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The Louisiana FREEMASON VOL. 37 FALL 2009 NUMBER 2 M: W: W. David Counts, Grand

The Louisiana

FREEMASON

VOL. 37

FALL 2009

NUMBER 2

The Louisiana FREEMASON VOL. 37 FALL 2009 NUMBER 2 M: W: W. David Counts, Grand Master

M: W: W. David Counts, Grand Master of the State of Texas accepting home plate from M: W: J. F. “Jeff” Webb, GM and R: W: Woody D. Bilyeu, Deputy Grand Master

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On Aug. 29, at the meeting of Tranquility Lodge #2000, held at Alexandria Lodge #398 M: W: J. F. “Jeff” Webb, G.M. and R: W: Woody D. Bilyeu, DGM took time for a mo- ment of levity and presented M:W:

W. David Counts, Jr., G.M. of The Grand Lodge of Texas, with a L.S.U. Baseball Homeplate incribed: To Dave, Geaux Tigers and signed by head Coach Paul Maineriri. M: W: Counts stated that: “The best team did not win, but unfor- tunately the National Champion- ship was determained by the final score”.

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GRAND MASTER’S MESSAGE My Brothers, just when you think life can’t get any better, it

GRAND MASTER’S MESSAGE

My Brothers, just when you think life can’t get any better, it does. I thank you for bestowing this great honor, that of presiding as Grand Master, upon me. I am forever grateful to God for his many blessings, especially for having each of you as my Masonic Brothers. I will endeavor faith- fully to merit the trust and confidence you have reposed in me.

I have received several honors in my Masonic

career and have asked myself, and have been asked by others: “What did you do to deserve this honor”? My response: “Not enough”. Bottom line, I’ve got a lot of work to do.

J. F. “Jeff” Webb Grand Master State of Louisiana

J. F. “Jeff” Webb Grand Master State of Louisiana

I am humbled by the awesome responsibilities

that are inherent with the title of Grand Master, but confident. My confidence comes from the knowl- edge of knowing that you have given me your sup- port and that together we share the responsibility

for the future of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. I have witnessed the labor of the brethren and the constituent Lodges in the promotion and advancement of our beloved fraternity and have no doubt that it will continue under my watch. I am confident that we have a great team of elected Grand Lodge officers who will work diligently to achieve our goals. Our team will be presenting an up-dated Business Plan throughout the year, but suffice it to say, it will stress: Masonic Education, Growth of our Masonic Charities, Oversight of Grand Lodge Finances, Enhanced Communication between the Grand Lodge and the Con- stituent Lodges, Development of Grand Lodge Property, Development of the Grand Lodge Library/Museum, Development of the Grand Lodge Website, Membership Development and Community Involvement. We’ve got a full plate, but isn’t that just like a Mason? With your help, we can do much! Brethren, we must also be cognizant of the Handbook of Masonic Law in regard to Peti- tions, Investigations and Candidate Advancement. I want to see our numbers increase, but it should not be our goal to create members, it should be our goal to create Masons. It is my humble opinion that we must “Guard the West Gate and Educate” if we are to accomplish this task. We must educate ourselves before we can educate the public. New members come to Masonry seeking “Light” and to “Learn”, we must not fail them. In this trying time of political, financial and social stress, we can find solace in our Masonic Brotherhood. We must not forget that we are to promote the welfare and happiness of one another. We must be ready to Extend the true grip of a Master Mason, that of charity and assistance, when we see a Brother in distress. Do not wait for him to give the “Grand Hail”. You never know when you may be in the need of moral or financial assistance yourself. May Brotherly Love prevail and every moral and social virtue cement us.

Sincerely and fraternally, J. F. “Jeff” Webb Grand Master, 2009-10

Grand Lodge session will begin on Saturday Feb. 6th in Alexandria.

The Little Convention (that accomplished so much) by James B. deMoss, PM Hope #145 S

The Little Convention (that accomplished so much)

by James B. deMoss, PM Hope #145

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urprisingly very little has ever been written concerning two little Masonic conventions which took place during the middle of the nineteenth cen- tury. They met with high hopes and expectations in an effort to develop

a uniform system of ‘work and lectures’ that would be acceptable to all of the Craft in America. Though they failed to accomplish these rather lofty goals, our Masonic lodges today owe them a great deal for their efforts and the recom- mendations that resulted. Much of how our Masonic Lodges conduct themselves today can be attributed and traced back to the suggestions which the delegates of these conventions brought forth. In the early 1820’s, there was a great need for reestablishing and/or standardizing the ‘work’ and ‘ritual’ in America especially after the disastrous times following the Morgan Affair and the Anti-Masonic movement that followed. For those not familiar with this dark time for Masonry, in 1826 the fraternity was accused of kidnapping and murdering William Morgan who was reportedly planning to publish a book revealing all Masonic “secrets”. Even though these allegations were never proven, from this incident sprang the Anti-Masonic movement. Brothers left the order under the resulting pressure from their homes, work, and church. We lost over half of our membership in less than ten years, with many lodges closing or “going dark” forever. Prior to this point in American Masonic history, lodges in the United States were never very uniform because of their varied origins. At this time lodges received their charters from either Grand Lodge of the ‘Moderns’ or the ‘Ancients’, referring to the two rival Grand Lodges of England. Each Grand Lodge had different ways of presenting the ritual, therefore, whatever Grand Lodge charted a particular lodge dictated what ritual it followed. During this time many exposes were published and distributed which revealed our secrets. Further some traveling cowan and former masons revealed the secrets of the order by staging demonstrations for the general public, performing degrees in their entirely. To protect themselves, lodges altered their operational practices, including changing how signs were given and using different passwords to keep the profane from gaining admittance to their meetings. However this ultimately had a negative impact in that it made it all but impossible for brothers of different lodges to visit other jurisdictions as they were unable to pass the examinations. This deprived visiting brothers from admission and sharing

in the fellowship. Some remedy had to be found to address this predicament. At the 1839 session of the Alabama Grand Lodge it was suggested that a conven- tion should be held in Washington D. C. in March of 1842, with all twenty-three Masonic jurisdictions invited to attend. The purpose was to try and formulate

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The Little Convention from page 4: a standardized American ‘ritual’ and ‘work’ that would be

The Little Convention from page 4:

a standardized American ‘ritual’ and ‘work’ that would be acceptable to all the

Grand Lodges. In March of 1842, a convention was held as planned. Sadly only ten jurisdictions saw fit to send delegates. With so few in attendance very little could be accomplished. Therefore, it was decided to adjourn after only two days of meetings. Though the convention did not produce the desired results, it did promulgate a handful of useful suggestions that were to be carried over to the subsequent convention. For example, it was suggested that each Grand Lodge should elect a well- educated and experienced brother, who was well-versed in the workings and ritual of their respective jurisdictions, to be made Grand Lecturer and become a delegate to a convention that would be hosted in Baltimore, Maryland the following year. Further, the delegates proposed that each Grand Lodge should issue to their members a certificate of good standing which eventually led to the dues cards we use today. Further, it was recommended that when a brother is suspended for any reason, he was barred from all rights and privileges of the Craft. Finally, it was also suggested that all lodge business should be conducted in the Master Mason’s

degree (traditionally, it was the practice that all business of the Lodge be conducted

in the Entered Apprentices degree , a practice that remains common in the majority

of Lodges outside the United States). As suggested by the previous convention attendees, a subsequent convention was held in 1843 in Baltimore, Maryland. Again, as with the preceding conven- tion, attendance problems plagued this gathering of the brethren. Only fourteen delegates arrived in Baltimore with the remaining nine jurisdictions choosing not to send representatives. The delegates in attendance were distributed between four committees: (i) a committee to work on lectures and the conferring the three degrees in Masonry, (ii) another to work on the ceremonies of consecration and installations, (iii) a third to address Masonic jurisprudence, and (iv) finally, a committee to work on the procedures and wordage to be used when conducting Masonic funeral services. The committee on the “work and lectures” charged famous brothers John Dove, Charles Moore and Anthony O’Sullivan with the duty of publishing a National Monitor to be used by the lodges throughout the country. The Monitor was to be based on Thomas Smith Webb’s “Freemasons Monitor” which nearly all ju- risdictions had already adopted. The primary exception was Pennsylvania which expressed no desire to change as it already utilized a combination of ‘Moderns’ and ‘Ancients’ ritual. Like the conventions themselves, the project to develop a standardized Na- tional Monitor failed to meet its intended goal. The three brothers charged with the development of the National Monitor failed to agree on the ultimate contents of the document. Brother Moore insisted on injecting material which was neither adopted nor approved by the delegates of the convention, and, despite vigorous objection by Brothers O’Sullivan and Dove, published his own monitor in 1844

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Freemasonry and the War Between the States By Roger Busbice - Lafayette Lodge #87 F

Freemasonry and the War Between the States

By Roger Busbice - Lafayette Lodge #87

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reemasonry is an ancient and noble order which has been part of this Republic since its beginning. It has always been understood by Ma- sons that, though they may differ in religion, in politics, and in cultural

heritage, their brotherhood remains. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States with only 39% of the popular vote. He was not on the ballot in the states of the Deep South and was viewed as a Northern regional candidate whose devotion to federal power was a threat to Southern states’ rights and to the South’s agricultural economy. On December 20, 1860, South Carolina exercised her legal and consti- tutional right to leave the federal union and seceded from the United States. In the early weeks of 1861, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas also seceded. On February 4, 1861, they established a new nation, the Confederate States of America. Lincoln refused to remove federal troops from Ft. Sumter, S.C. and from Ft. Pickens, Fla. On April 12, 1861, war began in Charleston. Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee soon seceded to join the Confederacy as did the Indian Territory and substantial parts of Missouri and Kentucky. The first real battle of the War Between the States took place at Manassas, Vir- ginia, on Bull Run Creek, in July, 1861. It was a major Southern victory and, also,

the scene of a Masonic act of brotherhood which superseded the divisiveness of war. A wounded Union officer, and Mason, W. H. Raynor of Ohio who had been captured was given medical assistance, money, and protection by brother Mason J. H. Lemon, a Confederate cavalryman from Virginia. Two years later, at Gettysburg, the most famous and the bloodiest battle of the conflict, numerous Masons held important command positions on both sides. Among those present on the Confederate side were General John B. Gordon of Georgia, General Harry Hays of Louisiana, General Joseph B. Kershaw of South Carolina, General James L. Kemper of Virginia, General George Pickett of Virginia, and General John D. Imboden of Virginia. On the Union side, Masonic commanders included General John H. Ward of New York, General David Birney of Pennsyl- vania, General Alfred Pleasanton of Pennsylvania, General George Stannard of Vermont, and Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of Maine. Masonic Confederate General William Barksdale of Mississippi, reportedly wore the red fez of a Shriner when he died leading his brigade in a heroic charge against the Yankee lines on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. On July 3, 1863, the final day of the battle, Masonic General George Pickett’s Virginia Divi- sion, assisted by General Johnston Pettigrew’s North Carolina Division, advanced across a mile of open ground to attack the center of the Union line. The Union corps holding that position was commanded by General Winfield S. Hancock, a

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Mason from Pennsylvania. One of General Pickett’s brigade commanders was General Lewis Armistead, a Mason

Mason from Pennsylvania. One of General Pickett’s brigade commanders was General Lewis Armistead,

a Mason from Virginia. Before the war, he and Union General Hancock had been

best friends as well as brother Masons. (Armistead’s uncle had commanded the defense of Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.) The Confederate divisions had been torn apart by Union musket and artillery fire as they advanced and only parts

of Armistead’s brigade remained intact when they reached the Union line. With his hat on his sword, Armistead waved his men forward as the Yankees poured bullets into them. Mortally wounded, he fell beside a Union cannon and gave the

grand hailing sign of distress. A Union officer and brother Mason, Captain Henry

H. Bingham provided General Armistead with assistance and medical care. Re-

cently, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania erected a monument on the Gettysburg battlefield depicting Captain Bingham and General Armistead. The monument is called “Masonic Friend to Masonic Friend.” About the same time as the Gettysburg campaign in the East, Union forces which had invaded Louisiana and Mississippi were besieging Vicksburg and Port Hudson. A Masonic Union naval officer, Lt. Commander J.E. Hart of New York,

shot himself on the gunboat Albatross which was in the Mississippi River near

St. Francisville, Louisiana. The officers of the gunboat sent a party ashore under

a flag of truce and met with William W. Leake, the acting Master of the Lodge at

Bayou Sara. Brother Leake, who was a soldier in the Confederate Army, and his brother Masons from the area accepted the body of Brother Hart and a Masonic burial, which included both Confederate soldiers and Union sailors and marines, was held in the cemetery of Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville. Brother

Hart’s tombstone states, “This monument is dedicated in loving tribute to the universality of Freemasonry”. At the end of the war, Masons in the occupying Union Army protected and defended the oldest Masonic Hall in Richmond, Virginia from looters and arsonists. At Appomattox, several days later, the Union field commander chosen to officially receive the surrender of the Confederate troops was former Colonel, now Major General, Joshua Chamberlain of Maine, a Freemason. As the defeated Confederates marched between the ranks of Chamberlain’s men, he gave the order “Present Arms” to honor the Southerners. Seeing this, Confederate General John

B. Gordon of Georgia, a Freemason, wheeled his horse and brought down his

sword in a sweeping arc to salute Chamberlain. This example of “honor answer- ing honor” was a noble first step toward reuniting the Republic---and a reminder of the brotherhood which unites all Masons.

continued from page 5 The Little Convention: entitled “The Masonic Trestle Board.” Brother Moore claimed

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entitled “The Masonic Trestle Board.” Brother Moore claimed it to be the true ‘work’ of the Baltimore Convention of 1843. The validity of this monitor remained suspect and it was ultimately only adopted by a handful of lodges. Brother Dove later published his own monitor in 1846 called “The Virginia Textbook,” in which he claimed to correct the errors of Brother Moore’s monitor. Unfortunately, Brothers Dove and Moore died before the three brothers could come to some agreement as to the content of a true standardized work to guide the lodges throughout the country. The sole surviving member, Brother O’Sullivan, never completed the task of seeing the National Monitor published. This left each Grand Lodge the duty of publishing a monitor of their own choosing. The efforts of these conventions and its delegates were the most ambitious at- tempt ever to standardize Masonic work across the United States. While it appears that these efforts failed in that regard; it did in fact make some lasting contributions which changed the face of modern American Masonry. Despite rejection by the majority of jurisdictions of the time, eventually many of their suggestions were incorporated into our lodges. Clearly those dedicated brothers’ efforts succeeded in bringing forth a more standardized and uniform form of Freemasonry. A brief listing of some of their recommendations and suggestions that see regular use by lodges today are as follows:

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Dues cards and Certificates of Good Standing;

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The further de-Christianizing of our lectures to make the Craft more non-sectarian;

3.

Changing the Immovable Jewels from Rough and Perfect Ashlars and Trestle Board to Square, Level and Plum;

4.

The manner in which the brethren give signs and due guards;

5.

The conducting of business only in the third degree; and

6.

The elimination of any references to English feudalism.

conducting of business only in the third degree; and 6. The elimination of any references to
Parting Shots By The Editor H aving held the editor’s slot for two years I

Parting Shots

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The Editor

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aving held the editor’s slot for two years I started to piece together a few conclusions. There are 257 Lodges in the Grand Lodge of Louisiana but only approximately ten percent of those contribute to these pages. I want to express sincere appreciation to those members that submit articles for their Lodges. Thank you. There are a few ways I could express my con-

clusions based on the 90% of the Lodges not participating with this magazine.

I could conclude that 100% of the Lodges are participating in the community,

within their districts and presenting educational and interesting programs during their meetings but only 10% have the time to write about the activities. However strictly based on the number of Lodges participating in the Grand Lodge Achieve- ment Award program, that determination would not be supported by facts. In 2008, the latest reporting year, 62 Lodges or 23% qualified for that award.

I could conclude that the Lodges that aren’t submitting articles to the Freemason

are providing members with their own newsletter on a regular basis. These Lodges

don’t wish to have their efforts duplicated. Lodges are using their own publication as an outreach to members that due to distance or other circumstances are unable to attend on a regular basis. Given the financial issues that many Lodges currently face, this is a stretch of even my imagination, but it might be a possibility.

I could conclude that many Lodges have submitted articles in the past and they

weren’t published. The Lodges finally exhausted the energy to continue with submis- sions without results. I won’t dismiss this possibility in its entirety. I have received

pictures and articles that due to restrictions in the Handbook of Masonic Law, were not used. Perhaps this same scenario has occurred in the past. The Circulars and Publications section of the Handbook reads in part: “No constituent Lodge shall permit the names of its applicants or candidates to appear in any publication or be sent to its membership, except as a part of the necessary notices to sister Lodges.” I can not print articles that involve the Initiation or Passing of your candidates.

I could conclude that many Lodges view the publication of their activities vio-

lates the sanctity and disturbs the solemnity of the Craft. We are not a social club

nor are we expected to be featured in the society pages of local press. Finally I could conclude that the majority of the Lodges view this publication as another just another Grand Lodge program. Antagonism still exists. What that atti- tude fails to address is an important fact. This publication may be the only Masonic information many of your members receive. You are denying your members and the Craft the opportunity to read about activities, new programs and ideas, honors and awards and seeing in pictures and words the fruits of your labors. You may reach your own differing conclusion. Please share them with me.

One Hundred Fifty Years Haughton Lodge #95 I n the Spring of this year Haughton

One Hundred Fifty Years

Haughton Lodge #95

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n the Spring of this year Haughton Lodge #95 celebrated its 150th Char- tered anniversary. The event was well received by over 80 attendees to include the Honorable Carlton Anderson, Mayor of Haughton, M:W:

J.F. “Jeff” Webb, Grand Master and sev-

eral members of his Official family. W:

Johnny C Byrd, WM welcomed everyone to the ceremony and introduced Past Masters, Perpetual, 50 year, and 25 year members of the lodge in at- tendance. Also, in attendance were members from Bossier City Chapter 175 OES, and representatives from York Rite and Scottish Rite bodies and El Karubah Shrine. After introductions, the attendees enjoyed an excellent meal prepared and served by the Ladies of Bossier City Chapter 175 OES, which included Wanda Hagmeyer, Worthy Matron; Lou Ann Foshee, Assc. Matron; and sisters Jean Tucker, PM, and Angel Jolley.

Assc. Matron; and sisters Jean Tucker, PM, and Angel Jolley. Following lunch, members and guests received
Assc. Matron; and sisters Jean Tucker, PM, and Angel Jolley. Following lunch, members and guests received

Following lunch, members and guests received an outstand- ing historical presen- tation by Brother Cliff Cardin a member of Haughton #95 and the Bossier Parish Histo- rian. Brother Cardin

informed guests and members about the Lodge’s amazing transformation from its original location in Bellevue to its present home in Haughton. It was also noted, that the lodge would have celebrated this anniversary 8 years and 2 months earlier if it weren’t for the Civil War, at which time numerous lodges in Louisiana either surrendered or lost their Charter due to its members participation during war. M: W: Jeff Webb, WM was intro-

or lost their Charter due to its members participation during war. M: W: Jeff Webb, WM

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continued from previous page Haughton Lodge #95: duced and presented an excellent presentation on Masonry

continued from previous page Haughton Lodge #95:

continued from previous page Haughton Lodge #95: duced and presented an excellent presentation on Masonry to

duced and presented an excellent presentation on Masonry to those in attendance. At the conclusion of his speech, he was presented with a Haughton 150th Anniversary Commerative coin and a check for $50 to the Dyslexia Learning Center on behalf of the members of the Lodge. W: Johnny Byrd, WM asked W: Bro Kenneth W Maxey and Mrs. Kathryn Maxey, son and widow of W: Bro B J Maxey respectively, to come forward at which time an In Memoriam Perpetual Membership Certificate was presented to them in memory of W:

Bro Billy Joe Maxey and Mayor of Haughton who has passed away in 2008. Brother Billy Joe’s contributions to the Town of Haughton, Freemasonry and the Lodge were highlighted and the lodge’s deepest thanks in those regards were conveyed to Mrs. Kathryn and every member of the Maxey family present. Wrapping up the ceremony, WM Byrd presented the Lodge with an An- niversary plaque, inlayed with the #1

Lodge with an An - niversary plaque, inlayed with the #1 numbered coin and another for
Lodge with an An - niversary plaque, inlayed with the #1 numbered coin and another for

numbered coin and another for the Lodge to be prominently placed in the lodge as a memorial for the lodges long time service and contributions to to the community and Masonry. The Lodge was closed in Summary Manner by M: W: Webb, GM with Peace and Harmony prevailing.

the community and Masonry. The Lodge was closed in Summary Manner by M: W: Webb, GM
ISTROUMA #414 F. & A.M. L-R: William Rose PM-Secretary, Herb Russell Junior Deacon, George Mitchell
ISTROUMA #414 F. & A.M. L-R: William Rose PM-Secretary, Herb Russell Junior Deacon, George Mitchell

ISTROUMA #414 F. & A.M.

ISTROUMA #414 F. & A.M. L-R: William Rose PM-Secretary, Herb Russell Junior Deacon, George Mitchell PM-Tyler,

L-R: William Rose PM-Secretary, Herb Russell Junior Deacon, George Mitchell PM-Tyler, Sam Riddle PM-Chaplain, Keith Duncan Worshipful Master, Ray Leteff Senior Warden, MC Taylor PM- Treasurer, Elmo Burton Junior Warden, Allen DeArmond PM-Senior Deacon.

W. Bro. James Wingate, PM presided over the installation of 2009 Officers for Istrouma Lodge #414, Baton Rouge, LA. Assisting him were W: Bro. Steven Sibley, PM Installing Marshall and R.W. Bev Guillot, GSW- Installing Chaplain. Also, during the installation, W: Bro. MC Taylor was awarded Mason of the Year 2008 for Outstanding Service to Istrouma Lodge #414.

Year 2008 for Outstanding Service to Istrouma Lodge #414. JEANERETTE #255 F. & A.M. Front row

JEANERETTE #255 F. & A.M.

to Istrouma Lodge #414. JEANERETTE #255 F. & A.M. Front row L:R-David Verret SD, R.D. Verret

Front row L:R-David Verret SD, R.D. Verret PM WM, Harold Weber SW, Mark Charpentier Tyler,Jesse Hebert PM Secy. Back row L:R-Paul Boudreaux Treasurer, Merrill Jacob Chaplin, Lionel Lancon Jr. PM MC, Michael Ursenbach JW.

MANY #411 F. & A.M. R.W. Bro. Jeff Webb, D.G.M. installed the Lodge’s 2009 officers.

MANY #411 F. & A.M.

MANY #411 F. & A.M. R.W. Bro. Jeff Webb, D.G.M. installed the Lodge’s 2009 officers. L:R-Junior

R.W. Bro. Jeff Webb, D.G.M. installed the Lodge’s 2009 officers. L:R-Junior Palmer;Ed Burnitt; David Horner; R.W. Jeff Webb; Eddie Teal; Frank Dew; Dan Haig; Fred Denham; Jason Heard; Clauriste Byles; and Graylon Broadway. Missing is Benny Crittenden.

Byles; and Graylon Broadway. Missing is Benny Crittenden. GRAHAM SURGHNOR #383 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers
Byles; and Graylon Broadway. Missing is Benny Crittenden. GRAHAM SURGHNOR #383 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers

GRAHAM SURGHNOR #383 F. & A.M.

is Benny Crittenden. GRAHAM SURGHNOR #383 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers Front Row : L:R:, Bro.William

2009 Officers Front Row : L:R:, Bro.William Worley-SD, Bro.John Boyd-SW, W: Thomas C. “ Buddy “ Foster-PM, WM, Bro. Peter Chasas-JW, Bro. Terry Gannaway-JS, W: Bro Barney Harris- PM Secy .Back Row: L:R: , Bro. Jimmy Clifton-JD, Bro. Jon Bartlett-Treas, W :Bro. David Marime-PM Marshal, W: Bro. Art Barton-PM SS, W: Bro: Jimmy Wallace-PM Chaplain.

MAGNOLIA #238 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers L:R Jared Lebleu-Senior Stewart; Ray Moses-Grand Lecturer, 10th
MAGNOLIA #238 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers L:R Jared Lebleu-Senior Stewart; Ray Moses-Grand Lecturer, 10th
MAGNOLIA #238 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers L:R Jared Lebleu-Senior Stewart; Ray Moses-Grand Lecturer, 10th

MAGNOLIA #238 F. & A.M.

MAGNOLIA #238 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers L:R Jared Lebleu-Senior Stewart; Ray Moses-Grand Lecturer, 10th Masonic

2009 Officers L:R Jared Lebleu-Senior Stewart; Ray Moses-Grand Lecturer, 10th Masonic District

and Installing Marshall; Dan Lindsey-Treasurer; Carl Lebleu-Senior Warden; Troy Lebleu-Junior Warden; James Boswell-Tyler; Jeff Webb-Deputy Grand Master and Installing Officer; Larry Lee- Junior Deacon; Carey Cooley-Marshall; Terry Fowler-Worshipful Master; John Franklin-Chaplin; Ron Jackson-Secretary; Paul Ledger-Master of Ceremonies; Otis Anderson-Installing Chaplin, P.M. Merryville Lodge; Jessie Daily, Junior Stewart.

P.M. Merryville Lodge; Jessie Daily, Junior Stewart. St. JOHNS #153 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers Sitting

St. JOHNS #153 F. & A.M.

Jessie Daily, Junior Stewart. St. JOHNS #153 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers Sitting L:R R: W:

2009 Officers Sitting L:R R: W: James D Parker, DDGM 15th District, W: Martin H Short, Jr. WM,

M: W: Bro Louis J Caruso, PGM Standing L:R Bernard Covell Jr., Evan C Hart, W: Bro Hilliard W Creath, Sr., W: Bro Arturo V Yap, W: Bro Lloyd A Hebert, Clarence J Orgeron, Jr., W: Bro Dominck Manno, W: Bro Ernest A Schiro, Jr., W: Bro Francisco C Hernandez, Jr.

CYPRESS #89 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers Front L:R - W: Bro A Frederick Langley,

CYPRESS #89 F. & A.M.

CYPRESS #89 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers Front L:R - W: Bro A Frederick Langley, PM-SD,

2009 Officers Front L:R - W: Bro A Frederick Langley, PM-SD, W: Bro George K Winham, PM- Secretary, Herman Nash, MofC, W: George W Horst, PM-WM, W: Bro T Horace Hill, Sr., PM-JD, N Faine Miller, JW, Ernest Pease, Tyler Back Row L:R - W: Bro Jeremy T Haas, PM, W: Bro Wayne L Seals, PM-Chaplain and W: Bro C Jackson Leachman, PM-SW

W. Bro. Steve Pence presided over the installation of 2009 Officers for Cypress Lodge. Assisting him was W: Bro. Hollis B “Tookie” Grisham, PM Installing Marshal. Also, during the installation, W: Bro. Jeremy Hass, PM was presented with his Past Master’s apron for his leadership in 2008

with his Past Master’s apron for his leadership in 2008 W: George Horst, PM-WM presents W:

W: George Horst, PM-WM presents W: Bro Jeremy Haas, PM with his apron

Horst, PM-WM presents W: Bro Jeremy Haas, PM with his apron Freemasonry embraces the highest moral
Horst, PM-WM presents W: Bro Jeremy Haas, PM with his apron Freemasonry embraces the highest moral

Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.

General Douglas MacArthur

ASHLAND #196 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers Front L:R - W: Bro D Terry Carr,

ASHLAND #196 F. & A.M.

ASHLAND #196 F. & A.M. 2009 Officers Front L:R - W: Bro D Terry Carr, PM-Chaplain,

2009 Officers Front L:R - W: Bro D Terry Carr, PM-Chaplain, W: Bro N Brooks Powell, PM- Secretary, H E “Butch” Weaver, Treasurer, W: James W Speir, WM, Gerald R Robinette, SW, W:

Bro Chris W Robinette, PM-JW Back Row L:R - Ronnie Quick, JS, W Leroy Rushing, SS, W: Bro A Thomas Austin, PM-Tyler, Larry Page, JD, J Nathan Cherry, SD Back Row L:R - W: Bro Sam J “Buster” Friday, PM-Marshal, R: W: Michael A Watts, DDGM 6th District-Installing Marshal, W: Bro Fred M Sullivan, DGL 6th District-Installing Master.

W: Bro Fred M Sullivan, DGL 6th District-Installing Master. OCEANS ORLEANS #144 F. & A.M. Front

OCEANS ORLEANS #144 F. & A.M.

Master. OCEANS ORLEANS #144 F. & A.M. Front Row L:R -Larry Cook, JW, W: Benjamin J

Front Row L:R -Larry Cook, JW, W: Benjamin J Herron, WM, Bobby M Bowen, SW 2nd Row L:R - Glen Payne, SD, Gene Payne, Treasurer, Gary Curtis, Tyler, Allen C Pichon, MofC 3rd Row L:R - W: Bro Shawn M Jones, PM-Chaplain, Chris Spalding, SrS, Dale Hicks, JrS Not pictured W: Bro E Vaughan Gay, PM-Secretary and Benjamin R Boerner, JD

SHONGALOO #352 F. & A.M. Front Row L:R- Jeffrey Dean, Senior Deacon, R Brian Dennis,

SHONGALOO #352 F. & A.M.

SHONGALOO #352 F. & A.M. Front Row L:R- Jeffrey Dean, Senior Deacon, R Brian Dennis, Senior

Front Row L:R- Jeffrey Dean, Senior Deacon, R Brian Dennis, Senior Warden, W: Patrick B Britt, Worshipful Master, W: Bro Daniel C Moore, PM-Junior Warden and W: Bro Robert R Charles, PM-Chaplian Back Row L:R - Steven Williams, Junior Deacon, John Mosley, Junior Steward, W:

Bro John R Stanley, PM-Treasurer, W: Bro Roger D Dew, PM-Tyler, W: Bro A Clayton Strange, PM-Marshal and W: Bro Waldo W Fuller, Jr., PM-Secretary

PM-Marshal and W: Bro Waldo W Fuller, Jr., PM-Secretary W H BOOTH #380 F. & A.M.

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

W Fuller, Jr., PM-Secretary W H BOOTH #380 F. & A.M. Front Row L:R- Zack Scarbrough,

Front Row L:R- Zack Scarbrough, Jr Steward, Stephen Mead, Junior Warden, W: Bro Larry C Blair, Jr, PM-Senior Warden, W: Bro Kenneth R Prim, PM-Chaplain, W: Bro Eugene D Seely, PM-Secretary and M: W: Bro S. Bruce Easterly, PGM-Installing Master Middle Row L:R - W: Bro Jessie L Camp, PM-Tyler, Trent H Duncan, MofC Back Row L:R - Gerald L Weakley, Treasurer and W: James C DeMoss, Worshipful Master

CEDAR GROVE #403 F. & A.M. Front Row L:R- W: Bro Charles T Dolph, PM-MofC,
CEDAR GROVE #403 F. & A.M. Front Row L:R- W: Bro Charles T Dolph, PM-MofC,
CEDAR GROVE #403 F. & A.M. Front Row L:R- W: Bro Charles T Dolph, PM-MofC,

CEDAR GROVE #403 F. & A.M.

CEDAR GROVE #403 F. & A.M. Front Row L:R- W: Bro Charles T Dolph, PM-MofC, Mark

Front Row L:R- W: Bro Charles T Dolph, PM-MofC, Mark A Rodrigues, SW, W: A J Stevenson, WM, W: Bro James B Goldsby, PM-JW Back Row L:R - James T Rigdon, Treasurer, Bruce W Ted- der, Sr., Senior Deacon, Bruce W “Cody” Tedder, Jr., Junior Steward, W: Bro Andrew H Stevenson, Sr., PM-Secretary, Ronnie H Hinson, Junior Deacon, W: Bro John R “Buddy” Pickett, PM-Tyler, Don R English, Marshal

Mrs. Charles Dolph, Martha is presented a gift basket and flowers from W: Bro Bill Pierce for her service and dedication to the Lodge

W: Bro Albert D Riser, Sr., PM of Sunset Lodge #438 served as Install- ing Master and welcomed the visitors, guests and members to Cedar Grove Lodge. El Karubah Shrine Temple’s newly elected Divan, Grand Officers of the Knights Templar of Louisiana, Officers of the Shreveport Scottish Rite Valley and many other dignitaries were in attendance. After a wonderful dinner hour the program continued in the Lodge.

a wonderful dinner hour the program continued in the Lodge. W: Bro Riser turned the East
a wonderful dinner hour the program continued in the Lodge. W: Bro Riser turned the East

W: Bro Riser turned the East over to W: Bro Andrew Stevenson, PM- Secretary so that he could install his son Andrew, Jr. as Worshipful Master. Junior Past Master John W “Bill” Pierce closed his remarks to the Lodge by presenting Martha Dolph with a gift. W: Bro Charlie Dolph and Martha have been a chief support in the success of Cedar Grove programs and the flowers were most deserved.

GERMANIA #46 F. & A.M. C Glenn Cupit, a member of Feli- ciana #31, was

GERMANIA #46 F. & A.M.

C Glenn Cupit, a member of Feli- ciana #31, was installed as the Wor- shipful Master of Germania Lodge. A special dispensation was granted to hold the installation after Saint John the Evangelist Day, which is on December 27. The installation was open to the pub- lic, and many of Glenn’s family, friends and brothers were in attendance. Being a Scottish Rite Blue Lodge, Germania often does things a little dif- ferent than most Masons are used to seeing in their ‘regular’ Blue Lodges. After the installation was over, the re- ception & party began.

installation was over, the re- ception & party began. W: Bro Naresh Sharma, W: C Glenn
installation was over, the re- ception & party began. W: Bro Naresh Sharma, W: C Glenn

W: Bro Naresh Sharma, W: C Glenn Cupit, WM and M: W: Bro Charles H Penn, III, PGM

Providing entertainment for the event was New Orleans local celebrity and rocker Vince Vance. Brother Vance, as a member of Germania, entertained everyone with his rock & roll repertoire and large hair. Joining Brother Vance were several musicians from around the country who came to New Orleans to play for the event.

Bro Andrew John Frinichevich-aka Vince Vance (far right) and his band performing

Vince Vance (far right) and his band performing ISTROUMA CHAPTER #162 OES 2009 Officers were installed

ISTROUMA CHAPTER #162 OES

right) and his band performing ISTROUMA CHAPTER #162 OES 2009 Officers were installed with Jane McDaniel
right) and his band performing ISTROUMA CHAPTER #162 OES 2009 Officers were installed with Jane McDaniel

2009 Officers were installed with Jane McDaniel serving as Installing Officer, Lynn Bankston as Marshall, Barbara Seivier as Grand Organist and Shirley Stroud as Secretary. Geri Rose was installed as Worthy Matron, Bill Rose as Worthy Patron, Sheila Thornhill Associate Matron and Rex Thornhill as Associate Patron. Percy Lee was the Chaplain and was assisted by Joe Stroud.

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LIBERTY #123 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards The Lodge held their spring Honesty
LIBERTY #123 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards The Lodge held their spring Honesty
LIBERTY #123 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards The Lodge held their spring Honesty

LIBERTY #123 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards

The Lodge held their spring Honesty and Integrity awards, recognize two outstanding high school students. The Students selected were Ms. Kara P. Martin & Mr. William S. Taylor. Ms. Martin is the daughter of Mar- shall & Syrenia Martin, Grand Daughter of Bob & Claudette Martin and Grand Daughter ofTena Henshaw; Mr. Taylor is the son of Mike & Kim Taylor, Grandson of Bill & Pat Taylor and Great grandson of Mrs. Thelma Holdbrook. Our guest Speaker was M: W: Bro S Bruce Easterly, PGM. M.W. Easterly spoke briefly on history of Masonry and its back- ground fundamentals and to the students on the aspects of Honesty and Integrity and in applying it to their daily lives.

and Integrity and in applying it to their daily lives. L:R- William Taylor, M: W: Bro

L:R- William Taylor, M: W: Bro S Bruce Easterly, PGM and Kara Martin

The guest, visitors and members enjoyed a delicious meal of fried catfish prepared by Bros. Jack Huffman and Jim Mason and an array of delicious desserts prepared by Mrs. Evan Baliali, Mrs. Diane Mason, Mrs. Con- nie Jackson, Mrs. Alice Huffman and Bro. Harold Elliot.

- nie Jackson, Mrs. Alice Huffman and Bro. Harold Elliot. EASTERN STAR #151 F. & AM

EASTERN STAR #151 F. & AM Fidelity Award

Eastern Star Lodge in Winnfield, Louisiana, presented Most Worshipful, Bro. Eugene F. Love, PGM with the fidelity award. Most Worshipful Bro. Love served as Master of Eastern Star Lodge No. 151 in 1964 and Grand Master of Masons of Louisiana in 1989. Bro. Love taught in Winn Parish Schools for many years, was Principal of Winnfield Sr. High School and later was Superintendent of Winn Parish Schools.

School and later was Superintendent of Winn Parish Schools. L:R- M: W: Llloyd E Hennigan, Jr.,

L:R- M: W: Llloyd E Hennigan, Jr., GM, R: W: Woody D Bilyeu, GSW, M: W: Bro Eugene F Love, PGM, daughter Phillis and W: W Bryan Price, PM-WM

ISTROUMA #414 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards W: Bro H B “Cookie” Billingsley

ISTROUMA #414 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards

ISTROUMA #414 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards W: Bro H B “Cookie” Billingsley spoke

W: Bro H B “Cookie” Billingsley spoke on the meaning of Honesty and Integrity and presented the awards to Brittany Nic- hole Williams and Jacob Andrew Still. W:

Keith Duncan, WM thanked the youth for their achievements and expressed gratitude to their respective families for bringing the child up in the way they should go.

L:R -W: Bro Cookie Billingsly, Brittany Williams, Jacob Still and W: Keith Duncan, WM.

Brittany Williams, Jacob Still and W: Keith Duncan, WM. WELSH #232 F. & AM 25 Year

WELSH #232 F. & AM 25 Year Certificate

W: Troy W Roberie, PM-WM presented W: Bro Gregory A Lyon with his 25 Year Membership Certificate. Brother Lyon is currently the Lodge secretary and served as Worshipful Master in 1990 and 1995 through 1999. He is also a member of the Eastern Star Rabecca Chapter #2.

L:R -W: Troy Roberie, WM and W: Bro Greg Lyons, PM-Secretary

L:R -W: Troy Roberie, WM and W: Bro Greg Lyons, PM-Secretary ATHENS #136 F. & AM
L:R -W: Troy Roberie, WM and W: Bro Greg Lyons, PM-Secretary ATHENS #136 F. & AM

ATHENS #136 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards

ATHENS #136 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards L:R - W: Gregory S Greeson, Ethan

L:R - W: Gregory S Greeson, Ethan Anderson, Kalyn Jordan, Andrew Sistrunk and Sheriff Ken Bailey.

Kalyn Jordan, Andrew Sistrunk and Sheriff Ken Bailey. Athens Masonic Lodge presented the Ma - sonic

Athens Masonic Lodge presented the Ma- sonic Honesty and Integrity Award to three high school juniors. This year’s recipients are Kalyn Jordan, Andrew Sistrunk, and Ethan Anderson. Jordan and Sistrunk are students at Mount Olive Christian School and Anderson attends Summerfield High School. The members of the Lodge and visitors were welcomed to the Lodge for the ceremony. The guest speaker for the night’s program was Claiborne Parish Sheriff, Ken Bailey. Sheriff Bailey presented an insightful talk on the importance of honesty and integrity in today’s young people. He offered a challenge to the recipients to stand up for what they believe in and not to give in to peer pressure. After the presentation, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal of grilled hamburgers with all the trimmings. A great time was had by all in attendance.

TRINITY UNION #372F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Ten worthy young adults were recognized for

TRINITY UNION #372F. & AM Honesty & Integrity

Ten worthy young adults were recognized for their accomplishments and exemplifying the principles of the award. The recipients were: Austin Butler, Bradley Chambers, Geof- fery Goynes-Clark, Chloe Hidalgo, Bradley Howes, Brennan Howes, Andrew Kinchen, Garrett Tillman, Emma Waguespack, and Carlee Wilson. The speaker for the evening was C.J. Pell, a recent recipient of the award, who spoke on the meaning of honesty and integrity to today’s youth. W: Bro Aubrey C Brignac was the chairman for the event with W: Charles D Smith, Jr., WM presiding.

for the event with W: Charles D Smith, Jr., WM presiding. Front Row: L:R- Chloe Hidalgo,

Front Row: L:R- Chloe Hidalgo, Bradley Howes, Brennan Howes, Emma Waguespack, Carlee Wilson;Back Row: L:R -Geoffrey Goynes-Clark, Bradley Chambers, Austin Butler, Garrett Tillman, Andrew Kinchen

Chambers, Austin Butler, Garrett Tillman, Andrew Kinchen ATHENS #136 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards

ATHENS #136 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards

ATHENS #136 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Awards Fair Park honored two fine young men

Fair Park honored two fine young men with the Honesty & Integrity Award. W: Bro John T Adams, Jr., PM presented John David Adams and Patrick Thomas Dickson with certificates, keys and a monetary gift.

L:R -John Adams and Patrick Dickson

and a monetary gift. L:R -John Adams and Patrick Dickson LANDMARK #214 F. & AM Miss
and a monetary gift. L:R -John Adams and Patrick Dickson LANDMARK #214 F. & AM Miss

LANDMARK #214 F. & AM Miss Teen sponsorship

Landmark Lodge held its Bring- a-Friend Night. W: Warren Williams, W.M., and Ray Cantrell, P.M., gave an informative presentation to the members and their guests about the moral teach- ings of Freemasonry. A chili dinner was served after their speech. Following the dinner, a special presentation was made to Mariah Porterfield-Hammer. Landmark spon- sored Mariah in the Ms. Teen Louisiana pageant in Monroe. Mariah’s platform, designed to bring awareness to Dys- lexia, is titled “Yes, I Can Read.” Mariah

to Dys - lexia, is titled “Yes, I Can Read.” Mariah Front Row: Tony Wallace, JW;

Front Row: Tony Wallace, JW; Bob Huff, Sec; Billy Russell, SW, W: Warren Williams, WM; Mariah Porterfield-Hammer; Ray Cantrell, PM, Marshal Back Row: Philip Arthur, JS; Dale Harper, PM, Treas.; J.C. Wallace, JD; Bro. Jeff Hammer

is a graduate of the Dyslexia Training Program.

St. JAMES #47 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Honesty and Integrity Awards were presented
St. JAMES #47 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Honesty and Integrity Awards were presented
St. JAMES #47 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Honesty and Integrity Awards were presented

St. JAMES #47 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity

Honesty and Integrity Awards were presented to three outstanding local High School Graduates by St. James Lodge No. 47, F. & A.M. at an Open Dinner meeting that was attended by 70 members and guests. The recipients were: Megan Rushing from Runnels High School, Julie Bourgeois from Baton Rouge Magnet High School, and Robert Lloyd from University High School (LSU Laboratory School). A talk on the Honesty and Integrity Awards and a History of Masonry was delivered by J.F. “Jeff” Webb, Most Worshipful

was delivered by J.F. “Jeff” Webb, Most Worshipful L:R- Jeff Webb, GM, Megan Rushing, Julie Bourgeois

L:R- Jeff Webb, GM, Megan Rushing, Julie Bourgeois and W: Joe Richard, WM

Grand Master of Masons in The State of Louisiana, and the presentations were made by Joe Richard, Worshipful Mas- ter of St. James Lodge. Not pictured and unable to attend was Lloyd who received his award at a later meeting.

attend was Lloyd who received his award at a later meeting. UNION FRATERNAL #53 F. &

UNION FRATERNAL #53 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity

Farmerville’s local Masonic lodge, Union Fraternal met for a special awards program. The Honesty and In- tegrity Award was bestowed upon two Union Parish high school students after a year long survey by a Masonic commit- tee. Two fellow students at Farmerville High school, juniors Shelby Waltman and Haley Porter were tied for the pres- tigious award. Shelby is the daughter of Donna and husband Terry Nelson. She has twin brothers, Tracy and Travis and her Grandmother is Mrs. Doyline Cole. Haley’s mother is Grace Porter. Her aunt Carol and uncle Jim Stanton attended the ceremony. Worshipful Bill Pittman made the presentations and presided over the ceremony. Brother Woody Reeder gave a brief talk about Honesty and Integrity in

Reeder gave a brief talk about Honesty and Integrity in L:R- JHaley Porter, W: Bill Pittman,

L:R- JHaley Porter, W: Bill Pittman, WM and Shelby Waltman

honor of the recipients. Last year’s recipient, Marissa Estes of Farmerville, and her grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Estes attended. All attending enjoyed a potluck dinner.

Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59409 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Award L:R Jeremy Nesbit, Northshore High

Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59409 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Award

#59409 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity Award L:R Jeremy Nesbit, Northshore High School; Taylor Jayroe,

L:R Jeremy Nesbit, Northshore High School; Taylor Jayroe, Northshore High School; W:M:

Earl J. Huguenel, Jr., Sara Donnes, St. Mary Dominican High School; Gabrielle Relle, Ridge- wood Prep High School and Ryan Huguenel, Dutchtown High School.

Mt. Moriah-Quitman Lodge #59 F. & A.M., located in Jefferson, LA held its annual Honesty & Integrity Award Night. W: Bro. Edward Borgstede, P.M., served as Master of Ceremonies and

gave a outstanding tribute outlining each of the recipients’ achievements. W:M:

Earl J. Huguenel, Jr., presented each of the awardees with a beautifully framed certificate, check and key. Taylor Jayroe, second from left, is the daughter of Bro. Steve Jayroe, Sec., granddaughter of W: Bro. Philip Molaison, Tres., and niece of W: Bro. Guy Gerhardt, Chaplain. Also Ryan Hu- guenel, right end, is the son of Bro. Da- vid Huguenel, grandson of Bro. Earl J. Huguenel, Sr. and nephew of W:M: Earl J. Huguenel Jr. all members of Mount Moriah-Quitman Lodge No. 59.

Jr. all members of Mount Moriah-Quitman Lodge No. 59. CHOUDRANT #339 F. & AM Honesty &

CHOUDRANT #339 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity

Choudrant Masonic Lodge #339 honored two Choudrant High School students. W: Bro Ed Collins, DGGL and Past Master of Choudrant Lodge, spoke to the students, their friends and family about the importance of honesty and integrity, and the history of the award.

of honesty and integrity, and the history of the award. L:R Ed Collins, Ashlynn Barr, Joseph

L:R Ed Collins, Ashlynn Barr, Joseph Simmons and W: Nathan McNabb, WM

Ashlynn Barr, Joseph Simmons and W: Nathan McNabb, WM HAP ARNOLD #457 F. & AM Honesty

HAP ARNOLD #457 F. & AM Honesty & Integrity

A large crowd gathered for Hap Arnold’’s annual Honesty and Integrity Award program. Opening remarks were made by W: Lawrence B Renfro, WM who then turned the program over to M:W: Bro Charles H Penn, III, PGM. W Bro. Pat Houston introduced thestudents and WM Renfro presented then with their Certificates, savings bonds and the Honesty & Integrity Charm.

savings bonds and the Honesty & Integrity Charm. L:R M: W: Bro Chuck Penn, PGM, Sarah

L:R M: W: Bro Chuck Penn, PGM, Sarah Penn, Anthony Hubley, Amelia Gandy and W: Larry Renfro, WM

Integrity Charm. L:R M: W: Bro Chuck Penn, PGM, Sarah Penn, Anthony Hubley, Amelia Gandy and

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LANDMARK #214 F & AM Past Masters Night L:R W: Warren A Williams, WM, Miss

LANDMARK #214 F & AM Past Masters Night

LANDMARK #214 F & AM Past Masters Night L:R W: Warren A Williams, WM, Miss Chelsea

L:R W: Warren A Williams, WM, Miss Chelsea Thomas and Grandfather & W: Bro Raymond e Cantrell

Thomas and Grandfather & W: Bro Raymond e Cantrell W: Warren Williams, WM welcomed the attendees

W: Warren Williams, WM welcomed the attendees and recognized Landmark Lodge Past Masters. Those present were W: Bros: Durwood Lindsey, Dale Harper, Eric Harper, Jimmy Oates, Ray Cantrell, and Glenn Hunt. Also honored that night was Lo- gansport High School Student Chelsea Thomas. Chelsea, the daughter of Rodney and Carol Thomas of Keatchie, received a Certificate of Appreciation for her First Place winning Social Studies project titled Freeemasonry, in which she gave a brief history of our fraternity’s history. Chelsea said she learned a great deal from the project and she also enjoyed the bonding with her grandfather, Ray Cantrell-PM, who assisted with the project.

grandfather, Ray Cantrell-PM, who assisted with the project. ATKINS #266 F. & AM 70 Year Milestone

ATKINS #266 F. & AM 70 Year Milestone

with the project. ATKINS #266 F. & AM 70 Year Milestone L:R Front Row W: Bro
with the project. ATKINS #266 F. & AM 70 Year Milestone L:R Front Row W: Bro
with the project. ATKINS #266 F. & AM 70 Year Milestone L:R Front Row W: Bro

L:R Front Row W: Bro Bill Rose-PM Sec’y, Herb Russell-JW, W: Bro Robert Wicker, Martin Taylor and W: Bro George Mitchell. Back Row: R: W: B J Guillot-GSW, W: Bro Jim- mie Dunkin-DGL 13th District, Rex Thornhill, Sam Riddle-Chaplain, Elmo Burton, W: Bro Chuck Taylor, Ben Wicker and W: Bro Amos Smith

W: Bro Robert Y Wicker was pre- sented a Plaque of Appreciation at the home of his son, Mike Wicker. The presentation was made by W: Bro Chuck Taylor on behalf of the officers and members of Istrouma Lodge #414. The recognition was to honor W: Bro Wicker for his long service to masonry and his community as a True and Faith- ful Brother. W: Bro Bob, 95, has been a Ma- son since his initiation on March 21, 1939. He has been an inspiration to the fraternity for 70 years. He served as Worshipful Master of Istrouma in 1945 and Northeast Lodge #435 in 1953 and

1985.

LEVEL #373 F & AM Awareness Program Level Lodge and Concorde Chapter No. 2 RAM

LEVEL #373 F & AM Awareness Program

Level Lodge and Concorde Chapter No. 2 RAM held a “York Rite Aware- ness” Program. More than thirty Breth- ren were in attendance. The evening commenced with a scrumptious banquet. The program was conducted as in the early nineteenth cen- tury, i.e., the symbolic Lodge was closed and while Brethren retired, the Royal Arch Tabernacle was set up and those Companions of the Royal Arch opened the Chapter in Due and Ancient Form. It was then placed at refreshment, and all Brethren were invited in. Not only did HP/IM Couch receive re- quests for new Petitions from five Broth- ers, but several members of Jacques de Molay Lodge #389 and Bayou Lacombe Lodge No. 459 eagerly urged HP/IM Couch to conduct a similar program on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain.

a similar program on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Brother Couch also announced that his goal

Brother Couch also announced that his goal was to revitalize the York Rite in the 21st century and key to this project was the announcement and commitment of three indispensable Officers: Excellent Comp. Dr. Eric C. Hahn, PHP, Secretary, Comp. Frank Charneco, Jr., Photographer and Public Affairs Officer, and Comp. Steven P. Wilson, Government Relations Liaison Officer.

Steven P. Wilson, Government Relations Liaison Officer. LODGE OF THE NINE MUSES F & AM A

LODGE OF THE NINE MUSES F & AM A Gift of Charity

Members of The Lodge of the Nine Muses No. 9, of Baton Rouge, Germania Lodge No. 46, of New Orleans, and St. James Lodge No. 47, of Baton Rouge, are pleased to present to Mr. Will Ballard a pickup truck, which will enable him to continue his service to the community, in area lawn care. Those pictured, left to right, are Glenn Cupit, Germania Lodge; Ken Streater, St. James Lodge; Naresh Sharma, St. James Lodge & Lodge of The Nine Muses; Eric Lane, Lodge of The Nine Muses; recipient Will Ballard; Dr. Larry Wade,

of The Nine Muses; recipient Will Ballard; Dr. Larry Wade, Lodge of The Nine Muses &

Lodge of The Nine Muses & St. James Lodge; Ricks Bowles, Lodge of The Nine Muses; Joe Richard, St. James Lodge.

TALLULAH #308 Recognitions Tallulah Lodge #308 is a small lodge located in the northeast part

TALLULAH #308 Recognitions

Tallulah Lodge #308 is a small lodge located in the northeast part of the state. It boasts of 65 members of which two are Grand Lodge Officers this year. W: Bro W Clint Johnson is the Dis- trict Grand Lecturer for the 7th Masonic District and R: W: Jerry W Wicker is the District Deputy Grand Master represent- ing the 7th District. The Lodge is very proud of these two brethren.

7th District. The Lodge is very proud of these two brethren. L:R - R: W: Jerry
7th District. The Lodge is very proud of these two brethren. L:R - R: W: Jerry

L:R - R: W: Jerry Wciker-DDGM and W: Bro Clint Johnson-DGL

At the same communication that the Lodge received DDGM Wicker, Wor- shipful Master A Wayne Yates took the opportunity to present W: Bro Derek K Heard, Junior Past Master with his past master apron.

L:R - W: Bro Derek Heard and W: Wayne Yates, WM

apron. L:R - W: Bro Derek Heard and W: Wayne Yates, WM ATHENS #136 F. &

ATHENS #136 F. & AM Award Night

During a special communication to celebrate a 25 year membership Masons and guests were in attendance at the Lodge Hall for a ceremony honoring Bro. T.F. “Sonny” Greeson. After a brief welcome to all present and prayer, Bro. Greeson was conducted west of the Al- tar for the presentation. Bro. Greeson’s son, Scott Greeson, presented the 25- year pin to his father. The younger Greeson, who is also a Master Mason, shared a brief Masonic history as well as other facts about his father’s life. Bro:

Greeson was proud to have each of his four sons, who are all Master Masons and members of Athens Lodge No. 136 in attendance. W: Greg Greeson is

currently serving as Worshipful Master of the Lodge. Following the ceremony, the Masons and guests retired to the fel- lowship room to enjoy a delicious meal. A wonderful evening of good food and wholesome fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance.

and wholesome fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance. L:R - W: Gregory S Greeson, WM,

L:R - W: Gregory S Greeson, WM, T F “Sonny Greeson, Scott Greeson and Mark Greeson

TERREBONNE FELLOWSHIP #481 New Member During a special communication of the Lodge, conferred the Master

TERREBONNE FELLOWSHIP #481 New Member

During a special communication of the Lodge, conferred the Master Mason Degree on Bro Vernon Bourgeois. Bro Bourgeois is Sheriff of Terrebonne Par- ish and now joins many of his deputies already in the fraternity.

L:R Iberia Parish Sheriff Bro Louis M Akal, Iberia Parish Sheriff; W: Donald J Hebert, WM, R.W. Farrell J Lafont, DDGM-12th District and Bro L. Vernon Bourgeois, Jr, Sheriff of Ter- rebonne Parish

Bro L. Vernon Bourgeois, Jr, Sheriff of Ter- rebonne Parish St. JAMES #47 F. & AM
Bro L. Vernon Bourgeois, Jr, Sheriff of Ter- rebonne Parish St. JAMES #47 F. & AM
Bro L. Vernon Bourgeois, Jr, Sheriff of Ter- rebonne Parish St. JAMES #47 F. & AM

St. JAMES #47 F. & AM Special Recognition

St. James Lodge # 47 recognized members who have been Master Masons for

60 or more years by presenting them with certificates of appreciation from the

Lodge. Pictured left to right are: S. Preston Eggers, Master of the Lodge in 1967, who

is also a holder of the Gold Certificate of Proficiency and has coached Masons for

38 years; Dale Ducote; Edison “Fred” Frederick; John Staples; and John Lucas.

Frederick was also recognized by presenting him a framed newspaper article de- scribing his many years of Masonic service for transporting children to the Shrine Hospital in Shreveport. Sixty-year members who received certificates, but were not shown in the picture were Dr. George Jones, who has been a member the Lodge the longest time, since February 8, 1945, and was Master of the Lodge in 1992; Carlisle Richard; Walter Thomas; James Richardson; William Switzer; Ernest McAdams; Lamar Little; and Gen. Ted Newnam.

The meeting concluded with a talk by Brother Ed Cailleteau about Benjamin Franklin, a prominent Founding Fathers of our Country, who was the first Grand Master of Masons in the State of Pennsylvania.

a prominent Founding Fathers of our Country, who was the first Grand Master of Masons in
St. JAMES #47 F. & A.M. Special Mason An historic event took place at St.
St. JAMES #47 F. & A.M. Special Mason An historic event took place at St.
St. JAMES #47 F. & A.M. Special Mason An historic event took place at St.

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

St. JAMES #47 F. & A.M. Special Mason An historic event took place at St. James

An historic event took place at St. James Lodge No. 47. A Master Mason degree was conferred on Ryan Salter who is in the Army and was home for a short leave from Iraq. Ryan is a 4th generation Mason, three of which are living and shown in the attached pic- ture. From left to right are Joe Richard, Master of the Lodge; Frank Dedman, grandfather and Secretary; Ryan Salter, son and new member; and Brent Salter, father and member.

son and new member; and Brent Salter, father and member. R F McGUIRE #209 F. &

R F McGUIRE #209 F. & A.M. Fire & Police Appreciation

R. F. McGuire Lodge #209 F&AM held dinners for the police and firemen of the town of Rayville, LA. In atten- dance were the police and firemen of Rayville, the Mayor of Rayville (Harry Lewis), the Chief of Police (Willie Lee Robinson), the Fire Chief (Willie Mathis) and several town Aldermen as well as numerous officers and members of the lodge. The Officers and Brethren of R.F. McGuire would like to thank the police and firefighters everywhere for their hard work and dedication to keeping everyone safe. We pray each day that you are kept safe.

everywhere for their hard work and dedication to keeping everyone safe. We pray each day that
everywhere for their hard work and dedication to keeping everyone safe. We pray each day that
everywhere for their hard work and dedication to keeping everyone safe. We pray each day that
The Grand Lodge Masonic Cemetery located at 400 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA, announces
The Grand Lodge Masonic Cemetery located at 400 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA, announces

The Grand Lodge Masonic Cemetery located at 400 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA, announces the completion of three, newly constructed columbarium sites on the premises of Cemetery 2 of the Grand Lodge Ma- sonic Cemetery. Each columbarium has 24 cremation niches on each side for a total of 48 niches for each columbarium. Choice of cremation niches are available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis. As it is a Masonic cemetery, the purchaser must be either a Mason or the wife, child, parent, grandchild, grand-parent, brother or sister of a Mason. The price for each niche is $1,500.00. The purchase package price includes a bronze niche plate indicating the name of the person to be interred in said niche and the birth year date. The Cemetery Sexton, Alfortish Enterprises, Inc., will process the sale of all columbarium niches. Their office telephone number is: 504-393-2026. Please see the photo above for a view of the three newly constructed colum- bariums.

for a view of the three newly constructed colum- bariums. LIVONIA #220 F. & A.M. Recognition

LIVONIA #220 F. & A.M. Recognition

colum- bariums. LIVONIA #220 F. & A.M. Recognition The brethren of Livonia Lodge in New Roads

The brethren of Livonia Lodge in New Roads honored a special member W: Bro Dale W Gustin, 90. The Lodge presented a plaque commemorating his sixty-eight years of service to Masonry. Presenting the plaque was W: Warren M Lachney, WM. W: Brother Dale was a Past Master of Tyrian Lodge in Innis, which closed over twenty-five years ago. Despite the fact that he no longer drives, Brother Dale never misses a meeting and holds the office of Senior Steward. Honorable and determined men and Masons like Brother Dale are few and far between. He is truly an inspiration to us all.

ATKINS #266 F. & A.M. Honoring Veterans Atkins Lodge held an open meet - ing

ATKINS #266 F. & A.M. Honoring Veterans

Atkins Lodge held an open meet- ing for the purpose of recognizing and thanking veterans of our military services. The Worshipful Master gave a short talk honoring our combat vet- erans. He addressed various reasons they might have served, stressed that the reason they served was far less im- portant than that they did serve, spoke of what our countries literally owes to those who have risked life and limb in combat for the country, and closed by listing what further duties our combat veterans owe the country and their fellow citizens. The seven combat veterans present were individually honored with the thanks of the Lodge and a certificate attesting to the Lodge’s and the Fra- ternity’s appreciation for their (and their families’) sacrifices. The six combat veteran members of Atkins not present for this meeting received their certificates at the next regular meeting or will at the next regular meeting they attend. The group included one WWII veteran, one veteran with service in both Korea and Vietnam, a number of Vietnam Veterans, three veterans of the War In Iraq, and one young man (and future Mason?) who was home on temporary leave from an ongoing assignment in Afghanistan. Two other certificates were given to Atkins Lodge members for them to give, on behalf of Atkins Lodge and the Grand Lodge of

to give, on behalf of Atkins Lodge and the Grand Lodge of L:R - , Bro

L:R - , Bro Murelyn Carter, W: Bro Elton A Bruner (PM 1964), W: Bro Geoffrey C Clement, Sr., Cpl Ian Tetrault, W: Bro James R Enkey, Bro Robert L Ward, JD and W: Bro William R Richards

R Enkey, Bro Robert L Ward, JD and W: Bro William R Richards L:R - W:

L:R - W: Bro Elton Bruner, the Lodge’s only surviving WWII combat Veteran and W: Carey C Allison, WM.

the State of Louisiana, to living family members who could not attend the pre- sentation: one for a WWII veteran and Illinois Mason and one for an one Iraq War veteran and Atkins Lodge member who is working out of state. Those of us who did not face the hor- ror and privation of serving in combat should always be grateful to those who stood in our place in the breech, includ- ing those who did not return.

combat should always be grateful to those who stood in our place in the breech, includ
Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59 F. & A.M. Ladies Night The members of Mt. Moriah-Quitman Lodge #59

Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59 F. & A.M.

Ladies Night

The members of Mt. Moriah-Quitman Lodge #59 located in Jefferson, held its annual Ladies Night with W: Earl J. Huguenel, Jr., W.M. welcoming the members and ladies for their attendance. W: Huguenel honored the ladies in atten- dance with a short speech and thanking them for their support of their husbands and being a valuable asset to the Masonic family. Each lady was introduced by their husbands with the number of years of marriage. Gifts were presented by W: Earl J. Huguenel, Jr., W.M. to each lady in appreciation for their support. A delicious meal was served immediately after the presentations.

meal was served immediately after the presentations. BAYOU CHICOT #430 F. & A.M. 60 Year Member
meal was served immediately after the presentations. BAYOU CHICOT #430 F. & A.M. 60 Year Member
meal was served immediately after the presentations. BAYOU CHICOT #430 F. & A.M. 60 Year Member

BAYOU CHICOT #430 F. & A.M. 60 Year Member Night

Chartered in 1949, the Lodge held a special communication to mark the 60th anniversary and to recognize the first Entered Apprentice joining Bayou Chicot. W: Brandon D Granger, WM presented W: Bro Phillip Whittington with a plaque honoring his 60 years of service to the Lodge.

with a plaque honoring his 60 years of service to the Lodge. L:R - W: Bro

L:R - W: Bro R Wayne Holston, W: Bro Phil- lips Whittington, Bro Claude S Holston and W:

Brandon Granger, WM

Whittington, Bro Claude S Holston and W: Brandon Granger, WM Whenever or wherever people are in

Whenever or wherever people are in need Masons are there to help. From large undertakings to the smallest of needs, Masons are always there, caring and serving. I have always been interested as to why Masons devote so much time to their Fraternity. A good answer to this question came from a Grand Master who once told me that he enjoys his involvement because it gives him another dimension to living.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

because it gives him another d i m e n s i o n t o
MAGNOLIA #238 F. & A.M. Veterans Honored Magnolia Masonic Lodge held its annual Patriotic Night

MAGNOLIA #238 F. & A.M. Veterans Honored

Magnolia Masonic Lodge held its annual Patriotic Night and honored area veterans. M:W: J. F. “Jeff” Webb, GM addressed the one hundred plus visitors and thirty two veterans. Shown in the picture with W: Terrell D Fowler, WM of Magnolia Lodge and M:W: Jeff Webb is W: Bro Robert R. Reeves of Gillis, Louisiana. W: Bro Reeves was pre-

sented the Fidelity Award, the first given in Lodge history. Bro Robert, a retired rice farmer, fought in Italy during WW

II. He parachuted into southern France

and fought through France into Belgium. He received two Purple Hearts for the injuries received during the Battle of the Bulge. He fought with the Big Red One,

the Battle of the Bulge. He fought with the Big Red One, L:R W: Terry Fowler,

L:R W: Terry Fowler, WM, W: Bro Robert Reeves and M: W: Jeff Webb, GM

the first infantry division of the army. W: Bro Reeves is Past Master of Magnolia serving as Master in 1957 and served as treasurer for twenty five years. He is also a retired champion bull rider. Brother Reeves is married to Berna Dean Reeves and has two children.

is married to Berna Dean Reeves and has two children. TRINITY UNION #372 F. & A.M.

TRINITY UNION #372 F. & A.M.

Award Night

Trinity Union Lodge held its annual 25 and 50 year awards presentations. Bro Lynn Averette received his 25 year award and W: Bro Louis G Baine, Jr. received his 50 year award.

In addition, W: Bro Baine was also presented his 50 year Membership Certificate, lapel pin and blue cap from the Baton Rouge Valley of eht Scottish Rite.The presentation was made W:

BRO. and Ill.

eign Grand Commander of the AASR,

SJ. W: Bro Seale is also the first cousin

to Bro.Baine. W: Bro and Ill. William J. Mollere, Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Louisiana assisted with the Scottishish Rite presentations. Mrs. Almeda Russell presented the lodge a Masonic bible from her late husband, Brother Harry Russell,as well as other historical material. The Bible

.Ronald A Seale, Sover-

was used for the degrees of Bro. Russell as well as his two other brothers. Mrs Russell was presented with flowers from the Worshipful Master of the lodge on behalf of the Wardens and members of the Lodge.

the lodge on behalf of the Wardens and members of the Lodge. L:R W: C. Danny

L:R W: C. Danny Smith-WM, W: Bro Robert J Hutchinson-PM Secretary; Lynn Averette-25 Year Award Recipient; Mrs Almeda Russell, W: Bro Louis G Baine-50 Year Recipient; W:

Bro Ronald Seale-SCG AASR SJ, R: W: B.J. Guillot-GWS & General Secretary for the Baton Rouge Valley, W: Bro William J Mollere-Grand Chaplain & SGIG

OLIVER #84 F. & A.M. Scouting Recognition W: Bro Gary L Dufour, PM, of Oliver

OLIVER #84 F. & A.M. Scouting Recognition

W: Bro Gary L Dufour, PM, of Oliver Lodge #84, Alexandria, was recently awarded the Daniel Carter Beard Ma- sonic Scouting Award. Bro Dufour has long been a Scout volunteer in the Alexandria area, having served in posi- tions in the Troop, District, and Council levels over the last 30 years. The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Award not only supports the Masonic relationship through the man who brought Scouting to the United States, and also recognizes the outstanding work and dedication of a member of the Masonic fraternity who has devoted himself to helping young men develop their confidence and character through

young men develop their confidence and character through W: Bro Gary Dufour shown with his son

W: Bro Gary Dufour shown with his son W: Bro Richard N Dufour

Scouting. Beard was a member of Mariner’s Lodge #67, in New York City and merged his Sons of Daniel Boone with the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 when it was founded.

with the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 when it was founded. Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59 F.

Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night

The members of Mt. Moriah-Quitman held its annual Past Master’s Recognition and 25-50 Year Membership Certificate Awards Night. W: Earl J. Huguenel, Jr., WM opened the evening by welcoming the members and guest for their attendance. W:

Huguenel presented each attending Past Master with a Past Master’s lapel pin and gift and thanked them for their service and wisdom to the Lodge. The Worshipful Master presented Bro. Henry Merigon, Jr. with a 50 year certificate and Bro. Roland River with a 25 year certificate. A delicious dinner was served immediately after the presentations. Three other members received Membership Certificates: Bro. Woodrow Wilson (50 year certificate), Bro. Darrell Smith (25 year certificate) and Bro. Bert Bertin (25 year certificate) but were unable to attend.

Bert Bertin (25 year certificate) but were unable to attend. L:R W;Bro. Guy R. Gerhardt-2008, W;Bro.

L:R W;Bro. Guy R. Gerhardt-2008, W;Bro. Vincent Guillera, Jr.-2005, W;Bro. Joseph J. Baham-2004, W; Bro. Jefferey P. Borgstede-1996 & 2006, W; Earl J. Huguenel, Jr. W.M., W;Bro. Jared A. Wilkes, Jr.-1990, W; Bro. Anthony J. Alouise-1988, W; Bro. Philip L. Molaison 1972 & W;Bro. Charles R.

Smith-1970.

ATKINS #266 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night Atkins Lodge #266 held a Special Called

ATKINS #266 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night

Atkins Lodge #266 held a Special Called Communication to honor it’s Past Masters. Each Past Master briefly addressed the Lodge after which all of the Chairs were filled by Past Masters to close the Lodge.

the Chairs were filled by Past Masters to close the Lodge. L-R 1st row: James Kelly,

L-R 1st row: James Kelly, PM (Joppa 362), Paul Carson, PM (Haughton 95), Hoyt Hooper, PM (Hap Arnold 457), Elton Bruner, PM, Ray Paddie, PM, Terry Harris, PM, and Jackie Johnson, PM. 2nd row: Jim Enkey, PM, Ricky Hall, PM. 3rd row: Jim Allen, PM, W: Carey Allison, WM and Bill Richards, PM& Secretary Emeritus Atkins

266.

WM and Bill Richards, PM& Secretary Emeritus Atkins 266. UNION FRATERNAL #53 F. & A.M. Honoring

UNION FRATERNAL #53 F. & A.M. Honoring Widows Night

UNION FRATERNAL #53 F. & A.M. Honoring Widows Night The Valley of Monroe’s cast for The

The Valley of Monroe’s cast for The Rose Upon the Altar

Union Fraternal Lodge sponsored Widows Night to honor the widows of our fallen brothers. They were honored with a wonderful dinner, each recognized and presented with a red rose followed by the Masonic play: “The Rose on the Altar” as permitted by the Masonic Service Association and presented by the Monroe Scottish Rite Bodies.

JEANERETTE #255 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night Front row L:R David Verret SD, R.D.

JEANERETTE #255 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night

JEANERETTE #255 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night Front row L:R David Verret SD, R.D. Verret

Front row L:R David Verret SD, R.D. Verret PM WM, Harold Weber SW, Mark Charpentier Tyler,Jesse Hebert PM Secy. Back row L:R Paul Boudreaux Treasurer, Merrill Jacob Chaplin, Lionel Lancon Jr. PM MC, Michael Ursenbach JW.

Chaplin, Lionel Lancon Jr. PM MC, Michael Ursenbach JW. BROADMOOR #432 F. & A.M. Special Presentation

BROADMOOR #432 F. & A.M. Special Presentation

Broadmoor Lodge hosted a special gathering open to all in the community. The special guest speaker was Mrs. Rose Van Thyn. The topic was her experience during the Holocost in Germany during WW II. Rose is recognized nationally and world wide as she speaks on the subject of the Holocost. Rose told us about her life growing up as a child in Germany. Being under 18 at the time, she was separated from her family during World War II and taken prisoner. All of her family was killed. Being a female and under 34, she was taken to a special POW camp. Auchwitz it was called. As a prisoner, she was experimented on, and surgery was done on her many times. All of which was with out sedatives and pain killers. It was horrible she said! They injected things into her, cut her open many times, and removed things from her. She said that she survived only

removed things from her. She said that she survived only W: John F Ayer, PM-WM and

W: John F Ayer, PM-WM and Mrs. Rose Van Thyn

through the prayers of the other girls in there with her going through the same type of torture. Most of whom died. Rose says that it’s a Miracle that she is alive. After the war, Rose met Louis Van Thyn and they married and moved to Shreveport Louisiana. Surprise came years later when she discovered herself with Child! Something she had been told that would never be able to happen. Well it did! And that is another Story!

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HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night Front Row (L-R) John T. Edward Smith,

HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night

HAUGHTON #95 F. & A.M. Past Masters Night Front Row (L-R) John T. Edward Smith, PM;

Front Row (L-R) John T. Edward Smith, PM; Albert Ray Turner, Sr.,PM; James Spenser Goodwin,PM; Billy Joe Smith, PM; Rear (L-R) A. Leon Maxey,PM; WM Johnny Byrd,PM; Tommy C. Strawn,PM; and James M. Lilly,PM

WM Johnny Byrd,PM; Tommy C. Strawn,PM; and James M. Lilly,PM W: Johnny C Byrd, PM-WM receives

W: Johnny C Byrd, PM-WM receives his past master’s apron from W: Bro Albert Ray Turner.

his past master’s apron from W: Bro Albert Ray Turner. Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59 F. & A.M.
his past master’s apron from W: Bro Albert Ray Turner. Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59 F. & A.M.
his past master’s apron from W: Bro Albert Ray Turner. Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59 F. & A.M.

Mt. MORIAH-QUITMAN #59 F. & A.M. Bring A Friend Night

The members of Mt. Moriah-Quit- man Lodge #59 located in Jefferson, LA held its annual Bring a Friend Night. W: Earl J. Huguenel, Jr., W.M. opened the evening by welcoming the members and guest for their attendance. An informative Masonic lecture was presented before the lodge by W: Bro. Jefferey Borgstede, P.M. W:Earl J. Hu- guenel, Jr., W.M also gave a lecture on famous masons. A delicious meal was served immediately after the lectures.

masons. A delicious meal was served immediately after the lectures. W: Earl Huguenel, WM with guests

W: Earl Huguenel, WM with guests and visi- tors.

INDIVISIBLE FRIENDS # 404 F. & A.M. GERMANIA #46 F. & A.M. Joint Meeting Indivisible

INDIVISIBLE FRIENDS # 404 F. & A.M.

GERMANIA #46 F. & A.M.

Joint Meeting

Indivisible Friends Lodge #404 in Gretna of the 15th Masonic District and Germania Lodge #46 in New Orleans of the 16th Masonic District have for the past eleven years shared our July regular communications as a joint meet- ing. This is because the Lodges Stated Communications are scheduled for the same days. The benefit of this joint meeting is to allow members to observe the Scottish Rite and York Rite rituals in the opposing Districts. Dispensation from the Grand Lodge is received and

the York Rite ritual is used to open our Lodge and Germania closes in the Scot- tish Rite. When at Germainia, the Lodge

is opened in their ritual and closed using

the York Rite. This joint communication has been

a grand success and is one of the high- lights of our Masonic year.

and is one of the high - lights of our Masonic year. L:R W: Kenneth A

L:R W: Kenneth A Austin, WM Indivisible Friends and W: C Glenn Cupit, WM Germa- nia.

WM Indivisible Friends and W: C Glenn Cupit, WM Germa- nia. HOPE LODGE #145 F. &
WM Indivisible Friends and W: C Glenn Cupit, WM Germa- nia. HOPE LODGE #145 F. &

HOPE LODGE #145 F. & A.M. 50 Year Certificate Award

The 50 year lapel pin and certificate was presented to W: Bro Kenneth B deMoss during a regular stated communication. W: Bro deMoss was raised a Master Mason in Bristow, Oklahoma and main- tains plural membership with his mother lodge as well as Hope Lodge. Brother Ken commented that this was among his proudest moments as a Master Mason, along with the nights he helped raise his son, W: Bro Jacques E. deMoss, PM as a Master Mason, and then later seated him in the East as Master of the Lodge.

and then later seated him in the East as Master of the Lodge. L:R W: Bro

L:R W: Bro Kenneth deMoss and W: Robert A Jarred, WM

and then later seated him in the East as Master of the Lodge. L:R W: Bro

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