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Masonic News & Views -- A right yare boat
July 18, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Sometimes, even here at the CowChows, the stresses of life can threaten to overwhelm. The pile of things that have to be done, and need to be done, and should be done just seems to grow higher and higher until you feel smothered and crushed under the weight of it all. Just trying to figure out where to start, and imagining the work that lay ahead leaves you exhausted and dizzy. At times like this I thank God I have the Lady BG.

Earlier today, the Lady BG found me cowering in a corner with a blanket draped over me and slowly rocking to and fro. She lifted a corner of the blanket and asked, "What's wrong with you?"

And so, I told her of the giant mountain of undone stuff that I was carrying around. She listened patiently and when I was all finished cataloging every rock in the mountain she smiled softly, nodded sympathetically, dropped the corner of the blanket and said, "Well, you can either stop whining and get started doing some of those things or....., we can go float down the river. And then she walked away.

Hmmmm....

"But we don't have a boat," I called after her.

"I know," she said as she started up the stairs.

"We don't have a raft either," I called.

"Mmm-hmm," she replied from the landing.

"We don't even have an inner-tube," I yelled, but there was no response.

A few minutes later I came out from under my blanket. A half-hour after that I stood at the foot of the stairs and hollered, "You ready to go?"

"Go where," she called from somewhere above.

"Floating down the river."

"We don't have anything to float on."

"Oh, yes we do," I said, and then stepped back outside and waited.

Her curiosity overcame her and a minute later she stepped out into the bright hot sunshine. As she descended the back steps she began, "This had better be good 'cause I'm neither a mad dog nor an Englishman and if you got me out here...." She stopped half-way down the steps. She shaded her eyes until they adjusted to the bright light, and when she realized what was strapped into the back of the truck she looked at me and then back at the truck. And then, she began laughing like a little girl, jumping up and down, and clapping her hands together.

It was true; we didn't have a boat or raft or even an inner-tube, but we did have an air-bed and it was now fully inflated and ready for its maiden voyage. We took it down to the river and plunked it in. It took a few tries to figure out how to get us both on it without it flipping us into the water, but eventually we managed to get on and stay upright.

It floats surprisingly well and we're having a great time. The only real drawbacks are that you can't steer her or stop her, but otherwise she's right yare. I'm just hoping we run aground somewhere before we get to the Mississippi.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


Now, on with the news........................

Monday, July 18, 2011: Mt. Olive Lodge No. 439 will have work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their Stated Communication. Two candidates will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. I'm not sure about the time, but my best guess is that Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 379 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two candidates will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Refreshments at 6:00 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011: Hazelwood Lodge No. 459 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two candidates will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. I'm not sure about the time, but my best guess is that Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two candidates will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 5:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.
Ava Lodge is located at 407 N.W. 11th Avenue in Ava, Missouri.

The Tri-County Scottish Rite Club cordially invites all Scottish Rite Masons and their family and friends to enjoy fun and fellowship at their regular meetings held on the third Thursday of each month. Tri-County meets at the Elks Lodge in Bolivar , MO. Social time at 6:30 PM; Dinner and meeting at 7:00. Yearly dues are just $5.
For directions and inquiries please call John Bennett at 417-328-8188 or Jackie Slagle at 417-376-2943.

Saturday, July 23, 2011: Sparta Lodge No. 296 will host a concealed/carry firearms course at the lodge building located at 7702 State Hwy 14 East in Sparta, Missouri. The course will begin at 9:00 AM and run to approximately 4:00 PM. Lunch will be available. Students without their own firearm should bring a minimum of seventy .22 caliber long rifle shells. A donation of fifty dollars or more will be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Three candidates will be presented for passage to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 5:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM and there will be nourishment following the work.

Thursday, July 28, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM.

Saturday, August 27, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will host a Chance-to-Advance one day class at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building located at 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO. Breakfast at 6:30, Registration at 7:00 AM, Lodge will be duly Opened at 8:00 AM, and the day will wrap around 3:30 PM. All Master Masons are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, September 10, 2011: Charity Shoot for Kids sponsored by Solomon Lodge No. 271. Proceeds from this Sporting Clays Shoot will support McGregor and Bowerman Elementary Schools in Springfield, MO. The event will be held at Ozark Shooters Sports Complex in Branson, MO. Click here to open and print a registration form for this event. For more information contact Brother J.W. Gibbs at (417) 350-2700.

The Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin needs your help in preserving our beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral. And, in helping preserve this piece of American history you could win a brand new Chevy Camaro. Tickets are just $50 each and only two thousand tickets will be offered. There will be cash prizes awarded, as well. For all the details on how you can help us preserve this beautiful building please go to WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or visit and "LIKE" the page at Facebook.com/Win-a-new-Camaro. While you're at it be sure and tell your friends. Thank you very much.

As you can see there's lots of Masonry going on in Missouri. See the links below to keep up with the latest or to submit information for your upcoming meeting.

For more news of upcoming events and special communications visit the Upcoming Masonic Events page on Masonsmart.com

For a calendar of Stated meetings for many of the Lodges and Masonic bodies visit the Masonic Calendar page on Masonsmart.com

For help locating a lodge building visit the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map page on Masonsmart.com

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