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November 13, 2011
Greetings Brother,

The time has come to shake things up just a little.

When I began this newsletter several years ago the intent was to communicate information and perhaps a little education on Freemasonry and the Masonic fraternity. Somewhere along the way I began writing the CowChows stories and for whatever reason folks seemed to like them. Go figure. If you are one of those who replied, responded, called or stopped me somewhere along the way to tell me you enjoyed my little stories I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate it. Your encouragement, along with the Lady BG's, has kept me writing, growing and stretching to become better.

However, it's time for the Masonic News & Views to return to its original intent. So, as of next week this newsletter will again be devoted to Masonic information, education and interests. It will continue to contain the calendar of events so please keep sending me notices of upcoming events in your lodge or appended body. If you are not a Freemason I hope that you will find this new format just as interesting as before and continue to subscribe to the newsletter. The teachings of Freemasonry are universal and of value to us all. If you are a Freemason my hope is that you will find it interesting enough to want to tell others about it.

But, what about the CowChows stories?

If you want to continue keeping up with what's goin' on at the CowChows I have even better news. Coming to the Internet, and an inbox near you in the very near future, it gives us pleasure to present.. (drum roll please).. www.CowChows.com!

The site is still under development but you can go ahead and sign-up to receive the CowChows stories and news by clicking on the link below:

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The stories may not continue to come as regular as every week, but as long as the kids keep torturing me I'll keep tattling on them.

Thanks again for all your support, encouragement, and your time. I know how precious our time is and I appreciate you spending a little with me. Life is good here at the CowChows and I hope you'll continue to share it with the Lady BG and me.

Until next week, from the mystical, magical realm of the CowChows I wish you good health and much happiness. Here's the link once more if you want to keep getting the stories:

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If you just want to keep getting the Masonic News & Views you don't need to do anything. And, of course you can unsubscribe from either newsletter at any time.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 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. One of the degrees is courtesy work for a lodge under the Masonic jurisdiction of Nevada. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet in Special Communication at the Sparta Lodge hall in Sparta, MO for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brothers Thomas McInnish and Sean Haling will be presented for advancement to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM at the Lodge Hall in Sparta, MO.
All Fellowcrafts are invited in!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011: Hickory Hill Lodge No. 211 will have work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their rugular communication. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, November 17, 2011: Henderson Lodge No. 477 will have the privilege of honoring a Brother with 67 years of Masonic service. Dinner will be ready at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.
Henderson Lodge No. 477 meets at 127 East Center Street in Rogersville, MO.

Friday, November 18, 2011: Forsyth Lodge No. 453 will hold its annual Stew & Chili Fundraising Dinner. The proceeds from this event will assist those in the area who have needs during the Holiday Season and throughout the year.

  • Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.
  • Cost is $6 for all you can eat.
  • Children under 6 years eat free.
The lodge is located at 141 Pinet in Forsyth, MO (1/2 block south of the Post Office.)
We appreciate your support.

Saturday, November 19, 2011: There will be a C2A (Chance-to-Advance) one-day class at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building, 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO. Breakfast will be ready by 7:00; Registration will begin at 7:00 AM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 8:00 AM. This C2A will be hosted by Solomon Lodge No. 271, A.F.& A.M.

Saturday, November 19, 2011: You are cordially invited to a Fish Fry Dinner hosted by Springfield Chapter No. 15 Royal Arch Masons.

  • Fish, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Drink and Dessert
  • Dinner will be served from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
  • Everyone is Welcome
  • A $6 donation is appreciated.
  • 1930 West Catalpa Street, Springfield, MO
Come and get your fill of Food, Fellowship and Fun!
Proceeds will benefit the works of Springfield Chapter No. 15 RAM.

Saturday, November 19, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 - "We will be marching in the Ozark Christmas Parade. We will meet behind SLS Audio at 1650 West Jackson in Ozark between 4:00 and 4:30 PM. The Rainbow Girls and Demolay are entering a float and we will be a part of the entry as "The Christian County Masonic Bodies." The entry judging is at 5:00 PM and the parade starts at 6:00 PM.
If you want to march with us we will be doing a ceremonial procession and need AT LEAST 6 masons to do it. You will need to wear a suit and tie and your apron. I will bring the Officer's aprons and jewels and the rods, and I will have extra aprons for those not representing a Lodge office.
This is a great way for us to represent Masonry in our community. You don't need to be a member of Friend Lodge to participate, just a Brother Mason willing to walk a mile for Masonry! I look forward to seeing you there!"
Stacy Holzkamper, WM.

Monday, November 21, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will have work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their regular communication. Brother Keith Leo Huels will be presented for advancement to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Monday, November 28, 2011: York Rite Bodies Years of Service Recognition Dinner will be hosted by the ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant. Dinner will be served at 6:00 and all members are invited.
The Regular meeting of all York Rite Bodies will begin at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet in Regular Communication at the lodge hall in Sparta, MO for the official visit and reception of RWB Mickey Brown, DDGM of the 43rd Masonic District. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.

Thursday, December 8, 2011: Bolivar Chapter #5 RAM- St. Elmo Commandery #43 KT have changed their meeting night for December so as not to be so close to Christmas. There will be guests present and the Companions and Knights would love to have a good turnout. Eat at 6:00 PM; meetings start at 7:00 PM. The December meeting is also when Officers for 2012 and Temple Board Members will be elected.

Monday, December 12, 2011: Date Change - The December meeting of Springfield Chapter No. 15 Royal Arch Masons, Zabud Council No. 25 Cryptic Masons, and St. John's Commandery No. 20 Knights Templar has been moved to December 12 to avoid any conflicts with Christmas and Holiday plans. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.
In January the schedule will return to 7:00 PM on the 4th Monday of each month at the Masonic-York Rite building located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO. All York Rite Masons are encouraged to attend.

Sunday, December 18, 2011 @ Noon: Masons' Day at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams would like to invite Masonic members, friends and family to watch the Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals!
$40 includes:

  • Savings of $10/ticket
  • Upper Terrace Level Ticket
  • $10 Food and Beverage Voucher
  • Portion of the proceeds will benefit Missouri Child Identification Program
Or, $65 includes:
  • Savings of $10/ticket
  • Sideline Terrace Level Ticket
  • $10 Food and Beverage Voucher
  • Portion of the proceeds will benefit Missouri Child Identification Program
How to Order:
  • Phone: Eric Simonis at (314) 425-0522
  • e-mail: esimonis"at"rams.nfl.com
  • Mail: 901 N Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63101
For more information or questions contact David Jacobi at (314) 795-1732
Groups that order together will be seated together!
You can contact me at "tim'at'masonsmart.com" for a pdf order form.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet at the Sparta Lodge hall in Sparta, MO for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Monday, January 30, 2012: Webb City Lodge No. 512 will host a Region 'F' School of Ritual Instruction. Dinner at 6:00 and instruction will begin at 6:30 PM. The Webb City Lodge building is located at 401 West Broadway Street in Webb City, MO.

Saturday, February 4, 2012: RWB Robert C. Floyd, Grand Lecturer of Missouri Masons will conduct a School of Ritual Instruction and Regional Round Robin Ritual Competition at Monett Lodge No. 129. Lunch will be available at 11:30 AM and instruction will begin at 1:00 PM. All Missouri Master Masons are encouraged to attend.
The Monett Lodge building is located at 501 13th Street in Monett, MO.

Save the Date! Saturday, February 18, 2012: Webb City Lodge No. 512 will host the 97th Annual Washington's Birthday Celebration with Masonic Degree work by three different States. The 1st Degree will be performed by Grove Lodge No. 187 of Oklahoma; the 2nd Degree by Pittsburg Lodge No. 187 of Kansas, and the 3rd Degree by Webb City Chapter No. 119 Royal Arch Masons of Missouri. The 3rd Degree will be done in full costume and promises to be most impressive.
Webb City Lodge building is located at 401 West Broadway in Webb City, MO. and the event will start at Noon.

Please Note: Due to acts of God and Government this year the date for the drawing for the new Chevy Camaro has been changed to March 17, 2012. Please help the Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin in their efforts to preserve and repair the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral in Joplin, MO. 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 and unique building please go to 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. 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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