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 Emessay  Notes December 2000

Grand Lodge of Nevada Dedicates Memorial

At a very moving public ceremony held on September 30, 2000, Masonic representatives of the Grand Lodge of Nevada dedicated "A memorial to our departed Masonic Veterans." The new monument is located at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. The inscription on the monument reads:

As Hiram slept the Widow's Son So doth our Brother take his rest: Life's battle fought, Life's duties done, His faults forgot, His worth confessed.

Teacher of the Year

Ramapo High School teacher Robin Schamberg, New York State Teacher of the Year for 2001, has been given the DeWitt Clinton Award by the Grand Lodge of Masons of the State of New York for "outstanding and distinguished community service." Schamberg teaches social studies, humanities, psychology and Model Congress at Ramapo and is the adviser to the award-winning Ramapo Key Club. The DeWitt Clinton award is the highest honor to be given to a non-Mason by the organization. As New York's Teacher of the Year, Schamberg will participate in state and national educational conferences, be honored in a White House ceremony, and is in competition for national Teacher of the Year. (Source: The Journal News, 11-6-2000)

Public Education has always been strongly supported by Freemasons. MSA applauds those Grand Lodges who recognize teachers for their accomplishments.

MSA Sends The Warmest of Holiday Greetings to All!


Cornerstone Brochures

The Grand Lodge of Oklahoma has prepared a Cornerstone Brochure that is extremely attractive and informative. It is designed to give Civic Officials information about the cornerstone ceremony and who to contact to request this public ceremony.

To quote in part from this brochure:

What is a Cornerstone?

Until the development of steel-frame construction in this century, most buildings were erected by stacking stone on stone. Each part of the building was marked by ceremonies. The Foundation Stone was the first stone placed underground at the beginning of the building's foundation. The Cornerstone was the first stone placed above ground level, usually a massive stone which marked the north-east corner of the building. At the top of the building was a Cap Stone.

The ceremonies of placing these stones were under the direction of the stonemasons who built the buildings, although the highest officials of the church and state usually participated, including the king or his representative. The placement of the stones were occasions for public celebrations and fairs, each marking the progress of the building of the cathedral or castle.

Why does the Masonic Fraternity place Cornerstones?

The Masonic Fraternity---the Freemasons---developed from the guilds of stonemasons of the Middle Ages. We are the oldest and largest Fraternity in the world, with a tradition dating back more than a thousand years. Our forefathers laid the first cornerstones, and we continue in their tradition.

Did You Know? What is the distinction between due form and ample form?

A lodge is opened and closed by its Master "in due form," meaning according to the ancient usage's and customs, the laws and ritual, of its Grand Lodge. When the Grand Master opens and closes a Grand Lodge (or a particular lodge) he is said to do so in "ample form." In some Jurisdictions the Grand Master will shorten the common ritual, to save time, but his power and authority are "ample" to accomplish his purpose, regardless of the manner in which he does it.


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