Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What is a True Freemason?

A True Freemason does more than just call himself one.

Reading about the noted Freemason's of the past brings this thought to mind. I'm not reading about members who sit home or sit in a meeting watching from the sideline and think they are doing something Masonic. I'm reading about Freemasons who were or are men of action!

These Freemason's are active in their Lodge, in their community, and often in the service of their country!  Oh yes, they take care of their family, but with no excuses or regrets they take actions to practice the Three Great Tenets of Freemasonry. Remember them?

A True Freemason makes the necessary time and place for both.  

How do they do it?

A common trait of all the True Freemason's of action is that they always invest the time in themselves (finding a way around the often used excuses of the young) to study those who have lived a life of more light.  They internalize what they learn, incorporate that knowledge into their character, and take quantifiable actions to become the man they joined Masonry to be.

Where and when will your studies begin?

Ask your Lodge Mentors & Master's 
they will be happy to point you to the light. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Publication From Over The Pond

Grand Lodge of England

FreeMasonry Today
The Official Journal of the United Grand Lodge of England
(Summer 2013 Edition)

Open this up on your
 "PC/Mac screen or Tablet/iPad"
not formatted well to read on a mobile phone.

Click the link below to view current edition.

The article that caught my eye was on
Page 50: 
Talks about Today's Social Media
and its impact on Freemasonry

Lot's of other reading in this issue and a long list of past issues to read.

I've enjoyed several issues so far.

Enjoy yourself and your summer!

I would be interested to hear what you think of this publication.
Drop me a quick email at:


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Are you a traveling man?

A Freemason is a member of the world's largest fraternal organization. He not only enjoys the friendship and brotherhood of other Freemasons in his community, but also is welcomed by Freemasons anywhere in the world.

Display Your Diploma With Pride!

A Masonic Certificate recognizes the Master Mason's special
achievement of having been raised to the highest degree
within Freemasonry.
It is awarded in recognition of:
1.  Your Devotion to your lodge, the craft and its brotherhood.
2.  Your Personal dedication and commitment
      to Freemasonry's tenets. 
3.  Your Ongoing journey in the quest for more light..
 This visual record attests to the affirmation of your obligation...and while you have already received your lambskin apron; it proudly provides a visual testimonial of your achievements and your ongoing loyalty to the brotherhood...(a "sheepskin", if you will), which honors your independent decision to be the best man that you can be.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

A U.S. President Inspired To Become A Freemason

When asked how he came to be a Freemason, President McKinley explained:

"After the battle of Opequon, I went with the surgeon of our Ohio regiment to the field where there were about 5,000 Confederate prisoners under guard.  Almost as soon as we passed the guard, I noticed the doctor shook hands with a number of Confederate prisoners.  He also took from his pocket a roll of bills and distributed all  he had among them.  Boy-like, I looked on in wonderment; I didn't know what it all meant.  On the way back to camp I asked him:

'Did you know these men or ever see them before?'
'No,' replied the doctor, 'I never saw them before.'
'But,' I persisted, 'You gave them a lot of money, all you had about you.  
Do you ever expect to get it back?'
'Well,' said the doctor, 'if they are able to pay me back, they will.  But it makes no difference to me; they are brother Masons in trouble and I am only doing my duty.'

"I said to myself, 'If that is Masonry, I will take some of it myself.' "

Editor's Note: Conflicting Masonic claims as to when he was raised. 
Some reports say Hiram Lodge No. 10 in Winchester, West Virginia in 1865
Some say Hiram Lodge No. 21 at Winchester, Virginia
McKinley later affiliated with Canton Lodge No. 60 at Canton, Ohio in 1867 
He received the Capitular degrees in Canton in 1883 and was made a Knight Templar in 1884.

McKinley was the last President to have served in the American Civil War

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Masonic Wedding?

Masonic Wedding at The Main Temple 
of the Grand Lodge Of Puerto Rico

You've heard about a Masonic Funeral, why not a Masonic Wedding?  It happens more often than you think.  In Texas, on Galveston Island in the Gulf, a Masonic groom and his bride can be wed in a “Masonic Wedding”. Masonic wedding ceremonies like the one above have also been performed in, Greece, Turkey, France, and the Netherlands.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Boy Scouts Raise Flag

1st Annual Troop 151 
Memorial Day Flag Raising 
at Boylston Lodge

The troop camped out on Lodge grounds 
during very wet and cold conditions 
in the days leading up to 
Memorial Day 2013.

Saturday & Monday they performed public service 
at the West Boylston Memorial Day Program. 
Despite the weather their spirits 
were not dampened and they
cheerfully and patriotically 
raised the flag in honor 
and memory of
the fallen men and women 
of our American Military.

(Editors Note: Memorial Day Weekend 2013 was the coldest and wettest in the last 20 years! You can see in the picture the weather had cleared up in time for Monday)  Boy Scout Troop 151 ( Mohegan Council ) was recently re-chartered to the West Boylston Masonic Charity and Education Association.  They have been very active in and around public and Lodge events.  They are a very good group of boys who someday should prove to be some very fine and active men in community and service to their country!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Masonic Clothing Fundraiser

Proceeds Going To The 
Matthew John Whittall Lodge
Charitable Fund

Very reasonable prices
Get your order in soon!
Contact Information Is Found On Flyer

Friday, June 14, 2013

An Author Worth Reading

Carl H. Claudy 
Masonic author 
D.C. Grand Master in 1943
Executive Secretary of MSA

From the Masonic Service Association:

"There was a time, an age before television, video rentals, and pro sports, when Freemasons read. An age when sitting before a fire with a book of Masonic lore or history was regarded as an evening well spent. Emerging from that time is the name of an author unparalleled in his contributions to Masonic literature. Anyone who has read just a little of Carl H. Claudy's works cannot help but be charmed by the story told and the manner of expression.

Foreign Countries, Old Tiler Talks, The Old Past Master, A Master's Wages, These Were Brethren, Where Your Treasure Is, The Lion's Paw, and Masonic Harvest, are but a few of his more well known Masonic works.

Honor our Brother and brighten your Masonic Light and pick up and read one of his works.  You will enjoy comparing his perspective to today's world.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Educational Opportunity - Learn Scottish Rite's History

A Sublime Brotherhood: 
200 Years of Scottish Rite Freemasonry 
in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Join Aimee E. Newell, the museum's Director of Collections and curator of the exhibition, to learn about the Scottish Rite's French roots, its founding in America two centuries ago and its evolution into one of the most popular American fraternal groups during the 1900s.  The exhibition includes photos, costumes, and Scottish Rite props, many of which have never previously been on view. 

This very informative free Gallery talk will held 
Saturday, June 15th 2013 at 2P.M.
National Heritage Museum
33 Marrett Road 
(At the intersection of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue)
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (781) 861-6559  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Winston Churchill

Today in Masonic History:
May 24th, 1901
Sir Winston Churchill 
received his 1st degree 
in Studholme Lodge #1591, London. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wages of a Mason

"Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another; sympathy that begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason." 

- Brother Benjamin Franklin

Monday, May 20, 2013

Which title will you hold?

"I hope I shall always possess 
firmness and virtue enough 
to maintain what I consider 
the most enviable of all titles, 
the character of an honest man."

 — George Washington 
U.S. President & Freemason

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Masonic Sunday Funnies # 4

Q: How many Masons does it take to screw in a light bulb? 

A: Three. One to screw it in, one to read the minutes of the previous light bulb replacement, and one to sit on the sidelines and complain that this wasn't the way they USED to screw in light bulbs.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Stone Quarry Degree

“We can only know the fullest joys of Masonry 
when we truly walk the paths of service 
and of hard work in the quarries.”

— Brother George E. Burow

If a Brother asks for your help, 
remember the oaths you took.

Editors Note:  
The picture above was taken just before 
a 3rd Degree was performed 
in a real stone quarry
by torch light 
in Connecticut.
I attended with a dozen 
Master Masons from Massachusetts.
What a treat to experience!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Know when to fold them..

"To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, 
but that an equally great one is to know 
the right moment to stop."

Brother Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bonds of a Freemason

"That sacred and invisible bond that unites men of the most discordant opinions into one band of brothers, which gives one language to men of all nations and one altar to men of all religions, is properly, from the mysterious influence it exerts, denominated the mystic tie; and Freemasons because they alone are under its influence, or enjoy its benefits, are called brethren of the mystic tie."

Brother Albert Mackey 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Masonic Sunday Funnies # 3

Don & Jeff had been Lodge Brothers for many years. They had promised each other that the first to go to the Grand Lodge above would return to tell the other whether there really were Lodges in Heaven and what they were like. By and by, it came to pass that Don went first.

One day shortly after, Jeff was working in his garden when he heard a whispered voice, 
"Pssst Jeff!"  He looked around but saw nothing.
A few moments later he heard, now quite clearly " Jeff! Its me, Don!"
"Don" Jeff exclaimed, " are you in Heaven?"
"Indeed I am" said Don.

Jeff paused for a while to get over the shock and then said "Well, Don, are there Lodges up there in Heaven?"
"There certainly are, Jeff. There are Lodges all over and they are quite magnificent, equal or better to the House of The Temple in Washington D.C. The meetings are well attended, the ritual is word perfect, the festive board fantastic and the spirit of Masonic Fellowship is all pervasive."

"My goodness, Don," said Jeff, "It certainly sounds very impressive but for all that you seem rather sad. Tell me old friend, what is the matter."

"Well, Jeff, you are right. I have some good news and some bad."
"OK, so what's the good news?"
"The good news is that we are doing a 3rd this coming Monday"
"Great" said Jeff. "What′s the bad news then?"
"You′re the Senior Deacon!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Call me Brother

"My Brother, for by that sacred appellation I now address you." 

If the language of Masonic ritual is one of the most important elements which help initiates to become impressed with the meaning and philosophy of the Fraternity, that salutation needs to be made significant and impressive. That sacred appellation is a key for revealing the fundamental spiritual quality of the institution. Merely to slip in the words, "My Brother," as a variation in a form of address, is to risk the initiate's failure to discern the mystic quality of Masonic brotherhood. 

Friday, May 10, 2013

What does that mean?

DUE GUARD is two words, forming one, which scholars fight over and Masons accept as a matter of course. Every Mason knows what it is. None apparently, really knows where it came from. Masonic author Albert Mackey says that it is a contraction of "duly guard". He asserts it is an Americanism and not used abroad now to mean what we mean, even though two hundred years ago it was the name given to a sign. 

Lots of opinions on these two little words. Research it yourself and at the next Lodge dinner share what you find with a Brother.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How do you demonstrate Freemasonry?

You might have an emblem on your car or a pin on your lapel, or maybe even a ring on your finger, but is that how you demonstrate what Freemasonry is? 

I began to wonder just how many people know what being a Mason is really all about.  Anyone can Google these days to learn more about Freemasonry.  Fact and fiction links about Freemasonry is returned by the millions on any given day.  

Since that is so easy, do we really need to tell or better yet show anyone?    

In searching for an answer, maybe we should ask ourselves:

"When is the last time I visited a sick brother or checked in on a widow?"

"When was the last time I supported a Lodge public service event?"

"When is the last time I talked to someone about Masonry and what it means to me, particularly with someone not in the Fraternity? "

It’s easy to purchase Masonic emblems, rings, pins, hats or other merchandise and display them for all to see. It’s much harder, and much more rewarding and challenging, to actually perform some physical action that supports the beliefs we profess by displaying Masonic icons.

Maybe work and family commitments keep you busy on Lodge night for real. Maybe watching or doing the ritual is not your cup of tea. I would argue that you're missing the point, drop the excuses and support the education of our candidates, but that is for another post.  

Almost every Freemason on their investigation says: "I want to become a better person" or "I want to give back to the community."  Activities of your Lodge and other Lodges around the district during the year provides those opportunities.

I've had the pleasure in my 15 years of Freemasonry to meet and join with other quality men of action.  Men who step up to lead or support the many avenues of service in our fraternity.

To those men I say thank you for doing what you do!

To the others that know they can do more than what they have so far, I ask you to step out of the shadows and into the light, get out of your comfort zone and DEMONSTRATE what Freemasonry is all about. Satisfy what your heart tells you that you can do.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Upon the book, an oath I took...

"No man ever took the oaths and subscribed to the obligations with greater watchfulness and care than I exercised in receiving the various rites of Masonry, and I say with due deliberation and without fear of breaking the faith. I have never encountered a lesson, never witnessed an example, never heard an obligation uttered which could not be openly proclaimed to the world." 

The words of a Freemason who was also 
a President of the United States
 Warren G. Harding

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Real Lessons of Brotherhood

On April 13-16, 2013 Boy Scout Troop 151 of West Boylston MA, newly chartered by the West Boylston Masonic Charity and Education Association (Boylston Lodge), travelled to the Gettysburg National Military Park for a long weekend of hiking, education, and fun.  In attendance were 10 scouts and 6 adults, including 2 brothers from Boylston Lodge.  A great time was had by all.  

Pictured is Union General Winfield Scott Hancock and Confederate General Lewis Addison Armistead who were personal friends and members of the Masonic Fraternity.  The Gettysburg Masonic Memorial erected by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to honor Masons of both the North and South who, despite their political differences, never forgot their obligations to each other.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Masonic Sunday Funnies # 2

A Master and His Clock

It seems that another Mason, Master of his Lodge, was called to the Celestial Lodge above and met with the gatekeeper.

He identified himself as a member of the Craft and gatekeeper asked, "What Lodge?"
Proudly the Master replied, "Old Adage Lodge #1."

The gatekeeper immediately took him to the Masonic Clock Room. The Master, in puzzlement, looked around the room which was filled with clocks. Each clock had a Lodge′s name on a brass plate and, strangely enough, each clock was at a different time.

He asked why and gatekeeper informed him that the hands only moved when someone in that Lodge made a mistake in the Ritual.

The Master then asked where his Lodge′s clock was as he couldn't see it.
The gatekeeper replied, "Why, it′s in the kitchen, of course."
"The kitchen," said the Master?
"Yes, you see, we needed a new fan."

Friday, April 26, 2013

50 Year Awards Night

Presentation Visit and Dinner
 Open Meeting
Matthew John Whittall Lodge
353 Boston Turnpike 
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
Dinner Served 6:30 pm
Lodge Opens 7:30 pm

D.D.G.M. H. Bradford White Jr. will be making a Fraternal Visit to the Matthew John Whittall Lodge for the purpose of presenting several 50 year awards and a 50 year Past Master's certificate.  

Brothers from around the state are invited along with family and friends. They will be having a dinner that evening composed of salad/rolls, cranberry walnut stuffed chicken, roasted red potatoes, mixed grilled vegetables and dessert.  The cost is $15/person and the dinner will be served promptly at 6:30pm.  

Please RSVP for dinner
by email to
Deadline Friday, May 3, 2013. 

Standard Meeting Attire 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Known for his square deals...

"There is no doubt in my mind that 
Masonry is the cornerstone of America"
- Brother Dave Thomas

Founder of Wendy's Restaurants
Member of a Lodge in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
since 1959
Received an honorary 33rd Degree in 1995
Was a Shriner too.
Thomas was posthumously awarded
The Presidential Medal of Freedom
in 2003 

Famous for "Square" hamburgers, 
makes you wonder? - Editor

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

23rd District Exemplification

Massachusetts 23rd District Dinner 
And  Exemplification 
of the Fellowcraft Degree
Monday, April 29th
1 Ionic Ave, Worcester, MA

Fellowcraft and Master Masons Only 
All 23rd District Lodges are expected to participate. 
6PM Dinner Meatloaf  
RSVP Required for Dinner 
Bro. Joshua Desai is taking reservations
Send your reservation to: 
by April 24th, 2013 By 9 PM.

Work of the evening begins at 7:00PM


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

MyCHIP Milestone Looming

298,452 Kids Identified So Far

300,000 Milestone Within Reach!

This summer
gather some Brothers
and look for a local event
that expects to draw 
large numbers of children
that you can help ID.

A great FREE community service
program for your Lodge.

Involve not only the Brothers 
but also their 
wives and older teenage children.  

A Fun and Positive, Goodwill  Event 
for Everyone.

More information can be found:
Massachusetts Child ID Program

Monday, April 22, 2013

Brotherly Love - A Masonic Value

It means that we place on another man the highest possible valuation as a friend, a companion, an associate, a neighbor, a fellow. Merely to be with him, merely to spend hours in his company, to have the privilege of working at his side, is all we ask. We do not ask that from our relationship we make money, or further our business interests, or achieve some other form of selfish gain. Freemasonry takes brotherly love for granted, provides opportunities for us to have fellowship, and encourages us to understand and to practice it, and to make it one of the laws of our existence.

Take steps, reach out 
and the Brotherhood 
will be better for it!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Prayers & A Request

Our thoughts & prayers 
are with all the victims and
their families impacted at  
The Tragedy 
At The Boston Marathon 

Thank you to all our Emergency Personnel
for being there as always!

Think of stepping up to help 
the American Red Cross today. 

Emergency Blood Supplies 
in the coming days 
could use our help. 

If it is within the length of your cable tow
please respond and give blood.
Bring a friend with you and share the goodwill.

Use the link below to find a location near you.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

A nod towards Brother David

A Candidate for initiation was to be picked up and driven to the Lodge, but before this could happen the car broke down. The Candidate said as it was no great distance he would go on his bicycle.

Just when he reached the top of the hill his chain broke. As the Lodge was at the bottom of the other side and all he needed was a back pedal brake, so he repaired the chain with a cord he had in his pocket and free–wheeled downhill to the Lodge.

Later that evening in reply to a toast in his honor, he said how proud he was to be a Freemason but could not understand, as he had told no one, how the WM knew that he had come on his own free wheel and a cord.

Here at The Masonic Almanac 
each Saturday is set aside to bring us more light.
  Must we be always serious?
I'm thinking of making a regular feature called 
Masonic Sunday Funnies!
Masonic Humor from around the world.
Drop me a line and tell me what you think or
even share one the Brothers may enjoy.  
--- Editor of The Masonic Almanac

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Masonic Trowel

...Free and Accepted Masons are taught to make use of it for the more noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection; that cement which unites us into one sacred band, or society of friends and brothers, among whom no contention should ever exist, but that noble contention, or rather emulation, of who can best work and best agree.

No idle words spoken above.  
This working tool needs to be put to work today more than ever. 
Your Lodge, your community and your country need great men of action.

Throughout history there have been countless examples of Freemasons making a difference.
Now that you are one, 
I ask you to seriously contemplate this question:

What have I done for my lodge , my community and my country that has made a lasting difference?  

Do you truly have a satisfying answer to that?

If not;

I challenge you at your next Lodge meeting 
to call on your Brothers, 
with whom you can best work and agree,
to make a plan 
then take actions
 that produce results.

Make it a Knight's quest that you will not rest until it is done.

Do  something that 
you can sincerely be proud of 
when answering all three parts of the question above.

You have a talent that the Grand Architect has blessed you with.

Take that talent and make use of it for that glorious purpose for which it was intended.

The Great Temple did not build itself, it took action!