Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Place in the Lodge: Dr. Rob Morris,Freemasonry and the Order of the Eastern Star

Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Place in the Lodge: Dr. Rob Morris, Freemasonry and the Order of the Eastern Star” by Nancy Stearns Theiss.
Author Nancy Stearns Theiss grew up a stone's throw away from the home of Rob Morris, an influential member of the Freemasons and founder of the Order of the Eastern Star. She details his life in a new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Morris, a prolific writer, created poetry for special events such as funerals, dedications and Masonic gatherings across the United States and in Canada, earning him the title of poet laureate for Freemasonry in the 19th century.

"A Place in the Lodge: Dr. Rob Morris, Freemasonry and the Order of the Eastern Star" is based on more than 200 letters Morris and his family members composed while Morris was traveling. His family was numerous - he and his wife, Charlotte, had nine children, seven of whom made it to adulthood. From the beginning of his initiation March 5, 1846, in Mississippi, Morris worked to spread the message of the Masons, who considered education as something for the country's rising middle class, not just the wealthy.

Morris worked as a teacher, traveling salesman and, eventually, Masonic lecturer. He founded the Order of the Eastern Star, a fraternity open to both men and women that was one of the first organizations to give women a voice in local and national issues. (Today that organization has more than 430,0000 members belonging to 4,600 chapters all over the world.) Morris' letters are a snapshot of the 19th century, touching on issues about education, pioneer living, the women's movement and the growing divide between the North and the South. This intriguing book shines a light on a pivotal historic figure whose legacy has remained. Masonic lodges still revere his most famous poem, "The Level and the Square."

Nancy Sterns Theiss is the Executive Director of the Oldham County Historical Society which is located in LaGrange Kentucky.
The historical society runs a history center that includes the J. Chilton Barnett Archives and Library, Peyton Samuel Family Museum and Rob Morris Educational Center, which is in the former Presbyterian church where Morris lectured and recited his poetry.

Stearns Theiss and her husband, Jim, live on the family farm close to LaGrange, Ky., where Morris' name still resonates today.

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"A Place in the Lodge: Dr. Rob Morris, Freemasonry and the Order of the Eastern Star"
Nancy Stearns Theiss
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-3917-6 164 pages $19.99 US

Nancy Stearns stated in Goodreads:

It took me two years to write this book that I transcribed from letters written by Rob Morris and various family members. I also visited sites that he either visited quite frequently of lived. I was impressed with his determination to seek a place for women in the fraternity of Freemasonry- many charities and communities have benefited from Morris's efforts

Information provided by Dog Ear Publishing, Goodreads and Wisdom Digital Media

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shriner Hospitals a Shrine of Mircles

by Noble Robert W. Pinkerton (Zenobia Shriners, Northwest Ohio), (1925-1994), courtesy of Masonic Poets Society.
I’d like to tell a story

It’s a happy episode
of a miracle that happened
to a family down the road.

They lived a block or two away.

It doesn’t matter where.
A man, his wife, and three young kids
with one in a wheelchair.

They’d go for walks and wave to us.

We’d smile and say “Hello.”
Why one was in a wheelchair,
for years, we did not know.

Another neighbour said the boy

was born with bones deformed.
They took him to a clinic where
some tests had been performed.

The doctors who examined him

said, “There are indications,
your boy may some day walk if he
has certain operations.”

Said one who diagnosed him

when the boy was only four,
“It may cost ninety thousand,
if we help him...maybe more.”

When they were told about the cost,

they knew it couldn’t be.
Those people struggled just to feed
and clothe their family.

“Why, it would take a miracle,”

said his father, “Who could spend
the money for such treatments,
that would cause his bones to mend?”

“Our hopes were all for nothing,”

cried his mother in despair,
“It looks like he will spend his life
inside that old wheelchair.”

Now a man his father worked with

was a member of the Shrine.
He said, “We’d like to help him,
And it won’t cost you a dime.”

“The hospitals,” he told him,

“that the Shriners operate,
are well equipped and proven;
So, why don’t we set a date?”

Within a month their child

was examined and accepted,
then sent for consultation
where the Shriners were connected.

With surgery and treatments

and the many years of care,
the best of specialists worked with
the famous doctors there.

His every cost was paid for;

his meals and transportation,
as well as for his parents,
there were free accommodations.

Today, that boy is seventeen.

Ten years of therapy
and at the cost of Shriners,
he now walks like you and me.

He plays with kids outside our door.

He runs and rides his bike.
I’m awed as I remember what
before, his life was like.

And he’s just one of thousands

of that burned or crippled hoard
of children who need treatments
their parents can’t afford.

The Shriners gave a new life

to this crippled boy, but then,
I know it was a miracle
from G-d through hands of men.

I’ve always known that Shriners

seemed to have a lot of fun,
but I had never realized
the noble work they’ve done.

And since I was a witness

to this miracle divine,
I pray each night for blessings
on this boy … and on the Shrine.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Minneapolis Scottish Feast of Tishri Celebration

                               Hurry and get your Reservations                                                             

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

An Introduction to York Rite Freemasonry

I thought you may find this interesting
The following video is an introduction to the three bodies of York Rite Freemasonry: the Royal Arch, the Cryptic Council and the Knights Templar. Produced for the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Indiana. Created by Christopher Hodapp, author of Freemasons For Dummies and the Templar Code For Dummies.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

California Masonic Symposium


                                                              Evolution of the Masonic Ritual

The 15th Annual California Masonic Symposium, held Sept. 19 in San Francisco and Sept. 20 in Pasadena, offers Master Masons* a fascinating opportunity to explore the history of the Masonic ritual – from the first evidence of the “Mason word” to the practices used by lodges today.                     REGISTER TODAY

This year’s speakers are:
• Robert G. Davis. The 2008 Henry Wilson Coil lecturer and a fellow of the Institute for Masonic Studies and the Scottish Rite Research Society, Davis is also a member of the steering committee of the Masonic Information Center of the United States. He is secretary of the Guthrie Oklahoma Scottish Rite, a past master of three Oklahoma lodges, and the author of "The Mason's Words: History and Evolution of the American Masonic Ritual" and "Understanding Manhood in America."
• Arturo de Hoyos. The 2015 Henry Wilson Coil lecturer, Davis is the grand archivist and grand historian of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction. He is a renowned authority on the history and rituals of the Scottish Rite and most other Masonic organizations. A past master of McAllen Lodge No. 1110 in Texas, he will be initiated as a fellow of the Institute for Masonic Studies during the Symposium.
The speakers’ presentations will be complemented by panel discussions, moderated by Past Grand Masters John L. Cooper III and R. Stephen Doan.
Each session will conclude with a live exemplification of how a man was made a Mason in the manner suggested through the “Edinburgh Register House Manuscript” of 1696 and other early sources.
Don’t miss this this opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of Masonic ritual, while connecting with Masonic scholars near you.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Minnesota Masonic Charities 11th Gala

The Minnesota Masonic Charities is celebrating its 11th Gala!( I cant believe its been that long already) It will be held on September 26,2015 at the beautiful Land Mark Event Center. The money raised will go to all those wonderful charities that we sponsor.You know the Scholarship program,Matching Grants,University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer, and Childerns Hospitals etc,

The dinner is pretty good, and the Company is great. So think about it, and give it a try if your not one of the regulars. Don't wait there is usually a limited number of tickets.

If you note my hands were dirty in the photo. Sorry I was working in my gardens when the mail arrived.I was excited to open the invite...sorry.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Brotherhood on the Road

The Masonic Motorcycle Club International is hosting its annual Conference, Meeting and Elections August 9th thru the 14th 2015 in Batavia New York.

Over 90 members from its 33 chapters have converged for a few days of Freemasonry on two wheels. Its members come from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Canada, Italy.

The events planned this year as in past years are designed to have full days of visiting the local sites, and eating local food and riding thru the beautiful landscapes.

This year they will visit Niagara Falls, the Erie Canal, Lockport Cave, and will include an 83 mile ride thru Letchworth State Park. Oh..and throw in an ice cream social, wine tasting and some other stuff too. What I think is the premier Masonic visit of the trip will be to the grave site of William Morgan. remember...?  The guy who claimed to be a Freemason and threatened to publish the Masonic secrets, and who mysteriously disappeared in 1820. Known now as "THE MORGAN AFFAIR."

I have found that the Masonic Motorcycle Club is not a bunch of tired old Masons, but are a bunch of active motorcycle enthusiasts who are tied together by Freemasonry.

The Masonic Motorcycle Club has high requirements  compared to others. You have to be a Master Mason in good standing. We encourage active participation, but there is no requirement of attendance or service.

I can say I am a proud member and I only ride a Trek (which they knew when I joined). If you are interested in joining or starting a chapter in your area click on the link below or pick up the phone and give them a call. to get more details.

Keep the shiny side up Brothers - Happy Trails.