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Masonic News & Views -- Sense of wonner
October 17, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Autumn has always been my favorite season here at the CowChows. The brilliant red, yellow and orange splashes of Fall foliage, the crisp mornings and cool evenings, the flurry of activity as the woodland creatures prepare for winter normally coalesce into a magical time of wonder. But, for some reason this year I just haven't been able to appreciate the wonder of it all. I've tried but with all that's going on in the world it's difficult to focus on the changing of the leaves or the chatter of a squirrel.

I was out back of the CowChows a while ago pondering and poking around in my ever growing collection of items of an undetermined purpose. I picked up an especially interesting piece that looked to have once been a part of a wooden rocking horse, and was turning it in my hands imagining what it might become. I heard the scuff of a shoe behind me and as I turned a small, curious voice said, "Whatchya doin?"

Mason, the little brother of the little blond haired girl next door, stood looking up at me, his hands tucked behind his back and his head cocked to one side. "Hello Mason. Oh, I'm afraid I've misplaced something and I'm trying to find it. How are you today," I said as I returned to poking at the pile.

"I'm fine. Can I help you look for it? What did you mispace?"

"Well, I seem to have lost my sense of wonder and to be honest I don't really know how to get it back."

"What does it look like," he asked as he joined me in poking around in the pile of items.

"That's a very good question. I think it must be round."

So, for the next several minutes we poked through the pile of items of undetermined purpose and chatted about nothing in particular. School was going well; he had lots of friends but his best friend's name was Josh; the suggestion of a girlfriend made him crinkle his nose and shake his head vigorously from side to side. And, each time he came across something round he would pick it up and ask, "Is this it?"

Eventually, we worked our way around to the far side of the pile and I sat down on the retaining wall while Mason continued to poke and ask questions of his own. "Do you like peanut-butter and lettuce samwiches? Why do skunks stink? Where do stars go in the daytime? Is this it?"

After a while I said, "Thanks for trying Mason, but I don't think we're going to find my sense of wonder in this pile of junk. Maybe it's just gone for good."

"Or maybe," he said, "it's in your back pocket."

"My back pocket? You think so?"

He shrugged and said, "Take a look."

I leaned over and checked my left back pocket and found nothing. Mason had stopped poking in the pile and was watching me. So, I leaned again and when I reached into my right back pocket my hand found something cool and hard and round. I pulled my hand from my pocket, opened it, and there in my palm lay a simple two-inch steel washer. The washer hadn't been there before, and Mason and I had been working several feet apart the whole time. There was no way he could have slipped it into my pocket.

When I looked up from my hand Mason was standing directly in front of me. He climbed up into my lap, put his arm around my neck and asked, "Is that it? Did we find your sense of wonner?"

I tried hard to swallow the lump in my throat and I finally managed to say, "Yes, Mason. I believe we did."

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Tuesday, October 18, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Two duly elected candidates will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 5:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother Tom Nutter will be presented for passage to the degree of Fellow Craft. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. Bolivar Lodge meets at 301 South Killingsworth Avenue in Bolivar, MO. "Need all the help we can get."

Tuesday, October 18, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Two duly elected candidates will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry.
Please note: Due to recent concerns about the Friend Lodge building the degree work will be held at the Sparta Lodge building located at 7702 State Highway 14 East in Sparta, MO. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, October 20, 2011: Henderson Lodge No. 477 will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their Regular communication. Henderson Lodge is located at 127 East Center Street in Rogersville, MO. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:30 PM.

Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2011: The Fall Reunion of the Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin will take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral located at 505 South Byers in Joplin, MO.
The K.C.C.H. (Knight Commander Court of Honor) Investiture will be held Friday evening. There will be a banquet at 6:30 PM followed by the Investiture at 7:30 PM. Please call 417-623-3219 for details or questions.

Monday, October 24, 2011: Springfield Chapter No. 15 RAM will vote on changes to the By-Laws during the Regular Convocation.
This meeting will also be the Official Visit of Steven C. Monrotus, Grand High Priest of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Missouri.
Dinner will be hosted by the Social Order of the Beauceant Ladies to recognize the Past Commanders of St. John's Commandery No. 20. All members are encouraged to attend.
Dinner at 6:00 and Regular Convocation at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, November 27, 2011: Forsyth Lodge No. 453 will host a Regional School of Ritual Instruction conducted by RWB Tim Couch, Region 'F' Grand Lecturer. Refreshments will be served at 6:15 PM and instruction will begin at 6:30 PM. Instruction will include Opening on all three degrees, Balloting on a Petition, Receiving Distinguished Guests, and Closing the Lodge. All Master Masons are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5, 2011: The Fall York Rite Festival takes place this weekend. Friday night sign-in from 5:30 PM. Degrees start at 6:30 PM until approximately 10:30 PM. There will be a break in the work for light refreshments.
Saturday sign-in and breakfast at 7:00 AM. Degrees start at 8:00 AM until Noon. Lunch will be served by the ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant (as a fundraiser for the Ladies.) Work will resume at 1:00 PM until approximately 3:30 PM.
All York Rite Masons are encouraged to attend. Contact any York Rite Mason for information and a petition to join the York Rite Bodies.

Friday, November 11, 2011: MWB John Hess, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri will hold an Area/Town Hall Meeting at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 505 South Byers in Joplin, MO at 7:00 PM. All Missouri Freemasons are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, November 12, 2011: MWB John Hess, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Missouri will hold an Area/Town Hall Meeting at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building, 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO, beginning with breakfast at 8:00. All Missouri Freemasons are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, November 19, 2011: There will be a C2A (Chance-to-Advance) one-day class at the Gate of the Temple Lodge building, 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO. Breakfast will be ready by 7:00; Registration will begin at 7:00 AM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 8:00 AM. This C2A will be hosted by Solomon Lodge No. 271, A.F.& A.M.

Monday, November 28, 2011: York Rite Bodies Years of Service Recognition Dinner will be hosted by the ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant. Dinner will be served at 6:00 and all members are invited.
The Regular meeting of all York Rite Bodies will begin at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, February 4, 2012: RWB Robert C. Floyd, Grand Lecturer of Missouri Masons will conduct a School of Ritual Instruction and Regional Round Robin Ritual Competition at Monett Lodge No. 129. Lunch will be available at 11:30 AM and instruction will begin at 1:00 PM. All Missouri Master Masons are encouraged to attend.
The Monett Lodge building is located at 501 13th Street in Monett, MO.

Please Note: Due to acts of God and Government this year the date for the drawing for the new Chevy Camaro has been changed to March 17, 2012. Please help the Scottish Rite Valley of Joplin in their efforts to preserve and repair the beautiful Scottish Rite Cathedral in Joplin, MO. 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 and unique building please go to WWW.WIN-CAMARO.COM. or find us on Facebook and "LIKE" the page at Facebook.com/WinANewCamaro. We're a long way from our goal so please help spread the word. We truly appreciate your assistance. 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.

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