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Masonic News & Views -- Pleasure doin' bi'ness
February 01, 2011
Greetings Brother,

It's that time of year again, the season that strikes fear and dread into the hearts of men, a perfect storm of innocence and evil. And, like all perfect storms there is no escape, no mercy, no peace until the storm has passed. But unlike other perfect storms, as I learned earlier, with this one you can negotiate.

It was mid-afternoon when the doorbell rang. Deep in thought over something or other, I ambled over and swung the door open without thinking who might be waiting on the other side. Too late I realized my mistake. In an instant of panic I started to push the door closed, but before I could I heard those dreaded words, "Hi! Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?"

It was the little blond haired girl from next door. She stood smiling up at me from the other side of the storm door in her smart little Girl Scout vest. I clamped my eyes shut and held my breath, and waited. Several seconds passed; I could hear my own heartbeat, and then she said, "I'm still here, and I can still see you."

I opened my eyes, sighed, and stepped out onto the porch. "Hello young lady," I said, "and how are you today?"

"Fine," she said. "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?"

"Sure," I said, "I would love some. What kinds have you got this year?"

She handed me the colorful brochure and waited patiently while I pretended to study it. Finally, I pointed to the Thin Mints and said, "I'll take a box of these."

Her stare was cold and flat. I tried to hand her the brochure, but she made no move to take it. I smiled and pointed at the picture again, and again told her what I wanted. She was a short blond statue of disdain. Even in the crisp January air I could feel myself perspiring under her icy stare. Finally, she said, "One box?"

I tried to swallow the cold lump lodged in my throat. "Look," I explained, "there are a lot of Girl Scouts around here. They're all going to be coming up here and expecting me to buy some cookies. I can only buy so many cookies, so to be fair to everyone I can only buy one box from each girl. I'm sorry but that's the way it has to be."

Still, she hadn't moved or even blinked. "That's not necessarily so," she said.

"What's not," I asked.

She swiveled her head from side to side as if to make sure no one was listening. Her blond curls caught the afternoon light and the jeweled pins on her vest glimmered ominously. She stepped closer, leaned in and whispered, "I could offer you... protection."

In short, I bought a lot of cookies. But, I don't have to worry about the doorbell ringing ten times a day for the next few weeks. We shook on the deal and as the little blond haired girl walked away I could've sworn I heard her say, "Pleasure doin' bi'ness wit ya."

They grow up so fast.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Thursday, February 3, 2011: Henderson Lodge No. 477 in Rogersville, MO will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened thereafter.

Friday, February 4, 2011: Hazelwood Lodge No. 459 will have degree work in conjunction with their regular Stated meeting. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge is duly Opened at 7:30 PM.

Saturday, February 5, 2011: There will be a York Rite Conference at the York Rite Masonic Center located at 1930 West Catalpa in Springfield, MO. Fellowship and refreshments beginning at 8:00 AM; from 9:00 AM to Noon there will be several speakers and presentations.

Saturday, February 19, 2011: Washington's Birthday Celebration - Webb City Lodge No. 512, Mineral Lodge No. 471, Criterion Lodge No. 586 and Southwest Heritage Lodge No. 681 cordially invite you to the 96th Annual Celebration of Brother George Washington's Birthday. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 10:30 for $5, and Lodge will be duly Opened at 12:30 PM.

  • The EA Degree will be performed by the Pittsburgh Lodge No. 187 Kansas Degree Team.
  • The FC Degree will be performed by the Grove Lodge No. 187 Oklahoma Degree Team.
  • The MM Degree will be performed by the Bentonville Lodge No. 56 Arkansas Degree Team.

For more information contact:
RWB John Kuehn ph# 417-623-8399 email: [email protected]
Secretary Gene Bass ph# 417-673-2291 email: [email protected]

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.

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.

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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