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Masonic News & Views -- Sunshine and Rain
August 15, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Life at the CowChows just gets better and better. Of course, with every ray of sunshine a little rain must fall but one without the other and you're either overheated or all wet. I was reminded of this earlier today when I received some of the best news I'd heard in nearly a year. But, of course, then came the rain.

I stepped out back of the CowChows to take in the late afternoon. The scent of freshly mown grass filled the air; the sun peeked and winked through branches and limbs as it settled beyond the woods behind the house; birds emerged and sang lilting songs in chorus with the buzz of cicadas; the heat of the day dwindled and the air was warm and soft.

I came around the corner of the house and there, sitting at the foot of the front porch steps, was the little blond haired girl from next door. She was just sitting there with elbows on knees and chin in hands staring out across the valley.

"Hello young lady," I said as I approached. "What brings you so far from home?"

"Oh, nothing," she sighed without looking up. "I just came to say goodbye."

"Goodbye? What do you mean, goodbye? I hadn't heard you were leaving," I said as I sat down beside her.

"Yep," she said, her head bobbing as her chin moved against her hands. "School starts tomorrow. I won't get to see you very much any more."

"Ohhh," I said, trying to keep my tone from rising toward the end. "That is too bad, but aren't you excited to see your friends?"

She shrugged. "I seen 'em all summer. I don't know why we have to go back to stupid school, anyway."

"Yes," I said, "but you'll meet new kids and make new friends this year."

Another shrug, "I guess."

"So, what will you be studying this year? Anything new and exciting?"

"Just the usual stuff, I guess. What did you study in school?"

"Oh, just the usual stuff, too. You know, 'The 3 Rs,' Reading, Writing and Arithmetic."

"That's not three Rs," she said looking at me for the first time.

"I know," I said. "That's just what they called them because, well, I'm not exactly sure why."

"Did you learn to write that funny kind of writing? I can't remember what it's called."

"You mean cursive writing? Don't they still teach that in school?"

"No, we have cursive writing. I think yours was called... 'higher-glifiks'."

And the clouds rolled in.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 379 will hold their annual installation of Officers ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 PM with refreshments to follow. Families and friends are invited.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Brothers Byron Bock and Eric Davey will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. There should be some simple fare to prevent starvation for those of you who come straight from work.
Bolivar Lodge is located at 301 S. Killingsworth Ave, Bolivar, MO 65613.

Saturday, August 20, 2011: Neosho Lodge No. 247 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Refreshments will be ready at 3:30 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 4:00 PM.

Monday, August 22, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st degree of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM and there will be nourishment following the work.

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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011: Clintonville Lodge No. 482 will host a Regional School of Ritual Instruction to be conducted by RWB Tim Couch, Region 'F' Grand Lecturer. Refreshments will be ready at 6:30 PM and instruction will begin at 7:30 PM. All Master Masons are invited and encouraged to attend.
Clintonville Lodge building is located at 117 N Main Street in El Dorado Springs, MO, and can be found on the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map.

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.

Sunday, September 11, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 will hold their annual installation of Officers ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 PM and there will be refreshments following.

Sunday, September 11, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will hold their annual installation of Officers ceremony beginning at 3:00 PM.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011: It's once again time for the ever popular Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Corn Roast. It will be held at the usual place at Pat Jones River Park. Gates open at 4:00 PM. This event is free to ABA Nobles and there will be corn, BBQ and Camels Milk. This is a stag event for the members of Abou Ben Adhem and dues cards will be checked at the gate.

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 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

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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