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Emessay Notes August 2002

Edict of the Grand Master - Minnestota - July 13, 2002

Whereas The Grand Lodge of Minnesota at its 148th Annual Communication extended fraternal recognition to the Grand Lodge of France, and: Whereas The Grand Lodge of Minnesota has taken this action based upon our study and conviction of the regularity of the Grand Lodge of France and in deference to the application of the rule of territorial exclusivity deemed by us to no longer be a relevant test of regularity, and: Whereas Our actions have caused a number of sister jurisdictions to suspend recognition with the Grand Lodge of Minnesota in rigid conformity with the standards of the North American Conference of Grand Masters Committee on Information for Recognition, and: Whereas This has made impossible the visitation of our members in these jurisdictions, and; Whereas The Grand Lodge of Minnesota will host the North American Conference of Grand Masters in February, 2003 for their annual meeting, and; Whereas Meaningful change and discussion of this issue is best done in dialogue and consensus in the forum of this North American fraternal association; now Therefore Be it resolved that it is my order to forthwith suspend our recognition of the Grand Lodge of France to the end that we may again enjoy the fraternal benefits of mutual recognition and visitation with all sister jurisdictions. Also, it is my intent to more properly discuss the standards and application of standards of regularity in this larger area of discussion. The Grand Lodge of Minnesota wishes to re-establish greater trust in the decisions and processes of the North American Conference of Grand Masters Committee on Information for Recognition. We also desire to promote the continued unity and amity of all North American jurisdictions. This action is therefore taken to encourage the process of meaningful dialogue and change. 

(This edict is printed in Emessay Notes at the request of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota)

An American

In the April 2002 issue of Emessay Notes an article titled An American was published. At the time the author was unknown. MSA has since learned that the author is Peter Ferrara, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.

The article, titled What Is An American? was originally published in the National Review on Sept. 25, 2001.

Shriners Honor Fallen Canadian Soliders

Led by proud Canadian and Imperial Potentate of the Shrine of North America, Kenneth W. Smith, the Shriners paid respects to their fallen Canadian comrades on Sunday, March 17, 2002, in Ottawa. Imperial Sir Smith was accompanied by Peter F. Phillips, Commander of the International Association Legions of Honor, and over 70 Nobles and their Ladies. The attendees came from as far as Jacksonville, Fla., to watch them lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, Canada. This is the first year the Shrine has taken part in this ceremony. "As a Canadian, I am very honored that we are able to recognize our fallen soldiers," said Imperial Sir Smith. "This ceremony means so much to so many people - Americans and Canadians alike - especially during these times of world struggle. We must never forget what these men and women did for our freedom." The Shrine has also been laying wreaths on the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, Virginia, for almost 20 years. Past Commander John Bartrug, of India Temple in Oklahoma City, laid the first wreath in 1983. It has been a tradition ever since. Last year's ceremony took place on November 3, with Imperial Sir Smith, Commander Phillips, and hundreds of Shriners and onlookers present.

 (Source: Shrine News Release)

The German-American Steuben Parade

The Parade is sponsored by the German-American Committee of Greater New York, Inc. and its organization is the sole responsibility of the German-American Steuben Parade Committee. Hundreds of German-American Organizations are represented. The Parade's aim is to provide the American public in general and our civic leaders in particular with a reminder of the part played by Germanic immigrants and their descendants in the development of the United States of America. The goal of the parade is to instill in people with Germanic heritage a deep-rooted sense of pride of origin and accomplishment.

William Hetzler, General Chairman of the Parade said:

"Volunteers of the German-American Steuben Parade Committee are working all year to stage this event of pride in our Heritage. It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome the participants, dignitaries and spectators to the 45th German-American Steuben Parade on the world-famous Fifth Avenue in New York City. Thank you for joining us. In the name of the Committee I promise you a great experience." (Bro. Hetzler, the General Chairman, is a member of Schiller Lodge #304, New York City)

 (The 2002 Parade will be held in New York City on Sept. 21, 2002 beginning at noon.)

Knights and Masons Join in House Painting

Christopher Bell, founder of the Good Counsel Home for Mothers and Children in Hoboken, was the recipient of much needed help from the community. The Bell family consists of six adopted children aged 2 to 12 years: four from Russia, one from Africa and one from Mexico, all with severe deformities. While the family was away last summer, members of the Belleville community contacted the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and Nutley Lodge No. 25, Nutley, NJ for assistance. Several rooms were painted, draperies and carpets were donated, landscaping was done, and the home turned into a castle. When the children returned home, they were delighted to see bright rooms, new bedspreads and new toys and asked if Santa Claus had arrived early.

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