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Emessay Notes June 2013


Scottish Rite, NMJ, Celebrates 200 Years

The Bicentennial of the founding of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction (NMJ) of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite is being observed throughout its 15-state area.
While many Valleys in the NMJ have been scheduling special events all year, continuing throughout 2013, the celebration will focus on the Supreme Council Annual Meeting on August 18-20 in Washington, DC.

On August 5, 1813, Daniel D. Tompkins was chosen as the first Sovereign Grand Commander of the NMJ at the initial Supreme Council meeting in New York City. 
Brother Tompkins had enjoyed a successful political career.  In 1804, he was simultaneously elected to Congress and appointed to the New York Supreme Court.  He chose the latter, serving until his election as Governor in 1807.  He was offered the post of Secretary of State in the James Madison administration, and was elected U.S. Vice President in 1816 with fellow Mason James Monroe as President.

Masonic Mentoring In Maine

The Grand Lodge of Maine has announced a new mentoring initiative aimed at "strengthening the candidate experience."

Its goal is to ensure that applicants and new Masons are properly instructed in the fundamentals of Freemasonry, made to feel comfortable in their Lodges, and are appropriately encouraged to become active and engaged members of the Fraternity.

The initiative will develop over time, with courses being offered by the Maine Masonic College and by Grand Lodge on a district, regional, and statewide basis.

Two mentoring workshops are planned for June, one in Auburn (June 1) and one in Bangor (June 29).  A key presenter at the workshops is John Jenkins, a member of Rabboni Lodge in Auburn.  He is an accomplished author, educator, trainer, leader and national public speaker, in addition to serving as mayor over the years in two Maine cities, Auburn and Lewiston.  For more information on Brother Jenkins, visit

(Source: The Maine Mason, Spring, 2013)

Can You Believe This?  31st Printing!

The MSA Pocket Digest, "One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry" – reprinted this year for the 31st time – has proven itself as a Masonic education guide that can seamlessly move through generations.

In March, 1938, the MSA published a Short Talk Bulletin entitled, "Nine Questions;" in May, one called "Nine More Questions," and in March, 1953, "Please Tell Me" (which contained still another nine questions).  Many requests came in for these Bulletins, and numerous other questions were proposed.

So, as a Pocket Digest, "One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry" was published in 1955.  Its 8th printing was in 1962 and its 30th printing was in 2009.
This year's 31st printing of the 70-page digest is now available by mail from the MSA office or online using a credit card at MSA's Online Store at  ($3.50 plus $3.00 shipping and handling for each copy.)

Carl Claudy, Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Association from 1929 to 1957, was the original author of "One Hundred One Questions About Freemasonry," among his many Short Talk Bulletins and other writings.

The digest's basic Masonic information is perfect for Lodge education programs, or as filler material for Lodge newsletters.

 'Rally In Tally' In Alabama

The 48th Annual North American Rally of the National Camping Travelers, Inc. (NCT), a Masonic family camping club, will take place July 14-18 in Lincoln, Alabama.  Masons from all over the U.S. and Canada will be camping next to the famous NASCAR racetrack for five days of fun and fellowship, according to John Lehmann, national president of NCT.

Called "Rally in Tally," in reference to the Talladega Racetrack, a full schedule has been planned.  It includes tours of the Honda plant in Lincoln, the Blue Bell Creamery, and the NASCAR track and museum. 

For more information, visit

Some Presidential/Vice Presidential Trivia

Franklin D. Roosevelt unexpectedly died April 12, 1945, and his Vice President, Harry S. Truman, succeeded him to the presidency.  When Harry Truman took the Oath of Office three years later, on June 20, 1949, as the 33rd President of the United States, there was additional historical significance. 

At that inauguration, four of the members of the 81st Congress in attendance would later become President – John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford.  Three of them (Johnson, Nixon, and Ford) would, like Truman, first serve as Vice President.

Of those names mentioned, Roosevelt, Truman, Johnson (EA only), and Ford were Masons. 

This information was complied by Albert R. Anness, a resident of the Indiana Masonic Home.

(Source: Indiana Freemason, Winter, 2013

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