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Masonic News & Views -- Springtime at the CowChows
April 04, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Even here at the CowChows, life can sometimes seem overwhelming. The obligations to keep, the duties to perform, the labors required to simply keep body and soul together swirl into an ever-growing and never-ending whirlpool of activity. But, occasionally the Universe intervenes to bring us a glimpse of the grand design.

It was nearly dusk when I collapsed into the rocking chair on the back porch. I'd finished the afternoon chores and was determined to take a five minute break before settling into the evening's work. I leaned back in the chair and closed my eyes, trying to clear my mind for just a moment, when a faint whisper of a sound came to my ear. At first, I thought it was just the wind tuning the wire strands of the fence out back, but then it was accompanied by a scratching sound.

I opened my eyes and followed the sound until I eventually saw the source. The little blond haired girl from next door was crouched on hands and knees in the midst of a thicket of young cedar trees. She was humming softly to herself and digging in the earth. After a few minutes she picked up something from beside her and carefully placed it in the hole she'd dug. She then calmly began replacing the earth and covering the item, all the while humming her soft melodious tune. When she was done she crept out of the thicket, brushed herself off, and headed for home.

I couldn't help but be curious about what she had so carefully buried in my backyard. Her apparent serenity while doing the deed only fueled my curiosity. I argued that it was probably private and I should leave it alone. But then, I justified that I had a right to know what was buried on my property. Right or wrong, curiosity eventually won out and I made my way across the dry creek bed and into the thicket of trees.

As I pulled away the fresh earth I uncovered a small metal box. I lifted it out of the hole and brushed the earth from its outer surface. I looked around to see if I was being watched, and then I pried the lid from the box. Inside lay a pink notebook, a pencil, and a giant heart eraser. Scripted on the front cover of the notebook were the words, "Secrets of the Universe."

I sat down and leaned back against one of the trees. I stared at the contents of the box for a while, wondering what a little girl could know of the secrets of the Universe. But then I wondered, what knowledge can any of us claim with any degree of certainty? Finally, I carefully opened the notebook and read the first page, "Secret No. 1: Have more fun."

I smiled at the perfect simplicity of a child's Universe. But then, as this idea slipped into relation to my own hectic existence it seemed incredibly profound. In my busy day-to-day life I forget to take time for fun. Intrigued, I wondered what other secrets lay within her little notebook. I turned the page and read, "Secret No. 2: Pass it on."

This seemed to me a wonderful philosophy but an odd thing to bury in someone's backyard. My curiosity growing I turned the page to see what other tidbits of prebuscent wisdom she might share, and I chuckled as I read the last page, "Yes Tim, this means you. Have more fun and pass it on." And, so I have.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Saturday, April 9, 2011: A MOCHIP (Missouri Child Identification Program) Event will be held today from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Hollister Y.M.C.A. located at 175-A Industral Park Drive in Hollister, MO. This event is co-hosted by Branson Lodge No. 587 and Galena Lodge No. 515. This is the Healthy Family Fair Day and several organizations will be represented. There should be lots of kids and as always a number of volunteers will be needed to make the day a success. If you can spend 2 hours or all day your help would be very much appreciated. Please contact Herb Terrill at [email protected] as to your availability to work.

Wednesday, April, 13, 2011: Masonic Funeral Services will be held for Brother Larry Ummel at 1:00 PM at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home located at 1947 East Seminole in Springfield, MO. Larry was a member of Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 as well as several of the appendant Masonic bodies. More information is not available at this time, but a generous attendance by the Brethren is always appreciated by the family.
For more information call the funeral home at (417) 886-9994.

Saturday, April 16, 2011: The Knights of Seven Chapter of DeMolay will hold their Installation of Officers for the 1st term at 3:00 PM at the Sparta Lodge building. The first regular meeting of the Chapter will follow at 4:00 PM.
The Knights of Seven Chapter will hold their regular meetings on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at 4:00 PM at Sparta Lodge.
All Masons, Ladies of the Eastern Star, Amaranth, White Shrine, etc, and parents of DeMolays are welcome(and strongly encouraged) to attend all regular Chapter meetings, fun events, Initiations, and Advisory board meetings. Installation of Officers is open to anyone.
DeMolay is open to any young man age 12 to 20. A Masonic relationship is not necessary for membership.

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 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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