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Nigeria – Freemasons inaugurate water project in Calabar

Freemasonry Network - 28.09.2022
(by Nsa Gil, Calabar, The Nation, September 27, 2022)

 

Calabar Lodge 3434EC on the roll of The United Grand Lodge of England founded on February 1910 has inaugurated a water project in the Calabar metropolis. The project is one of the many charity initiatives embarked upon by the lodge annually to make society a better place. Unveiling the project in Calabar, Wbro Prince Austin Eweka, Assistant District Grand Master of Nigeria, English Constitution, said the free water project was borne out of the need to solve the perennial water shortage problem in Calabar where the lodge had existed for… read more:

 


 

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Florida/U.S. – Hernando County Freemasons plan open house and craft show

Freemasonry Network - 27.09.2022
(by Megan Hussey, Hernando Sun, September 22, 2022)

 

Those creators of crafts and practical arts in this area will now have a new place to show off and sell their wares, all the while benefiting a social service club that supports a number of good causes in Hernando County and beyond. For this organization, the way to help and serve is paved with artistic creations! The Siloam Lodge No. 399 (Free and Accepted Masons of Florida) is seeking artisans and fine crafters to exhibit their masterworks at their Second Annual Wayfarer Craft Show on April 29th, 2023, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Brotherhood-Siloam Lodge Masonic Lodge No. 375 of Brooksville lodge, 13402 Montour St., Brooksville. Proceeds go to support the philanthropic efforts of the Masons, whose slogan is “making good men into better ones for more than 300 years.” “The show supports our lodge and the several Masonic charities that our lodge sponsors like the Angel Fund (to provide for the basic needs of children, including food packages, school supplies, refurbished laptops, winter coats, etc.), The Shriners Hospital for children, and… read more:

 


 

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Cambridgeshire/England – £660 donation from freemasons will help support young people

Freemasonry Network - 26.09.2022
(by Katie Woodcock, Ely Standard, September 23, 2022)

 

Young people in Cambridgeshire will continue to receive free, confidential and professional support from Centre 33 following a £660 donation from local freemasons. Centre 33 has been working with young people across Cambridgeshire for over 40 years and has been supporting young people in Huntingdon for the last seven years. The donation was made by Thirkill Lodge, which meets in Cambridge, and included matched funding from the City & University of Cambridge Masonic Charitable Trust. The cheque was handed over to head of operations, projects and communications at Centre 33, Michelle Birch, by Bob Golding and… read more:

 


 

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Florida/U.S. – Masonic Brethren pay their respects to Pinellas deputy killed in hit-and-run

Freemasonry Network - 25.09.2022
(by Russell Falcon, THEHITC, September 23, 2022)

 

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Members of the Safety Harbor Masonic Fraternity honored fallen Deputy Michael Hartwick after he was killed Thursday night. The 51-year-old deputy worked to protect construction workers on I-275. WATCH: Pinella’s deputy’s body is being taken to the coroner’s office The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said Hartwick was killed instantly after being hit by a front-end loader. The driver didn’t stop. “We have no words to express how we feel and the loss he left,” said Rusty Valle, Tampa Bay Lodge No. 252. When not on duty, Hartwick was an active member of the Safety Harbor Masonic Fraternity, Tampa Bay Lodge No. 252. The fraternity visited the sheriff’s office to pay their respects. “Our goal is to take good men and make them better men,” said Matthew Gordon, Tampa Bay Lodge #252 made him a better man. It is a very, very great loss to… read more:

 


 

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Michigan/U.S. – Detroit Masonic Temple celebrates 100 years since massive cornerstone ceremony

Freemasonry Network - 24.09.2022
(by Candice Williams, The Detroit News, September 24, 2022)

 

Detroit — One hundred years ago, about 200,000 people gathered in Detroit to watch as the cornerstone was laid for what would become the massive Masonic Temple at 500 Temple Street. It was one of the largest public gatherings in the city’s history. An estimated 40,000 Masons from lodges all over Michigan and the Midwest — as far away as Oklahoma City and Toronto — marched in a parade led by a convoy of 25 shiny new Cadillac touring cars carrying dignitaries from Washington, D.C., Lansing and Detroit. Former Detroiter and Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby, as the official representative of President Warren Harding, donned ceremonial Masonic garb and lay the Masonic Temple’s cornerstone with a trowel that President George Washington had once used to lay the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building. “In masonry… . read more:

 


 

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South Wales – Monmouthshire Freemasons backing South Wales Health & Care Awards

Freemasonry Network - 23.09.2022
(by David Williams, South Wales Argus, 20th September 2022)

 

MONMOUTHSHIRE Freemasons will once again be throwing their weight behind the South Wales Health & Care Awards, making it six consecutive years that they have backed the event. Rougemont School in Newport is the venue for this year’s ceremony on Thursday, September 29, when some of the region’s finest will be recognised for their sterling work in the healthcare industry. The University of South Wales are headline sponsors for 2022, while a clutch of familiar names have also backed the annual event as backers of award categories. Monmouthshire Freemasons are sponsoring the Care Home of the Year award, which will be contested between Bethany Residential Home in Chepstow, The Fields Care Home in Newport and Rosedale House. Freemasonry began more than 300 years ago, and the members’ organisation prides itself on having no political or religious affiliations, and … read more:

 


 

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Washington State/U.S. – San Juan Islands Masonic Lodge fundraises for wheelchair van

Freemasonry Network - 22.09.2022
(by editorial board, The Journal of the San Juan Islands, September 22, 2022)

 

The Masonic Lodge is having a fundraiser to acquire a wheelchair van to fulfill the dreams of Becky Rhodes and Clayton Banry. That is a van Becky can drive to give free rides to all wheelchair-bound residents and visitors here on San Juan Island. A dinner and silent auction on the 14th of October starting at 6:00 pm at the Masonic Hall is where Free Wheelin Rides will become a reality. The dinner will consist of: Ulis Famous English bratwurst bangers Mashed red skin potatoes and gravy. Tossed salad and vinaigrette Artesian Bread and butter. Tickets for the dinner will be $25. Anyone not attending can donate to this cause by going to Banner Bank and making a deposit directly into the Free Wheelin Rides account. read more:

 


 

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Ontario/Canada – The Bancroft Masonic Lodge has new officers

Freemasonry Network - 21.09.2022
(by Kristena Schutt-Moore, Bancroft This Week, September 20, 2022)

 

The Bancroft Masonic Lodge has started to meet once again since the start of COVID-19, and now they will start with a new set of officers. During their meeting on Monday, Sept. 12 the new officers were voted in. They currently have 13 officers, with nine of them returning to their post, four are new. This includes worshipful master Kevin Fudge, who will take the lead for the lodge over the next year. The new board of officers were welcomed by District deputy Grand Master Mark Durant. Fudge says that the Masonic Lodge is looking forward to the return of social events and being able to take part in the community once again. The Bancroft Lodge was started in 1905 and has been raising funds for community events and organizations ever since. Some of their biggest supports is to the bursaries for music graduates every year at North Hastings High School, kidney dialysis unit at the Quinte Health Care hospitals, and they sponsor several youth events such as the soccer teams. The Bancroft Masonic Lodge is planning to. read more:

 


 

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Cumbria/England – St Michael’s lodge Freemasons celebrate 50th anniversary

Freemasonry Network - 20.09.2022
(by Brandon Mawson, News & Star, 19th September 2022)

 

Cumbria Freemasons have this week celebrated the anniversary of one of their lodges in Carlisle. St Michael’s Lodge has been operating for 70 years as of September this year. Many Freemasons gathered to celebrate the occassion. The Freemasons who are part of the lodge have marked the ocassion by donating around £12,000 to their chosen charitable causes. On social media the Freemasons described the anniversary event as… read more:

 


 

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Our So-Called Knowledge (The Midnight Freemasons)

Freemasonry Network - 19.09.2022
(by WB Darin A. Lahners, The Midnight Freemasons, September 2022)

 

As much as I preach about the evils of social media and try to limit my use of it and especially commenting on it, occasionally I succumb to doing so. Recently I did succumb to that temptation when I came to the defense of MWB Robert Davis who had innocently responded to a comment in a Masonic Facebook group from someone who stated that they were not a Freemason, but that our “so-called knowledge” is easily available to anyone who seeks it. Now, MWB Davis replied to the comment stating that what he read in ritual exposures are not the “secrets”. This lead the commenter to attack MWB Davis, with claims that the Freemasons are nothing more than men pretending they are better than other men and that MWB Davis was egotistical for replying in such a fashion. Those of you who like me have had the extreme honor of meeting MWB Davis know this is not the case. In any case, I got involved and the commenter went back and forth with us. While one might think that can read the multitude of Masonic Rituals available for public consumption for our “so called knowledge”, they will never understand it. The key to the understanding of our “knowledge” is the transformative art of our degree system. An egregor is a term used in Ritual Magick which is the collective energy or force of a group of individuals that are united toward a common purpose. The continued reverent repetition of our ritual over time creates this egregor as a reservoir of spiritual power which influences the ritual, the lodge members and the lodge itself. The lodge is a sacred space because we make it into one. It is through our reverent presentation of … read more:

 


 

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Cambridgeshire/England – Local legends: St Neots residents thank ‘amazing’ Freemason

Freemasonry Network - 18.09.2022
(by Joanna Taylor, CambridgeshireLive, 17 September 2022)

 

When I started searching for local legends in St Neots, one name kept cropping up – Mick Pescod. A founding member of the ‘Three Pillars: Feeding the Homeless’ charity, his generosity is well known throughout the Cambridgeshire town and beyond. “The work he does for people is amazing,” one St Neots resident told me. Another said: “If anyone is in trouble either he or the Three Pillars is called”. The charity delivers food and other goods to homeless and vulnerable people in St Neots, Huntingdon and Peterborough. Most of it comes through donations from local people and businesses such as Tesco and Aldi. But others come from the Freemasons – either lodges or individuals – of which Mick has been a member for 30 years. In fact, the charity itself is a Masonic organisation. The ‘Three Pillars’ in Freemasonry are wisdom, strength and beauty, which its members are supposed to uphold. The Masons are “not a secret society”, Mick told me, adding that … read more:

 


 

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South Australia – Freemasons donate $18,700 to new Stokes Bay Community Hall project on Kangaroo Island

Freemasonry Network - 17.09.2022
(by editorial board, The Islander, September 16 2022)

 

Freemasons on Kangaroo Island are working with the community of Stokes Bay on the rebuild of its community hall, which was severely damaged by bushfires in January 2020. After supportive visits in the two years since the devastating fires, South Australian Freemasons have been enthusiastic to find a way to contribute to the Stokes Bay Community Hall rebuild project. In order to facilitate community gatherings once the rebuild is complete, it was identified that internal furnishings of commercial stacking tables and chairs would be required. Representatives of Masonic Charities – the benevolent arm of Freemasons SA and NT – presented the $18,766 cheque to t read more:

 


 

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Indiana/U.S. – Kemper’s Standard of Honor Sword presented to Masonic Lodge of Boonville

Freemasonry Network - 16.09.2022
(by editorial board, Boonville Daily News, September 16, 2022)

 

Kemper’s Standard of Honor Sword was returned to its home of origin in a formal ceremony at the Masonic Lodge of Boonville on Tuesday evening, September 13. Carol Hyatt, a former Kemper employee, presented the Sword to Roy Carey who accepted it on behalf of Cooper Lodge Number 36… read more:

 


 

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Illinois/U.S. – Masonic Founders’ Day and Open House Celebration

Freemasonry Network - 15.09.2022
(by Steve Brandy, VCF, September 13, 2022)

 

If you have ever wanted to learn more about Freemasonry and the Masons, Saturday September 17th is your chance to do that. The members of Olive Branch Lodge No. 38 and the Valley of Danville 32° Masons invite everyone to three events open to the public in downtown Danville that day. The day will begin at 10:00 am as Olive Branch 38 meets at Temple Plaza to hold its Founders’ Day Celebration. This celebration is open to all and will include presentations on the history of the lodge and, particularly, on the lives of three notable Danville Masons, depicted in the Plaza sculpture– longtime Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House, Joseph G. “Uncle Joe” Cannon; Danville’s first Mayor, Jasper C. Winslow; and William Perkins Black, who was the lead attorney for the Haymarket defendants and who with his brother, John Charles Black, were… read more:

 


 

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Cambridgeshire/England – Jim thanked by emergency staff for delivery of hospital teddy bears

Freemasonry Network - 14.09.2022
(by Katie Woodcock, Wisbech Standard, September 14, 2022)

 

A Cambridgeshire freemason who has led the delivery of thousands of teddy bears to Addenbrooke’s Hospital over the last 20 years has reached the end of his marathon story. Jim Whitehead, a retired teacher from Cambridge, launched the initiative in 2002. He got the idea from an Essex freemason who launched a similar scheme to thank his local hospital for saving his wife’s life. In the early days, Jim, who has been a freemason for more than 50 years, carefully parked his car clear of arriving ambulances and… read more:

 


 

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Mexico – Historians in Mexico and beyond believe it had a significant influence on the nation’s political life

Freemasonry Network - 13.09.2022
(by Sheryl Losser, Mexico News Daily, June 8, 2022)

 

Is Freemasonry’s role in Mexican history a secret in plain sight? Historians in Mexico and beyond believe it had a significant influence on the nation’s political life. Not long ago, as I was walking around the Machado plaza in Mazatlán, where I currently reside, I came across a building, right off the plaza, that stopped me in my tracks: an obscure building prominently displayed a Masonic lodge emblem on the gate and above the door. Masons in Mexico? How did I not know about this? It turns out that José María Mateos, a 19th-century politician and a Mason himself, asserted in his 1884 book, The History of Freemasonry of Mexico from 1806 to 1884, that Masons have been in Mexico since the 18th century and were instrumental in bringing about Mexico’s independence since major independence figures were Mexican Freemasons. Mateos doesn’t offer objective proof of his statements, which might make sense as… read more:

 


 

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Spain – Costa Blanca’s Quesada Freemasons raise money for food bank charities

Freemasonry Network - 12.09.2022
(by Anna Ellis, EuroWeekly News, 12 September 2022)

 

On Saturday, September 3, the local Freemason’s Lodge, Caledonia Lodge number 68, held a grand hog roast at the Masonic Centre, Sociedad Compas, Quesada. The event was well attended by numerous Masons including the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Rodney Bignell, and over ninety Brethren and their guests. Entertainment for the afternoon was provided by Carla Stone. This event, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, with Hog Roast rolls, numerous summer salads and delicious desserts was held to raise funds to support the Provincial Grand Master’s food bank charities. The raffle was well supported, and a large Teddy Bear was auctioned at the end of the afternoon. A total of €1,000 was raised for … read more:

 


 

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Kentucky/U.S. – Preserving the Groundwork – new locally produced documentary

Freemasonry Network - 11.09.2022
(by Tanzi Merritt, Smiley Pete Publishing, September 2, 2022)

 

New locally produced documentary sheds light on traditions associated with Freemasonry The world is fascinated by the mysterious and mythical, and for this and other reasons the Fraternity of Freemasons has captured the imaginations of many. As a membership organization, many of the events and rituals of Freemasonry are available only to members, contributing to the shroud of mystery that has grown around the organization. While the organization has existed for centuries, membership in recent years has been declining, and many members feel the organization is misrepresented in popular culture. With this in mind, local Freemason and filmmaker Brian T. Evans, owner of BT Media Productions, recently took an opportunity to use his professional skills to dispel myths and clarify misunderstandings about the organization by documenting one of its signature rituals in the documentary, “The Masonic Table – The Art of Dining in Freemasonry,” now available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Evans, who is a member of Lexington Lodge No. 1, explained that the idea for the film originated during the pandemic. After realizing in 2020 that the organization couldn’t hold its Annual Festive Board, one of the group’s most anticipated annual events, the idea to funnel energy into… read more:

 


 

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Statement of the United Grand Lodge of England

Freemasonry Network - 09.09.2022
(by United Grand Lodge of England, ugle.org.uk, 9th September 2022)

 

It was with the greatest sadness that the United Grand Lodge of England learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our longest serving British Sovereign. Queen Elizabeth’s father, His late Majesty King George VI and her consort, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, were both Freemasons. Her cousin, HRH The Duke of Kent, has been Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England since 1967, and will be sending a message of condolence on behalf of all English Freemasons to His Majesty The King. Another of her cousins, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, has been Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales since 1982, and an announcement is being made from Mark Masons’ Hall. God Save The King. read more:

 


 

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Queen Elizabeth II, Patroness of British Freemasonry, has died

Freemasonry Network - 08.09.2022
(by editorial board, BBC, 8th September 2022)

 

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years. Her son King Charles III said the death of his beloved mother was a “moment of great sadness” for him and his family and that her loss would be “deeply felt” around the world. Senior royals had gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday. The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change. King Charles said: “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. “I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.” He will lead the country in mourning as the new King and… read more:

 


 

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