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Masonic News & Views - Westward Ho!
August 21, 2012
Greetings Brother,

If you've been reading the News & Views for a while you know that life at the CowChows is never boring. Well, recent happenings have been downright exciting. Rather than bury the lead I'll go ahead and get it out of the way right now. The Lady BG and I are in the process of relocating the CowChows to Oregon. It's kind of an interesting story.

The whole story actually goes back for years, but the interesting part began on an insufferably warm evening just a few weeks ago. The Lady BG was browsing real estate listings on the Internet, and she came across a tiny beach cottage on the central coast of Oregon. She showed it to me and we decided we needed more information. As I have a mind like a steel trap I immediately called out there the next day when she reminded me.

I learned from the listing agent that the little cottage was built in 1936. It's about a third the size of our current house. It seemed to be teetering on the line between being a fixer-upper and a tearer-downer. It's nestled on a small acreage of old growth rain forest with a small creek running through the property. And, it's within a short walk to the ocean beach.

After a brief discussion we decided we needed still more information. We called a friend who lives in the area and he offered to drive down and check it out for us, which he did by calling us and describing what he saw as he walked around the property and through the house. Up to this point we were proceeding with practicality and reasonable caution. The next morning, though, all that changed.

It's difficult to describe the sensation that came with the dawn. I awoke with an uncanny certainty that this was the right thing to do and an urgency to get it done. We made our first offer before Noon, and by the end of business on Friday we were under contract to purchase the little beach cottage we had not yet seen.

On the following Monday I was on a flight out of Springfield that hopped around the Country and finally landed in Eugene Oregon. Tuesday we did inspections; Wednesday I met with contractors; Thursday we did more inspections, and Friday we closed on the property. It was a whirlwind of fun and excitement, and it was as if the stars aligned to light the way and the Universe paved the path. This move was not part of a plan, but it is the realization of a dream. Sometimes, life hands you lemonade.

Since returning from the trip we have been busily packing up the house and dealing with the nearly overwhelming logistics of relocating or otherwise disposing of a lifetime of collection and accumulation. We're excited about the future and anxious to get underway, but I am also sad to leave Missouri.

During my years here I have been blessed with friends and confidants of such quality that words can not express my appreciation. I have found mentors, teachers, fellow students, and motivators; all of which have led and assisted me in becoming more as a person than I'd ever hoped to be. Perhaps for the first time in my life I have put down roots that have grown to become as strong as that of family. I only hope, and pray, that those roots have the capacity and strength to stretch two thousand miles.

The News & Views will continue, although its schedule may be a little sporadic over the next few months. Masonsmart will continue to grow and develop, and I invite you to visit the site and contribute to the discussion pages if you wish. You can always contact me through tim'at'masonsmart.com, or by any of the other means that have worked in the past. Nothing has changed yet, and when it does I'll keep ya posted.

On Tuesday night, August 21, I will be instructing what will likely be my final school of ritual instruction here in Missouri. RWB Jeremy Willman, DDGL 44, is graciously allowing me to instruct the next meeting of the Buckeye Ritual Club. The meeting will be hosted by Canopy Lodge No. 284, located at 107 North 3rd Street in Verona, MO. If you can make it, it would indeed be an honor to see you there.

Fraternally and sincerely,

Tim Couch


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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012: The Brethren of Solomon Lodge No. 271 and Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will join forces in a Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Several candidates for both lodges will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. The work will take place at the Masonic York Rite building located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield. Please come and help as the Brethren and new candidates can use your support and participation. Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012: Billings Lodge No. 379 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Brother Jim Arnott will be presented for advancement to the degree of Fellow Craft. Refreshments at 6:00 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. All Fellow Crafts are invited in.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012: Canopy Lodge No. 284 will host the Buckeye Ritual Club. RWB Tim Couch, Region 'F' Grand Lecturer will instruct on the 2nd Section of the 3rd Degree. Instruction will begin at 6:30 PM and there will likely be some light refreshments beforehand.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012: Republic Lodge No. 570, located at 141 ½ North Main in Republic, MO, will have work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry in a Special Communication. One duly elected candidate will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Thursday, August 23, 2012: Forsyth Lodge No. 453 will have work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their stated meeting. Brother Clint Gailey will be presented for advancement to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Refreshments at 6:15 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, August 25, 2012: Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422 will host a C2A (Chance-to-Advance) one day class for the purpose of advancing Entered Apprentices and Fellow Crafts to the sublime degree of Master Mason. Breakfast and registration will begin at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 8:00 AM. The Gate of the Temple Lodge building is located at 1700 North Boonville in Springfield, MO.

Saturday, August 25, 2012: United Lodge No. 5 will host a Conceal Carry Weapons Class from 8:00 AM to about 5:00 PM. Instruction will begin at the Masonic York Rite Temple, 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield, MO, and move to a location near Fair Grove, MO after lunch for the live-fire portion of the class.

  • Instruction will be provided by WB Jim Watson.
  • Cost for the class will be a minimum $50 donation.
  • Each participant needs to bring:
    • pencil and paper.
    • a revolver and semi-automatic pistol
    • 75 rounds of ammunition for each pistol.
  • Lunch will be provided for an additional $5.00 donation.
For more information and to reserve your spot contact WB Michael Whitescarver at united5lodge@att.net

Wednesday, August 29, 2012: Republic Lodge No. 570, located at 141 ½ North Main in Republic, MO, will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Two Brothers will be presented for advancement to the degree of Fellow Craft. Dinner at 6:30 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, September 8, 2012: Save the date! The 2012 KCCH Memorial RiteCare Golf Tournament will be held at Deer Lake Golf Course in Springfield, MO. All proceeds will go to support the RiteCare Speech and Language Clinics and services right here in southwest Missouri. It's a worthy cause and a good time. Please do what you can to help the kids. Click here to open and save a flier for the event.
Details and updates will be posted on the JoplinKCCH Facebook page as they become available. In the meantime check out the great course for this year's tournament by visiting the Deer Lake Golf Course Web site.

Saturday, September 8, 2012: The Regional York Rite Conference will be held at the Neosho Masonic Lodge building located at 4080 LaQuesta in Neosho, Missouri. The meeting will be from 9:00 AM to Noon. Registration will begin at 8:00 AM and there will be coffee and donuts, or something available.

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 or event.

For more news of upcoming events and special communications visit the Upcoming Masonic Events page on Masonsmart.com

For a calendar of Stated meetings for many of the Lodges and Masonic bodies visit the Masonic Calendar page on Masonsmart.com

For help locating a lodge building visit the Missouri Masonic Lodge Map page on Masonsmart.com

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