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September 17, 2021

Do You Do 100% Masonry?

By R ∴W∴ Charles R. Smith, Grand Treasurer

I would like to open this message with a challenge. How many of you ever thought of yourself as a 100% Mason? How would you like “100% Mason” somewhere on your epitaph or within your eulogy? Yes, I know, those are hypothetical questions. However, when certain articles really grab my attention, I have a tendency to save them. There is one such article that keeps coming to mind from the Indiana Freemason written in 1923. Our Scottish Rite saw fit to redistribute it for us. Here are a few choice paragraphs from the article:

With such a character uppermost, my theme has significant power, one hundred percent mason. A Mason, etymologically viewed, is a select and superior man. He rises above conventional and brings an ordinary type of character to an exalted plane He is not satisfied to join a lodge along superficial lines. He enters masonry to face better issues of life to be a nobler patriot, a truer citizen, and a more exemplary man. For him, the name “Mason” implies character and attainment. Loves to be in the lodge and the company of his brethren. He wants to help in every way possible to make his connection count. Having been brought from darkness to light, his sole desire is to see the same glorious results in others. His life is a constant prayer, the lodge-room a real temple of duplication. The Bible as the great light of Masonry illuminates his soul. He finds the practice of all of the virtues that have due regard for its sacred pages which keeps him in daily touch with his Maker.

The Shekinah Light from the alter never fails to help him to positive duty and to perfect trust in the Great Architect of the universe. He is a builder, making earthly hours a real spiritual habitation. Wherever he goes, such a man carries with him a crystallized representation of human brotherhood and divine fatherhood. He has caught the vision of Shakespeare’s fine lines:

“This above all, to thine own self be true. And with it will follow, as the night the day. Thou can’t then be false to any man.

We in all our lodges one hundred percent Masons. We can spare “knife and fork” and mere “ritual” Masons, to gain superior types of the Craft. Not quantity, but quality, is our great aim for Indiana today.

I believe most of us will find the Masonic principles incorporated in these few paragraphs worthy of consideration. Or better yet, even strive to make them part of our behavior patterns. Another hypothetical: Do the readers of this message today have concerns of straying from the rich tradition that has made our fraternity great in the past? There are many other examples to consider way beyond these just within those few paragraphs, as well.


R∴ W∴ Charles R. Smith
Grand Treasurer

Tidings From Louisiana Lodges:

Homer No. 152 Feeds Correctional Officers on Eve of Hurricane.

On Saturday, August 28th, 2021, the day before Hurricane Ida hit south Louisiana, Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office sent 190 prisoners from their facility to the Claiborne Parish Detention Center to house until it was safe to bring them back to their prison.

Sheriff Jerry Turlich sent 22 of his Correctional Center staff to assist in the medical and security of the prisoners. On Tuesday evening, August 31st, Homer Lodge No. 152 had prayer with, and fed, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office staff that was on duty at CPDC.

Worshipful Master Jim Slaton and Chaplain Wayne Hatfield, P
M(pictured with Officers above), brought the Plaquemines staff 3-meat Fajitas and all the sides from Gonzales's. Before prayer, Chaplain Wayne Hatfield gave each a small Bible. All the prisoners had returned back to the facility, and the Deputies to their family and homes by Thursday morning.
Denham Springs No. 297 Serve Meals to Linemen, First Responders.

A group of brothers from Denham Springs No. 297 got together to cook a spaghetti dinner for some of the Lineman and First Responders here in the area serving our community. Even with the rain it was a great time and we got to give a little back to these folks out serving the Livingston Parish community.

Thanks to Brother Tye LeGleu for bringing his cooking trailer, and Brothers John Foster, Robbie Thornton, Travis Jowers, Brian Watson, Paula Groce, Joshua Groce, Natasha Groce, Allison Berry, Wayne Berry, and Sergio Rivera for all their assistance. It was a great day and a great time hanging out.

Florida Brother Recognized for 55 Years in Masonry.
Right Worshipful Brother Deas Dempsey, 20th District DDGM presents Brother Eric Kessel, of Springs Lodge No. 378 in Florida his 55 Year certificate as Courtesy work for the Grand Lodge of Florida, on September 9, 2021, at Brother Kessel's residence.

From Marrero to Houma, Brothers Get Out to Help
New Borne Lodge No. 500, Terrebonne Fellowship Lodge, & Ka Jon Grotto got together to bring support to those in Houma. As seen in the photo above, Worshipful Brother John Combel, PM, did his share of the heavy lifting.

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