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Masonic News & Views -- "What's 'couple' mean?"
June 27, 2011
Greetings Brother,

Well, it's official now. Summer has arrived here at the CowChows and with it the invasion of the Japanese Beetle. If you're thinking I have an obsession with these nasty little bugs you're not completely wrong. I had a traumatic experience with Japanese Beetles that left me emotionally scarred. I'm not sure I will ever fully recover, but in the meantime I will meet their annual assault with all the energy, cunning and weaponry I can muster. And, so it was that I was out back of the CowChows late this afternoon with my handy little red garden sprayer in hand when a timid, small voice came from behind me, "Whatcha doin?"

I turned and there stood Mason, little brother of the little blond haired girl next door. "Hello Mason, I'm just spraying bugs. What are you up to this fine, sunny day?"

His little shoulders went up and down in a shrug and he said, "Nothin' much. Just playin'. Why are you sprayin' bugs?"

"Well," I said as I gave my little red sprayer a couple of quick pumps, "if I don't spray them they'll eat all the leaves off the trees and plants and they'll die."

"Why," he wanted to know.

"Well, that's just what they do," I told him. "They eat and they.... couple."

He cocked his head sideways. "What's 'couple' mean?"

"It's when two bugs get together and hold hands and make baby bugs," I told him.

"Why," he wanted to know.

"It's just what they do," I said. "They eat and eat and eat so they can make lots of baby bugs so they can come and eat some more."

"Why," he wanted to know.

"I don't know Mason," I sighed. "I guess just because that's the way God made them."

"What happens when you spray them," he asked seriously. "Does it make them not hungry and not want to hold hands?"

"Well, yeah," I said, "I guess you could say that. Don't you have parents at home to torture with your questions?"

"Yeah," he said, "but they told me to come visit you. So, what happens to the bugs when you spray them?"

I set down my sprayer and knelt on the ground in front of him. I looked him right in the eyes and said, "Okay Mason. I think you're big enough to understand that sometimes we do things because they have to be done even though we don't necessarily like doing them."

He swallowed and nodded, and I continued. "The spray in this can does more than make them not hungry and not want to hold hands. It...." And, just then a June bug appeared and landed on his arm. He felt the tickle of its legs on his skin and he raised his arm.

"Look!" he cried holding up his arm for me to see and breaking into a wide grin. The June bug began scrabbling down his arm.

Suddenly, Mason's eyes grew wide and, "SLAP!" His other hand came down hard on his arm with the June bug in between.

"Mason," I said, "that was just a June bug. He couldn't hurt you."

He raised his hand and looked at the squashed bug on his arm and said sullenly, "I know, but he was trying to hold hands with me and I ain't makin' no baby bugs."

Fraternally yours,

Tim Couch


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

Monday, June 27, 2011: Willard Lodge No. 620 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 beginning at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011: Ava Lodge No. 26 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. Two, and possibly three, 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, June 28, 2011: Canopy Lodge No. 284 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry as a courtesy to Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 99. One candidate will be presented for the sublime degree of Master Mason. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will follow the work. We can use assistance - particularly for Deacons and Stewards, and several parts in the second section of the Third.

Thursday, June 30, 2011: Billings Lodge No. 379 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 2nd Degree of Freemasonry. Three candidates will be presented for passage to the degree of Fellow Craft. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 PM and Lodge will be duly Opened at 6:30 PM. Your attendance and assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, June 30, 2011: Canopy Lodge No. 284 will meet in Special Communication for work in the 1st Degree of Freemasonry. One candidate will be presented for initiation into the mysteries of Freemasonry. Lodge will be duly Opened at 7:00 PM and refreshments will follow the work. Any brothers able to help will be most welcome.

Saturday, July 23, 2011: Sparta Lodge No. 296 will host a concealed/carry firearms course at the lodge building located at 7702 State Hwy 14 East in Sparta, Missouri. The course will begin at 9:00 AM and run to approximately 4:00 PM. Lunch will be available. Students without their own firearm should bring a minimum of seventy .22 caliber long rifle shells. A donation of fifty dollars or more will be greatly appreciated.

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.

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. 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.

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