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Masonic News & Views -- A lesson in nature
February 14, 2011
Greetings Brother,

I got a lesson in nature this morning that I'm not soon going to forget. Of course, like all good lessons it didn't just happen. It took a while to percolate, but while the dawn may come slowly enlightenment occurs in the blink of an eye or in this case in the peck of an eye.

It all started about two weeks ago with the first fall of snow. The Lady BG had stocked our pantry with everything we might need to weather the coming winter storm. And, being the kind and generous soul that she is, she had also lugged home giant sized bags of bird seed and sunflower seeds. "We weren't going hungry. Why should the birds?"

So, we began each morning by filling the bird feeders and scattering seed on the porch. At first it took the birds a while to discover the seeds, and when they did they were extremely skittish. The slightest noise or movement, even inside the house, sent them scattering into the trees. Eventually though, they calmed down and as they did more and more birds joined in. After a few days I noticed several birds in nearby trees and on the porch railing waiting to be fed first thing in the morning. When I'd open the door to step outside they were still shy but increasingly less skittish. Over breakfast we'd sit and enjoy the beautiful aviary right outside our windows. As the snow continued to pile up and the temperatures continued to descend we would sometimes replenish their supply several times a day. And, so it went from that day ‘til this.

The weather finally turned yesterday; the air began to warm, the snow began to melt and a hint of Spring was in the air. We'd made it through the storm and when I woke this morning feeding the birds was not the first thing on my mind. We’d prepared for the worst and now it was time to get things back to normal. I busied myself cleaning up and catching up on those things that go undone during the siege of a winter storm. And so, I forgot all about the birds. That is, until I stepped out onto the back porch.

I was immediately pulled up short by the screeching, cawing and chirping of hundreds of birds. They were waiting for me in the trees and on the porch railing and they were lined up on the top wire of the back fence. They had grown accustomed to being fed first thing in the morning and throughout the day. They'd grown accustomed to having seeds brought to them rather than foraging for them. And, they were definitely not shy about voicing their displeasure at being kept waiting.

I stood transfixed at the sight of all those birds. All of them looking at me, and demanding to be fed. I knew we'd made them dependent on us by feeding them, but now they expected it. There was no gratitude for what we'd done, only screeching and cawing and accusing stares from dark round eyes. A tingle ran down the back of my neck, and another up my groin.

I considered stepping back inside and getting them what they wanted. But truth be told, I didn't appreciate their attitude. So, instead I stepped off the porch. There was a rush of wings and a cacophony of angry bird sounds. I ducked to the ground and covered my head to ward off the attack, but it never came.

Finally the noise died down, and I uncovered my head and straightened up. There were still some birds nearby waiting to be fed, but most of them had dispersed. I breathed a big sigh of relief, and shivered away the remnant fear. I felt pretty silly as I headed down toward the workshop until I turned the corner, and there was my truck covered in bird crap.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Monday, February 14, 2011: The Brethren of Solomon Lodge No. 271 invite everyone to their annual Family Night & Chili Dinner from 6:00 to 7:00, followed by an Open Lodge event. This event is to recognize the lodge for its efforts to benefit the community through the Masonic Home's Creating a Partnership program. All Freemasons, their family and friends are invited and welcome to attend. Please RSVP via telephone with how many will attend so we can have adequate food for all. That number is (417) 885-1145. Thanks and we hope to see you there.

Saturday, February 19, 2011: Brethren of Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will again compete in the Sertoma Chili Cookoff in Springfield. The event will be held at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 St. Louis St., from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information visit the Sertoma Chili Cookoff Web site.

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: [email protected]
Secretary Gene Bass ph# 417-673-2291 email: [email protected]

Monday, February 21, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422, 1700 N Boonville in Springfield, MO, 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.

Monday, February 21, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587, 100 Chief’s Circle in Branson, MO, will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195, 301 S. Killingsworth Ave in Bolivar, MO, will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Four duly elected candidates will be presented for the degree of Entered Apprentice. Lodge will be duly Opened at 5:30 PM. Supper will be provided.

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.

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.

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

For a calendar of Stated meetings for many of the Lodges and Masonic bodies visit the Masonic Calendar page on

For help locating a lodge building visit the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map page on

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