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November 20, 2020

Notice from the Grand Lodge: The Grand Lodge office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th in observance of Thanksgiving.  May each of you have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Editor's Note: There will not be an eEdition next week. Happy Thanksgiving brethren.

Alas My Brother:
Remembering M∴W∴B∴ I.C. Turnley

M∴W∴B∴ Idolphus Carroll Turnley, Jr

Earlier this week, a long-time and Most Worshipful brother laid down his earthly tools and departed the mortal realm after a life of service to Masonry, Medicine, and his community. M∴W∴B∴ Idolphus Carroll Turnley, Jr passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020, at the age of 93. At the time of his death, He was Grand Physician Emeritus, after serving as Grand Physician from 2001-2019. He served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana in 1996. 

M∴W∴B∴ Turnley became a Mason in 1948 while he was a student, and received his degrees at Carrietta Lodge No. 312 in Trout, Louisiana. He served as Worshipful Master of that lodge in 1978, and again in 1981. He entered into Grand Lodge offices in 1991 as the Grand Sword Bearer, and became the Grand Junior Warden in 1993. He was an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees for the Masonic Learning Centers of Louisiana’s Dyslexia Training Program, and served as an active member of that board from 1998-2018. He played an instrumental role in the adoption of that program as the primary charity of the Grand Lodge, and as such helped to assist countless young students overcome their learning challenges over two decades, his contributions to that Masonic charity will continue to serve young learners in the years to come following his death. He was an Honorary 33rd Degree in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite SJ in the Monroe Valley, and served as Sovereign of the Monroe Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine in the York Rite. He was an active Noble in the Shrine, as well as other Masonic charitable programs that allowed him to assist children who were in need. 

In his life outside of Masonry, M∴W∴B∴ Turnley served his community through his medical practice, as well as through military service. His obituary outlined his military and medical service: “In January 1945, he was commissioned in the United States Navy, serving his country for 2 years before returning to Louisiana Tech. He continued to serve in the U. S. Navy Reserve until 1951. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech in 1949, his Masters Degree from LSU in 1951, and his Medical Doctor degree from LSU Medical School in New Orleans in 1956. He served his internship at Confederate Memorial Hospital and LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

In 1957, Dr. Turnley opened his first medical practice in Winnfield. One year later, in 1958, he established his practice in Jena. He achieved his dream of returning to practice medicine in his hometown. He first operated his practice from a location in downtown Jena while his office was being constructed on North First Street. Since the early 1960s, Dr. Turnley practiced from this office with 5 exam rooms, Lab and X-Ray until seeing his last patient on December 21, 2015. He retired from practice a few weeks prior to his 89th birthday. After opening his practice in Jena, he was interested in improving medicine and became instrumental in helping found the LaSalle General Hospital, which opened in 1970. He was a longtime member of the Board of Directors for LaSalle General, as well as the Chief of Staff for many years.

In addition to serving his patients, Dr. Turnley served as LaSalle Parish Coroner beginning in 1960. In January of this year he retired his position as Coroner, having served an unprecedented 60 years and becoming the longest serving public official in Louisiana. He served on the Louisiana State Board of Health under the Late Governor John J. McKeithan from 1966 to 1972. He also served on the State Board of LPN Examiners beginning in 1993. He was a charter member of the “Committee of 100” at LSU Medical School in New Orleans involved in fundraising for medical education.
He was active in business affairs in his community as well. He was a cofounder of Jena Pharmacy and served on the Bank of Jena Board of Directors from 1970 until the Bank merged with Catahoula-LaSalle Bank in later 2014

Please remember our brother and his family in your prayers, and remember his life of service to not only our fraternity, but to everyone around him in his live well lived as a Mason. 

Click here if you would like to make a donation to the Masonic Learning Center's Dyslexia Training Program in memory of M∴W∴B∴ Turnley. 

Get your motor runnin...
and do good works.

On Saturday 10-3-2020 the brothers of Louisiana Motorcycle Lodge #13 and their families drove to Vinton La. to cook a Pastalaya dinner for the brothers of Vinton Lodge #364 and their community. Their lodge and community was severely damaged in the aftermath of hurricane Laura and we took this opportunity to spread some brotherly love. It was an honor to do this for them. Thank you to all the brothers and family members who came out to help our other brothers as they try to rebuild their community. We are Louisiana strong.

Louisiana Motorcycle Lodge #13 had a great time with the brothers and our families at family day while taking the opportunity to spread brotherly love to our brothers of Vinton Lodge #364 and their community.

Upcoming Masonic Web Presentations

Dr. John L. Cooper: St. John the Evangelist in Freemasonry
Sunday, December 27, 2020 / 9 pm CST

St. John the Evangelist is one of the two most prominent patrons saints of the Craft. Join Dr. John L. Cooper as he explores the story, symbolism, and enduring relevance of this figure. 

John L. Cooper III is a past grand master and grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of California. He has also served as senior councilor of the Southern California DeMolay Association and is an honorary member of the International Supreme Council. Much of his Masonic career has involved researching and writing on the history and symbolism of Freemasonry.
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11/25/2020 /  7:00 PM **Holiday Break**  
12/2/2020 /  7:00 PM     Build a Better Beehive; Chaplain      WB Jerry Oliver & WB Brad Phelps
12/9/2020 /  7:00 PM     Build a Better Beehive; Deacons     WB Foster Solem & WB Shannon Krecklau
12/16/2020 /  7:00 PM     Build a Better Beehive; LEO     WB Andy Niemyer & Bro. Hans Neisz
12/23/2020 /  7:00 PM *Holiday Break**  
12/30/2020 /  7:00 PM     Build a Better Beehive; Secretary     RWB Keith Reierson & WB Justin Thompson     

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