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Masonic News & Views -- My Lemonade Servise
July 11, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Some lessons in life only have to be learned once. While others, for whatever reason, have to be learned over and over again. For instance, owning a saw does not make a man a carpenter and yet, every time there's carpentry to do be done around the CowChows I somehow think I can just get out my saw and do it myself. I don't know why. At the beginning of a project I think I'm being determined, independent and practical. But, by the end of the job I generally just think I've been foolish.

I began just such a project a few weeks ago. It wasn't a major renovation; a professional crew could probably have knocked it out in a couple of days. But, I wanted more than to just get it done. I wanted that sense of accomplishment, to know that it was as near perfect as humanly possible, that no corners were cut, and in the end I wanted to be able to point to it and say, "I did that." But then, that was a few weeks ago.

Today, there I was in my little makeshift workshop under the front porch stairs, covered in sawdust, my eyes stinging from the salty sweat dripping into them, my head pounding as I puzzled over yet another complex cut that included angles and notches and pitch and run. Not for the first time I thought of hanging up my hammer and calling in the pros, but in making that call I would go from "Tim the conqueror" to just another do-it-yourselfer who had to be rescued. And so, I labored on until late in the afternoon when, as the tiring saw whined to a stop, I heard the scuff of a shoe and the polite clearing of a throat. I turned and there stood the little blond haired girl from next door. She was smiling brightly and holding out a tall glass of ice-cold lemonade.

I accepted the cold glass, and thanked her profusely before tipping it up and taking a long pull of the sweet, tart ambrosia. When at last I lowered the glass she stood before me smiling angelically and curling a strand of her blond hair around her finger. "Better now," she asked.

I lay the cold glass against my forehead and took a deep breath. "Much better," I said, "thank you very much. I really needed that."

"I know," she said matter of factly. "You don't look so good."

"I'm just tired and hot," I told her. "I'll be fine."

"And old too," she said. "You look like you're going to be sick."

"I am not going to be sick. I'm just not accustomed to working out in the heat."

"If you have a stroke can I call 9-1-1," she asked excitedly.

"I'm not going to have a stroke."

"Oh! Can I ride in the amblance with you?"

"I am not going to have a stroke," I told her emphatically.

"Are you sure? You're already turning red. If you die can I have your little red wagon?"

"Thank you for the lemonade," I said, shoving the glass toward her. "It was very nice of you."

"You're welcome. That'll be ten dollars," she chimed as she held out a sheet of paper.

"What's this," I asked her, taking the paper from her hand.

"My new summer business," she said. "My lemonade service.com! Ten dollars please."

"What happened to your mowing service," I asked her.

"Oh, it didn't really work out. Daddy was too busy. But, with my lemonade service you get free delivery!"

"Put it on my tab," I said. "I'm calling it a day." She was still standing there with her hand out when the screen door banged shut behind me.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Monday, July 11, 2011: Mt. Olive Lodge No. 439 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Two candidates will be presented for passage to the degree of Fellow Craft. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM. Mt. Olive lodge is located at 6078 MO State Hwy KK near Rogersville, MO.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunciton with their regualar business meeting. Byron Bock will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 379 will attempt to earn the Silver Ritual Award during their regular stated communication. Come out and cheer them on. Refreshments at 6:00 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, July 14, 2011: Henderson Lodge No. 477 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Two Candidates will be presented for passage to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 5:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.
Henderson Lodge is located at 127 E. Center in Rogersville, MO.

The Tri-County Scottish Rite Club cordially invites all Scottish Rite Masons and their family and friends to enjoy fun and fellowship at their regular meetings held on the third Thursday of each month. Tri-County meets at the Elks Lodge in Bolivar , MO. Social time at 6:30 PM; Dinner and meeting at 7:00. Yearly dues are just $5.
For directions and inquiries please call John Bennett at 417-328-8188 or Jackie Slagle at 417-376-2943.

Friday, July 15, 2011: Sparta Lodge No. 296 cordially invites all regular Freemasons to Past Masters Night at Sparta Lodge. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM and a meal will follow the meeting.

Saturday, July 16, 2011: Willard Lodge No. 620 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Six candidates will be presented for passage to the degree of Fellow Craft. Lodge will be duly Opened at 8:00 AM. All assistance and attendance will be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two candidates will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 5:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.
Ava Lodge is located at 407 N.W. 11th Avenue in Ava, Missouri.

Saturday, July 23, 2011: Sparta Lodge No. 296 will host a concealed/carry firearms course at the lodge building located at 7702 State Hwy 14 East in Sparta, Missouri. The course will begin at 9:00 AM and run to approximately 4:00 PM. Lunch will be available. Students without their own firearm should bring a minimum of seventy .22 caliber long rifle shells. A donation of fifty dollars or more will be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Three candidates will be presented for passage to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 5:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Thursday, July 28, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM.

Saturday, August 27, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will host a Chance-to-Advance one day class at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building located at 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO. Breakfast at 6:30, Registration at 7:00 AM, Lodge will be duly Opened at 8:00 AM, and the day will wrap around 3:30 PM. All Master Masons are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, September 10, 2011: Charity Shoot for Kids sponsored by Solomon Lodge No. 271. Proceeds from this Sporting Clays Shoot will support McGregor and Bowerman Elementary Schools in Springfield, MO. The event will be held at Ozark Shooters Sports Complex in Branson, MO. Click here to open and print a registration form for this event. For more information contact Brother J.W. Gibbs at (417) 350-2700.

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 Facebook.com/Win-a-new-Camaro. 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 Masonsmart.com

For a calendar of Stated meetings for many of the Lodges and Masonic bodies visit the Masonic Calendar page on Masonsmart.com

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