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Emessay Notes February 2010

Appeal For Relief – Haiti

You’ve seen the destruction vividly portrayed by TV coverage. Much of Haiti is in ruins. All Haitians need assistance. Our Brothers in the Grand Orient D’Haiti desperately need assistance as they work with their communities in trying to rebuild their shattered lives.

Please forward to the MSA such funds as you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brethren and their families in this stricken jurisdiction. Please make checks payable to the MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to 8120 Fenton Street, Ste. 203, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4785.

Thank you very much for your help!


Bert Lahr – Irving Lahrheim

         Born in New York City on August 13, 1895, he dropped out of school at the age of 15 to join a juvenile vaudeville act and worked his way up to top billing on the Columbia Burlesque Circuit. In 1927 he debuted on Broadway and played to packed houses performing classic routines.

His first major success in a stage musical, of many which followed, was achieved in 1928 as the prize fighter hero of Hold Everything! His feature film debut occurred in 1931 with Flying High but aside from The Wizard of Oz his movie career was rather limited.

According to his son, Bert had terminal cancer but did not know it when he signed to film “The Night They Raided Minsky’s” – his last film. He agreed to shoot an extensive night scene outdoors in New York City on a cold December night, leading to the pneumonia that was the immediate cause of his death on December 4, 1967.

         Brother Irving Lahrheim, better known as Bert Lahr, was a member of Pacific Lodge No. 233, New York City, NY having joined on December 7, 1918.

(Source: The Philatelic Freemason – Jan/Feb 2010)


Announcing 82nd Annual

Philalethes Society Annual Feast And Forum

            A very special event is coming on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, 2010.  The 82nd Annual meeting of the International Philalethes Society will be held at the Park Plaza - Hotel Bloomington 4460 West 78th Street Circle in Bloomington, MN.   This Society is the oldest and largest international masonic education and research society in North America. Among the many highlights of this national masonic education forum will be a series of presentations by nationally known masonic researchers and authors.

            Among those making presentations at the Saturday Forum are Robert Davis, FPS, speaking on “The New American Generation and the Pursuit of Masonic Knowledge” or “Don’t Tell Me. I Already Know You Don’t Know”;  Dr. Scott Wolter noted petrologist and recent masonic enthusiast sharing two sessions on the famous Minnesota Norse relic - the Kensington Runestone.  His talks will be on“The Kensington Runestone:  Compelling New Evidence” and “The Hooked X: Key to the Secrets of the History of North America.” During the afternoon session John Belton, MPS,  of England will speak on “The European Continent and Recognition Issues” and  Jose’ Siexus, MPS, DGM GL Rio de Janeiro will share insights on the fastest growing and largest masonic jurisdiction outside of North America - Brazil with “Freemasonry’s Influence in Brazil and South America.”   Past Grand Master Thomas C. Jackson of Minnesota will give a concluding afternoon presentation on “Collegiate Masonry: Why We Fail, How to Win.”

            Highlight of the 2010 Philalethes Society Annual Meeting will be the banquet on Saturday evening with specially  invited guest speaker Trevor Stewart of Scotland.  WB Stewart will share the story of  'The Curious Case of Bro. Gustav Petrie'.  Brother Stewart is a retired lecturer and college professor of 18th Century Enlightenment English literature.   In 2004 he was appointed by the United Grand Lodge of England to be its Prestonian Lecturer, and he is also a Past Master of the famed education lodge Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 of England.

            There is limited seating and banquet space for this event and you must register by Friday, February 26th to secure meals.  To register go to The Philalethes Society website The Philalethes Society has a block of rooms available at the Park Plaza - Hotel Bloomington, 4460 West 78th Street Circle, Bloomington, MN  reserved under the name of The Philalethes Society.    Individuals should contact the Hotel at 952-831-3131 or through the toll-free number 1-800-814-7000 to reserve their accommodations.

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