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Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Importance of Visitation: Bro Charles Harper

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I wonder how many Brothers may realize the impact of that right for a Master Mason in having the ability to visit a Master Mason’s Lodge in a foreign jurisdiction, or what that statement truly denotes. “To work in foreign countries and earn a Master’s wage.”

In the days of the operative Mason, before speculative Freemasonry was organized in 1717, it is taught to us that an operative mason was taught the trade of a stone mason by becoming an apprentice to a journeyman. After his apprenticeship was over and he had mastered his trade, he was given the password and grip to prove he was a journeyman to other stonemasons. He was therefore free to travel to foreign countries and earn a wage. The grip and password weeded out those who had not mastered his craft from gaining employment under false pretense. Thus, the integrity of the trade was protected.

“The Freemasons worked according to a set of rules and regulations of their own, centuries old, among them being Landmarks, and such questions of organization or of work arose in any given Lodge were settled according to those rules; and since the same rules were in force wherever Freemasons worked, and each Apprentice and Fellow was under an oath never to violate them, it was this body of rules which gave its unity and consistency to a Fraternity which had no national organization or national officers. And until the fourteenth century, they did not even have permanent local organizations, and which at the same time preserved its rules and trade secrets in the memory of its members and taught them to Apprentices by word of mouth.”- [The Masonic Trowel]

Because the stonemason was able to travel away from his homeland in his protected trade, it enabled him to learn differences in how he labored compared to other workman in other lodges in other countries. Although basic knowledge was similar, the application of formation of cathedrals had small differences from one area to another depending on the architect and his training. The structure was engineered with the basic principals of weight distribution with right angles, horizontals, and perpendiculars. But, the sculpture and layout varied according to the vision laid out on the trestle board for each building by the designer.

A humble master, who always sought to better his skill, enjoyed traveling. It allowed him to expand his skills by obtaining knowledge of techniques that were different than the ones he had already mastered. So, by traveling, versus staying in one area his whole career, he could better appreciate the potential of the creativity that dwelled inside him. He could better express his ability and individuality by the reflection of his collective intake of the many ways of creating a masterpiece he witnessed in so many other different places.

 We, as speculative masons, are afforded the same ability and privilege. Through our system of defining regularity and establishing recognition with foreign jurisdictions, we are taught how to prove ourselves as master‘s of our speculative trade. The continued use of passwords, grips and add to that signs and dues cards, allows us the opportunity to visit other Lodges throughout the world and experience the differences in ritual and the varied personalities of different Lodges.

This experience of visitation benefits us in many great ways through the use of reflection. The journey of betterment of a man in the application of the lessons we learn in Freemasonry is only possible when he reflects on his past experiences in life with trusted others and compares them with the ideals of what he envisions himself to become. But, if he only exposes himself to only his Lodge and the members contained therein, the reflection of his behavior is biased. There will come a point when you will realize that there is no outside input to test if any changes in your thoughts or actions in being a mason are within bounds of ALL mankind.

 Although we are not stonemasons, roughing designs out of stone with the physical tools of this tradesman, we continue to shape our spiritual self with the symbolism of the tools this workman used. Each Lodge uses the application of symbolism in ever slightly different ways. It may be the way that a lecturer might deliver a charge, or the passion a Worshipful Master who gives an obligation that might charge you to make a change in yourself that had not occurred to you before. You may share some insight of what a certain meaning in Freemasonry may mean to you. A more experienced Mason may happen to point out something that hadn’t occurred to you. Or, you may teach an older Mason something he had not thought of before by the benefit of fresh perspective.

All of these examples of the ability to share thoughts and experiences for the purpose of becoming a better man are made possible by Lodge visitation. We must not allow ourselves to become comfortable in staying within the confines of just our Lodge. It truly limits our exposure to great learning and expanded fraternal friendships. To travel in foreign countries IS to visit other Lodges than your own. To earn a master’s wage is to gain knowledge and experience due to visiting these other Lodges and reflecting on the shared information in your visit. This enables you to gain a more rounded insight into your own thoughts and actions. Which, the result of an improved self is benefited not by just yourself, but your relationship with your family, friends and even your co-workers.

 Remember, the vary nature of a Lodge is for like minded men to come together for the purpose of the promotion of shared thoughts and ideas in a trusted confined space. To know that you can share your opinions with strangers, of whom actually aren’t because we are all bound by the same obligation of assistance to a worthy Brother Mason, is one of THE most valuable privileges a Master Mason can take full advantage.

So, the next time you are out of town on a business trip and find yourself flipping the remote in your hotel room, find the local Lodge and give them a call to visit. You might find, as I often do, that the fraternal bond of being a Freemason allows an instant connection with Brothers you have never met before. It seems that every time I visit another Lodge, I meet Brothers for the first time that feels like I’ve known them forever. And before long, you like I, will find a Brother, a friend and a home away from home in every place you visit. For no good man is ever traveling alone.


Humbly submitted,

Brother Charles Harper
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Sign & Flagpole - Tupelo Masonic Lodge No. 318 F&AM

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The brethren of Tupelo Masonic Lodge No. 318 F&AM would like to thank the following local companies and nonprofit organizations for thier hard work, donations, and contributions they made during a recent project to add a new sign and flagpole to the exterior of our lodge for better visibility on Veterans Blvd in Tupelo, Ms.

The sign was fabricated and detailed by two local companies located in Tupelo. Both companies are divisions of Transport Trailer Service, Inc., which is owned by one of our brethren, Larry Michael. Larry is a Master Mason and member of R.E. Lee Masonic Lodge No. 156 F&AM in Tupelo, and also a 32┬║ Scottish Rite Mason.

The fabrication and construction of the sign was completed by Precision Machine & Metal Fabrication,Gabe Boykin - General Manager and team.

The detailing and covering of the sign was completed by Fastwrapz, Josh Smith - General Manager and team.

A new flagpole, U.S. flag and Mississippi flag were placed behind our sign in order to further enhance the exterior of our lodge. This new addition was donated on behalf of Woodmen of the World Tupelo Lodge 130, a Fraternal Nonprofit Benefits Society. The presentation was made by Arnie Cade, Field Representative with WOW and Vice President of WOW Lodge 130. Arnie is also a Master Mason and member of Tupelo Masonic Lodge No. 318 F&AM in Tupelo.

Special recognition also needs to be given to Bro Derik Rushing, Bro Ray Stanford, Bro Wheeler Pulliam, and Bro John Davidson, for the donation of thier physical labor and valuable time to ensure that this extensive project came together.

We hope that you will find time to ride by and see our new addition for yourself and if you are a Mason in good standing, we would love to have you visit our lodge.

The date and time for the official "Flagpole Dedication" ceremony will be announced once arrangements have been made. — at Tupelo Masonic Lodge No. 318 F. & A.M.

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Past Masters - Tupelo Masonic Lodge No 318 F&AM

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Past Masters

Tupelo Masonic Lodge No. 318 F&AM

1869 - T. W. Freeman

1870 - G. C. Williams

1871 - S. M. Robinson

1872 - S. M. Robinson

1873 - S. M. Robinson

1874 - S. M. Robinson

1875 - C. B. Hood

1876 - C. B. Hood

1877 - C. B. Hood

1878 - C. B. Hood

1879 - C. B. Hood

1880 - C. B. Hood

1881 - C. B. Hood

1882 - C. B. Hood

1883 - C. B. Hood

1884 - C. B. Hood

1885 - W. A McCanless

1886 - C. B. Hood

1887 - C. B. Hood

1888 - J. W. Keyes

1889 - J. W. Keyes

1890 - J. W. Keyes

1891 - R. B. Fitzpatrick

1892 - J. W. Keyes

1893 - W. X. Wilson

1894 - J. W. Keyes

1895 - J. W. Keyes

1896 - J. T. Garrett

1897 - J. Q. Robins

1898 - J. Q. Robins

1899 - J. T. Garrett

1900 - C. B. Hood

1901 - W. C. Coffee

1902 - J. A. Thompson

1903 - J. A. Thompson

1904 - J. A. Thompson

1905 - J. A. Thompson

1906 - J. A. Thompson

1907 - R. F. Robinson

1908 - T. A. Boggan

1909 - L. A. Reese

1910 - J. W. R. Boggan

1911 - C. D. Curtis

1912 - W. J. Brown

1913 - J. E. Rankin

1914 - J. E. Rankin

1915 - T. M. Milam

1916 - T. K. Boggan

1917 - A. C. Hambrick

1918 - R. B. McVay

1919 - R. B. McVay

1920 - H. T. Moore

1921 - H. T. Moore

1922 - R. L. Senter

1923 - R. L. Senter

1924 - G. C. Kirkpatrick

1925 - G. C. Kirkpatrick

1926 - W. F. Riley

1927 - T. J. J. Bowen

1928 - Shelby Topp, Jr.

1929 - H. T. Moore

1930 - H. T. Moore

1931 - H. T. Moore

1932 - H. T. Moore

1933 - H. T. Moore

1934 - H. T. Moore

1935 - H. B. Lawhon

1936 - H. B. Lawhon

1937 - H. B. Lawhon

1938 - J. R. Powell

1939 - H. T. Moore

1940 - J. H. Weil

1941 - H. T. Moore

1942 - T. H. Hall

1943 - H. T. Moore

1944 - H. T. Moore

1945 - H. T. Moore

1946 - H. T. Moore

1947 - H. B. Lawhon

1948 - M. O. Haas

1949 - Phillip Means

1950 - Phillip Means

1951 - Phillip Means

1952 - O. L. Hodges

1953 - J. C. Carter

1954 - G. O. Dorrah

1955 - Phillip Means

1956 - L. G. Summerford

1957 - R. H. Norman

1958 - E. B. Deuschle

1959 - J. E. Sneed

1960 - C. H. Ferguson

1961 - O. R. Dulaney

1962 - W. W. Hall

1963 - T. L. Buse

1964 - Phil Evensky

1965 - J. B. Martin

1966 - O. R. Hutson

1967 - H. O. Weatherford

1968 - T. L. Buse

1969 - O. T. Swindol

1970 - S. Ray Johnson

1971 - Ben B. Logan

1972 - E. B. Deuschle

1973 - Travis Woods

1974 - John W. Herndon III

1975 - David J. Osberg

1976 - Jerry M. McKee

1977 - Emmett P. Heaton

1978 - Robert Nolen Sheffield

1979 - James Doyle Scott

1980 - James Ottis Roberts

1981 - James Larry Sharp

1982 - Tom Tindell

1983 - Felix R. McClelen

1984 - Billy R, Collins

1985 - Randy Headings

1986 - Phillip J. Holt

1987 - B. Wade Spires

1988 - Johnny Crabb

1989 - Gary Johnson

1990 - Melvin T. Ford III

1991 - Joe C. Westmoreland

1992 - James Larry Sharp

1993 - Walter Don Easter

1994 - Clarence Scott West

1995 - Clarence Scott West

1996 - W. Milton Collier

1997 - Marvin Ray McFadden

1998 - W. Milton Collier

1999 - William Wayne Housley

2000 - Bruce Vance Perkins

2001 - James Ottis Roberts

2002 -Marvin Ray McFadden

2003 -Jimmy W. Jones

2004 -Otho O. Stevens

2005 –John W. Repult

2006–Bobby Ray Boyd

2007–Robert Livingston Spencer

2008–Wheeler Wallace Pulliam

2009 –Otho O. Stevens

2010 –Robert Wilson

2011 –Derik Paul Rushing

2012 –Derik Paul Rushing

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Monday, January 28, 2013

RE Lee Masonic Lodge No 156 F&AM - Officers 2013

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Congratulations to the newly installed officers!

  • James Scott - Worshipful Master

  •  Robert Carnathan - Senior Warden

  •  Guy Weldon - Junior Warden

  •  Robert Earnest - Treasurer

  •  Robert Davis - Secretary

  •  Glenn McCarver - Senior Deacon

  •  Jason Duffy - Junior Deacon

  •  George Kieth - Tiler

It is the hope that you find yourself in harmony among brethren and that you will visit RE Lee Lodge in 2013. 

Regular meeting is the 3rd Monday of each month in Tupelo, Mississippi

Be sure to visit them on Facebook as well!

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Weekly Events - Grand Lodge of MS: 1/27/13-02/02/13

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In order to keep all its subscribed members up to date, the Grand Lodge Internet Committee sends weekly emails with the most recent event updates and additions. Here is a list of Masonic Events for this week:

  • Monday, 01-28-2013 - (06:00 PM - 10:00 PM) - Master Mason Degree - [GM], West Point No. 40 - West Point, MS
  • Monday, 01-28-2013 - (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM) - Entered Apprentice Degree, St. Albans No. 60 - Columbia, MS

  • Tuesday, 01-29-2013 - (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM) - 50 Year Pin Presentation - [GM], John P. Byrd No. 629 - Pearl, MS

  • Tuesday, 01-29-2013 - (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM) - District 29 Mini School, Orange Grove No. 635 - Gulfport, MS

  • Tuesday, 01-29-2013 - (06:00 PM - 10:00 PM) - Master Mason Degree, Circle No. 638 - Madison, MS

  • Tuesday, 01-29-2013 - (06:15 PM - 05:00 PM) - Entered Apprentice Degree, Tyrian No. 427 - Brandon, MS

  • Thursday, 01-31-2013 - (06:00 PM - 10:00 PM) - Confederate Master Mason Degree, Abert No. 89 - Starkville, MS

  • Thursday, 01-31-2013 - (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM) - Entered Apprentice Degree, Canton No. 28 - Canton, MS
Please feel free to forward this email to any Brethren on your contact list.
Grand Lodge of Mississippi Internet Committee
Other Degree Work:
  • Monday, 1/28/2012 - 2 EA Degrees -- Tremont Lodge, Tremont, MS -- 7 pm
  • Tuesday, 1/29/2013 -- FC Degree -- Fairview Lodge in golden, MS 7 pm
  • Thursday, 1/31/2013 -- MM Degree -- Abert Lodge in Starkville -- eat at 6, degree at 7 pm -- Mississippi Masonic Confederate Degree Team.
  • Saturday, 2/16/2013 -- Ea Degree -- Noon -- Smithville Lodge -- Mississippi Masonic Confederate Degree Team

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tupelo Masonic Lodge No. 318 F&AM - 2013 Officers

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Bro Ray Stanford
Worshipful Master

Bro John Davidson
Senior Warden

Bro Isaiah Edger
Junior Warden

Bro Arnie Cade
Senior Deacon

Bro Danny Newman
Junior Deacon

Bro Tom Swindol

Bro Marvin McFadden

Bro James "J.O." Roberts

Bro Derik Rushing

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bro John Ryan Porter - Entered Apprentice Degree Conferred

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We would like to welcome Brother John Ryan Porter to the fraternity! John Ryan is now following in the footsteps of his Grandfather, who was also a Master Mason in Mississippi.

John Ryan is a native of  Woodland, Ms and lives in Anchor, Ms. which is located near Houston. He is the son of Charles and Paula Porter, also of Anchor and attends ICC, majoring in Nursing. John Ryan is active in his local church, enjoys hunting and playing baseball.

The Entered Apprentice Degree was conferred by HOUSTON MASONIC LODGE NO. 67 F&AM, CHICKASAW COUNTY - MASONIC DISTRICT 8, Houston, MS, which reports to the Grand Lodge of Mississippi F&AM, in mid December 2012.

We look forward to this new brothers progression through the degrees and will be notifying our brethren of the dates for his Fellow Craft and Masters Degrees.

Congratulations brother on taking the first step in Masonry and welcome!

We wish you the best of luck on your journey and hope that you will positively promote the true principals of Freemasonry throughout your life as many others have done before you.

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