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Masonic News & Views -- The Summer Job
May 23, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Life has been pretty hectic here at the CowChows lately. Some days I've been so busy I've had to cut short my afternoon nap. Fortunately, today was not one of those. It was the perfect day for a nap, too; the overcast sky lent a soft light that made drowsing easy; a light breeze swept across the back porch carrying the clean scent of pine and the perfume of Spring flowers; the songbirds.....ah, who'm I kiddin'? Every day is perfect for a nap.

I'm no expert but over the years of perfecting my regimen I've learned it's a good idea to get a little exercise between naptime and suppertime. So, I went for a stroll around the CowChows. As I rounded the corner to the front of the house I was greeted by the smiling face and waving hand of the little blond haired girl from next door. "Hi," she chirped.

"Well, hello young lady," I replied. "What are you up to this beautiful spring afternoon?"

"Nothin' much," she said cheerily. "I was just wondering if you'd like some help mowing your lawn this summer." And with that, she pertly handed me a sheet of paper; across the top of which was a prominent headline announcing, ''.

"What's this," I asked.

"Daddy said I should get a summer job," she said happily, "so I decided to start my own business!" She beamed excitedly.

"Well, I think that's a great idea," I told her. "And, you have a Web site?"

"No," she said. "That's just the name of it."

"Ah," I said. "I didn't know you had a lawn mower."

"I don't," she said, "but Daddy does."

"I see," I said, "but your daddy's mower is a pretty big machine. Are you big enough to be operating a big mower like that?"

"No," she laughed and rolled her eyes, "but Daddy is."

"Ah ha," I said. "So, how much are you going to charge to help me mow my lawn this summer?"

"Ten dollars," she said confidently.

I pretended to consider her price and then said, "Ten dollars, huh? You know, we've got a pretty big lawn. Not that I'm complaining about the price, but ten dollars will barely cover the gasoline it will take to mow it. You won't be making much after you pay for the gas."

She waved my silly concerns away and said, "That's okay. Daddy already has gas."

"Does your daddy know about your new business venture," I asked her.

"Not yet," she said. "You'll be my first customer!"

I studied her business flier for a time until she was nearly bouncing with anticipation. "So," I said, "let me see if I have this right. I give you ten dollars, and your daddy will come over and mow my lawn. Is that the deal?"

"Yes," she said as if she were talking to her little brother, Mason.

"And do you, as the business owner, offer a satisfaction guarantee with your service," I asked her.

Her smooth brow furrowed and she said, "What's that?"

"It means you promise that I'll be happy with your service," I told her.

"Yeah, yeah. I promise," she said excitedly as she crossed her heart.

"Okay," I said. "I'll buy a ticket to that show. You've got yourself a customer." I pulled my wallet from my pocket, opened it and frowned. "Uh oh," I said, "I've only got a twenty-dollar bill. Will you get your daddy to mow my lawn twice for twenty dollars?"

Her eyes grew wide, and she nodded emphatically as she stared at the bill in my hand.

"I have just one condition," I told her as I handed over the bill. "I want to be there when you tell your daddy about your new summer business."

"No problem," she sang as she skipped away waving the bill in her hand.

And, I have to admit I felt a little like skipping myself as I turned to go in the house.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch

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

Monday, May 23, 2011: Henderson Lodge No. 477 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. Two Brothers will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. Henderson Lodge is located at 127 East Center Street in Rogersville, MO.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011: Friend Lodge No. 352 in Ozark, MO will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Sean Haling and Brian Morgan will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Three duly elected candidates will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Pizza dinner at 5:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011: The Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Band will play for the arrival of the Springfield Honor Flight at Springfield-Branson National Airport beginning at 8:35 PM. They will play until the last Veteran deplanes and passes through the waiting area.

Thursday, May 26, 2011: Forsyth Lodge No. 453 will have work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their stated communication. Brother G.T. Gracey will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Monday, May 30, 2011: The Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Band will be in concert at the National Cemetery, located at Seminole and Glenstone in Springfield, MO, at approximately 10:00 AM.
The Shrine Band will play another concert that same day at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery on Evans Road in Springfield. The concert will begin around 12:45 PM. There is a precision parachute demonstration planned during the Shrine Band concert.

Thursday & Friday, June 2 & 3, 2011: Ava Chapter, O.E.S. will hold their annual yard sale at the Ava Lodge building located at 407 N.W. 11th Avenue in Ava, Missouri.

Saturday, June 4, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will hold their annual Golf Tournament at the Ava Country Club. The funds raised through this event goes to scholarships for students in the Ava community.

Monday, June 6, 2011: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Several candidates will be presented for the degree of Fellow Craft. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM and there will be nourishment following the work.

Thursday, June 9, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 and Ava Chapter O.E.S. will have a cookout fundraiser from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the pavilion behind the lodge building located at 407 N.W. 11th Avenue in Ava, Missouri. Funds raised will go to local school programs.

Saturday, June 11, 2011: Hazelwood, Mansfield and Norwood Lodges will co-host a MOCHIP event from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM during the Se-Ma-No meeting being held in Seymour, MO. The event will be held at the Seymour High School Gymnasium located at 625 E. Clinton Avenue in Seymour.

Saturday, June 11, 2011: The 8th Annual Pickin in the Park Bluegrass and Country Music Festival hosted by O'Sullivan Lodge No. 7. Come join us at the Walnut Grove City Park in Walnut Grove, MO from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. All proceeds go to charity.

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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