Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Freemason Thoughts # 4

"There is not a subject so little understood by even its own members as that of Freemasonry.  It is not in the strict sense an order.  Its purpose is more clearly defined when it is called a fraternity, a brotherhood, or an institution.  It is certainly not a club.  Ritualism is not Masonry.  The ritual is the vehicle which conveys the sublime truths to the heart and mind.  If the forms and ceremonies through which the candidate passes fail to lift him to higher conceptions of life, duty and charity, then they are mere sounding brass and tinkling cymbal."

--- West Australian Craftsman

Printed in the South Dakota Masonic Messenger, Feb. 1974

Follow-up to Freemason Thoughts # 4

Want to make a difference in someone's life?
Do you want to make your Lodge night a better experience.
Make the first year of every candidates life a golden learning experience.
It's not just about the ritual experience.
It is the example set not only by every lodge officer but every member of our fraternity who comes in contact with that candidate. 

Think about it! 

They all join with an expectation of 
"wanting to do more" or "becoming a better man".
They take the oath and become our Brother
Show them what that should really mean.
Encourage others to do the same.
Careful what you say and do in front of them.
If they see nothing, or learn nothing, and hear the negative lately, 
then they will not be inspired and end up 
doing nothing for your Lodge or the community.

Show them by words and examples of what sets Freemasonry apart.
Don't rely on the history of what others have previously done.
Share the history, but make some of your own.
Create a project or help with someone else' 
Not enough happening at the right time in your Lodge.
Check the District Calendar for other events going on around the area.
Any Lodge would welcome help from any Brother or Brothers.
   Satisfaction comes from doing something.
Make a difference and do it with a candidate by your side.
Make the 1st year the example of what a Freemason does!
You will both be better for it!

---- Masonic Almanac Editor  - March 23, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

March L.O.I. Moved

The March
Lodge Of Instruction
was moved up to tonight
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Join the Lodge Officers of the 23rd District
Their Candidates
Trinity Lodge
745 Main Street
Clinton, MA  01510

6:00pm - Dinner (Previous RSVP Only)
6:45pm - Lodge Opened
7:00pm - Officer Instruction
8:00pm - Guest Speaker
8:30 - Close and Collation

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Good Men Found Here

If you want to know where 
the future of Freemasonry 
will grow and prosper 
it's simple 
in the heart, 
in your heart, 
in my heart, 
and in the hearts
of those who follow us.  

--- Brother Conrad Hahn

Remember to look around you 

for those men 
who have

the qualities that 

make a Good Master Mason.

Your extra efforts can build a 
stronger Lodge. 
Invite them to your Lodge 
to learn more about Freemasonry
Open House on
Saturday April 6th
9AM to 3PM


Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Claudy Question

THE QUESTION, "Why do men wish to become Freemasons?"

That answer is of little importance. But the subsequent query, 

"Why do Freemasons remain such - why do Freemasons love Freemasonry?" 

is of such great and far- reaching importance that almost every Masonic writer and philosopher has tried to answer it; a perfectly normal procedure, as there appears to be almost as many reasons as there are men to give them.

No answer which seems adequately to cover the whole question has as yet been formulated.

The Master Mason - August 1925

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Freemason Thoughts # 3

"We represent a fraternity which believes in justice and truth and honorable action in your community.  Men who are endeavoring to be better citizens[and] to make a great country greater. This is the only institution in the world where we can meet on the level all sorts of people who want to live rightly"

HARRY S TRUMAN (1884-1972)

Thirty-third President Of the United States (1945-1952)

97th Grand Master of Masons in Missouri

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Level Lodge Fraternal Visit

During his Fraternal visit DDGM H. Bradford White Jr. presented
Wor. Gerald Finkle with his 50 Year Masonic Veterans Metal

Level Lodge Master Worshipful Gary Levine presented him with 
a 50 Year Masonic Membership Lapel Pin.

Wor. Finkle gave the Brothers a good chuckle when he made his plans
to return and collect his 100 Year metal in 2063.

Congratulations,  Wor. Finkle,  we hope to all 
be there with you when you pick that one up.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Boylston Lodge Fraternal Visit

During his Fraternal visit DDGM H. Bradford White Jr. presides 
during the unveiling of the new  Boy Scout Troop 151 Flag.

The Scouts performed Color Guard Duties escorting 
the DDGM and his suite into the Lodge Hall 
during the public portion of his visit. 

Boylston Lodge Master Worshipful Todd Hall 
addressed the boys and Lodge visitors and talked 
of the long rich history between the 
Boy Scouts and Freemasonry.  

The Troop was recently re-chartered to the 
West Boylston Masonic Charity And Educational Association, Inc.

R.W. Louis Papagni of Boylston Lodge presented pins on behalf of the 
Brothers of Boylston Lodge to the Scouts welcoming the 
Troop to the Lodge on their inaugural visit.

It was a special night combining two great fraternal organizations 
and a clear demonstration of the fine quality of young 
and seasoned men involved in both groups. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Upcoming March Events

March 11, 2013
DDGM Fraternal Visit Boylston Lodge

March 12, 2013
DDGM Fraternal Visit Level Lodge

March 13, 2013
Grand Lodge Quarterly - Boston, MA

March 16, 2013
Post Grand Lodge Quarterly Meeting - Boylston Lodge

March 20, 2013
DDGM Fraternal Visit Quinsigamond Lodge

March 21, 2013
 (NOTE: Was rescheduled from 3/26)
23rd District Lodge Of Instruction - Clinton, MA 

March 23, 2013
New Warden's Workshop - Wakefield, MA

March 23, 2013
32nd Annual N.E. Brotherhood Night - Boston, MA

View the  23rd District Event Calendar and click event name for more details. 
(If they have been provided to author)

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Freemason Thoughts # 2

What Is A Freemason?

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.
A Freemason is a man of faith, who uses tools of moral and ethical principles to serve mankind. He binds himself to like-minded men in a brother­hood that transcends all religious, ethnic, social, cultural and educational differences.
He shows the aspirations and obligations of men of good will who seek to make themselves better than they are - not better than others.
A Freemason is dedicated - he recognizes his responsibility for justice, truth, charity, honesty and integrity. Freemasons work building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works at building a house.
A Freemason believes that there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does. A Freemason teaches that principle. He believes that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty - that a man who acts without honor is less than a man.
A Freemason believes that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive, it's also more rewarding. He becomes involved with problems and needs of others because he knows it gives each of us a good feeling to help, a feeling unlike any other.
A Freemason believes that every person should strive to be a good citizen and that he has a moral duty to be true to the country in which he lives, for loyalty to one's country is essential.
He is expected to obey every lawful authority, obey the laws of the country in which he lives and promote its general welfare. In no way do these requirements interfere with a Freemason's civil right to protest and seek legislative changes by lawful means.
Freemasons and the Masonic family contribute not only their money, but also an incredible amount of time to various charities. Internationally the Masonic Family donates over three million dollars per day to various charitable works. Much of our help is given anonymously. We're not after gratitude. We're more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person over­come some adversity, so that their life can go on.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March DDGM Fraternal Visits

District Deputy Grand Master
R.W. H. Bradford White, Jr.

Join your Lodge Brothers these nights to welcome 
the 23rd District Deputy Grand Master & his suite 
at these locations during March.

March 11th - Boylston Lodge
March 12th - Level Lodge
March 20th - Quinsigamond Lodge  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Order Tickets: The Grand Master's Gala

 Saturday April 27, 2013 

7:00 pm, dancing 8 pm-Midnight

$150 per couple.
Tickets on sale now at: 
Come join us at the Newton Marriott for
the social highlight of
M.W. Richard Stewart's capstone year as
Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts

Along with spending a wonderful evening with our Ladies and the Grand Master, 
net proceeds from the event will benefit our signature charity, 
The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Freemason Thoughts #1

Because I Am A Freemason...

... I believe that freedom of religion is an inalienable human right and tolerance an indispensable trait of human character; therefore, I will stand in my Lodge with Brothers of all faiths, and respect their beliefs as they respect mine, and I will demonstrate the spirit of Brotherhood in all aspects of my life.
... I know that education and the rational use of the mind are the keys to facing the problems of humanity; therefore, I will bring my questions and my ideas to my Lodge, and strive to advance the growth of my mind alongside my Brothers.
... I know that the rich tradition of Freemasonry and its framework of Ritual are important platforms for growth and learning; therefore, I vow to stand upon these platforms to improve myself as a human being, and I vow to help in the mission of the Craft to provide tools, atmosphere, challenges and motivation to help each Brother do the same.
... I know that charity is the distinguishing human virtue, and that personal community service is the best demonstration of one’s commitment to humanity; I acknowledge that words without deeds are meaningless, and I vow to work with my Lodge to provide service to the community, and to promote charity, friendship, morality, harmony, integrity, fidelity and love.
... I know that my obligation to community extends beyond my local sphere and is partly fulfilled in my patriotism: love of my country, obedience to its laws and celebration of the freedoms and opportunities it symbolizes.
... I know that leadership is best demonstrated by commitment to serving others; I will therefore participate in, and help work at improving individual leadership skills, and serve the Brothers of my Lodge to the best of my ability.
... I know that friendship, fidelity and family are the foundations of a well-lived life; I therefore vow to be a faithful friend to my Brothers, as I expect my Lodge to respect my personal obligations, and to treat my family as though my family were their own.
... I know that the last great lesson of Freemasonry -- the value of personal integrity and the sanctity of one’s word-- is a lesson for all people in all times; I therefore vow to be a man of my word.
... I know that Masonry’s power is best exercised when its Light is shared with the world at large; I therefore vow to bring the best of myself to my Lodge, in order that my growth might be fostered and nurtured, and to present myself to the world as a working Freemason, on the path to building a more perfect temple.
Because I am a Freemason, these values and aspirations are guideposts for my progress through life.
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