Saturday, February 25, 2017

This is the life



I took a few days in the Caribbean to escape the Minnesota Winter. I had the wonderful experience to
just sit, and reflect on the work, and study some of the parts I wasn't so sure about.

I also would go at night and sit on the Promenade Deck  of the ship. Listening to the ship cut thru the water and watching the Sunset with my Bible also was a very pleasant experience as well.

Now its back to work with a refreshed mind. Oh and to start a diet from the weight I gained from the fabulous food.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Its Brother Georges Birthday

February 22, 1732




















 Our Brother George Washington was an honored and respected Mason. At the age of 20, Washington was initiated as Apprentice on November 4, 1752 in Fredericksburg, VA. It was with his compassionate nature, appreciation and understanding of the Masonic system that he flourished, and on August 4, 1754 George Washington was raised to Master Mason. As his character suggests he was a ‘Just and Upright Mason’.
In his Presidential and Masonic career he presided in the cornerstone ceremony for the US Capitol in 1793.

George Washington was noted as a noble opponent, as well as a Brother. This was witnessed while a British traveling Lodge fell into the hands of American forces after being defeated; chests belonging to the British Lodge with contents of jewels and other treasures were ultimately surrounded to the American forces. Upon learning this, George Washington with his elegance and honor demanded the contents to be returned to the Lodge and regiment. With this noble act he gained much respect from the opponents.

On December 18, 1799 George Washington was laid to rest and buried at Mt. Vernon with Masonic rites.





Friday, February 3, 2017

Royal Arch Quiz #3


Royal Arch Quiz Night
Past Master’s Degree-Virtual
P.G.M. Tom Hendrickson


1.    Where did the Past Master’s degree originate?
a)    The Ancients
b)    The Moderns
c)    The Scottish
d)    Lost in the fog of time

2.    What group originally required that a Past Master only would be allowed to receive the Royal Arch Degree?
a)    The Scottish
b)    The French
c)    The Ancients
d)    The Moderns

3.    What are the three fundamental masonic symbols of the Past Master’s Degree?
a)    Square, gavel, By laws
b)    Masters Hat, White gloves, Cane
c)    Square, gavel, Volume of Sacred Law (holy Bible)
d)    Chicken, Green Beans, Mashed potatoes

4.    The qualities a Past Master should exhibit are:
a)    Responsible Leadership
b)    Moderation
c)    Decorum
d)    Justice
e)    All the Above

5.    To whom is the Lodge of Past Master erected and dedicated to?
a)    God and Hiram Abiff
b)    God and the Holy St John
c)    God and King Solomon

d)    God and Zerubbabel

Monday, January 30, 2017

The PA Academy of Masonic Knowledge

The symposium will be live streamed on YouTube the day of and a recording will be available very soon after the event. No need to miss out!

Its that time of the year again for one of the great Masonic learning opportunities. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is hosting its annual Academy of Masonic Knowledge. Its a great opportunity to hear great Speakers and have many meaningful discussions and of course meet many great Brothers.
I have begun research on "The Sun at the Meridian Height, I wish I could hear this years speech.
If you have a Masonic Bucket list this is one to put on it. Gee I wish we could do something like this?
And if you get a chance go see their Grand Lodge Building it is the best in the World!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Masonic Con 2017

Don't Miss It

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Pursuit of Light



This from the Brothers at The Grand Lodge of Oregon...Enjoy

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Masonic Skis?

I was traveling in the car the other day on a beautiful Minnesota snowy winter day. When I noticed the car next to me waiting for the traffic light had a ski rake on top their car. The skis on the rake had very colorful graphics and I could have thought I saw a Masonic symbol in the motif. So I did some research and take a look at the photos below and see for yourself.


The skis are made by the Volkl Corporation which is the largest ski manufacture in Germany. The company was started by George Volkl in 1875 in Bavaria. He was a Master Cartwright and built wagons, and Carts. In 1923 in Strasberg Germany they began making skis and have ever since.

The company actually started the concept of bold graphics designs on skis. Their first design was the legendary zebra pattern in 1973. They have continued the innovation as you can see in the designs in the photos.
What I thought was the Compass and Square design on the skis is actually part of the Company’s trademark. Now I am not one of those Wing Nuts who sees a Masonic symbol in every company logo, or in a bowl of alphabet soup.I did look on the Volkl Company's website and it did not give any explanation of its logo.

 It doesn't matter I think the skis are cool, and if I skied Id buy a pair just for their logo. Maybe I could find a tee shirt?

Masonic Skis no but cool yes