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Emessay Notes January 2006

Response to the Green Envelope Appeal

The letter for MSA’s 2005 Green Envelope Appeal was written by Andrew J. McVeigh, III, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret) and President, National Sojourners, Inc. In response to this appeal Col. William W. Pond, MD and Commander, 122nd MDG wrote:

Dear Col. McVeigh

Thank you so much for your and the Masonic service to our Veterans. I wholeheartedly agree with your comments regarding the importance of efforts to ease the discomfort of our Veterans and to enhance their morale through the Hospital Visitation Program. Enclosed please find a contribution to assist in these noble efforts.

As a physician and guardsman, I have deployed several times to SW Asia, rendering medical care in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Qatar. I see first hand the benefits of such moral support for our troops. The letters from home and school children really brighten our days. They are posted in the mess hall, in the hospital and on the bunkers.

May God continue to support and bless your efforts.

When MSA asked Col. Pond for permission to print his letter he replied:

Please use my remarks in any way you deem appropriate. I apologize for the tardy reply, having just returned from a humanitarian surgery mission to Amman, Jordan. I was the field medical director for an Operation Smile team that provided facial reconstruction surgery for Iraqi children who had been brought to Jordan for treatment. The children and parents were immensely grateful and we had the opportunity for close, instructional collegial interaction with 8 Iraqi physicians who accompanied them.

The Iraqi physicians were immensely hopeful for the future and described how their lives have improved so much since a decade ago when they endured “indescribable horror.” (But they freely discuss specifics of how their lives are much better today.) One Iraqi physician described his experience with us as “the best week” of his life.

Blessings and prayers to you and all who support our deserving veterans.

We at MSA are very proud to be part of the effort to recognize the contributions made to our country by our Veterans and active duty military personnel and thank Col. Pond for his support and dedication to our troops, our country and for his humanitarian efforts.

Salvation Army and Masonic Personages

Ballington Booth

During the Christmas Season, we notice the Salvation Army “Kettles” most everywhere and we are reminded that this religious and charitable organization was founded in London in 1865 by William Booth, when on the curbstone of a gin-smelling street in London’s East End, amid jeers and stones he began to pray for the rough men and women gathered about him. There he and his wife and a few followers went day after day to meetings which they held. Gen. William Booth headed this Army until 1912 when his command was relinquished by death.

The Salvation Army became international in 1880 when it established a branch office in New York City. Shortly after its organization in America, the son of William Booth became its commander. This man, Ballington Booth, who headed the Army in Australia for two years before coming to America was its commander from 1887 to 1896. At that time, he had a disagreement with his father and he organized a similar group called the “Volunteers of America.” His wife was later a founder of the Parent Teachers Association.

Bro. Ballington Booth was a member of Montclair Lodge No. 144, NJ about 1899 and later joined Charter Oak Lodge No. 249, New York City. He served as a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of New York and was a member of the York and Scottish Rites as well as Kismet Temple, AAONMS. His son Charles, head of the VOA after 1948, was also raised in Montclair Lodge No. 144 and later demitted to Morton Lodge No. 63, Hempstead, NY.

Henry A. Dries

Brig. Henry A. Dries, a native of Plymouth, MA became interested in “the Army” at the age of 16. He and his wife were assigned to various locations in New Jersey and then Pittsburgh, PA where he also served as Chaplain to the fire department. He is shown on a stamp issued by Zaire in March 1980 holding a boy who had just been carried out of a burning building – a photograph which has been used widely in Salvation Army literature. He retired to a Salvation Army Home in Asbury Park, NJ in 1968.

Bro. Dries was raised Nov. 30, 1932, in Raritan Lodge No. 61 in Perth Amboy, NJ. He served there as Chaplain from 1935 until he was transferred to Pittsburgh in 1962. He became a Scottish Rite Mason and affiliated with Syria Shrine Temple.

(Source: The Philatelic Freemason, Nov/Dec 2005)

Did You Know? Why are Masonic Halls sometimes called “Temples”?

Masonic meeting halls are sometimes called “Temples,” but not in the sense of religion. Light in Freemasonry refers to “education,” not Jesus Christ. The dictionary gives several definitions of “temple,” including “A building reserved for a highly valued function: the library, a temple of learning.” Masonic temples are places of education and learning. Carl T. Rowan said, “The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.” “It has been gratifying to bring one’s vision into reality with the help of many friends, especially with the help of James C. Kirkpatrick whose untimely death prevented him from making use of the magnificent temple of learning he helped create.” “There was never any doubt that Stanford University was Sunset’s (a magazine) favorite temple of learning.” Not all temples are for religious purposes.

(Source: Dr. Gary Leazer, PGC – Critique of a Sermon on Freemasonry.)



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