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Masonic News & Views -- A gift from Albert G. Mackey
March 12, 2012
Greetings Brother,

Today, March 12, we celebrate the birthday of our distinguished Masonic Brother Dr. Albert Gallatin Mackey. Dr. Mackey is among our best known and most respected Masonic authors and educators.

Dr. Mackey was born March 12, 1807 in Charleston, South Carolina. He was educated as a medical doctor and graduated with honors from the Charleston Medical College in 1834. He practiced in the medical profession for the next twenty years, but thereafter withdrew from medical practice and devoted his remaining twenty-seven years to varied Masonic endeavors including research, study, writing and lecturing.

While best known for his Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Dr. Mackey was a prolific Masonic author and his contribution to the literature and science of Freemasonry is unsurpassed. His many Masonic titles include: the History of Freemasonry in seven volumes, the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry in two volumes, Masonic Jurisprudence, Manual of the Lodge, Book of the Chapter, Lexicon of Freemasonry and the Mystic Tie.

As editor for several periodical publications Dr. Mackey conducted for many years the Southern and Western Masonic Miscellany. For two years he was editor-in-chief of the Masonic Quarterly Review. In 1859 he became editor of the Department of Masonic Miscellany in the American Freemason, and for three years, beginning in 1872, he published Mackey's National Freemason. He continued thereafter as a contributing author to the Voice of Freemasonry until his failing health finally brought his labors to a close.

Being the eternal educator and all around good guy that he was Dr. Mackey has requested that in note of his birthday he would like to give you a gift. His wish is that you should have access to some of his Masonic works:

You can view and download The Symbolism of Freemasonry by Albert G. Mackey by clicking here.

And you can view and download The Principles of Masonic Law by Albert G. Mackey by clicking here.

Albert Gallitin Mackey was Initiated, Passed and Raised in Saint Andrews Lodge No. 10, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, in 1841.

He affiliated with Solomon's Lodge No. 1 of Charleston, SC soon thereafter where he served as Worshipful Master in 1842. He became Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina that same year and held that office until 1867.

He was advanced and exalted in Capitular Freemasonry during the winter of 1841-1842, he was elected High Priest in December, 1844; was also elected Deputy Grand High Priest in 1848 and successively re-elected in that position until 1855. In this year and every year thereafter to 1867 he was elected as Grand High Priest of his State. Elected General Grand High Priest in 1859, he continued in that office until 1868.

Dubbed and created a Knight Templar in South Carolina Commandery No. 1, in 1842, he was elected Eminent Commander in 1844, later being honored as a Past Grand Warden of the Grand Encampment of the United States.

Crowned a Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Thirty-third and last Degree in 1844, he was for many years Secretary-General of the Supreme Council, Southern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

Happy Birthday Illustrious Brother Albert G. Mackey.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

With thanks to Free eBooks by Project Gutenberg.


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

Tuesday, March 13, 2012: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will have work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their regular communication. Brother Bobby McAntire will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM. All Master Masons are invited in.

Thursday, March 15, 2012: Neosho Lodge No. 247 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM and one candidate will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason.

Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17, 2012: The Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin Spring Reunion to initiate and welcome new Scottish Rite Masons into the Order. Membership in the Valley is open to all Master Masons in good standing. For more information ask any member of the Valley of Joplin or contact the Valley office at (417) 623-3219 and visit the Valley of Joplin A.A.S.R online at JoplinAASR.com

On March 17, 2012, the Valley of Joplin Scottish Rite Masons will hold a drawing to award a new Chevy Camaro plus other prizes to holders of the winning tickets. Each entry is just $50 USD and there will only be 2,000 entries sold. For full details and to get your tax deductible entry for the drawing visit WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or find us on Facebook and "LIKE" the page at Facebook.com/WinANewCamaro.
We're a long way from our goal so please help spread the word. We truly appreciate your assistance.
And yes, you're welcome to purchase as many tickets as you like until the last one is gone.

Saturday, March 17, 2012: The Brethren of Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will enter a float in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Springfield, MO. Brethren, wives and significant others are invited to participate. Come and join the fun beginning at 9:30 AM at the lodge building to assemble the float.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012: Solomon Lodge No. 271 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012: The Buckeye Ritual Club will meet at Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 99, 201 S. Market Street, Mt. Vernon, MO, at 6:30 PM for fun, fellowship and education on our beautiful Missouri Masonic Ritual. This month's education will focus on Opening on the 2nd Degree, lost password, late arrival, Brother who leaves early, and Closing the Lodge.
The Buckeye Ritual Club is centered in the 44th Masonic District of Missouri, but of course all Master Masons are welcome. The club will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month and will travel to differing lodges within the 44th District. Click here to see the 2012 schedule. Mark your calendar and plan on coming out to have some fun with your Brethren.
The Buckeye Ritual Club is also on Facebook. Click here for the Buckeye Ritual Club Facebook page.

Saturday, March 24, 2012: O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7, in Walnut Grove, MO, will host a Concealed Carry Firearms class today, and a few openings are still available. For more information contact Rocky Stehlik at 417-861-3931. Cost is $75 which includes lunch.

Saturday, March 31, 2012: O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7, in Walnut Grove, MO, will host a Concealed Carry Weapons class today. For more information contact Rocky Stehlik at 417-861-3931. Cost is $75 which includes lunch.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012: Friend Lodge No.352 will meet in Special Communication at the lodge hall in Sparta, MO for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother Rob Turrentine will be presented for advancement to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, April 14, 2012: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet in Special Communication at the lodge hall in Sparta, MO for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Dean Jenks, who has been duly elected, will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Lunch at 12:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 1:00 PM.

Saturday, April 21, 2012: Solomon Lodge No. 271, in Springfield, MO, will host a Concealed Carry Firearms class beginning at 9:00 AM at the lodge building, 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO.

  • Cost for the class is a minimal donation of $75.
  • Particpants must be 21 years of age
  • A Missouri resident
  • And, a U.S. citizen.
  • Each class member will need a minimum of seventy each of revolver and semi-automatic rounds.
  • You do not need to qualify using the weapon that you intend to carry concealed.
  • A limited number of weapons will be available to rent.
  • Class size is limited so a reservation is recommended.
Additional Information
Upon completion of the course you will receive a completion certificate signed by the instructor. You will need to present this certificate to the County Sheriff's office when you apply for the permit. There is a fee for the permit application, which varies by county but is approximately $100. This fee includes finger printing and the FBI background check.
Instruction will be by Jim Watson
For more information and to reserve your spot in the class please contact Joe Scola at 417-827-3958 or by e-mail at:
rampart713(at symbol)msn.com.

Saturday, April 28, 2012: Solomon Lodge No. 271 will host a MoCHIP (Missouri Child Identification & Protection) Event from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Masonic York Rite Temple, 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO. At least 30 volunteers are needed to work this event.
For more information you may call the Lodge Secretary at (417) 425-0083. All volunteers must be signed up at least 12 days prior to the event.
For more information about MoCHIP please visit www.MoCHIP.org.

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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