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Quiz for November 2017

Q 1. Where do you find a list of The Ancient Charges?
Q 2. How long does a Grand Master serve in Office?
Q 3. How many masons must be present to open a Lodge?
Q 4. How many Offices are needed to open a Lodge?
Q 5. If no degree work is carried out during a masonic evening but the Lodge is properly opened and closed – how many times does the Tyler knock on the Lodge door?
Q 6. When opening in all three degrees how many knocks does the Senior Warden give?
Q 7. When you visit a Lodge in which you are not know how do you prove yourself?
Q 8. How do you know yourself to be a mason?
Q 9. You owe duty to God, to yourself and to your neighbour, what is your duty to yourself?
Q 10. Of the Furniture, Ornaments and Jewels of Lodge, one gets mentioned twice – which one?




MENTORING in The Lodge of Discovery No. 8737 in Venuatu

 What is a Mentor   –   some lateral thinking?

Article adapted from WM Bro. Martin Gandoff, Montgomerie Lodge 1741 EC. Previously published in the Norfolk Ashlar, The Surrey Mason and the Square. Our Thanks go to Martin for allowing us to use his article about Mentoring.

The word mentor derives from the Latin mens meaning ‘mind’ (mental has the same root), so when using this word, we are really considering helping to develop the mind.

In general terms’, mentoring is a personal development relationship, often quite close, in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable (wiser?) person over a period of time, helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. It usually involves the informal transfer of knowl- edge and the communication and support needed to assist career, work or development in gen- eral. Some common mentoring techniques include:

Accompanying - a commitment to work side-by-side with the learner

Preparation - setting a basis so that the learner has some idea of what new areas of knowledge and behaviour are coming up and hopefully soften the possible shock against the changes that might occur by membership of our order

Demonstrating - using one's own examples and experience to bring out aspects of the development process, rather than just quote from the manual.

Finding special opportunities – isolating particular situations or occasions relevant to the learning process.  As the learner becomes increasingly more comfortable, the mentor may throw the learner straight into an area of change hopefully to spark off a change of values or even a dif- ferent way of thinking

Reviewing – on a regular basis to examine what is and should have been covered and absorbed and draw conclusions as to relevance, significance and future progress.

However, we need to be rather more specific for a Masonic mentor

Masonic mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing on-the-spot help. Nor is it just about keeping an initiate happy. It is surely, about an on-going relationship of education, discussion, meeting challenges from the curiosity of a new mason and encouraging him to search for Masonic truth.

To many, the mentor has responsibility for helping his mentee, apprentice, protégé or whatever to attend lodge and LOI, to make sure he understands the organisation of the lodge and its officers, the importance of the ritual and keep him happy when he has ‘retired for a short while’ before a ceremony in a higher degree.

But old-fashioned as it now appears, these are mainly the responsibility of the proposer and seconder and if this is true, then what is the purpose of a mentor?

The typical ‘early life of a mason’ these days is something like ‘Initiation to MM apron 11⁄2-3 years , Steward 1-2 years, First office not long afterwards’.

As membership shrinks in quite a few lodges, the pressure is always on candidates to progress quickly and this time-span might be even shorter.

There are also pressures against moral development in these times of economic stress, major changes in behaviour and public morality, increasing absorption of different cultural standards and modes of behaviour and thinking.

The young mason is encouraged to attend lodge, where he will see what is going on and by at- tending LOI, ‘he will learn the ritual’. (In fact LOI is surely a place to practice the ritual within the rehearsal ceremonial – the ritual should already be largely learnt!)

Lots of training, but where is the Masonic ‘education’?
It seems to me that there are a number of subjects of which a thinking mason should have a working knowledge, including:

A broad history of the craft and its origins
A broad history of the development of our ritual
An overview of the structure of the craft, from Grand lodge down to the private lodge An overview of the authority and management of the craft
The role and responsibilities of all lodge and provincial lodge officers
How, where and why charity and relief are applied.

Not every mason will want, or be able to handle all of these, but I suggest that a working knowledge of most, can only increase general interest level, encourage further enquiry, per- haps increase the richness of the Masonic experience and help to prevent the loss of young masons who may feel that after coming in, nothing much happens to them for a long time.

After over 20 years of formalising the above ‘knowledge set’ into a programme that might be followed by a young mason and having failed completely to gain any interest in it, I draw two possible two conclusions:

A. I am totally wrong and this education is irrelevant

B. Many masons have little interest or knowledge of the various aspects and therefore cannot or will not support their development.

So what can the mentor do?

1 Make sure that the young mason’s proposer and seconder are involved in his development, from initiation, through the offices to the chair (and even beyond).

2 Offer help and suggestions as to how they can assist him and make him comfortable in lodge, at LOI, at the festive board and at home.

3 Make him aware of the importance of the overall scope of the above ‘knowledge set’

4 Help him to investigate and gain knowledge as he wants and assist in obtaining sources of information.

The tradition in working man’s groups such as trade unions and operative lodges was not just to protect the employee against unfair employer practices and keep out untrained competition. There is much evidence that the ‘spiritual’ side of behaviour was not ignored. The Halliwell Manuscript, the earliest version (about 1390) of our Old Charges contains among much more, the following (in old English):

Look also thou scorn no man
In what degree thou see him gone, Nor shalt thou no man deprave.
If thou wilt thy worship save,
For such word might there outburst That might make thee sit in evil rest. Close thy hand in thy fist And keep thee well from ‘had I known’

Our craft is a brotherhood of friends, whose ceremonies and ritual give us an awareness of some- thing more than their basic content. Using stories, word pictures and allegories, it seeks to illus- trate the truths under-pinning our society, which are those of life itself.

If the freemason understands the more material aspects of our craft, it is to be hoped
that he will more easily appreciate the spiritual aspects, ‘devote leisure hours more especially to the study of such of the liberal arts and sciences as may lie within the compass of his attainment, and without neglecting the ordinary duties of his station to consider himself called on to make a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge’, leading to ’honour to himself, usefulness to mankind and credit to his lodge’.

M Gandoff December 2012
Acknowledgment; Article by WM Bro. Martin Gandoff, Montgomerie Lodge 1741 EC. Previously published in the Norfolk Ashlar, The Surrey Mason and the Square. Our Thanks go to Martin for allowing us to use his article about Mentoring.




A View Point on Freemasonry

The following paper is adapted from a paper by Francis G. Paul 33* Northern Light, May 1990

Reproduced from Masonic Bulletin October 1990, Vol. 53, No. 2  To discover more, try this link

http://www.lod8737.org/newsletter.html

The majority of our membership derives its satisfaction by simply belonging. Most Masons do not feel a need to attend Lodge meetings or to be “active” in the life of our fraternity in order to reap the benefits of membership.

It is easy to conclude that this type of passive participation is a serious problem. We lament the fact that so few seem interested enough to attend meetings and even fewer are ready to take on leader- ship responsibilities.

At the same time we must never lose sight of the fact that the primary goal of Freemasonry in mak- ing Master Masons is to challenge men to achieve moral and ethical excellence in life and start him on his own Personal Spiritual Journey. This is why the Ceremonies of the degrees of Symbolic Masonry are the bedrock of Freemasonry.

By the time a man becomes a Master Mason, the vision and the expectations are (or should be) crys- tal clear! At that point, he is ushered to where he belongs – on the streets of life.
It is there where his Masonry will make a difference. “In the long run,” writes James Fallows, the au- thor of More Like Us, “a society’s strength depends on the way that ordinary people voluntarily be- have.”

This has been the message of Freemasonry down through the centuries. And it’s our message to men today. It is what’s inside a man that determines how he thinks and acts every day of his life, and that’s what our fraternity is all about.

We must never allow ourselves to forget that it is the Masonic message, planted deep within a man that makes him a Mason. Not the attending of meetings; the holding of office; not having accolades piled upon him.

We are concerned about how he lives on Main Street, not how many times he attends lodge meetings. The power of Freemasonry rests in the mysterious fact that once a man has received the Light, he can never forget what is expected of him by, most importantly, himself!!

Of course we need to make our meetings more interesting & educational.

Of course we need to offer opportunities for Masonic service that make sense to our members.

Of course we need to foster more of a family atmosphere.

Of course we need to challenge men to shoulder the responsibilities of keeping our fraternity alive and active.

Nevertheless, it is the Masonic spirit in a man’s heart and life that makes Masonry work. What does all this mean? Where is it taking us? We should be neither surprised not shocked that a majority of our members achieve satisfaction from “simply belonging” to our fraternity. Their quiet pride and im- mense loyalty send a powerful message – Masonry is doing its work in their lives!

At the same time, our work is cut out and waiting for us: To make it possible for more men to dis- cover the immense and profound mystery that is Freemasonry.

by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy

From an Individual Masons Perspective adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper by Francis G. Paul 33* Northern Light, May 1990 Reproduced from Masonic Bulletin October 1990, Vol. LIII No. 2




The Anomalies of the Second Degree Tracing Board.

by WBro John Mitchell  Master of the Research Lodge of Wellington  No.194

The second degree tracing board is the story and significance of the building of the first temple at Jerusalem.
The story of the first temple (herein referred to as the Temple) owes it origins to the Old Testament of the bible and for this lecture I shall refer to Kings I and II and Chronicles for the description and measurements used.
The bible can be viewed as an ancient history of facts and happenings or as a series of parables and legends to be interpreted by the reader ( veiled in allegory). For the purposes of this lecture I intent to treat it as the later. It must be remembered that the Israelites had no permanent written records and that the biblical stories would have been passed down oral through several generations before they were catalogued by Seder Olam in 2nd century work.

Why is Freemasonry in the second degree founded on a believe of a Temple built by Solomon when there is no evidence both written or archaeology to support either. Solomon is a biblical character who exists only in the bible, where he is described as a young man wise beyond his years. Who demonstrates even a wise man can be lead from the path of the Lord if given enough temptation but when shown the true path can return to the Lord for forgiveness.

There is evidence to support that the first Master Mason was Nimrod who is supposed to have built the Tower of Babel for his God to reside in. Nimrod is also credited with giving masons their signs and tokens. The evidence for this is found in “the Halliwell Poem” (1390 A.D.). However the bible tells us that the Tower of Babel was made from burnt bricks not stone The oldest recorded account is The Schoyen Collection (604-562) carved on a black stone in the time of Nebuchadnezzar II. This is about the time that the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem. So why would the story now change to Solomon’s temple. With the philosophical and intellectual approach to Masonry at the end of the 18th Century and beginning of the 19th Century it was probable seen as wrong to have an edifice dedicated to a pagan god. So I premise that a temple build to the one true god would have fitted better to the times. 

Now to look at Temple, why was it built at Jerusalem? The bible tells us that It was built on land purchased by King David (Solomon’s father) but as a conqueror  why would David have need to buy the land. Jerusalem was also a politically astute choice as it did not promote any of the lands of the twelve tribes. The archaeology evidence of the time would indicate, at the time of Solomon Jerusalem was not much bigger than a small farming town. 
For centuries, scholars have searched in vain for any remnant of Solomon’s Temple. The fabled Jerusalem sanctuary, described in such exacting detail in 1 Kings 6, was no doubt one the most stunning achievements of King Solomon in the Bible, yet nothing of the building itself has been found because excavation on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, site of the Temple of King Solomon, is impossible.
Fortunately, several Iron Age temples discovered throughout the Levant bear a striking resemblance to the Temple of King Solomon in the Bible. Through these remains, we gain extraordinary insight  into the architectural grandeur of the building that stood atop Jerusalem’s Temple Mount nearly 3,000 years ago.
As reported by archaeologist John Monson in the pages of BAR, the closest known parallel to the Temple of King Solomon is the ’Ain Dara temple in northern Syria. Nearly every aspect of the ’Ain Dara temple—its age, its size, its plan, its decoration—parallels the vivid description of the Temple of King Solomon in the Bible. In fact, Monson identified more than 30 architectural and decorative elements shared by the ’Ain Dara structure and the Jerusalem Temple described by the Biblical writers.
 
The similarities between the ’Ain Dara temple and the temple described in the Bible are indeed striking. Both buildings were erected on huge artificial platforms built on the highest point in their respective cities. The buildings likewise have similar tripartite plans: an entry porch supported by two columns, a main sanctuary hall (the hall of the ’Ain Dara temple is divided between an antechamber and a main chamber) and then, behind a partition, an elevated shrine, or Holy of Holies. They were also both flanked on three of their sides by a series of multi-storied rooms and chambers that served various functions.
Even the decorative schemes of ’Ain Dara temple and the temple described in the Bible are similar: Nearly every surface, both interior and exterior, of the ’Ain Dara temple was carved with lions, mythical animals (cherubim and sphinxes), and floral and geometric patterns, the same imagery that, according to 1 Kings 6:29, adorned the Temple of King Solomon in the Bible.
It is the date of the ’Ain Dara temple, however, that offers the most compelling evidence for the authenticity of the Biblical Temple of King Solomon. The ’Ain Dara temple was originally built around 1300 B.C. and remained in use for more than 550 years, until 740 B.C. The plan and decoration of such majestic temples no doubt inspired the Phoenician engineers and craftsmen who built Solomon’s grand edifice in the tenth century B.C. As noted by Lawrence Stager of Harvard University, the existence of the ’Ain Dara temple proves that the Biblical description of Solomon’s Temple was “neither an anachronistic account based on later temple archetypes nor a literary creation. The plan, size, date and architectural details fit squarely into the tradition of sacred architecture from north Syria (and probably Phoenicia) from the tenth to eighth centuries B.C.” However I conclude that the author of Kings had knowledge of the Ain Dara Temple. 
Now let us look at the two great pillars at the entrance or porch way to the temple. Why are they named after a farmer and a little known priest. Unlike modern temples the ancient temples were built to house their god and scripture tells us that the holy of holies was to house the Ark of the Covenant  which contained the tables on which were written the laws given to Moses by Yahweh The important of the words is more important as God said in Strength (BOAZ) I will Establish( JACHIN ) this mine house to stand firm forever.
Much has been made of the dimensions of the pillars especially the diameter being 4 cubits and the circumference 12 as every schoolboy knows this is only an approximation as the diameter would be slightly less than 4 but it is a reasonable estimate. They were formed hollow no doubt as the weight of solid pillars would be over 150 tonnes. Being hollow they would weigh in at just under 50 tonnes. They were cast in the clay fields however there is no evidence that large scale casting took place in the bounds of Ancient Israel or geological evidence of  large clay fields.  They would probably have been cast in sections and man handled together. The idea of achieves to  Masonry is purely a masonic input.
If not made of brass what could they have been made of I suggested that they could have been stone or wood covered in gold leaf or copper. This would fit in with Hiram being a master craftsman working in all kinds of materials. The pillars are said to represent fire and cloud. The people would have seen smoke issuing from them during the day and fire would glow at night.
What must be remembered is the general populaces would not be allowed to enter the temple so would enter the outer courtyard where they would make offerings so would see the pillars on entering but not on leaving.
The idea of two celestial globes is a modern idea at the time the idea of the world being round was unheard  so the bible indicates they were topped with giant bowls. 
The Greek historian Herodotus wrote in 450BCE of the two great pillars at the “Temple of Hercules” being of tempered bronze which reflected the light of day, perhaps they are the original pillars.
One other description in the King James bible and masonic ritual is the height of the pillars in the bible they are 18 cubits in the story of the tracing board they are 17.5 the “Genoa bible” of 1560 states that ? a cubit was not visible being sunken into the structure.
Could our ancient brethren have made the pillars in the area of Jerusalem probable not but there were areas in the ancient world where they could have been made.
The Bible informs us that there were  3,300 officers 80,000 stone cutters not masons, all stone was cut and shaped away from the temple as no metal tolls were allowed in the temple. Metal tools were used by the Egyptian overseers so were taboo for the tribes of Israel and 70,000 woodcutters The Temple was only 27m long 9m wide and 14m in height.  Why so many workers involved?
The temple was build of stone and clad in cedar obtained from Hiram King of Tyre I real personage. Solomon paid Hiram with corn, oil and wine The bible says 540 tonnes wheat/barley and 990000litres of wine/oil after giving 20 towns in payment which were not received well.
Our ancient brethren received their wages in the middle chamber which would have been built to the side of the temple. The bible mentions a winding staircase on the outside and a second one leading to a third chamber above the middle chamber. There is no mention of wardens but there would be guards on each of the sides.
In conclusion let me reiterate that there is no physical evidence for Solomon’s Temple but maybe we should not consider this edifice as areal building but as a way of expressing the hopes that the real strength of Masonry is that the true Temple, the one we are all building in our hearts founded on those strong foundations of Faith, Hope and Charity.

References 
2007 Cornwallis lecture by WBro Alan D Moore The Temple of King Solomon both Historically and Symbolically.
Searching for the Temple of King Solomon Biblical Archaeology Society  October 2013
King Solomon’s Temple Symbol of Freemasonry by RW Bro Don Falconer  May 2012New 
International Version of the Bible.




The Old Tyler Talks – On Finding Out

The following article is from The Discoverer November  2017

I'm sore!" announced the New Brother to the Old Tiler.

"Where?" demanded the Old Tiler. "I'm no doctor, if it's your teeth or your back."

"It isn't. It's my feelings."

"That's different. As a soother of sore Masonic feelings I am the best doctor in captivity!" smiled the Old Tiler. "Pull out your symptoms and let's look at them."

"It's being jumped on, if you must know," began the New Brother. "I asked a friend to give me his petition to the lodge and Brother Smith heard it and walked all over me. How was I to know we didn't go around asking for petitions? At lunch a man I know made slighting remarks about Ma- sonry and I defended it, and a brother took me to task afterwards and told me I shouldn't discuss Masonry with the profane. How was I to know it wasn't done in the best Masonic circles? Just this evening I answered the telephone and a feminine voice asked for Brother Jones and I said he wasn't here. The Master walked up and down my spine for giving out information as to who was and who wasn't present. How was I to know that was a secret?"

"How do you usually find things out?" asked the Old Tiler.

"But I think I ought to be told these things! I think I should be instructed what to do and what not to do. I think."

"I don't think you think," interrupted the Old Tiler. "I think you think you think. Really, you just react. Now answer a few questions, like a good patient, and I'll cure your pimpled feelings, relieve the congestion in your inflamed emotions and reduce the swelling in your cranium and you'll feel a lot better. In the first place, what's your business?"

"Why, I am in the hardware business - I own the store at the corner of Main and Oak Streets - what's that got to do with it?"

"When you went into the hardware business, did you know all there was to know about it?"

"Well, no I didn't. But what. . ."

"I'm doing the question asking!" snapped the Old Tiler. "Did all the other hardware dealers of this town give you good advice? Did they all surround you day and night with counsel and assistance? Or did they let you paddle your own canoe?"

"Just that. I learned what I know by asking questions and reading, by listening to others who knew the game, by. . ." 

"Exactly. You hung up a sign and launched out for yourself, and they accepted you at your own value - as a competitor, a man, a business agent, able to fight your own battles. That's what we do in the lodge. We make you a Master Mason. We give you instruction in Masonry. We make you one of us. Then we turn you loose and expect you to act as if you were a man and a Mason, not a school child. If we spent all our time telling every new brother all we know, we'd have no time to practice brotherhood. We expect you to open not only your ears but your mouth. There are seventy-six men in that lodge tonight, any one of whom will answer any question you ask, and if they don't know the answer they will find someone who does. But to expect the seventy-six to force information on you is unreasonable. They don't know what you know, they have a natural reluctance to put themselves in the position of teachers, when they don't know if you want to learn or what your want to learn. Ask a question and you'll hear something. Stick around with your mouth shut and you won't.

"The fraternity has certain customs and usages. Those who denounce it in public can do it no harm, but defence can harm it. If a man gets up in public and says he thinks the public school is useless, the church is a bad influence, and the government a failure, banks a hindrance to business and the automobile a blot on civilization, do you defend the school, the church, the government, the bank, the automobile? Every thinking human being knows the public school has made this country what it is, that the church makes men and women better, that this is the best of all governments and that the automobile is the greatest of time savers. These things are self-evident. The man who denies them makes himself, not the thing he criticizes, ridiculous. Criticism of Masonry hurts the man who utters it, not the Craft."

"All that is true. I admit it, but I didn't know it!"

"No, and you didn't know you were not supposed to say whether Brother Jones was here or not. That's his business. But I'm telling you because you asked me. I thought you knew all this. How was I to know you didn't? You never told me you didn't!"

"Well, er - I thought - I mean-"

"You thought you thought but you thought wrong!" smiled the Old Tiler. "Just remember, don't do, don't say, don't think Masonry while you are new until you have asked. We are old, old; we have ideas, ways of doing and thinking, which have grown up through the years. You will learn them gradually as you attend lodge and talk with well-informed Masons. Don't be afraid to open your mouth. No one will laugh at you, all will help. But don't ask questions outside the lodge and don't talk outside the lodge until you know what you are talking about."

"I know one place outside the lodge where I can, do and shall talk! defended the New Brother. "In spite of what I say?" demanded the Old Tiler, somewhat tartly.

"Yep, in spite of what you say! And that place is right here in the anteroom," smiled the New Brother. "And thank you." 




Training - The Forgotten Masonic Art

As Freemasons we use the building of King Solomon's Temple as the basis of our teachings to make good men better. We know from the many accounts of the erection of not only that structure, but also the cathedrals and castles that are dotted around the British Isles and Europe, that the men who conceived, designed, and supervised those constructions were clearly not only well educated but that they also properly trained the thousands of workmen whom they employed on those projects. Notice the two key words here - "educated" and "trained".

Education is defined as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. Training is the action of teaching a person or persons a particular skill, skills, or type of behaviour.

In our modern world there has been a trend for accountants, Chief Executive Officers, and "Managers" to replace training with new buzz words called "team building". A CEO or other dignitary often abseils in to the event from a helicopter, or flying fox, (mind the earrings Christine) amid a laser light display and loud music. The participants are expected to stand up, clap and cheer, eat unusual food (e.g.locust pies) talk about their most harrowing experiences at school or on Facebook (usually in Group Dynamic sessions after "drinkies" and dinner). At the end of the weekend (or week), everyone fills in an "anonymous" evaluation sheet (online of course so they can track your IP address) which promises to make sure that the next event will be improved. Attendees go home full of the enthusiasm to do better - however this usually wears off after about a week. The facilitators go home with lots of money in their bank accounts. The accountants and CEO's/Managers are happy because they have apparently saved heaps of money (when the finances are getting low), by getting rid of "In House" training department staff (along with IT Help Desk and front of business and telephone answering people for good measure and replacing them with robotic press button 1 or 2 or 3 for service systems which cost a fortune and frequently break down requiring contractors to be called in at $$$$ per hour + + +.

Organisations which deal with "people" such as the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance, and Search and Rescue to name a few still "train" their employees using "In House" staff. They utilise Kinaesthetic programs (no more lectures) that have been developed based on a proper "Training Needs Analysis" rather than the best guess of a CEO or Manager who usually has no idea of how to conduct such an important study. Input to well conducted research comes from many sources including users, owners, customers/clients and yes - even the accounts department.

With the devolution of some authority from "Fortress Wellington" to the Divisional Grand Masters and District Grand Masters, such training programs are obviously needed in modern Freemasonry in New Zealand. Simply giving someone a "handbook" and saying "go get em" is not going to work. We once had training programs for Wardens and Masters of Lodges. What has happened to these? We must never forget that the "Lodge" is the engine room of the Craft. As our Lodges disappear - so does the Craft. Without training this is an almost inevitable event. Read the 1987 paper attached to this newsletter. Some fascinating predictions in that. Seemingly even then some Grand Lodge Officers and some members of Board of General Purposes were blinded by the reflections from the gold braid on their regalia. What has changed?

We have in our organisational structure an "Education Pillar". There are some very competent Brethren who are members of this pillar. Why are their skills not being called upon when they are most needed? Why is the Board of General Purposes not addressing this training need as part of the significant restructuring process that is being undertaken? A training needs review should be running in tandem - not left as an afterthought or worse just ignored.

Training does not have to be horrendously expensive. Universities, Polytechnics, and schools are using technology to help provide structured programs to meet the needs of industry and commerce. Video conferencing, interactive quizzes, video's and role playing, all meet the kinaesthetic requirements of modern training. Qualified Education Advisors can facilitate programs in their Districts and Divisions under the guidance of the Divisional Grand Lecturers. Has anyone in Grand Lodge or the B.O.G.P thought of that and done anything to get programs underway in 2018?

If we are serious about stemming the decline in membership then it seems pretty obvious that we need to return to our roots. For too long, far too many of our leaders have been seemingly oblivious to anything but a singlar focus on ceremonial activity. Freemasonry is much more than that. Read our Mission Statement here. Not one word about ceremonial. Let's stop being just ageing thespians. Let's get training and deliver what we promise!

Fraternally

John MacDonald

District Education Advisor and Editor Northtalk

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An Inspirational Story

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.  

There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. 

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.  

'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life.'  

'No, I can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.  

'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked.  

'Yes,' the farmer replied proudly.  

'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did.  

Farmer Fleming's son attended the  very best schools and in time, graduated from  St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London,  and went on to become known throughout the world  as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the  discoverer of  Penicillin..  

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia.  

What saved his life this time - Penicillin.  

The name of the nobleman was Lord Randolph Churchill and his son's name was Sir Winston Churchill.  

Someone once said: What goes around comes around.  Work like you don't need the money.  Love like you've never been hurt.  
Dance like nobody's watching.  Sing like nobody's listening.  Live like it's Heaven on Earth.  

The author of the story is unknown. It is worth noting however that both Sir Alexander Fleming and Sir Winston Churchill eventually became Freemasons.

 

R.W. Bro Robert Taylor




A Useful Link for Making a Daily Advancement in Masonic Knowledge

Here is a useful link from Brother Gary Hulst of St Andrew Lodge No.418 SC. They meet in the Auckland area (I think - someone correct me please if I'm wrong).

https://www.standrew418.org.nz/blog     Have a go and see what you can see.

Gary is also a member of the Royal Arch (St Andrew Kilwinning Chapter No. 564) and a Cryptic Mason (Ponsonby Kilwinning Council No. 394).

For those of you who do not know what the Royal Arch or Cryptic Masonry are all about - ask someone or read your FReemasons' MAgazine of a few issues ago.

When we close the Lodge in the 3rd Degree we are told that the genuine secrets were lost and we have to use substituted ones. The Royal Arch tell the story of finding those genuine secrets. The Royal and Select Degrees tell of the building of the crypt in which the genuine secrets were hidden.

So, over to you to find out more.

George Allan - Chairman of National Education Committee

posted on 23 July 2017




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Keeping this website lively needs new questions to be asked by masons like you. Questions that need someone to research and answer in a short article.  

We also need questions for our quizzes.

So, please let me know of interesting questions we can use in our monthly quizzes and as a basis for research.

Send them to me at drgeorgeallan@gmail.com

If you want to write and submit an article, or you know of a good one written by someone else please contact me at the same e-mail address, and let me know about it. Then we could get it published on this site for everyone to see and share in the knowledge. 

Fraternally Yours,

VW Bro George Allan

Chair of National Education Committee

posted - time immemorial




Calling All Recent Masters and Wardens

Are you a relatively new WM, SW or JW of your Lodge?

Are you likely to be WM, SW or JW of your Lodge next year?

The Education Team in your Division are planning workshops  to help Masters and Wardens share best practice, and thereby gain in confidence for running their Lodges. It will last for 3 hours or so, and be held in a geographic location convenient to you.  You will learn about your duties and ways to deal with difficulties in Lodge and committee.

Are you interested? Then contact me by e-mail on drgeorgeallan@gmail.com

Remember to include your Lodge name and location (Division and District) your current Lodge Office




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