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Masonic News & Views -- What does it mean?
March 21, 2011
Greetings Brother,

I attended an extraordinary event this weekend. Hundreds of Freemasons from several different jurisdictions gathered together in fraternal fellowship for a singular purpose - that of bringing more Masonic Light to those who seek it. There were dignitaries and men of eminent station practically at every turn. There was a dizzying array of titles, colors and costumes bandying about.

I had many interesting encounters over the course of the weekend, and several fascinating conversations. There were more than a few moments of awakened insight or sudden clarity. But, one encounter was especially meaningful and supremely humbling.

I was crossing the marble tiled lobby, headed toward the white marble staircase when I heard someone call out my name. "Tim, come here. There's someone I want you to meet."

I turned and a good friend of mine, accompanied by a tall, dignified looking gentleman, was approaching from the far end of the lobby. I met them halfway and we shook hands. First, my friend introduced me to the older gentleman, and then he proceeded to introduce him to me. I wish I could recall all the titles he rattled off; there was Past Grand something, and Most Excellent somebody, and current Grand something or other, and Illustrious Sir I dunno. The list of impressive titles seemed to go on and on, and as it did I began to feel small. When my friend finally came to the end of the introduction I remember offering my hand and mumbling something about it being "...a great pleasure to make your acquaintance."

The dignified looking gentleman clasped my hand in both of his. He shook my hand vigorously and told me it was a pleasure to meet me, as well. Then, smiling warmly, he said, "May I ask you a question?"

I immediately noticed a difficulty in swallowing as I wondered at the likelihood of my having the answer to this man's question. But, his warm smile was assuring and I nodded and tried to return his smile.

"What do all those titles mean to you," he asked seriously.

"Well," I began, "they mean that you have labored diligently in the fields of Masonry and have earned certain..." I stopped because his smile had faded.

"I suppose," he said, "that one might surmise such, but you have no evidence of it. What do my titles mean to you?"

The palms of my hands grew moist and I could feel beads of perspiration beneath the band of my cap. "Well," I tried again, "I guess they mean that you deserve respect for your accomplishments in...." I stopped again as he was shaking his head slowly from side to side.

"We've only just met," he said. "Do you so readily respect every man to whom you've just been introduced?"

I shook my head no and looked uneasily around for an escape, but there was none. Then, he continued softly, "So, I ask again, what do all my impressive sounding titles mean to you?"

I was out of answers. I searched for the answer I thought he wanted, for an answer that would satisfy him, but I found none.

Finally exasperated, I shrugged helplessly and simply said, "Nothing."

There was that warm smile again. He reached out and grasped me by the shoulders and said, "Exactly right; nothing. My titles may be taken as a sign that I have earned the respect of another, but until and unless I have likewise earned yours I am entitled to and deserve nothing more than you may owe to any other man."

Then he turned, and I watched as the two of them ascended and disappeared beyond the winding stair.

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

W:.Brother Norm Napier has recently taken residence in the Christian Health Care Center located at 3535 East Cherokee Street in Springfield, MO. He is in room 201 and can be contacted directly by calling (417) 889-9818 extension 201. Many of us know Norm and have benefited greatly from his teachings. Please give him a call or stop by and say hello when you can.

Tuesday, March, 22, 2011: Criterion Lodge No. 586 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. One candidate will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, March, 22, 2011: Bolivar Lodge No. 195 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Four candidates will be presented for the degree of Fellow Craft. Lodge will be duly Opened at 5:30 PM and there will be nourishment available throughout the evening.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011: March Madness Ritual Instruction concludes tonight at the Masonic-York Rite Temple located at 1930 West Catalpa Street in Springfield. Dinner will be ready at 6:00 and instruction will follow at 7:00 PM. RWB Wayne Beach, DDGL 34, will instruct on the 2nd and 3rd Degrees of Freemasonry. All Master Masons are invited in.

Thursday, March 24, 2011: Forsyth Lodge No. 453 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Dinner at 6:15 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Friday, March 25, 2011: University Lodge No. 683 will conduct work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry in conjunction with their Stated Communication. One candidate will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Dinner at 6:00 and Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, March 26, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 379, Billings, MO, will hold their 11th Annual Benefit Fish Fry at American Legion Post 639 located at 2660 South Scenic in Springfield, MO from Noon 'til 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. We will be giving away $200 in cash at 5:00 p.m. that Saturday. (need not be there to win). RWB Tom Williams and the Lucky Boys will play from 4:00 p.m. - ???.

Saturday, March 26, 2011: Monett Lodge No. 129 will host a State School of Ritual Instruction and the Regional Round Robin Ritual Competition. RWB Randy Jones, Grand Lecturer of Missouri, will conduct the school and competition. Breakfast at 8:00 and instruction will begin at 9:00 AM. All Master Masons are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 26, 2011: You are cordially invited to attend the 1st Annual York Rite Masonic Youth Event sponsored by Springfield Chapter No. 15 RAM, Zabud Council No. 25 R&SM and St. John's Cammandery No. 20 KT.
A Noon luncheon will be served by the ladies of the Social Order of the Beauceant. Donations are requested from adults and all youth will eat for free.
Following the meal an informational program will be presented by representatives of the Rainbow for Girls, Job's Daughters and DeMolay Masonic youth groups. Speakers will discuss the ideals and programs of each organization.
This is an open meeting for all members of the Masonic fraternity and appended and adoptive bodies of Freemasonry. Bring your prospects and questions and let's support our Masonic youth.
In order to help plan for the meal please RSVP to one of the following Sir Knights:
click here to contact ESK Paul Kingsley.

click here to contact ESK Bob Detherow.

Click here to view and print a flier for the event.

Monday, March 28, 2011: Granby Lodge No. 514 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry. One candidate will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011: Joplin Lodge No. 335 will host a Regional School of Ritual Instruction. RWB Tim Couch, RGL Region 'F' will instruct on the ritual of the first sections of the degrees, and receiving and balloting on a petition. Dinner at 6:00 and Instruction will begin at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, April 2, 2011: Whitewater Lodge No. 417 will host their 1st Annual Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel Music Show. The show will feature the Bressler Brothers, Old Santa Fe, Route 66, and will be held at the Delta High School Gymnasium in Delta, MO. Only $7 to see both shows. Click here to view a flier for the event.

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 Facebook.com/Win-a-new-Camaro. 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 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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