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Masonic News & Views -- An Irish Blessing
March 13, 2011
Greetings Brother,

I was out back of the CowChows a while ago enjoying the fading afternoon light. Distant thunder rumbled softly over the hills and the unmistakable scent of approaching rain carried on the breeze. I'd picked up an old wooden planter for no particular reason, to move it to no particular place only to find the bottom had rotted out over the winter. And, as I raised the planter the soil tumbled out in a pile next to an old cedar tree. To hide the evidence of a wasted planter from the Lady BG I stashed it behind the tree and was busily spreading the pile of soil when a small timid voice came from behind me, "Whatcha doin?"

I jumped. He giggled. I turned and it was Mason, the little brother of the little blond haired girl next door. "Mason," I said, "you have got to stop sneaking up on me like that."

"I didn't mean to scare you," he said impishly.

"It's not me I'm worried about," I told him. "It's him," and I nodded toward the old cedar.

He peered around me at the old tree and asked curiously, "Him, who?"

I looked over my shoulder at the old tree and then back to Mason. I bent close to him and whispered, "The Leprechaun who lives in that tree."

He stared at me for a long moment. He cocked his head sideways and peered around me at the tree. Then his stare came back to me, and he sniffed. He placed his little hands on his hips and demanded, "Are you drunk?"

"No, I'm not drunk," I said. "I was just trying to get him to come out and you scared him away."

"Nuh uh," he said. "There's no such things as Leprechauns."

"Really," I said, "and how would you be knowin' that, a young sprite of a boy like you?"

"I just know," he said flatly.

"Have you never seen a Leprechaun, then," I asked. "Are you a Leprechaun expert?"

"No," he admitted.

"Well, I have. I am a world renowned Leprechaunologist, and I almost had this one coaxed out of his tree."

He looked around me at the old tree again. He studied me for several long moments. He reached up and scratched his blond curls, and then he nodded. "Okay," he said seriously, "how can we get him to come out?"

"Well," I said, "it won't be easy. He's going to be very cautious now, but there are a few things that Leprechauns can not resist."

"What's that," he asked excitedly.

"Hmmm," I pondered and stroked my chin. "Have you got any Irish whiskey on you?"

"No," he giggled.

"Are you sure," I asked and he turned his little pockets out to show me. I pondered a bit more and said, "I know! They love Lucky Charms cereal. Do you have any of those on you?"

This time he rolled his eyes and, indicating his still turned out pockets, said, "Nope."

"Well, there's only one other thing they can't resist," I said seriously, "and that would be.... your shoes."

"Huh?" he asked with sudden skepticism.

"Leprechauns are cobblers," I told him. "They work on shoes. It's what they love to do. We'll leave your shoes and some coins next to the tree and take turns watching for him. I'll watch while you go home and eat supper and then you come back and watch while I have supper."

A half hour later there was a burst of anxious knocks at the back door of the CowChows. I swung the door open and Mason thrust his shoes at me, "Look!" he cried, "Look what he did to my shoes! Did you see him? Did you catch him?"

"What do you mean, Mason," I asked him. "I came in for a drink. Do you mean he came while I was inside getting a drink?"

"He must have. Look at my shoes!" And he thrust them at me again. I looked, and his shoes had been cleaned and scrubbed to nearly new. Then he added breathlessly, "And, the coins are gone."

"I can't believe I missed him," I said. "I'm so sorry Mason. I was only inside for a few seconds. Did he leave anything besides your shoes?"

"Just this," he said handing me a rolled up piece of crinkled paper.

I carefully unrolled the paper and read,

"May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!"

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Monday, March 14, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st and 2nd Degrees of Freemasonry. One candidate will be presented for each of the two degrees. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

March 10 thru March 20, 2011: The Shrine Circus is in town!. Tickets are available from the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine office by calling (417) 869-9164.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011: March Madness Ritual Instruction continues at the Masonic-York Rite Temple located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield. RWB Phil Kent, DDGM will instruct on Masonic Law beginning at 6:30 PM, followed by instruction on the 1st Degree by RWB Wayne Beach, DDGL 34.
March Madness Ritual Instruction will be held on the first four Wednesdays of March beginning at 6:30 PM each night with the exception of the March 23 school when we will have dinner at 6:00 and instruction at 7:00 PM.

Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19, 2011: Multi-State Scottish Rite Reunion hosted by the Valley of Joplin. This is going to be a once in a lifetime event. Freemasons from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, as well as other States will gather in Joplin for a two day Reunion to confer the Scottish Rite Degrees. Degrees will be conferred by teams from differing States. This is definitely a Reunion that you will not want to miss. Contact the Orient of Missouri Membership Director, RWB Greg Ross KCCH @ 417-872-8179 for information, details, and petitions.

Saturday, March 26, 2011: Monett Lodge No. 129 will host a State School of Ritual Instruction and the Regional Round Robin Ritual Competition. RWB Randy Jones, Grand Lecturer of Missouri, will conduct the school and competition. Breakfast at 8:00 and instruction will begin at 9:00 AM. All Master Masons are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 26, 2011: You are cordially invited to attend the 1st Annual York Rite Masonic Youth Event sponsored by Springfield Chapter No. 15 RAM, Zabud Council No. 25 R&SM and St. John's Cammandery No. 20 KT.
A Noon luncheon will be served by the ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant. Donations are requested from adults and all youth will eat for free.
Following the meal an informational program will be presented by representatives of the Rainbow for Girls, Job's Daughters and DeMolay Masonic youth groups. Speakers will discuss the ideals and programs of each organization.
This is an open meeting for all members of the Masonic fraternity and appended and adoptive bodies of Freemasonry. Bring your prospects and questions and let's support our Masonic youth.
In order to help plan for the meal please RSVP to one of the following Sir Knights:
click here to contact ESK Paul Kingsley.

click here to contact ESK Bob Detherow.

Click here to view and print a flier for the event.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011: Joplin Lodge No. 335 will host a Regional School of Ritual Instruction. RWB Tim Couch, RGL Region 'F' will instruct on the ritual of the first sections of the degrees, and receiving and balloting on a petition. Dinner at 6:00 and Instruction will begin at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, April 2, 2011: Whitewater Lodge No. 417 will host their 1st Annual Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel Music Show. The show will feature the Bressler Brothers, Old Santa Fe, Route 66, and will be held at the Delta High School Gymnasium in Delta, MO. Only $7 to see both shows. Click here to view a flier for the event.

Want a chance to win a brand new Chevrolet Camaro? Well, here ya go. The Valley of Joplin will award a brand spanking new Chevy Camaro to one lucky ticket holder on October 19, 2011. 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 and to get your winning ticket visit WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or visit and LIKE the page at Facebook.com/Win-a-new-Camaro

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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