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Masonic News Special - On the upside...
April 26, 2012
Greetings Brother,

Man plans, God laughs and the wise man learns to appreciate his sense of humor.

The Chance-to-Advance one day class to be held at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building in Springfield, MO on May 12, 2012, has been postponed until further notice. But, on the upside......

This change in schedule offers what will likely be a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us because on that very same day the Missouri Lodge of Research continues the Truman Lecture Series with an enlightening presentation and discussion led by Masonic Scholar, Arturo de Hoyos.

Worshipful Brother de Hoyos is the Grand Archivist and Historian for the Supreme Council 33rd Degree, for the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He holds the 33rd Degree and Grand Cross of Honor.

He has authored, edited and translated numerous books, articles and publications on Freemasonry, and frequently contributes to "Heredom," the annual transaction of the Scottish Rite Research Society. He also serves as the Grand Archivist and chairman of publications of the Grand College of Rites (GCR), a Masonic organization dedicated to the preservation and study of disused Masonic and quasi-Masonic ritual. He has edited "Collectanea," the GCR's annual transaction since 1994.

His specialties include being:

One of the world's leading authorities on the history, philosophy, rituals, symbolism, and purposes of Freemasonry.

Special Consultant to the Masonic Service Association and other organizations worldwide.

One of three people invited to the Vatican by the Roman Catholic Church to discuss Masonry.

Featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, DC's FOX 5 News, WAMU Radio's "Metro Connection," Voice of America, The History Channel; Interviewed by the New York Times, US News & World Report, El PaĆ­s, etc.

This event will be held at the Masonic Complex located at 6033 Masonic Drive in Columbia, MO. Lunch will be served at Noon with the presentation to follow. Friends and guests are welcome to attend.
Tickets are $20 and MUST be purchased in advance of the event. Purchase deadline is May 4, 2012 at 5:00PM - While the supply lasts! Tickets will be mailed unless asked to hold them at the door. Get your ticket(s) by visiting the Missouri Lodge of Research Web site.

Hope to see you there. Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch
www.Masonsmart.com


And, still more news........................

Thursday, April 26, 2012: Branson Lodge No. 587 will host a 43rd Masonic District School of Ritual Instruction to be conducted by RWB Tom Williams, DDGL 43. Instruction will begin at 6:30 PM, and all Master Masons are invited in.

Saturday, April 28, 2012: The Brethren of Bolivar Lodge No. 195 cordially invite you to a Pancake Breakfast to be held in conjunction with Bolivar's city-wide garage sale. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 to 11:00 and a donation will be greatly appreciated. Everyone is invited and all are welcome.
The Bolivar Lodge building is located at 301 South Killingsworth Avenue in Bolivar, MO.

Saturday, April 28, 2012: Mansfield Lodge No. 543 will host a Grand Lecturer's School of Ritual Instruction beginning at 10:00 AM. RWB Robert Floyd, Grand Lecturer of Missouri Masons, will conduct the school. All Master Masons are invited in.

Saturday, April 28th, 2012: An Evening with The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE)
Saint Louis Missouri Lodge No. 1 is honored to present The Degree Team of The United Grand Lodge of England. All Master Masons are invited to attend this Special Communication. The event will be held at Tuscan Masonic Temple located at 5015 Westminster Place, Saint Louis, Missouri 63108. There is a $40 per person registration fee which includes a catered dinner. Dinner will be at 7:00 and the program will commence at 8:00 PM. A suit and tie is requested. Some additional notes:

  • This is an electronically ticketed event with very limited seating, and is open only to Master Masons.
  • Each reservation must be listed separately to allow for verification of membership.
  • Please note that Tuscan Masonic Temple has several flights of exterior and interior steps, which are not serviced by elevators or other lifting devices, and might limit accessibility.
  • When you have completed your on-line registration you will receive an electronic confirmation.
  • Your credentialing packet will be mailed to you on or before April 15th.
  • Parking for this event is outstanding, and directions with additional information will be included with your credentialing packet.
  • For more information and to purchase tickets visit STLMasons.org

Saturday, April 28, 2012: Solomon Lodge No. 271 will host a MoCHIP (Missouri Child Identification & Protection) Event from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Masonic York Rite Temple, 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO. At least 30 volunteers are needed to work this event.
For more information you may call the Lodge Secretary at (417) 425-0083. All volunteers must be signed up at least 12 days prior to the event.
For more information about MoCHIP please visit www.MoCHIP.org.

Saturday, April 28, 2012: Strafford Lodge No. 608 will host a Concealed Carry Weapons class. For more information contact a member of Strafford Lodge.
The Strafford Lodge building is located on the NW corner of West McCabe St. & East Chestnut St. in Strafford, MO and can be found on the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map by clicking here.

Saturday, May 5, 2012: Friend Lodge No. 352 will host a MOCHIP (Missouri Child Identification & Protection) Event from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the OTC Richwood Valley Campus located on Missouri State Highway 14 between Ozark and Nixa. This event will be in conjunction with the Christian County Optimist Safetypalooza. For more information on the Safetypalooza click here to visit the Christian County Optimist Web site.
To learn more about the MOCHIP Program click here to visit the Missouri Child Identification Program Web site.

Saturday, May 5, 2012: The Grand Master's C2A (Chance-to-Advance) One Day Class will be held today at the Masonic Complex in Columbia, MO. The day will begin with breakfast at 7:00 and the class will begin at 8:00 AM. This is an opportunity for all Missouri Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft Freemasons to advance to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Certain conditions do apply.

Saturday, May 12, 2012: The Missouri Lodge of Research continues the Truman Lecture Series with an enlightening presentation and discussion led by Masonic Scholar, Arturo de Hoyos. Worshipful Brother de Hoyos is the Grand Archivist and Historian for the Supreme Council 33rd Degree, for the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He holds the 33rd Degree and Grand Cross of Honor.
This event will be held at the Masonic Complex located at 6033 Masonic Drive in Columbia, MO. Lunch will be served at Noon with the presentation to follow.
Tickets are $20 and MUST be purchased in advance of the event. Purchase deadline is May 4, 2012 at 5:00PM - While supply lasts! Tickets will be mailed unless asked to hold them at the door. Get your ticket(s) by visiting the Missouri Lodge Research Web site.

Saturday, May 19, 2012: Lamar Lodge No. 292 will host a Regional School of Ritual Instruction. RWB Tim Couch, Region 'F' Grand Lecturer, will instruct. Lunch will be ready at Noon and the school will begin at 1:00 PM. All Master Masons are invited in.
The Lamar Lodge building is located at 200 East 11th Street in Lamar, MO.

Saturday, June 9, 2012: It's time for the annual Good Times BBQ & Music event on the grounds of Sparta Lodge No. 296, 7702 State Hwy 14 East, Sparta, MO. Music will be provided by:

  • Uncle Fudd
  • Alta and Bob Courtney
  • The Lucky Boys
  • The music will begin at 2:30 PM so come early and bring lawn chairs.
The Good Times officially kick off at 3:00 PM and the menu will include Pork Tenderloin or Beef Brisket sandwich with fresh cut fries, baked beans, dessert, and tea or lemonade for a donation of $7.00 and kids under the age of 5 years eat for free. Things will wrap up around 6:00 PM.
There will be a small auction somewhere about the middle of the event. Several new hand tools and power tools along with various other items. Please plan on attending; don't forget mark this down on your calendar. Tickets can be purchased that day or you can call John Van Slyke to purchase in advance.

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 or event.

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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