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Masonic News & Views -- A good idea?
January 23, 2011
Greetings Brother,

"Are you sure this is a good idea," the Lady BG asked. That's when I should have stopped to consider, but I didn't. I'd been cooped up in the house for two days. I needed to do something, and the tinkling laughter of children playing in the snow was like a siren song. I was only going to go down and watch anyway. What could happen?

I bundled up and shuffled down to where about seven kids were gathered round and taking turns sledding down the hillside. My approach triggered a chain reaction as each one turned and greeted me with a wave and a cheery, "Hi Tim!"

We chatted while they waited their turn to sled. I listened to them chatter and squeal and laugh. We exchanged a few snowballs, and the little blond haired girl from next door even instructed me in the fine art of making a snow angel. They offered me a turn on one of the sleds, but I declined. There comes a time when the appeal of sliding down an icy hill on your butt loses its luster. I was just happy hanging out and being one of the kids. And then, I heard the high pitched roar of a two-stroke engine. I turned to see my neighbor tearing up his driveway on a four-wheeler, with a ski rope coiled neatly around his shoulder.

The brilliance of this idea dawned on me almost instantaneously. Not only could the kids sled down the hill, but they would be able to sled up it as well. No more ten-second rides only to have to trudge back up the hill pulling the sled. Of course, it could be dangerous. It was only proper that a responsible adult test the system thoroughly before allowing the precious children near it. It was my duty to ensure the safety of the children.

I lay down on the sled and gave him the nod. He eased forward until the rope was taught, and then he took off. In a matter of seconds I was eight years old again. The crisp biting wind, the ground bumping beneath me, the ever increasing speed, and the sheer thrill of being completely out of control had me giggling and breathless with joy.

He paused at the foot of CowChows Hill to make sure I was okay, as he'd never heard me giggle before. I hopped up onto my knees, gave him a big grin and a thumbs up, and we were off again. We were almost halfway up the hill, going way past the speed of fun and I was having a blast when a picture flashed in my mind and I thought, why not? In the next instant I was on my feet. I wobbled for a second but gained my balance, and we were rocketing up the hill.

We came into the curve of CowChows Drive and my neighbor opened the throttle on the four-wheeler. I could see the kids up ahead jumping up and down, and cheering wildly, and that's when it happened. The neighborhood dog, Lucky, came out from behind a wood fence right in front of the four-wheeler. My neighbor swerved to miss the dog, and the rope in my hands went slack. Without the pull of the four-wheeler, momentum was the only thing moving me forward and momentum doesn't do curves. The last thing I remember before hitting the fence was hearing that annoying song in my head, "Who let the dogs out? Woof. Woof."

Turns out a toboggan makes a pretty good gurney. I'm not supposed to sleep for twenty-four hours. And, the fence was too close to the road anyway. I think the kids are pretty pissed at me, though.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Monday, January 24, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brothers Mark Staton and Troy Raines will be presented for the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.
If you would like to help with the degree work please contact S.W. Bob Stapleton 816-651-8183 or W.M. Lyle Stanley 417-294-3231. There is a lot more degree work coming up over the next few months.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011: Table Rock Lodge No. 680 will receive two candidates for the degree of Fellow Craft in conjunction with their Stated business meeting tonight. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother John Walker, a Fellow Craft, will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM. All Master Masons are invited in.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011: Canopy Lodge No. 284, 107 N 3rd St. Verona, will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM and there will be light refreshments available. All Master Masons are invited and all assistance will be appreciated.

Wednesday, January 26, 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, January 27, 2011: Strafford Lodge No. 608 will receive two duly elected candidates for the degree of Entered Apprentice, and possibly one candidate for the degree of Master Mason in conjunction with their regular Stated meeting. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, January 27, 2011: Canopy Lodge No. 284 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM and there will be light refreshments available. All Master Masons are invited and all assistance will be appreciated.

Sunday, January 30, 2011: Hazelwood Lodge No. 459 will host a Region 'F' School of Masonic Ritual Instruction from 2:00 - 5:00 PM at the Lodge Hall located at 731 E Clinton Ave in Seymour, MO. All Master Masons are invited and encouraged to attend.

Saturday, February 19, 2011: Washington's Birthday Celebration - Webb City Lodge No. 512, Mineral Lodge No. 471, Criterion Lodge No. 586 and Southwest Heritage Lodge No. 681 cordially invite you to the 96th Annual Celebration of Brother George Washington's Birthday. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 10:30 for $5, and Lodge will be duly Opened at 12:30 PM.

  • The EA Degree will be performed by the Pittsburgh Lodge No. 187 Kansas Degree Team.
  • The FC Degree will be performed by the Grove Lodge No. 187 Oklahoma Degree Team.
  • The MM Degree will be performed by the Bentonville Lodge No. 56 Arkansas Degree Team.

For more information contact:
RWB John Kuehn ph# 417-623-8399 email: kuehn.john@yahoo.com
Secretary Gene Bass ph# 417-673-2291 email: gbass7@cableone.net

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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