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Emessay Notes August 2004

The Future of Freemasonry

The future of Freemasonry will be determined by the choices of the person you see in the mirror every morning. The future will be the consequences of our choices today; the choices of each and every one of us will dictate the consequences which will be the future. We must accept personal responsibility for our choices and responsibility for the consequences of those choices. The future is not the responsibility of the youth; they will inherit the consequence of our choices today! My brothers carefully consider your choices, small and large, significant and insignificant, conscious and unconscious; these individual choices, the choices we make as individual Lodges and the choices we make as a Grand Lodge dictate the consequences which will be the future of Freemasonry. I ask that each of us reflect daily on our choices and evaluate their compliance to the ethical and moral values taught in this great fraternity.

I believe the key to growth lies in the constant practice of the moral and ethical values of our great fraternity. In Freemasonry's years of consistent growth in North America, individuals wanted to be part of this fraternity because of the "value" of membership; because of the conduct of those who belonged, the way they treated each other, the mutual respect and genuine concern they exhibited for each other. I believe we must return to the time when values and principles are the first priority of Freemasonry, when we are a value based organization with brothers, not a member based organization with values.

(Source: Bro. Phillip G. Buchholz - Grand Master, Wyoming)

Shrine Facts & Figures (2003)

With the approval of 35,133 new patient applications in 2003, Shriners Hospitals had an active patient roster at year-end of 187,328 children. Since the first Shriners Hospital opened in Shreveport, LA., in 1922, there have been approximately:

  • 9,164,963 X-rays taken; 
  • 6,824,375 outpatient & outreach clinic visits; 
  • 1,194,249 braces and prostheses applied; 
  • 717,106 operations performed; and 
  • 15,942,821 physical therapy treatments.

Shriners Hospital's total budget for 2004 is $596 million, of which $554 million is targeted for operating expenses.

The Scottish Rite Journal

New Steps in Communication for The Scottish Rite Journal

The Scottish Rite Journal receives many more news items and worthy articles than it can publish in the printed bimonthly magazine. The Supreme Council 33°, of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, now uses its Web site (www.srmason-sj.org) to recognize and share these significant materials on the Internet. Visit this address and click on NEWS to read a varying number of "Current Event" items, with photos. Each news segment is featured for two weeks and then archived, but still accessible on the Internet.

Similarly, significant articles, which cannot be published in the printed Journal, again solely because of space limitation, are available via an INTERNET ARTICLES link from the Council's homepage. These articles are featured for a period of two months coinciding with the publication cycle of the magazine. Then they are archived, but still accessible, and replaced with another grouping of articles. As more and more Brethren use the Internet to get news and information, electronic communication, such as that now being used by the Scottish Rite Journal, will facilitate greater communication and increase understanding of Freemasonry by the Brethren and the general public.

Dr. James Anderson

A native of Scotland probably from Aberdeen. He was the second son of James Anderson, who was a member of the Lodge of Aberdeen which dates from before 1670. The younger James was certainly educated at the Marischal College (now part of Aberdeen Uni.), and there received his Master's degree and possibly also his Doctorate of Divinity.

In 1710 he was in London, became Minister of the Swallow Street Presbyterian Church. In 1734 he moved, due to Swallow Street disappearing when Regent Street was laid out, to the Lisle Street church where he stayed until his death. It is said he invested in what became known as the South Sea Bubble and lost heavily.

Records of his initiation into Freemasonry have, so far, not been found but he was a member of the Lodge of the Rummer and Grapes in Channel Row, Westminster. In 1723 Anderson is said to have been Master of 'No. 17' but is not so recorded in the Grand Lodge minutes. He is however listed as 'Jacques Anderson Maitre at Arts' in a lodge of French brethren at the Solomon's Temple, Hemmings Row, of which Desaguliers was then the Master. This Lodge had ceased to exist before the Engraved Lists in their 1729 edition provided a basis for lodge numbering. In 1723 he was appointed Junior Grand Warden.

He was probably not present at the establishment of the Grand Lodge in 1717. The first record of him attending Grand Lodge was 1721, when he was ordered to 'digest' the 'old Gothic Constitutions…in a new and better method.' In 1723 he presented the result of his labours as The Constitutions of the Freemasons……for the Use of the Lodges.

This small volume (1723) of 91 pages contains; a Preface by Dr. Desaguliers ( a quite unreliable history of Freemasonry); George Payne's (2nd Grand Master) Charges of a Freemason; and 39 General Regulations. Anderson's 2nd edition (1738) in 230 pages is extremely important as it contains, in the absence of any Minutes prior to 1723, the first account of the founding and early progress of the 1717 Grand Lodge. Anderson through his two editions introduced several terms from Scottish operative Masonry, such as Entered Apprentice & Fellow-Craft (1723), and Cowan (1738).

(Source: Bro. G. Love - Printed by the Victorian Lodge of Research #218, June 2004)

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