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Masonic News & Views -- What a great day!
August 09, 2010
Greetings Brother,

Wow! What a great day at the CowChows this has been. This day may go down as the all time greatest day ever. It all began early this morning as the day broke and spilled amber light around the edge of our bedroom curtain. I tossed the bedding aside and as I sat up I felt the muscle in my lower back spasm. I let out a manly scream and knew immediately that I was in serious trouble.

I managed to get to my feet and started the long hunched-shuffle to the bathroom. Bent at the waist, I raised my head and focused only on the doorway ahead. Which was why I caught my little toe on the corner of the blanket trunk at the foot of the bed. Instinctively, I reached for this new and searing pain, but when I did the muscle in my back seized. I must have twisted as I fell because I remember thinking the ceiling fan was turning backwards, until my head hit the wood floor and then it wasn't turning at all.

When I came to I knew I was dead because I was blind and very cold and resting on a cloud. When I tried to move I was angered to find that the pain had followed me into death. But then, I realized the blindness and coldness were caused by the ice-pack the Lady BG had placed on the growing goose egg on my head, and the cloud was only a pillow she had placed under it.

When I was able she helped me back to bed and made me as comfortable as possible. She had already called the doctor, who moonlights as a stand-up comic and was very glad to hear from her. I was to lay flat on my back on alternating hot and cold packs; I was not to have any pain meds or go to sleep in case of concussion; and, when she asked about the toe he collapsed into a gale of laughter until she finally just hung up on him.

I lay in the bed for hours pouting, whining, and generally feeling sorry for myself. The Lady BG waited on my every need, and while she said nothing I knew I was quickly becoming an unbearable pain but I couldn't seem to help it. Finally, I asked her to bring my computer so that I might occupy myself.

I brought up my e-mails and learned that the body of a childhood friend had been found in her burned-out house. I learned that a loved one had suffered a stroke, and another was having heart surgery. And, that's when I realized what a great day at the CowChows this had been.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Tuesday, August 10, 2010: In conjunction with the Stated meeting Table Rock Lodge No. 680 will receive a duly prepared candidate for the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner will be ready around 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM. Table Rock Lodge can be found on the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map.

Thursday, August 12, 2010: Galena Lodge No. 515 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two Brothers will be presented as candidates for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM and there will be nourishment and fellowship following the work. All Master Masons are invited and all assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Friday, August 13, 2010: There will be a presentation ceremony and dinner at Billings Lodge No. 379. Brothers Jake Rogers and Leo Little will receive honors for 50 years of Masonic service. RWB Gerald Laney will receive a jewel and plaque in recognition of 60 years of service to Freemasonry. MWB Larry Reynolds, Grand Master of the State of Missouri, will make the presentations.
This is open to all family, friends and Freemasons!

Saturday, August 14: Shell Knob Shrine Club will host their annual golf tournament at Island Green Golf Club in Republic, MO. This will be a four-man scramble. For more information or to sponsor a hole in this tournament contact Noble Tim Good at 858-2412.

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