Interesting article about the secret societies who are perceived to rule and dominate the world!!!!!!
Every Brother should make it his duty to bring Freemasonry back up and off this ridiculously embarrasing list.
Just a little something received from another Lodge Secretary
The North Pole Lodge No. One
'Twas the Night before Christmas, and down at the Lodge
not a gavel was stirring, and in the hodge-podge.
Of aprons and jewels and chairs East and West
You could savor the silence, most gladly divest
All metal and mineral, it mattered not,
Since Christmas was nigh and the coals were still hot.
In the hearth of your homeplace, all Masons abed,
As visions of trestleboards danced in their head;
When up on the roof there arose such a clatter
Our Inner Guard jumped up to see what was the matter!
He picked up his dagger and ran fast to the door,
Three knocks shook the panels - he wondered 'What for?'
He answered the knocking with raps of his own,
And once the door opened he saw, with a moan
Of delight it was Santa, all jolly and red
Except for one notable feature instead!
Upon his large finger he wore what we knew
Was compass and square on a background of blue!
'Why Santa!' he shouted and lowered his blade,
'I see you're a Mason!' the Inner Guard relayed.
He looked toward the Master's most dignified chair
And said, voice near trembling, ' Worshipful Master there
Is a Brother properly clothed at the door!'
The Master replied, 'Let's allow him - but wait!
You tell me a Brother, but I don't see
His Apron beneath that red suit, can it be
Our visitor hasn't been properly raised?
Must we offer a test that is suitably phrased?
'I do beg your pardon,' ol' Santa said quick
As he pulled up his coat and displayed not a stick
But a cane with engraving, two balls did appear
And oh, what an apron, he wore and held dear!
Adorned like the Master's, complete with a sign
Of "The North Pole Lodge Number One" on one line!
"Now let this Brother enter," the Master declared,
And once in the Lodge room, the Brethren all stared,
For Santa was wearing a jewel not seen
For many a century - there in between
The fur of his coat and the splendid red collar
Gleamed two golden reindeer that shone like a dollar!
"It's Donner and Blitzen, who I must confess
"Are actually images brought from the West
By my Warden, a craftsman like none in the world!"
And with a great laugh from his bag he unfurled
An ear of fine corn, and some oil from the East,
"My friend I have plenty, tonight we will feast
On all that is good! We are Masons, kind sir!"
A murmur went throughout the Lodge, quite a stir,
As presents and promises flew from his sack!
This Santa, a Mason, showed he had a knack
For making this Christmas the best you could glean,
And soon even Deacons were laughing, they'd seen
On this very night only happiness reigned!
This jolly Saint Nicholas quickly explained
That only a Mason could be so inclined
To make all kids happy, make all people find
A Christmas so special, yes, Santa was right!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Fraternal greetings Brethren
VWBro. Terry Stock
The Little Athletics BBQ’s are rapidly approaching and I still do not have any confirmed acceptances for the working of this event. It is on the weekend of the 9th, 10th and 11th of December.
We will be setting up on the Friday evening 9th from 6.00pm. On this night we will be erecting three gazebo’s and putting the BBQ’s into place ready for cooking on Saturday morning. The cooking will start about 07.00amand continue through the day until about 3.00pm with the same again on Sunday.
At the completion of the Sunday event we will need to clean the BBQ’s lower the gazebo’s and pack everything up. We will need teams of eight for three hour shifts between 06.00am until 3.00pm on both days.
PLEASE DO NOT all decide to be there at lunch time as that will leave the setup and cleaning to a few. Usually the busiest period is from 11.00am until 1.00pm when we have to feed the officials as well as any competitor and observer.
We will require someone to cook sausages on one BBQ, eggs on another and bacon on the third plus people to serve add another to collect the money. This has to be a team effort for the event to be a success for Freemasonry.
PLEASE contact me by e-mail and give a firm commitment as to the time that you can attend and give your support.
Regards and Fraternal Greetings
Harold Griffiths <firstname.lastname@example.org>