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Masonic News & Views -- Little Brother
March 07, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Every day is a gift, but some days come with a ribbon and bow.

I was out back of the CowChows this afternoon poking around in my workshop, and trying to figure out how I could clear some space to actually work on stuff in there. I don't know what happened; my beautifully planned workshop has somehow become an ordinary storage shed. I had foolishly left the trail and waded out into the clutter without a safety line or even a trail of breadcrumbs to find my way back. I was looking under and around a towering stack of whatsits when I heard the scuff of a shoe at the door, and then, "Whatcha doin?"

It was Mason, the little brother of the little blond haired girl next door. "Don't come in here Mason," I called. "We'll both be lost. Just keep talking and I'll come to you." And so, the little chatterbox from next door rescued me.

"Hello Mason," I said as I rounded the last pile and emerged at the door. "Thanks for coming by and saving me."

"What ya doin," he asked again.

I looked out at the endless jumble of piles and stacks and wondered the same thing. Finally, I just shrugged and said, "I'm doin' a whole lot of nuthin' Mason. How are you today?"

"I'm okay," he said with a shrug of his tiny shoulders.

"Something troubling you," I asked.

"It was my birthday last week," he said flatly.

"Oh, well, happy belated birthday," I said. "Sorry I missed it."

He peered up at me and asked, "What's ...buh-lated mean?"

"Well, it means....it means I'm sorry I missed your birthday."

"You said that," he said.

"So I did. So, what's the problem," I asked.

His gaze fell to the ground and he shrugged again. "I didn't get what I wanted most for my birthday," he said.

"Hmmm. That's too bad," I told him. "What was it that you wanted?"

"A little brother," he said as he kicked at the dust with his tennis shoe. "I'm tired of being the little brother. I want one of my own."

"Well," I said slowly, "that's a pretty tall order. I'd do most anything for you Mason, but I'm afraid I can't help you with that one."

Suddenly, he stopped kicking at the dust and became very still. Slowly, his gaze rose to meet mine. He studied me for a long moment as he turned something over in his mind. Finally, his eyes brightened and he exclaimed, "Maybe you could!"

"Say what?" I said.

"You could be my pretend little brother," he said excitedly. "Would you do it? Would you be my little brother?"

A lump came immediately to my throat. I had to blink back tears. The very idea that this adorable little guy would want me as his brother, even a pretend little brother, almost melted me on the spot. Finally, I managed a nod and I choked out, "Sure, I'll be your...." And, that was all I could say.

"Good!" he beamed.

And then, he clenched his little fists and screamed, "Now, go away and leave me alone! You're bothering me." And, he turned on his heel and stalked away.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Monday, March 7, 2011: Branson Lodge No. 587 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their Stated Communication. Jon Paul Rasmussan will be presented for the degree of Entered Apprentice. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Monday, March 7, 2011: A Masonic Funeral Service will be held for W:.B:. Donald Louis “Lou” Spainhower of Bolivar Lodge No. 195. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and the Masonic service will follow at 7:00 PM.
A religious funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 10:00 AM. Arrangements and services are being held at Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar, MO.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 379 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their Stated Communication. Travis and Michael Kincheloe will be presented for the degree of Entered Apprentice. Refreshments at 6:00 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011: March Madness Ritual Instruction continues at the Masonic-York Rite Temple located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield. RWB Wayne Beach, DDGL 34, will instruct on Opening on all three degrees and balloting on a petition. Instruction will begin at 6:30 PM.
March Madness Ritual Instruction will be held on the first four Wednesdays of March beginning at 6:30 PM each night with the exception of the March 23 school when we will have dinner at 6:00 and instruction at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, March 10, 2011: Forsyth Lodge No. 453 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their Stated Communication. Mr. Gracey will be presented for the degree of Entered Apprentice. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

March 10 thru March 20, 2011: The Shrine Circus is coming to town!. Tickets are available from the Shrine office by calling (417) 869-9164.

Saturday, March 12, 2011: Neosho Lodge No. 247 will host a Region 'F' School of Ritual Instruction conducted by RGL Tim Couch. Instruction will begin at 10:00 AM with refreshments beforehand and lunch will be provided. All Master Masons are invited in.
Neosho Lodge is located at 8040 La Questa Drive in Neosho, MO.

Saturday, March 12, 2011: York Rite Conference at the Masonic-York Rite Temple located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO. Refreshments at 8:00 AM, and the conference will run from 9:00 AM to Noon. Following the conference there will be meetings of the Festival Board and the Officers of St. John's Commandery No. 20.
There will also be a Fish Fry from Noon to 5:00 PM and it will be open to everyone.

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.

Saturday, March 26, 2011: Monett Lodge No. 129 will host a State School of Ritual Instruction and the Regional Round Robin Ritual Competition. RWB Randy Jones, Grand Lecturer of Missouri, will conduct the school and competition. Breakfast at 8:00 and instruction will begin at 9:00 AM. All Master Masons are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 26, 2011: You are cordially invited to attend the 1st Annual York Rite Masonic Youth Event sponsored by Springfield Chapter No. 15 RAM, Zabud Council No. 25 R&SM and St. John's Cammandery No. 20 KT.
A Noon luncheon will be served by the ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant. Donations are requested from adults and all youth will eat for free.
Following the meal an informational program will be presented by representatives of the Rainbow for Girls, Job's Daughters and DeMolay Masonic youth groups. Speakers will discuss the ideals and programs of each organization.
This is an open meeting for all members of the Masonic fraternity and appended and adoptive bodies of Freemasonry. Bring your prospects and questions and let's support our Masonic youth.
In order to help plan for the meal please RSVP to one of the following Sir Knights:
click here to contact ESK Paul Kingsley.

click here to contact ESK Bob Detherow.

Click here to view and print a flier for the event.

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. or visit and LIKE the page at Facebook.com/Win-a-new-Camaro

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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