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Emessay Notes June 2006

Recognizing a Stroke

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within three hours, he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke—totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and getting to the patient within three hours which is tough. Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victims may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms.

America’s National Stroke Association lists the following as common symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

  1. Ask the individual to SMILE
  2. Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS
  3. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE coherently (e.g. It is sunny out today.)

If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

(Source: This information taken from an article in the Minnesota Mason May-June 2006)

Grand Lodge of Wyoming to Host Event

A special ceremony will be hosted by the Grand Lodge of Wyoming, August 4th and 5th, in Cheyenne. The morning of August 4th the Grand Lodge will confer on a special exemplar, the Entered Apprentice Degree using the Wyoming ritual. That afternoon, the Grand Lodge of Colorado will pass the exemplar to the degree of a Fellowcraft using the Colorado ritual. Next morning, August 5th, all will convoy to the Kennedy Ranch (about 35-miles due west of Wheatland in the Wyoming mountains) where the Oklahoma Grand Lodge Country Boys Degree Team will raise the exemplar to the Master Mason Degree using the Oklahoma ritual. All Master Masons are invited to attend. Contact Wyoming Past Grand Master Gary Skillern for any additional details: phone 307-632-0491 THE BUILDERS

Man has always been a builder, and nowhere has he shown himself more significantly than in the buildings he has created. The builder may have gone, perhaps ages before, but here he has left something of himself, his hopes, his fears, his ideas, his dreams.

Here, then, are the real foundations of Masonry, both material and moral: in the deep need and aspiration of man, and his creative impulse; in his instinctive faith, his quest of the Ideal, and his love of the Light. Underneath all his building lay the feeling, prophetic of his last and highest thought, that the earthly house of his life should be in the right relation with its heavenly prototype, the world-temple—imitating on earth the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. And as he wrought his faith and dream into reality, it was but natural that the tools of the builder should become emblems of the thought of the thinker. Not only his tools, but, the very stones with which he worked became sacred symbols—the temple itself a vision of that House of Doctrine, that Home of the Soul, which, though unseen, he is building in the midst of the years.

(Edited Version) (Source: A Treasury of Masonic Thought) Joseph Fort Newton

Masons of Interest

Sugar Ray Robinson

The USPS issued a stamp on April 7, 2006 to honor Walker Smith, better known today as Sugar Ray Robinson. He was born in Detroit, MI in 1921 and during the 1940 and 1950 decades he dominated boxing like no one else. He was nicknamed “Sugar” for his sweet-as-sugar style of fighting and originally borrowed the identity of a friend named Ray Robinson in order to enter an amateur boxing tournament for which he was under the required age. He was known for his flashy pink Cadillac which he sported all over New York City and for the fact that he remained independent – refusing to do business with organized crime and conducting negotiations for many of his own fights by himself. He retired from the ring in 1965 and along the way had defeated a list of champions and near-champions that reads like a roll-call of the Boxing Hall of Fame. He died in 1989.

Sugar Ray Robinson was a member of Joppa Lodge No. 55 Prince Hall Affiliation, New York City.

Jean Mace

Bro. Jean-Claude Vilespy has forwarded a copy of a card/cover prepared for Jean Mace. The special cancel used on January 24, 2004, recognized the Inauguration of the “Mediatheque Jean Mace.” Jean Mace was born August 22, 1815 in Paris. He was an excellent student and achieved his bachelor of letters degree at the age of 20. He became active in public life and spent several periods in exile as a result of disagreements with the ruling regime. Known as a Senator he is remembered for having founded the League of Education (or Instruction). In 1864 he, with Hetzel and Jules Verne, founded the Journal Le Magasin d’ Education et de Recreation. He died in 1894 in Monthiers.

Jean Mace was initiated June 2, 1866 in the lodge La Parfaite Harmonie of the Oriente de Mulhouse.

(Source: The Philatelic Freemason May-June 2006)

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