Emessay Notes April 2012
Rules Governing Masonic Calendar Dating
You hear it at Lodge: "A. L. 6012." What does that mean? Then you go to another Masonic organization and it is different. Why? A.L. stands for Anno Lucis, or "In the Year of Light." Here is a summary of how and why the Masonic calendars work the way they do:
Ancient Craft/Symbolic "Master Mason" Lodges
Chapters of Royal Arch Masons of the York Rite
Councils of Cryptic Masons of the York Rite
Commanderies of Knights Templar of the York Rite
(Source: Indiana Freemason)
Tribute To Brother Danny Thomas On A Stamp
On February 16, 2012, the United States Postal Service issued a tribute to the 100th birthday of the late entertainer Danny Thomas and the 50th anniversary of the hospital he founded, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Brother Thomas was born in Deerfield, Michigan, and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He received his three Masonic Degrees in Gothic Lodge in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, as a courtesy for his mother Lodge, Palisades Lodge, in Santa Monica, California.
As an entertainer, he was perhaps most known for starring in Make Room for Daddy, a popular television comedy that aired from 1953 to 1964.
Behind the jokes and anecdotes he told to sell-out crowds across the country, including many Masonic groups, he was a serious humanitarian. In 1962, he founded St. Jude's at the suggestion of his friend, Cardinal Samuel Stritch, of Chicago.
Brother Thomas died in 1991 at the age of 79.
(Source: The Philatelic Freemason, March-April, 2012)
Wisconsin Masonic Center To Become Museum
The Dodgeville Masonic Center, the largest Masonic building in Southwest Wisconsin is being refurbished into a museum of Masonic history.
The stately structure, constructed in 1928, proudly displays in large letters above its entrance, "Temple of Freemasonry."
It is the intent of Dodgeville Lodge #119 to outfit the building with display cases, bookcases, lighting, tables, chairs, WiFi and computers available for research.
The planners are making a plea for artifacts and documents of an historical nature that may now be stored away in closets and attics of homes and other Masonic buildings. A donation to the museum would provide a safe place for proper storage and display. Other items of Masonic value in Wisconsin may one day find a home there, as well.
Dodgeville Lodge and the local Eastern Star Chapter will continue to meet in the building.
(Source: The Wisconsin Masonic Journal, January, 2012)
Quote From Brother Roosevelt Remembered
-- Brother Theodore Roosevelt, "Man in the Arena" Speech, April 23, 1910.
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