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Masonic News & Views -- Life as a tree
May 01, 2011
Greetings Brother,

It's been a pretty tough week here at the CowChows. Our dear friend, the stately old elm in the front yard who has been with us from time immemorial, had fallen ill and we finally accepted that decisions had to be made and actions taken. The decision to bring in the flying monkeys with chainsaws was a difficult one to make, and more than once we wanted to charge in and demand they stop the madness. But, in the end we knew it had to be done. It was for the best.

Our dear old friend had served us well all these many years. She'd brought beauty and birdsong into our lives; she'd sheltered and protected us during times of trouble; she'd stood strong and steady in the face of wind and storm, and now she needed us to be strong for her. We clung to each other as they went about their work. The angry growl and whine of the saws, the sight of limbs first sagging and then crashing to the ground, and the scent of sawdust in the air were nearly overwhelming. But knowing her strength, gave us strength.

When it was finally over and the arborists were gone we went to be with her, to console her and to soothe her wounds. To see her this way, only a part of what she once was, was shocking and saddening but she would have none of our sympathy. She refused to be seen as anything less than she ever was. She rose up strong and stately as ever. She quaked with a renewed enthusiasm for life, and she quivered with a newfound determination to live.

Seeing her in this fresh new light I slowly came to understand that life is not a single journey to be lived from beginning to end, but a series of journeys, relationships and experiences to be lived and learned from. Along the way some will bring us joy, peace, understanding, enlightenment, even wisdom. Others will bring us pain, disappointment, frustration, understanding, and even wisdom. Those that make us better than we were are to be nourished, nurtured and cared for. Others, though we may learn from them, will become like dead limbs on a tree which if not removed could threaten the health of the entire organism. Every once in a while we need to prune the dead wood.

Standing there looking up at our old friend a sense of peace came over me as I understood that we had not harmed her as we had feared we might, but instead we had freed her to devote her energies to the vibrant side of life and to reach out to her next new journey.

And then a bird flew over and crapped on my head.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Monday, May 2, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will be privileged to present Brother Earl Miller with the fifty-year jewel of a Master Mason. The ceremony will be conducted by W.B. Kevin Weibe at 6:30 PM and the regular business meeting will follow at 7:00 PM.

Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7, 2011: The York Rite Spring Festival will begin on Friday evening and carry through on Saturday morning. If you are not yet a York Rite Mason you are missing out on an excellent experience and more Masonic light. Contact any York Rite Mason for more information. If you don't know a York Rite member, just ask around. We're everywhere.

Saturday, May 7, 2011: Monett Lodge No. 129 will be hosting our third annual MoCHIP event. Click here to view a flyer for the event. Brethren, please help spread the word about this important event. It is recommended that a child's information be updated every two years which means that the folks who came to our first event should really consider updating their information this weekend.

Please forward a copy or the address of the attached flyer on to anyone you think might be interested. Do you have a Facebook page? How about updating your Facebook status for one day announcing the event. Do you Tweet on Twitter? How about sending out a tweet! These are all free methods we can use to help spread the word about this event and ensure we are getting our message out and it only takes a minute. We appreciate your help in promoting our Lodge within the community!

The Monett Times had a nice article regarding our MoCHIP event. Click here to read it.

Saturday, May 7, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will host its 4th Annual Bowling Marathon beginning at 6:00 PM at Dogwood Lanes in Branson, MO. Team Sponsorship is just $300 for a four person team. Corporate Sponsorship is only $200, and individuals can bowl for just $75. Entry includes T-shirts with a sponsorship logo for bowlers, and there will be doorprizes througout the marathon. For more information e-mail W:.B:. Herb Terrill at:
[email protected]

Saturday, May 21, 2011: There will be a Chance-to-Advance (C2A) today at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building located at 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO. This C2A will be hosted by Solomon Lodge No. 271. This is a great opportunity for Masonic education and all Master Masons are encouraged to attend and participate in bringing our younger Brethren to more Light.

The Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin needs your help in preserving our beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral. 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 building please go to WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or visit and "LIKE" the page at While you're at it be sure and tell your friends. 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

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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