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Missouri/U.S. – Rhodes honored on 60 years of Masonic service

Freemasonry Network - 28.01.2023
(by editorial board, Wayne County Journal-Banner, January 19, 2023 )

 

On Thursday, January 12, Greenville Lodge No. 107 A.F. & A.M. met for a family night celebration between members and their spouses. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 60-year Masonic jewel to C.L. “Buck” Rhodes, a longtime staple of the Greenville community. The ceremony was presided over by W.B. Lavern H. Daves, R.W.B. Ted Marlow and W.B. Jerry Gowen. The Masonic jewel was presented by Pamela Smith, daughter of Rhodes. Carroll L. “Buck” Rhodes was recommended to Greenville Lodge No. 107 by his father, the late W.B. Cecil F. Rhodes and the late Brother Corprew Jones. Rhodes was initiated into Freemasonry at Greenville on February 24, 1960, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on November 17, 1960, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on January 28, 1961. He and his late first wife, the former Kathern (Rainwater) Rhodes, later joined the Greenville Chapter No. 337 Order of the… read more:

 


 

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Alexandria’s GW Birthday Parade To Highlight 100 Years of Masonic Memorial

Freemasonry Network - 27.01.2023
(by Kevin Dauray, Zebra, January 26, 2023)

 

The George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 20 from 1-3 p.m. An annual tradition to honor the first president, a Founding Father, and an Alexandrian, this year’s edition will highlight the 100th anniversary of the memorial named for him. According to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the George Washington National Masonic Memorial was “[l]argely constructed between 1922 and 1932 with many of the major interior spaces left unfinished until the decades following World War II,” In August of 2015, the tower – designed in the neoclassical style, according to The Washington Post – was designated a national historic landmark by the United States Government. One thousand Freemasons from across the country will be in attendance for the event. The parade start is located at the intersection of Pendleton St. and King St. See the route map HERE and the assembly map HERE. At the parade’s conclusion, the group will take part in, what a press release by the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee (GWBCC) calls the Centennial Cornerstone Ceremony. That press release includes the words of historian and Freemason Mark Tabbert, who wrote: “More than 15,000 people came to Alexandria in 1923 to place a cornerstone and to dedicate our city’s memorial in honor of George Washington and his virtues. “One hundred years later, we return to lay a new cornerstone that… read more:

 


 

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Peru – St. John’s Masonic Lodge to install officers Jan. 28

Freemasonry Network - 26.01.2023
(by Shaw Local News Network, News Tribune, January 22, 2023)

 

St. John’s Lodge No. 13 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Peru will host its 182nd annual Installation of Officers Ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Peru Masonic Center, 1711 ½ Fourth St. Elected officers to be installed to serve the lodge for the ensuing year are Benny L. Nooks of Princeton, worshipful master; Steven J. Brown of Ladd, senior warden; Eric M. Lynch of Peru, junior warden; Lucas W. Matson of Ottawa, treasurer; and, Russell W. Pratt, Jr. of Ottawa, secretary. Appointed officers to be installed to serve the Lodge for the ensuing year are … read more:

 


 

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Northumberland/England – Morpeth Rugby Club boosted by donation from Freemasons

Freemasonry Network - 24.01.2023
(by Sports writer, Northumberland Gazette, 24th January 2023)

 

The installation was part of their recent clubhouse renovations, ensuring that facilities are not only fit for purpose for the club membership, but also provide quality facilities for use by the wider local community, Ken Fraser, Honorary Secretary for Morpeth RFC, said: “We are really grateful. Members of the Development Group, with Chairman Simon Harries, were delighted to meet the Head of the Northumberland Freemasons, Ian Craigs, at … read more:

 


 

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Essex/England – Freemasons celebrate 150 years of Langthorne Lodge

Freemasonry Network - 23.01.2023
(by Nicola Lloyd, Community News, 23 January 2023)

 

Members of a Freemason lodge in Essex recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the branch. Founded in 1872 at Stratford in London’s East End, Langthorne Lodge No 1421 first met at The Swan Hotel next to the Town Hall and was named after the Cistercian monastery, Stratford Langthorne Abbey, founded in 1135 which was then in Essex. The lodge now meets six Thursday evenings a year at the Howard Hall Masonic Centre in Braintree. Paul Tarrant, the Provincial Grand Master (PGM) of the 7,500 plus Essex Freemasons, together with deputy PGM Nick Franklin and Clive Rees, the assistant PGM for the lodge, were among the many guests of the 30-strong lodge for an evening of celebration in… read more:

 


 

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Devonshire/England – Paignton Freemasons donate £500 to support Torbay’s Ukrainian community

Freemasonry Network - 22.01.2023
(by editorial board, Torbay Weekly, 17 January 2023)

 

Freemasons from Paignton’s Miles Coverdale Lodge have donated £500 to the Torbay-Ukraine Support Community Interest Company, a charitable organisation created in order to help support the Ukrainian refugee community to settle in the UK, through a programme of education. Formed in June 2022, the largest Ukrainian support group in Torbay currently provides support to more than 150 Ukrainian visitors to Torbay and surrounding areas and those hosting them. Dr David Harwood said, “We are most grateful for this donation from the Freemasons of Miles Coverdale Lodge which… read more:

 


 

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Tennessee/U.S. – Jonesborough Masonic Lodge to celebrate 200 years of local history

Freemasonry Network - 22.01.2023
(by Robert Houk, Johnson City Press, January 21, 2023)

 

The Rhea Masonic Lodge No. 47 of the Free & Accepted Masons in Jonesborough will kick off a yearlong observance of its 200th anniversary on Jan. 28. A program will begin at noon at the lodge, which is located at 210 North 2nd Ave., with remarks from the grand master of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Tennessee and local dignitaries. An open house will follow until 3 p.m., which will provide the public with an opportunity to tour the lodge and ask questions about the fraternal organization. The Rhea Lodge has been located on 2nd Avenue since 1969. Masons first met in Washington County’s original wooden courthouse before moving to… read more:

 


 

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Somerset/England – Freemasons donate to Red Cross to help Ukraine

Freemasonry Network - 21.01.2023
(by Amber Hill, Somerset County Gazette, 16th January 2023)

 

SOMERSET Freemasons have helped to support Ukrianian families by raising £100,000 to donate to the British Red Cross, alongside Freemasons across England and Wales. The grant, which was collected through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, will help people seeking safety in the UK to track down their loved ones and get back in contact. The British Red Cross international tracing team can help families understand the legal process to reunite and offer emotional support where … read more:

 


 

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Northumberland/England – Freemasons donation to Morpeth Ruby Club

Freemasonry Network - 20.01.2023
(by Danielle Hicks, Community News, 19 January 2023)

 

A donation from Northumberland Freemasons has allowed Morpeth Rugby Club to further update their facilities which will benefit members and the wider community. As part of their recent extensive clubhouse renovations, ensuring that the facilities are not only fit for purpose for the club membership but also to provide quality facilities for use by the wider local community, Northumberland Freemasons donated £3,000 through the Richard Henry Holmes Masonic Benevolent Fund. The money has been used to purchase a public address system which was integral in the running of their recent community fireworks and Bonfire Night and is… read more:

 


 

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North Carolina/U.S. – Round Peak Masonic Lodge installs officers

Freemasonry Network - 18.01.2023
(by editorial board, Mount Airy News, January 12, 2023)

 

The Round Peak Masonic Lodge recently installed officers for 2023.Pictured are, front row, Ronnie Sprinkle, Kevin Easter, Dusty Lyons, Mike Waddell, and Gary Hodge; back row, Corey Easter, Kit Burcham, Ricky Lawson, Richard McMillian, and Justin Cagle… read more:

 


 

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Florida/U.S. – Grand Master of Cuba Defects to the U.S.

Freemasonry Network - 17.01.2023
(by Christopher Hodapp, Freemasons for Dummies, January 05, 2023)

 

Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Cuba had just defected to the United States. He and his wife traveled to Mexico, purportedly on vacation, and crossed into the U.S. at the Texas border where they requested asylum. The Grand Lodge of Florida provided financial assistance to the couple, and they were helped locally by officers from a lodge in Brownsville, Texas. They will be staying with relatives in the U.S. while getting settled. The story was confirmed… read more:

 


 

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Yorkshire/England – Freemasons’ grants for Harrogate district charities totalling £94,000

Freemasonry Network - 16.01.2023
(by Lucy Chappell, Harrogate Advertizer,
13th Jan 2023)

 

A total of 40 grants were distributed to organisations across Yorkshire, with many charitable organisations, including youth clubs, food banks, community groups and schools, receiving support to help them with essential costs or equipment upgrades. Harrogate District organisations benefiting from the latest round of grant giving… read more:

 


 

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Texas/U.S. – Masonic Lodge in New Braunfels to host charity appraisal fair

Freemasonry Network - 15.01.2023
(by Catherine Wilson, The Herald-Zeitung
, Jan 11, 2023)

 

New Braunfels residents are cleaning out their homes in search of hidden treasures to be appraised by experts in hopes some may be worth a pretty penny or two. The Masonic Lodge is hosting an antique and appraisal fair where those wanting to know what their antiques and collectibles are worth can be appraised for a small fee with proceeds benefiting a good cause. For $7 per item, curious collectors and household curators will get the answers they seek from experienced auctioneers who are prepared to thoroughly research an item to give its owner the best estimate of its… read more:

 


 

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Indiana/U.S. – Masons donate socks to Turning Point

Freemasonry Network - 15.01.2023
(by staff reports, kpc NEWS.com,January 15, 2023)

 

Angola Masonic Lodge No. 236 recently completed a community project of collecting 364 pairs of socks and dontating them to the Turning Point Homeless Center in Angola. The socks were collected for women, men and children. The donation reflects the Lodge’s tradition of service. The Angola Masonic Lodge was chartered in 1858 and continues to be part of the Steuben County community. Over the years the members have assisted the community with scholarships, hosting community based events in its building facilities and… read more:

 


 

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Hampshire/England – Ukrainian refugees will be given a helping hand after a community foundation gave £35,000

Freemasonry Network - 13.01.2023
(by Joe Buncle, The News, 12th January 2023)

 

Projects which will benefit from the grant include humanitarian group Portsmouth City of Sanctuary and Gosport based Community Interest Company Bridge to Unity, which has delivered supplies to Ukraine across the Polish border as well as supporting refugees in the UK. Bridge to Unity will receive £3,000 to cover ‘costs of jobs fairs and social events linking around 75 Ukrainians to jobs and people in Gosport.’ Director Alexandra Kenchington said: ‘Since the start of the war in Ukraine Bridge to Unity has been active in assisting those on the ground in Ukraine and also in welcoming to the UK those fleeing the war. The support from HIWCF and the Freemasons’ charity is going to enable us to continue this work and ensure refugees feel welcomed and supported. ‘The funding will enable us to host events within the community that provide a forum for meeting others, whilst also providing support with employment, education and other practicalities that all those arriving to the UK as refugees face. It will also enable us to launch a service that connects refugees with individual volunteers to ensure integration into the community and offer hands-on support for everyone that needs it. ‘At Bridge to Unity we are committed to bringing the local community together through projects and events and this funding will directly support that.’ The UK Community Foundations network supports grassroots projects across the nation and was recently given a £500,000 grant by the Freemasons’ charity which… read more:

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England – Wigan Freemason takes on a ‘three-hall walk’ for The Brick

Freemasonry Network - 12.01.2023
(by Sian Jones, Wigan Today, 12th January 2023)

 

Frank Highton decided to complete the three-hall walk to raise money for The Brick, which offers a range of services of people in Wigan who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis The walk took place In December and was pushed back a few days due to weather conditions such as black ice and freezing temperatures. Frank began the first leg of his trek, from Hindley Masonic Hall to Bryn Masonic Hall, rambling through Platt Bridge, Bickershaw and Bamfurlong on his 5.1 mile journey, reaching Bryn in… read more:

 


 

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Isle of Man/England – College given more than £3,000 by the Freemasons

Freemasonry Network - 11.01.2023
(by editorial board, Isle of Man Today, 9th January 2023 )

 

Isle of Man Freemasons presented a cheque for £3,195 to the University College Isle of Man (UCM). Hannah May from student services is pictured accepting the cheque from Jeff Campbell, Isle of Man Freemasons deputy provincial grand master. Jeff said: ‘It gives me great pleasure to present this cheque on behalf of the Alan Robinson Masonic Bursary to… read more:

 


 

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Scotland – Aberdeen charities get cash boost as Freemasons support city causes

Freemasonry Network - 10.01.2023
(by Jamie Saunderson, AberdeenLive, 9 January 2023)

 

The Lodge of Aberdeen No. 1 ter. handed £500 each to three city charities in an effort to ‘put something back into the community’. Representatives of each cause offered their thanks. Three Aberdeen charities have been handed cash injections after generous donations by a Masonic lodge. The Lodge of Aberdeen No. 1 ter. gifted £500 each to Mental Health Aberdeen and poverty charities AberNecessities and… read more:

 


 

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Indiana/U.S. – Masonic lodges hold festive board

Freemasonry Network - 09.01.2023
(by Staff Reports, KPC NEWS.com, January 6, 2023)

 

The Masonic Lodge in Spencerville Indiana, Concord Lodge No.556 hosted a festive Board on Tuesday, December 27, said Paul Friend, publicity chairman with the Angola Masonic Lodge. Forty six Masons from the surrounding area attended from 10 different Masonic Lodges including… read more:

 


 

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The Times: ‘Dull’ masons in Scotland try to carve out more exciting future

Freemasonry Network - 08.01.2023
(by editorial board, The Times, 8th January 2023)

 

Their clandestine rules and rituals have long provoked fascination and speculation, but it has emerged that younger Freemasons are abandoning lodges after finding that gatherings are actually “dull and repetitive”. Since it was formally constituted in 1736 the Grand Lodge of Scotland has shrouded itself in mystery and jealously guarded its unique handshakes, known as grips, and theatrical initiation ceremonies. In his new year address Ramsay McGhee, the grand master mason, warned that radical changes are needed to ensure the long-term survival of “the craft”. He encouraged lodges to provide “a sense of excitement” to prevent newcomers from voting with their feet. He said that “2023 will continue to present challenges at all levels of our organisation”. “There is a need for change within… read more:

 


 

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