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Masonic News & Views -- Moms are not from Venus
May 08, 2011
Greetings Brother,

There was a book published a few years ago entitled, "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus." You may have heard of it. I admit I've not read it, but I always found the title interesting because it says so much in so few words. I certainly won't try to argue with the point that men and women sometimes seem to come from different planets, but I do have to disagree with the author's choice of which two planets they come from.

I think it should be fairly obvious that women do not come from Venus, certainly not mothers anyway. Mothers clearly come from the planet Krypton. How else can we explain their many super powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men?

To protect her child a mother can move faster than a speeding bullet; she can find the strength to move mountains, and she will overcome any obstacle in a single bound. A mother can make it feel better through the power of a loving kiss. She can mend a broken heart with her soothing touch, and she can restore a smile with a kind word.

Moms have the power to make us reach higher, run faster and go farther than we ever thought we could. She teaches by example, leads through strength and disciplines with love.

A mother is the quintessential master of all trades. She tends the finances as well as the garden; she oversees mergers and acquisitions; she promotes and preserves the health and well-being of her family; she fixes what's broken, loosens what's stuck, and creates peace from chaos.

So, while I hate to disagree with the author of such a celebrated book there is no doubt, in my mind, that given their super powers women could only have originated from the planet Krypton. And, everyone knows that men are from Uranus.

Happy Mothers Day Mom and Barbara Gayle, and Kimberly, and Darla and all you other wonderful moms.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Monday, May 9, 2011: Worshipful Brother Norm Napier has been relieved of the working tools of life. He passed away peacefully at home with close friends at his side. Brother Napier was a Past Master of Willard Lodge No. 620 and Friend Lodge No. 352, a 32° Scottish Rite Mason of the Valley of Joplin, a member of the York Rite Bodies of Springfield, and of Abou Ben Adhem Shrine.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Greenlawn Funeral Home South, 441 West Battlefield in Springfield, MO. Masonic Funeral services will be at approximately 7:00 PM at the funeral home.
So Mote It Be.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 379 will meet in Regular Communication at 7:00 PM with refreshments at 6:00 PM. There will be discussion of updates to the bylaws. There will also be a 1st Degree or possibly two 2nd Degrees. Your attendance is encouraged and appreciated.

Thursday, May 12, 2011: A Masonic Home Area Presentation, hosted jointly by Sparta Lodge No. 296 and Henderson Lodge No. 477, will be held at the Sparta Lodge building located at 7702 State Hwy 14 E in Sparta, MO. There will be a light dinner at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM.

Friday, May 20, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 and Solomon Lodge No. 271 will jointly confer several 1st Degrees at the York Rite Temple located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO. A minimum of two lodge rooms will be utilized as we are estimating 12-14 candidates that evening.
Refreshments will be served during and after the ritualistic work. Lodge will be duly Opened at 5:30 PM to get a jump on the night's labors.
The more help the better as it is going to be a busy night. All attendance and assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 in Ozark, MO will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Sean Haling and Brian Morgan will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, June 11, 2011: The 8th Annual Pickin in the Park Bluegrass and Country Music Festival hosted by O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7. Come join us at the Walnut Grove City Park in Walnut Grove, MO from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. All proceeds go to charity.

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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