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!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ben Franklin wanted you to read this..

The first edition of the first Masonic book published 
in America was printed by Brother Benjamin Franklin 
in Philadelphia in 1734. 

It was a reprint of Brother James Anderson's work, 
known as "Anderson's Constitutions," 
printed by William Hunter in London,
which was published in 1723 
under the authority of the Grand Lodge of England. 

It was entitled:

"The Constitutions of the Freemasons". 

It contains the History, Charges and Regulations 
of the Most Ancient and Right Worshipful Fraternity.

The Master's and Warden's Songs are published within it's pages. 
Worth the read alone.

The National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA has an original copy of the book.  
The museum is owned by the Scottish Rite Northern Jurisdiction.
If you have never been there, you need to go.
They have a great museum and great programs year round.

The entire book can be downloaded for free 
from the Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Here is the link:

They have a paperback version you can purchase for $15 off of their site too.

We thank them for their work on this important historical document and 
appreciate them making it electronically available online.

- Masonic Almanac Editor  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Written by Pen & Quill in 1390

What was the oldest known writing related to Freemasonry?

The Regius Manuscript or
"Poem of Moral Duties,"
discovered in 1839 to be a Masonic document
by a non-Mason, J. O. Halliwell.

Written about 1390 and given the name "Regius".

Discovered in the Royal Library of England.

Some common Masonic Ritual terms heard today
in Lodges around the world are found in it.

One such term is "So Mote It Be."

Share trivia like this with a new Brother the next time you come to say it.
It is our duty to pass The Fraternal history to the next generation.

(Left is picture of the Original Handwritten Page
Right is another handwritten copy for study)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Square Deal?

Teddy Roosevelt
No one ever called this Rough Rider timid!

''It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat. ''

26th President of The United States

As President, Roosevelt coined the phrase "Square Deal" to describe his domestic agenda, emphasizing that the average citizen would get a fair share under his policies.  
I wonder where he got that phrase from?  – Masonic Almanac Editor

Friday, April 5, 2013

Will you be remembered?

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. 
What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."

- Brother Albert Pike (1809-1891) 

In 1944, the remains of Albert Pike were removed from Oak Hill Cemetery in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC and placed in the House of the Temple. Headquarters of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A.   - Masonic Almanac Editor 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chip Away At Your Stone

" Masonry is too great an institution to have been made in a day, much less by a few men, but was a slow evolution through long time, unfolding its beauty as it grew. Indeed, it was like one of its own cathedrals which one generation of builders wrought and vanished, and another followed, until, amidst vicissitudes of time and change, of decline and revival, the order itself became a temple of Freedom and Fraternity. "   – Brother J. F. Newton

Your charge today Brother is to look around you and find someone who through their regular and upright actions show the promise of being a good Master Mason.  

As someone did for you, open the door to the temple, and provide instruction for those who can best serve and enjoy themselves learning the Craft. 

One of your duties as a Master Mason is to find the best stones, put them together with others in magnificent order, and build something worthy of the name A FREEMASON.  - Masonic Almanac Editor

Open house at your Lodge is this weekend, put your tools to work and do your part.      

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Upcoming April Special Events

Additional details for each event can be found on the District Calendar

Thu Apr 4, 2013 8pm - 9pm 23rd DDGM Fraternal Visit to Franklin Lodge
Where: 57 North Main Street, North Grafton, MA 01519

Sat Apr 6, 2013 9am - 3pm Statewide Freemasonry Open House (All 7 Lodges in 23rd District)
Where: See list of Lodges in Masonic Almanac and their address.

Sat Apr 6, 2013 8:00am - 12:00pm Boy Scouts Holding Pancake Breakfast During Open House (Boylston Lodge Only)
Where: 12 Church Street, West Boylston, MA 01583

Sat Apr 6, 2013 5pm - 8:30pm Scoop Dinner and Yard or Pound Auction Invitation to Freemason Families
Where: 24 Main Street, Natick MA

Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:30am - 12pm New-Wardens Workshop (Western Mass Session)
Where: East Longmeadow, MA

Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:30am - 3pm Master's Path Program (Eastern MA session)
Where: 279 Prospect Street, Brockton, MA

Sat Apr 20, 2013 3pm - 7pm Lodge of Entered Apprentices and One of Table Instruction
Where: 7 Depot Street, Douglas MA

Tue Apr 23, 2013 6pm - 9pm 23rd District Lodge of Instruction
Where: Morning Star Lodge, 1 Ionic Ave, Worcester, MA 01602

Sat Apr 27, 2013 7pm - 11:59pm Grand Master's Gala
Where: 2345 Commonwealth Avenue Newton, Massachusetts

Mon Apr 29, 2013 6pm - 9pm
23rd District Dinner & Exemplification of Fellow Craft Degree (Freemasons Only)
Where: 1 Ionic Ave. Worcester, MA

Tue Apr 30, 2013 7pm - 10pm Level Lodge - A Lodge of Table Instruction (Freemasons only)
Where: 353 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA

Monday, April 1, 2013

April 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 April.

April 2nd, 2013 - Morning Star Lodge
April 4th, 2013 - Franklin Lodge