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Emessay Notes June 2002

Stewart MacLaine Laurens Pollard - 1922-2002

Stewart Pollard was born on May 31, 1922 in Lyman, ME, the son of Ralph John Pollard and Millwee Westmoreland Pollard. Stew attended public schools in Wenona, NJ; Lowell, MA; and Waldoboro, ME. He further attended the Peekskill Military Academy in Peekskill, NY and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.

Stew's career was with the U.S. Army where he served for 28 years. Upon his retirement from the Army, Stew served as National Secretary of the National Sojourners from 1970 to 1975. Later, in 1975, Stew joined the Masonic Service Association as Editor under the Executive Secretary of the Association, Conrad Hahn. Upon the death of Conrad Hahn in 1977 Stew assumed the duties of Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Association. A position he held with great honor and distinction until his retirement in 1987.

Stew married Margret Louise Russell on December 8, 1946 in Greenville, ME. Peg became an integral part of Stew's life and career and also worked at MSA until her retirement in 1987. Peg and Stew have two children, Carol Le Pollard and Bruce Edward Pollard.

He was made a Master Mason in King Solomon's Lodge #61, Waldoboro, ME on November 8, 1944. He was also a member of Columbia Lodge #200, Greenville, ME; Ralph J. Pollard Lodge #217, Orrington, ME (named after his Dad), and Alt Heidelberg Lodge #821 in Heidelberg, Germany. He was a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite (33°) as well. Other Masonic organizations to which Stew belonged were the National Sojourners; the Royal Order of Scotland; the Philalethes Society; the Masonic Stamp Club of New York; and the Missouri Lodge of Research.

Stew Pollard was also an author of note. Perhaps his most popular book was Tied to Apron Strings, a book about Masonic humor. Stew was best known for his humor and always had a twinkle in his eye and a story to tell. It could truly be said Freemasonry has never had a better "good will ambassador" than Stewart Maclaine Laurens Pollard.

Stew laid down his working tools on May 4, 2002

Walt Disney - Cartoonist Extraordinaire

Walt Disney was the creator of Mickey Mouse and founder of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. He produced full-length animated classics such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo and Bambi. He also created and produced the Wonderful World of Color, which would later become the Wonderful World of Disney, and the Mickey Mouse Club television shows. Walt Disney, along with his staff, received 48 Academy Awards and seven Emmys. Walt Disney was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Association with DeMolay International: DeMolay is a fraternal organization for young men between the ages of 12 and 21. DeMolay International was founded by Frank S. Land in 1919. Walt was proud to be a member of our organization.

Initiated - May 29, 1920 Chapter - The Mother Chapter, Kansas City Missouri Legion of Honor - 1931 Inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame - November 13, 1986

Quotes from Brother Disney about his experience in DeMolay - "One of the most important events of my youth, and one of the happiest, too, was my acceptance into the membership of DeMolay. And I realize now, even more than then, how deeply my whole life, personal and professional, has been influenced by that early association." "I feel a great sense of obligation and gratitude toward DeMolay for the important part it played in my life. DeMolay stands for all that is good for the family and for our country."

 (Source - DeMolay Press Release)

New Masonic Exhibit at Lexington, Massachusetts

A major Masonic exhibition has opened at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA. To Build and Sustain: Freemasons in American Community was developed by Bro. Mark Tabbert, curator of Masonic and fraternal collections at the museum. Using the basic tenets of brotherly love, relief, and truth, the exhibit shows how Masons have been involved in the community over the years and examines their role today. In an intriguing way, it also explains why men have joined the fraternity. In addition to Freemasonry, a number of other fraternal and civic organizations are included to show how they used Masonic principles for their purposes. A series of display areas within the gallery are designed to represent various American buildings to create a town-like quality. Visitors can travel through the town's "streets" and "buildings" to learn American history, meet historic Freemasons, discover their work in America's communities, and gain an understanding of Masonic philosophy and symbolism. More than 175 artifacts and images are used to tell the story. Many are from the museum's extensive collection, while others have been borrowed from other institutions. The exhibition is expected to remain on display at the museum for at least four years. A museum catalogue that will supplement the exhibit will be published later in the year. The National Heritage Museum, sponsored by the 32° Scottish Rite Masons of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States, is open seven days a week with free admission and plenty of free parking. It was built in 1975 as a bicentennial gift to the nation. The Masonic exhibit is just one of a number of Americana exhibits currently on display. The physical structure also contains a large Masonic library and a 400-seat auditorium. For further information, contact the museum at 781-861-6559 or visit the website at

(Source: Scottish Rite, Northern Jurisdiction - News  Release)

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