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Masonic News & Views -- Forget-Me-Not
January 09, 2012
Greetings Brother,

The Legend of the Forget-Me-Not

(The following is taken from a presentation card issued by the American Canadian Grand Lodge, AF&AM within the United Grand Lodges of Germany.)

"In early 1934, soon after Hitler's rise to power, it became evident that Freemasonry was in danger. In that same year, the "Grand Lodge of the Sun" (one of the pre-war German Grand Lodges, located in Bayreuth) realizing the grave dangers involved, adopted the little blue Forget-Me-Not flower as a substitute for the traditional square and compasses. It was felt the flower would provide brethren with an outward means of identification while lessening the risk of possible recognition in public by the Nazis, who were engaged in wholesale confiscation of all Masonic Lodge properties. Freemasonry went undercover, and this delicate flower assumed its role as a symbol of Masonry surviving throughout the reign of darkness.

During the ensuing decade of Nazi power a little blue Forget-Me-Not flower worn in a Brother's lapel served as one method whereby brethren could identify each other in public, and in cities and concentration camps throughout Europe. The Forget-Me-Not distinguished the lapels of countless brethren who staunchly refused to allow the symbolic Light of Masonry to be completely extinguished.

When the 'Grand Lodge of the Sun' was reopened in Bayreuth in 1947, by Past Grand Master Beyer, a little pin in the shape of a Forget-Me-Not was officially adopted as the emblem of that first annual convention of the brethren who had survived the bitter years of semi-darkness to rekindle the Masonic Light.

At the first Annual Convent of the new United Grand Lodge of Germany AF&AM (VGLvD), in 1948, the pin was adopted as an official Masonic emblem in honor of the thousands of valiant Brethren who carried on their masonic work under adverse conditions. The following year, each delegate to the Conference of Grand Masters in Washington, D.C., received one from Dr. Theodor Vogel, Grand Master of the VGLvD.

Thus did a simple flower blossom forth into a symbol of the fraternity, and become perhaps the most widely worn emblem among Freemasons in Germany; a pin presented ceremoniously to newly-made Masons in most of the Lodges of the American-Canadian Grand Lodge, AF&AM within the United Grand Lodges of Germany. In the years since adoption, its significance world-wide has been attested to by the tens of thousands of brethren who now display it with meaningful pride."

I titled this piece the 'legend' rather than the 'history' of the forget-me-not because like most things in Freemasonry it appears to be largely symbolic rather than historically accurate. It's a great story and parts of it are certainly true, such as the adoption of the Forget-Me-Not pin as an official Masonic emblem following the War. However, its actual use as a means for Masons to recognize each other during the reign of the German Nazis, and particularly in concentration camps, has been challenged but not disproved. Regardless of its history though, the allegory of the Forget-Me-Not is a beautiful and timely reminder that the principles of Freemasonry and the freedoms that we enjoy are never to be forgotten or taken for granted.

For a full discussion of The "Forget Me Not" Pin and Freemasonry visit Bessel.org/forgnot

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Monday, January 9, 2012: Henderson Lodge No. 477 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st and 3rd Degrees of Freemasonry. Duly elected candidates Marc Peterson and Jonny Tillman will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry, and Brother Mark Sterling will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. 127 East Center Street, Rogersville, Mo. 65711.

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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will meet in Stated Communication and will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Bobby McAntire who has been duly elected will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012: The Brethren of Solomon Lodge No. 271 will meet at 6:00 PM for ritual practice and rehearsal of the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. All Freemasons are invited to attend and participate.

Saturday, January 14, 2012: A MOCHIP (Missouri Child Identification & Protection) Event will be held today from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, at Pathways United Methodist Church located at 1232 East Dale Street in Springfield, MO. This event is hosted by Boy Scout Troop No. 494. Contact Michael Whitescarver (417-350-1906) for information and to volunteer for this event.

Saturday, January 14, 2012: All Freemasons, family members and friends are cordially invited to the installation ceremony of Rick "Fuzzy" Love as Potentate of Abou Ben Adhem Shrine. One of Rick's goals this year is to promote Masonry within the Shrine and he would appreciate your support in this worthy goal. The installation ceremony will be held in the upper level of the Shrine Temple at 601 St. Louis Street in Springfield, Missouri at 6:00 PM. Bring your family and friends, and plan to have fun.

Monday, January 16, 2012: Branson Lodge No. 587 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother Elijah Hampton Lankford will be presented for advancement to the degree of Fellow Craft. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet in Special Communication at the lodge hall in Sparta, Missouri for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012:Announcing the inaugural meeting of the Buckeye Ritual Club!This month's meeting will be held at Monett Lodge No. 129, 501 13th Street in Monett, MO, at 6:30 PM.
Interested in Masonic Ritual? Want to learn more? Just want to have some fun? Well, you've come to the right place. 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 learning our beautiful Missouri Masonic Ritual.
The Buckeye Ritual Club is also on Facebook. Click here for the Buckeye Ritual Club Facebook page.

Tuesday & Wednesday, January 17 & 18, 2012: Solomon Lodge No. 271 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry, and invites all Missouri Lodges to bring their duly elected candidates for the degree of Entered Apprentice to join in and participate. Lodge will be duly Opened at 5:45 PM and there will be refreshments.

Saturday, January 21, 2012: All Shrine Nobles, Masons, Prospective Masons and their Ladies are cordially invited to the East West Shrine Game Tailgate Party to be held January 21 in the lower level of the Shrine Center located at 601 St. Louis Street in Springfield, MO. Doors will open at 1:30 PM and Game Time is 4:00 PM. The $5 admission covers Free Camels Milk and a Tailgating Cookfest & Wing Competition which will include Burgers, Brats, Hot Dogs and Nachos.

Saturday, January 21, 2012: The Knights of Seven Chapter of DeMolay will have a Chili Supper fundraiser at the lodge hall in Sparta. Mark your calanders now and come help support our Masonic youth in southwest Missouri. If you can't make it but would still like to donate to the Chapter contact WB Philip Wood at (417) 766-3135.

Monday January 23, 2012: Zabud Council No. 25 Cryptic Masons will have the honor of receiving Most Illustrious Companion George Merkle, Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of Missouri during his official visit. The meeting will be held at the Masonic York Rite Temple located at 1930 West Catalpa Stree in Springfield, MO. Dinner at 6:00 and the meeting will commence at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012: RWB Wayne Beach, DDGL 34, will instruct on Masonic Ritual at the Masonic York Rite Temple located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO beginning at 6:00 PM. Instruction will focus on conferral of the Blue Lodge Degrees.

Friday, January 27, 2012: Springfield Chapter No. 15 Royal Arch Masons will host the Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill. Get your candidates and plan on being at the York Rite Temple, 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO, that Friday evening for good food and fellowship. The conferral of the Order will begin at 6:00 PM and there will be refreshments after...

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. Instruction will focus on the second section of the 3rd Degree using twelve craftsmen. 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.

Saturday, February 11, 2012: Monett Lodge No. 129 will host a MOCHIP (Missouri Child Identification & Protection) Event from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the lodge hall 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.

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.

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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