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Masonic News & Views - Moral Code
May 28, 2012
Greetings Brother,

Moral Code

"It embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.

"Its requirements are the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong.

"Inculcating doctrines of patriotism and brotherly love, enjoying sentiments of exalted benevolence, encouraging all that is good, kind and charitable, reprobating all that is cruel and oppressive, its observance will uplift everyone under its influence....

"To do good to others, to forgive enemies, to love neighbors, to restrain passions, to honor parents, to respect authority, to return good for evil, not to cause anger, not to bear false witness, not to lie, not to steal - these are the essential elements of the moral law."

General Douglas MacArthur
written for the Western Australian Freemason in 1950

Copied from "Did you Know? Vignettes in Masonry from the Royal Arch Mason magazine" Published by The Missouri Lodge of Research, 1965; Reprinted 2012.

To all those who labored and sacrificed, and to those who continue to labor for the betterment of man, thank you and God bless.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

There is an effort currently underway to form a Forest of Tall Cedars of Lebanon within the area of Springfield, MO. Petitions for charter membership are being accepted until Thursday, May, 31, 2012. Membership is open to all Master Masons in good standing with their Blue Lodge. The initiation will take place sometime in July and the fee is $25. If you're interested in a petition contact Michael Whitescarver at (417) 689-4315 or by e-mail at:
[email protected]
For more information about the Tall Cedars visit

Wednesday, May 30, 2012: The Region 'F' Ritual Round Robin Competition and School of Instruction will be held this evening at Henderson Lodge No. 477 in Rogersville, MO. Dinner will be ready at 6:00 and instruction will begin at 7:00 PM.
Henderson Lodge is located at 127 East Center in Rogersville, MO.

Friday & Saturday, June 1 & 2, 2012: The Spring Ceremonial of Abou Ben Adhem Shrine will take place this weekend. All Nobles are encouraged to attend. All Master Masons are eligible to join. For more information on being a Shriner visit For more information on Abou Ben Adhem Shrine in Springfield, MO visit

Tuesday, June 5, 2012: The Brethren of Friend Lodge No. 352 will recognize the service of all Past Masters during their regular communication. Dinner will be ready at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.
Friend Lodge is currently meeting in the Sparta Lodge building located at 7702 State Hwy 14 East in Sparta, MO. All Freemasons are invited in.

Saturday, June 9, 2012: The Brethren of O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7 proudly present the 9th Annual Pickin in the Park Bluegrass and Country Music Festival. This event will be held in the City Park in Walnut Grove, Missouri. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy fourteen Country and Bluegrass Bands playing from 11am to 10pm. Come out for a great day and night of music. Adults $6.00; Family $15.00. All proceeds go to charities in the area. For more information call WB Steve Gilkey or contact any member of O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7.

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.

Friday, July 20, 2012: The Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill will be conferred upon worthy candidates by Ozark Order #109 at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building located at 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO.

  • Dinner will be served at 6pm. (Free for Candidates, Donation asked of Swordsmen) Conferral of the order will start at 7pm.
  • Petition and $25 initiation fee buys a lifetime membership into The Order and a night you will not soon forget!
  • For petition and more information, contact David Maggard at 417-234-6513 or [email protected]
  • This event is hosted by Queen City Chapter #226, O.E.S.

Saturday, September 8, 2012: Save the date! The 2012 KCCH Memorial RiteCare Golf Tournament will be held at Deer Lake Golf Course in Springfield, MO. Details are still being finalized and will be posted on the JoplinKCCH Facebook page as they become available. In the meantime check out the great course for this year's tournament by visiting the Deer Lake Golf Course Web site.

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

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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