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Emessay Notes December 2009

Home Lodge # 370 Hosts Community Fundraiser

It was once said "You will find that if you share your brother's burden, both of you will walk a little straighter." So it was on October 25, 2009 when Home Lodge #370, Pleasant Hill, Iowa and other Pleasant Hill community fraternal and civic organizations collaborated to hold a benefit breakfast for a very sick young man living in the Pleasant Hill community.

Through the efforts of Worshipful Master Melvin Moore and Past Master Daryl Barnard, Home Lodge # 370 hosted a benefit for Davier Jones a 10 yr. old student at Four Mile Elementary School. The fundraiser was organized for the purpose of providing funds to defray medical expenses for this very seriously ill young man. Local fraternal and civic groups were contacted and the responses for help were overwhelming.

A pancake and sausage breakfast was held on Sunday, October 25, 2009 and the following civic groups participated; Elks Lodge #98; Does Drove #25; Lions Club; Boy Scouts Troop #8; and the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and Library Association. The Pleasant Hill fire-fighters provided the pancake grill for the breakfast. Local grocery stores—HyVee and Dahl’s—provided all food items and accessories absolutely free of charge. Approximately $4,500 was raised from the breakfast attendees.

On November 12, 2009 at the Home Lodge #370 Stated Communication and Annual Thanksgiving Dinner all donors and workers were invited to attend. After dinner, guests were invited into the lodgeroom and checks were presented to Davier Jones and his family. Worshipful Master Moore thanked each contributor and a sense of community collaboration was felt throughout the lodgeroom. Everyone present sensed that feeling of walking a little straighter after the conclusion of the evening’s activities.

(Source: Robert “Bud” Erickson, PGM, Grand Lodge of Iowa)


Ohio Native Inducted Into NFL Hall Of Fame

      Ohio native Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. - a Brother Mason – was inducted into the National Football League’s Hall of Fame in August, 2009.

      Brother Wilson was born in Columbus and grew up in Detroit. He subsequently joined Kilwinning Lodge #297 in Detroit and has been a Mason for more than 60 years.

      Brother Wilson is the founder, owner, and president of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. He was one of the founding owners of the former American Football League, which merged with the NFL in 1970. At age 90, he is the oldest owner in the NFL.

      Now living in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, he is a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Detroit and received his 33rd Degree in 1948.

(Source: George Braatz, PGM - PGS of the Grand Lodge of Ohio from the Sept/Oct 2009 issue of the Beacon)

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

      Michael Jackson is said to be interred in his final resting place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Few people know that amidst the statues and reliquaries stands a lonely Masonic memorial, one of the largest sculptures on the grounds. Once, Freemasonry was huge in Los Angeles – so big in fact that it managed to carve out a section of the now prestigious cemetery of the stars. There, in a quiet and somewhat isolated corner of the park, stands a lone Masonic memorial surrounded by hundreds (maybe thousands) of grave markers decorated with the Square and Compasses. It is no surprise that the founder of the Memorial Park was a Mason himself. As quoted in Denslow’s 10,000 Famous Freemasons:

         Hubert Eaton (June 3,1881 – September 20, 1966) Originator of the “memorial park” plan for cemeteries, substituting  tablets set level with the lawn for tombstones, providing art collections, historical buildings, thereby revolutionizing cemeteries throughout the U.S. He is known as “the builder” of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California which is noted for its collection of stained glass works of American sculptors and recreations of the Last Supper and Calvary. Born June 3, 1881 at Liberty, MO he graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty in 1902. A chemist, he was associated with many of the mining companies of America. He was raised in Euclid Lodge #58, Great Falls, Montana in 1905 and became a member of Southern California Lodge #278, Los Angeles. He was also a member of Liberty Chapter # 3 R.A.M., Liberty, MO, Los Angeles Commandery # 9 K.T., Al Malaikah Shrine of Los Angeles and the Shrine Patrol.

(Source: Milton Youmans - Philatelic Freemason Nov/Dec 2009)

Did you know?

What is “Anno Lucis?

Year of Light – date used in Ancient Craft Masonry - add 4000 to A.D. date


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