Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Beginnings

Legion Family flower of remembrance

The poppy as the memorial flower for the American war dead is a tradition which began in the years following the first World War. Veterans returning to their homes in this country remembered the wild poppies which lined the devastated battlefields of France and Flanders, and the soldiers of all nations came to look upon the flowers as a living symbol of their dead comrades' sacrifice.

A Canadian officer, Colonel John McCrae who was killed during the war, immortalized the flowers in his famous poem, "In Flanders' Field." Its opening lines are familiar to millions of people around the world, 

"In Flanders' field the poppies blow,
Between the crosses row on row---"
Returning servicemen brought with them memories of the battlefield poppies, and the flower soon took on a sacred significance. The red blossoms became the flower of remembrance for the men whose lives had been lost in the defense of freedom. As a memorial emblem of the war dead, it underlined the plight of those men who did not die, but returned permanently disabled. The poppy soon became a symbol of honoring the dead and assisting the living victims of the war.

In 1924, a poppy factory was built in Pittsburgh, Pa., providing a reliable source of poppies and a practical means of assistance to veterans. Today, veterans at VA medical facilities and veterans homes help assemble the poppies, which are distributed by veterans service organizations throughout the country. Donations received in return for these artificial poppies have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom.

Donations received in return for these artificial poppies have helped countless veterans and their widows, widowers and orphans over the years. The poppy itself continues to serve as a perpetual tribute to those who have given their lives for the nation's freedom.

Thank you to the American Legion and the Veterans Administration for photo and information.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Masonic Fraternal Police Department
Last week the Los Angeles Police Department conducted Search Warrants and arrested three members of the so-called "Masonic Fraternal Police Department" The individuals arrested maintained their legitmacy by claiming that they were descendants of the Knights Templar and their police agency had been in existance for over 3,000 years. They also claimed that the Masonic Faterrnal Police Department had jurisdiction in 33 states and in Mexico.

Gee Wiz this must of been another one of those Masonic Secrets I missed in Grand Master School.

Click on the links below for a great read.......................


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Change? What do you mean Change?


by Jim Tresner, Editor, Oklahoma Mason

The story is told of a historian recording folk history in Illinois in the 1970s. Several people in the countryside had told him of a farm family, which had the ax Abraham Lincoln used when splitting logs for a living as a young man.

The historian finally located the farm, and found the farmer in the yard splitting wood for a living room fireplace. He asked him about the story.

"Yes,” said the farmer, “It’s true. Abe Lincoln lived around here as a young man and he worked for a while splitting wood for my great-great-grandfather. Happened he'd bought a new ax from a peddler the day before Abe Lincoln came to work here, and he gave it to Lincoln to use. We've kept it ever since."

 "That's a real historical treasure," said the historian. "It really ought to be in a museum. Would you mind going into the house and bringing it out so I could see it?"

"Oh, we know it's important," said the farmer. "I take it to the school from time to time and tell the kids about it and Lincoln. Seems to sorta make him real for them. But I don't have to go into the house, I've got it right here."

He handed the horrified historian the ax he had been using.

"You mean you're still using it?"

 "Sure thing, an ax is meant to be used."

The historian looked it over carefully. "I must say, your family has certainly taken good care of it."

"Sure, we know we're protecting history. Why, we've replaced the handle twice and the head once.

In many ways, Masonry is like Abe Lincoln's ax. All of us tend to assume that Masonry has always been the way it was when we joined. We have become fiercely protective of it in that form. In fact, we've done more than replace the handle twice and the head once.

For example, when Brothers George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere (and other Masons of their era and for decades to come) joined the fraternity, they did not demonstrate proficiency by memorizing categorical lectures.

Instead, the same evening they received a degree they sat around a table with other brethren of the lodge and asked each other questions and answered them for the instruction of the new Brother. They asked him questions and helped him with the answers.

The discussion continued until they were confident that he understood the lessons of the degree. They then taught him the signs and tokens, and he was proficient. In many-cases, he took the next degree the next night.

The custom of allowing 28 days to pass between degrees came about for no other reason than the fact that most lodges met every 28 days, on the nights of the full moon. There was no mystery behind that, very few horses come equipped with headlights, and only on nights of a full moon could people see well enough to leave their homes in the country and come into town for a meeting safely.

As to other changes, for instance, the names of the three ruffians have changed at least three times since the Master Mason Degree was created around 1727.

More importantly, the nature and purpose of the fraternity has changed radically over time. It certainly is no longer a protective trade association, nor a political force amounting almost to a political party, but it has been those over its long history.

So, yes, Masonry changes. It changes fairly frequently and sometimes dramatically. Far from being a bastion of conservative resistance to fostering revolutions in political life (the American revolution, for example) and social life. It created homes for the elderly and orphanages, and then worked for the sort of social legislation to make those widespread. It sought economic development for states and communities. Until the late 1940s and 50s, it was one of the most potent forces for change in America.

And Masonry is like Abe Lincoln's ax in another way. For, although the handle and head had been replaced, that ax was still used by the Abe Lincoln in truth if not in fact.
The farmer used the ax to teach. He told children about it and about Abe Lincoln. He helped make the past real to them so that they could learn the great values of honesty and hard work, which Lincoln typified so well.

It's the same with Masonry. In spite of the many changes which have already happened and the changes which are bound to happen in the future (Masonry, like any living thing, must change and grow, or die) it is still the same.

It's essence -- the lessons it teaches, the difference it makes in the lives of men, that great moment of transformation which is the goal of Masonry, when a man becomes something new and better than he was when he came in the door as a candidate -- the essence cannot and will not be lost, as long as Brothers are meeting in the true Masonic spirit; to work and learn and study and improve themselves and the world.

That's Masonry, and like Abe Lincoln's ax, it was meant to be used, not to rust away in a museum case. That use keeps it bright and sharp and Masonic, no matter how often the handle and head need to be replaced.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt Masonic Birthday

On today's date in 1901 Theodore Roosevelt received his Third Degree and was made a Master Mason.

This is the petition that Brother T. Roosevelt completed to join his home town lodge Matinecock #806 in New York.The year is 1901.This was just weeks before President McKinley was assassinated.

Here are some quotes from T.R. himself and some people close to him:

"One of the things that attracted me so greatly to Masonry that I hailed the chance of becoming a Mason, was that it really did act up to what we, as a government and as a people, are pledged to—namely, to treat each man on his merits as a man. When Brother George Washington went into a lodge of the fraternity he went into the one place in the United States where he stood below or above his fellows according to their official position in the lodge. He went into the place where the idea of our government was realized, as far as it is humanly possible for mankind to realize lofty ideal. know that you will not only understand me, but sympathize with me, when I say that, great though my pleasure is in being here as your guest in this beautiful temple, and in meeting such a body of men as that I am now addressing, I think my pleasure is even greater when going into some little lodge where I meet the plain, hard-working men—the men who work with their hands—and meet them on a footing of genuine equality, not false equality—of genuine equality conditioned upon each man being a decent man, a fair-dealing man.” Roosevelt said at a later date: “Masonry should make, and must make, each man who conscientiously and understandingly takes its obligations, a fine type of American citizen, because Masonry teaches him his obligations to his fellows in practical fashion."
“If we could get wage-workers and employers in any given occupation or in any given district in a lodge together, I would guarantee the result . . . and I would guarantee it, because if that thing happened we would come into the lodge, all of us, each wanting to do what was good for his brother; each recognizing that in our government every man of us has to be his broth­er’s keeper; not recognizing it in any spirit of foolish emotionalism; not under the impression that you can benefit your brother by some act of weak, yielding complacency that will be a curse to him (and of course to you). That is not the way to benefit him."
"Masonry teaches us in this direction, and makes us care for the brethren that stumble and fall, and for the wives and little ones of those who are beaten down in the harsh battle of life."
“Masonry teaches and fosters in the man the qualities of self-respect and self-help— the qualities that make a man fit to stand by himself—and yet it must foster in every one who appreciates it as it should be ap­preciated the beautiful and solemn ritual— it must foster in him a genuine feeling for the rights of others and for the feelings of others; and Masons who help one another help in a way that is free from that curse of help, patronizing condescension."
“You take a lodge, where, as in the case in our own little lodge, you see the capitalist and wage-worker, men of all classes, men of every kind of social position and wealth, and see them meeting together with the feeling for one another that should always go with Masonry; when one sees a lodge such as that, a meeting such as that, one sees how a certain small fragment of our industrial problem is being solved."
“It is not possible to have the ideal that I would like to have; to have, as I said, all of the best of all classes and creeds represented in Masonry in every district; but it is possible for each of us to go out into the world trying to apply in his dealings with his fellows the lessons of Masonry as they are taught in the lodge, and as they are applied in the brotherhood.”
Such was the Roosevelt theory of Masonry enunciated only a few months after he was made a Mason. It was the theory which he held to until he died. In one of his last interviews quoted in the July, 1919, Mc-Clure’s Magazine he said:
“I violate no secret when I say that one of the greatest values in Masonry is that it affords an opportunity for men in all walks of life to meet on common ground, where all men are equal and have one common interest.”
At a stirring speech made before the Grand Lodge of New York in 1917, Roosevelt took the opportunity to advocate a large army to wipe out European tyranny. He person­ally wanted to lead such an army, a desire never realized.
James Amos, Roosevelt’s butler and pri­vate valet, made the following statement of his master:
“He was not much of a joiner. Of course, as President, he was elected to all sorts of organizations. But I think the only one he ever joined of his own volition was the Matinecock Lodge of Masons at Oyster Bay. And I am sure he did this largely because his gardener, Seaman, was the Master of the lodge. He used to go to the meetings occasionally. He enjoyed going there as a simple member while his own gardener sat in the seat of authority and presided and called him ‘Brother Roosevelt’.”
 T.R. or he liked to be called Colonel was a real Mason.He went thru all three degrees and attended his home lodge often as he could.When T.R. proved up the lodge was packed and overflow of his fellow Masons standing on the front lawn.I was told that T.R. was the only candidate and he proved up perfectly. He visited lodges across the Globe.
He laid the Corner Stone and here is a cute story about that:
     “The President of the United States, Brother Theodore Roosevelt, accompanied by his secretary and personal escort, arrived, his coming being signaled by ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ by the Marine Band. He was invested with an apron by the Grand Master, and at that moment a gust of wind lifted the presidential coat-tails revealing a healthy pistol on each hip. He was always prepared.”
Happy Masonic Birthday Brother Theodore.
Many Thanks to the Grand Lodge of North Dakota for providing information from their Masonic Grand Lodge Bulletin March 1958.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Happy Birthday Grand Lodge of New Hampshire

On April 8, 1790 the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire was created with the Installation of their first Grand Master John Suvillan.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Masonic Secrets Revealed???

4th International Conference of Freemasonry
Secrets Revealed: Freemasonry and the Conspiracy Theories it Evokes
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Institute for Masonic Studies and the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles will host the 4th International Conference on Freemasonry, bringing together a panel of prominent Masonic scholars covering Freemasonry and conspiracy theories.  You will have the opportunity to learn from renowned historians and interact with Masonic experts.  Open to the public, this event seeks to educate and inspire scholars of the craft.

This year's presentations will include:

The Origins of the Masonic Conspiracy in the Eighteenth Century / Margaret Jacob, Ph.D. / Distinguished Professor of History, UCLA
Freemasonry and Conspiracy Theories in the Hispanic World / Maria Eugenia Vazquez-Semadeni, Ph.D. / Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA
Lodges and Lyceums, Freemasonry and Free Grace: The Contest for Intellectual and Religious Authority in Massachusetts during the 1820s and 1830s/Robert Gross, Ph.D. / The James L. & Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History, University of Connecticut

Myth and Conspiracy: The Strange Bedfellows of Masonic and Anti-Masonic Culture / Adam Kendall / Collections Manager, Henry Wilson Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Freemasonry in the Context of Contemporary Conspiracy Theories / Michael Barkun, Ph.D. / Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Syracuse University 
Event DetailsDate: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Faculty Center at the University of California, Los Angeles
Attire: Business casual (jacket; no tie)

Registration:  The registration fee for the 4th International Conference is $15.  An optional catered lunch at the UCLA Faculty Club may be purchased for an additional $33.  The catered lunch must be purchased in advance.  In person, on-site registration for the conference will be available on the day of the event.
  • Webcast: The full Conference will be accessible via a live Ustream broadcast from anywhere in the world. Advance reservation and payment is required.

The 4th International Conference is co-sponsored by the Grand Lodge of California's Institute for Masonic Studies and the History Department of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy Birthday to Order of the DeMolay

March 18, 1919 The Order of DeMolay was born in Kansas City. Its our 96th Birthday! Thanks Dad Land!

The Order of DeMolay is an International Fraternity dedicated to developing young men into successful and responsible adults. DeMolay International is a non-profit corporation with an international office located in its own building in Kansas City, Missouri and more than 1,000 chapters worldwide.
DeMolay membership is open to any young man of good character who is between the ages of 12 and 21. DeMolay is not meant to take the place of home or church, but rather supplement them. Members are reminded that they get out of DeMolay what they put into it. A DeMolay will form lasting friendships and also learn responsibility and self-reliance.  Some of the events sponsored by Minnesota DeMolay include: ski weekends, flag football, speech competitions, dances, video game tournaments and much more.
The organization was named for Jacques DeMolay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, who was burned at the stake by King Philip of France on March 18, 1314, as a martyr to loyalty and toleration.  Some famous DeMolay include Walt Disney, Bill Clinton, John Wayne, former Quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings Fran Tarkenton and former Minnesota Twins player Harmon Killebrew.
Hey Guys....What about Paintball with the Grand Master?
Im a proud DeMolay Alum-Camelot Chapter, Richfield, Minnesota