to be tied to the cable- tow. Namely that the first impression of the Etiquette of Freemasonry is branded upon the candidate beginning in the preparation room. He will give back over his Masonic life what he receives. He will respect the Lodge and all aspects of the Brotherhood if he is shown respect. His perception of the seriousness of the occa- sion is a reflection of the thoughtfulness of others. Masonic Etiquette instills pride, yet pride is something that you have to develop from within, because if you have pride in our Fraternity, it will clearly show in everything you do in life, especially your life as a Mason.

This paper was originally delivered to the Southeast Masonic Conference in 2006 and again to the High 12 Luncheon Club in 2008

HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. 2008 Officers Back Row (L: R) Phillp Smith-SD, W: Johnny
HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. 2008 Officers Back Row (L: R) Phillp Smith-SD, W: Johnny
HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. 2008 Officers Back Row (L: R) Phillp Smith-SD, W: Johnny

HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M.

HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. 2008 Officers Back Row (L: R) Phillp Smith-SD, W: Johnny Byrd-WM,

2008 Officers Back Row (L: R) Phillp Smith-SD, W: Johnny Byrd-WM, R:W: Jeff Webb-GSW Installing Master, W: Bro Billy Joe Maxey-Sec (Deceased); W: Bro A. Leon Maxey, Installing Marshal Front Row (L: R) David Maxey-JD, W: Bro Tony Daves-SW, W: Bro Kenneth W. Maxey-Tyler, Mike Lilley-MC and W: Bro Frederick

J. McAnn-Installing Chaplain

Lilley-MC and W: Bro Frederick J. McAnn-Installing Chaplain ACACIA SHRINE-Baton Rouge Danny L. Johnson was installed

ACACIA SHRINE-Baton Rouge

J. McAnn-Installing Chaplain ACACIA SHRINE-Baton Rouge Danny L. Johnson was installed as Potentate; David Wallace,

Danny L. Johnson was installed as Potentate; David Wallace, Chief Rabban; Gerard Ruth, Assistant Rabban; William I. McGarr, High Priest and Prophet; James Dodds, Oriental Guide; Gariel J. “Bud” King, Recorder; John L. Belanger, Treasurer (not in picture).

1st MASONIC DISTRICT LODGE 2008 Officers Front Row (L: R) Robert E Bazzell-DGL Treasurer, William

1st MASONIC DISTRICT LODGE

1st MASONIC DISTRICT LODGE 2008 Officers Front Row (L: R) Robert E Bazzell-DGL Treasurer, William R

2008 Officers Front Row (L: R) Robert E Bazzell-DGL Treasurer, William R Richards- SW, W: Gary L Gribble-WM, James A Allen-JW and B Keith Tindell-SS Back Row (L:R) E Allen Kelly-Marshal, Roy E May-Chaplain, David L Culligan-MofC, Rufus E Wilson-Tyler, Thomas W Hudson-JS. Not pictured Paul M Celli-SD, Richard C Haynes-JD and Gary T. Rushworth, Sr.-Secretary

Richard C Haynes-JD and Gary T. Rushworth, Sr.-Secretary ATKINS #266 F. & A.M. L:R.-Front Row James

ATKINS #266 F. & A.M.

Gary T. Rushworth, Sr.-Secretary ATKINS #266 F. & A.M. L:R.-Front Row James D. Holland, Christopher M.

L:R.-Front Row James D. Holland, Christopher M. Lee, Edward L. Myers, Joshua H. Morris, Sterling P. Bretzman. Back Row: Richard L. Hall, James R. Enkey, Hoyt S. Hooper-Installing Master, W: Terry J. Harris-WM, James A. Allen and William R. Richards.

The Installation of Officers was performed by W. Bro. Hoyt S. Hooper- Installing Master, W: Bro William R. Richards-Installing Marshal and W: Bro Richard L. Hall-Installing Chaplain. 2008 Officers are W: Terry J. Harris- WM, Carey C. Allison-SW, Edward L. Meyers-JW, James R. Enkey-PM

Treasurer, James A. Allen-PM Secty,

Richard L. Hall-PM Chaplain, Charles

E. Glover-SD, James D. Holland-JD,

James R. Morris, Jr.-MofC, Sterling P. Bretzman-Marshal, Joshua H. Morris- SS, Christopher M. Lee-JS and William

R. Richards-PM Tyler

GERMANIA #46 F. & A.M. Germania Lodge #46 held installa- tion of officers for 2008,
GERMANIA #46 F. & A.M. Germania Lodge #46 held installa- tion of officers for 2008,
GERMANIA #46 F. & A.M. Germania Lodge #46 held installa- tion of officers for 2008,

GERMANIA #46 F. & A.M.

Germania Lodge #46 held installa- tion of officers for 2008, our 165th year of existence. The officers pictured are left to right bottom row: Warren Haw- thorne P.M., Almoner - Mark Grouchy, J.D. - John Day, J.W. - Wilson Revelle, W.M. - Glen Cupit, S.W. - DDGM 16th district, Sidney Agnelly - Dave Soriano, M.C. Top Row: Ion Lazar P.M., Chaplain - Patrick Girard, Tyler - Ian Cairns P.M., Treasurer - Joe Kueck P.M., Secretary

- Bobby Brandstetter P.M., J.S. Ray Steele P.M., S.D. - Andy Mims P.M., S.S. - Mike Poll P.M., Inner Guard

S.D. - Andy Mims P.M., S.S. - Mike Poll P.M., Inner Guard Germania Lodge #46 2008

Germania Lodge #46 2008 Officers

Mike Poll P.M., Inner Guard Germania Lodge #46 2008 Officers SAINTS JOHN #153 F. & A.M.

SAINTS JOHN #153 F. & A.M.

Saints John Lodge No. 153 F&AM installed its 2008 Officers as follows. Standing from L:R are: Junior Deacon Bernard J. Covell, Jr., Tyler Clarence ‘CJ’ Orgeron, Treasurer James R. Val- liant, PM, Senior Warden Martin H. Short, Jr., Junior Warden John A. Ander- sen, Secretary Francisco C. Hernandez, Jr.,PM, Senior Deacon Benjamin ‘Jody’ Wood, PM and Installing Officer Ernest A. Schiro, Jr., PM. Seated in the center is the Worshipful Master: Arturo V. Yap.

in the center is the Worshipful Master: Arturo V. Yap. DAYLIGHT #412 F. & A.M. Daylight
in the center is the Worshipful Master: Arturo V. Yap. DAYLIGHT #412 F. & A.M. Daylight
in the center is the Worshipful Master: Arturo V. Yap. DAYLIGHT #412 F. & A.M. Daylight

DAYLIGHT #412 F. & A.M.

Daylight Lodge 2008 Officers are:

Leon Roberts-WM, George Faulkner- SW, Tommy Ford-JW, Robert Barrios- SD, Michael M. Dupree Sr.-Treasurer, Jay Chagnard-Secretary, Joe Comstock- MofC, Frank Rizutto-JD and Nick Randazzo-Tyler

W: Leon Roberts, Worshipful Master and W: Bro Joseph A. Comstock, Master of Ceremonies

and Nick Randazzo-Tyler W: Leon Roberts, Worshipful Master and W: Bro Joseph A. Comstock, Master of
and Nick Randazzo-Tyler W: Leon Roberts, Worshipful Master and W: Bro Joseph A. Comstock, Master of
W H BOOTH #380 F. & A.M. W H Booth’s installation of officers was conducted

W H BOOTH #380 F. & A.M.

W H Booth’s installation of officers was conducted by M: W: S. Bruce Easterly-GM Installing Master, M: W:

Bro Roy B. Delaney-PGM Installing Chaplain and W: Bro Gary L. Gribble-

Installing Marshal. 2008 Officers are W: B. Keith Tindell-WM, James C. DeMoss-SW, Larry C. Blair, Sr.-JW, Gerald L. Weakley-Treasurer, W: Bro Eugene D. Seely-PM Secretary, Edward

A. Lazarus-Chaplain, Stephen Mead-

SD, Rodney A. Oar-JD, Jim Smith-

MofC, Kevin Schmidt-Marshal, Trent Duncan-SS, Tim Weaver-JS and Kirt Armitage-Tyler

Trent Duncan-SS, Tim Weaver-JS and Kirt Armitage-Tyler St. JAMES #47 F. & A.M. At a dinner
Trent Duncan-SS, Tim Weaver-JS and Kirt Armitage-Tyler St. JAMES #47 F. & A.M. At a dinner

St. JAMES #47 F. & A.M.

At a dinner meeting Officers of

St. James Masonic Lodge #47 for the

year 2008 were installed. Entertain- ment was provided by The Broadmoor Belles Handbell Duo from Broadmoor Baptist Church with accompaniment by flute and keyboard. The delicious din- ner that served 60 members and guests was cooked by Shanna Little, wife of Mac Little, the incoming Master of the Lodge.

L to R Front row - W: Bro. William D.Zollinger, Treasurer, P.M.; Joseph G Richard, S.W., W:M:

William E. “Mac” Little, Master; Timothy H. Atkins, J.W.; M:W: William H. Brown, P.G.M., Installing Officer; 2nd Row - Joe A. Bardwell, J.D.; Dr. James W. Robinson, Jr., S.D.; W: Bro. Ben F. Melanson, Chaplain, P.M.; 3rd Row - W:

Bro.Frank E. Dedman, Secretary, P.M.; Christo- pher G. Dalton, S.S.; and Turhan Ak, M.C.

P.M.; Christo- pher G. Dalton, S.S.; and Turhan Ak, M.C. L:R William Zollinger, P.M., Treasurer; Joe

L:R William Zollinger, P.M., Treasurer; Joe Richard, Senior Warden; William “Mac” Little, Worshipful Master; Timothy Atkins, Junior War- den; and Frank Dedman, P.M., Secretary.

Atkins, Junior War- den; and Frank Dedman, P.M., Secretary. FELICIANA #31 F. & A.M. Feliciana Lodge
Atkins, Junior War- den; and Frank Dedman, P.M., Secretary. FELICIANA #31 F. & A.M. Feliciana Lodge

FELICIANA #31 F. & A.M.

Frank Dedman, P.M., Secretary. FELICIANA #31 F. & A.M. Feliciana Lodge #31 2008 Officers F e

Feliciana Lodge #31 2008 Officers

F e l i c i a n a L o d g e N o . 3 1 , St,Francisville, La. installed its Officers for the year 2008 as shown: ( Front Row) L:R Bro. Mel Percy, J.S., W: Bart Gra- ham, P.M. ,Chaplin, Bro. Will Meredith, J.D., Bro. Dane Taylor, S.D., Bro. Richie Trisler, M.O.C., Bro. Rich Schega, Ty- ler, (Back Row) L:R Bro. Rob Leake, Sec, Bro. Robert Honeycutt, J.W., W:

Jamie Mcgee, W.M., Bro. Shane Crump, S.W., Bro. Allen Hester, S.S.

F A I R P A R K # 4 3 6 F . &

FAIR PARK #436 F. & A.M.

R P A R K # 4 3 6 F . & A . M .
R P A R K # 4 3 6 F . & A . M .

Installation of officers for the year of 2008 with Installing Officers W: Bro Roy E. May-Installing Master, W: Bro Harold Goff-Installing Marshall and W: Bro Robert E. Bazzell-Installing Chaplain. Those installed are pictured L:R Larry Rester, P/M, Master of Ceremony; Mike Smith, P/M, Sr. Deacon; Richard N. McElhatten, Jr. Jr. Deacon; William Bacle, P/M, Chaplain; Roy E. May, P/M, Robert E. Bazzell, P/M, DDGL. James Smith, P/M, Tyler; Norman K. McClung, P/M, Sr. Warden; John T. Ad- ams, P/M, W/M; Mike Cox Jr. Warden; Harold Goff, P/M.

T. Ad- ams, P/M, W/M; Mike Cox Jr. Warden; Harold Goff, P/M. HAP ARNOLD #457 F.

HAP ARNOLD #457 F. & A. M.

The installation of officers was con- ducted by M: W: Bro Roy B. Delaney- PGM Installing Master, W: Bro H. Edward Durham-Grand Marshal/Install- ing Marshal and W: Bro Billy J. George- Installing Chaplain. 2008 Officers are W: Lawrence B. Renfro-WM, Samuel S. Cannon-SW, Dewain Spillman-JW, W: Bro Frederick G. Arthur-Treasurer, W: Bro George N. Gray-Secretary, Terry J. Harris-SD, Cary Riggan-JD, W: Bro Joyce A. Berry-SS, W: Bro Charles E. Shearer-JS, W: Bro Hoyt S. Hooper- Marshal and W: James P. Allen-Tyler

W: Bro Hoyt S. Hooper- Marshal and W: James P. Allen-Tyler H D A N D
W: Bro Hoyt S. Hooper- Marshal and W: James P. Allen-Tyler H D A N D
W: Bro Hoyt S. Hooper- Marshal and W: James P. Allen-Tyler H D A N D

H D ANDERSON #320 F. & AM

N D E R S O N # 3 2 0 F . & A M

L:R - W: John W. Walker-PM WM, M: W: Bro Roy B. Tuck-PGM Installing Master and Bro Daniel Manuel-Installing Chaplain.

2008 Officers are John Wayne Walk- er-WM, John Burns-SW, Felix Robert Jackson-JW, Troy Parker-Treasurer, William A. Preston, Jr.-PM Secretary, Danny Manuel-Chaplain, Brandon Shoalmire-SD, Terry Pilkington-JD, Philip E. Chaney-PM MofC, Leonard Dunn-Marshall, Don Ray English-SS, Scott Atkins-JS, Thomas Ray Parker-Ty- ler and George M. Glover-PM Orator. H D Anderson is located in Noble and meets on the second Thursday of every month.

PEACE & HARMONY #478 F. & A.M. SULPHUR #424 F. & A.M. Peace & Harmony

PEACE & HARMONY #478 F. & A.M. SULPHUR #424 F. & A.M.

Peace & Harmony Lodge 478 and Sulphur Lodge 424 held a joint instal- lation at the Sulphur Lodge. Installation was performed by R.W. Bro. Jules F. “Jeff” Webb-GSW Installing Master, W: Bro Harrcy C. Northrop, III-Grand Pursuivant Installing Marshal and R: W:

Jimmy H. Leger-DDGM 10th Masonic District Installing Chaplain.

H. Leger-DDGM 10th Masonic District Installing Chaplain. Pictured L:R Front Row Frederick “Rick” Anderson,Sec.

Pictured L:R Front Row Frederick “Rick” Anderson,Sec. 478; J.W. Lee, SD 424; Danny Miller,JD 424; Stephen Craig Lopez,JS 478; Larry Tomasick,Marshall 424;Clint Brown,JW 424;Charles Kershaw,MOC 424;Greg Bruce,Sec. 424;JeanDuroux,SW424;Jim Golding,Tyler 424 Back Row:Kerry Martin,Treasurer 424; Robert Jean Faulk,SD 478;Wallace Roy Labove,SW 478;Michael J. Oxley,Champlin 478; Michael Frederick Webb,WM 478;R.W. Jeff Webb Installing Officer,Mike Toerner,WM 424;Jimmy Leger Installing Chaplain, Harry Northrup Install- ing Marshal.

Installing Chaplain, Harry Northrup Install- ing Marshal. Dad R: W: Jeff Webb-DGM places hat on son

Dad R: W: Jeff Webb-DGM places hat on son W: Michael F. Webb-WM

R: W: Jeff Webb-DGM places hat on son W: Michael F. Webb-WM CEDAR GROVE #403 F.

CEDAR GROVE #403 F. & AM

The Installation of officers was

performed by W. Bro. Albert D. Riser- Installing Master, W: Bro Thomas P. Brown-Grand Chaplain and W: Bro Andrew H. Stevenson, Jr.-Installing

Marshal.

Officers for 2008 are W: J. William Pierce-WM, Andrew H. Stevenson,

Jr.-SW, Mark A. Rodrigues-JW, James

T. Rigdon-Treasurer, Andrew H. Ste-

venson, Sr.-PM Secretary, Thomas

P. Brown-PM Chaplain, Donald R.

English-Marshal, Charles T. Dolph-PM MofC, Alvin C. Turner-SD, James B. Goldsby-PM JD, J. Lee Fatheree, Jr.- SS, Ronnie H. Hinson-JS and W. Bruce Tedder, Sr.-Tyler

Jr.- SS, Ronnie H. Hinson-JS and W. Bruce Tedder, Sr.-Tyler Pictured L:R - James Goldsby, Alvin

Pictured L:R - James Goldsby, Alvin Turner, James Rigdon, AJ Stevenson, W: Bill Pierce- WM, Andrew Stevenson, Mark Rodrigues, Tom Brown, Bruce Tedder, Charlie Dolph, Lee Fa- theree, Ronnie Hinson and Don Ray English

Stevenson, Mark Rodrigues, Tom Brown, Bruce Tedder, Charlie Dolph, Lee Fa- theree, Ronnie Hinson and Don
R F McGUIRE #209 F. & AM WM Adren L. Alderman Jr.- SW Art C.

R F McGUIRE #209 F. & AM

WM Adren L. Alderman Jr.-SW Art C. Alderman-JW Todd W. Dixon-Treas Fred Moore Sr., PM-Secretary Wilson O. Cook, PM-Marshall Roland Ben- nett, PM-Chaplain Jim Adams III, PM- SD Jay Brakefield-JD Bendal Clack, PM-MC Joe Comeaux, PM-SS Gordon Sorey, PM-JS, Mike Moore-Tyler Sam Sharbono

The 2008 Officers are listed to the right and are in the photograph below.

are listed to the right and are in the photograph below. JOPPA #362 F. & AM
are listed to the right and are in the photograph below. JOPPA #362 F. & AM

JOPPA #362 F. & AM

and are in the photograph below. JOPPA #362 F. & AM M: W: S. Bruce Easterly-GM

M: W: S. Bruce Easterly-GM was the Installing Master for the installation of officers for 2008. M: W: Easterly was assisted by W: Bro Rufus E. Wilson- Installing Marshal and W: Bro Earl R. Hancock-Installing Chaplain. M: W: Easterly-GM congratulated the newly installed members and spoke of Joppa’s statewide recognition of being progressive, charitable and a premier lodge.

L. to R- Front Row: W: Bro Earl R. Hancock-

PM Chaplain, M: W: S. Bruce Easterly-GM In- stalling Master, Chad C. Driskell-SW, W: Joel T. Haston-WM, W: Bro E. Allen Kelly-PM JW, M: W: Bro Ballard L. Smith-PGM Treasurer. Back Row: Kenneth R. Fuller-JD, D. Clifton Brown-SD, W: Bro Rufus E. Wilson-PM Tyler, James B. Smith-JS, W: Bro Steven A. Pence-PM Secretary and J. Michael Talley-SS

W: Bro Steven A. Pence-PM Secretary and J. Michael Talley-SS L. to R W: Joel T.

L. to R W: Joel T. Haston-WM, assisted by

M: W: S. Bruce Easterly-GM, presents W:

Bro Earl R. Hancock-Junior PM with his Past Master’s Apron

Bro Earl R. Hancock-Junior PM with his Past Master’s Apron CYPRESS #89 F. & AM After

CYPRESS #89 F. & AM

After a potluck supper was served and a dinner hour of fellowship conclud- ed, W: Bro James M. Tigert-Installing Master installed the officers for 2008.

L:R- Bottom Row Sammie L. Craft-PM Treasurer, James M. Tigert-PM SD, Stacey Holland-JW, W: Jeremy T. Haas-WM, Wayne

L. Seals-PM SW, George K. Winham-PM Sec-

retary. Top Row: A. Fred Langley-PM Tyler,

C. Jack Leachman-PM Chaplain and Adrian

Winham-JD

George K. Winham-PM Sec- retary. Top Row: A. Fred Langley-PM Tyler, C. Jack Leachman-PM Chaplain and
ETOILE POLAIRE #1 F. & AM The Brothers of Etoile Polaire Lodge met, as they

ETOILE POLAIRE #1 F. & AM

The Brothers of Etoile Polaire Lodge met, as they have done for the last 214 years, for a black tie formal Scottish Rite Symbolic Masonic Installation at their historic lodge hall at Rampart & Esplanade in Faurbourg Treme in the City of New Orleans. Following the in- stallation, the lodge retired to the social hall for toasting by the principle officers and others, followed by a grand feast concluding with a magnificent firing of Cafe` Brule’ which has been the custom of the Lodge for hundreds of years. The installing officer was W: Bro Warren Hintz-Grand Inner Guard, who installed M: W: Bro Clayton J. Borne III, PGM as the Worshipful Master of the Lodge. Other elected officers were Lawrence J. Reed-SW, Robert Quave- JW, W: Bro Henry F. Thibodaux-PM Secretary and W: Bro Marc H. Conrad- PM Treasurer

Secretary and W: Bro Marc H. Conrad- PM Treasurer Miss Violet Claire Hill, accompanied by “Nana”

Miss Violet Claire Hill, accompanied by “Nana” Nancy Borne, places the Master’s Jewel on her grandfather Worshipful Master Chip Borne.

Jewel on her grandfather Worshipful Master Chip Borne. L:R-Front Row Henry Thiboxaux, Lawrence Reed, M: W:

L:R-Front Row Henry Thiboxaux, Lawrence Reed, M: W: Bro Chip Borne-PGM WM, Robert Quave and Marc Conrad 2nd Row: Warren Hintz, M: W: Bro James Walley-PGM, Dan Alexan- der, Tony Radosti, Cleveland Bruce, Clayton J. Borne Jr., Joe Burras 3rd Row: Tony Polhman, Fred Navailhon, Dave McCannl Junior LeBoef, David McCann, Sr., Arthur Bollinger and Pete Bruce

EAST GATE #452 F. & AM The Installation of Officers was performed by W. Bro.

EAST GATE #452 F. & AM

The Installation of Officers was performed by W. Bro. Ronald A. Seale- Installing Master, W: Bro Carle L. Jackson-Installing Marshal and W: Bro William J. Mollere-Installing Chap- lain. 2008 Officers are W: Steven A. Kemp-WM, Kristoffer S. Easterly- SW, Terry W. Wilson-JW, Charles R. Peabody-PM Treasurer, James E. Wingate-PM Secty, Larry H. Moore-PM Chaplain, Ronnie L. Walker-SD, Robert Gann-JD, Scott A. Dickess-MofC, Ken- neth R. Leggett-SS, Lee Harris-JS and Mabry Caddie-Tyler

- neth R. Leggett-SS, Lee Harris-JS and Mabry Caddie-Tyler L:R - Front Row Mabry P. Caddis-Tyler,

L:R - Front Row Mabry P. Caddis-Tyler, W:

Steven A. Kemp-WM, Terry W. Wilson-JW 2nd Row: Lee Harris-JS, Charles R. Peabody- PM Treasurer, James E. Wingate-PM Secre- tary, Scott A. Dickess-MofC. 3rd Row: Larry H. Moore-PM Chaplain, William J. Mollere SGIG La Installing Chaplain, Ronald A. Seale-SGC AASR-SJ Installing Master.

Chaplain, Ronald A. Seale-SGC AASR-SJ Installing Master. CENTER #244 F. & AM 2008 Officers L:R Front

CENTER #244 F. & AM

Seale-SGC AASR-SJ Installing Master. CENTER #244 F. & AM 2008 Officers L:R Front Row Billy J.

2008 Officers L:R Front Row Billy J. Hughes-PM Treas, Terry W. Stewart-SW, W: John W. Sum- rall, Jr.-PM WM, Jim Morris-JW and Henry E. Vernon-PM Secty. Back Row: Jacob Tagert-SD, Earl Reese-Tyler, James E. Mohon-MofC, Kenneth C. Warner-JS, Carl W. Jarrell-PM Chaplain and Patrick B. Page, Jr.-SS

Carl W. Jarrell-PM Chaplain and Patrick B. Page, Jr.-SS OCEAN ORLEANS #144 F & AM W:

OCEAN ORLEANS #144 F & AM

W: Bro Robert Borgstede of Mt. Moriah-Quitman #59 installed 2008 Officers. W: Roy Hardin, shown at right, is the Worshipful Master. Shawn Jones, SW, Rob Keller, JW, Vaughan Gay, Secty, Joseph Spalding, Chaplain and Dave Way, Treasurer were also installed.

W: Roy O. Hardin, III-WM

Vaughan Gay, Secty, Joseph Spalding, Chaplain and Dave Way, Treasurer were also installed. W: Roy O.
Vaughan Gay, Secty, Joseph Spalding, Chaplain and Dave Way, Treasurer were also installed. W: Roy O.
HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. Certificate Night W: Johnny C. Byrd-WM took ad - vantage
HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. Certificate Night W: Johnny C. Byrd-WM took ad - vantage
HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. Certificate Night W: Johnny C. Byrd-WM took ad - vantage
HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. Certificate Night W: Johnny C. Byrd-WM took ad - vantage
HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. Certificate Night W: Johnny C. Byrd-WM took ad - vantage

HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M.

Certificate Night

W: Johnny C. Byrd-WM took ad- vantage of having Bro Clarence Rob- bins and Bro Donald Sanford attending lodge during a Stated Communication by presenting these members with their 25-Year Membership Certificates. R:

W: Clyde Strout-DDGM 1st Masonic District assisted the Worshipful Master. Prior to the meeting, the members and guests dined on a great meal of fried fish, shrimp and crawfish. Meeting at Haughton #95.

fried fish, shrimp and crawfish. Meeting at Haughton #95. L:R- Bro Clarence Robbins and Bro Donald

L:R- Bro Clarence Robbins and Bro Donald Sanford

#95. L:R- Bro Clarence Robbins and Bro Donald Sanford LIVINGSTON #160 F. & A.M. Special Communication

LIVINGSTON #160 F. & A.M.

Special Communication

Sanford LIVINGSTON #160 F. & A.M. Special Communication A special dispensation was granted for Livingston Lodge

A special dispensation was granted for Livingston Lodge to confer the three degrees of Masonry, in one and the same Communication, on Master Sargent Shelby Joe Thomas, Jr. Brother Thomas has subsequently deployed to Iraq with the United States Army. Bro Fred Fred- erick, Thomas’ grandfather was present to assist with the degrees.

L:R- M/Sgt Shelby Joe Thomas Jr., W: Chuck Morse-WM and Fred Frederick, Bro Thomas’ Grandfather.

Morse-WM and Fred Frederick, Bro Thomas’ Grandfather. MITCHELL #252 F. & A.M. 50 Year Certificate During

MITCHELL #252 F. & A.M.

50 Year Certificate

During a Special Communication a 50 Year Membership Certificate was presented to W: Bro Johnnie M. Der- rick, Worshipful Master in 1960. The event also honored our Eastern Star members.

in 1960. The event also honored our Eastern Star members. L:R- W: Bro Edward S. Burnitt-PM
in 1960. The event also honored our Eastern Star members. L:R- W: Bro Edward S. Burnitt-PM

L:R- W: Bro Edward S. Burnitt-PM Secretary presenting certificate to W: Bro Johnnie M. Derrick-PM

AURORA #193 F. & A.M. Memorials Established The Lodge established two Perpetual Memorial memberships in
AURORA #193 F. & A.M. Memorials Established The Lodge established two Perpetual Memorial memberships in
AURORA #193 F. & A.M. Memorials Established The Lodge established two Perpetual Memorial memberships in
AURORA #193 F. & A.M. Memorials Established The Lodge established two Perpetual Memorial memberships in
AURORA #193 F. & A.M. Memorials Established The Lodge established two Perpetual Memorial memberships in

AURORA #193 F. & A.M.

Memorials Established

The Lodge established two Perpetual Memorial memberships in the names of W: Bros Clyde B. Brice and Wesley M. Stockstill. The Lodge presented their widows with the Memorial Cer- tificates.

presented their widows with the Memorial Cer- tificates. L:R-Dorsey P. Dutil-JW, Mrs. Wesley Stock- still, Mrs.

L:R-Dorsey P. Dutil-JW, Mrs. Wesley Stock- still, Mrs. C. B. Brice, Leland P. Richard-SW & W: Bro Richard Thibodeaux-PM Secretary

The evening events also included presentation of the C. B. Brice Master of The Year Award to Leland P. Richard, SW.

B. Brice Master of The Year Award to Leland P. Richard, SW. L:R- Leland P. Richard-SW

L:R- Leland P. Richard-SW and W: Ralph A. Broussard-WM

SW. L:R- Leland P. Richard-SW and W: Ralph A. Broussard-WM MIDDLE CREEK #321 F. & A.M.

MIDDLE CREEK #321 F. & A.M.

Honesty & Integrity Night

Middle Creek Lodge held the an- nual Honesty and Integrity Award night, beginning with a fried catfish dinner. W: Bro Randy L. Yopp-PM Secretary was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and welcomed the large gath- ering and thanked everyone for their attendance. The Awards were presented to Kasey Holman and Jeslyn Bennett.

n a n d J e s l y n B e n n e t

L:R- Kasey Holman, W: Bro Randy Yopp and Jeslyn Bennett

t . L:R- Kasey Holman, W: Bro Randy Yopp and Jeslyn Bennett FAIR PARK #436 F.

FAIR PARK #436 F. & A.M.

Honoring OES

W: James M. Lilly greeted each of the Eastern Star Ladies at the entrance of the lodge with a yellow rose. Sunset Star members assembled and were presented a framed certificate of appreciation by the Lodge.

a framed certificate of appreciation by the Lodge. L:R - Mert Mestler Grand Associate Patron, Dora

L:R - Mert Mestler Grand Associate Patron, Dora Mestler Associate Sunset Star Matron, James Smith Associate Sunset Star Patron , James M. Lilly W.M.

ATHENS #136 F. & A.M. Honesty & Integrity Athens Masonic Lodge No. 136 presented Honesty

ATHENS #136 F. & A.M.

Honesty & Integrity

Athens Masonic Lodge No. 136 presented Honesty and Integrity Awards to six high school juniors on Monday, March 10, 2008. The recipients were Patricia Howard, daughter of Nora How- ard; Laney Ellis, daughter of Tommy and Lori Ellis; Bonnie Slaton, daughter of Jim Slaton & Beverly Garcia; J.D. Roberts, son of David and Lisa Roberts; Cameron Hylan, son of Paul and Kay Hylan; and Jacob Banaka, son of Lee and Carla Banaka. The guest and breth- ren assembled in the Lodge Hall and were welcomed by W: Bro Perry An- derson, Secretary. After the welcome, Claiborne Parish School Superintendent Bro. Wayne King was introduced. Bro. King, a member of Springhill Masonic Lodge No. 348, presented a brief history and explanation of Freemasonry and the origin of the Honesty and Integrity Award program. He also spoke on the

meaning of Honesty and Integrity and the significance and importance it holds in our everyday lives. Each recipient was individually recognized as a rap of the gavel sounded in their honor, then were each were presented with a framed certificate by W: Bro Kenneth Volentine, Jr., P.M. The parents of the recipients were also recognized and congratulated on their respective children. Following the awards presentation, everyone retired to the fellowship room to enjoy a delicious meal of grilled ham- burgers and hotdogs with French fries and all the trimmings. A nice evening of good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance.

good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance. Front Row L:R- Patricia Howard, Bonnie
good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance. Front Row L:R- Patricia Howard, Bonnie

Front Row L:R- Patricia Howard, Bonnie Slaton, Laney Ellis and W: Bro Kenneth L. Volentine, Jr. Back Row L:R Wayne King, Jacob Banaka, J. D. Roberts and Cameron Hylan

W H BOOTH #380 F. & A.M. Bring a Friend Night The evening started with

W H BOOTH #380 F. & A.M.

Bring a Friend Night

The evening started with guests and members sharing an excellent meal prepared by our resident Greek chef, W:

Bro Nick Mandrapilias, PM. M: W: Bro Chuck Penn, PGM was the guest speak- er. He delivered an outstanding program as he explained our Fraternity and the benefits of Free Masonry to the guests. M: W: Bro Roy Delaney, PGM assisted in the program by giving a heartfelt de- scription of our Dyslexia Program. We were all honored by having M:W: Bruce Easterly, GM in attendance.

M: W: Charles H. Penn, III-PGM speaking during the Bring a Friend program

H. Penn, III-PGM speaking during the Bring a Friend program Always working behind the scenes, W:
H. Penn, III-PGM speaking during the Bring a Friend program Always working behind the scenes, W:

Always working behind the scenes, W: Bro Nick Mandrapilias in his kitchen.

behind the scenes, W: Bro Nick Mandrapilias in his kitchen. GORDY #133 F. & A.M. Double
behind the scenes, W: Bro Nick Mandrapilias in his kitchen. GORDY #133 F. & A.M. Double

GORDY #133 F. & A.M.

Double Award Night

Brother Clifford D. Neal was hon- ored twice. First Brother Neal was presented his 50 year certificate, by W:

Danny R. Roberts-WM. Bro Neal had been looking for this certificate for a long time. He provided some insight into the history of Gordy Lodge and provided a comical story about the corner stone. Bro Neal was also pleased to have with him his son, Bro Charles Clifford Neal. W: Bro William A. Price then sur- prised Bro Neal by presenting him with the Fidelity Medal.

- prised Bro Neal by presenting him with the Fidelity Medal. L-R: W: Bro William A.

L-R: W: Bro William A. Price, Bro Clifford D. Neal, and Bro Charles C. Neal

H D ANDERSON #320 F. & A.M. Three New Masons Front, L:R James Ezernack, Kevin

H D ANDERSON #320 F. & A.M.

Three New Masons

H D ANDERSON #320 F. & A.M. Three New Masons Front, L:R James Ezernack, Kevin Harris

Front, L:R James Ezernack, Kevin Harris & Paul Simpson; Middle row L:R Donald Bush, DGL 8th District, Reid Medkiff, R: W: Lorin R.Mullins, DDGM 8th District, James Brooks, Peyton Youngblood, Justin Leone, Thomas Ray Parker; Back row, L:R Wayne Campbell, Troy Parker, Treas., Bobby Jackson, Jr., Eddie Teal, W: John Walker, WM, John Burns, Sr. W., Alan Wayne Palmer, Bill Preston, Sec., George Glover

Sr. W., Alan Wayne Palmer, Bill Preston, Sec., George Glover FELICIANA #31 F. & A.M. Bring

FELICIANA #31 F. & A.M.

Bring A Friend

Feliciana Lodge #31, in Saint Fran- cisville recently held its Bring-A-Friend meeting where 36 members and 16 guests attended. A great meal was pre- pared and shared where old and newly acquainted friends conversed. W: Bro Joe Daniel was presented with a Lifetime Attendance Award, by his son, W: Bro J. Austin Daniel and grandson, David Daniel. Austin, speaking for both when he added, “It is an honor for me and my son to present this award and that we are all three, grandfather, father, and son, in this great Fraternity together.” M.W.Bro. Harold Ballard, PGM and Bro Shane Crump, SW gave eloquent speeches on the harmony and moral structure of Freemasonry. The lodge would like to thank both for their contri- butions. The evening ended with many

of the guests voicing their interests in this great fraternity.

The evening ended with many of the guests voicing their interests in this great fraternity. W:

W: Bro Joseph J. Daniel

The evening ended with many of the guests voicing their interests in this great fraternity. W:
H D ANDERSON #320 F. & A.M. Three Generations The Lodge was honored recently by

H D ANDERSON #320 F. & A.M.

Three Generations

The Lodge was honored recently by being able to confer all three Degrees in one and the same Communication on Bro. Robert “Bob” Shelton, Sr. Bob was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and desired to join his son and grandson in the fraternity. A proper dispensation was granted by the Grand Lodge. Sadly, Brother Bob Shelton, Sr. passed away six weeks after being raised.

Bob Shelton, Sr. passed away six weeks after being raised. L:R Robert “Trey” Shelton, III, Robert

L:R Robert “Trey” Shelton, III, Robert “Bob” Shelton, Sr., Robert “Bobby” Shelton, Jr. with family friend Ted Tuma.

Robert “Bobby” Shelton, Jr. with family friend Ted Tuma. W H BOOTH #380 F. & A.M.

W H BOOTH #380 F. & A.M.

Honesty & Integrity

John Paul Scotch has always had a love for sports. At the age of eleven, he suffered an eye injury that caused him to go blind in his left eye. Not letting this barrier keep him away from his passion, John Paul began volunteering in vari- ous sports. It’s said that if one were to ask any player, parent, or coach about the honesty and integrity of John Paul,

you wouldn’t have enough time to hear about this outstanding young man. Additionally, John Paul is very ac- tive in his youth group at First Baptist Blanchard. He has served as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School for the past several years, and also went on a mis- sion trip to the border of Mexico with the youth group, where they provided Vacation Bible School for underprivi- leged children in the area and witnessed to others in the community. For these reasons, John Paul Scotch was selected as W H Booth’s Honesty and Integrity Award recipient.

as W H Booth’s Honesty and Integrity Award recipient. W: Keith Tindell-WM, John Scotch and M:

W: Keith Tindell-WM, John Scotch and M: W:

Lloyd E. Hennigan-GM

Keith Tindell-WM, John Scotch and M: W: Lloyd E. Hennigan-GM W: B. Nicholas L. Mandripilias plates
Keith Tindell-WM, John Scotch and M: W: Lloyd E. Hennigan-GM W: B. Nicholas L. Mandripilias plates

W: B. Nicholas L. Mandripilias plates salads to accompany his epicurean delights.

OCEAN ORLEANS #144 F. & A.M. 150th Anniversary Gathering of Past Masters attending the birthday

OCEAN ORLEANS #144 F. & A.M.

150th Anniversary

OCEAN ORLEANS #144 F. & A.M. 150th Anniversary Gathering of Past Masters attending the birthday celebration.

Gathering of Past Masters attending the birthday celebration.

In 2007 Ocean Orleans celebrated its 150th Year. The Lodge was organized in 1856 and received its Charter on February 10, 1857. After a few domi- cile changes, the Lodge meets at 64468 Highway 41 in Pearl River, La. W: Roy Hardin-WM had fallen ill and was not able to attend the elaborate event that he and his wife had organized. W: Bro Shawn M. Jones stepped in and welcomed everyone to the special evening.

stepped in and welcomed everyone to the special evening. W: Bro David B. Way-PM Secretarty provided

W: Bro David B. Way-PM Secretarty provided a detailed history of the Lodge. W: Bro Robert W. Borgstede, Jr.-PM of Mt. Moriah -Quitman Lodge #59 presented the Worshipful Master a hand crafted ceremonial gavel . W: Bro Borg- stede adorned the Hiram with several bands of various colors and provided an explanation of their significance. The Lodge was honored to have over 25 Past Masters in attendance to help celebrate this special evening. W: M:

Hardin provided gifts for all of the Past Masters as well as the beautiful 150th Anniversary cake.

L:R- W: Bro Robert Borgstede presents cer- emonial gavel to W: Bro Shawn Jones.

the beautiful 150th Anniversary cake. L:R- W: Bro Robert Borgstede presents cer- emonial gavel to W:

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H D ANDERSON #320 F. & A.M. Growing the Fraternity The Lodge continues to grow

H D ANDERSON #320 F. & A.M.

Growing the Fraternity

The Lodge continues to grow and had the opportunity to raise three more members recently. In addition, W: John W. Walker-PM WM recited the Master Mason esoteric work for the first time since being raised over 35 years ago.

for the first time since being raised over 35 years ago. L:R - W: Bro George
for the first time since being raised over 35 years ago. L:R - W: Bro George

L:R - W: Bro George M. Glover and W: John W. Walker-PM WM

L:R W: Bro Wil li am A. P rest o n, Jr., PM-Secretary presenting aprons to

newly raised Master Masons Justin Le- one, James Brooks and Craig Brundigeli am A. P rest o n, Jr., PM-Secretary presenting aprons to ALBERTA RETIF CHAPTER #252

Masons Justin Le- one, James Brooks and Craig Brundige ALBERTA RETIF CHAPTER #252 OES Knife &

ALBERTA RETIF CHAPTER #252 OES

Knife & Fork Brigade

ALBERTA RETIF CHAPTER #252 OES Knife & Fork Brigade L:R - Front Row Joy Hueschen, Joan

L:R - Front Row Joy Hueschen, Joan Dumser, Alberta Retif, Mike Dupree Sr., Dyton Ruiz, Gail Dupree Hugh Pentney and Pat Perrett Middle Row: Sharon Moretti, Bonnie Johnson, Terrie Castay, Kay Dozier, Leon Perret, Julie Diaz Back Row: Gilbert Morrison

The Chapter bestowed Da-Cook of the Knife & Fork Brigade, a play written by W: Bro Michael M. Dupree Sr., upon Bros Hugh Pentney and Dyton Ruiz. OES members acted as popular televi- sion chefs and proceeded to instruct the Brothers on proper use of utensils. Of course everything said was in error as there is nothing to be taught to these two about cooking or the kitchen. Aprons and certificates were presented and the evening honored these two Masons for the meals they have prepared for several Masonic orgranizations.

meals they have prepared for several Masonic orgranizations. EAST GATE #452 F. & A.M. Past Master

EAST GATE #452 F. & A.M.

Past Master Night

W: Bro William J Mollere provided an exceptional presentation on the his- tory of Masonry in the Baton Rouge Area. He then presented his person painted copy of the Building of Kings Solomon’s Temple to W: Steven A. Kemp-WM.

L:R - W: Bros Douglas N. Stracener, Charles R. Peabody, Ernest S. Easterly, III, W: Steve

Kemp-WM, Larry H. Moore. Back: James E. Wingate and Bill Mollereto W: Steven A. Kemp-WM. L:R - W: Bros Douglas N. Stracener, Charles R. Peabody, Ernest

Charles R. Peabody, Ernest S. Easterly, III, W: Steve Kemp-WM, Larry H. Moore. Back: James E.
COOKIE’S CORNER EAST GATE #452 F. & A . M . L:R - Bruce Weaver,

COOKIE’S CORNER

EAST GATE #452 F. &

A.M.

COOKIE’S CORNER EAST GATE #452 F. & A . M . L:R - Bruce Weaver, Jennifer

L:R - Bruce Weaver, Jennifer Wingate, Chris Tarver, Bill Mote, W: Steven Kemp-WM, George Jones, Frida Guy & Michelle Mc- Milland

Bring A Friend Night

After an excellent meal prepared by East Gate Masons and their fami- lies, Cookie Billingsley displayed the Lodge’s 2007 photo album showing the many projects and charity programs ac- complished by W: Bro Errol Villneurve during his year. W: Bros George Jones and Bill Mote provided a history of Masonry and what the Fraternity has meant in their respec- tive lives.

what the Fraternity has meant in their respec- tive lives. Widows Night During a Special Communication

Widows Night

During a Special Communication the Lodge honored the wives and widows of our members. Pastor Michael Hammett, of Hope Lodge, was the guest speaker. Bro Hammett gave an excellant presentation on the story of Boaz and Ruth relating to staying upright in and upside down world. W: Steven Kemp presented the ladies with red and white roses and thanked them for the continued support of the many charity projects.

them for the continued support of the many charity projects. L:R - Miss Pat, Bro Michael

L:R - Miss Pat, Bro Michael Hammett, Alice Simms, W: Steven Kemp-WM, Marci Walker, Betty Pritchard, Minta Canelas & Roxie Posey

Walker, Betty Pritchard, Minta Canelas & Roxie Posey L:R Errol Villneurve, Mrs. Joyce Wilson, Mrs. Mildred
Walker, Betty Pritchard, Minta Canelas & Roxie Posey L:R Errol Villneurve, Mrs. Joyce Wilson, Mrs. Mildred

L:R Errol Villneurve, Mrs. Joyce Wilson, Mrs. Mildred Alexander, Vernon Atkinson and Steve Kemp

Mrs. Mildred Alexander, Vernon Atkinson and Steve Kemp Fourth Learning Center Class The Lodge hosted the

Fourth Learning Center Class

The Lodge hosted the opening of the fourth dyslexia class at Commu- nity Christian Academy in Denham Springs. The clas consist of 4 students from Livingston Parish and 1 from Ascen- sion. Mrs. Mildred Alexander is the class instructor. Special guests included the parents, Mrs. Joyce Wilson-Principal of CCA, Bro Vernon Atkinson-Director Masonic Learning Centers, Errol Villneurve and Steve Kemp. Light refreshments were provided to those in attendance. East Gate Lodge provides funding for the instruction and materials for these classes.

COOKIE’S CORNER EAST GATE #452 F. & A.M. The annual Christmas Party for the pediatric

COOKIE’S CORNER

EAST GATE #452 F. & A.M.

The annual Christmas Party for the pediatric ward OLOL Hospital was another successful public relation event. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Brushes the Klown visited about sixty children and their families with presents and refreshments. Special guests included George Morris of The Advocate People Section, WAFB video photographer and Debbie Prudhome with the Central Oaks Dental Care. East Gate sincerely appreciates Wal Mart Central & Old Hammond Stores, The Advocate, WAF B Channel 9 and everyone associcated with this event. A special thank you to the Acacia Shriners.

Christmas Party

A special thank you to the Acacia Shriners. Christmas Party L:R- Front Row Dan Johnson, Ronnie

L:R- Front Row Dan Johnson, Ronnie Walker. 2nd Row: Sheila Billingsley, Dorian “Brushes” Hermona, Bud “Santa” King, mary “Mrs. Claus” King, Sharon Wesberry, Randy Gohn. 3rd Row: W:

Steve Kemp-WM, Scott Dickess, Debbie Prudhome, Tom Perry & Linda Perry.

Scott Dickess, Debbie Prudhome, Tom Perry & Linda Perry. E a s t e r E

Easter Egg Hunt The Lodge and Wal Mart -Cortana hosted an Easter party for the OLOL Children’s Hospital. The Pelican Chap- ter of DeMolay prepared 80 easter baskets for the kids. Ms. Keelee Hennessey and Scott Os- wald of WAFB-Morning show helped to promote this charity project. Mrs. Betty Pritchard and her daughters Minta and Karen donated stuffed rabbits for the

daughters Minta and Karen donated stuffed rabbits for the L:R- Front row: Scott Dickess, Terry “Mr.

L:R- Front row: Scott Dickess, Terry “Mr. Rabbit” Wilson, Pastor & Bro Mike Hammett. Back Row: Steve Kemp, Sheila Wilson, Barbara Pearson, Lauren Blair, Charles Peabody, Lauren Richardson.

baskets.

Lauren Blair, Charles Peabody, Lauren Richardson. baskets. Critical Blood Drive The Lodge and Central Wal Mart

Critical Blood Drive

The Lodge and Central Wal Mart hosted a Metro Area blood drive to assist during a critically low supply. Forty- seven possible donors were screened and thirty-six pints were provided. W: Steve Kemp-WM purchased a Wal Mart gift certificate that was won by Mrs. Jeanne Smith. All donors were registered to be eligible to win a 42” LCD HDTV.

were registered to be eligible to win a 42” LCD HDTV. L:R- Vickie Fredrick-OLOL Recruiter, Rhonda

L:R- Vickie Fredrick-OLOL Recruiter, Rhonda Richard-Blood Recruiter, Lee Harris, Lauryn Allgood-Blood Tech, Justin Hartung-Blood Tech, W: Steve

NORTHSHORE MC On March 15th in Slidell, the Loui- siana Masons Motorcycle Chapter presented Ms.
NORTHSHORE MC On March 15th in Slidell, the Loui- siana Masons Motorcycle Chapter presented Ms.
NORTHSHORE MC On March 15th in Slidell, the Loui- siana Masons Motorcycle Chapter presented Ms.

NORTHSHORE MC

NORTHSHORE MC On March 15th in Slidell, the Loui- siana Masons Motorcycle Chapter presented Ms. Jean

On March 15th in Slidell, the Loui- siana Masons Motorcycle Chapter presented Ms. Jean Davidson, grand- daughter of the founder of Harley David- son Motorcycles, a Chapter Patch Also the Louisiana Masons Motor- cycle Chapter has been contacted by the Sturgis Museum and have asked us to donate one of our patches to be put into the Museum for display for 2 years. If you are interested in becoming a member of Louisiana Mason Motorcycle Chapter or start one in your area, contact Tony Pohlmann:

tonypohlmann@bellsouth.net

or

Dale Quigley:

dalequigley@charter.net

or Dale Quigley: dalequigley@charter.net L:R- Auther L. Middaugh, Sergent of Arms, Jim Vann,

L:R- Auther L. Middaugh, Sergent of Arms, Jim Vann, Secretary, Jean Davidson The Davidson Yell and Tell foundation, Inc. for Children and Tony Pohlmann, President.

W H Booth #380 F. & AM Local Charity Project W: John Ayer-WM Broadmoor Lodge
W H Booth #380 F. & AM Local Charity Project W: John Ayer-WM Broadmoor Lodge
W H Booth #380 F. & AM Local Charity Project W: John Ayer-WM Broadmoor Lodge

W H Booth #380 F. & AM Local Charity Project

W: John Ayer-WM Broadmoor Lodge No. 432 was the invited guest speaker as Bro Ayer works in manage- ment with Goodwill Industries. He gave an excellent presentation on how a Ma- sonic Lodge can partner with Goodwill Industries by providing charitable items to needy members of our local com- munity. He further explained the added benefit of how such donations provide jobs here at home to people who might otherwise may have difficulty in finding

meaningful employment. The Brethren of the Lodge agreed that through our donations, we can and will support the Grand Lodge’s request that Blue Lodges across the state seek ways to increase our level of community involvement and the public awareness of Freemasonry.

involvement and the public awareness of Freemasonry. W: John Ayer and W: Keith Tindell Benton #89

W: John Ayer and W: Keith Tindell

awareness of Freemasonry. W: John Ayer and W: Keith Tindell Benton #89 F. & AM In

Benton #89 F. & AM In the Community

The members of Cypress Lodge filled a booth to answer questions about Ma- sonry and their lodge during the annual Benton Christmas festival. The lodge also entered a float in the Christmas Parade.

L:R - Adrian K. Winham, James M. Tigert, Jer- emy T. Haas, Stacey Holland, Wayne L. Seals, George K. Winham and Sammie L. Craft

The event was successful in that many town residents accepted an invita- tion to visit the Lodge hall’s open house and catfish dinner fund raiser.

Lodge hall’s open house and catfish dinner fund raiser. W H Booth #380 F. & AM
Lodge hall’s open house and catfish dinner fund raiser. W H Booth #380 F. & AM

W H Booth #380 F. & AM Valentine Special

fund raiser. W H Booth #380 F. & AM Valentine Special The members of W.H. Booth

The members of W.H. Booth Lodge No. 380 in Shreveport gathered for a special evening with their Ladies on Valentines Day. W: Bro Buddy Blair and his wife Cindy treated the crowd to a surprise performance by an outstand- ing barber shop quartet. Afterwards we all enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Brother Nick Mandrapilias. Our evening concluded with an inspiring message from W: Bro Tom Brown, Grand Chap- lain, on the power of love.

BAYOU FELLOWSHIP #484 Fishing Rodeo For the second year, members of Bayou Fellowship Lodge #484

BAYOU FELLOWSHIP #484

Fishing Rodeo

For the second year, members of Bayou Fellowship Lodge #484 and the brethren of south Lafourche Parish held a fishing rodeo to benefit the Masonic Learning Center of Louisiana Dyslexia Training Program. The weekend event features silent auctions, prizes for weight and class of catch and the best food found any- where in the state. The fellowship and friendship that are apparent and readily extended are unique to this area. $20,000 was raised in 2007, the first year, and the Grand Master was pre- sented a check in the amount of $30,000 during the 2008 Grand Lodge Session.

the amount of $30,000 during the 2008 Grand Lodge Session. M: W: S. Bruce Easterly and

M: W: S. Bruce Easterly and R: W: Elmo J. Pitre, Jr. DDGM 12th Masonic District

and R: W: Elmo J. Pitre, Jr. DDGM 12th Masonic District Richland Shrine Club 1st Meeting

Richland Shrine Club 1st Meeting

DDGM 12th Masonic District Richland Shrine Club 1st Meeting On January 18, 2008, Richland Shrine Club

On January 18, 2008, Richland Shrine Club (Rayville, LA) held its first regu- lar meeting. Richland Shrine Club received its dispensation, charter and strong encouragement from Barak Shrine Temple and Ill. Potentate Cliff Hall. Pictured above, Front Row L:R Nobles Joe Platt (Asst. Raban, Barak), Todd Dixon (Pres. RSC), Sammy Sharbono, William Waller, Roland Bennett (Vice Pres. RSC), Karl Fulton (Recorder Barak). Back Row L:R Ill. Potentate Cliff Hall, Adren Alder- man, Jr., Randy Cox, Will Gray (Oriental Guide Barak), Felton Vickers (High Priest and Profit Barak), Wilson Cook (secretary/treasurer RSC), L. Jack Parks, Luther B. Newton.

NEW ORLEANS CRAFT TEMPLE FOUNDATION Directors of New Orleans Craft Temple Foundation, Inc. a non-profit

NEW ORLEANS CRAFT TEMPLE FOUNDATION

NEW ORLEANS CRAFT TEMPLE FOUNDATION Directors of New Orleans Craft Temple Foundation, Inc. a non-profit charitable

Directors of New Orleans Craft Temple Foundation, Inc. a non-profit charitable foundation formed by Masons and affiliated members in greater New Orleans, assisted St. Catherine of Siena School Pack 230 Tiger Cubs of the Boy Scouts of America in their efforts to attain Merit Badges by arranging for a tour of the New Orleans NBC-affiliate television station WDSU.

Zachary Charneco with mother Rebecca (wife of Brother Frank Charneco, Jr.) Mr. Frank Rater- mann, General Sales Manager of WDSU Television station, Jacob Reeder with father David, Jason Dominique with mother and Den leader Kerry.

David, Jason Dominique with mother and Den leader Kerry. CEDAR GROVE #403 Toys for Tots Cedar

CEDAR GROVE #403

Toys for Tots

Cedar Grove annually supports a program of dontating toys to children who otherwise would not receive a gift on Christmas. Bro Don English, Chief of Police-Mansfield and member of Cedear Grove Lodge has chaired this program on behalf of the Lodge for 15 years. Each member brings unwrapped gifts to the Lodge’s annual Christmas party and Bro English hauls them to his station where his officers distribute them. Ac- cording to the Chief this was the largest amount of toys collected. “Many thanks were deserved for the Masonic Order and the charity of its members” said the Desoto Parish Salvation Army.

of its members” said the Desoto Parish Salvation Army. Bro Don English, Mansfield Chief of Police

Bro Don English, Mansfield Chief of Police (center) with members of Desoto Office of Community Services.

with members of Desoto Office of Community Services. TRINITY UNION #372 Sponsoring Dyslexia Class A recent

TRINITY UNION #372

Sponsoring Dyslexia Class

Services. TRINITY UNION #372 Sponsoring Dyslexia Class A recent resolution by Trinity Union to assist in

A recent resolution by Trinity Union to assist in the purchase of furniture, supplies and related items for a class starting in Hammond area passed unanimously. The monetary gift was presented to W: Luke J. Catalanatto, Jr.-WM of Indepenced Lodge #458. W:

Catalanatto is the District Director of the Dyslexia program.

R: W: Guy A. Jenkins-DDGM 13th District, W: Bro Robert J. Hutchinson-PM Secretary Trinity Union, W: Luke Catalanatto-WM, W: Bro Jimmie D. Dunkin-DGL 13th District and M: W: Bro Harold G. Ballard, PGM

SUNSET #438 Donation to Sheriff L:R-Stephen W. Prator, Caddo Parish Sheriff and W: James M.
SUNSET #438 Donation to Sheriff L:R-Stephen W. Prator, Caddo Parish Sheriff and W: James M.
SUNSET #438 Donation to Sheriff L:R-Stephen W. Prator, Caddo Parish Sheriff and W: James M.

SUNSET #438

Donation to Sheriff

SUNSET #438 Donation to Sheriff L:R-Stephen W. Prator, Caddo Parish Sheriff and W: James M. Lilly,

L:R-Stephen W. Prator, Caddo Parish Sheriff and W: James M. Lilly, Worshipful Master

On 28 January 2008 Sunset Lodge # 438 F.& A.M. hosted an open meet- ing about Caddo Parish Safety Town. After a great meal, that was attended by numerous lodge members and their families, Sheriff Steve Prater gave a very insightful talk about Safety Town. Lodge members so impressed with this new program, a decision was made to adopt Safety Town as a charity project. Safety Town, a 501(c)(3) corpora- tion, will be located on more than two acres of property facing Louisiana Highway 3132. It will include an edu- cational building with two classrooms, a maintenance facility, and a small town with scaled down replica buildings.

and a small town with scaled down replica buildings. EAST GATE LODGE #452 Annual Blood Drive

EAST GATE LODGE #452

Annual Blood Drive

East Gate Lodge and WalMart Food Center held its annual metro blood drive with 25 donors providing the Gift of Life. The participants enjoyed food donated by Manda’s, Savoie, Zapp’s Chips and Flowers Bread. Kim Favis and Benjamin Rath each won a $50 gift card to any Walmart that was provided by East Gate. All donors were entered into a drawing for a big screen tv, to be held at a later date by Our Lady of The Lake Hospital. East Gate Lodge is grateful for all the assistance from WAFB Television, The Baton Rouge Advocate and many local radio stations for their promotion on this worthy project.

radio stations for their promotion on this worthy project. L:R- Ronnie L. Walker-MofC, Kim Favis (Gift
radio stations for their promotion on this worthy project. L:R- Ronnie L. Walker-MofC, Kim Favis (Gift
radio stations for their promotion on this worthy project. L:R- Ronnie L. Walker-MofC, Kim Favis (Gift

L:R- Ronnie L. Walker-MofC, Kim Favis (Gift Card Winner), Steven Wilkerson, Rhomda Richard-O.L.O.L blood bank and W: Steven A. Kemp-WM

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R F McGUIRE #209 Antique Car Show R.F McGuire # 209 in Rayville, LA held

R F McGUIRE #209

Antique Car Show

R.F McGuire # 209 in Rayville, LA held an antique car show in Rayville to raise funds for charity. Over 25 vehicles were in entered into the show and the event was enjoyed by all in attendance. The proceeds were divided between the Shrine Hospital and the Admiral E. A. Barham, 33° Scottish Rite Childhood Learning Center. The total amount raised impressed the members enough that the event will become an annual fund raising event.

L:R - W: Bro Wilson O. Cook, C. B. “Buddy” Griggs-32° KCCH Venerable Master and Ill. Woody D. Bilyeu, 33° GSW

KCCH Venerable Master and Ill. Woody D. Bilyeu, 33° GSW L:R - W: Adren L. Alderman,

L:R - W: Adren L. Alderman, Jr., PM-WM and Ill. Cliff Hall, Potentate Barak Shrine Temple

PM-WM and Ill. Cliff Hall, Potentate Barak Shrine Temple W H BOOTH #380 Fund Raising Since
PM-WM and Ill. Cliff Hall, Potentate Barak Shrine Temple W H BOOTH #380 Fund Raising Since

W H BOOTH #380

Fund Raising

Since our resident chef, W: Bro Nick Mandripilias, previously operated his own restaurant featuring the famous “Nick Burger” it was only natural that we used Bro Nick’s expertise as a pro- motion in fund raising. The Lodge sold over 170 burger baskets on a Saturday. Shreveport’s Aseana Foundation held its Spring Festival at the Municipal Park Plaza. This event featured performing artists in many venues. Lumen Tindell, board member and wife of W: B. Keith Tindell-WM, paved the way for the Lodge to provide refreshments during the weekend festival. Burgers, dogs and drinks were sold for another successful fund raising event.

refreshments during the weekend festival. Burgers, dogs and drinks were sold for another successful fund raising
refreshments during the weekend festival. Burgers, dogs and drinks were sold for another successful fund raising
The Old Charges from page 11: the first degree. • The Grand Lodge No.2, the

The Old Charges from page 11:

the first degree. • The Grand Lodge No.2, the Harleian No, 2054 and the Buchanan manuscripts all contain Masonic oaths, but it is the Buchanan oath which is closest to that we find in use today. • The Trinity College Dublin and the Graham manuscripts refer to the three degrees. There are a many more manuscripts in existence than I have expanded on. If a brother wished to take up this quest of knowledge it could certainly fill a lifetime. The information gleaned from these works would serve all masons well in under- standing the customs and operations associated with the Masonic guilds of that era and how it relates to the craft as it exists today. Although we, as modern masons, work as speculative masons, we shall forever have ties to our past. The rules, regulations and laws that govern our modern lodges today can trace their roots far back to the Old Charges of the past that were written specifically for the more ancient operative guilds.

roots far back to the Old Charges of the past that were written specifically for the
roots far back to the Old Charges of the past that were written specifically for the
roots far back to the Old Charges of the past that were written specifically for the

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